Friday, February 11, 2011

Funky Friday Roundup (is back!)

Good news NuFunkers - Funky Friday Roundup is back with a bang!

Good news folks - Funky Friday Roundup is back with a bang and will go out fortnightly from here on to keep you posted on the latest releases and news in the world of NuFunk.

Kicking off this week - the freshest label to hit the NuFunk scene - Boogie Boutique Records lands in Southampton on February 18th at the OrangeRooms for a launch party to celebrate their second release reviewed below. 
Grab your tickets HERE

Southampton’s hometown hero B-side joins hosts Hayz and Chris Awesome to celebrate the launch of his storming new E.P. The party continues on March 11th when Boogie Boutique returns to London at Lost Society in Clapham - London with special guest and Big Beat revivalist Rory Hoy on the wheels of steel!

Without further ado, here are our picks for this week’s Funky Friday…

Artist EP One - B-Side (BBR002).

Check out B-Side on Soundcloud

Hell yeah, this is the schznit! DJ B-side (& Russ Cuban) provide some of the coolest Nu-Funk you could probably ask for with super dope beats, taking familiar samples and giving them a brand new take to a new audience. Bomb Slippy is a storming re-make of Underworld’s iconic song from the movie ‘Trainspotting’ complete with Apache Breaks, which has appeal for the breaks crowd as well. The tune ‘Jam’ is an old-school banger with cues from several 1980s classics while ‘Renegade Slam’ samples my favourite dance track of all time ‘Renegade Master’ by Wildchild. Strongly Recommended!  Drops on Juno 22nd Feb, 2011!

DJ Format - Mr. DJ


Grab this release

This E.P. is just banger after banger and the title track with Sureshot La Rock (Mr. DJ) harkens back to the incredible “Music For The Mature B-Boy” LP from 2003. For the Big Beat lovers, the B-Side “Here Comes The Dope Pusher” is a really catchy funky breaks track that is sure to bring the dancefloor to another level.

BigM Presents Vol. 9

Buy It Now

BigM from Germany, set up by Mick from the famous duo, Mick & Marc, is one of the best labels for Breaks out there at the moment and this release shows the amazing music made on this label. Funkanomics’ re-working of one of the nation’s favourite Hip-Hop groups ever - Cypress Hill - is probably one of the greatest tunes to come out of the emerging ‘Ghetto Funk’ style and became an instant hit on Soundcloud. Chris Awesome provides a really cool mashup of Funky Breaks and Old School cool (You’re Not Awesome) while Telephunken goes Northern Soul with a modern Nu-Funk feel (25 Kms). Jayl Funk ends the E.P with a catchy 1970s-esque Motown Banger called ‘Don’t Stop Movin’’.

Telephunken E.P.

Go Get It People

Despite being around for a while, it was only in 2010 when the amazing group from Spain - Telephunken - started to emerge big time. If you are waiting for the return of Big Beat, you’ve come to the right place! Here at we absolutely love the bangers on this E.P. especially the tune ‘Having’ A Good Time’, which harkens back to classic Mint Royale. Watch out for their forthcoming E.P. on Freddy Fresh’s Howlin’ Records too, (Welcome to the Howlin’ Family Boys!) this is sure to be massive!

Itsu Uno - Noise of the B-Boy

Bag it on Juno Now

Ever since he emerged in 2009 with ‘B-Boy Rave for the Ageing Hipster’, Itsu Uno has been providing some of the funkiest of funky breaks since the days of Jadell, DJ Format and Dynamo Productions. Love the 1990s Trip-Hop-esque creep-out that is ’Murder Science Concerto (In bass) complete with horse squeels and orchestral stabs. We hope to see more of him in the future.

Johnny Pluse - Dole Dance

Check it out HERE

Ireland’s Johnny Pluse, who runs the excellent Bulabeats Label, has provided la load of dope tracks recently and this is one of them. A JunoDownload exclusive, this E.P. has remixes from up and coming star DJ B-side and Boogie Boutique Mastermind Hayz, which makes this a really worthwhile package. Look out for his next single, ‘Skanky Bitch’, which has Rory Hoy on remix duties!

Marvin Gaye - Ain’t That Peculiar (Ambassador’s Reconstruct)

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This is absolutely gorgeous and available for free on Soundcloud. The 1960s Soul classic has been reworked into a post-modern electronic Soul masterpiece. This is probably one of the best tracks we've heard all year.   We strongly suggest you check this out!
Marvin Gaye - Aint That Peculiar (Ambassadeurs Reconstruct) by Ambassadeurs

I hope you have enjoyed this week’s Funky Friday best picks and enjoy the weekend with Style!

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