what on earth is wrong with the name funkystepz
― adult music person (Jordan), Monday, 16 May 2011 16:05 (2 years ago) Permalink
might've had another hyperdub 12 out of it if they'd called it 'expired applecare' or something...
― r|t|c, Sunday, 31 October 2010 12:35 (6 months ago) Bookmark
― r|t|c, Monday, 16 May 2011 16:33 (2 years ago) Permalink
The Funkystepz bit starts off about 29mins into that podcast, by the way. There's a clear demarcation so I might cut off the opening section and upload it to save people skipping/slogging through it.
― Matt DC, Tuesday, 17 May 2011 10:40 (2 years ago) Permalink
But have you listened to it Matt! I want reax please.
― Tim F, Tuesday, 17 May 2011 10:42 (2 years ago) Permalink
Sets like this and the Ill Blu ones feel a bit like gorging on all the icing and none of the cake, but on the other hand mmmm sugar.
Tim I think you might be overselling it a bit with the Kish Kash comparison but it definitely feels like there's a bit of a sonic leap between the stuff here that seems to have been around forever and the newer material. Same Lego brick approach to funky but somehow more... muscular? British dance music in general seems to be getting more beat-em-up soundtrack so it fits right in, albeit for a very colourful cartoonish beat-em-up.
Also that New Boyz remix is just wow. They're even better as pop remixers than original producers IMO, the way they pitch everything up into chipmunk vocals works really well with autotune pop - see also the Rude Boy remix. The Equiknoxx remix threatens to go a bit Henry's Cat Riddim but I like it.
― Matt DC, Tuesday, 17 May 2011 10:45 (2 years ago) Permalink
(xpost - that do you?)
In fairness that detuned "oh oh oh oh" vocal in "Girls Go Wild" (which is almost exactly like the same trick in "Lucky Star") may be overdetermining my Basement Jaxx comparison.
― Tim F, Tuesday, 17 May 2011 10:58 (2 years ago) Permalink
Yeah I think if the mix corresponds to anything on Kish Kash its the kind of Tazmanian Devil energy of Lucky Star rather than the rest of it.
― Matt DC, Tuesday, 17 May 2011 11:05 (2 years ago) Permalink
woah this is insane
― all the way bernt up (tpp), Wednesday, 18 May 2011 11:52 (2 years ago) Permalink
Here's that mix without all the superfluous stuff at the beginning. Mwah.
― Matt DC, Sunday, 22 May 2011 19:10 (2 years ago) Permalink
r|t|c you got it Max is the Arsenal fan, me and Stimps are Red Devils haha
Just letting you guys know 'Trouble' & 'Girls Go Wild' are going to be out on Hypderdub!
Our next release will be 'Our Love' (alongside 'No More' both featuring Rhian Moore) a summer track which is a cross between UKG & Funky you can listen back on Cameos show here http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b011j6j6#synopsis
We also refixed a couple of tracks from our previous EPs, Trinity Hills, Malibu, Bubbly and more so 'The Refix EP' will be out too, although this isnt a one of our main releases it should interest djs :)
At this moment im unaware of all 3 release dates but ill keep u updated!
― RenayFunkystepz, Wednesday, 1 June 2011 15:43 (1 year ago) Permalink
― just sayin, Wednesday, 1 June 2011 15:44 (1 year ago) Permalink
― shalmaneser (tpp), Wednesday, 1 June 2011 15:47 (1 year ago) Permalink
RENAY WHEN ARE YOU GUYS RELEASING 'LOVERS'!! we love that one round here
also is 'rude girl' on the refix ep cos that's a personal fave too
― r|t|c, Wednesday, 1 June 2011 16:23 (1 year ago) Permalink
'Rudeboy' isn't as its unofficial however now you've said that ill add the instrumental! So as it stands its refixes of Trinity Hills, Bubbly, Loca Moca, Rudeboy, Malibu and one more which ill keep a secret :p
'Lovers' would defiantly need a remix with it, as i feel the beat is dated...love her vocals on it though! ill see whats happening with that too! but it will be defiantly after the 3 releases mentioned in my previous post
― RenayFunkystepz, Wednesday, 1 June 2011 18:06 (1 year ago) Permalink
haha wow, dunno about "dated"... if you mean just in terms of the ravey 90s piano riff then i'd say that was a big part of what makes the track so enjoyable. and it's not like that vibe ever really gets a bad response anyway? (especially not in funky circles but beyond that too.)
course i wouldnt have anything against additional mixes...
