“Back It Up” should come with a warning about the speed of the drum samples. Most producers struggle to coordinate rhythm and time for drum samples at 120 bpm, let alone 140. Mannequin, however; mixes these breakneck drum samples perfectly into the track, challenging even the quickest of shufflers to a dance off.

Most tracks like this tend to lose complexity and their form due to the sheer pace of the piece and yet Mannequin never loses this. In fact, he doubles down incorporating multiple complex synth styles into the melody, from staccato to wave, moving at a speed every listener can appreciate, while never losing pace with the drums. Add the quintessential “Back It Up” vocal sample as the cherry on top and Mannequin has himself a track worth head bobbing to.

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