I’m Just Feelin’ Funky

When I’m really fucking stressed, I like nothing better than to sit down with a big cuppa tea and mix the music that I love. I never like to pin myself down to just one genre, and this mix is no exception to that – I’ve combined a mixture of UK funky with a splash of hard drum and a dash of weightless bass to sweeten the deal. The choices I make when I put together a setlist are always heavily influenced by a great deal of nostalgia for the infamous Wax Rooms / Flash Rooms / Queer Rooms parties I’ve helped put together since Wax Collective saw its very first event, over four years ago. Our parties always encouraged diversity and freedom of expression across the board, in terms of musical styles, artist bookings, and our decidedly cultish following. I hope therefore that you get your Szen on to this mix – with a flavour of Wax to boot.

Considering the fact that many producers all over the nu-hardcore continuum are people of colour, bass-centric electronic music from the UK and around the world has been put under the spotlight in light of the current socio-political climate regarding the Black Lives Matter movement. I’d therefore like to encourage you to read the excellent ‘Letter to Resident Advisor’ composed by R. O. S. H. if you haven’t done so already, as it is an excellent critique of the ongoing suppression of black voices in electronic music. For your convenience, I’ve attached it here. Happy listening/reading!

RA LETTER

~ art by Sofia Balestrin / ig: @the.bluesweater ~

~ mix by DJ Em Cee Kay / ig: @deejay_emceekay ~
~ mix art by Camille Gaggiotti / ig: @_cows_parsley ~

SETLIST

Washa – Mxshi Mo

Amadoda (Shy One Remix) – She Madjozi & She’s Drunk

Ghoulbap – Bakongo

Gender Fluids (DJ CYBERDAD remix) – Cyprus Fuel

Poolside – Lobby

Simba – Lua Preta

Little Bit (DJ Rish Afro Edit) – Erika de Casier

Lil Trap Ting – Kaval

Boomslang – LV ft. Okmalumkoolkat

Salt and Pepper– DJ Plead

Paroxysm – Air Max ’97 ft. TSVI

Forward – DJTess

9 to 9 – DJ Polo ft. Dread MC

Muhammed Ali Remix – Lady Lykez, Lioness & Scratchclart)

Worst / Take It All – Scratcha DVA

Reflector Pack (8 Bar) – Miss Modular (AKA DJ MM)

Leng – Mistareez

Bang Tool – Unpin

Wouldn’t You Like To Be A Hoe Too – DJ Slugo

References

¹ "The First Woman Rapper MC Sha Rock Talks Women in Rap, Sugar Hill Records, & Her Movie Project”, < https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_8UBKxJg1SQ >

² “On set w/ Aaliyah, Da Brat, Missy Elliott & Lil’ Kim (1999): You Had To Be There”, < https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mOzcH9Fim1M >

³ hooks, bell. “Hardcore Honey: bell hooks Goes on the Down Low with Lil’ Kim”, (May 1997), < https://www.papermag.com/lil-kim-bell-hooks1-1427357106.html?rebelltitem=62#rebelltitem62 >

⁴ hooks, b. (1994, February). Sexism and misogyny: Who takes the rap? . . . Misogyny, gangsta rap, andpiano. Z Magazine. < http://s18.middlebury.edu/AMST0325A/hooks_Sexism%20and%20Misogynywho-takes-the-rap.pdf >

⁵ Adams, Terri M., and Douglas B. Fuller. “The Words Have Changed but the Ideology Remains the Same:Misogynistic Lyrics in Rap Music.” Journal of Black Studies, vol. 36, no. 6, 2006, pp. 938–957, JSTOR, < http://www.jstor.org/stable/40034353 >

⁶ Barnes, Dee. “Here’s What’s Missing From Straight Outta Compton: Me and the Other Women Dr.Dre Beat Up”, < https://gawker.com/heres-whats-missing-from-straight-outta-compton-me-and1724735910 >

⁷ “Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche Flawless Speech”, < https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75BknhBhWVg >

⁸ “Joan Morgan Talks Hip-Hop Feminism & The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill”, < https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zeYRRzt2ikQ >

⁹ “WAP and the Spectacle of Sexual Liberation”, < https://www.youtube.com/watch?app=desktop&v=ILApR36KgQw&fbclid=IwAR23XawseazqgOGpZJ-VknYVIx3SuO_qkbtovWHiPO5_KP3Z3IwTRmtCrp8 >

¹⁰ Gracie, Bianca. “How Women Reclaimed Hip-Hop in 2019 by Making Their Own Rules”, 19 December 2019, Billboard, < https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/hip-hop/8546781/female-rappers-2019-dominance >

Music never lets you down
Puts a smile on your face
Anytime, any place
Dancing helps relieve the pain
Soothes your mind, makes you happy again
Listen to those dancing feet
Close your eyes and let go
But it don't mean a thing
If it ain't got that swing
Bop-shoo-wa, bop-shoo-wa, bop-shoo-wa

Chic - Everybody Dance from the album: Chic (1977)