HUMANS

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HUMANS is a Canadian indie-electronic duo made up of musicians Robbie Slade and Peter Ricq.

Since coming together in, HUMANS have established themselves by creating sounds that successfully fuse experimental electronic elements with catchy indie-pop hooks. Focusing on performance and production styles of both the past and present, HUMANS have consistently impressed upon audiophiles with their technical and compositional skills. Using a combination of synthesizers and instruments, the sound has a certain way of being very unique, while not tied down to one specific genre.

The duo’s self-released EP Avec Mes Mecs captured the blind, wild, captivating joy of unrestrained youth, and seminal lyrics like “Who knew all we had to do was party” quickly made the EP a house party staple. The follow up EP, Traps was released with Hybridity Music. The release saw critical acclaim and college radio success, holding the #1 position for 6 weeks on the earshot electronic charts, and ranking in the top ten on BPM. Traps received a 4/5 on Resident Advisor, and the record was featured on XLR8R, Prefix, Indie Shuffle, Spinner, Interview Magazine, Rcrd Lbl, and scored the cover of Beatroute Magazine. Remixes included acclaimed producers Nautiluss and Max Ulis.

The EP lead HUMANS on a North American tour including slots at Osheaga, Squamish Valley Music Fest, Bass Coast, SXSW, Shambhala, and CMJ. Their music has been featured in placements with Red Bull, Entourage, CSI, and MTV. When not making music, Slade works on a number of projects including Bass Coast Festival, while Ricq is a well respected indie director and illustrative visual artist.

Their debut LP, Noontide is an evolution of HUMANS carefully constructed, innovative mix of heavy electronics and modern pop sensibilities. The album is a synthesis of time and space, and a testament to the many influences that make up the band’s core. Noontide was released February 24th 2015 via Hybridity Music, one of Canada’s leading independent electronic labels. The album captured the attention of fans and industry alike earning them nominations at Canada’s Junos and Western Canadian Music Awards for “Electronic Album of the Year”.

The artwork for Noontide was designed by Peter himself. Besides performing and writing with HUMANS, Ricq is an acclaimed visual artist having developed animated television shows including “The League of Super Evil” which aired on YTV and Nickelodeon and has artwork exhibited throughout Canada. He is also the director and driving force behind HUMANS’ videos including the latest video from Water Water. The duo also amped up the live show by working with Tangible Productions and creating what they call “The Blob” An amorphous inflatable white structure that houses LED lights and sensors. Robbie describes the inspiration behind it, “For our live show, we wanted to make a truly unique experience. We were hoping to create something that was really out of this world. For us, a giant, inflatable mutant cow with led light behaviours inside throughout was just that! It’s also extremely fun to romp around inside of when the show is over.. But only if you help us tear down all the gear!”

2016 is set to be a banner year for the duo with their new EP Water Water released on March 4 via New York label Mom & Pop in the USA and Haven Sounds in Canada.

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12-01-2017

Humans announce new ‘The Feels’ EP, tour dates and remix contest. Find all the details at DOPECAUSEWESAID!

09-29-2017

Check out the new Humans Virtual Reality video for ‘The Feels’ at Freelancer Magazine!

09-22-2017

Check out Humans ‘The Feels’ video streaming now on Baeble Music!

09-22-2017

Grimy Goods premieres the great new VR video for Humans song ‘The Feels’.

08-25-2017

SpinGrey adds the new Humans single ‘The Feels’ to their wicked Spotify playlist!

08-11-2017

Never Radio shares Humans’ new song as ‘Today’s Track’!

08-07-2017

New music from Benjamin Stevie, Humans and Unbloom featured on Week In Pop over at Impose!

06-23-2017

Listen to the new Humans single ‘Boys & Girls’ at The Burning Ear!

06-18-2017

“one of those hard-hitting anthems to get the feet a-tapping and the heads-a-bobbing” The Beatforest on the new one from Humans!

06-18-2017

New music from GOOD KID, Sibling, Humans, and Harrison Storm on idobi Radio’s new Jukebox!

