Multi-faceted LA-based producer No Mana made his Monstercat debut today with his feel-good single, “Yesterday.”
Leading with a weightless emotive vocal, the track is fused with sonic and visual elements reminiscent of the ’90s and 2000’s. Fueled by old but cherished memories, No Mana expresses his nostalgia through the euphoric melodies and bright chords, while modernizing the classic sound with his own electro stylings. The self-produced cover art is a testament to his pixel art skills and a nod to the single’s theme, featuring throwback relics like a Tamagotchi, a Hasbro i-Dog, and a first generation iPod. “Yesterday” showcases a different side of No Mana’s musicianship which he’ll continue to explore on the label.
No Mana shares, “Despite not being involved in the lyrical direction, this song to me basically means being unable to escape nostalgia. For a while the goal of No Mana has always been to take inspiration from music in an earlier time and modernize it in my own way. Making “Yesterday” was a good opportunity to express exactly that, both instrumentally and lyrically. This was actually one of my most heavily worked on projects with many hours and versions passed. I wanted to make sure I came back with something that sounds exactly how I wanted it to be.”
No Mana has dominated genres from electro to trance, garnering a fervent fan base around his internet humor, video game aesthetic, and flawless production. Alongside his ‘Electromag’ compilation for the ages and cosigns from deadmau5, Diplo, and other household names, his artisanship is central to his identity having crafted the visuals for his releases, music videos, and live shows since day one. Fans can look forward to catching “Yesterday” live during his North American tour, with 14 forthcoming stops including Las Vegas, Miami, Honolulu, and more to come.
About No Mana
Signed to deadmau5’s mau5trap label, electro house producer No Mana built a name for himself on the back of his UP series of singles before releasing debut album ‘Secret Level’ in February 2020.
Inheriting his grandad’s love for techno and trance at a very young age, L.A.-based producer No Mana (born Jordan Orcaz) grew up surrounded by electronic influences, which, as is often the case, made him interested in producing. Debuting with a remix of Black Morphs & Elexem’s “You & I,” the young producer quickly caught the eye of electro heavyweight deadmau5, who promptly signed Orcaz to his mau5trap label.
Maintaining his video game-inspired aesthetic, the producer made his label debut with the two-track “1UP” (2015), followed that year by sequels “2UP,” “3UP,” “4UP, ” “5UP,” and singles “Tell Me” and “Claws.” A varied set of offerings, the musician’s early efforts danced through genres from trance to electro house, bound by a punchy, crisp sound reminiscent of mau5trap’s founder.
Continuing with the UP series, 2016 saw the release of another four volumes (“6UP” through “9UP”) alongside the producer’s debut EP, ‘Game Over’. A subsequent EP, ‘Above the Blue,’ arrived the following year, bookended by the heavier anthems of “10UP” and “11UP”. It was 2018 where the young producer kicked his output into overdrive; while keeping the UP’ series going strong with volumes 12 and 13, the producer released two 30-plus-minute mini-albums, ‘Assorted Repetitions’ and ‘Melted Candy’.
After pushing through 2019 with “14UP” and a set of singles, Orcaz released his debut album, ‘Secret Level’, in February 2020. Retaining the banger-centric ethos of his career thus far, the project built primarily on the electro house aspects of his work, featuring collaborations with Chipzel, Voicians, Jantine, and EDDIE.
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No Mana – “Yesterday” is out now via Monstercat
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