― r|t|c, Wednesday, 1 June 2011 19:02 (1 year ago) Permalink
oh yeah and with 'rude girl' i was thinking of this one instrumental refix of the 'rude boy' remix that maxsin played a couple of times round the middle of last year - it was kinda pretty much the same but you guys added loads of big swooning synth choruses and tropical steel pan stuff?
to be honest i'm going from dim memory here cos i've lost the radio rip of it i made - it's a good memory though!
― r|t|c, Wednesday, 1 June 2011 19:11 (1 year ago) Permalink
1) Congrats on running it so hard at the moment
2) Everything about "Lovers" is perfect, please release in its OG form (though additional mixes are fine)
3) What is going on with "WARRIOR", aka certified banger for the ages?
― Tim F, Wednesday, 1 June 2011 23:02 (1 year ago) Permalink
OK this mix is the business
― 40% chill and 100% negative (Tracer Hand), Friday, 3 June 2011 10:24 (1 year ago) Permalink
It is funkyIt is steppyIt is... FUNKYSTEPZ
― 40% chill and 100% negative (Tracer Hand), Friday, 3 June 2011 10:25 (1 year ago) Permalink
But no upcoming gigs listed anywhere on the net.... What's up with that?
― windows desktop, Saturday, 4 June 2011 12:43 (1 year ago) Permalink
Good shout on the feedback, glad it doesn't sound dated either...
Everyone is asking about Warrior!! theres a few labels interested in putting it out
Rudegirl is Rudeboy with just a few more sounds
Our Love is out 4th July, still no info on the rest, will also get details about upcoming gigs however i do know were on the Hypderdub soundsystem at Bestival!! http://www.bestival.net/#/artists/2011-lineup/hyperdub-soundsystem-feat-kode-9-joker-king-midas-sound-nomad-lv-and-funkystepz
Make sure you lock in to Roskas Show on Rinse FM today at 5-8 it will be FUNKYSTEPZ B2B DJ CHAMPION B2B ROSKA...we got LOADS of freshness..DO NOT MISS THIS!
We will also be on Scratchas 'Grimey Breakfast' on Rinse FM this Friday too!
― RenayFunkystepz, Tuesday, 14 June 2011 09:59 (1 year ago) Permalink
Six D - Best Damn Night (Funkystepz Dub Mix)
― r|t|c, Tuesday, 14 June 2011 13:22 (1 year ago) Permalink
oops i see that went up on youtube yesterday, along with some other new bits:
― r|t|c, Tuesday, 14 June 2011 13:29 (1 year ago) Permalink
Can't remember where I first heard this but now it's up on youtube, always liked it
― rrrivero, Tuesday, 14 June 2011 14:12 (1 year ago) Permalink
Funkystepz killing it on Rinse right now btw, alongside Roska and Champion
― rrrivero, Tuesday, 14 June 2011 16:25 (1 year ago) Permalink
rmde at my belated ass only just getting round to buying the backseat remix
this thing is surely one of the great wonders of the world
― r|t|c, Friday, 17 June 2011 15:15 (1 year ago) Permalink
one of their top 5 ever for sure. no, top 3. no...
― r|t|c, Friday, 17 June 2011 15:16 (1 year ago) Permalink
I DIDNT EVEN KNOW ABOUT THIS BREAKDOWN AT 3 MINS
― r|t|c, Friday, 17 June 2011 15:18 (1 year ago) Permalink
been bumping that virus syndicate rmx lately
love that initial link was to jubilee's show, love her
― fauxmarc, Friday, 17 June 2011 15:22 (1 year ago) Permalink
yeah that one's another masterpiece
like you assume it's only doing one thing, that it's looping somewhere, but there's just constant mindboggling everything going on simultaneously
especially of late their stuff feels so uniquely alive and organic and careering around wildly but somehow never quite losing control
― r|t|c, Friday, 17 June 2011 15:31 (1 year ago) Permalink
Spot on. The backseat breakdown is ridic. I like how their increasingly staged production style has all these little resemblances to but difference from ill blu. Ill Blu use breakdowns to push the tune higher, but for funkystepz the breakdown is the moment when the tune eats itself.
― Tim F, Saturday, 18 June 2011 00:09 (1 year ago) Permalink
Also "Best Damn Night" is AMAZING.
Those youtube clips also remind me of how much I love the use of the booka shade stagger trance riffs on "Heaven".
― Tim F, Saturday, 18 June 2011 01:13 (1 year ago) Permalink
OMG the halftime beatbox breakdown at the end!
