Funkystepz - Trouble EP / 12"
Airhorn!! After months of technical strife accompainied by much gnashing of teeth, the "missing" Funkystepz 12" is finally in the place and heading your way this week, available to the public's collective sweaty mitts from February 6th. All original pre-orders will be filled, and here's the info again to jog your memory ... Funkystepz return to Hyperdub, their debut 12" 'Fuller' / 'Hurricane Riddim' having detonated dancefloors earlier in 2011. It's rare to find an act who's name describes so functionally what their intention is and how they are going to get there, and their ruff but complex productions and DJ sets are incredible at raising energy and getting bodies moving in a way that so much modern dancefloor music just doesn't. These three tracks are straight up dancefloor destroyers, almost overloaded with energy. 'Trouble' is exactly that; with martial stomping kick drums, whistles, a tough, infectious melody line, and chords like a skidding car, this tune is built to bounce to. 'Dirty Dutch' has structure that breaks down and breaks up again, playing question and answer between a twilight zone style melody, a wiggly, scratched in test-tone, a grime-styled violin melody, and rapid-fire drums and claps. 'John Wayne' is so bow-legged that it almost falls over, made of loose, galloping drums with a backward drunken melody and skippy snares, a hilarious repetition of the words 'John Wayne', a rollin sub, and a spacey breakdown. It's really fun, strangely surreal and massively compelling on the dancefloor.