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Monday, 29 October 2012

Freeze Festival 2012

Freeze certainly lived up to it’s name, as temperatures plummeted on the banks of the Thames this weekend. . . . but luckily the acts were all on form to get the crowds warmed up and the extra layer of warmth provided by the beer jacket definitely helped too.

The Freeze experience started with a bang, as the Snatch The Wax boys got the blood pumping, and given the fact that some nutters were not wearing a lot I think STW may have actually saved a few lives by getting people up and dancing! Great set, and a sign of things to come for the weekend!

The Desperados tent again had a lot of the best acts, with Duke still on top form fresh from their X Factor experience, performing vocal wizardry and beatbox mashups which shouldn’t work in theory, but are somehow awesome! Deekline also took his understated approach to DJing to the next level, his attitude screaming “Yeah I’m wearing a seriously dodgy shirt and some questionable headwear, but f**k you, I’m Deekline and I came to drop some serious beats!” And he did – his breaks rework of Niggas In Paris was possibly the best tune of the weekend!

Major Look were the surprise package of the festival in my opinion, having seen them at Boardmasters earlier this year I knew they were pretty good, but they got better. I didn’t like their hair, and I didn’t like their jackets, but let’s be fair, I was wearing an anorak when I watched them and Funk and Filth towers aint exactly Vidal Sassoon, so who am I to comment! What mattered was that the guy on the decks dropped some massive tracks, and the fella on the mic could actually MC, nicely done.

The Saturday line-up didn’t disappoint either. Shy FX was quality yet again, and my eardrums welcomed the return of the sounds of Wookie dropping a bit of garage, but I think Stanton Warriors and Public Enemy competed for the best overall act of the weekend. It’s a testament to UK breaks music that Stanton Warriors got an even bigger crowd than Zane Lowe and Mark Ronson who, despite being the “big names” on the Friday night, played a dull set of what can most kindly be described as ‘generic beats’. The fact that House of Pain’s Jump Around was pretty much the only track in their set that got any sort of positive reaction serves to demonstrate how yawn-worthy their performance was, and I almost felt embarrassed for Mark Ronson, one of the best genuine international talents the UK has produced in recent years, that he has attached himself to the third biggest c**t the BBC has ever employed, behind Moyles and Savile.

All-in-all another great weekend put on by the Relentless crew, which brings to a close the UK festival scene for 2012. As I snip the Freeze wristband off I’m suddenly aware that the next time I will have one on may well be for the big G in June next year! Oh yes!!!

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Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Afros, Impromptu Raves & Keeping It Real : Exclusive Interview with Benji Boko

We caught up with one of our favourite DJs of the moment, a Mr B. Boko, to talk through bass music, performances and his career . . . . oh, and slippers, haircuts and Mr Sulu from Star Trek of course! Benji gave some honest answers and great advice in what might be our best interview ever! What do you reckon? Free music from Benji included too as always ;)

You’ve been a busy Benji this year, releasing a lot of tracks and playing all over the world. What has been your highlight of 2012 so far?

Definitely doing a tour of Asia. It opened my mind up to what else there is out there. I just love seeing how different crowds get down to what I do and I just love travelling. It was the ultimate food, culture and music experience for me to date.

You recently played an impromptu gig in the middle of Piccadilly Circus, London . . . we just missed seeing it by a matter of minutes! Gutted! Can you tell us what that was all about, and if we can expect to see anything else similar from you?

I basically wanted to show people what I do and what kind of music I play in my shows now and wanted to get as many people involved at all. I didn’t want it to feel staged so I picked the busiest point in London and had an impromptu rave there! Simples!
The video is here so you can see exactly how it went down!

Your technical set-up looks like something off the Starship Enterprise! How long has it taken you to accumulate your array of gadgets and which is your favourite bit of kit? And did you study the workings of Mr Sulu from Star Trek to get tips on how to operate it all?

Yes I study the works of Isaac newton, mix it up with a bit of grandmaster flash and you have my set up! My favourite bit of kit is my rave board… cant tell you what it does tho or I'd have to move country.

It nice to have a lot of kit cos I can get creative. I miss 2 turntables and just mixing record into record, but what I do is way more edgy, energetic and fun… sometimes it goes wrong a little bit but the fun is trying to turn it into something creative and play with the mistakes. Most the time is goes realty well though so s’all good.

Do you have one tune that you always have in your back pocket, ready to drop into a set to destroy the dancefloor? How has your choice of killer tune evolved over the years since you started out?

I used to play a lot of hip-hop and less electronic music. Now it’s the opposite, I play more bass heavy electronic music and mix it with the classics. I love getting down to some Biggie but people like Koan Sound or Sub Focus just hit the spot for me at the moment… wub wub wub!!

