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Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Funk and Filth File o' Facts : Siloet

Siloet are in fact two people, Liam Gallagher (no, not that one, he’s too busy arsing around knitting overpriced cardigans . . . this Liam Gallagher is busy making sweet sweet music) and his partner in crime Samuel Welch.

The boys made the wise decision a few years ago to leave Devon (nothing against Devon) and head for London town, on a mission to craft delicious bass music and serve it up to the masses. Their forte is reworking old classics and bringing them bang up to date with everything we expect in this funky filthy era. The latest release from Siloet is a prime example of this, a revamped version of “My Babe” by Little Walter.

This one’s got some seriously deep wonk going on! Grab the free download here and you’ll see what I mean.






Friday, 20 April 2012

Funky Festival Freshness – Natural Rhythm 2012


Natural Rhythm Festival – 6th & 7th July 2012, Harlocks Farm, in Ely, Cambridgeshire – is the freshest new festival on the block this year and, in their own words, they are “looking to establish a raw but magical festival experience”. When you look at the set-up and the line-up, you can bet it will be pretty magical!

The four main arenas sound, well, err, intriguing to say the least! There’s The Rubix, The Tipi, The Tree House and The Labyrinth . . . with all of these original arenas thumping out the best in electronic dance music.

Headliners include Funk and Filth favourites Krafty Kuts and A.Skillz, and the legendary drum and bass skills of DJ Marky, backed up by established stalwarts of the likes of Ghetto Funk’s Will Streetwise. But it’s not necessarily the world famous names on the line-up that have attracted my attention to Natural Rhythm, it is the array of future talent that is going to be on show over the weekend as well. I’ve picked out some of the best bits here, but there are soooo many more on the line up it’s ridiculous!

Check out the free downloads below from Mr Margaret Scratcher, the Get Low Cartel, DJ Frank Besant, Penny for the DJ, MissChivers and Stink Like Sock. This lot may not be household names yet, but watch out for them, they all come with the Funk and Filth seal of approval!

Natural Rhythm organisers are currently running a competition to win a set at the festival alongside the likes of Krafty et al!
Click here to find out more about Natural Rhythm festival and the competition.








Monday, 16 April 2012

More Mooqee Magic

Mooqee really is a Funk and Filth phenomenon.
Producer
DJ
Label boss
. . . he does it all, and along with fellow Bombstrikes beatsmith Pimpsoul has now created a tune that is too good not to get a mention here.

Feeling Good, which features some super sweet vocal work from Bianca Gerald, punches out a lovely bouncy funky feel, but with remixes from the likes of Herbgrinder and Tantrum Desire you can be sure of some big beats and some floor-slapping filth as well. The best of both worlds :)
(The Herbgrinder remix is a personal favourite, tasty stuff!)

It’s going to be a big party tune this summer and you can get it right now!

Download it for free as the opening tune in the awesome Mooqee & Pimpsoul Canadian Tour Showcase Mix right here.


Get the original and the remixes on Beatport by clicking here.

Watch the official video here . . .

Friday, 13 April 2012

Win a Sound Dock for your iPhone/iPod/MP3 player with Funk and Filth - [Competition ended 27/04/12]

[This competition is now over - look out for more soon on www.funkandfilth.com]

You might have read our recent Funky Filthy Sound Dock Roadtest, if you haven’t you can read it here, and we’re flipping delighted to say that thanks to our friends at Altec Lansing and TEAC we can now offer our Funk and Filth fans the chance to win themselves either an Altec Lansing Mix iMT810 (which we found delivered the biggest sound!) or a TEAC SR-80iDAB (which had the best extra features!) Speaker Dock for their iPhone/iPod/MP3 Player. Nice one!

Here’s what to do:
- Head over to www.facebook.com/funkandfilth and Like our page
- Under the 'Win a sound dock' tab you can enter your name and email and that enters you for the prize draw, that’s it!


Here’s what you need to know about what you could win:

Altec Lansing Mix iMT810
"With enviable style and epic sound, the MIX for iPhone and iPod brings the house down with towering volume and perfect clarity and features that make it perfect for parties and every day. Dual jacks allow more than one player to connect, and grab handles help you bring the party with you wherever you go.
- Audio Alignment™ delivers balanced, optimum sound
- Digital FM radio
- Dual AUX IN jacks connect two additional audio players
- Control the speakers, playlist and song navigation from the remote or on unit
- Interference-free technology means there’s no need to switch to "Airplane Mode"
- Automatically pauses music when a call is received on the iPhone
- Plug in or lose the wires with up to 30 hours of play with 8 D batteries
- High-contrast LCD with artist, track and station display
- Multiple EQ modes let you select your sound”


