Funky Takeover? by Mista Jam

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With K.I.G Family’s “Head Shoulders Knees And Toes” getting signed to a major label All Around The World/Universal/Island and all of the other labels looking to sign underground hits such as Attacca Pesante’s “Make It Funky For Me” and Princess’ “Frontline”, it seems like the stage is set for funky to make a big dent in the pop charts in 2009.

Is this a good thing? On one hand it introduces a whole new audience to the genre and it could allow the artists that have been grafting away on the underground scene to finally get a proper pay cheque for the work they’ve put in. On the other hand, going ‘pop’ could commercialise and damage the scene forcing it to go back underground – similar to the mainstream’s infatuation in the past with Jungle, Garage and last year’s Bassline phenomenon.

What do you think – is Funky going to be big in 09 and if it is, will it be the end of Funky or just the beginning?

Taken from Mista Jam’s 1xtra blog

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DJ Cameo’s Focus is Funky….

CameoThis week Cameo was back giving the airwaves another helping of a Funky Showdown and this time around Cameo’s showcase was on a trendsetting level. Boasting exclusivity as well as major talent within the scene, there was ample amount of satisfaction for an event. Those that managed to catch the show could only have been appreciative of the quality of the show.

With guests Paleface, Kyla, Seany B, Lil’ London, D-Malice, D Read. E, Mystery, Accatta Pesante, MA-1 and Egypt, there were exclusives coming out of the kitchen everywhere! To add to this were live performances of great quality. Egypt the vocalist of Fuzzy Logik’s ‘In The Morning’, being my favourite. The track is causing a major storm at the moment!!

If you missed the show you can listen to it again here or download it here!!

Tracklist

Donaeo – Party Hard (Dub plate)
Most Wanted, Coldsteps & Kaos – Ayia Napa Anthem

Interview – Paleface & Kyla
LIVE PA – Paleface & Kyla – Daydream Live P.A

Paleface ft Alizae Levy & Maxwell D – One Night Stand

Interview – Seani B & Little London
LIVE PA – Seani B & Little London – Mr Seduction

Little London– Mr Seduction
D Malice – Gabryelle

Interview – D Malice

D Malice – Visions
D Malice Ft Rebecca Knight– Poison

Interview – D Read. D & Kai

D Read. D – Extra
D Read. D ft Kai – Confused

DJ Mystery Feat Natalie Kay – Speechless

Interview – DJ Mystery

DJ Mystery Feat Miss Bree – Worth Much More
Attacca Pesante – Sparta

Interview – Attacca Pesante & Shea Soul Live In The Studio
LIVE PA – Attacca Pesante Feat Shea Soul – Make It Funky For Me

MA-1 – Waterfalls

Interview – MA-1

MA-1 feat Sadie Ama – Those Were days

Interview – Egypt
Live PA – Fuzzi Logik ft Egypt – In the Morning

Keepin’ It Funky!!

As the funky scene has continued to evolve and start finding its feet within the industry, there have been many developments. A substantial amount of upcoming and also already established DJs are now naming the sub-genre as there speciality, as well as a new found growth in producers now making the music.

Funky Junkie fever has swept over the nation infecting the masses along the way, converting both listeners and music industry hopefuls from the already prominent genres previously named as favourites. The attraction is also being witnessed in the higher entities, where nationally recognised participants within the industry haven’t been able to resist the desire to dabble with the sound.

While funky has retained its diversity within the instrumental aspect, there has been another type of vocal addition that has always had its boundaries, aware that input was greater appreciated by connoisseurs in small doses. A respectable contribution, which in excess would surely turn a good apple rotten. A role that when undertaken, requires deliverance with diplomacy and instigation. This allows the DJ to control the music, and the Host to control the crowd.

With funky having various ancestors, the sound holds a collaboration of influences, with House, Garage and Grime having the most bearing. It is for this reason that while one track may reflect a softer soulful vibe, the next could be much darker and broken, one of the qualities of the sound that increases its appeal and marketability. However it is also this element of the sound that has proven to hold disadvantage where it has attracted a trend not welcomed by the true connoisseurs who feel that it has been misconceived and manipulated by the newcomers to the movement producing material such as this:

It has been felt that this new craze that has been said to have contaminated the funky sound is nothing more than what could’ve been expected, as there is such a lack of structure, a result of its diversity. While when delivered in originality it is widely appreciated, in imitation, it is scorned. The movement has been nurtured by its true loves to ensure its stance is moulded correctly so the foundations are laid with longstanding format.

