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Riddim Box // Excursions in the UK Funky underground

October 7, 2010

The homies at Soul Jazz Records are releasing this rather fine compilation of assorted UK Funky bangers (plus a handful of bruk riddims from the fringes of the movement) all wrapped up in two vinyl doublepacks (or a double CD). Compiled by Alex Stevenson (Patchwork Pirates / Earnest Endeavours) – that’s me by the way – and Kris Jones (DEEP MEDi Musik / Rhythm Response), it represents a great snapshot of how the scene has blossomed in recent years, so if you’re new to the sound, or didn’t spend loads of money on badly pressed white labels in Blackmarket Records (like I did) then this is the first time you’ll have been able to get your mitts on some of these tunes. Oh yeah and we wrote some nice sleevenotes too. It drops at the end of October in all good record stores – keep ‘em peeled!

Tracklisting looks like this:

RIDDIM BOX: EXCURSIONS IN THE UK FUNKY UNDERGROUND

CD01

01. ALTERED NATIVES – RASS OUT
02. MJ COLE – VOLCANO RIDDIM
03. NB FUNKY – RIDDIM BOX
04. TUBBY T – READY SHE READY (SEIJI REMIX)
05. SUNSHIP FEAT. WARRIOR QUEEN – ALMIGHTY FATHER (SOLID GROOVE UNDERGROUND SOULJAH MIX)
06. ZUMEN FEAT. LEAFNUTS AND AARON PHIRI – ROLEXX
07. HARD HOUSE BANTON – SIRENS
08. GHOSTS ON TAPE – PREDATOR MODE (ROSKA REMIX)
09. DONAE’O – AFRICAN WARRIOR (INSTRUMENTAL)

CD02

01. STEREOTYP MEETS AL HACA – BLAZE ‘N’ COOK (RADIO SLAVE REMIX)
02. KODE9 – BLACK SUN
03. LIL SILVA – PULSE VS. FLEX
04. LV FEAT. RUBI DAN AND ERROL BELLOT – CROSSFIRE
05. OMAR AND ZED BIAS – DANCING (INSTRUMENTAL)
06. D-MALICE – GABRYELLE (REFIX)
07. GRIEVOUS ANGEL – MOVE DOWN LOW (DUBPLATE MIX)
08. DVA – NATTY
09. SHYSTIE – PULL IT (ILL BLU REMIX INSTRUMENTAL)
10. CRAZY COUSINZ – ATTRACT

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In related matters, I posted this DJ mix up on the old Brownswood blog in May 2009 as the whole “UK Funky” ting trickled into my consciousness, inspiring me to dust off and revisit a bunch of old-ish nujazz/broken records on a vaguely “Funky” flex. Thought I’d re-up for y’all to listen or download. Enjoy.

Funky-not-”Funky” DJ Mix by Alex Patchwork

01. Joseph Malik – ‘Futuristica’ (Grand Unified House Not House Remix)
02. Garsaaidi – ‘Frank Zaffa’ (Sequel’s 131 Mix)
03. Seiji – ‘3dom’
04. Gotan Project – ‘Santa Maria’ (Tom Middleton’s Cosmos Mix)
05. Wahoo feat. Capital A – ‘Make ‘Em Shake It’
06. Misa Negra – ‘The Way It Used To Be’
07. Mr Oizo – ‘Last Night A DJ Killed My Dog’
08. Boozoo Bajou Feat. Joe Dukie & U-Brown – ‘Take It Slow’ (Seiji Remix)
09. Trevor Loveys – ‘U Know It’ (Solid Groove Remix)
10. Franck Roger – ‘Mascarade’