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The Funk Hunters & Chali 2na – ILLectric EP

Happy Funky Friday y’all!

Homies Nick and Dunks have just delivered a new EP! With who else but the legendary rapper from the Jurrasic 5, Chali 2na. The production is heavy and funky and god damn can Chali 2na flow.

The pairing of west coast bass funk and the iconic rapper shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. The boys productions have always been steeped in hip hop influence and 2na slips into the genre like a fish into water.

Get ready to Funk the Halls this December when they do back to back shows at The Commodore Ballroom.

 

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Raury – Devil’s Whisper

If you haven’t heard of Raury yet, catching him at Fortune tonight might be the last chance to see him before he goes big time. I first heard him on a track with SBTRKT but Devil’s Whisper is the one that made me realized this kid is on to something special. It draws you in with its tribal percussion and choir-like vocals and then, half way through, the track breaks into booming electronic bass with Raury rapping overtop. I’ve never heard anything like it.

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Caribou. Canadian electronic band at the frontier of electronic sound, destroys the commodore.

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I wake up, its awful light out to be my regular weekday wake up time… What the hell is the time? 3 hours late?! I guess I had such a good time last night I don’t even need to go to work, it is Friday after all, am I right!? But never mind my morning logic, let’s delve into what the hell went on at the commodore last night..

As I stand here waiting for the seabus in the oh-so-sunny Vancity, ears plugged with Caribou‘s Our Love album reliving the set. What a beau-u-u-u-tiful orchestration of a show. Unlike the album that hits you smack on the head with the hit track sing-along Can’t Do Without You, the band comes out on stage (after an incredible opening set by the seemingly anonymous and minimalist Koreless; you killed it brother; I am now a huge fan) and takes over the commodore and every single person standing inside the legendary ballroom with the album’s title track Our Love. In the same vain as Koreless’ opening themes, the track goes on for about ten minutes, relentlessly spiraling and meandering in the soundscapes the quartet creates. I have to mention, that I was fully expecting a one man show here, and was pleasantly surprised to see 4 dudes in all white come out and construct this beautiful experience for both the audience and themselves. From the first track, there is an obvious elephant in the room, as you are flowing along the progressive melodies and hooks there is an invigorating backbone to the whole ensemble– that drummer. Are you serious!? Some of the abrupt entrances at full tilt into an already overwhelming intro of the next track were just unreal. Thank you, my ears are hooked now!

I don’t necessarily want to go through the set track by track, but there was a vibe in the room like we are all on a ship with a captain taking us to the same destination.. The amount of anticipation built up for this (unlike on the album) in itself is an electronic symphony that had me and my boy mfbq turning to each other and saying “holy shit” every time the tracks progressed into what seemed to be a 2.0 version of themselves. As if riding the energy structure of an old wooden rollercoaster we’d have out hearts up high and feeling weightless, and then as if falling off the train completely would plummet down to be gently caught by a toned down version– a recap of the adventure of the song we just went on– to really enrich and relive that experience.

Inevitably, the rollercoaster led us to our predetermined and unanimously agreed upon destination: Can’t Do Without You. Hearing the trickling singing throat welps across the floor and being part of them, feeding our energy from the ground through our feet and body to culminate in the throat and be released into the room genuinely shows the appreciation we have for the art being performed. As an ode to the beautiful creation the crowd and performer blend in a sphere of revolving energy that can only be fostered and cherished that one night, in that moment. The fans’ ears couldn’t just stop at the all-consuming hit track. Once the commodore wooden floor was trembling from the rhythmic stomps of anticipation and plea for an encore, the quartet came back on humbled and so grateful for the energy in the room. They opted to go for the tentalising and almost tribal Sun track from the previous Swim album. They closed with saying that after completing a long, incredible tour, this was the craziest show they’ve ever played. All I have to say is, thank you Caribou for sailing with us and being an awesome captain.

