Written by William Schwarzmann
This week, KOAN Sound and Minnesota are bringing the funk and the bass to Virginia Beach and DC. KOAN Sound spiritually adopt the Buddhist anecdote their name holds in creating both the brutal and the beautiful. Minnesota brings the funk in his own way, unleashing music both fresh and retro through a myriad of CDJs, analog synths, and vinyl. Here’s the run down.
KOAN Sound first broke though with the Funk Blaster EP and its follow-up, Adventures of Mr Fox. Gaining support and scene presence courtesy of Zane Lowe and Skrillex, their first ventures took funk and glitch-hop on a stuttery, filthy trip.
Though their capacity for creating rage-worthy material is strong, KOAN Sound have also delved into ambient, liquid music while maintaining a distinct sound and vibe. Their collaborative EP with Asa and their most recent release, Dynasty, show that the duo can can birth beautiful, emotional music just as well as grimy material.
Minnesota, while not taking inspiration from any Buddhist mantras, is still plenty soulful in his music production. One of the steadfast names in electro-soul, Minnesota’s wompy bass puts new spirit in the jazz, funk, and soul-inspired genre.
To top it off, Minnesota’s melodies are some of the best in the game, as evident in his collaboration with melodic master Seven Lions and vocalist Mimi Page.
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