UK Funky March Round Up 2010


March has seen some varied events take place within the UK Funky scene. Crazy Cousinz have returned with another high quality produced video for their track ‘Searching for You‘, showing that they’ve all but gone quiet on the production side.

BBC 1Xtra has opened it’s doors to welcome not only one, but two of the scene’s DJ/Producers. Both Swindle and Illmana are due to start their shows in May, so ensure to keep an eye open for further information regarding this in the near future.

Swindle has been hitting with major impact. His release ‘Who Said Funk‘ caused major damage but being discontent, he will be giving us another helping with a further release scheduled for late April. MA1 has finally released ‘High Definition‘ to the pleasure of all the DJs that having been waiting in awe since it made an appearance a couple months back which can be found on iTunes. Another long awaited release is Roska’s self-titled album which will be released on the Rinse Recordings label on April 5th available via iTunes and all good music stores. Roska will also be travelling the US spreading the sounds of Kicks & Snares during April; the man is on a worldwide domination mission! Last but not least, Naughty Raver is teaming up with Rachel Ryan to release ‘Tease Me‘ via UKFunky.Com‘s MP3 store on 5th April, so be sure to cop that and all of the aforementioned and show your support for the UK Funky movement.

But with releases in mind, the Funky scene has been dealt a major blow alongside all the other underground genres, with the closure of one of the main record stores. Rhythm Division based in Bow, East London closed it’s doors on March 27th to the despair of many members within the music scene. Although the shop will still be trading via their online store, the closure has reignited the concerns of the lack of availability for music produced within the scene. MP3 stores like UKFunky.Com and Dubplate.Net dedicated to the scene provide a platform for producers and artists to sell new music, but many don’t utilise it. In effect, this restricts the catalogue, making it hard for upcoming DJs (who don’t get tracks directly from producers) and music lovers to purchase the music they hear on radio or in clubs, being played by their favourite DJs….

Expect more on the subject in the near future. It’s the current HOT topic!!

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