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Mangomad is the solo project of Edinburgh-based producer Kelman Greig. Kelman began his music career working as CD Editor for Future Music magazine. A place where he got his inquisitive hands on the latest electronic music gear, and a much needed grounding in music production. In 2003, Kelman co-founded Edinburgh’s now fossilised Yummi Records and one half of The Masters of Truemanship. The first release on Yummi was the quirky reggae tune Sunshine Spirit reaching #2 in Radio Magnetic’s playlist chart in April 2003, and received the thumbs-up from Leith’s most famous literary son, Irvine Welsh.

Mangomad’s debut album Electrotherapy was released at the tail end of 2004 and received some critical acclaim, the Big Issue describing it as “A Masterpiece”. Notable gigs followed, with the most prestigious being a slot on the Meduza stage at Sziget 2006 in Budapest – one of Europe’s largest music festivals. Mangomad even made it onto the official Sziget t-shirts for that year, alongside luminaries such as The Prodigy, Franz Ferdinand and The Scissor Sisters.

Your Beautiful Daydream from the album also featured on the final credits of the BAFTA Scotland award winning documentary, The Holyrood Files, a film that followed the troubled and now infamous build of Scotland’s first parliament in 300 years.

After Electotherapy, Kelman turned his attention to writing and producing music for BBC Scotland documentaries under the guise of Neon Eight. Impending fatherhood also dictated the need for a more stable income. Neon Eight credits include sync licenses for Disney Educational Productions.

In 2009, Mangomad returned with an electro-hip-hop remix of Stanley Odd’s debut single The Numbness, the ‘Dead Leg Drop Mix’ received extensive radio play, most notably by Dan Hegarty on Ireland’s RTE 2. He also remixed Stanley Odd’s 2nd single, ‘Think of A Number’ and is remixing the whole of their debut album ‘Oddio’.

Mangomad is back with a dark, new single, ‘A New Parable’ featuring the poetic and prophetic rhymes of Solareye, the frontman of Stanley Odd. A New Parable is a story of injustice, torture and revenge. In addition to writing and producing the music, Mangomad also turned his creative urges to the visual media by producing and directing the stunning animated video for the single, ensuring a notable return to the vanguard of new music from Scotland.

An animated sequel to A New Parable is in the planning stages, continuing this disturbing journey and taking the story to another level. Again featuring Solareye’s, it will be a marriage of magnetic and perfectly executed storytelling and the crafted electro beats of Mangomad’s production.

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