In 2017, much to the delight of his fans, future-funk favorite Manic Focus released his highly anticipated new album, Minds Rising. As a follow-up to the album, in 2018, Manic Focus has plans to release Minds Rising Remixed, a collection of reimaginings of Minds Rising‘s tracks from a diverse array of some of his favorite artists, including Liquid Stranger, Cofresi, SunSquabi, Edamame, Wick-it The Instigator, and more. Today, in anticipation of the upcoming Minds Rising Remixed, Manic Focus has released Emancipator’s remix of “Stochastic Resonance” featuring Statik, marking the second single released off the upcoming LP.Emancipator’s trippy take on Manic Focus’ “Stochastic Resonance” is a delight to listen to. Spacious and super vibey, the remix coasts along on its laidback groove while calling back to psychedelic 90s trip-hop. You can take a listen to the new remix below. If you’re a fan of what you’re hearing, you can catch both artists at the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre in a few weeks, when Manic Focus opens for Emancipator on May 26th. See below for a full tracklist for Minds Rising, as well as a list of upcoming tour dates. For more information, head to Manic Focus’ website.Minds Rising Remixed Track List:1.) Drop In feat. Marvel Years & Chris Karns (SoDown Remix)2.) Putting All of My People On Feat. ProbCause (Liquid Stranger Remix)3.) Joy In The Noise feat. Psalm One (Daily Bread Remix)4.) Stochastic Resonance feat. Statik (Emancipator Remix)5.) Snap Like This feat. Artifakts & Erick Jesus Coomes (Wick – It The Instigator Remix)6.) Pushing feat. Psymbionic (Rave Boar Remix)7.) Rage Fits Perfect feat. The MFin’ Band (SunSquabi Remix)8.) Habit feat. Russ Liquid & The Rapper Chicks (Megan Hamilton Remix)9.) Stronger feat. Late Night Radio, Jennifer Hartswick, Adam Deitch (Cofresi Remix)10.) Timeless feat Carlile (Edamame Remix)11.) Sowing My Zone feat. Ryan Viser (GoodSex Remix)12.) Your X Now feat. Exmag & Borahm Lee (LWKY Remix)13.) *BONUS TRACK* – Pushing feat. Psymbionic (R34L Remix)View All TracksManic Focus 2018 Tour Dates:May 11 – Shaky Beats Festival – Atlanta, GAMay 26 – Red Rocks Amphitheatre – Morrison, COJune 7 – Bonnaroo – Manchester, TNJune 21-24 – Electric Forest – Rothbury, MIJune 28-July 1 – Electric Forest – Rothbury, MIAugust 11-12 – Moonrise Festival – Baltimore, MDAugust 17-18 – 515 Alive – Des Moines, IASeptember 6-9 – Dancefestopia – Kansas City, MOSeptember 20-22 – Resonance Festival – Thornville, OHView All Tour Dates
The basketball national team of Bosnia and Herzegovina last night defeated Slovakia at the prequalification round for the World Championship and kept a chance to enter the next round of qualifications. The final result was 84:71.The BiH team began the match at home in the Mirza Delibasic Hall in Sarajevo. The fantastic Dzenan Musa played in a virtual trance, all of his shots going into the hoop. That was his quarter to remember, his best moments in the dress of the senior national team of BiH. However, the Slovaks were strong and were able to keep the results connection for a long while, almost until the end of the first halftime.The first halftime ended with the BiH team leading 38:33. But that wasn’t a determinant lead so trainer Dusko Vujosevic had to go in even harder later on in the match so that the results would be significant.A lighter injury of our best player Musa didn’t disrupt the Dragons so they, led by the young ace, continue playing a good match and finally won in Mirza Delibasic Hall in Sarajevo.As the time passed, it became clear that the BiH national team was going towards its first victory and, at that, with a convincing result. The final result was a reflection of the relation of power on the floor last night. The match gave us hope for final result in the prequalification round. The best BiH player last night was Dzenan Musa with 32 points, while Rancik with 14 points was the best Slovak player.BiH will play the next match at home against Armenia on Wednesday at 8 p.m.(Source: N1)
