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[Future Funk] GRiZMATiK – As We Proceed

As We Proceed

After a long hiatus from producing music together, eponymous duo GRiZ and Gramatik made their triumphant return as GRiZMATiK with a well-timed new single “As We Proceed”. The pair’s different yet complementary sounds mesh to create one of the most natural and sensible music-making unions out there today. Though GRiZMATiK have been hugely popular on their tours together, “As We Proceed” marks their first new production since 2013.

The future-funk icons bring the best of their unique sounds on this new single. GRiZ pulls no punches with his signature synth work, while Gramatik’s funky guitar/piano riffs and snare-heavy backbeats provide the pulsing heart of the song. Gramatik’s love for swing and jazz has a heavy influence in this production– especially apparent in his selection of vocal loops. No track with GRiZ’s name on it would be complete without the brassy and sassy horn support to go along with the sexy sax solo.

This instant classic is sure to have you grooving along by the end of the track. The feel-good nature of this song is undeniable; you’ll definitely be hearing this track on dance floors near you! Here’s to hoping for more GRiZMATiK (and maybe a tour) in 2017.

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[Soul/Electronic] NoMBe – Wait


Appropriately self-described “Electric Soul” artist NoMBe has been putting out laid-back jams on Soundcloud for the past two years. Based out of Los Angeles, NoMBe’s distinct sound is characterized by smooth vocals and retro-funky guitar riffs. Signed in late 2016 to music accelerator Th3rd Brain Records (who have also signed Gallant and ZHU), Noah McBeth’s debut album They Might’ve Even Loved Me is due this year.

The first single off the album, “Wait”, was released to strongly positive reception on Australia’s Triple J radio earlier this month. NoMBe’s upcoming album “makes a tribute to all of the women that might’ve even loved him…”, and the inspiration from past romance and heartbreak comes through on his debut single. While the twang of his guitar evokes feelings of warm, hazy Los Angeles summers, McBeth’s lyrics on this track are all about lost love and blown opportunities. His light riffs are balanced with reverb-heavy, crunchy “Alt-R&B” style synth while he sings about finally approaching that special someone– hoping the feelings are mutual and that it’s not too late. Look for the rest of They Might’ve Even Loved Me to be as relatable and full of good vibes.

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