TEAC SR-80iDAB
“The iPhone/iPod speaker docking system with DAB and FM radio.
Utilising TEAC’s proprietary MAXX AUDIO bass system, the SR-80iDAB is the ideal product for those wanting quality audio reproduction in a compact form.
• ‘Digital Direct-In’ iPhone/iPod connection for finest audio performance
• DAB radio and PLL Synthesised FM Tuner
• Playback of MP3 files from USB Memory Device
• ‘MAXX AUDIO’ DSP-based bass enhancement
• 30 Watts (2 x 15) power output
• 2-way Stereo Speakers with Bass-reflex port
• Clear FL Display
• Full-function Remote Control (also controls iPhone/iPod functions)”


And here are the other important details:
- The competition will close at 18:00 (GMT) on Friday 27th April 2012
- If you’ve won, we’ll notify you within a week of the closing date, via the email address you entered with (so please make sure you enter your details correctly)
- Only one entry per Facebook account and email address
- Winner chosen at random from all entries received within the competition period. Once chosen, the winner will be notified that they have won either an Altec Lansing Mix iMT810 or TEAC SR-80iDAB Speaker Dock device.
- The prize does not include an iPhone, iPod or any other MP3 player device, only the dock itself
- The dock received as a prize will be the model used in our recent Roadtest, so the packaging will have been previously opened, but all accessories, instruction manuals will be included with the dock
- Funk and Filth will cover delivery costs to UK addresses only (excluding Channel Islands). The winner may be required to cover any additional shipping costs beyond the UK.
- This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.
- In the unlikely event of any technical issues with Facebook, Funk and Filth will accept entries made by email, sent to contact@funkandfilth.com including the entrant’s name and the subject line ‘Sound Dock Competition Entry’
- Funk and Filth will not share your email address with any other party

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Funky Filthy Sound Dock Roadtest

“The sun is out! Quick, before the clouds come back! Everyone outside, light the BBQ! Pour some drinks! Have some fun, before it rains again.”

A pretty standard thought process in many parts of the UK at this time of year, but there is one vital ingredient of the ultimate British BBQ which hasn’t been mentioned yet . . . music! Ideally when the sun is shining it will be the funkiest stuff you’ve got, and then when the sun goes down and the hardcore people are still pouring drinks and burning sausages, the music should be as filthy as the neighbours can handle.
But unless you have enough money to pay for Skrillex to play in your marquee, or enough patience to move your entire system out onto the patio, the best way forward is a Speaker Dock for your phone or MP3 player.

So we got our hands on five of the best speaker docks out there and put them through the ultimate test to see how they handle your favourite bass music.
And on the mini playlist for our (albeit imaginary) BBQ? An even split of funk and filth.

Bringing the funk we have:
Lenny Kravitz – American Woman (Funkanomics Remix)
Will Styles – Say Yo Yo
Hostage - I Get High (Mooqee B-Breaks ReRub)

and spraying the filth we have:
N.A.S.A. - Gifted (Masuka Remix)
Freestylers - Say Yes (Ben & Lex Remix)
Doctor P & Elite Force - Watch Out (RVMPD)

Links to listen to and download all of these tunes for free at the end of this post. Let’s see how the docks handled our monster playlist . . .


Altec Lansing Mix iMT810 - RRP around £199.99
Firstly, this thing looks mean! And with a 5.25in woofer, 5.25in passive radiator, two 3in mid range drivers and two horn-mounted 1in tweeters, Altec Lansing have clearly thought about making the sound of this thing match its appearance. It doesn’t disappoint. The iMT810 brushes aside the Say Yo Yo and American Woman basslines as if they weren’t even there, delivering them beautifully, and it thumps out Watch Out sweetly too. So how does it handle the big bass guns of Say Yes and Gifted?
The Say Yes naughtiness is also no problem for this dock, and there’s barely any struggle or distortion even with the nob turned up to the top. Gifted rolls out brilliantly too.
The designers haven’t bothered with lots of little extras like wireless connectivity or a DAB but there are several different connectors, and an FM radio, and you can take it outdoors with batteries bought separately. Bluetooth or WiFi connectivity would have been nice, but this thing was built for one thing, bass business, so you have to sacrifice some things.
Pros: Looks dangerous, makes noise. Should probably be locked in a cage!
Cons: Built-in rechargeable battery and Bluetooth would make this thing a truly portable filth cannon.

