Rinse will delve deep into some of the UK’s most influential contemporary music cultures with a series of events, documentaries and compilations. I LOVE will start by shining a sportlight on funky at Ministry of Sound on Saturday, October 9th.
Funky takes inspirations from across afrobeat, UK garage, tribal, house, soca, broken beat, grime and more. For I LOVE: FUNKY, Rinse will showcase the genre across Ministry four rooms.
In The Box, there will be sets from Crazy Cousinz with Versatile (responsible funky hits such as ‘Go’, ‘Do You Mind’ and ‘Bongo Jam’), Circle (the collective made up of Tippa, Kismet, Fever, Supa D & IC), Rinse Founder Geeneus alongside Katy B for her first live funky performance in more than 10 years, Marcus Nasty and Pioneer alongside Spidey G, plus live PAs from Shingai Shoniwa performing Dennis Ferrer’s ‘Hey Hey’, and Donae’O performing ‘Party Hard’ and ‘Devil In A Blue Dress’.
Room two will see Apple (the man credited with creating one of funky’s first tracks ‘Dutty Dance’), DJ Naughty, Hard House Banton, Funkystepz, Funky veteran MA1, Fingaprint, and Perempay.
The current generation of artists pushing funky’s sounds will be heard in room three - Baby Box - thanks to DJ Polo, Juls, Scratch DVA and AYAYA. Record label CoOp takes over at The Loft with sets from label founders Alex Phountzi and IG Culture alongside Cengiz and EVM128.
Rinse will also release a documentary featuring key figures of Funky as well as digital and vinyl compilation I LOVE: FUNKY Classics.
Rinse Founder, Geeneus said: “After 20-odd years of nurturing and developing underground music genres, it feels like a good time to reflect on them and celebrate all the U.K. underground has achieved. The ILOVE series is a very special and personal project to me, as I have spent my life watching the sound of the underground evolve and I will continue to keep on delivering amazing music that I love.”
Tickets for I LOVE: FUNKY at Ministry Of Sound are on sale now at rinse.fm/ilovefunky.