As Future World Funk enters a third dimension we embark on a breathtaking tour of the most diverse club music on the planet. From bombastic Brazilian drum & bass to hot-stepping Asian breaks, cutting edge Venezuelan hip hop to blistering Moroccan melodies, this is one journey you won’t want to end. See Reviews
1. Luciene Loyce & Oxum Pandá - Abada A Oxum
2. Celso Piña Feat. Control Machete And Blanquito Man – Cumbia Sobre El Río(Suena).
3. Fernanda Porto – Sambassim (Dj Patife Remix).
4. Vibronics – Ahimsa.
5. Oojami – Fantazy.
6. La Corte Feat. Cash – Guayaba
7. Badmarsh & Shri – Signs.
8. Dj Lt & Mr Wise Feat. Michael Prophet/One Love Sound – Your Love.
9. Dennis Ferrer – Funu (Hi Life Mix).
10. Moreno Veloso – Assim.
11. Nitin Sawhney – Homelands (Coldcut Remix).
12. Momo – Digital Garab – Ministry Of Bullshit (Steve Hillage Mix).
13. Alpha & Omega – Yemenite Chants
As we head fast to 2002 - the designated year of cultural diversity in the UK - we believe that this third installment of FWF offers an encouraging snapshot of the diverse music that is being heard across the country. This is our best and most diverse bringing together music from near and far. There is certainly no shortage of home-grown acts: Vibronics, Oojami, Badmarsh & Shri and Momo to name a few; each drawing on a vast range of influences which reinforces the fact that we do indeed live in a cultural diverse society worth celebrating. When Missy Elliot can storm up the charts with a track that has more than a hint of eastern influence and Masters at Work turn their hands to a soca tune you know times are-a-changing. Both of these tracks would have fitted perfectly into this album but we simply ran out of space once again highlighting the quality of music being made.
It is also significant that recently we have been able to establish two new monthly outings for the club night (the original inspiration for this album series and where all the tracks featured are rigorously road-tested) which will ensure we reach a wider audience in the coming year. Thanks to the vision of Adrian Gibson FWF can now be found monthly at the Jazz Café (Camden, London), a night which has already featured such bastions of new world beats as Badmarsh & Shri, Frederic Galliano, Pressure Drop and the Temple of Sound featuring Rizwan Muazzam Qwali. Given that we have only just started there one can rest assured that next year will see further world class acts. This autumn we will also be launching FWF at the CCA, Glasgow, as part of their cultural diversity season, continuing through 2002. The first night will coincide with the reopening of the CCA in its new multi-million pound venue which boasts six multi-disciplinary spaces, possibly one of the best equipped multi-disciplinary venues in the country, and is set to be a night to remember.
Sadly this year is more likely to be remembered for segregation and rioting on the streets of Oldham and Bradford. There are even a few rogue politicians around who still view cultural diversity as a recipe for a ‘mongrel society’. All of which goes to show that the year of cultural diversity is coming at just the right time, at precisely the point where we need to be encouraging integration across cultures and increasing understanding of the newly emerging notion of British identity we now share. Club culture, as in other areas of popular culture, needs to face up to the challenge of fully representing the society we live in. Juxtapositioning cultures Future World Funk reflects the truly ethnically diverse world we live in whilst taking note of what is actually happening at street level. Through our various club-nights and this album series we hope people can access a broad span of musical cultures which in itself promotes acceptance and tolerance of ethnic differences.
Cliffy & Russ Jones, September 2001.
1. LUCIENE LOYCE & OXUM PANDÁ – ABADA A OXUM. One of the best examples of traditional Brazilian folklore forging its way into the new century.
2. CELSO PIÑA FEAT. CONTROL MACHETE AND BLANQUITO MAN – CUMBIA SOBRE EL RÍO(SUENA).
In this track Celso pays tribute to the Colombian genre of cumbia which has taken Mexico by storm in recent years.
3. FERNANDA PORTO – SAMBASSIM (DJ PATIFE REMIX).
The collaboration between Fernanda P and DJ Patife feels like it was made in heaven. Brazilian drum & bass courtesy of deejays Marky & Patife has recently taken the world by storm with its original style and energy.
4. VIBRONICS – AHIMSA.
Based in Leicester they established their sound through a series of dubplates for the legendary soundsystems of Jah Shaka, Aba-Shant-I and Iration Steppas before going on to produced such distinctive and intense tracks as Ahimsa.
5. OOJAMI – FANTAZY.
Oojami is bringing the cultural diversity of Turkey to a wider audience and we are only too happy to assist in the process.
6. LA CORTE FEAT. CASH. – GUAYABA
Hip hop vibrations coming up strong from Venezuela courtesy of La Corte.
7. BADMARSH & SHRI – SIGNS. Essential Asian vibes now on heavy rotation on major radio stations.
8. DJ LT & MR WISE FEAT. MICHAEL PROPHET/ONE LOVE SOUND – YOUR LOVE.
This one seems to cross all the boundaries, 2-step, ragga, dub with the toasting of one Michael Prophet.
9. DENNIS FERRER – FUNU (HI LIFE MIX).
Given that Dennis Ferrer has produced tracks for such labels as Ibadan, Chillifunk and now Basic Recordings expectations are high and there is no doubt that he delivers the goods with this extra special Hi-Life mix ably assisted by the vocal talents of Martino Atangana.
10. MORENO VELOSO – ASSIM.
Following in the footsteps of his father Caetano Veloso, one of Brazil’s great artists, is no easy task so full credit for coming through with such a groovey club track that hooks you with the guitar and surprises you when it bounces back with a new take on the classic ‘esse e pra tocar na radio’.
11. NITIN SAWHNEY – HOMELANDS (COLDCUT REMIX). Originally released as a super rare Japanese twelve inch in which Coldcut took up the gauntlet resulting in another seminal remix. Truly 21st century world music, beautiful, dark and out there.
12. MOMO – DIGITAL GARAB – MINISTRY OF BULLSHIT (STEVE HILLAGE MIX).
FWF music policy is one of continual evolution and experimentation. The soundtrack expands and we find techno fusing with Moroccan melodies.
13. ALPHA & OMEGA – YEMENITE CHANTS
Yemenite chant is classic A & O, a heavy duty rhythm and a spiritual meditational chant, ‘restless, raw and unapologetic’. Not frightened to push back the barriers of roots O & A have often incorporated Arabic and Indian influences which makes them perfect for FWF.