The new single/music video, “All Of A Sudden,” a blend of mid-tempo bass and rap music, is the result of The Funk Hunters joining forces with L.A.-based producer Dr. Fresch and Chicago rapper Chali 2na.
The Funk Hunters share, “We’ve been playing and making mid-tempo bass music before it even had a name, so to come across Dr. Fresch’s music years ago and discover he also loves mid-tempo… Well, it was love at first listen, ha! So, for our first official collab together, we just knew it needed to be a mid-tempo tune. As soon we had the beat done, there was really no other choice for vocals. We sent it straight to Chali 2na, and the rest is history. He delivered in a big way! It’s really such a cool blend of all 3 of our styles, funky fresch, and bangin’.”
Dr. Fresch adds, “…and ‘All Of A Sudden’ – we’re dropping the biggest mid-tempo banger of 2023! I’ve been a fan of The Funk Hunters and Chali 2na for years; this song is a major moment for me. It’s been a pleasure to get to know Nick and Dunks from touring the US and Canada over the course of the last several years – it was only time before we convened to create a funky fresch concoction. This collab was so fun and exciting to make. It’s the perfect blend of all our styles, and maybe most importantly, it feels like a genuine soundtrack to the live festival atmospheres we thrive in. It’s been a ride playing and working on this record for the last year. I’m so proud that we can finally unleash the beast.”
Chali 2na chimes in, saying, “I’m always excited to work with Nick Middleton and Duncan Smith from the notorious The Funk Hunters, but to add the legendary Dr. Fresch to my résumé was an honor and a pleasure! Especially with such an aggressively fire song like ‘All Of A Sudden.’ Thank you, fellas!”
Longtime friends, collaborators, and multi-dimensional artists – The Funk Hunters, aka Nick Middleton and Duncan Smith, have amassed over 30M streams, won the Electronic/Dance Artist of the Year at the Western Canadian Music Awards, and hit #1 on the Billboard Dance Club Chart last year, with an official remix of U2’s “Love Is Bigger.”
The Funk Hunters have performed at major festivals like Coachella, Life Is Beautiful, Lightning in a Bottle, Electric Forest, Osheaga, Outside Lands, Burning Man, and Shambhala.
After winning Insomniac’s Discovery Project Contest, Tony Fresch launched the Dr. Fresch project. Shortly thereafter, Dr. Fresch was featured at #9 on Billboard’s Next Big Sound Chart. Over the summer of 2015, Dr. Fresch launched his semi-monthly mix series ‘House Call,’ which has since garnered tens of millions of plays on Mondays on Sirius XM.
Dr. Fresch has since released records on the likes of OWSLA, Insomniac Records, Atlantic, Ministry Of Sound and has performed at EDC Las Vegas, Lollapalooza, Shambhala, Electric Forest, CRSSD, Electric Zoo, Splash House, and Osheaga.
Known for co-founding music groups Jurassic 5 and Ozomatli, Chali 2na released his debut solo album Fish Outta Water in 2009. Since then, he has toured the world 10 times over with his 3-piece band, House Of Vibe. In 2013, he embarked on a career-defining mission called ‘Against The Current,’ a music + art project that combines a 5-part series of genre-bending EPs with a coffee table book featuring original artwork and photography from Chali himself.
“All Of A Sudden” opens on eerie, rippling synths flowing into a potent rhythm topped by a fat, vibrating bassline. There’s a hint of menace to the tune, dark and thick. A grimy breakdown shifts the harmonics, leading to delicious stuttering surfaces. Chali 2na’s chant-like rapping flow imbues the rhymes with portentous tones.
Drenched in heavy layers of mid-tempo bass energy, “All Of A Sudden” unleashes contagious, rapping vocals blended with dance muscle.
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