TEAC SR-80iDAB - RRP £149.99
Noticeably smaller than the Altec beast, it is also a bit more subtle on the eye and has little extra bits like USB playback and a built-in DAB radio, but will it provide enough sound for our BBQ? First impression is that it delivers a much bigger bite than its diminutive appearance might suggest, but before the volume is turned all the way up it is already struggling with the lower frequencies on Mooqee’s I Get High remix. Was slightly worried that Gifted might destroy the cute little fella, but the TEAC handles it pretty well, and you can get some really good noise out of it before it gets distorted, TEAC's Maxx Bass technology really helps this dock deliver. USB connectivity is also something that is unique to this dock in this comparison, allowing you to connect any USB Memory Device to play the MP3s stored on it.
Pros: Looks neat, DAB and extra connectivity options are a big bonus.
Cons: No in-built wireless connectivity, not the loudest dock on the day.

Philips Fidelio DS8550 - RRP £199
Beautifully simple design, just four buttons on the front and the 3in full range drivers hidden behind a curved facia and, what’s this? Tucked around the back are two little bass pipes that deliver more meatiness than their looks might at first suggest. Gifted sounds deep and tasty on this dock, but will distort if pushed too far. It is Watch Out that really showcases this model, not a crackle to be heard, even over Bluetooth. Little extras like AUX in connector means you can plug pretty much anything in. Bluetooth means you can control your tunes and flip burgers at the same time, without worrying about anyone fraping you whilst your phone sits on the dock! And add in a dedicated Philips Fidelio iPhone and iPad app and this dock becomes a serious contender.
Pros: Bluetooth connectivity and rechargeable battery. Looks smooth and delivers. Apple app.
Cons: A built-in DAB would have completed this.

Gear4 AirZone Aeries 1 - RRP £199.99
Neatly designed and with built-in FM radio and WiFi connectivity this little robot could be the surprise package. First up Say Yo Yo which it delivers pretty well, and the volume nob keeps turning and turning, kind of wondering when this thing will start to struggle. Ah, there it is, the first drop of American Woman and it’s not sounding too confident . . . a little bit worried that it may not survive the Ben and Lex monster! It actually does ok, but the depth of sound we’ve heard on some of the other docks is lacking, and it struggles a little.
Pros: Looks pretty bang tidy, AirZone technology means you can stream music over WiFi from your iPhone, iPad or iPod.
Cons: It just doesn’t have the trousers that the iMT810 had, so big, bad noises are a struggle.

Bose SoundDock Portable - RRP £349.99
Probably the best looking of the bunch, and almost certainly the smallest . . . it’s going to have to have something special in its locker to compete with the bigger boys! Gifted shuffles in first on the playlist, and with the big rolling opening sub bass I’m wondering where on earth all the sound is coming from in this little box, sounding good. Gifted drops . . . genuinely impressed, even turned it up a bit more! American Woman is kicked out crisply too, and Watch Out.
I kind of feel the little thing is showing off.
No extras though (Bluetooth, WiFi, DAB), Bose have clearly concentrated on sound quality.
Pros: Looks damn good, unimposing. Up there with the bigger boys in terms of noise. Rechargeable battery means you can unplug and carry off mid-tune.
Cons: No wireless connectivity, which is a big shame. The most expensive of the lot.


The best dock would be the mutated offspring of all five of these docks, having inherited:
- the portability of the Philips
- the volume of the Altec Lansing
- the sound quality of the Bose
- the extras of the TEAC
- the connectivity of the Gear4
but unfortunately that isn’t available, so you’ll have to take your pick based on what’s most important to you. Hope this has helped! Now grab some free music as featured in our Funk and Filth BBQ Playlist.


Lenny Kravitz – American Woman (Funkanomics Remix)
Sign up as a member at www.ghettofunk.co.uk FOR FREE and get access to loads of Ghetto Funk free downloads, including this awesome American Woman remix.


Will Styles – Say Yo Yo – Right click here and ‘Save target as’ to download


Hostage - I Get High (Mooqee B-Breaks ReRub)


N.A.S.A. - Gifted (Masuka Remix)


Freestylers - Say Yes (Ben & Lex Remix)
Click here for free download


Doctor P & Elite Force - Watch Out (RVMPD)
Go to www.eliteforcemusic.com/RVMPD2 to download the entire RVAMPD2 album for free!

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Funk and Filth File o' Facts : Delta Heavy

Delta Heavy is the creation of Ben Hall and Si James, London-based and now signed to the legendary RAM Records, these guys sprang onto the DnB scene a couple of years ago with their early work including ‘Space Time’ and ‘Abort’, and since then their sound has got even filthier! The guys have not been restricted to just drum and bass either. Their mutual appreciation of big, dirty noises has lead them to produce at all different tempos.

Check out and download their free mix that they did for Triple J in February this year, but be warned, strap yourself down, because it doesn’t hold back!
Their remix of Maverick Sabre’s ‘Used To Have it All’ is also an absolute beast!





