Tuesday, November 25, 2014

EICV7" No. 90 - Chud

Monday, November 24, 2014

EIC's 10Q's w/ Rush Midnight

"..refreshing and consoling for fans of rich and inspiring sounds.."

Rush Midnight
Soft-House Wave

Rush Midnight Bio:
Born and raised in Brooklyn, Russ Manning joined Twin Shadow in early 2010. While on tour across Europe and Australia, Russ began to write songs in 2 star hotel rooms and mixing the songs in the van. By 2012 Russ had discovered a clear voice of New York in the evening; an alter ego exploration called Rush Midnight. New York label Cascine released his debut EP +1 with production support from George Lewis Jr. With influences spanning from Minneapolis ’80s funk group Change, to The Police and Sade, Rush Midnight currently writes songs in the shadows of his bedroom with the hope of one day writing in the light of the outdoors. Rush Midnight has toured with Miami Horror, Gold Fields, Savoir Adore, and played a sold out show with St. Lucia in Jan 2014. Rush Midnight’s debut full length self-titled album will be out on May 27, 2014 on Last Gang Records. The record was executively produced by Jesse F. Keeler (MSTRKRFT / Death From Above 1979). Today, he is excited to release the first cut from the LP, entitled “In Your Room.” The track is about inspiring one another to elevate beyond the bland, to escape the city and find your heaven, whether it is an illusion or a reality.

Hello, how are you?
Swell. Driving to Ottawa for our first show of our tour and our second time in Ottawa.

What are you currently listening to?
SBTRKT's new album, Jungle's recent album, The Horrors, Prince's new album, Orange Juice.

What's the story behind the band name?
This project was initially named "Young Midnight", but I was convinced that the word 'young' was being overused. I decided to name it Rush Midnight as more of an alter ego persona. I thought the sound matched the sounds of the words. I liked how it looked.

Was there a specific sound you were going for when you began this project?
Lounge band but in an awesome lounge that everyone goes to... Something dance-y, but effortless. Detailed, smooth and dirty in parts.

Care to shed some info on your latest release; theme, favorite track(s), etc?
My newest single "Take Us There" (off the re-release of my self-titled debut), is a bit more Surfy and shows some of a looser, more live sound off the next release. It's about that one person who always turns things up. When you go out with her you don't come home until the next day. You commit to an adventure and you always explore new territory.

Will you be touring extensively for said release?
So far we have this Canada/US fall tour with Lights, and I'll be DJ'ing in Art Basel. I hope the books fill up for next year!

Got any other projects we should know about?
I've just finished my follow up LP and now I'm working on a mixtape featuring various rappers. I produce and sing the hook on each song. It's fun!

What movie would work best on mute while listening to you music?
'Daydream Nation'

You can only keep/listen to ONE album for the rest of your life ..which album would it be?
One of my own. I'd be sure to cram as many vibes in there as possible. I haven't written it yet. OR 'Give 'em Enough Rope' by The Clash.

Are you living your dream?
YES, however my dream keeps getting bigger..

Thanx Russ (and Nickk too)!

Rush Midnight recently (re)released a deluxe version of the debut s/t album, check that out right here...

REVIEW: Rush Midnight - s/t (Deluxe Edition)

7 out of 10

Winter is pretty much here (at least where I live it is), but that's not stopping Russ Manning (whom used to be in Twin shadow and is now Rush Midnight) from re-releasing his debut [solo] album which I'm sure served an (even more) amazing purpose during the previous warmer seasons. So, what? Maybe it is cold where you live, albums like this are here to warm us up right? Go ahead and pretend its Spring/Summer still/already OK;]?

The mood is upbeat, seductive and warming. The music an eclectic mix of Indie Electronic Dance-meets-House/Disco Pop served with a twist of Balearic Chill Wave. Mmmm-yes, drink it down, forget all of your worries, feel the suns rays, relax (go to clubs/whatever you need to do) you're where you need to be ..winter never even arrived and never will if you don't let it.;] Rush Midnight makes catchy Pop music that is both refreshing and consoling for fans of rich and inspiring sounds.

Definitely "Feeln' good, Feeln' right? Here's your soundtrack for the night;]" Recommended.

Standout Tracks: Fix Me Up, In Your Room, Say I'm Someone (reminds me of TyM), I Was Myself, They'll Never Know, Crash, Little Bit (Lykke Li Cover), I'm Yours (B Side)

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Cool Video Funtime #463 - A Painless End

A curious gift from a friendly stranger. Thanks "Randall";]

Friday, November 21, 2014

Good (FREE) music laying around the interwebs.. Pt. 2