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[PREMIERE] GRiZ's All Good Radio Shares Latest Mix Ft. Sunsquabi

Sunsquabi All Good Radio

All Good Records is back with their latest radio show! We’ve come to look forward to each of these mixes and today’s is no different as they tap Sunsquabi for a nearly hour-long mix that will surely brighten your day. 

All Good and Sunsquabi have continually bridged the gap between the live and electronic worlds with this new mix showcasing their genre-blending sensibilities in the funkiest way. We recently had the pleasure of premiering the title track off Sunsquabi's recent 5-track Deluxe EP and they continue to impress us here with their hybrid style.

The genre-blending mix is full of unreleased Sunsquabi tracks that we can’t wait for the official releases. They bring in some of their influences while showcasing their hybrid sound infusing funky instrumentation with gritty electronic elements that blend together seamlessly. See the tracklist below and enjoy!

All Good Radio - Sunsquabi

Tracklist

GRiZ -- Intro
Chuck Brown and the Soul Searchers -- Back It On Up
Confunkshunizeya -- Con Funk Shun
Fort Knox Five -- The Brazilian Hipster
SunSquabi -- TRACK ID
Kartell -- La Jeunesse Retrouve
SunSquabi -- TRACK ID
Rick James -- Mary Jane
SunSquabi -- TRACK ID
SunSquabi -- TRACK ID
Stevie Wonder -- Superstition (Casual Commander remix)
SunSquabi -- TRACK ID
SunSquabi -- TRACK ID
Herbie Hancock -- Doin It
Labi Siffre -- I Got The..
Flamingosis -- Next to You
Oshan -- French Vanilla
Zimmer -- Fire
Karma Kid -- No Qualms
RATATAT -- Mandy
Late Night Radio ft. SunSquabi -- TRACK ID
Crayon -- Bones
Dune x Crayon -- Blue Window

[PREMIERE] Sunsquabi Share Electro-Funk Single “Deluxe” + Interview

Sunsquabi Press Shot

Today we have the pleasure of premiering Sunsquabi’s latest funky single “Deluxe” along with an interview catching up with the guys. The electro-funk trio once again deliver via their label home All Good Records with “Deluxe” serving as the title track off their upcoming 5-track EP. Sunsquabi have made appearances on TSIS in the post for their past collaborations with GRiZ on “Odyssey” and “I Don’t Mind.”

Colorado-based Sunsquabi impress us with their hybrid sound infusing irresistible and funky live instrumentation with electronic production elements in a unique way that seems to effortlessly come together. Here they channel a sound similar to Ratatat while keeping it entirely their own.

They blend smooth guitar riffs, organic drums, bass, and keyboards paired with backing synth textures and basstones while the silky guitar solo sits above the soulful, funky melodies as the song’s highlight. Sunsquabi have made a name for themselves through their incredible live performances so be sure to catch them on their 18 date tour. Read our interview with Sunsquabi's Kevin Donohue and see tour dates below. The full EP will be available Friday, April 7 via All Good Records. Enjoy!

Sunsquabi - Deluxe | Stream Only

What is the story and meaning behind this Deluxe EP? 

Deluxe is a culmination of songs that we created after the release of Odyssey last year. Most of the tunes came together all at once, aside from Dexter, which was written by and named after Josh's dog. We travelled the entire country last year with the Floozies, and we were constantly inspired on the tour bus to write new music. So when we came back from tour, we pretty much just needed to get into the studio to overdub and record what we couldn't on the bus.

How did you originally link up with GRiZ and All Good Records?

We first met Grant in 2013 when we opened for him at The Ogden theater in Denver. He shared some production knowledge with me (Kevin Donohue) and we clicked. A few years later, I was watching GRiZ at Snowball with our friend Manic Focus (who is one of the original All Good artists), and we start talking about writing some funky music together inspired by GRiZ. We stay up all night that night and write the skeleton of 'Get Down', which he then took to GRiZ to finish. Grant lived down the street from our rehearsal spot at the time, and invited me to come to his place to finish the song. That sort of led to doing some other guitar work and keyboard stuff for his album 'Say it Loud', and during that whole recording process I was showing Grant little bits of what would become the 'Odyssey' EP, and so he decided to bring us into the label and we've been writing music together ever since.

How have things changed for the group after changing members recently?

Honestly, things are great. The vibe on the road with these two (Chris and Josh) is out of control. We are constantly breaking down our sets and our parts to dive deeper into the musicianship.  It's all about having fun, spreading the love and most importantly playing really good music for our fans. All of the bass guitar on the Deluxe EP is our original bassist, Andrew Clymer. We're excited to be writing new music and looking at a new chapter for the band.

Is there a particular song on the project you enjoyed making the most?

My personal favorite from this EP is 'Dexter'. It was a very raw creative process that birthed this song. We spent a whole day at the studio (Scanhope Sound) recording different chunks of improv on different instruments, but all at the same tempo in the same key. I took all of these chunks home all sequenced it into a song that made sense, so in essence we sampled ourselves. A day later we had Nick Gerlach (Michal Menert band) come in and lay down the horn line. He came up with the hook on the first take and then smashed a great solo. The whole thing just came together so fluidly, mostly because it was produced by a dog...

What was your inspiration behind this EP?

Everything in life is inspiring. I really found this out about myself in the past year, but you cannot wait for inspiration to find you. You have to look all around you for it, constantly. Anything can spark an idea in your head if you keep an open mind and take care of your ears. And brain.

Also weed.

How is this different from past Sunsquabi releases?

I feel that this EP is a much more groove oriented release. The songs aren't necessarily about crazy sounds or really big solos, they're more about the feel and the pulse than our songs from the past. 

What’s the most exciting thing right now for Sunsquabi?

