Fresh off the release of a collaborative EP with Texas funkmeister Blunt Force, Denver-based electro-soul producer Kinetik Groove is back at it with a little Christmas present. The single, “First Draw,” builds on the already impressive list of productions from the talented artist who has a sharp ear for funky ass beats. Perfectly chopped samples, groovy vibes, hip-hop influences, and intricate, bumping breakdowns make this one a delightfully layered and funky track. As a point of comparison, “First Draw” sounds pretty similar to old school Pretty Lights (Taking Up Your Precious Time era), which, if you ask us, is an absolutely timeless and essential sound. Grab this free download and enjoy!
Get out a pen and paper and prepare to take some notes; class is now in session—funk class, that is. Your instructors today will be Denver-based Kinetik Groove and his Texas-raised label mate Blunt Force, and they are here to introduce you to their music love child, Kinetik Force. Known in real life as Austin O’Meara (Kinetik Groove) and Brian Gustafson (Blunt Force), Kinetik Force is a collaborative project that is arguably better than peanut butter & jelly—sounds better anyway. Both gents are supremely talented musicians/producers in their own right, each bringing their own unique flavor to Kinetik Force on their recently released EP Fusion.
From start to finish this EP is a splendid collection of four electro-soul/future-funk jams that incorporate tons of expertly sampled bits and pieces, glitchy breakdowns, saucy guitar riffs, and plenty of bass to finish it off. Existing (stylistically) somewhere between The Floozies, Opiuo, and Big Gigantic, Kinetik Force (and its individual parts) is sure to leave lovers of funky beats breathless. Scoop up a free download of the Fusion EP as well as tons of music on their Soundcloud pages. Be sure to spread the word if/when you are blown away. Enjoy!
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I’m a little bit late on this one—by “a little,” I mean a month—but it’s never to spread some funky jams around. The saucy duo Chromeo released their latest LP, White Women, last month, and it is a gem! Featuring the hit singles, “Jealous (I Ain’t With It),” and “Sexy Socialite,” which have been splendidly remixed by Dillon Francis, The Chainsmokers, and Boyz Noize (among others), White Women is the definition of modern funk music. In true Chromeo fashion, the album melds together funky guitar riffs, groovy bass lines, and synths/keys that sound like they were lifted straight out of a 80’s porno. Not to mention, the ever-sexual lyrics of love and lust mix with the lighthearted grooves to create a very satisfying listen that is guaranteed to get you a little hot and bothered. If you haven’t already, buy the album below. Then open a bottle of wine, turn the lights down low, and get ready to get sexy.
Fans of funky-ass bass music—pay attention! If you’re not familiar with him, it’s time to get to know Calgary-based producer Defunk. This groove maestro has no conception of genre—incorporating elements of dubstep, drum & bass, electro-swing/soul, and house—but he is always bringing the heat! His latest release, Back to the Funk is certainly no exception. Deftly mixing heavy bass and groovy dance beats with a rich collection of samples from jazz and funk to disco and hip-hop (and just about everything in between), Back to the Funk is proof positive that electronic music doesn’t need a genre to be great. In addition to the incredibly well-crafted beats, Defunk has a talent for incorporating instruments like the saxophone and guitar in all the right places. If you mashed together Pretty Lights, Big Gigantic, Griz, and Flume, the result would probably sound something like Defunk. Show some support and pick up the LP from Beatport. Also be sure to browse the rest of his Soundcloud page for some extra goodies. Turn it up and get the funk down!