21 Dares: Tribal Magz ft Gracious K & Ramzee

If you downloaded the Tribal Magz mixtape you would have already heard the original of 21 Dares, however it has been on the grapevyne for a short while that there was a recomposition taking place to include Gracious K and the man of the moment on the scene, Ramzee the host amongst the Stormparties collective.

If you’re a DJ who has been playing the original 21 Dares, throw your last copy out the window and get in touch with the guys for a new copy. This new version has so much more to offer than the previous. However my constructive criticism would be that some of the lyrics could’ve been more creative ie we don’t need to still be hearing about how big ‘Migraine Skank’ was anymore….. It is 2011 now, let’s get with the times!

Anyways, check it out….

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2011 UK Funky Going Forth

2010 was an odd year… UK funky progressed, got slated, got rated and also got frustrated. But why and how? More importantly how will it be overcome? What lessons can be learnt? What needs to be changed and what needs to stay the same? Having the title of the UK Funky blogger, I felt it only right to take a deeper look. Following analysis, here you’ll find the conclusion…

2011 UK Funky Going Forth….

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Tribal Magz Still Doing It Tribal

Entering on to the UK Funky scene in early 2009 with Tribal Man Skank which sampled Lil Silva’s Seasons, Tribal Magz has continued to face all the tribulations thrown his way and has finally released the long awaited album which is now a mixtape titled ‘So We’re Doing It Tribal’ showcasing all of his tracks thus far.

Including the Tribal Man Skank remix featuring Gracious K, a track only released via YouTube and the video shortly removed; many didn’t get a chance to hear it. At the time, released as a remix, it lacked creativity so it’s time had passed, but in hindsight the track could’ve been an entertaining if exclusively performed as a PA to bring the audience something new as Migraine Skank and Tribal Man Skank started to exhaust their time, becoming repetitive.

Feeling Funky produced by KG, was a track generally favoured when released, however it had it’s own experience of turmoil with release as the video has to be shot two times, the finishing product disappointing. ‘So We’re Doing It Tribal’ includes both the original and remix feat Sway which was previously only available via Sway’s mixtape. Many ear drums haven’t been graced with this adaptation, even though it was openly appreciated by those who were lucky enough to be a recipient. Some even claimed it was better.

The mixtape overall boasts a number of other collaborations with Tribal Magz including Haynzy, Dymunds, Slix (Ruff Squad) and Lioness not to mention ‘Back 2 Funk’ which has Tribal Man, Flirta D, KIG, Gracious K, Dotstar and Funky Dee all on one track! Does Tribal Magz wish to share his spotlight or is he bewildered about having to stand in it alone? Either way the young man who has always marketed himself as an artist has continued to push through declined clearance, delayed videos and many management changes to produce more than has been achieved by a number of his peers.

Click Here to get your hands on a copy of ‘So We’re Doing It Tribal’

Princess Nyah: Take Control (official video)

It cannot be denied that Nyah has made consistent progressive steps throughout her musical career upholding a steady reputation of grafting hard all the way. Remember the days when Nyah was constantly up and down the country in her tutu declaring that she was on the frontline?? She definitely was…..

Alongside Nyah’s progression she has also shown a great level of maturity within her music and how it is displayed. Have a look at this video for her upcoming release ‘Take Control’, the young lady is surely on FIRE!!

 

Take Control is available on Princess Nyah’s upcoming Take Control EP released on 16th January 2011 via all digital platforms.

March to the Tribal – Official Video

Major Notes is a producer that has been watched closely in the past. Making his own steps into the Funky scene in the Summer/Autumn of 2008, Major Notes has earned himself a reputation of being a respected producer of the movement always making quality music.

Within this production Major Notes has teamed up with Dappa MC, who can usually be found around the cities of Bedford, Milton Keynes, Northampton (to name a few) alongside Twista DJ as seen within the video.

The collaboration cannot be faulted with this track. Dappa as an MC has shown why he is the man with the microphone by applying a catchy lyrical skip to the beat which is effectively just about doing a dance while enjoying oneself in a club.

We showed the behind the scenes footage of the video a month ago and now we see the final cut…..

Major Notes promised us something different as opposed to the usual club shoot, which can be seen as the video shows concept and creativity. Particularly within the scenes of tribal dancers in costume with luminous body paints. These are great!

March to the Tribal is released on 10th January 2011 and can be pre-ordered from here

DJ dubs are also available to order from here

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Roska – Jackpot!

It’s been a while since Roska has graced us with another one of his cartoonised videos and this one includes a well known partner in crime of his Jamie George. This teaser is for Jackpot which we can expect to be released early in the new year…….

Can’t wait to see the rest but in the meantime, Roska has been nominated for Best Producer by DJ Mag for 2010. Why not give him your vote by clicking here?

Look out for the full Jackpot video being released on Christmas Day!!

Big Man Zest – Who I Am

Having departed from the Play Entertainment camp with a couple of it’s other members to form as New Money, Big Man Zest has returned with a new track titled ‘Who I Am’. Honestly, I’m not entirely sure what I make of this track. The video directed by Elmino shows it’s usual director’s magic and has some great cameos, namely UK Funky’s most recognised host Coldsteps, BBK’s DJ Maximum and Tim Westwood. The rollerskaters within show a great element of fun during the production which is always nice to see, but if anybody knows Funk Butcher’s dance moves, it has to be questioned whether some of them have been borrowed by the Big Man to display within this video…..

As far as the musical content goes, it has a great backing track produced by Beatnik which holds a great level of weight on it’s own. Vocally I found myself slightly jarred within the first 5 seconds….. this picks up 30 seconds in with some catchy lines but I can’t see it becoming as much of an anthem as was ‘Jump in the Middle & Skank‘.

I can see where Zest was coming from to spread awareness of his profile, however it has to be questioned whether anybody who has given this track any time of day would do the same if Zest wasn’t already known from his time within the Play Entertainment Camp.

All will be revealed when released on 31st January 2011