My Top 10 House/Funky Mix CDs of 2008

With my ‘Mix CD of the Month’ feature in mind, I felt it was only logical when DJ Sef suggested I put up my favourites for the whole of 2008 following his. I wasn’t sure if I had enough favourites when he first suggested it, but it came to light that I had favourite CDs in abundance. In a matter of fact I’ve had a few CDs on heavy rotation this year…

Couple had drifted over from 2007, and to be honest, there is a particular Pioneer CD that I really wish I could include. The CD lived in my bedroom stereo for nearly 4 months!! Fearing I wouldn’t get it back, I had to compromise and put it on a USB stick which I would borrow out instead…… If you know about the Paradise meets Persuasion CD for Pioneers B’day Bash in 2007, then you will know what I’m talking about. The CD in its prime proved to be heavy conversion material.

Moving on swiftly to which CDs have been my favourites in 2008, I would like to make it clear that I have NOT got EVERY CD that was released, SO there may be some that I would’ve preferred out there and if your CD isn’t mentioned, there is NO implication behind it.

DJs are listed in alphabetical order

1. Carlos Aries – I Wanna Funk You – Summer 08
2. D-Malice – Diamond In Da Ruff Vol. 1
3. D- Pressure – Summer Soulbox 08
4. Deja Vu – Are You Funkin Serious Vol. 1
5. Funk Butcher – Soul Fool
6. Geeneus – Yellow 20th March 2008
7. Gumbo & Coldsteps – I Will Be There meets Man of the House
8. Scholar T – Funky Junkie 20th June 2008
9. Teaser – House Journal
10. Twista – Dubplate Specials

There were many other CDs that didn’t make the list that were still heavy rotators. So I’d like to BIG up all the DJs out there doing their thing and never forget all the producers providing us with that selection that makes our bodies move. Without them, there would be no music. It’s all about spreading love within the movement and taking it much further forward than 2009!!

Peace, love, health and prosperity…..

QoS xXx

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DJ SEF…. TOP 25 TRACKS OF 2008!!!

DJ Sef posted this on his blog this morning and I felt such a strong agreement that I had to share it…….

This is a tough 1, so many tracks came out this year doing major stuff for myself and a whole host of people! UK Funky represents strong in the list but with the mastering and mixing down power of more established labels it was always gonna be tough to compete. So here we go!

Track – Artist – Label

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1. Time To Let Go – Perempay N’ Dee ft Cleo Sol (Soulshine)
Great beat! Fantastic vocal! Warm, soft, classy all rolled into 1! My Tune of the year BUY HERE

2. Kissing Strangers (Feliciano Vocal Mix) – Ralf Gum ft. Monique Bingham (Gogo)
Beautiful vocals and a melody to match… a classic for years!

3. Sunday Showers – Kentphonik (Stalwart)
Wicked xylophone vibes on this South African hit

4. Chantes – Apple (White)
My pick of the UK Funky tracks, badboy vibes and only a handful of DJ’s have the proper version!

5. African Warrior – Doneao (Zephron)
He hit the nail on the head with this, got me rolling with my stick with this bassy banger

6. Quicktime – DJ Naughty (Spoilt Rotten)
Pure carnival vibes with this classic but DJ Pioneer has still got the best version (the 1st mix)

7. Sirens – HardHouse Banton (White)
Bass…. nothing but BASS! HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOT!

8. Wizeman – Copyright ft. Imaani (Defected)
One of my favorites from the UK duo, big beat and lyrics to match!

9. In The Air – Perempay N’ Dee ft. Katie Pearl (Dirty Canvas)
I felt this in my soul and in the sky! Pure club pressure

10. As I – Geeneus ft. Katy B (Rinse)
Sexy vocal and a sexy beat… simple

11. About Love – Knee Deep (Knee Deep)
A track to start the summer with chilled vibes

12. 33rd St, Anthem – Karizma (Defected)
Tech, Broken-Beat, BASS!! Jeeez, this has it all… ENERGY!

13. Climate Change – Roska (White)
Cracker with makes you change your skank to a new climate!

14. Gabryelle Refix – D Malice (Diamond In Da Ruff)
What a refix… a classic refixed… oh did i mention… WHAT A REFIX!

15. How Do I Let Go – Dennis Ferrer ft. K.T. Brookes (King Street)
Really, you cant let go on the soulful vibes of this track.. classic

16. Coke Bouquet – Yotam Anvi (Iwanai)
Sleeper, only the brave pull out this smash.. love the rugged drums on this one!

17. Your Special (Doruk Ozlen Main Vocal) – Soul Creation ft. Stephanie Cooke (Foliage)
This mix has a perfect link up between melody and Cooke’s lyrics… BIG!