Who are your favourite producers right now? And is there any particular up and coming talent that we might not have heard of yet, that we should look out for?

Like I said; Koan Sound are dope. Nero are killing it and im loving the new Kanye and Jay-Z stuff. Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs is my favourite new producer but the new Bobby Womack album is my jam right now!

You can do a back-to-back set with any DJ in the world. Literally anyone. Who would you pick?

Wow. Can you make this dream come true? If you can then it has to be Mark Ronson… his knowledge of music and love of hip-hop would mean we would have such a crazy night… just visualize it… its gonna happen one day!!!

This is a big question now . . . not musically related but very very important to us! Footwear. What’s the coolest pair in your footlocker at the moment?

You know what… im going simple now… im outing the big lumpy fuck me pumps and going minimal. Ive got a kind of slipper/shoe thing at the mo… im getting old.

On a, kind of, related note. Your big fro is one of your trademarks, how many hours do you spend grooming that badboy? Ever considered trying an alternative do?

What are you trying to say?! Yea well it's getting smaller and smaller as I get older as I know I cant be 40 with a huge afro… maybe I can… in fact… fuck it.. im gonna keep rocking it for as long as I want… I wont succumb to social pressures… look at Tom Jones!

Music production isn’t easy (I’ve got some pretty embarrassing early efforts to prove it!). You’ve released a couple of good track right? ;) What would be your one tip for an aspiring producer? What is the most important thing to get good at?

Well one thing I never felt I understood was how hard the graft is for the people who have had success. I'm not talking about X Factor bitches, im talking about musical people who have something real to say… real people! It aint that easy and to be honest I haven’t sold a lot of records… I want to be honest about that… This aint easy and I don’t want anyone to think im a superstar….. yet! I think its good to be clear that the record business is tough and so is this as a career choice… so I can't answer that question with anything other than honesty...

My answer about what the most important thing to get good at is: hard graft, persistence, adapting, staying true to yourself and being a leader. You have to follow the crowd before you can get to the front of it! Shit happens so turn it into something good and show people what you're made of. Don’t feel like you have to conform to certain moulds to get paid or to fit in… just do your own thing and fuck everyone that doesn’t get it.

Make sure you catch Benji if he's performing near you, because when I say 'performing' I really mean 'PERFORMING", the man puts on a great show and you just cannot stay still!

Upcoming tour dates:
- October 28th Lucerna Music Bar, Czech Republic
- October 31st Mercati Generali, Italy
- November 24th The Big Reunion, UK
- November 30th Subtone, UK
- March 31st Kraftwerk, Switzerland

Read more in our other Benji Boko posts:
- Benji Boko's Free Remix Album
- Funky Friday : Benji Boko
- Funk and Filth Hall of Fame: Funk #19 - Benji Boko

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Monday, 22 October 2012

Funk and Filth File o' Facts : Darth & Vader

And now for something . . . a little bit different!

Not only our first Brazilian to feature on Funk and Filth, but also edging slightly away from our comfort zone of breaks, dubstep and drum n bass, towards the electro house sound. But fear not, the basslines are JUST AS FAT, and the beats are RIDICULOUSLY TIGHT!

Darth & Vader started out as a duo a few years ago, but now it is just the one Brazilian badboy, Hugo Castellan, rocking the Americas with his funky, filthy bass sounds! Fresh tracks, remixes and killer sets, you can tell from the complex array of frankly stupidly good basslines that Hugo has learnt and applied a hell of a lot of different techniques to get to his current level of beatsmithing!

Check out the latest free mix below, which spans all the different bassline genres - dubstep, breaks, glitch, and of course some trademark electro house - and also make sure you check out the Darth and Vader remix of Freefire by Dataloss, the tune that really propelled D&V into the limelight a couple of years ago! The best version of this track is REL1's re-rub, which can be heard as the last track of his awesome mix below!

Get stuck in and (I'm so, so sorry for this) may the force be with you!

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Thursday, 18 October 2012

Mix Of The Year 2012 - Which is your favourite?

OK, so it's only October, but there have already been some immense free mixes gifted to us by the fine people of DJ Land!

We've picked 10 of our favourites, but struggling to work out which one is the best of the best, can you help??

We've got insanely funky, disturbingly filthy and just downright naughty mixes here, all free, and all off the scale on bass! Have a listen, and then leave us a comment here on this page, or on Facebook, or tweet us to let us know your favourite including #FunkAndFilth

THE 10 BEST MIXES OF 2012...

Beatman and Ludmilla - Breakout Breeze - Summer Edition 2012 - Freakz Me Out Guest Mix
This one doesn't mess about . . . brace yourself from the very beginning!

High Rankin - Best Of 2011 Mix
Yes it's the "Best of 2011", but it was released in 2012, and contains some monsters!!