06-18-2017

“it has such an infectious, deep-bass, tech-house groove that has had me hitting replay for like an hour now, and I’m probably not going to stop anytime soon!” The new Humans single ‘Boys & Girls’ up on acid stag!

06-08-2017

Humans release interactive 360º virtual reality video and EARMILK has your first look!

05-19-2017

Humans sat down with The Spill Magazine to talk about music, touring, the future, and the music industry in 2017.

05-03-2017

New video & single from Humans is up on Extreme Nonchalance!

04-22-2017

New Humans track today! Some Kind Of Awesome has the details!

05-19-2016

Programm latest ‘Jukai’ makes CBC Radio 3’s R3-30 this week at the 27th spot, Humans also staying in the line-up!

05-12-2016

Programm and Humans are must see acts at Canadian Music Week!. – blogTO

05-12-2016

Humans holding strong on CBC Music R3-30!

05-02-2016

Humans at #20 on this week’s R3-30 at CBC Music!

04-20-2016

Both Humans and Pet Sun are on this week’s CBC Music R3-30!

04-20-2016

Quip Magazine sat down with Humans before their last Toronto show.

04-20-2016

Humans moving on up CBC Music’s R3-30 this week! Pet Sun stays in the top ten!

04-20-2016

Head over to The Revue to hear about Humans SXSW adventures!

04-06-2016

New tracks from Humans and Fog Lake up on My Old Kentucky Blog’s SiriusXMU Radio show!

04-06-2016

Humans up on CBC Music’s R3-30! Pet Sun up to #4 on the charts!

04-06-2016

Head to Live in Limbo for the exclusive premiere of Humans All My Smalltown DJs Remix) video!

  The band is nominated for Best Electronic Album at the Juno‘s this weekend!

04-06-2016

Humans on Pigeons and Planes “Best of SoundCloud” for March!.

  Listen to “Bout Chu” off of their new “Water Water” EP.

03-31-2016

Ben at The Toronto Star features Humans as in the latest “Your New Favourite Thing” column.

03-31-2016

Humans are giving away some tickets + a chance to hang with the band!

03-22-2016

Humans part of Alan Cross Official’s New Music From The Inbox this week!

03-22-2016

Vancity Buzz shares the latest video from Juno Award-nominees Humans!

“…the track’s beautifully complex layers, deep groove, and airy atmospherics are ever-present and compliment the laid-back vibe that comprises the video”

03-22-2016

Discover the new Humans ‘Water Water’ EP and video at 102.1 the Edge!

03-17-2016

Chart Attack understands that once you put on the Humans bomber jacket you automatically look cool as shit.

03-17-2016

Watch the new Humans video on Clunkmagazine!

Look out for the band at SXSW!

03-17-2016

The Beatforest has some high praise for the new Humans single.

03-17-2016

Northern Transmissions names the new Humans the “Video of the day”!

03-15-2016

The new single from Humans is the “Track of the Day” at The Spill Magazine!

03-15-2016

Humans have a new video out for the radio edit of ‘Water Water’. Head toExclaim! to watch and find all their tour info!

Humans have a new video out for the radio edit of ‘Water Water’. Head toExclaim! to watch and find all their tour info!

03-15-2016

New Humans video premiered at EARMILK today!

Watch for the band on tour!

03-15-2016

The new Humans EP featured on The Permanent Rain Press!

03-10-2016

Ride the Tempo features the new single from Humans!

03-10-2016

THUMP has a fantastic new mix from Humans.

03-07-2016

New Humans single is Clunkmagazine’s ‪#‎Songoftheweek‬!

03-04-2016

New Humans track is premiering right now at Pigeons and Planes!

New Water Water EP is out tomorrow (March 4) via Mom + Pop/Haven Sound!

03-02-2016

Fantastic piece on the new Humans single “Water Water” up on Sodwee.com!

“From indie dance, to deep house and electro. Humans manage what few can achieve”