Clubbers' Decktionary: Liquid Funk
Drum & bass sub-genre originated by Fabio and LTJ Bukem
Liquid funk aka Liquid drum & bass or just plain Liquid, proper noun: drum & bass sub-genre, so generally very much up-tempo (160-180 bpm), taking influences from soca, Latin, disco and jazz as well as funk, featuring more live instrumental parts and fewer samples.
Origins Best known for being one of the godfathers of drum & bass, alongside Grooverider (having pioneered the sound together at their Rage nights at London’s Heaven night club), and also for hosting a show devoted to the genre on Radio 1 since 1995, DJ Fabio is usually credited with being the first DJ to champion the sound. Fabio released a compilation entitled Liquid Funk via his own Creative Source label in 2000. However, it’s arguable that the Liquid sound actually originated with LTJ Bukem, who was producing and releasing tracks in a similar mould via his Good Looking label much earlier. Notably, Bukem and Fabio shared a residency at London’s legendary Speed night, which Bukem launched in 1994.
Key figures Fabio’s compilation featured tracks by Carlito, Flytronix, Peshay and Hidden Agenda, all drum & bass mainstays at the time. Since then, Tony Colman and Chris Goss have been at Liquid’s forefront, partly via their studio production outfit and live act, London Elektricity, and even more so through their Hospital label, releasing High Contrast, Danny Byrd, Logistics, Nu:Tone, Cyantific, Netsky, Camo & Krooked, Shapeshifter, Q-Project and Mistabishi. DJs Bryan G and Jumping Jack Frost’s Liquid V label is also key, while DJ Friction’s Shogun Audio has also ploughed the Liquid furrow.
You’ll catch some Liquid Funk at Xplicit, Bongo Club, Edinburgh, Fri 3 Feb.