Self categorized as “silky smooth, hi-def, funky, jazzy, jackin’, “Guetta-free” house music,” Jeff Dougler & Balu have been entertaining Canadians with their own signature brand of house music for years, and it’s time to spread the word. Receiving heavy play from house legends such as Mark Farina and Derrick Carter, the duo’s music is perfectly suited for either a lounge or a rocking party. Their newest collection is the soon-to-be-released The Mom Jeans EP, a funk-fueled party that should brighten your day. The cleverly titled This Bud Is Dope is a sexy, groovy throwback to days gone by as beautiful piano samples have your fingers snapping and your head bopping. Caretaker expertly samples lyrics from Drake‘s hit song Take Care, but adds a little funk and a ton of flair. My personal favorite is I Can Dress Up, a horn-filled explosion of Chi-town house at its best.
JD & B combine catchy samples and silky smooth vibes to form a fun and sophisticated sound that is refreshing and doesn’t require you to “rage out” on the dancefloor. It’s a very easy-going, mature sound and should please casual fans and people from all ages. The boys from Ottawa can be seen entertaining crowds at the Mercury Lounge every weekend, a great venue for hearing dance music not found in the bigger clubs. The knowledgeable, enthusiastic crowd and high energy performances make it a must-see for anyone looking to have a good time.