Neon Steve - This & That (2012 DJ Mix)
The DJ who glows in the dark kicked 2012 off in style with this funk-filled nugget!

UFO Project - Sexy Bitches From Outer Space!
These Spaniards know how to make some serious noise!!

UFO Project - Sexy Bitches From Outer Space! by Ufo Project on Mixcloud

REL1 - Drumstep and DnB mix summer 12
Atlanta's finest delivers a "bass-so-good-you'll-want-to-rip-off-your-face" mix!!

Ben & Lex - 15 Years of Beatz & Bobz
Beatz and Bobz celebrated a landmark this year, so the guys gave us 60 massive basslines to celebrate!
Free Download via their Facebook page.

. . . . aaaaaaand THRUST!! Extreme naughtiness from the Phreak!

Snatch The Wax DJs - 2012 podcast
When it comes to the perfect blend of funk and filth, the STW guys are hard to beat!

F3TCH - Xenomorph Recordings Podcast #1
Utter, utter filth! Yuck!

Funkanomics - Fractal Forest MIX 2012
The highlight of Shambhala 2012. What. A. Set!

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Monday, 15 October 2012

Exclusive Funk and Filth Mix from Deckscar

Here at Funk and Filth we like to bring you certain things, namely the best tracks, the best free mixes, and the best fresh talent.

So how about this…!?

Some of the best tracks about, smashed together via the sublime skills of a certain Mr Deckscar, and offered up as a free, exclusive, Funk and Filth minimix for your listening pleasure!

You like that don’t you, you like that right there, you dirty lot! :P

Funk and Filth Mini-Mix by Deckscar by Funk And Filth on Mixcloud

If you don’t know, Decksar is a London-based DJ extraordinaire - producing, DJing, remixing, and mashing stuff up right, left and centre, and he makes and plays a delicious combination of funky and filthy tracks, which is one reason why he’s doing such big things right now.!

With remixes for the likes of Natasha Bedingfield and The Wideboys, and support for his tracks coming from Excision and Bassnectar amongst others, and now an exclusive Funk and Filth minimix . . . what could possibly come next to top all that?? ;) Well, when he’s not gigging and jetting around Europe, he’s found time to put together another free remix for you all, which will be dropping very soon on his Soundcloud page and also right here on Funk and Filth, and there is also going to be a brand new Deckscar EP in the new year – BOOM! Watch this space!

Check out a load of Deckscar tracks and remixes below, if they’ve got a download button on them, that means they’re free! :D

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This mix has been shortlisted in the Funk and Filth Mix of the Year 2012!!

Monday, 8 October 2012

Dancefloor Outlaws Album On The Way

Funk and Filth's favourite fugitives dropped a bomb recently when they announced they are going to be releasing an album! We got just a bit over excited!

A quick change of underwear later and we've stopped dribbling long enough to watch the video for Flow, the first sneak peak we've been given at the tracklist from the upcoming Delusions Of Grandeur. This preview into the extreme funk that the Outlaws thrust forth features Natty and delivers the mix of bouncing bass, tight-ass beats and delicious vocals that we've come to expect from the guys. Fresh underwear again please, I just funked all over these ones! ;)

Check out the video below, and then scroll down a little bit further to grab a whole host of Dancefloor Outlaws free downloads. capslockPOW!!

Keep an eye out here on Funk and Filth, we'll bring you more on the release of Delusions Of Grandeur as soon as we hear more!

Monday, 1 October 2012

Run For Cover! Featurecast is Flinging the Funk!

If you're too much of a hard nut to literally run for cover, then you might want to give serious consideration to at least putting a bib on or something, because the funk is about to be sprayed everywhere!!

One of the biggest names in the UK Breaks scene, Featurecast, is about to unleash a new album, from the cage where he has been feeding it big beats, bubbly basslines, and poking it through the bars with a massive, pointy funkstick!!

Featurecast has collaborated with an array of different talents to put this badboy together, Alaska MC and Abstract Artform are particular highlights, featuring on Around The Block and Give It To Ya respectively, but I think that the awesome wobbly bass work on Jump has to mark that out as my favourite track!

Ofelia's World adds in a bit of a liquid drum and bass vibe to separate out the party breaks nicely, as does Morning Sun, and there's a bit more chilled funk towards the end of the album . . . making this album perfect to feed the appetites of all of you beat seekers!

Run For Cover has it's launch party this weekend at Cable in London, where FC will feature alongside fellow heavyweights Krafty Kuts, A.Skillz, Far Too Loud, Deekline & Ed Solo, Marten Horger, Wickaman, Nicky Blackmarket and many many more, it's going to get naughty, come on down!!

Listen to the whole free album right here at Funk and Filth, or buy it for less than a tenner by clicking here, it's the real deal! There are some Featurecast free downloads included below too. Nice one.

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