By: Anand Harsh
Blasting out of the great frozen north is the funkiest sound this side of the equator. For the past few years, the rumblings of a four-headed funk monster have been reaching us all the way out on the edges of the country, and the movement's time is nearing blast-off.
Megan Hamilton & The Bermudas have been making waves in the burgeoning Minnesota bass scene with a stunningly original stew of killer beats and live instrumentation. Part funk band, part cybernetic drum machine, the sound of Hamilton and her posse is best served up hot and fresh on stage. However, the time has come for the band to press a lasting product into being, and the debut album is coming next month.
“I moved into a new studio at the end of last summer and the previous tenants had been growing vines on the ceiling for years,” Hamilton mentions. “The room is mostly windows and the sunlight just pours in all day. I really feel it's the reason for the chillness of this new project, hopefully people can feel the organic vibes of the room when they listen to it.”
We have the privilege, nay, the pleasure to serve up the latest single from the record, “Connected,” featuring the lyrical prowess of Chance York, as well as some extra funky arrangement by the Bermudas. There is a palpable power rocketed through the speakers when you hear this act, and the difference between a laptop DJ pushing future funk or electro-soul, and a full band actually performing it are miles apart.
“This track has to be one of my favorites from the album,” Hamilton adds. “I'd had the structure written for it for a long time, and kind of at the last minute everything came together; the sax, the guitar, the bass, the vox. I think it's a modern take on an old school, positive tip vibe.”
Fans can catch that vibe on February 10th for the album release party hitting The Loft in the crew's home base of Minneapolis, Minnesota alongside guests Guggenz, Trufeelz, and Paul Chang. This is an act to keep your eye on—bet.
Vocals written by Chance York
Guitar by Patrick Olson
Tenor Sax by Alexander Kish
Bass by Megan Hamilton
Produced by Megan Hamilton
Mastered by Kevin Israel at River Rock Studios, Minneapolis
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