― Tim F, Saturday, 18 June 2011 01:17 (1 year ago) Permalink
Download our Promo mix for the YOYO takeover at Fabric Tonight https://www.fabriclondon.com/blog/archive/2011/07/
10pm-6pm - Room 3 - YoYo - Seb Chew, Funkystepz, Champion, Greenmoney, Smutlee, Monki - £16 on the door.
― RenayFunkystepz, Friday, 8 July 2011 07:36 (1 year ago) Permalink
Butterz & Hardrive presents @ Cable Saturday 13th August
Kode 9 Elijah & Skilliam with P MoneyTerror DanjahSwindle ChampionRoyal TD.O.KScratcha DVA
Room 2 hosted by S.O.T.U (Sounds Of The Underground)
Playing the best in UK Funky and Deep House
DJ PIONEER (Kiss 100)MARCUS NASTY (Rinse Fm)DJ NAUGHTYFUNKYSTEPZ (Hyperdub)HARD HOUSE BANTON MA1 (Rinse Fm)FUNK BUTCHER (Rinse Fm)LR GROOVE (Deja Vu)
― RenayFunkystepz, Friday, 8 July 2011 11:39 (1 year ago) Permalink
fireworks guest mix still BEST EVAH
― moullet, Sunday, 10 July 2011 14:23 (1 year ago) Permalink
Some hot new Funkystepz tunes on this Smoove Kriminal / Maxsin Funkystepz set:
"Class A" is super compulsive. "Royal Rumble" is actually insane, like someone should slap them for the cheek of it. Dead center between "Warrior", the Jim Screecha remix and a computer having an epileptic fit. "Fizzy" is yr typical jittery funkystepz party vibes only with added percussive hi-jinx.
These dudes really do have too many killer tracks.
― Tim F, Thursday, 21 July 2011 11:41 (1 year ago) Permalink
^ Tim where did you get the tracklist for that? Is it on the Deja site? Some great Funkystepz bits that I hadn't heard before on there anyway. Actually the show as a whole had a lot going for it I think - I remember last year really enjoying Smoove Kriminal's shows, but in the last few months I've found it hard to listen to them because long stretches of them just seem very dull to me. This felt more like... maybe not a full return to form but def a step back in the right direction.
― Mr Andy M, Friday, 29 July 2011 20:23 (1 year ago) Permalink
Here it is Andy:
Floating – DJ Trizzy Feat. Yelitza We Can Go (In The Sunshine) – Soneni & The Soul Heartbeat – Major Notes Feat. Lisa Lee (Smoove Kriminal Special) Emergency Room - OB Feat. Channy Angelina (Fingaprint Congo Mix) A Fool - Delerious (Funkystepz) Soul City – Mistaken Identity Feat. Panama & Salwa M Windstorm - Funkystepz On My Mind - Smoove Kriminal Riddim - DJ Whitecoat
*Funkystepz Mini Mix*
Jumanji - Funkystepz Class A - Funkystepz Fuller - Funkystepz Warrior - Funkystepz Caution - Funkystepz Girls Go Wild - Funkystepz Your Life - Virus Syndicate (Funkystepz Dub Mix) Trouble - Funkystepz Royal Rumble - Funkystepz Fizzy - Funkystepz
*End Of Funkystepz Mini Mix*
Resilience - Smoove Kriminal Kingston Town - Funkystepz (VIP Mix) Avalanche - Smoove Kriminal Unfinished Business - DJ Seany B Tropico 2011 - Lorenzo Space Impact - Zoltan Darkwing - Smoove Kriminal Stereo In Motion - Smoove Kriminal Stop That! - Smoove Kriminal Broken - Mr Solo Dance Music - Smoove Kriminal Beat Of Zen - Damu Drops - Beneath Brick Lane - Matt IQ Lost - Mr Solo Our Love - Funkystepz Feat. Rhian Moore Robot Wars - Mistaken Identity
*Funkystepz & Rhian Moore Interview (Back Ground Music 'No More Instrumental Mix)*
Live PA Of No More By Funkystepz Featuring Live Vocals From Rhian Moore.
― Tim F, Saturday, 30 July 2011 16:53 (1 year ago) Permalink
They're on Deja on Sunday night w/ Local Action too 10-12.
Looking forward to that.
― jimitheexploder, Saturday, 30 July 2011 17:06 (1 year ago) Permalink
Free giveaway of "You Got It":
― Tim F, Tuesday, 2 August 2011 07:17 (1 year ago) Permalink
logging in or signing up to a kev kharas vehicle seems a bit much tbh, can anyone reup that?
I remember last year really enjoying Smoove Kriminal's shows, but in the last few months I've found it hard to listen to them because long stretches of them just seem very dull to me. This felt more like... maybe not a full return to form but def a step back in the right direction.
