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Choosing a name almost synonymous with UK funky itself might seem bold, but Funkystepz are behind several of the genre's club and radio staples this year. Among them are their remix of Rihanna’s ‘Rudeboy’ and the equally overwhelming 'For U', built around an original R&B-inflected vocal from Lily Mackenzie. At the same time they can do raw instrumentals better than almost anyone, prime examples being ‘Hurricane’ and ‘Fuller’, due out on Hyperdub in the new year. After wild reports of the damage done at Plan B in Brixton recently (for our friends at Local Action and Days Like That) we’re thrilled to be hosting a guaranteed sweat-soaking from one of London’s hardest-skanking crews.
From bassline's latest hotbed of talent in and around Birmingham, for our money DJ Pantha is making the most exhilarating new music available. He’s also arguably the genre's most original producer for a couple of years, with a distinctive sound featuring deranged, eye-popping drum patterns and a unique arsenal of gnarled basslines and effects. Established bassline figurehead and 1Xtra presenter DJ Q has just given Pantha’s constantly in-demand ‘Candy Shop’ a deserved release, but other than that, expect dubs all the way.
Backing up our headliners we have Lixo, resident behind the GetMe nights and always an impressive DJ in his own right. We’ve no idea what he’ll be packing in the bag – it could include anything from bashment to Space Dimension Controller, via the likes of Deadboy and Girl Unit. If you’re unfamiliar, investigate his mixtapes at http://www.thisisgetme.com/.
On hosting duties, we’re once again delighted to have our favourite Live FM and Rinse FM MC. Fans of DJ Petchy or Marcus Nasty will know about his irrepressible style and the personality with which he pulls it off. Aside from generally changing up the dance into top gear, watch out for his appearance with a special guest DJ.
Wifey started in 2008 as one of only a handful of club nights to introduce bassline (also known as bassline house or niche) to London. Leading DJs and producers from the scene (an offshoot of UK garage mainly popular in the North and Midlands) were brought to clubs and warehouse parties, including Dexplicit, Illmana, Wittyboy and Paleface.
The potential of UK funky (London's style of grime- and garage-influenced house music) was uncovered next, in the form of bookings such as Crazy Cousins, R1 Ryders and Deep Teknologi.
Wifey has also made room for grime from Rinse FM DJs Slimzee and Spyro, classic garage from Sticky and B15 Project, and music from Untold, Falty DL, Hot City and Mosca.
The night contributed a showcase to music weekender BLOC in 2009, and has hosted nights at The Alibi, ? Bar, Visions Video Bar, the Big Chill House and warehouse spaces in London. Press coverage has come from FACT magazine, Time Out, The Guardian, London Lite, Metro and Plan B magazine.
More including Wifey Mixtapes from Dexplicit, Slackk and Hardhouse Banton at http://wifey-ldn.com/
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