Funky Friday: Michael Blume “R U Mad”

Out recording artist Michael Blume 
(Photo Credit: Shervin Lainez)

Out indie/soul artist Michael Blume drops his latest song “R U Mad” from his upcoming EP Cynicism & Sincerity, set for release June 8th.

Hit play below to listen to the new track featuring undeniable bouncy beats with a provocative refrain, “Are you mad that I’m gay?”

The song is available now at all digital music outlets.

You can catch Blume in performance at the upcoming Annual PRIDE Reception at the Stonewall Inn in New York City on Monday, June 4th.

The yearly reception highlights the work of the Stonewall Inn Gives Back Initiative (SIGBI), which was founded in 2017, providing support to underserved and marginalized LGBTQ communities within the United States and around the world.

About the new EP:

Cynicism & Sincerity includes six songs that could just as easily ignite the dance floor of a sweaty underground club as they could set a festival field in motion with indie charm, sexy soul, and epic pop ambition. They also allow Michael to speak freely in favor of equality and social justice, using his platform to share a message.

“It was important for me to acknowledge the good and the bad,” he explains of the EP’s title. “Even though they’re in opposition to each other, they’re both flourishing at the exact same time. There’s a dichotomy of multiple truths where two things in opposition exist right next to each other.”

I’m liking that catchy refrain 😉

Music Video: Michael Blume “Blunder”

NYC-based indie/soul artist Michael Blume has released a new music video for his single “Blunder.”

The video reminds us all that we can overcome negativity and self-doubt to go from being our own harshest critic to our biggest ally.

See, I’ve been holding on
to the things they said about me
But I gotta move on
’cause this time I’ll let myself be free

I know that I’m worthy
I know I’m deserving
I feel it coming in the air
I’ve got to try it
No more hiding
How you gonna find me if I’m not there?

“We all make mistakes by allowing the outside world’s ideas of who we should be to infiltrate our own psyches and concepts of self. We all sit in different places on the bus that is life struggling with our own demons,” explains Blume.

“This video speaks to the ways in which this place of struggle connects us. I believe that empathy is a big part of community growth and I hope the video highlights how alike we all are even when we feel alone with our pain.”

In the video, Blume shares a bus ride with a group of strangers who come to find that empathy through unity, if only for a brief moment.

The song is available now and is from Michael’s forthcoming EP due out later this year.

“Blunder” is an ode to feeling good about yourself, and not letting the feelings of self-doubt take over.”- Nylon

“The through-line across his growing catalogue is music that harnesses and reflects on the power of individuality and self-knowledge, a message he matches in his bold fashion, exuberance in live performance and advocacy for equal rights… ” – Time

I’ve previously written about Blume here.

Watch Michael Blume’s “Blunder” below.

New Music: Michael Blume “I Am Not A Trend (No Rules)”

Photo: Cha’ves Williams

Out singer/songwriter Michael Blume dropped his latest single, “I Am Not A Trend (No Rules),” yesterday.

The track, celebrating individuality and self-love, is imminently listenable, layered with self-empowering lyrics, neo-soul melodies, punchy horns, and electronic bouncy beats.

“No one is a trend,” Blume shared with Nylon.com. “Each and every one of us lives a uniquely dynamic and complex life full of distinct needs, dreams, and fears. Too often we are taught to diminish this truth; we are told to mold ourselves to fit some external idea, concept, [and] way of being. Whether it be political, race-related, gender-based, how we look/dress/pray, too often our culture encourages us to do/act/be like some idealized, foreign version of who we actually are.”

“‘I Am Not A Trend (No Rules)’ speaks to the celebration of the self, “the New Jersey-native added.

After selling out two headlining shows at Bowery Ballroom with his 11-piece band and touring both the east and west coasts, he is spending his summer playing at major music festivals across the country including the New York City’s Governor’s Ball and two sets at the Firefly Music Festival in Dover, DE. His tour schedule continues at Chicago’s Lollapalooza and Musikfest in Bethlehem, PA.

For more info, head over to www.mblumemusic.com.

I previously wrote about Blume here.

Listen below. I dare you not to bop.

Out Music: Michael Blume “Colors”

Out singer Michael Blume dropped this second track, “Colors,” from his upcoming EP When I Get It Right due out July 29th.

You can listen to the first track from the EP, “Manufactered,” here.

Teeming with honeyed vocals, soulful scatting and thoughtful, socially conscious lyrics, When I Get It Right showcases Blume’s trademark mix of R&B, neo-soul, hip-hop, jazz, and electronica, with avant-garde twists.

Blume has been celebrated for his intelligent lyrics that explore his passion for civil rights, particularly racial equality and LGBTQ rights.

He hits the road in advance of the EP release with a select run of shows beginning at Bowery Ballroom in New York City on July 26th, where he will be backed by a dynamic 11-piece band. Additional stops have been announced for Philadelphia, DC, and Boston.

For more info, check out his official website here.