This was really a next level sailing, and the crowd and the performers knew it. I think at the end of the day there were a few factors at play. One, talent and ingenuity (Caribou). Two, the show-goers love for the music. Three, venue– the commodore knows who to book and bring to this city, and they understand what an awesome venue they have and how the crowd’s energy can be really ravelled up, distilled and ridden, provided the show is good. The show was good.

There is promise in the future of electronic music, and Caribou and the commodore are behind it, that’s for sure.

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Sips a beer from a mini growler on one of the view spots at the lonsdale key, looking over the beautiful Vancouver skyline.

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The Cocktail Hour ft. EKALI

Ekali is a Vancouver based artist that is affiliated with Chapel Sound and Flow-fi. He’s been taking the world by storm as of late as Canada’s sole participant at the 2014 Red Bull Music Academy in Tokyo and his track Unfaith was sampled in Drake’s song “Wednesday Night Interlude” . Ekali’s sound focuses mainly on bass and soul with intricate layers of texture. With his energetic live sets, he will have you grooving happily under the summer sky.

 

 

 

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Alex in Van

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Recovering from his voyage on Holy Ship Alex Mertic (Alex Drury) is a British musical magician and he is coming to Vancouver. This is why you should care.

He is riding high on the success of several new releases, most notable is his collaboration with Oliver:

A hugely popular single “Heart Weighs a Ton” has a fresh remix by Galantis.

You must not forget to check out the Ammunition series that will include Part 4 soon. A highlight from part 2 includes another Oliver duel effort:

https://soundcloud.com/owslaofficial/02-motion-study-ft-oliver?in=owslaofficial/sets/alex-metric-ammunition-pt-2-ep

And the crazy remix by UZ of the anthem Rave Weapon:

https://soundcloud.com/owslaofficial/06-alex-metric-rave-weapon-uz?in=owslaofficial/sets/alex-metric-ammunition-pt-2-ep

Part 3 includes a Mark Yardley happy-go-lucky collaboration:

 

The man himself filled his ears with a mix of indie guitar bands but took hold of Fatboy Slim and late 90’s French house, especially Daft Punk. Seeing him live is definitely unique. He says that he never truly has a concrete plan, but just an idea of what works best at a little club or vast festival. “In a club you have the ability to be take people on a bit more of a journey while at a festival nine times out of ten people want it to be more immediate” (source). That’s not to say that it always turns out that way. Alex Metric is focused on reacting to the crowd and not a playlist.

What’s his number one favorite artist to work with? The legendary Jacques Lu Cont, real name Stuart Price (source). The epic, epic track of Safe With You is proof:

Alex Metric in Vancouver on a Friday Night. My body is ready.

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The Cocktail Hour ft. Option4

Tonight we’re bringing things back to East Vans best kept secret: The Waldorf Hotel. We’ve had some ups and downs recently Waldorf but I’m more than glad to see you getting back to your old self with tonight’s fine, fine, artists.

It’s a White Noise party motherfuckers. You know how we do. We got the usual suspects PatLok and WMNstudies but also as usual we’ve got some amazing imports and also a very special local addition to the bill. Keeping things fresh on the 45s is East Van’s own, Dunks from The Funk Hunters!

Expect the full funk attack this Friday but I’ve featured those boys plenty on the BBQ so lets talk about Option4! Hailing from Denver, Option4 is hot off a couple of wicked remixes. Like this Sammy Bananas remix (we had Sammy this summer at the Owl!)

Option4 is a dancy tech-house DJ but what I like the most about these Denver dudes is this natural gangsterness to their live mixes. Option4 and other Colorado artists like Pretty Lights and Big Gigantic seem to have this hip hop influence which makes their shows hit a bit harder. Maybe I’m just a sucker for Pharoahe Monche and Snoop samples but I’m really looking forward to him ripping up the basement of the Waldorf.

Here’s your Cocktail Hour! From Option4, in all his rap sampling glory. See you kids tonight.

 

 

 

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