15.02.13

Words by: Aimee Cliff

The 10 best UK Funky tracks, according to Champion

UK Funky pioneer Champion is set to join a huge line-up at South London’s Cable next weekend to celebrate Butterz’s third birthday. In the mean time, he’s listed his 10 favourite UK Funky tracks to keep you moving until then.

  1. Yasmin – You, Me, She (DJ Naughty Mix)
    Champion: “One of my absolute favourite vocals in UK Funky even though it never really took off due to it being unreleased. I was one of the lucky few to have it.”
  2. Funkystepz – Bounce
    Champion: “One of the first tunes to blow Funkystepz, I remember first hearing it on Marcus Nasty’s Westwood TV feature – BIG tune!”
  3. LR Groove – Key (first track)
    Champion: “Another bad boy tune that I first heard on the Westwood TV feature, real funky heads know.”
  4. Ill Blu – Blu Magic
    Champion: “One of the biggest UK Funky tracks to date, my dubplate still gets a regular spin in my sets – big up Ill Blu.”
  5. Booda ft Becky Rhodes – Secrets (T2 Funky remix)
    Champion: “Quite an undercover tune but I love it. People that followed my Youtube sets back in the day will know about this one.”
  6. DJ Naughty – 5th Gear
    Champion: “Another big tune from Naughty, he was the man when it came to making UK Funky sound like Reggae – timeless!”
  7. Diamond ft Terri Walker – Love At First Sight
    Champion: “One of the few vocal tracks that stood out for me in UK Funky – if you ever catch me doing a 90 minute set, you will definitely hear this one.”
  8. DVA ft Fatima – Just Vybe (Soule Power Mix)
    Champion: “Big tune from Scratcha DVA, again still sounds as big as it did when I first heard as DJ Pioneer’s Triple P on Kiss!”
  9. Boris Dlugosch – Bangkok (Roska Remix)
    Champion: “Absolutely big remix that I felt was ahead of its time slightly, very big personal favourite from Roska.”
  10. Apple – Amirah Sleeps
    Champion: “A gem from Apple that never came out and he hardly even sent out to DJs, to the point that I STILL dont have a copy, but one of my all time favourite UK Funky tracks. To this day I still play a bootleg of this by DJ Anticx called Rubik’s Cube – BIG tune.”

Champion will be at Butterz’s third birthday party at Cable London with Joker, Swindle and more; for more information and tickets go here.