Midnight Beach – New Album Release

Midnight Beach released its debut album today. Check out the single dance-pop, piano-flourished track “Fantasy” from the album here:

Midnight Beach consists of Steve Alex and Vovi Vu from Clearwater, Florida. They met in 2014 at a beachbar where Vovi agreed to mix a few songs for Steve’s bands and they soon learned that they were instant musical partners and in three years they are ready to share their self-titled debut album. The songs on the album are retro electro-pop that are perfect for summer days.  See the music video for “No” from the LP here:

https://www.vevo.com/watch/midnight-beach/no/QM6N21713613

The song has got an edgy vibe but still retains the pop influences with interesting synth melodies and electronic beats that are sure to get the party started. The 10-track album is a great intro to what Midnight Beach is all about and their introduction to the music world is a solid one.

To stay up to date with Midnight Beach, follow them on Instagram, Soundcloud, Twitter, and their official site.

Hugs for Chelsea – New Album Release

A group of major artists including Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine), Graham Nash (Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young), Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth), and more launched an online benefit album supporting Chelsea Manning titled “Hugs for Chelsea,” which released on May 19.

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Photo illustration via Evan Greer

Manning is a 29-year-old transgender woman and long-time leader in the LGBT community. She was the U.S. Army soldier convicted in July, 2013, of violating the Espionage Act after disclosing nearly three-quarters of a million of classified military and diplomatic documents to WikiLeaks. After seven years of incarceration and following the commutation of her 35-year sentence, Chelsea headed home to Maryland on May 17, 2017.

The online benefit compilation was created to raise funds to help cover Manning’s basic living expenses, including rent, utilities, health care, clothing and other living expenses for the first year after she is released. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the digital album will go directly to Manning, and will be deposited into a bank account set up by her sister. The GoFundMe page was created on Feb. 7, 2017, and has so far raised $170,810 of the $150,000 goal from a total of 4,166 people in three months.

The album features a variety of prominent artists from Talib Kweli to Anti-Flag, and was organized by transgender activist and singer-songwriter Evan Greer, who has been one of Chelsea’s close friends and supporters over the last several years of her imprisonment.

“The world needs more people like Chelsea Manning,” said Greer. “It has been an honor to fight for her and a privilege to get to know her. I wanted to do something to make sure she has the support she needs now that she is being released. Chelsea also loves music, and hasn’t had much access to it in prison. It’s so amazing that she is being released and can fully share herself with the world.”

Graham Nash wrote: “Chelsea Manning is one of my heroes. Anyone that has the courage to disturb the ‘status quo’, to ‘rock the boat’ as she did is very brave and what she did was show some truth to the American people about what the government was doing in our name. God Bless her.”

Tom Morello wrote: “Chelsea, thank you for your bravery. You’re a true American hero and an inspiration. Welcome home. I hope we get to meet one day. Relax, enjoy time with friends and family and then please run for President.”

“Chelsea’s courage knows no bounds,” said Greer. “By refusing to be silent she has fought for all of our basic rights. Her release is a testament to the power of grassroots organizing, and a victory for freedom of expression and human rights.”

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The benefit album is hosted on a Bandcamp page, and will allow for rolling submissions. Artists who wish to contribute a track to the effort in support of Chelsea can contact Evan Greer directly at: evangreer@gmail.com.

She survived solitary confinement, systemic denial of health care and years of being separated from her friends and community. If you are interested in offering an in-kind donation or other support, please e-mail: CMreleaseneeds@gmail.com.

The Human Experience – New Album Release

The Human Experience released the album “Broken Open” which reached #2 on Bandcamp’s best-selling chart, remaining at the top for two weeks. Check out the title track’s chill vibes here:

David Block is the mastermind behind The Human Experience, his principal project where he serves as the electronic composer, multi-instrumentalist and producer. His music is known for mixing layers of psychedelic melodies and harmonies over relaxing and moving beats.  He has released nine albums since his debut “Inaudible Sounds” back in 2010.

Along the way, David has collaborated with artists all over the world including Ignacio Perez (Buena Vista Social Club), William Close (The Earth Harp), Random Rab Govinda, Amae Love, Rising Appalachia, and many others. In the last three years he has toured in UK, Europe, Russia, Israel, Central America, Canada, and all over the United States at a variety of events including festivals like Burning Man, Boom, Coachella, Electric Forest, Wakarusa, Lightning in a Bottle, Sonic Bloom, Symbiosis, and Envision.

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David Block – The Human Experience. Photo provided by Planetary Group

David is currently on tour with upcoming dates listed here:

May 18: Brick & Mortar Music Hall – San Francisco, CA
May 19: Haven Underground – Nevada City, NV
May 20: The BlueBird – Reno, NV
August 17: Oregon Eclipse – Antelope, OR

To stay up to date with all things The Human Experience, be sure to check it out at YouTube, Soundcloud, Instagram, Facebook, and the official website.

Substance Abuse – New Album Release

Los Angeles-formed Hip-Hop duo Substance Abuse consisting of emcees Subz and Eso Tre have gone back and remixed their sophomore album “Background Music” that re-imagines the critically acclaimed work. Check out the track “Don’t Get Us Wrong feat. Tash (Remix)” off the EP “Background Music: The Redux” here:

Eso said the album refers to the state of Hip-Hop today and how music is created for mainstream consumption as opposed to original, creative and underground work. He said, “music seems deracinated of the personality and edge that it once had,” and the message in Hip-Hop lacks the significant power and influence it once had as it now relegates to background club and dance music.

This album is a great entry into the discography of Substance Abuse, where listeners can get a taste of their deep lyricism and personality all while focusing on socially conscious material. The “Redux” album features Krs-One, Tash, Waez One, Motion Man with remixes by The Chase, Da Stig, Rad Neef, Good Times, and Change the World.

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Image provided by Substance Abuse

To listen to the album, check it out on iTunes and Spotify. To stay up to date with Substance Abuse, follow them on Twitter, Soundcloud, Facebook, YouTube, and Bandcamp.

Savant – New Album Release

Savant has released his four-CD anthology collection “Outcasts” that celebrates his diverse discography from the past five years. Stream the full album here:

The anthology features new and unreleased material, VIP mixes, demos and more to celebrate Savant’s 5th anniversary. Savant is the alter-ego of Norway born, Los Angeles-based producer, composer Aleksander Vinter who has released 13 full length albums since 2011. From his debut “Ninur” and all the way through now, Savant has earned the right for becoming known as an unpredictable dance music icon. He has collected Norwegian Grammy Nominations, Top 25 positions on the iTunes Pop and Dance charts, more than 60 million Spotify stream, and 11 #1 albums on Beatport, an electronic music site.

Savant has experimented with a multitude of genres such as house, electro, disco, 80s new wave, 70s glam rock, 8-bit videogame soundtracks and more. For new fans looking to get into Savant music, the best way is to check out his latest anthology “Outcasts” available now.

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Photo provided by Savant

To stay up to date with all things Savant, be sure to follow him on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and Bandcamp.