This offseason, we’ll look at players around the majors whose 2019 seasons were overlooked for various reasons. This week’s edition focuses on Twins outfielder Max Kepler. The first player from Germany to take the field professionally in the United States was George Heubel. He debuted for the Philadelphia Athletics in the National Association in May 1871 and made his final appearance in August 1876 with the New York Mutuals. The most recent player from Germany is Max Kepler, who debuted with the Twins on Sept. 27, 2015. In a whopping 23 career games, Heubel was exactly replacement level, as best as that metric can be measured by 1870s standards. Meanwhile, Kepler has been worth nearly 11 wins above replacement since his first game. And where Heubel has been relegated to obscurity, Kepler is not yet getting the attention for his play that he deserves. ALSO QUIETLY GREATChris Paddack | Lance Lynn | Yoan MoncadaIn 2019, the Twins led baseball with 307 home runs, and Kepler was responsible for 36 of those. He trailed only Nelson Cruz (41) on this team. Kepler had hit 20 home runs in 2018 for a career high and then nearly doubled that total in 15 fewer plate appearances this year. Before this past season, Kepler was only a marginally good player, posting a just below average wRC+ each year. There were signs of improvement, like a drop in his strikeout rate and an increase in his walk rate from 2017 to 2018 and an increase in hard contact. But Kepler looked different in 2019, namely with the fly balls he hit leaving the yard at a much higher rate than in the past.There are questions swirling around MLB regarding how the baseballs have changed in the past couple of seasons, but Kepler’s home run spike accompanied improvements in other areas. His hard contact rate (42.4 percent) was the highest he’s posted in his career by more than 5 percent, and that lead to an ISO jump from .184 in 2018 to .267 in 2019. Kepler is also steadily improving on defense.All of this got him some attention — enough for a couple of down-ballot votes for American League MVP — but not enough for the kind of season Kepler had.Why did we sleep on this guy?Usually a leap forward in production yields some attention, but in Kepler’s case it really didn’t. Despite having 21 home runs and a .263/.337/.523 slash line at the All-Star break, Kepler did not get an All-Star nod.It’s possible that Kepler’s performance in 2019 was mostly overlooked because as the Twins were leading all of baseball in firepower, he was one of 11 Minnesota hitters who reached double-digits in home runs. There were five of them who had at least 30. Not only was Kepler easy to sleep on in baseball as a whole, but he was easy to overlook on his own team. Along with that, Kepler might have been a victim of the times to some degree. Home run rates were way up across the league, so he’s just one of many guys who had a spike in longballs. There were almost 2,000 more home runs in 2019 than there were in 2015, the year Kepler debuted. The American League had its highest total ever with 3,478 — over 300 more than the previous high set in 2017. Kepler might simply have been lost in the shuffle.What’s ahead in 2020?For the most part, Kepler was not a dramatically different player in 2019 than he was in previous years. He struck out and walked at about the same rate as he did in 2018, which was an improvement from his first two full seasons with the Twins. Though he had a higher hard-hit contact rate in 2019 than ever before, his overall contact rate has never varied much.That’s a good thing because it seems clear that baseball is in an era when the ball is more lively, and if that trend changes at some point it’s not as if Kepler’s production will suddenly plummet. He’s good at controlling the zone and laying off bad pitches, and he’s getting better at hitting the ball harder. Kepler has also shifted his approach slightly. In early July, he told Sporting News that there had been an organic shift within the Twins organization to be more aggressive at the plate, and Kepler’s average number of pitches per plate appearance in 2019 was at a career-low (3.62). He swung at 49.4 percent of pitches he saw — a 7 percent increase over 2018 — and he swung at the first pitch of his at-bats more than 40 percent of the time. His previous high, in 2018, was 27 percent.With that, Kepler’s exit velocity and launch angle were at their highest in 2019. He’s doing a lot of things right to capitalize on the state of modern baseball. Again, even if the composition of the ball changes, Kepler will not suddenly become a dramatically different hitter. It’s clear that Kepler is adjusting and evolving as a player — he’s also gradually improving on defense — and as he grows, we should take better notice.