Tuesday, 3 April 2012

James D'Ley : Exclusive Interview and New Mix

James D’Ley, officially the Best New DJ in the world, speaks exclusively to Funk and Filth, and offers up his latest free download mix as well! Quiet now please, James is about to speak . . .

You picked up Best New DJ at this year’s Breakspoll awards, as Funk and Filth predicted ;) nice one on that! How did it feel to be picked above the likes of the awesome Leuce Rhythms and Stickybuds, and what has your win inspired for you for the rest of 2012?

Cheers buddy. To be honest, I didn’t really think it a win over any one artist in particular. For me it was just the feeling of getting something I have been working towards for a long time and something I was never going to give up on until I got it. The artists you mention are more than worthy competitors, so to scoop the pick of the bunch was obviously a great feeling :D As I’ve said previously, it was a big goal in my path within EDM, so it has given me great direction to use that as springboard for many great things! Directly it has made me want to step up my performance on a skill & technical level, and hopefully you'll see the fruits of that in roughly a fortnights time as I have my first ever product demo currently under construction, and very excited to get that out there :) I cant say who its for right now, but let’s just say the pair are infamous within the industry! In general it has renewed my energy supplies and enthusiasm for my music, and that is of course only a good thing!! In turn my productivity will be greater than previous years this year :)


You get to DJ all over the place, to crowds of all sizes. What’s your favourite venue or event to play, and what makes it so special?

That’s a tricky one. I’m lucky enough to be playing loads of new places all the time, all different for different reasons. I think the gig I hold closest to my heart would be FREEBASS @ Concorde 2, Brighton in my home town. I don’t get the opportunity to play too many home town shows these days due to my schedule and various obligations, but this is the one event that I always play no matter what I’m offered elsewhere. It’s been running for 4 years and it’s where I started out when I moved to Brighton, I had been in town a matter of days when they debuted their first night and by chance managed to blag a spot in the 2nd room. Not too many shows later and they threw me in the deep end in the main room playing bassline breakbeat to a drum & bass crowd. I held down the room to great acclaim and the rest is history. You can always catch me there opening up the first two hours warming up the impending carnage that always happens at the night, these days I’m regularly joined by POoK from Brap F.M. who’s also a Brighton man. As you can expect with a free multi bass genre night that is all about amazing music, amazing DJ'S & MC's and an amazing crowd, it is a truly epic night and one I always look forward too.


Who is your favourite Producer right now? Do you have one tune that you always have in your back pocket, ready to drop into a set to lift the roof?

So again with the obviously difficult question haha, - Producers that I always want their new stuff before I’ve even heard it include...
Specimen A, Pyramid, Far Too Loud, Tantrum Desire, Knife Party, Colombo, to name a handful. Yeah, I always have a tune or three ear marked for absolute winners, or more peak time bangers as every track I play needs to be a winner . But yeah sure.


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

Eddie Halliwell. As a bedroom DJ, he was my idol . And in many ways still is for his technability and showmanship. Would be too awesome to create carnage on dance floors alongside such a legend, even if it did mean I'd have to switch my sound for a one off special!


You come from Brighton, the birthplace of many a breaks and bass maestro, so you must have seen a few up and coming stars. Any tips on who we should keep our eyes/ears on in the near future?

Brighton is forever producing talent or should I say attracting it. A lot of big scene legends live here, and a lot of people who build their name here go on to do big things. In Dubstep, Hizzleguy & Dismantle are really garnering some attention nationally. In DnB I think a certain DJ Overdose will go on to be a regular in the DnB circuit. In breaks, well I’m not sure to be honest. I think the local breaks scene needs another couple of years to rebuild before it produces any future stars. Who knows though, hopefully I’m proved wrong :D [Check out some Hizzleguy and Dismantle filth in the free Hurley MIxcloud mix below!]



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?

I do like a good trainer, I never used to but there are a lot of good trainer shops in Brighton :D Well, depending on your style. Obviously as stated, I’m a trainer guy, but hi tops all the way. I have some pretty extravagant sky tops by converse, but my favourite and current choice is from the Adidas Hi Top basketball range - white, silver and bits of various shades of blue :) They are sweet & really easy to clean lol!!


And finally, the question that everyone needs to know. . . Funk or Filth . . . . musically which way are you feeling right now?

Right now and always I’m feeling both.. I love a track that’s funky & filthy. All good Dancefloor music should have both in my opinion. Something to raise the smile on your face, but screw it up at the same time!!


Grab the James D’Ley Official Glade Festival Promo Mix for free right here. And check the bandpage tab on his Facebook page which is constantly updated with all the latest dates where you can catch him.



Free Gagoon Dubz mix featuring plenty of filth from Hizzleguy & Dismantle: