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Manic Focus drops the ‘Future Flux’ EP to WAKAAN

by Nicholas Lorenzo
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Manic Focus floods your speakers with his new EP, Future Flux, released today via the acclaimed WAKAAN label. Earlier this year, Manic Focus released the lead single, “Back From The Future,” to build anticipation and provide a glimpse at the bouncy undertones and forward thinking sounds. Now that the full EP is here, let’s travel to the future for some entirely sick beats!

Future Flux opens with “Bonkers,” a collaboration with Ahee and a true an introduction to the futuristic world of Manic Focus. Grizzly bass and synths dominate the sonic landscape with powerful percussion that break into riveting atmospheres. Audiences have already fallen for “Back From The Future,” and to continue the momentum, Manic Focus collabs with K+LAb to bring “Right To Left,” a standout track that will have listeners groovin until they drop. Next, Manic Focus shifts the energy with “Nerve Center,” a relatively slower tempo bass heater with incredibly wonky and gritty bass lines that work harmoniously with the intricate sound design. “Let It Go” closes the EP with ethereal melodics, vocalizations and vibrant colors that expand into a monstrous wall of sound.

Manic Focus delivers an excellently crafted EP with two collaborations and three original tracks that exemplify his musical prowess and eclectic influences. From soulful melodies to the show-stopping bass, Future Flux is a stellar musical journey of the new era of electronic music.

With the full force of Future Flux out now, Manic Focus tells us:

“This EP is an exploration into the heavier side of the Manic Focus vision.  In recent years, I have performed with many Wakaan artists, and their styles have inspired me to dive deeper into sound design and arrangement to create exciting synths and textures that I haven’t previously included in my compositions.  Future Flux is my journey through the heavier side of my mind, and my optimism for mankind’s ability to change and grow in a positive way through difficult times.  I think it’s important to head into the future with optimism, armed with knowledge, balance, and the ability to let go and rage through the moments that hinder our growth as individuals.  I had a blast creating these tunes, and playing them live for my fans has been an amazing experience.” – Manic Focus

Future Flux EP by Manic Focus was released on Friday, March 11th, 2022, via WAKAAN.

More About Manic Focus

Manic Focus is the electronic music project of John “JmaC” McCarten, a Denver-based producer with roots in funk, soul, and new-era hip-hop. A multi-dimensional artist with a rowdy style that spans multiple genres, Manic Focus fuses soulful blues with heavy-hitting bass, creating a tone that’s entirely his own.

Originally hailing from the Twin Cities, JmaC grew up with classical piano lessons from an early age, developing a trained musical ear and laying the groundwork for his future in beat production. In his teen years, he developed a deep appreciation for hip-hop music, citing musical influences such as Atmosphere, Brother Ali and MF Doom. In high school, JmaC began producing hip-hop music using Logic software, making beats for his friends to rap on. He transitioned into making electronic music 5 years later, combining his love of hip-hop with electronic sound design and future bass influences.

Over the last 10 years, JmaC has released six full-length albums, each one a new evolution in sound and approach. The producer continues to push himself to new musical limits by incorporating original, sample-free recordings, which is especially apparent in the material from his last full length album Lost in a Digital World, released in September of 2019. Since then, JmaC has released 15 singles, including collaborations with Break Science, Mersiv, ProbCause, and Marvel Years. McCarten has also completed a slew of official remixes for notable artists such as Louis the Child, Zed’s Dead, Pretty Lights, GRiZ, The Floozies, Umphrey’s McGee, PLS&TY, Lettuce, and Minnesota.

Recent live highlights include performances at Lollapalooza, Hulaween, North Coast Music Festival, High Sierra Music Festival, Camp Bisco, and Summer Camp Music Festival. Previous performances of note include Electric Forest, Bonnaroo, The Gorge Amphitheater in WA and numerous Red Rocks performances supporting Zhu, Emancipator, Pretty Lights and more.

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