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Since I gave Ill Blu their own hype thread this only seems fair, especially in order to celebrate this frankly astonishing mix they've done for Brooklyn Radio:

Leaving Las Vegas (with guest mix by Funkystepz)

Wiley - It's Wiley (Mickey Pearce Overload Mix)
Lil Silva - Cheese and Bun
Richelle - Mascotte
R Kelly - Be My #2 (Dubbel Dutch RnG Rmx)
Clicks and Whistles - Raw Passion
Hypno - Dilemma (Octa Push Remix)
Sully - Black Projects
Star Eyes - What Do You Mean
Optimum - DS10


Funkystepz - Dirty Dutch (Girls go wild)
Rihanna - Rude Boy (Funkystepz Mix)
Funkystepz - Shocker
Funkystepz Feat Lily Mckenzie - For U
Virus Syndicate - Your Life (Funkystepz Dub instrumental Mix)
J.Pearl Feat Shayne Ward - Must be a Reason (Funkystepz Dub Mix)
Funkystepz - Trouble
Funkystepz - Caution
Funkystepz - Fuller
New Boyz Feat Cataracs & Dev - Backseat (Funkystepz Dub Mix)
Funkystepz - Vortex
Funkystepz - Warrior
Funkystepz - Piano Storm
Equiknoxx - Jim Screechie (Funkystepz Mix)
Funkystepz - Hurricane Riddim
Funkystepz - Cut Above
Funkystepz - You Got it
Funkystepz & Lily Mckenzie - Switching Roles
Funkystepz Feat Lily Mckenzie - Circles
J.Pearl Feat Shayne Ward - Must be a Reason (Funkystepz instrumental Mix)
Funkystepz & Rhian Moore - No More
Favourite Flavour - Heaven (Funkystepz Mix)

This whole section in particular - as Ranking would say, "WAOWWWWWWWW":

J.Pearl Feat Shayne Ward - Must be a Reason (Funkystepz Dub Mix)
Funkystepz - Trouble
Funkystepz - Caution
Funkystepz - Fuller
New Boyz Feat Cataracs & Dev - Backseat (Funkystepz Dub Mix)
Funkystepz - Vortex
Funkystepz - Warrior

Consider the gauntlet thrown.

Tim F, Sunday, 15 May 2011 22:53 (six years ago) Permalink

Seriously dudes this mix. It's like someone invented a sub-genre out of the first half of Kish Kash.

Tim F, Monday, 16 May 2011 11:33 (six years ago) Permalink

the amazing face off ep is out today, i see from twitter

that's my hair no horses up there (lex pretend), Monday, 16 May 2011 11:34 (six years ago) Permalink

do i have to stream it or can i download?

broodje kroket (dog latin), Monday, 16 May 2011 11:39 (six years ago) Permalink

the mix, that is.

broodje kroket (dog latin), Monday, 16 May 2011 11:39 (six years ago) Permalink

this is the worst name for an act ever btw. hopefully the music rectifies that.

broodje kroket (dog latin), Monday, 16 May 2011 11:40 (six years ago) Permalink

what on earth is wrong with the name funkystepz

that's my hair no horses up there (lex pretend), Monday, 16 May 2011 11:40 (six years ago) Permalink

dog latin you can download the mix

just sayin, Monday, 16 May 2011 11:43 (six years ago) Permalink

what on earth is wrong with the name funkystepz

― that's my hair no horses up there (lex pretend), Monday, 16 May 2011 12:40 (4 minutes ago) Bookmark

It just sounds really generic, like the kind of thing you'd go and see at some depressing leisure park meatbox in Luton or something.

broodje kroket (dog latin), Monday, 16 May 2011 11:46 (six years ago) Permalink


Matt DC, Monday, 16 May 2011 12:22 (six years ago) Permalink

Really looking forward to hearing this mix anyway.

