Hey Hey!! (Official Video)

They finally released an official video!!! Not that we’re complaining….. HEY!! HEY!!

This one has been causing a storm over the danceloors and airwaves for over 6 months, appealing to the old, the young, the newcomers and connoisseurs. This will surely go down in history as a classic!!

If you enjoyed the sounds within that, you will definitely appreciate the sounds of Black Coffee & Bucie….. This is Superman.

Get to know about Black Coffee. Causing a major storm at the moment!

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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.

Hey Hey Mash Down!!

The complexity within the differences between House & Funky are really causing confusion. A track sounds good, is getting large appeal and seems that it’s really taking over…. These tracks are more within the House category however and there are areas of the music that are infiltrating the Funky movement. The DJs that would regularly play music of a totally different genre are now also playing House within the Funky sound that can be heard being played within the clubs filled with connoisseurs listening to the House sound including music by producers from other parts of the world.

Signs of this was clearly evident within tracks such as Black Coffee’s Turn Me On, a track that is still making an impact. But now Dennis Ferrer’s latest track entitled ‘Hey Hey’ is proving to be doing much more. Only the true connoisseurs of the House sound will be trying to find themselves down at Matter this December to hear Dennis Ferrer playing LIVE as well others, but if any ‘Funky Junkies’ wanna have a what the connoisseurs refer to as a ‘Real House’ experience, do feel free to take yourselves on a Houseology journey…….

Whose House??

Deep in the undergrounds of London City and its surrounding counties, a new sound is emerging into the sunlight. It’s unique, has a strong following and is bursting not only its borders, but also its oceans shores. All continents and partying districts of the globe are being injected with this vibe and its connoisseurs are showing true dedication within its following.

DJ Marcus Nasty

Marcus 'UK House' Nasty

The BBC in London has described this sound as Funky House with a Grime flavour. Marcus Nasty who is a leading DJ within the scene has branded it UK House along with many others. The gurus of the House scene have labelled it New-Age Garage. Its followers however, are calling it Funky House.

Those who are familiar with House music know that the sound representing this scene does not fall into the Funky House category, as this is an already established genre which it does not replicate. Leading to the political argument generated upon each evolution within music…… What do you call it??

If we get technical with the basis of the music, it’s bpm for play and production is within 124 – 130 and has the prominent 4×4 kick drum with a common addition of congos delivered in an Afrobeat style. The rhythmic groove has a basis of extension on a single chord, instead of a constant change, which is a strong resemblance to Funk. This sound in general however holds no other conformities, and which other instruments take part in the production, or how, are not regulated. Therefore the diversity found within the sound has caused it to become indefinable as an already established genre or sub genre.

There are huge similarities to Garage which stems from the quantity of vocal contribution in many of the songs, however Garage is also identified for the quantity of bass it carries. In comparison, Garage has a much more simple sound which makes this new sound too complicated to fit within the Garage sub-genre of House music.

Without any limitations on sound, it allows there to be an amalgamation of the various already established House sub genres and therefore can only be recognised as the birth of a new House music fruition. This conquers the requirement to fall into a sub genre and lets its freshness and originality be recognised, yet still flourish as it has not taken its true form.

Highly influenced by the Tribal, Deep, Soulful and Bassline House sub genres, the attraction inevitably falls highly towards the urban orientated individual who appreciates diversity, and is usually mixed with these, as well as other sub genres such as Afrobeat, Broken Beat, Minimal, Electro and of course Garage. This enables the DJs to promote this sound alongside the more established sounds and individuals within the industry, increasing its marketability.

The pioneers within the production of this music have collectively stated that their influences come from the likes of Dennis Ferrer, Masters of Work, Karizma, Kenny Dope, Defected, Quentin Harris and Kerri Chandler. However, as with each evolution within music, there are the cowboys who are simply jumping on a band wagon. Production of which, instead of encouraging the recipient to lose their soul within the music, there is an examination of the imperfections with disgust. Although the creativity is in place, the end result has not been mastered and therefore lacks the desired quality to achieve outside appeal and acceptance. But is it really as simple as these productions are rushed material??

As with any business an entrepreneur has to begin somewhere, and simply may not have the means to produce a replicated sound quality. Is it fair to compare the new to the old? The DJs and listeners are the only judges at this present time as the sound has not yet fully broken out of the underground. However a producer who has shown true innovation in mastering the quality and precision of every beat and instrument sound does not appreciate being associated as making the same music as one that does not. This new type of music is still developing, and in time, with growth and quantity, the divide will be as clear as it is within every genre. The music of higher standard will be shown within its level of listening popularity and DJ playing time.

Within a diverse urban community, this can only be seen as an encouraging advantage as it is bringing the much desired love and unity back to the clubs.

Within a diverse urban community, this can only be seen as an encouraging advantage as it is bringing the much desired love and unity back to the clubs.

This sound has also said to be more attractive to a crowd who have been participants in nightlife for as long as the sound has been around, however there has been a strong interest shown by the much older generations who have been listening to House music throughout the decades. Mainstream enterprises have also started to show an interest. Productions are being signed and aired on commercial radio stations. This new sound has definitely started making its mark on a wider stance demanding recognition from the music industry as a whole.

The attraction for this music falls beyond its sound, towards the vibe that it brings. The mood to dance and be merry is instantly generated. There is no drug culture integrated within the following, and the idea is for everyone to have a good time. Within a diverse urban community, this can only be seen as an encouraging advantage as it is bringing the much desired love and unity back to the clubs.

So this indefinable underground house sub genre is emerging and is soon to be recognised by the mainstream in a commercial stance. Whether the evolution is recognised by those who do not wish to acknowledge it or not, it has already begun. With the various names people would use to refer to this sound the mostly used description is Funky. However Funky House is already commercial. So with its generation being within the urban society, is Urban Funky House the correct and mostly representative term??

A sample CD of the music referred to in the above can be downloaded from the link below.
Diamond In The Ruff Vol 1