Melding genres is a common practice at this point. And yet, there’s still something extremely refreshing about the way the Funk Hunters approach their sticky amalgam of laidback hip-hop, throwback soul, and—as their name implies—heaps of feel-good funk. The duo is composed of Nick Middleton and Duncan Smith, two film school friends who made the transition into music tastemakers and haven’t looked back since. In March, they blessed the world with their debut album, Typecast, an 11-track full-length that is anything but a sonic stereotype and shows them working outside the confines of your standard party soundtrack. “Say Something” is the place where their melodic tendencies shine the strongest on the package, as they take the vocal beseechment provided by LIINKS and strap it down with sheeny beats dripping in futuristic finesse.
While the hit single has been floating around the festival circuit for a solid few months now, the Funk Hunters are ready to open it up to a whole new set of faces with the help of JackLNDN. The London-born, Colorado-based producer is more than qualified to take the honors, since he’s already proved his worth on previous remixes for Louis the Child, Hotel Garuda, Michael Calfan, and the list keeps growing. He flips the funk on his version, giving it a glossed-out groove that’s stripped down without robbing the single of its soul. LIINKS’ lush delivery is boosted, as her hook glides easily along with smooth synth progression, mild basslines, crucially timed piano keys, and the gentle nuances JackLNDN has used to build a sleek catalog of contagious house cuts.
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