‘The girders stack up into the night sky on every side, like a giant’s game of Jenga, as (the) mix of metal, police sirens and beats crunch from the speakers.’
– Get Into This
Iranian MCs Farhood and Tardast formed Manteq Records with a view to broadcasting their British-based Persian-language take on rap, whilst giving a voice to the displaced by speaking hard-hitting truths on subjects such as seeking refuge, imprisonment, and lives split across continents.
Manteq has since moved with quickness and force, breathing new life into Liverpool’s grime scene, packing out intimate venues with their Farsi flow and the unsettling, reconstructed grime productions upon which they ride.
While for this duo the past’s echoes are far from bright, the ripple-effect of Manteq looks set to carry their wave form far and wide in 2018.