Matt DC, Monday, 16 May 2011 12:22 (six years ago) Permalink

actually it says you have to login before you can download, so if anyone can post the direct link that'd be nice.

good to see mdc upholding our solemn duty to shoehorn a footer pic into every thread. (maxsin funkystepz supports arsenal fyi).

r|t|c, Monday, 16 May 2011 12:36 (six years ago) Permalink


just sayin, Monday, 16 May 2011 12:42 (six years ago) Permalink


r|t|c, Monday, 16 May 2011 12:44 (six years ago) Permalink

a certified mix of awesomeness!

r|t|c, Monday, 16 May 2011 13:01 (six years ago) Permalink

I'm saying!

Tim F, Monday, 16 May 2011 13:09 (six years ago) Permalink

The Boiler Room set w/ Lily McKenzie, Ramzee, Mighty Moe, Bruza & Scrufizzer was vibes.


jimitheexploder, Monday, 16 May 2011 13:15 (six years ago) Permalink

what on earth is wrong with the name funkystepz


adult music person (Jordan), Monday, 16 May 2011 16:05 (six 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 (six 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 (six years ago) Permalink

But have you listened to it Matt! I want reax please.

Tim F, Tuesday, 17 May 2011 10:42 (six 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 (six years ago) Permalink

(xpost - that do you?)

Matt DC, Tuesday, 17 May 2011 10:45 (six years ago) Permalink

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 (six 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 (six years ago) Permalink

woah this is insane

all the way bernt up (tpp), Wednesday, 18 May 2011 11:52 (six years ago) Permalink

Here's that mix without all the superfluous stuff at the beginning. Mwah.

Matt DC, Sunday, 22 May 2011 19:10 (six 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 (six years ago) Permalink


just sayin, Wednesday, 1 June 2011 15:44 (six years ago) Permalink


shalmaneser (tpp), Wednesday, 1 June 2011 15:47 (six years 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 (six years 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 (six years 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 (six years 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 (six years 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 (six years ago) Permalink

OK this mix is the business

40% chill and 100% negative (Tracer Hand), Friday, 3 June 2011 10:24 (six years ago) Permalink

It is funky
It is steppy

40% chill and 100% negative (Tracer Hand), Friday, 3 June 2011 10:25 (six years ago) Permalink

But no upcoming gigs listed anywhere on the net.... What's up with that?

windows desktop, Saturday, 4 June 2011 12:43 (six years 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 (six years ago) Permalink


Six D - Best Damn Night (Funkystepz Dub Mix)

r|t|c, Tuesday, 14 June 2011 13:22 (six years 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 (six years 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 (six years ago) Permalink

Funkystepz killing it on Rinse right now btw, alongside Roska and Champion

rrrivero, Tuesday, 14 June 2011 16:25 (six years 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 (six years ago) Permalink

one of their top 5 ever for sure. no, top 3. no...

r|t|c, Friday, 17 June 2011 15:16 (six years ago) Permalink


r|t|c, Friday, 17 June 2011 15:18 (six years 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 (six years 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 (six years 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 (six years 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 (six years ago) Permalink

New Funkystepz 'vice versa' at around 50:30 in this show

Benny B, Monday, 3 December 2012 22:34 (four years ago) Permalink


A new nine-track EP is imminent, great news.

boxedjoy, Tuesday, 4 December 2012 20:48 (four years ago) Permalink

a funkystepz track called "fizzy" doesn't even seem fair

J0rdan S., Tuesday, 4 December 2012 20:49 (four years ago) Permalink

'jumanji' is the least fair one imo

r|t|c, Tuesday, 4 December 2012 21:35 (four years ago) Permalink

ah 'xtc', how could i have forgotten your utter magnificence

r|t|c, Tuesday, 4 December 2012 21:35 (four years ago) Permalink

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 (four years 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 (four years 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 (four years 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 (four years 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 (four years 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 (four years 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 (four years 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 (four years 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 (four years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Tim, you can download 'Lovers' here: http://www.louisewmusic.com/#!music/c22j5. Enjoy!

Astrochimp32, Sunday, 23 December 2012 23:45 (four years 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 (four years ago) Permalink

xpost OMG!!! Brilliant.

