Populous & Emmanuelle – Flores No Mar (Radio Edit)
Populous, aka Andrea Mangia, is a DJ and producer hailing from Lecce, in Southern Italy, known for his global approach to music-making. “Flores No Mar,” the first single from the upcoming ‘W’ album, features vocals from Brazilian singer (now based in Milan) Emmanuelle, and is an homage to the goddess Lemanja, of the Afro-Brazilian religion Candomblé. Lemanja is the goddess protecting seafarers and fishermen, as well as femininity and womanhood. This plays into the album’s theme as a tribute to a free and diverse feminine musical imagery.
With a background in musicology, Populous has always been interested in disparate genres and styles of music, which is reflected in the output from the Populous project and its focus on Latin American sounds as refracted through a European lens. In 2003, Mangia made his first jaunt into the music world with the album ‘Quipo’ (via Morr Music), followed by ‘Queue For Love’ in 2005. Influenced by his reggae/hip-hop-infused surroundings (Lecce is known as Italy’s Jamaica, as reggae and dancehall are extremely popular there) he released ‘Drawn in Basic’ in 2008, which was well received by international critics, earning him a spot on the global dance music map. The 2010s have seen Mangia refine the Populous sound with albums like ‘Night Safari’ (Bad Panda Records) and ‘Azulejos’ (Wonderwheel Recordings), while also expanding his role as a sound designer for fashion houses such as Gucci, Vivienne Westwood, Isabel Marant, and Elie Saab, among others.
‘W’ releases on Wonderwheel Recordings May 22nd.
Released by:Wonderwheel Recordings
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