UK Funky January Round Up 2010


January has seen various buzzes created within the scene this month. Lots of exciting releases including the long-awaited singles from Tribal Magz and Maxwell D, as well as Trilla gearing up for a release of his own. There are also upcoming albums in the pipeline coming from Roska, Katy B and of course Coldsteps…

Coldsteps has also taken the decision to fly the nest of the Play Entertainment camp which has raised a few eyebrows, however the official press release states to “wish Coldsteps well with his future ventures.” Something I think is felt from all.

Dennis Ferrer – Hey Hey is definitely the undisputed track of the month, being played on every dancefloor, radio show and mix CD over the month. If you haven’t heard this one a bit too many times, but claim to listen to Funky, I’d like to know what you’ve been listening to!? Seriously, it does need toning down a little bit! But if you still can’t get enough, look out for the Live PA down at Yellow on February 27th.

Talking about events, the Thank You Parties were in full swing throughout January, and with the following month being February, I’m sure you can take a guess what the common theme is next month! I’m not sure if it’ll be the couples thing, but if you’re a singleton, you never know who you might meet…. Just in time for next year! But if you’re one step ahead (and young enough) you’ll be hitting up the mega events, I call them mega due to the capacity levels, and if you’re lucky, you may bag yourself that companion last minute!

The controversy surrounding ‘beat-jacking’ lives on. The producers are still angry due to getting cut out the deal and the MCs see it as free promotion. The argument continues to hold back releases in which we’ve already witnessed with Party Hard, Migraine Skank, Tribal Man Skank, Blackberry Hype and Are You Gonna Bang? All tracks which held heavy weight within the club scene. Are the opposed really ‘House snobs’ or are they trying to advise a more amicable way to construct to make music aiding an early release in the event that it is signed by the luring A&Rs. The earlier mentioned have all suffered in their own way, some being asked for high percentage royalties, others being offers thousands of pounds, but being unable to sign contracts due to lack of full ownership. Poor chart sales are undoubtedly consistent within the tracks of their kind, minus the original – Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes which peaked at Number 18 in the national Singles Charts. Working together instead of against each other could supersede what has already been accomplished.

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