― Mr Andy M, Friday, 29 July 2011 21:23 (4 days ago) Bookmark
yeah, i was in the same boat and i agree the sets are sounding pretty good right now. guess it's just the serendipity of funky moving more in smoove's general direction this year but with him uninterested in the deep moody boring set building that marcus does so it stays light
― r|t|c, Tuesday, 2 August 2011 09:18 (1 year ago) Permalink
shock, awe, rending of garms @ 'royal rumble' btw obv
― r|t|c, Tuesday, 2 August 2011 09:20 (1 year ago) Permalink
Here you go:
― Tim F, Tuesday, 2 August 2011 10:01 (1 year ago) Permalink
oh excellent, i've been resisting signing up to rcrdlbl for a while now (when did they start this anyway) and now i can resist some more
― lex pretend, Tuesday, 2 August 2011 10:03 (1 year ago) Permalink
always had a soft spot for this one, it's cute
― r|t|c, Tuesday, 2 August 2011 10:04 (1 year ago) Permalink
kinda lol how they present "You Got It" as filling the yawning gap between the first and second (forthcoming) Hyperdub releases.
― Tim F, Tuesday, 2 August 2011 10:06 (1 year ago) Permalink
― r|t|c, Tuesday, 2 August 2011 10:41 (1 year ago) Permalink
Yeah I'd seen that! It seems to be pretty genuine.
― Tim F, Tuesday, 2 August 2011 10:44 (1 year ago) Permalink
A new nine-track EP is imminent, great news.
― boxedjoy, Tuesday, 4 December 2012 20:48 (5 months ago) Permalink
a funkystepz track called "fizzy" doesn't even seem fair
― J0rdan S., Tuesday, 4 December 2012 20:49 (5 months ago) Permalink
'jumanji' is the least fair one imo
― r|t|c, Tuesday, 4 December 2012 21:35 (5 months ago) Permalink
ah 'xtc', how could i have forgotten your utter magnificence
Even just in memory I can immediately summon the utter magnificence of "XTC" to mind.
OTOH how dare they release a "Backlog" EP and leave off "Lovers".
― Tim F, Tuesday, 4 December 2012 22:11 (5 months ago) Permalink
Despite bingeing heavily in Funkystepz instrumental bangers a while back they always feel like they're missing something on their own. Because you hear them piled on top of one another so regularly I've come to view the individual EP tracks as components of some ridiculous mecha-banger that can be slotted together in a load of different ways. Their EPs are more consistently great then pretty much anyone else's at the moment and still they suffer in comparison to their mixes.
― Matt DC, Tuesday, 4 December 2012 22:26 (5 months ago) Permalink
yes that is true, and I think it prevents a lot of people from recognising their greatest material, which was always designed to be listened to in the mix
― Tim F, Tuesday, 4 December 2012 22:40 (5 months ago) Permalink
i am compelled to stan for this again, being as it is the anomalous godhead that can stand majestically on its own two feet
best rmx of '12 in truth imo
― r|t|c, Tuesday, 4 December 2012 23:26 (5 months ago) Permalink
be sure to save that soundcloud btw as a bowdlerised version was only ever eventually officially released :(
― r|t|c, Tuesday, 4 December 2012 23:27 (5 months ago) Permalink
as ever with garage remixes you fight back the temptation to post the original load of shit just to fully make clear the magnitude of alchemy wrought
but seriously - what. a. ting.
― r|t|c, Tuesday, 4 December 2012 23:33 (5 months ago) Permalink
It just made my day to see "XTC" is getting a release. I doubt "Lovers" will ever see the light of day, though, Tim, unless they include it in their annual Christmas giveaway, it just sounds so much different than what they put out over the last year and a half. On the bright side, that new vocal track "Bring Me Back" of theirs sounds sick!
― Astrochimp32, Wednesday, 5 December 2012 23:42 (5 months ago) Permalink
yeah, difficult to make a big deal of it at the time at the end of that breathtaking mix but 'bring me back' sounded fucking fantastic
― r|t|c, Wednesday, 5 December 2012 23:51 (5 months ago) Permalink
Oh I'm sure yr right Astrochimp, in some ways if it actually came to light now it would tarnish the holy grail status it has earned in my head.
― Tim F, Thursday, 6 December 2012 00:04 (5 months ago) Permalink
Tim, you can download 'Lovers' here: http://www.louisewmusic.com/#!music/c22j5. Enjoy!