18. Mirror Dance – Afefe Iku (Yoruba)
Dance floor monster straight from the heart of Congo

19. Do You Mind (Crazy Cousinz Remix) – Paleface ft. Kyla (Ministry of Sound)
Ladies anthem… can’t knock this power track

20. Russelology (AphroDisiax Voodoo Dub) – Flowriders (NY Soul)
Massive work on the keys by London’s real up and coming stars, superb vibes… casting a spell on anybody who appreciates real tuneage.. you are VOODOO!!

21. Spells Of Yoruba – Gel Abril (Be As One Imprint)
Deep tech business happening, with afrikaaaaaaaaaa all the way! 419!

22. My Joy (Original) – Quentin Harris ft. Margaret Grace (Strictly Rhythm)
Finally it came out and what a track, house at it’s very best!! Production is beautiful and vocals layered on top with perfection

23. Black Man In Space (Sax Mix) – Son Of Raw (Objektivity)
A dark techy beat with a joyful jazzy sax floating on top of it is a born winner… set the tone for this year of house music when released in Jan

24. Nothin Better Then Your Lovin’ – T.J. Cases ft. Natalie Broomes (Hardsoul Pressings)
15 years on the 2step producer bangs out some real heat for the dance floor!!!! WOW!

25. Revenge (Scott Wozniak Club Mix) – Darryl D’Boneau (Jellybean Soul)
This guy… his signature vocals bless any and every remix out, big bass line and keys, this is my favourite of the lot this year

If you have a view about this chart, any songs you feel are missing or you have your own top tracks of 2008 chart… please feel free to comment on the original post which can be found here!!
REMEMBER: these are DJ’ Sef’s views…. Although I personally think there should be some Fuzzy Logik in there somewhere!! MERRY XMAS & A HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Funky Special Part 2

Last night was another funky special from DJ Cameo on BBC London’s 1xtra. Guests were Ill Blu, Nyah aka Ghetto Princess, Ava B, Coldsteps, Kaos and Donaeo. I didn’t think this show was as good as the previous week but still was definitely worth the listen for a few exclusives and inside information.

Stream or Download the show HERE!!

Tracklisting

Diamond Feat Sophia Romain – Fly Away
V Man – Sweet Blu
K.I.G Family – Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes
Asher & 1st Born – Look So Good
Princess Feat Coldsteps – Frontline (Remix)

Funky Freestlye Session with Princess, Coldsteps, Kaos, Donaeo & Ava B

Leo – I Don’t Mind (Do You Mind Remix)
Attacca Pesante Feat Shea Soul – Make It Funky For Me
Fuzzy Logic Feat Egypt – In The Morning

Big Boy Funky Special!!

Tuesday night I heard what I think has been the best producer showcase that has taken place thus far. Tuned in to DJ Cameo on BBC London’s specialist urban station 1xtra, I wanted to see what this Funky Special I’d been hearing about so much was all about. What can I say…. Cameo delivered. Kicking off with Party Hard by Donaeo, it was evident that this was going to be a good show.

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The part of the show I had tuned in to hear included interviews with a few UK Funky producers. Roska and Lil Silva in the studio, plus additional pre-recorded audio. It’s time to take notes for release info people!!

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Promise by Darkus Beat Production (Roska VIP) due for release January 2009
In Your Handbag due for release Jan/Feb 09. Look out for the Video!!

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Lil Silva
Funky Flex & Pulse Remix EP released next week – 15th December 2008
Lil Silva is also releasing another EP in Jan 09 which features a track titled “Different”. If you like Sirens, you’ll love this!!

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Donaeo
Album due out titled “Producer Turned Artist” Summer 09 containing Funky, Electro and Drum & Bass. This will contain Donaeo’s full Funky catalogue.

Naughty
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*Exclusive* Devil In A Blue Dress Remix
Naughty has taken Donaeo’s vocals and applied them to a backing track of his own. This enables us listeners to absorb the vocals without the classic riff that is the original’s trademark. Naughty has given the track a whole new vibe with a jazzy soulful rendition. Best thing is Donaeo likes it!!
Mutya Buena – She’s Just A (Naughty Remix)
This track was originally a bashment track, however due to its appeal it is being re-released as a funky track. Look out for this one!!

