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Published on September 12th, 2019 | by Jerry Doby


Manic Focus Releases Sixth Album ‘Lost In A Digital World’ and Fall Tour Dates

Globally renowned producer John ‘JmaC’ McCarten releases his sixth full-length album ‘Lost in a Digital World,’ offering another glimpse at the boundary-pushing aesthetic and on-going evolution that is Manic Focus. Ever inspired by his love for hip-hop, the album is a manifestation of his shift from producer to composer – one beat, instrument and verse at a time. Manic Focus will hit the road, on a Fall tour of the same name, for fans to experience his captivating sonic storytelling live.


“’Lost in a Digital World’  is perhaps my most cohesive body of work to date, and tells a story about the last two years of my journey as a producer since the 2017 release of Minds Rising. With this record, I wanted to paint an aural illustration of my creative process and my experimentation with different genres, styles and instruments. True to the album’s title, I found myself lost in the music, and above all wanted to prove to myself that I was not limited to the ‘electro-soul’ genre or any singular musical category. The album draws elements from the realms of house, dubstep, trap, hip-hop, electronic, downtempo and beyond, which is a definite change from anything I’ve ever put out before. The message that I want my fans to be left with after listening is that no one should ever be afraid to go outside of their comfort zone. Do something that scares or challenges you every single day and get lost in a world of your own.” 

John McCarten / Manic Focus

The producer has been busy this summer, having already released four singles ahead of the full album release. The final advance single, ”Just Like You,” starts off with an energetic progression of trap-style sounds, builds into arpeggiated strings and fierce synth with manipulated vocals sprinkled throughout. “Just Like You” came on the heels of “Lyrebird” that dropped on July 31st, which featured the feathery keys of Borahm Lee (Pretty Lights Music/Break Science) and the crooning saxophone of Dominic Lalli (Big Gigantic), garnering praise from Billboard as one of the best new dance tracks and a “perfect piece of jazzy atmosphere to lift you toward blue skies.”

‘Lost in a Digital World’ features original, sample-free material and live instrumentation from McCarten, further cementing himself in the upper echelon of producers and bringing his music to a wider audience spanning across multiple genres. The LP includes features from Dominic Lalli (Big Gigantic), Protohype, Russ Liquid, Borahm Lee (Pretty Lights Music/Break Science), and Psalm One to name a few. Please visit www.manicfocus.com to learn more about the album and upcoming tour dates.


LOST IN A DIGITAL WORLD Fall Tour Dates (with more dates to be announced):

09/13/19 | Boulder CO – Fox Theatre

09/14/19 | Fort Collins CO – Aggie Theatre

09/20/19 | Austin TX – Vulcan Gas Co

09/21/19 | Houston TX – Last Concert Cafe

09/27/19 | Athens GA – Georgia Theatre

09/28/19 | Nashville TN – Basement East

10/04/19 | Ozark AR – Wakaan Fest

10/11/19 | Asheville NC – Orange Peel

10/12/19 | Knoxville TN – Concourse at the International

10/24-27/19 | Live Oak FL – Suwannee Hulaween

10/31/19 | Morgantown, WV – 123 Pleasant Street

11/01/19 | Pittsburgh, PA – Rex Theatre

11/02/19 | New York, NY – Brooklyn Bowl

11/08/19 | Charleston, SC – Woodlands Fest

11/09/19 | Baltimore MD – Soundstage

11/15/19 | Minneapolis MN – First Avenue

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