― Astrochimp32, Sunday, 23 December 2012 23:45 (5 months ago) Permalink
That mix from October is just omg what are these pinky and perky mutations and meltdowns jesus christ!
― xyzzzz__, Monday, 24 December 2012 00:35 (4 months ago) Permalink
xpost OMG!!! Brilliant.
― Tim F, Monday, 24 December 2012 21:38 (4 months ago) Permalink
I couldn't get te six tracks (just ask to d/l more things to get it). anyone help?
― xyzzzz__, Tuesday, 25 December 2012 12:53 (4 months ago) Permalink
Click on the Louise Williams picture, then when you get to zippyshare.com, they'll be a box on the right with scrambled letters. Types those in, then click on the 'download now' link directly below. Hope that helps!
― Astrochimp32, Wednesday, 26 December 2012 01:25 (4 months ago) Permalink
Cheers! Really enjoying this...
― xyzzzz__, Wednesday, 26 December 2012 13:28 (4 months ago) Permalink
b2b w/dj target
Funkystepz - Bring Me Back (Extended Mix) Funkystepz - Vice Versa (Original Mix) Funkystepz - Nu Shooz Shiva - Fosky (Martinez Brothers Remix) Salva - BBQ DJ Pantha - Love To The Max Hate To The Minimal (feat. Shantie) Sky Juice - Lick It Back Dennis Ferrer - Hey Hey Di Nation & Skitzophrenix - Respeck Funkystepz - Phantom DJ Zinc - Only For Tonight (feat. Sasha Keable) Devolution - My Friends maNga - Time (feat. Wiley & Lily McKenzie) Traits - Fever (feat. Elisabeth Troy Calvin Harris - Sweet Nothing (Diplo & Grand Theft Remix)
― TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 15 January 2013 17:50 (4 months ago) Permalink
don't mean to make a habit of such posts but this lol wtf banger reminds me so much of deconstructed funkystepz
― r|t|c, Friday, 18 January 2013 00:13 (4 months ago) Permalink
hot mixxx !!!!! havent heard this shantie
― moullet, Friday, 18 January 2013 00:45 (4 months ago) Permalink
― The Reverend, Friday, 18 January 2013 19:28 (4 months ago) Permalink
"Vice Versa" is awesome.
― Spencer Chow, Friday, 18 January 2013 22:42 (4 months ago) Permalink
just getting round to listening to the Backlog EP now and, my god 'Section 5' is completely insane. I mean, I already knew about XTC's amazingness but that track had passed me by before somehow. The whole EP is incredible though. If Zomby or someone had released this as an album everyone would be going completely nuts for it. Have they ever talked about doing an album? I reckon they could do an amazing one.
Then again, casually tossing out a 9 track EP of backlog material that still pisses over 99% of everyone else is pretty admirable.
― Benny B, Monday, 18 February 2013 23:44 (3 months ago) Permalink
only clip around right now outside of target's shows but the track is fucking fiyah
― r|t|c, Monday, 18 February 2013 23:52 (3 months ago) Permalink
New Funkystepz from their soundcloud: http://soundcloud.com/funkystepzuk/jeremih-all-the-time. That Shea Soul remix has been running through my head since I first heard it on Target's show. They're IMO the best producers in the UK (along with Lorenzo atm) and have been for over two years. The could easily put out another 2-3 Backlog EP's worth of killer tunes, their sheer volume of quality tracks is breathtaking. I'm genuinely perplexed at how Funkystepz have not blown up then. Is it their name? Their connection to UK Funky? Not conservative or serious enough for the Factmag/ Post-dubstep crowd? Maybe if they just changed their name to something like Blawan/Beneath/Girl Unit people would be falling over themselves to proclaim them as modern-day musical Gods?. Help me out here..
― Astrochimp32, Tuesday, 19 February 2013 18:49 (3 months ago) Permalink
― J0rdan S., Friday, 1 March 2013 15:49 (2 months ago) Permalink
So i guess this tune is aimed at the cutting shapes/shuffling scene right?
― Benny B, Saturday, 2 March 2013 16:33 (2 months ago) Permalink
Loving the Jeremih.
― longneck, Saturday, 2 March 2013 17:04 (2 months ago) Permalink
― J0rdan S., Thursday, 7 March 2013 19:08 (2 months ago) Permalink
thanks j0rd, what would we do without you
― r|t|c, Thursday, 7 March 2013 19:18 (2 months ago) Permalink
Several degrees of awesome - although I'm not inclined to check the originals, the remixes are so authoritative.
― xyzzzz__, Saturday, 9 March 2013 11:42 (2 months ago) Permalink