It all starts with 'PROLOGUE' creating the right mood for the tracks 'THUMP & SHRIEK' and 'GROWL' which, together with 'WHITE NOISE', have excellent flirting with darkwave; 'BEETWIXT & BETWEEN' and 'ECHO CHAMBERS' could be classified as Nile Rodgers playing some "hard industrial music"; 'HORROR VACUI' has an excellent mix of ballads, industrial rock and soundtracks from 80's low budget horror movies that, along with 'GUITAR SABOTAGE ', reminded me - a lot - of some tracks from John 5's solo albums; 'MILES' BACKING BAND' could be a dubstep version (with lots of energy drinks) of an imaginary band for Miles Davies' electric period, possibly a tribute to the jazz study of the duo's members; 'A QUIET PLACE' could be an 80's style ballad (seriously, it seemed like Sting was going to sing at any time up to 40 seconds of music). This last track seems to involuntarily refer to the famous story about the creation of Dream House style, by Robert Miles, where there was a need for some quieter music to be played before clubbers get their way home, thereby reducing the number of car crashes in the Italian 90's clubbing scene. This kind of "calm down" was something needed to give maximum contrast on such an interesting album!
Of course the comparisons I made may even sound like an anachronism, at the same time, this is the best characteristic of this work, because "old" electronic music styles are evident in what concerns the aesthetics that they were influenced by, however, there is an update with the ocean of styles that have emerged till this days (something that may even be unconscious). This is what makes 'Manifesto' such a good album, because Jan and Fabian had the ability to perform an excellent re-reading of krautrock, electronic music and even jazz without intending to become "cults", and this lack of malice, in addition to an extremely freedom of creation, is the power that can make 'Manifesto' a remembered album trough the years!
Here we can see how the duo play the song Flow (from their first EP) in a live session