Hard to say right now, things are pretty exciting over here at Squab HQ. We have a 6 week tour coming up starting in April, that leads right up to our Red Rocks show May 6th with Papadosio. We just opened for STS9 (favorite band of all time) in Las Vegas, we're feeling a lot of support from the music community and our fans right now. I'm really feeling great about writing right now and we have an entire new record in the works, which we'll be recording in May. We have some great festival plays this summer all over the country (Summer Camp, High Sierra, Dreamscape, Enchanted Forest..) It's an amazing feeling to have so much to look forward to and we are eternally grateful for this life.

Any recent new influences affecting you guys musically? 

We just saw Tauk for the first time last night, that's a hell of a band. I'm just gonna rattle off a few of what we're all listening to

Lettuce
The New Mastersounds 
Pomrad
Cloudchord
Emancipator
Thundercat 
Bruno Mars (don't even try to say 24k life isn't a great album)

Tour Dates: 

Sunsquabi Tour Dates

[PREMIERE] GRiZ - Good Will Prevail : Must Hear Full Length Album + Interview

GRiZ Good Will Prevail Artwork

We’ve had the pleasure of watching GRiZ’s career unfold over the years and couldn’t be more excited to premiere his latest album, Good Will Prevail. The trendsetting artist has been a pioneer in the future funk and electro-soul space for a while now, reaching new heights with every release. His latest offering is no different as he delivers his most ambitious project to date where he expands on his beloved sound. 

The 13-track LP draws a stacked lineup of featured artists -- Big Gigantic, Cherub, Louis Futon and Brasstracks to name a few -- and blends a variety of genres including rock, soul, funk and dance music. We hear GRiZ progress his sound in "Say It Loud" where he incorporates vocals into the production and shows off his newfound songwriting abilities. 

With that said, his signature funk-filled, soul-driven music is as evident as ever with his gritty, bass-fueled productions. TSIS had the pleasure of interviewing GRiZ about the Good Will Prevail and his live shows. Enjoy!

GRiZ - Good Will Prevail | Purchase

 

What is the story behind the title Good Will Prevail?

This album is all about keeping your head up and your feet movin. I was feeling down about news headlines, the stuff I would hear from my friends about whats going on in the world...things happening in my world. It had me feeling like I was going crazy..Like I was having a hard time understanding people. So I wanted to write an album to motivate and inspire positivity. 

How did you approach this album differently than your previous works?

I always like to get better or outdo myself a bit. Have more fun with the music, be more conscious of myself and how I feel and have that resonate in the project, give it more of a lyrical voice. My friends helped be that voice. Writing lyrics as well as the instrumental aspect gave me a new found respect for songwriting and unlocked so many doors. I feel like I found even more of a voice with this record. 

This release sounds like some of your heaviest work to date while also being just as soulful and full of funk - what inspired this shift?

To me it doesn't feel like a shift. True, there are those bass heavy in your face parts but I like to balance that with super rad and retro funk and soul vibes. 

What were some of the challenges you faced when incorporating vocals into your tracks?

Often when I write, I write with my own voice in mind. So sometimes it translates super well with the vocalist and other times (often) not. When it doesn't, new changes happen and the whole thing kinda gets flipped on it's head into something that is sometimes completely different. I love that part. Being surprised by yourself and other people with a new perspective. That's a part of the creative machine that pushes us all forward I think.

Was the songwriting process specifically different on this album from your previous works? 

Sometimes yes, often times no. I always first try and find something.. some piece of instrumental groove or a melody idea that kinda hits me over the head... always in the most random places. like, I wrote an entire song in my head the other day in a cab. I tried to record some of it on my phone in a voice note but, sometimes you gotta just let that shit go. This album, I came at most of those random inspirations with an idea and then carved out what the vocal content would be or took writing from other things I was writing and repurposed them into a new groove. 

You have a diverse set of collaborators on the album ranging from rappers to rock guitarists. What was it like grouping together a cast of musicians from such different backgrounds?

I love all sorts of music. What a cool thing to be able to tap so many different styles. But honestly, it feels like all the people I got to work with function on this similar wavelength. Some intangible extraterrestrial vibration. Thats why to me, it all feels really glued together. 

It looked like you were recording this album all over the country. How do different studio locations impact the end product?

So many factors go into that. Like, how much time you had at that studio, what the weather was like that day, who was there with you, what the vibe was like in the session. Sometimes we weren't even in studios. Dan and I recorded backup vox for PS GFY - which started as scratch vocals - in a hotel room before a gig. They had the right attitude though, so I ended up keeping them in there. The vox on Before I Go were recorded in Orlando's apartment by him a while back. I had him go to a studio and get them re-done (more than once) to get a better sound quality i guess. But the result of that felt so much more forced. It kinda lost it's character. So even though I could hear the sound of NYC traffic in the background of the acapella, it had all the feels.

Describe the feeling when you first found out that your Red Rocks show sold out within hours.

Honored! I love that my fans are as passionate about these shows as I am! I love that venue and I find that it's a place where I can really be 100% me and even try to experiment. I love going the extra mile for my fans. I want to inspire them in their own lives and show them something that they'll appreciate and enjoy.

How have your live shows evolved over time? What’s next?

Always evolving. Our staff has grown, as well as our talents. We're so focused and dialed into the live atmosphere and experience. Every show we get better. And...the passion is as deep as ever. I still feel like I haven't even gotten to show people exactly what I see or hear in my head. Truly though, it blows me away all the great that we've done together! I never would have thought I'd be where I am. Next up is a world where we spend all the money we spend on guns on books, food, and instruments for our youth. 

What is most exciting to you about the GRiZ project right now?

Where my head is at with creation. I'm finding and being inspired by so many new and different things. I guess I feel like I still have so much to learn and grow into. This project is just about to really get good...

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