Shambhala Legends The Funk Hunters Explore a Spectrum of Genres and Emotions on Debut Album “Typecast”
One of the most beautiful aspects of Shambhala Music Festival in British Columbia is the way the event uplifts artists to new levels. Artists from all backgrounds love performing at the festival because of the incredible support that can be felt from the community. Household names and up-and-coming artists are all empowered to put forth their best sets. One group that has certainly reaped the rewards of several stellar sets at Shambhala is The Funk Hunters. We first came across this dynamic Canadian duo during their showstopping performance in the Fractal Forest at Shambhala 2016. Compromised of Nick Middleton and Duncan Smith, The Funk Hunters are primed to leave a lasting mark on the electronic music landscape. Their debut album Typecast is out now and the twosome is ready to take the world by storm.
Earlier this year, The Funk Hunters showcased their versatility by dropping two very different but equally infectious singles, “Turn Down the Silence” and “Party Rockin.‘” These two tracks gave fans a taste of unique musicianship that would be present on their forthcoming album. With those delicious teasers making the rounds fans and tastemakers alike were left wondering what the boy had up their sleeves.
Now the wait is over – The Funk Hunters have unleashed their much anticipated first album, it is truly an emotional and intellectual journey through sound. The 11-track offering gives electronic music lovers of all pallets something to vibe to. Throughout the course of the album, the duo carries the listeners through the spectrum, from the jazzy, feel-good “Hands Up,” to the hip-hop anthem “Ready to Go” and the sultry, slow-burning closers “Till AM” and “In The Right Spot.”
For a debut album, Typecast boasts an impressive array of collaborators. Grammy-winning vocalist WANZ, iconic UK legend MC Dynamite and many other gifted artists lend their talents to the project. With this release, The Funk Hunters have announced themselves as creators of unique, compelling vibes with the ability to create potent and engrossing art. The group’s ability to seamlessly blend genres and sonic textures to create a holistic and organically unique style is both refreshing and impressive.
The Funk Hunters have been honored with official remixes for artists across the spectrum of both popular and underground music, including Imagine Dragons, Selena Gomez, Big Gigantic and Gramatik. Their chemistry as a duo is perfectly aligned, with Middleton steering their studio and production efforts while Smith heads their live shows with a captivating charisma that has landed them at Coachella, Lightning in a Bottle, Electric Forest, Burning Man and more. On the cusp of a new year and so much brand new music, 2018 is aligning to be the most monumental year yet for The Funk Hunters.