(Vancouver, BC) - Right on the heels of a huge performance at Pemberton Music Festival last weekend, The Funk Hunters and iconic Jurassic 5 founding member, Chali 2na, are announcing the release of their new single 'Word To Spread', with a brand new music video via The Untz. This track is the first from The Funk Hunters and Chali 2na's ILLectric EP, out Friday, October 14th on Westwood Recordings. Available now for pre-order on iTunes, with 'Word to Spread' as an instant download.
While ILLectric is their first release, The Funk Hunters and Chali 2na have been collaborating and touring together in North America and overseas for over 2 years now. The chorus in 'Word To Spread' features Australian musician and World Beatbox champion Tom Thum, and speaks to life on the road; only having your song to share.
The visually stunning 'Word To Spread' video was shot on Galiano Island in B.C., where Nick Middleton and Duncan Smith first began working together on the project that would become The Funk Hunters. The idea for the video (funded by STORYHIVE) was to introduce Chali to the place where their music first started.
Producer/DJ Nick Middleton had this to say about the development of the track and video, “When I first heard Tom sing those chorus lyrics last year I immediately reached out to him about producing a song incorporating his message along with verses from Chali. Tom was into the idea right away and it just came together perfectly. Getting to bring Chali back to Galiano to shoot the music video - a place where Dunks and I first learned how to DJ and use turntables over a decade ago - was just the icing on the cake, I’m super proud of how it all turned out and I’m glad it has some special meaning for us too!”
The Funk Hunters and Chali 2na bring together their extensive back catalogues, for a live experience that blurs the lines between Electronic Dance Music and Hip Hop. Armed with four turntables, they effortlessly weave in and out of hip hop, funk, soul, and electronic bass music, all paired with their stunning custom-curated visuals. It's definitely a show you do not want to miss.
The Funk Hunters will wrap up their extensive summer festival touring this August which included their debut at Coachella, with shows at Shambhala and Burning Man. The Funk Hunters and Chali 2na will be touring in support of the ILLectric EP in the fall, tour dates to be announced soon. Please visit: thefunkhunters.com for the most up to date tour listings.
The ILLectric EP will be available on Spotify, Apple Music/iTunes, and other digital retailers/streaming services Friday, October 14th. The Funk Hunters and Chali 2na's 'Word To Spread' featuring Tom Thum is available NOW on Spotify and as an instant grat when you pre-order ILLectric on iTunes.
THE FUNK HUNTERS // UPCOMING TOUR DATES
August 5 - Salmo, BC - Shambhala *SOLD OUT*
August 13 - Fernie, BC - Wapiti Festival
August 28 - Black Rock City, NV - Burning Man
THE FUNK HUNTERS & CHALI 2NA - ILLectric EP TRACKLIST
RELEASE DATE: OCTOBER 14th, 2016 (Westwood Recordings)
1. Oh S**t
2. Get Involved feat. Defunk
3. Funk Back
4. Word To Spread feat. Thom Thumb
5. Right Right Up feat. CMC & Silenta & Verse iTal