A Band, A Movement, A Musical Journey, An Experience
A PLACE is the 1st single off of the debut album LEVELS, which is also the name of the band, lead by frontman Keith “WildChild” Middleton, along with Aaron Marcellus on vocals, guitarist Luca “Mack” Marcias, Jacopo “Snow” Mazza on Keyboards. The group is international, one from NY, one from Atlanta and two from Italy and have been performing on stages in Europe, Japan and the US, the past couple of years, writing, performing and testing out songs for this album. The four artists – all on different musical paths, from Rock to Funk, to Hip Hop, to R&B, to Jazz and Classical – have arrived at the same destination – LEVELS!
A PLACE, seems at first a simple love song “There’s no place that I would rather be … right here with you, my dear, beside me…” but it actually is a more complex and textured interpretation of Adam and Eve as our common ancestor, what binds all mankind in love and unity. Delving into the multi dynamic layers of Love, the international super group, LEVELS, explore the musical nuances of Hip-Hop, Neo Soul, Jazz, Pop, R&B, Funk, Afrobeat, and Latin genres. These diverse styles help to fully articulate the time traveling journey of Adam as he searches for his soulmate Eve after being exiled from paradise.
Keith explains “They say the legend of Adam and Eve is written in the stars. If you look closely, you may notice the two were cast out of paradise as punishment for eating an apple from the Forbidden Tree of Truth. Now both mortal, Adam vows to Eve that he will always find her in their next lives. A secret he learned from his one bite of the apple. In present day, it is written that Adam will find Eve at one of his shows with his band LEVELS.”
This album is the journey that we all share, reflecting life as Adam or Eve. The concept of belief in true love, faith you will find it, the pursuit of happiness the struggle of adversity subsequent loss and sometimes, satisfying triumph. Life is full of diversity and dynamics, and so is this album. A PLACE is your first taste of the Apple of Truth that is on its way.
Music Video Credits:
Director: Ahmed Best
Producer: BISN Media (Ahmed Best, Nikit Doshi)
D.P. : Kevin Zeigler
Editor: Salman Syed
Post Production: LaurelWood Pictures (Jeff Billings)
Shouts to BMI for featuring this video as their video of the month. It is an interview where Run of Run-DMC is explaining how they didn’t want to make “Walk This Way” at first. They were going to sample the beat and rap over it. But Russel Simmons had the vision and said, no, remake the actual song. It’s a funny story, told by one of Hip Hop’s pioneering legends, Joseph “Run’ Simmons. Check it out and leave comments below…
“Walk This Way” RUN-DMC ft. Aerosmith is arguably the best music video ever. Click “more” to see the video.
A Hip Hop album so authentic and raw it is being released on Vinyl as well as CD and digital formats. The Baltimore MC’s last albumÂ Sacricice spawned 2 singles which made it toÂ MTV,Â BET, &Â VH1. Having also recently toured Japan, released new music with his groups Bop Alloy and Fanomm, Substantial has been garnering a ton of positive press and the time is just right for his next solo release. The cover art was done byÂ Romain Jacquet-LagrÃ¨ze
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Res has this “sexy psycho-chick” vibe goin’ on in this video. Certainly got my attention! This beat is crazy. Part Reggae, part Hip Hop, 100% Rock N Roll, I’m pretty sure we’ll be seeing this one on MTV, VH1 & BET soon, not just your neighborhood YouTube Channel. To me, Idle Warship is an alternative to Jay-Z and R. Kelly’s “Best of Both Worlds”. Kweli, Res and the band really blends genres in a way that’s always fresh and exciting. The mostly “green-screen” video was directed by none other than R.A the Rugged Man. (‘Stanley Kubrik’ indeed.)
Idle Warship’s album Habits of the Heart has features fromÂ Jean Grae, Jay Knocka, Chester French, Michelle Williams & John Forte.