Every Chicagoan prizes certain parts of this great city, and we can all agree that LSD, the abbreviation for Lake Shore Drive, is one of the most iconic. With its breath taking scenery of the Chicago skyline, following Lake Michigan‘s shoreline, it makes for some of the most satisfying smoke sessions. Recently Chicago’s Manic Focus releases a remix of LAKE SHORE DRIVE by Aliotta Haynes Jeremiah, an ode to the city, following in Probcause‘s footsteps, who used a slowed sample of the LSD lyrics about 5 years ago after WAVES. But Manic Focus choosing to keep the original sound, chop it up a bit and add a little bit of bass. Topping it off with two samples of iconic Chicago hip hop artists, Vic Mensa and the legendary Common. Packed with dope lyricism, balanced perfectly with Manics production, ending on a strong note lyrically and sonically, “It ain’t easy but we making it work ’cause we are children of the greatest nation on earth, are we not?“
Artists may tend to change up their original style and approach to their creative expression. It is how they survive, It is in an artists nature; they are not one single idea but many out of the box projections. Manic Focus, also known as Jmac, is known to change up styles constatantly. Between hip hop, bass, and some electro funk, even a mixture of all of em may occur, Jmac got plenty of room to express himself any which way he likes. His last two releases are a good example of experimentation between songs!
The older of the two, Never Grew Up, may be what you typically hear come out of Manic sets. Some live instrument samples followed by wonky bass lines, choppy synth work and a dynamic beat pattern to a slow bpm. All creating a groovy and tranquil energy as “we never grew up” echoes repeatedly reminding us, we are in this for the fun! A sound so familiar with Manic it can probably land under its own genre.
Fans of Manic might find his latest release All This Is hard to swallow, with an introduction throwing them off to more of a house bpm structure. Following the build up however Jmac brings it back with dark metallic bass lines and chops exuding a menacing energy that would throw a crowd into a frenzy. Living an industry surrounded by all types of genres it is only right for an artist like Manic Focus to experiment and inject his madness into it all.
The remix artist in Manic Focus is shining bright at this years end. Following his Minds Rising LP JmaC pulls off a few impressive remixes to artists like Big Gigantic with Pell, Liquid Stranger with Mr. Bill and Lotus. Adding to that list is the iconic Zeds Dead, a dynamic duo on their own with unique sound bending synth bass and hip hop influenced beat work. Combine that with Manics originality, aint nothin like that around.
If this aint enough jmaC just released a special mix for the holidays on his soundcloud that features some unreleased beats. Saving the Potatoes and Steak for last Manic Focus joins a line of respected artists for a compilation album for Big Beat Records. The first original in a long while but the wait was well worthy. Withs guns fully loaded the Super Happy Funtime tour scheduled to start its journey in Bangkok, Thailand should be on your bucket list. Follow him for tour dates in your city if you missed him on Liquid Strangers Hyper Color tour you are getting another chance.
Bringing some love to his hometown fans with a couple of performances during North Coast Music Festival weekend in Chicagos Union Park JmaC treated them to some new music and surprise guest Pretty Lights. Recently releasing a full length album at the start of Summer 17′ Minds Rising contains a mixture of hip hop, funk and bass beats paired with some live instrumentation. Within the album you have Chicago locals Probcause, Psalm One and the Rapper Chicks alongside Russ Liquid, Exmag and Late Night Radio to name a few.
Furthurmore we also get new music for the end of summer madness. Manic Focus redesigns Liquid Strangers dubstep track Frankenskank adding trippy layers of free form bass as apart of a remix EP alongside Yheti, Shlump, LUSZID and Protohype. JmaC will also be joining Liquid on tour dates. Shifting his cross hairs to fellow musicians Big Gigantic Miss Primetime featuring word connoisseur Pell. He turns the seductive electronic jazz beat into his own blended style of electro funk and bass. Bringing the perfect energy to bring in the new season!