The word has been spoken by many that have been large contributors to the growth of the movement that this new craze is in deep requirement of being purged from the scene. Although all participation has previously been welcomed, this new sound has been rejected as a strain of the funky generics and has been advised that the innovators of this heavily MC based and dance move sound, start a new movement of their own calling it something different.

Within this video interview (4.30 – 5.07 mins), Marcus Nasty who has been crowned the God-Father of the movement as a major benefactor, voices his feelings on this particular subject.

There is an evident thirst for this type of music, witnessed within the universities across the country, which indicates that there is an appeal. The question really is whether it’s possible for a sound that hasn’t yet found it’s own true form, is able to evolve far enough to provide birth of another new sound without them being combined as one?

Funky Grime or Grime In Disguise?

This is Grime………

This is apparently Funky……..

So What is This?

Is a new evolution of sub-genre required in the name of Funky Grime??

What’s It Like To Be A DJ??

Many people think being a DJ is a glamorous lifestyle. With girls and music being the first connecting thoughts, it’s not surprising that it’s a commonly sought after profession.

Rinse FM’s DJ NG, the man behind the hit “Tell Me”, gives us a taster of what a day in the life of a leading DJ within the funky scene is like……

Seems like plenty of hard graft!!

Is it any wonder that with the requirement of so much energy required to sustain, there is a need to release while at home??

Check out NG’s fellow station DJ Skilliam having a funky monkey moment….. What I like most about this mix is that its performed with one CD deck and the other vinyl.

In a day of so many CDJ DJ’s who require the BPM to be matched etc etc automatically, I thought this was a respectable quality to hold on a resumé.

The full length Skilliam mix is available for download here!!

What’s In YOUR Handbag??

in-your-handbagThis catchy electro composition has been set to cause an explosion on the scene from the moment it first emerged and has already received heavy rotation on mainstream and pirate radio stations from the leading DJs of the scene.

Based on every man’s enquiring thoughts about what contents are within a woman’s handbag, it’s vocal content is simple yet effective. After underground success with his first 3 releases (Feeline, Climate Change & Elevated Levels EP) Roska has also shown more pioneering spirit as he is the first with an animated music video, also focusing on the concept of the song rather that the common rave scene environment that has become expected.

Roska also has a number of upcoming projects including collaborations with Fingaprint, D-Malice, DVA, Ill Blu and more.

For more information, check out his MySpace

Marcus Nasty’s views on UK Funky MC Tracks

The God-father of the UK Funky Movement has become tireless of the material that has been recently flushing the scene. This is what he had to say:

marcusnasty2“I AM NOT SUPPORTING FUNKY MC TRACKS THAT ARE REALLY GRIME TUNES OR OTHER PEOPLES TUNES THAT YOU HAVE MC’ED OVER AND ARE NOW PASSING OFF AS YOUR OWN

IF YOU CANT MAKE IT AS AN MC YOU WILL DEFINATELY NOT MAKE IT AS AN ARTIST
IF YOU ARE AN ARTIST YOU SHOULD KNOW BETTER AND IF YOU ARE AN MC WHO IS JUMPING ON THIS TING YOU SHOULD KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING OR “LEAVE IT ALONE”.

IM NOT SAYING THAT THEY ARE ALL SHIT IM JUST SAYING THAT WE NEED TO KEEP IT FUNKY TO REALLY ESTABLISH OUR SCENE AS AT THE MOMENT THERE IS NO CONSITENCY OR ANY SORT OF LEVELS WITH REGARDS TO THE MC TRACKS FOR INSTANCE DONAEO & VERSATILLE IN COMPARISON TO THE CRAP THAT HAS BEEN SENT TO MY INBOX

THE HEAD, SHOULDERS, KNEES & TOES TRACK WAS ORIGINAL SO IT WORKED BUT EVEN THEY STRUGGLE TO PERFORM TO THE LEVEL OF AN ESTABLISHED MC ON A LIVE SET

MY ONE OFF MC SHOWS ARE LIVE “RADIO SHOWS” TO SHOWCASE THE TALENT FROM WITHIN OUR SCENE AND ARE NOT TO BE TAKEN AS A GO AHEAD TO ENCOURAGE OTHER DJ’S/MC’S WHO LACK IDEAS OR TURN THIS SCENE INTO A TALENTLESS HYPEFEST.

DONT GET IT TWISTED!!

P.S. I WILL NOT AND WILL NEVER PLAY THEM TRACKS ON MY SHOW”

Say No More!!