2017 Shambhala Fractal Forest Mix – Slynk 

All the way across the world from Brisbane AU, Evan ‘Slynk’ Chandler brings the funk to our beautiful country, now settling in the coastal city of Vancouver. From his huge stylin’ framed glasses, twisted snap back hats, and massive energy filled tunes it’s clear why this guy is to many ‘the funkiest DJ on the planet.’ Does he ever really settle though?! He’s constantly bouncing around spreading his sickness – that is, his turntable scratching, hip-swinging, smile inducing, love facilitating sickness that’s personally got me ill to the core! I need no antidote. Just give me more of that funky stuff!

Slynks roots begin with a drum kit and piano lessons, which quickly spun into turntables (pun intended) and playing sets across Australia. It wasn’t long until big names like Shambhala Music Festival caught wind of this groovy dude.

Shambhala holds a special place in my heart, for a multitude of reasons. I know that for Slynk, that special feeling resides in him too. Shambhala was his first ever music festival, as well as his first trip over seas. I guess the vibes over here in western Canada were just right. Taken on by Danio Management , Slynk will continue to grow and evolve. What a treat that this unreal artist is so close to home.

Below you’ll find his 2017 Fractal Forest mix, and a short interview giving us a more intimate introduction to Evan Chandler, his take on music, and how his career has progressed. This mix is seriously addicting and high energy. He throws down some glitch, drum & bass, breaks, house, and killer drops – all concocted into a nice big majestic funky potion of – get the fuck up and move your body! Take one sip and I promise the only cure you’ll find for the Slynk sickness, is more Slynk.

Buckle up and prepare to get funkified! 

Enjoy this mix as much as I do. Much love!

-Mat 

Last Recorded Performance – Pumpkin

On March 25th, 2016 the world lost a very talented person. Nicholas ‘Pumpkin’ Alvalrado passed away in a car accident while traveling from festival to festival, delivering his timeless melodies and spreading love to those around him. Pumpkin grew up in the music world and for over a decade was behind the turn table serenading the dance floor with his feel good flow – deserving the coined genre, ‘LoveSauce’. His purpose through his sound was to put us back in touch with the spirituality of music, how it connects us, and reminds us that music can be the most powerful medicine. In this short YouTube video below, it’s clear in such a short introduction how awesome this dude was. This kind of music for me is meditative; I listen to his songs or mixes when I crave positive creative thought. It’s easy listening. It makes me smile and ground my mind when it runs too fast in a strange direction. Through his music you can feel what was in his soul; I find it incredibly calming.

On March 21st, just a few short days prior to this tragic accident, Pumpkin performed at Serenity Gathering Festival in southern California. His set was recorded; one last gift to us.

Watch this video, then enjoy this graciously long mix by this amazing artist. If more people lived their lives like this guy did the world would certainly be a happier, less chaotic place.

Grab your loved ones and let this music take that love to a deeper level.

-Mat

Hot // Disco // Down To My Feet – Strange Club

“Strange Club is all of us. This isn’t about one or two people standing out, it’s about a community of music, art, and life lovers that are proud of who they are and are not afraid to show it.” – I took this right from their Bio.

Greg Gonzalez and Sabastion Kimmel make up this music creating duo Strange Club. ‘Hot’ is a brand new one just one week old. ‘Disco’, and ‘Down To My Feet’ are two I really think you’re going to want to turn up and drop low to.

Grab a cocktail and hips-shaking partner; enjoy!

-Mat

Late Night People – GoldFish

New music out from the South African duo GoldFish. Back in September one of my co-authors Whit did a fantastic write up of the single from this album – If I Could Find. The album follows suit with more funky, blues, instrumental, bassy goodness. There are even a few tropical house type vibes in here. Great vocals throughout and every track flows nicely into the next. This is a perfect feel good album to transition us back to the real world after a long weekend.

Maybe Whit will be a little choked I snagged this one, maybe she won’t. If she is, then maybe she’ll think twice about posting any new music from my future wife – REZZ. Muahaha.

Happy Thanksgiving!

-Mat

Boom – Overused

With everyone talking about turkey dinners, family time, and those damn pumpkin sprinkled coffees – I figured I’d give us all a little nudge into the long weekend with a banger! Puregold Records is gaining speed and recognition quickly. They’re based out of Austria, with over 30 artists under their label. These folks collaborated recently as they really only planted their roots in 2016. I think big things in the future for this clearly driven group of people. From what I can tell – they’re all about the big bass, rockin’, heavy jams. Dirty, grimy, crunchy. Snoop their website for more info – Puregold Records .

‘Boom’ is a fresh new house track from Overused , a DJ duo – Paul Grünberger and Robert Millwitsch. These dudes started out as Overused, and when they hit it big formed Puregold Records. Their vision was to start something bigger than themselves to give upcoming artists a chance. How thanksgiving-ish of them.

Turn this one up loud!

-Mat