Invasion Crew
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OB is the producer behind Signed and Sealed by Courtney Dennie which is out now.
The duo also have another track titled “Candlelit” which is out Jan 09
Also out Jan 09 is Domino Effect by Addictive (Invasion Remix). This vocal track is seriously funky. Tribal but electro and broken. What was my first description?? Hmmm…… Funky. I’ll stick to that for simple descriptions.

Tadow
*Exclusive* Elevation
This track struck me as slightly “Bugzy” but there is too strong of an invasion signature sound, accompanied with the sharp invasion drop to get it twisted. “Definitely a banger” – DJ Cameo

Fingaprint
*Exclusive* Night Time
You may have heard this track while out around town and on your radio or mix CDs. If you didn’t know who was behind this production…. You do now!!

DJ Cameo is back next week with another Funky Special. Tune in BBC 1Xtra Tuesday 22.00-00.00 hrs

Stream or Download the show HERE!!!

Tracklisting

Donaeo – Party Hard (Cameo Special)
DMT – Touch You
Baby KT – As I
Attacca Pesante Feat Shea Soul – Make It Funky For Me
Apple – Chantes
K. I.G Family – Head, shoulders, Knees & Toes
Fuzzy Logic Feat Egypt – In The Morning
May Day Feat Coco Bee – Deeper
Addictive – My Love (Remix)
Presidential Sounds – Touch MY
Doctor – I Want It
Frisco – Sexy Girls
Mr V – Jungle Fever
Sub Zero ft Tezz Kid – Rockstar
Bass Boy ft Pheleba – Daydream
Darkus – Promise (Roska Remix)
Lil Silva – Pulse VS Funky Flex
Roska – In Your Handbag
Lil Silva – Different

Pre-recording with Donaeo, Naughty and Invasion Crew!

Donaeo – Party Hard
Naughty – Devil In Blue Dress (Remix)
Magic Touch – Signed And Sealed
Addictive – Domino Effect (Invasion Crew Remix)
Tadow – Elevation
Fingaprint – Night Time
D-Malice – Gabryelle Refix (Cameo Special)

The Funky Junkies have gone MAD!!!

Recent reports have shown that the current outbreak within Funky Junkies, has been rumoured to have been spurred by the KIG Family/Mile Recordings, with the current anthem “Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes”. These short sighted opinions have been incorrect. Recent You Tube figures show that there were signs of an outbreak and epidemic across the country from dates as early as November 2006.

It seems there are members of society infiltrating themselves into the partying community, and are hoping to sway the more mature ravers into dancing in unison with their erratic choreography. It is believed that with heavy alcohol consumption, you will consider these as a trendsetting way to dance.

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We would like to warn all Funky ravers to be aware of fellow revellers while enjoying themselves and to help these perpetrators to be identified, we have uploaded the following videos.


We would mostly like you to keep an eye out for this guy….. If seen, please do teach him some moves that contain some swagger.

Enjoy your nights out and remember to stay safe!!

Who are KIG??

The UK Funky scene has been taken by an unexpected storm with the track Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes which is still at present continuing its wave. This was a track made in a short moment of creativity, and a video to accompany it made while enjoying a day around London including the West End and after a rave. Mostly complied from experiment, this producer was able to envisage its appeal due to their own attraction. After uploading the video to You Tube, the effect was anticipated, but still very underestimated.

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KIG are a collective of individuals from north east London that range from DJs/MCs/Producers, Promoters, Video Directors, Logo Designers. The Head, Shoulders…. track features 3 individuals:

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Hitty: MC/Host, DJ Producer

Having first entered music becoming a DJ playing Bashment, Hip-Hop and Grime in 2001, Hitty first tried his hand at producing in 2004 making backing tracks in the Grime genre. Versatility gave him an ability to adapt his skills into Funky at the beginning of the year having been converted to the sound. Feeling that he had to play a part in the movement, he made a number of tracks within the genre finding it simple and fun to compose. Head Shoulders is the first track that has had vocals added as yet, but has advised us to look out for more work coming from him in the future.

