With this year’s Red Bull Music Academy almost half-way through in London UK, it’s a good time to review the highlights from the first couple weeks. An annual event, the RBMA gathers up-and-coming producers/musicians/etc from around the globe and unites them in a selected city to learn from established performers spanning various genres. The attendees gain exposure to the most crazy vault of expertise and equipment, while they continue to create and further their knowledge and capability at the same time. Featured above is an awesome live jazz/minimal/techno performance by Henrik Schwarz and Bugge Wesseltoft, and click through to see choice interview clips from Dam Funk, Roska, and Steve Reich.
London-based producer Wayne Goodlitt (aka Roska) is a former dancehall/grime MC who turned to making beats back in 2008; in the relatively short time since he’s been on the rise as on of the most sought-after producers/remixers in the ever-evolving and splintering UK Funky scene. Making highly percussive 4/4 house tracks that lean on the minimal side of things, Roska uses simple synth and horn flourishes to drive the songs forward, following the lead of wandering bongo and shaker loops. Creating a vibe that fills dancefloors, Roska avoids sounding like martini lounge background music, a problem that effects many of his contemporaries within UK Funky. Unlike many of the burgeoning and expanding genres coming out of London and the UK in general, this strand of Funky is perfect for a packed danceparty; girls won’t be scared off, and the tracks beg for long mixes and a steady flow (for a super informative breakdown, I highly recommend this XLR8R article). Keep reading for a few more favorite tracks from Roska… I’m definitely excited to see where he and other leaders of this scene take the music in 2010.