Something interesting is happening in Los Angeles, and it’s nothing to be associated with a certain, notorious three-letter acronym. WOW WTF LA, a small, casual group, describe themselves as “a music collective of electronic music DJs and industry professionals dedicated to bringing you anything but electronic music.”
Listed alphabetically, the first name on the billing is Adam Walder. Although better known as Funkagenda, his birth name is the more appropriate fit given the aforementioned credo. Spinning at a recent WOW WTF LA hosted birthday celebration, he delivered a funky, throwback set that clocks in at one-hour and delivers classics from dance floors past without a trace of rave grounds present.
Funkagenda has now dubbed that set as “The 80s Throwdown,” and is giving it away for fans looking to dance in decade without an “EDM” umbrella of genres.
When Toolroom Records said they were going to see their tenth anniversary off in style, few could doubt that Mark Knight and co. had something special in the pipes. Having already called upon Armin Van Buuren to resurrect “Downpipe” earlier in the year, Knight and Funkagenda’s “Man With Red Face” is the next sentimental house classic to be revisited by none other than Dutch heavyweight Hardwell. Young Robert Van De Corput has enjoyed near-unparalleled success on both the live circuit and digital market of late. For his remodel of this well-preserved classic, that viral festival primed aptitude is not lost. Full-bodied synths and big room energy in motion, this respectful yet boisterous remix opens the floodgates even further on Corput’s universal capabilities. The original may still sound timeless on the modern club floor, but a 21st century re-imagining from Hardwell is the icing on the cake where his most prolific year to date is concerned.
His recent homegrown hits such as “Jumper” and “Never Say Goodbye” have shaken festival season with a signature big room flair, but Hardwell is taking another Toolroom Records escape for his next remix. Following the release of “Three Triangles,” Hardwell unites with Mark Knight‘s imprint amidst in tenth anniversary to recreate that unique sound and even up the ante. Shapeshifting Knight’s own Funkagenda collaboration, “Man With The Red Face,” a record which was originally released over five years ago, Hardwell finds another niche while elevating the chords, magnifying its engulfing effect, and drawing the most from the saxophone interlude’s relief. This will be out on Toolroom on September 2nd.
Having re-energized his Funk Farm imprint with an Ibiza compilation for 2013, Funkagenda emerges from a considerable drought of studio material to unveil an off-the-cuff debut EP for Dim Mak. Off the heels of free-download “Paragon” and a suitably impactful remix of Zedd’s “Clarity,” the Samsara EP serves as the last avenue many would have expected the technical floor filler to emerge from. Where “To The Moon” eclipses the usual progressive get-up we have come to expect from the British producer with a grinding canvas of electro house hallmarks, “Half Man Half Drugs” follows similar form, nodding to some of the more familiar melodic tendencies that have fueled his extensive career to date. For a venture sure to split devout fans and newfound enthusiasts alike, this two-track EP is enough to tame fears that Funkagenda had lost his relevance on the modern dance floor, asserting a long overdue re-emergence for this once unstoppable British club asset for 2013.
Funkagenda’s outspoken Funk Farm imprint is back this month with a long overdue injection of progressive house talent. Last found flaunting the sound of London’s underground club scene, British breakout-turned-Ministry-of-Sound-resident Nathan C takes the reigns of the label’s latest compilation, nodding to the spirit of Ibizan club land whilst testing the waters of one of the industry’s most falsely labeled sub-genres to date.
Funkagenda is channelling his inner-Buddha with his latest two-track Samsara EP. The Sanskrit term refers to the cycle of rebirth in Buddhism — in this case, it’s as if Funkagenda has been reborn as an electro-house producer. The EP’s first offering, “To the Moon + Back,” begins with an echoing, trance-like build before merging into a winding electro drop. The second track, “Half Man Half Drugs,” exudes a friendly progressive house vibe before taking a dark turn at the signal of its eponymous sample. With its harder, more hectic intentions, Samsara EP makes for a fitting release on Dim Mak. The EP is due out on July 30th.
British house advocate and Ministry of Sound resident Nathan C is back on point to break out an exclusive new cut from his impending compilation for Funkagenda’s Funk Farm imprint. Last found remixing Crystal Fighter’s “You & I” single, Nathan returns to the label armed with an exclusive new cut to sweeten the deal for the resurrection of the independent imprint and its Ibiza themed compilation. True to its title, “Armageddon” plays like an apocalyptic nod to the heyday of British progressive house that Funk Farm and its associated artists have preserved throughout their respective careers. Laced with rich melodic leads and peak time drops, the track proves a welcome wake-up call to a sound too often overshadowed by its commercial peers. If “Armageddon” is anything to go by, his forthcoming compilation for Funk Farm is sure to dispel the rumour that upfront progressive house can’t still hold its corner on the modern dance floor. Hit more to hear Nathan’s exclusive cut and stay tuned for a preview of the full compilation.
Webster Hall is opening a new club — The Wall — in Midtown West tomorrow and it’s kicking off with headliners Mumbai Science. The space is divided into five rooms — Red Room, Propaganda Room, Mezzanine, Chandelier Room, and Canary Room — with individual capacities of up to 450 people. Other scheduled events include Funkagenda on the 13th and Gents & Jawns on the 20th. Check out The Wall’s website for more information and to purchase tickets to any of the aforementioned events.
In our first installment of Before the Beats we showed off shots from artists including Brodinski, Dillon Francis, and Sebastian Ingrosso. For the second edition, we’ve collected even more photos which run the gamut from cute and cuddly to funny and predictive of their musical futures. New additions to the baby photo retrospective include Ferry Corsten, Hardwell, Laidback Luke, and Sander van Doorn, but we also have new pictures from artists previously featured in our first installment; repeat offenders include Steve Angello, Chuckie, and A-Trak. Click below the break to find out what your favorite artists looked like before they were big stars.
In light of reaching 100k Twitter followers, progressive house technician Funkagenda has given away his original track “Paragon” for free. In typical Funkagenda fashion, the production patiently builds the energy while stringing its listener along with light melodies and well-crafted percussion. Halfway through, the track merges into a sumptuous breakdown/build up before revamping the energy with a clean and well-primed drop. Download it for free from SoundCloud, and, as a bonus, check out Funkagenda’s Ultra set after the break.