Skitz: MC/Host, Promoter

Skitz started in music as MC part of a crew called FKV, after showcasing his lyrical talents for over 4 years, he started to be a host for many different raves around London and different pirate radio shows. This gave him connections in the correct places to start managing his own events in the capacity of raves, talent shows etc…. Ann Summers VS La Senza and Sexy Cinderella are part of his portfolio. The Head Shoulders Knees & Toes was originally Skitz’s bar when hosting in events.

Creeper: MC/Rapper

Creepa has been an MC for over 4 years. Having started rapping early 2008, he has featured on many of the rap beats produced by Hitty under the KIG/Mile Recordings name. His presence on the track was unintentional. Having been present in the studio at the time the track was made, happened to possess the correct vocal for a particular part which proved to be a fundamental part of the track.

This track first blew up in the universities around the capital and has in turn integrated itself into the mainstream. It has been play listed on 1xtra, with interest shown from the likes of Ras Kwame and a live interview with Choice FM’s Hotsteppa. KIG are also inundated with special dubplate requests and bookings up and down the country. T-Shirts are now on sale and the track hasn’t even been officially released as yet!! It surely has the potential to reach Number 1!!

At present there are no plans set in place, however this is something currently being worked on. There are also intentions for a video re-shoot. In the meantime KIG would like to thank everybody who has been supporting the track. Also listen out for Back To Me Feat Simone which is also produced by KIG/Mile Recordings.

Matt Jam Lamont talks Funky!!!

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Matt Jam Lamont

I recently carried out an interview with Matt Jam Lamont for UrbanWorld.Com which unexpectedly drifted on to the subject of UK House also known as Funky. I thought that as a major DJ his perspective was very valuable……. Here are a few questions from the interview:

Is there any chance of you crossing genres in the future to playing UK House productions?

I’ve never ever stopped playing House. I was playing it before Garage came alive. So it’s not something that I’ve stopped or started playing. I’ve always played House. It’s just that I’m more known for Garage from back in the day. With any genre, there is always a new style that branches off and the UK stuff is raw, some would say under produced, but that’s what it is, but really it’s just another branch coming of the House genre. House has been there forever so it’s not me jumping on to anything else, if there’s a certain track that is produced and I like it, then I’ll play it.

Do you see the UK House scene growing and staying or do you see it rapidly going back underground?

Garage was around for nearly 11 years and it done what it really needed to do. The UK House scene, I think it could stay around as it has such a dominant father figure in House. It has a good chance of being around for the while. There are so many sub-genres from House, it’ll be interesting to see what it does. I think the production needs to be tighter on a few things, but look at Devil in a Blue Dress. It’s a big anthem. But for UK House to get more stronger abroad, they do need to tighten up production a little bit and have the big major players playing it abroad too. But I can see a good life span in it. I’ve noticed that up north a lot of the DJs have stopped playing Bassline, and are moving over to House and its known for people to jump genre to whatever is popular, so that happening shows that the popularity is definitely growing. But I would say that a lot of the DJs that are playing UK House also play US stuff too so it’s getting balanced out and with things from Defected etc so although there is a scene there, it’s not dominated by UK House productions.

The US productions are very prominent within the music…..

It’s like with Drum and Bass. It’s a very British thing but you have a lot of Americans and Germans making it too because they love it, so the UK House sound is not really anything new. But there is a certain sound that’s developing as a new branch of House music which is great. In a year’s time, I do hope that it will be stronger but I don’t think these guys will start to only play UK stuff. I think they’ll still be playing productions from around the world that plays nicely with what they’re playing, which is evident if you look at Footloose or Pioneer’s play list. The UK House scene is getting stronger, but I don’t think it’ll be able to do it on its own.

Do you think Funky and Garage are the same?

Yeah, but you know, I think that’s because a lot of the ex garage producers are now making it so its carrying a lot of the same sounds. So that’s why it’s more on a UK stage than a House stage. Because I can play it in any UK set and I play it with Garage. But it’s not new garage or anything. There’s not really much that that new about it, I could probably find something similar from 1990. Things start to evolve and its given a new name to help give it a push so I guess it’s simply just a new branch of house. It hasn’t blown up to me as yet because it hasn’t blown up in Ibiza. That’s the biggest clubbing island in Summer. So until that happens…….. I’m not knocking it at all. I hope it does get bigger because there are some tracks which I really do like. So let’s develop it and make it stronger now.

THIS INTERVIEW CAN BE READ IN FULL HERE!!!