ATD26: Manga Music

Akira The Don

manga music sleeve
  • Uploaded on
    October 25, 2011
  • Recorded at
    Don Studios IV
  • Produced by
    Akira The Don
  • Mixed by
    Akira The Don
  • Mastered by
    Gaz Williams
  • Artwork by
    Akira The Don & Zef

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Read an interview with me about manga Music at Comics Alliance.

Brothers and sisters! Ladies and gentlemen! Dons and Donettes! it is 05:39am on October 25th, 2011, and it is my very distinct and giddy pleasure to present to you:


Manga Music is my twenty sixth ATD mixtape, a tribute to the monumental works of Manga Entertainment, who this year celebrate 20 years of serving us Westerners with the very finest anime.

20 (twenty) years ago I was a little boy living by the sea in North Wales gaping in awe at their advert for Akira in the back of my Dad’s copy of Vox magazine. A little while later I was pushing a big VHS cassette into its slot, an a few hours after that my life was changed forever.

I was always going to make this mixtape, but it was important to me that I waited until I had acquired the necessary skills to do it justice. I produced every track on the thing, all sixteen, and they had to sound amazing. I started work on this in June, four long months ago. Back then I was a bachelor, and I worked in Acid Pro on a PC. Now I am married, and I work in Logic on a Mac, as shown to me by my sensei Dr Stephen Hague. I have never taken this much time on a mixtape in all my many years of making mixtapes, but like I said, it was important to me that it came out sounding amazing.

As usual, my rap super-friends came through and blessed me with incredible performances (and I made a new rap super-friend, San Francisco alchemist Time), Jeres played some next level guitar, and DJ Jack Nimble provided the scratches. My beautiful wife suffered the loss of her husband for a wile, who spent many nights up till it got light mixing and metadating (check out the next level awesomeness of my fully linked-up Youtube mixtape payer!) and filling the house with diesel fumes. Finally, Zef added the extra touches of magic to my Otomo cover version artwork.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone that helped me make this record, everyone that bought it on preorder, or its accompanying T-shirt and hoodie (the hoodie is my favourite item of merch I have yet produced), and of course, everyone involved in creating, and distributing the incredible art that changed my life, inspires me to this day, and formed the foundation of these songs.

Anyway. That’s enough talk. This is your record now. I hope you enjoy it.




CD, MP3 Bundle, FLAC bundle, T-Shirt and Hoodie!

For the skint: a free one-track 192kbps MP3! download here!

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including sleevenotes and individual sharing options
click the track titles.


  1. Hello
    October 25, 2011
    1:28 pm

    “Twenty years ago in North Wales a little boy called Adam, stuck a big plastic video casette into his video casette hole” 

  2. Zef
    October 25, 2011
    1:33 pm

    That was me by the way. 

  3. Zef
    October 25, 2011
    1:33 pm

    I am Zef. It keeps calling me hello…

  4. Anonymous
    October 25, 2011
    1:55 pm


  5. Raydome Rufio
    October 25, 2011
    6:36 pm

    This is all kinds of awesome. Well done & thank you, it’s MINT!!

  6. Anonymous
    October 25, 2011
    7:09 pm

    Cheers G!

  7. Anonymous
    October 26, 2011
    9:11 pm


  8. Daniel
    October 30, 2011
    7:15 pm

    I cant find the word in english so i’ll say it in spanish.

    esto esta de la puta madre, con estilo unico y la verdad es que me pone contento poder meterme aca y escuchar algo nuevo y original que la verdad de las cosas me alegra el dia.

    thanks adam

  9. Anonymous
    October 30, 2011
    7:49 pm

    I’m gonna assume that doesn’t mean “YOU SUCK BALLS I AM GOING TO HUNT YOU DOWN AND KILL YOU”, and say thank YOU

  10. Anonymous
    October 30, 2011
    7:49 pm

    I’m gonna assume that doesn’t mean “YOU SUCK BALLS I AM GOING TO HUNT YOU DOWN AND KILL YOU”, and say thank YOU

  11. Norwaykarl71
    November 18, 2011
    5:08 pm

    Got my new hoodie, cd and tee package today and even tho it’s not yellow it’s GRRRRRREEEEAT, as my old mate Tony used to say! 

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