Tim F, Monday, 24 December 2012 21:38 (four years 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 (four years 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 (four years ago) Permalink

Cheers! Really enjoying this...

xyzzzz__, Wednesday, 26 December 2012 13:28 (four years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

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 (four years 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 (four years ago) Permalink

hot mixxx !!!!! havent heard this shantie

moullet, Friday, 18 January 2013 00:45 (four years ago) Permalink


The Reverend, Friday, 18 January 2013 19:28 (four years ago) Permalink

"Vice Versa" is awesome.

Spencer Chow, Friday, 18 January 2013 22:42 (four years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

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 (four years 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 (four years 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 (four years ago) Permalink


J0rdan S., Friday, 1 March 2013 15:49 (four years ago) Permalink

So i guess this tune is aimed at the cutting shapes/shuffling scene right?


Benny B, Saturday, 2 March 2013 16:33 (four years ago) Permalink

Loving the Jeremih.

longneck, Saturday, 2 March 2013 17:04 (four years ago) Permalink

thanks j0rd, what would we do without you

r|t|c, Thursday, 7 March 2013 19:18 (four years 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 (four years ago) Permalink

two months pass...



Tim F, Tuesday, 28 May 2013 16:07 (four years ago) Permalink


r|t|c, Tuesday, 28 May 2013 16:23 (four years ago) Permalink

predictably banging

ogmor, Tuesday, 28 May 2013 22:15 (four years ago) Permalink

admire them for sticking to their guns in this most antipathetic of climates

altho maybe this is them in a holding pattern for the presumably meagre guaranteed french money idk

rly and truly they should just cut their uk nuum losses already and go all out to slay in the euro edm mongface godzilla stomper electrohouse arena proper instead of reinterpreting it for earnest fraidy cat internet tourists

r|t|c, Tuesday, 28 May 2013 22:30 (four years ago) Permalink


i mean like if you flick thru this and try and claim that there's not plenty funkystepz kicks to be had then ur a dirty lying ape

r|t|c, Tuesday, 28 May 2013 22:33 (four years ago) Permalink

thing is i say "reinterpret" there as if there's any evidence they've ever paid attention to this stuff

but then it would be beyond quixotic for them to have just invented something so akin all on their innocent own so idk

r|t|c, Tuesday, 28 May 2013 22:37 (four years ago) Permalink


oh btw

r|t|c, Tuesday, 28 May 2013 22:38 (four years ago) Permalink

funkystepz remixing austra?!?! i might have to take some time to attempt imagining that before i actually play it

flamenco drop (lex pretend), Wednesday, 29 May 2013 08:37 (four years ago) Permalink

rly and truly they should just cut their uk nuum losses already and go all out to slay in the euro edm mongface godzilla stomper electrohouse arena proper

This counts 10x more for Ill Blu by the way, or at least it did 18 months ago before the moment slipped away.

Matt DC, Wednesday, 29 May 2013 09:00 (four years ago) Permalink


just par example like

got more in the clip should anyone desire

r|t|c, Wednesday, 29 May 2013 10:00 (four years ago) Permalink

seven months pass...

For those not already aware, a free EP for the holidays indulging the Loveshy side of things (a good thing): https://soundcloud.com/funkystepzuk/sets/funkystepz-loveshy-ep

Higher hit ratio than the Narcotics one earlier this year, I think.

Mercer Finn, Monday, 30 December 2013 09:36 (three years ago) Permalink

five months pass...

This is really great, though it does suggest that Funkystepz haven't decided yet how much they want to fall into line with everyone else and how much they want to continue to forge their own idiosyncratic path. It seems to veer between those two options, though with more subtlety and grace than I would have expected if you'd described that to me.

Tim F, Wednesday, 11 June 2014 23:38 (three years ago) Permalink

yeah. on second listen (this time errr from the beginning) it's not nearly as crazed as i'd thought. very smoothed out and quite straight ahead housey actually. for me it really starts picking up around the 1/2 hr mark

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Friday, 20 June 2014 12:44 (three years ago) Permalink

six months pass...

radio raving w/ cameo:


dbs, Saturday, 10 January 2015 10:37 (two years ago) Permalink

six months pass...

Quite liking their new (rather mellow) EP for Club Soda:


Mercer Finn, Sunday, 19 July 2015 09:29 (two years ago) Permalink

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