Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Wintry Mix Part II

... we continue with our Wintry music wrap up. Click "Read More" for full post.

Back in October of last year New York City residents had the rare pleasure of hearing London's hottest bashment outfit, Heatwave UK, touch down at Konkrete Jungle. Few individuals know how to rock a party as do Gabriel Heatwave and Benjiman D, running through dancehall classics, funky cuts and exclusive dubs featuring some of the sickest UK and Jamaican dancehall talent in the scene. Mr. Lexx, Ms. Dynamite, Natalie Storm, Maxwell D, Serocee, Rubi Dan, Lady Chann ... basically too many names to mention. In fact I'm sure I've missed a few here so better you have a listen to the mix below to see what kind of hotness they are currently smashing on their Sunday Rinse.FM shows and monthly events. 2010 saw Heatwave breaking the seal and gaining a good bit of media attention. 2011 is sure to be even bigger and bashy-er. Bigging up the London/JA connection every time, don't sleep!

Last off, and in a sort of follow up to Heatwave, I'd like to offer a nod to Funkystepz crew whose remixes and original productions have left a serious mark on 2010. Currently composed of producers Stimpy, Renay & Maxsin (check the recent FACTfeature for the full story) Funkystepz are capable of churning out a remarkably consistent level of quality party material. This past October (something in the air that month I swear!) they grabbed the attention of many radio listeners and club goers with "For U" featuring singer Lily McKenzie, and subsequently remixed by DJ Q, Dodge & Fuski and others. Recent months have seen the release of an instrumental EP (Deep Roller EP) and the regular slew of bootlegs that keep the collective in high demand. Below I've included their take on Vybz Kartel's "Take Buddy Gyal" which adapts the dancehall riddim and requisite string section to a shuffling funky variant with grimey synth interludes. This is the future! Look for their release on Hyperdub on pre-order now.

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