Oxford’s Hugo Manuel is one of the latest producers to join the world of pop-flavored beatscapes often described with words like “chill,” “blissful,” “summery,” “hazy,” and a “wave” of some kind. As Chad Valley, Manuel has prepared a four-song, self-titled EP for the new multi-national Cascine label, and we’ve got the first track to leak from that release here. “Ensoniq Funk” closes out Chad Valley, sending listeners off with an uplifting amalgam of ’80s-pop samples, distant synth melodies, blown-out dance beats, a palpable sense of youthful exuberance, and a thick fog of AM radio fuzz. You can find out how the rest of Manuel’s debut EP sounds when it drops on November 16.

Ensoniq Funk