Social change affected through music (Peace through Art), is an approach that has been practiced for decades around the world. Two artists who look to propel our comprehension of social inequality through message and music are the UK’s This Human Condition.
Bristol’s electronic duo, This Human Condition are Jamie Jamal & Misterminchie, formed in January 2015. Blending many different styles of electronica including, Synth Pop, Trip Hop, Dance, Pop, Progressive House, Trance, Dub Step, Balearic Downtempo & Experimental. Described as Early Depeche Mode meets a darker Erasure. They describe their genre as “Electronic handbag Punk”
The first time Jamie met Minchie, he was dressed as Dracula, They met again at a songwriters circle in Bristol in 2012. They collaborated on a few projects before forming This Human Condition and ran two successful pledge music campaigns to help fund the making of the EP & LP. The Duo released their debut album Project Zero in April 2016 followed by the first single Telepathic Heights. Receiving support on BBC6Music by Tom Robinson on his BBC-introduction show. Rusty Egan has also played 4 tracks from Project Zero on his Electronic Family Tree radio show. Tracks from Project Zero are currently being played on selected community radio stations, podcasts & blogs.
Breaking the Code, This Human Condition’s second single from their debut album ‘Project Zero’ is set to a dark, twisting and introspective atmosphere with Erasure-esque soundscapes. Written on the day Alan Turing received a posthumous royal pardon, ‘Breaking The Code’ is a tribute to the enigmatic code breaker. The track was released on January 31st, 2017, coincidentally the same day as thousands of gay people were pardoned for past convictions. The release features two contrasting remixes from Sauerwelt and LPF.
The track intends to raise awareness of an appeal to pardon the a huge number of men sentenced in comparative conditions to Turing, something that has since been passed into law in the UK. Turing’s story was brought to the forefront in the 2014 motion picture The Imitation Game. Check the tracks out below.
Interview with This Human Condition