The Ride EP – Megan Hamilton

Voice of an angel coming at’cha! Megan Hamilton dropped her new EP off Westwood Recoordings earlier this morning, and let me tell you – it’s unreal. Her SoundCloud bio reads – “Causing funky riots and catchy bass tunes.” Bass most certainly fuels all six of these songs, along with Megans vocals, her own produced music, laced together with live instrumentation. The next 21 minutes and 84 seconds are just that – a ride. This beauty is out of Minneapolis, and now signed on with our Canadian dudes ‘Westwood Recordings.’ She’s made a name for herself bringing a European feel to her sound on our side of the world, releasing with Buygore, Mixmash, Ghetto Funk, and Audiophile, to name a few labels. On social media, she labels her identifying genre, “funk butter.” -LOL. Oh, and how ’bout that album artwork? It’s killer 😉

Megan, if you’re reading this, please come play in Edmonton, Alberta. We appreciate your music!

Have a great weekend melomaniacs

-Mat

Hands Up (Raise Your Fist) – The Funk Hunters (ft. Leo Napier)

New big tune! Nick Middleton and Duncan Smith – aka The Funk Hunters dropped a single from the new upcoming album releasing soon. It features the amazing vocal artist Leo Napier and thumps with a strong baseline around the lyrics.  These guys make Canada proud in the electronic music scene taking their big bass, funky sound across the world from Burning Man to Envision and of course to our own Shambhala Music Festival. These guys rank among my favorite artists. Take a listen and you’ll find out why. 

This track is a party. This track is loud and groovy. This track is a bump n’ grind get low kind of sound to take your weekday stress away. 

Enjoy this one loud enough that the neighbors complain. 

-Mat

**Fun fact – did you know Nick Middleton founded the record label Westwood Recordings back in 2013? This has now turned into the most thriving record label in the electronic scene on this side of the country. Stay tuned for the Funk Hunters new album release and more info on how Westwood started and what they’re all about.

Beauty is Dope- Equanimous (feat. Srikala & Heather Christie)

Equanimous- Bringing the Party to Consciousness and Consciousness to the Party. Intrigued yet? Nate Stein, the man behind the decks, djembe and keys is an LA based producer and musician. Equanimous brings something new and unique to the electronic music scene, creating the most joyous dance floors filled full of bliss.

The fusion of elements from future bass, house and tribal dance music combined with live piano and djembe (rope-tuned skin-covered goblet drum played with bare hands, originally from West Africa) creates a sound that calms the soul and warms the heart. With similar flow to Koan Sound and Phutureprimitive, you can only imagine the vibe that  surrounds the speakers at a Equanimous show.  With beautiful melodies, deep bass, and rhythmic beats, he generates a feel good atmosphere that leaves you with good vibes only!

It was really hard for me to choose which track I was going to post from Equanimous’ page so make sure to check out his other tracks, they all have something rare and amazing about them!

Hope you enjoy!
~CDOG

 

Smokescreens & Somersaults – Cheshire

Instantaneous love ensued after hearing the mini mix previewing this album. Stuck a friendly reminder in my phone to spread this jam upon it’s release date. Meet Cheshire and his album “Smokescreens and Somersaults”. Released on Westwood Recordings (you know, the powerhouse driving much of the West Coast scene) – at this stage if one see’s Westwoods charm on some music, you just hit play. No questions.

Cheshire absolutely slays production on this album. He loops all your most beloved instruments, electric bass/guitar, saxophone, and keys while folding in good mood vocals and ramming it up with that glitchy, neo-soul, head banging but also lightheartded grooving sound that only our main squeeze EDM achieves all at once. This album is a backyard bbq, a road trip, a mountain cruise, a house party, a winter jog, its your get up and go. Really everything you could ask for.

Can I get a round of applause for this dude and his babely sounds?

Enjoy melomaniacs, you deserve good music.

-Jams

 

Left Hand Free- Alt-J (SAFIA cover)

I’m always hungry for a fresh new take on a track I already love and SAFIA hit the spot, serving me this cool, contagious cover. I’m sure lots of you know the English indie rock band, Alt- J that originally did this song, Left Hand Free. If not, I have a few fun facts about them for you. The band members include Joe Newman, Thom Green and Gus Unger-Hamilton and their band symbol is a capital letter delta ∆, which is traditionally used in scientific study to indicate “change” or “difference”. The ∆ symbol can be typed on an Apple Mac with the key sequence Alt + J. I give you all permission to use this fun fact and take full credit for it… the secret is ours!

SAFIA is an Australian electronica indie pop band formed in Canberra. The soothing and sexy voice you hear comes from band member Ben Woolner. On drums and production you have the marvellous Michael Bell and Harry Sayers killing it on guitar, synths and production. Since I’m handing out fun facts for the day, here is another for your pocket. The name SAFIA comes from a song they wrote called “Saphire” but it had no meaning at the time. Since then the band found out that safia in Arabic means serenity.

Well that’s all the fun facts for today. Hope your hungry, cause this cover is the full meal deal!

Much Love

CDOG