Manic Focus' "Minds Rising" Out Friday


Submitted by -Manic Focus Thu, 04/20/2017 - 6:55 am

Minds Rising, the new full-length album from Manic Focus, will release Friday, April 21st to all digital retailers and streaming platforms.

Minds Rising is an infectious encapsulation of Manic Focus' roots in funk, soul, new-era hip hop, and electronic music. The album is an artful curation of the burgeoning Chicago music landscape and beyond, featuring appearances from cutting-edge hip hop artists, vocalists, producers, and musicians from across the country. Minds Rising is an opus two years in the making, and paints an aural illustration of Manic Focus’ shift from producer to composer — one beat, instrument and verse at a time.

Minds Rising features collaborations with a stacked roster of talented musicians, including the percussive genius of Adam Deitch (Lettuce, Break Science), powerful vocals of Jennifer Hartswick (Trey Anastasio Band), and meticulous production of Late Night Radio, who all join forces on the album’s soulful lead single, “Stronger.” ProbCause lays down heavy bars on the trap anthem “Putting All Of My People On." Russ Liquid backs “Habit” with a funky New Orleans style three-piece horn section, while emerging hip hop group the RapperChicks deliver witty, earth-shattering verses and a captivating chorus to round out the track. Brooklyn based musicians Exmag and Borahm Lee (Lowtemp Music, Break Science) harmonize on “Your X Now” to bring space jazz rhythms and twinkling piano elements to Manic Focus’ stellar composition. Other collaborations include features from future bass producer Psymbionic on “Pushing,” rising Chicago stars Statik on “Stochastic Resonance,” Carlile on “Timeless,” and the razor sharp lyricism of Chicago rapper Psalm One on “Joy In the Noise.”

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Manic Focus Upcoming Tour Dates

04.21 - Milwaukee, WI - Miramar Theatre
04.22 - Milwaukee, WI - Miramar Theatre
04.27 - New Orleans, LA - Republic
04.28 - Urbana, IL - Canopy Club
04.29 - Detroit, MI - Majestic Theatre
05.05 - Madison, WI - Majestic Theatre
05.06 - Eureka Springs, AR - Phunkberry
05.20 - Pomeroy, OH - ColorDance
05.26 - Chilicothe, IL - Summer Camp Music Festival
06.03 - Birmingham, AL - Slicefest
06.09 - South Haven, MI - GRIDLIFE
06.10 - Stephentown, NY - Disc Jam Music Festival
06.15 - Dufur, OR - What The Festival
06.30 - Quincy, CA - High Sierra Music Festival
07.01 - Quincy, CA - High Sierra Music Festival (Late Night)
07.13.17 - Scranton, PA - Camp Bisco Music Festival
08.04-08.05 - George, WA - Gorge Amphitheatre