In the over-saturated market of electronic dance music, it's often the quirkier acts and artists that are the most memorable. Making music has never been easier, and now that anyone with a laptop can produce club-worthy tracks, the process of getting noticed is no longer just a case of letting your music speak for itself.

'Image is everything'. Well, not quite everything, you still need to sound good, but for the Instagram generation, it's arguably just as important. It adds to the overall experience, and some artists even go so far as to create a whole narrative that surrounds everything they do, the futuristic robots of Daft Punk are probably the most famous example in house music.

The artist behind this week's featured track was more flamboyant than futuristic, 'Azari & III' spent just five years together after first meeting at a Karaoke bar in their native Canada, in 2008.

Today we're looking at their 2011 single 'Manic' which was released alongside the only studio album the band recorded together, before going their separate ways in 2013. Confirmation of the split was delivered in a suitably theatrical Facebook post by Alphonse Alixander Lanza III:

‘Ladies and gentleman, boys and girls, the art project known as AZARI & III has done its work, run its course and is, for all intents and purposes, a momentary blip in time, now forever imprinted on the Universe. Our recent EP entitled “Extinction Event” was just that, an extinguishing of the flame and a bird into the fire of blissful, eternal oblivion.’

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