Alex Medellin of Late Night Radio from Denver makes funky instrumentals crossing electro and soul genres. Reflective Tangents is his most recent jazz filled project. The 8 track playlist includes features by Kevin Donohue, Clark Smith, Def3, Boraham Lee, and WildaBeats. Most notable our hometown electro soul igniter Manic Focus hits us with that collab amongst the project along with Donohue on All My Troubles. Adding some additional electronic bass influence to the LP, it is balanced well amongst the intro tracks leading to NoGrave with guitar licks and groovy basslines. Listen to the full playlist on Late Night Radio’s soundcloud.
Put this track on repeat and get one with this beat. Premiering on ThisSongIsSick, Manic Focus unleashes a heavy electro soul remix It’s All Good. Originally composed by Griz about year ago. Manic Focus from Chicago relayers the track resulting in a new funky glitchy heavy bass hitting remake. Fans in Chicago had the opportunity to hear this new beat and others like his recents Sowing My Zone and Funky Style during their recent gig at Concord Music Hall March 18th with Probcause, Manic Science’s Boraham Lee, and Artifakts. It’s All Good is available for free download on the artists soundcloud page.
From the city of Chi, Manic Focus pumps out yet another original tune. But not before hitting up Break Science to collab and give their fans another treat as Manic Science. Sandy Speaks is a chill vibe track that will encourage and motivate you from the start with a message of self empowerment. Wavy synths, catchy beat patterns and heavy bass and chopped vocals delicately carry throught the rest of the track.
Manic Focus consistently releases some of the most funky electronic beats coming out of Chicago. Proving he got some real funky swag with Lettuce from New York on their collab track dubbed Funky Style. His most recent release Sowing My Zone, Manic has some adds some hip hop style influence accompanied with melodic synths and vocals repeatin I’m so in my zone. You can guess Manic was just that in the making of this track. In that state of mind like that the man is unstoppable. Play this on a good day to get your mind right, its a free download.
Originally from the Twin Cities but is currently reppin the set in Chi town, we know him as homies. Manic Focus, the young producer known for his dope live music sets and funky beats released yet another one. This time hooking up with Brooklyn’s finest Break Science and Lettuce on Funky Style to make a song that is just that. There is no time you cannot vibe with this. Its undisputed, it is rhythmically smooth and beautiful. Try not to move to this, its pretty hard.
Local Chicagoan Colin Grimm otherwise known as Probcause is gettin known quite quickly from fans to artists and labels. It is his unique style of rapping and the energy he brings to a stage for an audience. It is his music itself that has alot of energy on its own so it is hard not to get known, only to feeding his ego! Getting the attention by some real dope artists too.
Prob has turned the heads of the Lowtemp crew and other artists alike and the music they make together is pretty perfect. It is like perfect match in creative minds. Recently hookin up with another Chicago artist Manic Focus to make a sexy remix of Exmags track Tilt Mode with Gibbz. Prob is not unknown to Exmag either, having made a track together on his latest album Waves and working with Lowtemp creator Gramatik on a real cool super creative beat that will make you wanna grab a beer n party till you get loud!
Speaking of collabing with dope artists Colin has started another project aside from Probcause. Linking up with Hologram Kizzie, aka Psalm One, to give you Zro Fox. Get it? Pretty cool, and they announced the collab with a serisouly dope music video for their single Might Not, as a preamble to their album to be released later.
Hologram Kizzie and Prob have been workin together for a while since 2008 from live sets at the Bottom Lounge up to Lincoln Hall in Chicago, to working on a few songs here and there on records such as the Recipe Vol. 1 & 2 covering multiple genres. Recently playing here in our very own city of Chicago in Lincoln Hall, is where they first layed down Zro Fox’s single Might Not and it was magnificent.
Watching the two flow together on the mic so flawlessly was amazing. They work very well together, them and Kat V the beautuful violinist, Cofresi and other artists that Prob likes to collab with frequently and bring up on stage. Manic Focus is also known to work with a violinist, Colin n JmaC share some similar interests! Colin definitely knows how to spot and pick a good artist that would be compatible to collab with him. Having a show with Big Gigantic at the Aragon Ballroom this Saturday the 14th, I am excited to see what Probcause has next up his sleeve.