The Midnight Hour is Black excellence: an ode to the
cultural sophistication that the Harlem Renaissance
established for its people. The Midnight Hour is comprised
of Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Adrian Younge, alongside a
tight rhythm section and a full orchestra.
Last June, 2018, The Midnight Hour debuted their self-titled
album to great reviews and toured the US extensively. "It
was during that tour last year that we decided to record a
live album, capturing this new experience. The music you
hear in our studio album is how we mean it to sound. But
it's something totally different when we have an audience in
front of us. This recording is us wanting to give people a
chance to hear what they can expect when they see us
live." On February 22nd, 2019, The Midnight Hour
performed in front of a live studio audience at Linear Labs.
This was a direct-to-analog tape recording that 200 very
lucky fans were a part of.
Adrian and Ali began working on the debut Midnight Hour
album in 2013, but put the project aside as they would
score the hit Netflix series Marvel's Luke Cage. The
Midnight Hour is a soul/jazz/hip hop album which continues
the conversations started by yesterday's jazz and funk
pioneers; those that created the bedrock of samples for hip
hop producers in the 80s/90s. The Midnight Hour is
sophisticated hip hop that fans will enjoy, capturing their
jazz rhythm section, and a full orchestra reminiscent of the
maestros such as David Axelrod and Quincy Jones.