UK funky has been dubbed as one of the most definitive and unique genres to emerge from the United Kingdom over the years. The genre predominantly rose to success in the early naughties thanks to such artists as Supa D, Marcus Nasty, Donae’o and Crazy Cousinz. UK funky appeared to develop as a by-product of such genres as garage in the UK and soulful/tribal house from the Americas. It was mostly recognisable for the way it blended it’s influences. The 130bpm of the Latin and African rhythms and basslines were mostly met with soulful vocals. Vocals of which were similar to those that could be found in the works of Kenny Bobien, Masters At Work and Kerri Chandler. The combination of the two carried a similar style to UK garage, however, it carried an air of Afrobeat and Soul that garage was almost missing. It was fair to say that there was nothing else quite like it. It’s birthplace of London helped the genre to spread like wildfire via pirate radio and word of mouth.
This week’s song in question comes from UK funky duo, Ear Dis. The track ‘Hey Girl’ is a result of the hard work of members Elroy Powell on vocals and Roxy Harris on drums. ‘Hey Girl’ was released on Ear Dis’s own record label ‘WunnademOnes’ in 2003. The group had five releases in between 2003 and 2009, with ‘Hey Girl’ being one of the first. Described as “An irresistible broken groove with a ragga tinged chorus” ‘Hey Girl’ is a hidden gem from the UK funky archives. The beat itself can only best be described as a blend of both Latin and garage. As for the lyrics, Powell, also known for his work under the alias ‘Spoonface’, laces the track with catchy and soulful lines. ‘Hey Girl’ is just one of many UK funky classics that provide a unique sound you’ll hear nowhere else.
The addictiveness of the sound of UK funky is just one of the reasons why it will still be popular for years to come. However, UK funky’s popularity was ultimately it’s demise and unfortunately, the genre faded out. It appeared to be case of becoming too popular too fast. With a lot of unexperienced DJ’s producing as well as popular ones, it meant that there was no quality control whatsoever and the genre became barely recognisable. It’s influence is still apparent in dance music today and with music this good, we won’t be forgetting about it any time soon.
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