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Now That We're Human

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Now That We're Human
📅 ReleasedApril 27, 2015 (2015-04-27)
⏳ Length1:01:11
🏷️ LabelBlack Hole
🤑 ProducerMichael Badal
Michael Badal chronology
Now That We're Human
Singles from Now That We're Human
  1. "Blue Skies"
    Released: December 22, 2014
  2. "Closer"
    Released: February 16, 2015
  3. "Human Beings"
    Released: March 30, 2015
  4. "Fly [Never Come Down Again]"
    Released: May 18, 2015
  5. "Recapture"
    Released: August 17, 2015

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Now That We're Human is the debut album by American DJ Michael Badal, released on April 27, 2015 by Black Hole Recordings.[1] The album spawned his first headlining tour.[2][3]


Badal took about four years to complete the album.[4] Badal wanted to complete an album because he grew up on albums, and said on an interview that it "seemed like a right time as I felt that I had something more to offer than just a string of dance floor bangers."[5]

Badal has stated that "these songs are about love, closeness, and our humanity. I hope the album brightens the listener's day, if even for a moment, and helps them realize that life is beautiful."[6]


An 8 minute preview video was uploaded on the Black Hole Recordings YouTube channel on April 9, 2015.[7]

Haliene, who sang vocals on the track "Human Beings," promoted the album on Facebook on April 28, 2015.[8]


"Blue Skies" , featuring vocals from Shanokee, is the lead single and was released on December 22, 2014.[9]

"Closer", featuring vocals from British singer Ellie Lawson, was released on February 16, 2015.[10][11]

"Human Beings", featuring vocals from Haliene, was released on March 30, 2015.[12][13] The music video was directed by YouTuber Matthias, and was released on April 10, 2015 on his channel.[14] The single was nominated for Best Dance Recording.

"Fly [Never Come Down Again]", featuring vocals from Lotte Kestner, was released on May 18, 2015.[15][16] A separate version with remixes was released on June 1, 2015.[17]

"Recapture", featuring vocals from Sue McLaren, was released on August 17, 2015.[18]

Critical reception[edit]

Mike Suarez of EDM Sauce called it "a journey that includes some fantastic moments" and "has the ability to entice and inspire like the best of them." Although praising the music, he criticized some of the vocals, saying that "the one-dimensional vocals oftentimes detract from many of the dancier tunes but tend to shine more on the downtempo entries [...]."[19]

Track listing[edit]

2."Fairy Tale" (feat. Tiff Lacey)6:06
3."Recapture" (feat. Sue McLaren)5:58
4."Fly [Never Come Down Again]" (feat. Lotte Kestner)4:53
5."Unmissable" (feat. Jan Johnston)5:07
6."Closer" (feat. Ellie Lawson)4:08
7."Inner Sanctum"5:13
9."Human Beings" (feat. Haliene)5:09
10."Blue Skies" (feat. Shanokee)5:27
12."The Room"6:11
Total length:1:01:11



  • Tiff Lacey (track 2)
  • Sue McLaren (track 3)
  • Lotte Kestner (track 4)
  • Jan Johnston (track 5)
  • Ellie Lawson (track 6)
  • Haliene (track 9)
  • Shanokee (track 10)
  • Zoe Sky Jordan (track 12; uncredited)


  • Michael Badal – producer, mixer


Year Nominee / work Award Result
2015 Now That We're Human Best Dance/Electronic Album Nominated
Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical Nominated
Human Beings (with Haliene) Best Dance Recording Nominated


  1. Guice, Tawann (May 9, 2015). "Michael Badal's debuts album Now That We're Human". Lifestyle Defined.
  2. "Michael Badal". Resident Advisor.
  3. "Michael Badal presents his new touching summer anthem 'Without You'". Groove Cartel. August 24, 2019.
  4. "NOW THAT WE'RE HUMAN". Disk Union (in Japanese).CS1 maint: Unrecognized language (link)
  5. "The Nocturnal Times Exclusive Interview: Michael Badal". The Nocturnal Times. May 6, 2015.
  6. "Michael Badal's Debut Album "Now That We're Human"". Top40-Charts.com.
  7. Black Hole Recordings (April 9, 2015). "Michael Badal - Now That We're Human (Album Preview)". YouTube.
  8. Sweet, Kelly (Hailine) (April 28, 2015). "Michael Badal's new album (which includes the song we did together, "Human Beings") is now available on iTunes!". Facebook.
  9. "Michael Badal & Shanokee - Blue Skies". Black Hole Recordings.
  10. "Michael Badal & Ellie Lawson - Closer". Black Hole Recordings.
  11. "Michael Badal & Ellie Lawson - Closer". Black Hole Recordings.
  12. "Michael Badal & Haliene - Human Beings". Black Hole Recordings.
  14. Fredrick, Matthew (Matthias) (April 10, 2015). "Human Beings - Michael Badal & HALIENE (Directed by Matthias)". YouTube.
  15. "Michael Badal & Lotte Kestner - Fly (Never Come Down Again)". Black Hole Recordings.
  16. "MICHAEL BADAL & LOTTE KESTNER – FLY (NEVER COME DOWN AGAIN)". Crystal Clouds. May 18, 2015.
  17. "Michael Badal & Lotte Kestner - Fly (Never Come Down Again)". Black Hole Recordings.
  18. "Michael Badal & Sue McLaren - Recapture". Black Hole Recordings.
  19. Suarez, Mike (April 26, 2015). "Michael Badal – Now That We're Human (Album Review)". EDM Sauce.

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