Do you like disco? Disco!?!
Mr Doris & D-Funk join forces from nearly opposite ends of the earth to create this beautiful piece of music which is an absolute pleasure to have on In It Together Records.
‘Ghost Dancer’ is a high-energy, disco and funk fuelled marvel and will encompass all listeners all around the world into getting their groove on!
Essential for your collections.
Twenty-five years is a fair chunk of time by anyone’s estimation but for Doug Masters, he remembers his first ever DJ gig at The Depot in Bristol like it was yesterday. “I was so nervous I thought I’d never do it again,” he says. “Little did I know that I’d end up playing thousands of times more and at some of the best clubs and festivals all over the world.”
Marking 25 years that has seen Doug release on labels including Sunday Best, Bombstrikes and Westway with his D-Funk alias, become one of the architects of the funky breaks sound with his mid-2000s night Break Da House and play everywhere from Ibiza to the US, Canada, Europe and his adopted home of Australia, Doug has embarked on two mixes to celebrate his two and a half decades in the game.
“I’m lucky to have been through so many scenes,” says Doug. “I caught the tail-end of the rave scene in the UK, zipping around to find parties in fields and in disused railway tunnels and then moved through progressive house to trance to UK garage and breaks and then on to my own production journey in the 2000s. I wanted to put together some mixes that reflected all of that.”
The first mix of the two-part series is a collection of tunes that have influenced Doug over the years, touching on everything from disco & house to UK garage & breaks to jungle, while the second collects together 25 of Doug’s personal favourites from his illustrious career as a producer.
“I was lucky enough to spread a style of music I loved and helped create around the globe,” says Doug. “I want to celebrate that and everything that influenced me along the way with these two mixes.”
Fort Knox Five – The Brazilian Hipster
Krafty Kuts & A.Skillz – Ill Type Sound
Featurecast – Sniper
Mongobonix -Mas Pito
Pete Hellar – Big Love (The Dronez Mix)
Diana Ross – Love Hangover (Joey Negro Club Mix)
Lovestation – Teardrops (Flava Mix)
MJ Cole feat Elizabeth Troy – Crazy Love
Azzido Da Bass – Dooms Night (Timo Maas Mix)
Chicken Lips – He’s Not In (Stanton Warriors Mix)
Dogtown Clash – West London’s Burning
Sono – Keep Control (Hydrogen Rockers Vocal Mix)
Yothu Yindi – Treaty (Peace Division Mix)
Gaberial Anadna – Dopplewhipper
Delerium – Silence (Original Fade Sanctury Mix)
Hand’s Burn – Good Shot
Energy 52 – Cafe Del Mar (Three In One Mix)
Sonique – Feels So Good (Break Beat Mix)
Love 4 Sale – Feel So Right
The Brothers Grimm – Exodus (The Lion Awakes)
Artemesia – Bits & Pieces
Pendulum & The Freestylers – Fasten Your Seatbelts
Natural Born Chillers – Rock The Funky Beats
Aldo Vanucci – When I See You Smile
Ian Brown – F.E.A.R
Plus lots of samples & acapellas from other amazing tunes.
My Mum & Dad for buying me my first set of decks. The Calne bedroom crew for putting up with hours of shoddy mixing in the early days. Alex Blackburn for helping my get my first ever gig. Pedro, Davey, Dai, Big Dave & the Wolves uni crew for the mad nights. Matt for first introducing me to hip hop. ‘Honest’ Lloyd. Jit at Canal Club. Nick Stevenson. Howard & all in the early days of Rotation. Charlie Lang. Naz, Doris & Ben Logue. Garry White. Tim Lyall. Mark Berry. James Bronson. Everyone at 176 over the years. The Turk. Josh at 2020. Shab & Dan. Wille Drum kit & his insatiable love of funk, Uncle Barry Ashworth, Carl Loben & Billy at Westway. Sang, Devastating Dave & all at Adicts. Phil Berrick. Paul Master. Evan Slynk. Tomas & everyone at Danio. Nicc Johnson. Scott Pullen. Shamozzle & Stacey Butler. And last but not least my wife for constantly backing me up but mostly listening to me whinge.
My 2nd release of 2021! The lovely guys at Seamless Recordings, which also happens to be one of my favourite labels, asked me to rework a couple of tunes from their new jazz funk outfit, The French Guys. I got my teeth stuck into both ‘Waiting’ & ‘Prospect Avenue’ with the outcome some nu jazz, downtempo, balearic vibes!
Listen to the full release: HERE
Bombstrikes welcomes Mr.Doris & D-Funk for their debut single: ‘All Down’ featuring N’fa Jones and Cantaloop. Whilst they may be new for the label, they are certainly not new to the scene. This one has real international flavour to it with the four collaborators hailing from Ibiza, Australia, New Zealand and the UK. When not touring the globe as resident for huge events such as Glitterbox, Space and Pacha, Mr. Doris can be found on the beautiful white Isle of Ibiza, where his fusion sound of funk, soul, hip hop and house has seen him produce with legends such as Nightmares on Wax and Groove Armada. D-Funk resides in Sydney where he has a long established a global reputation as a legendary purveyor of all things beats, breaks and funk over multiple tours and 100 plus releases. That pedigree is definitely on show with this release. First up, the original mix of ‘All Down’ fuses broken beats with deep bass dives, organ riffs and funk guitar licks which is all brought together by the outstanding vocals of N’fa Jones and Cantaloop. ‘On the flip’, Aldo Vanucci, most notable as Plymouth’s 14th best DJ, does what he does best and funks out the groove with infectious horn hooks and delivers a head nodding master of a remix. Once again showing why he counts the likes of Fatboy Slim amongst his biggest fans. Based on this debut, the combination of Mr. Doris & D-funk with Bombstrikes sounds like it could be a perfect match!
‘Wicked! Love both versions’ – A.Skillz
10/10 – Fort Knox Five
‘Love It! Cool & funky’ – Krafty Kuts
‘First Class’ – Craig Charles
‘This is some damn funky whizz!’ – DJ Yoda
‘Great track lads! Full support’ – Dub Pistols
‘Nice/ 10/10’ – JFB
‘These are so tight!’ – Nickodemus
‘Good funk hip hop. Original version is my fave’ – Nightmares On Wax
‘Mr.Doris hooks up with Sydney selector D-Funk to wheel in a fusion of explosive soul, hip hop and house grooves with touches of vocal class from N’Fa Jones and Cantaloop’ – JunoDownload
More info on everyone involved in this release…
I recently took part in the huge Genius Of Funk Worldwide Edition 2 which featured some of the worlds best funk based DJs playing sets from their home countries. The event was hosted in Santiago, Chile so it features a lot of Chilean funk talent as well as sets from UK, Germany, Spain, Canada, Brazil & Australia (that was me).
Here’s my 25min DJ set…
You can also watch it on Facebook HERE
Philly Blunt – Good Day [available HERE]
Bernard Wright – Haboglabtribin (D-Funk Edit) [available HERE]
Mr Doris & D-Funk feat MysDiggi – Cruise Control (Acapella)
D-Funk – Shake Your Booty (That’s Not An Edit // Free Download HERE]
D-Funk – Funky John The Preacherman [Free Download HERE]
Mr Doris & D-Funk feat MysDiggi – Back In The Day (Smoove Mix)
D-Funk – Funky Hot Grits
D-Funk – Heard It Through The Baseline
D-Funk – Dope Jam (Grits N Gravy // available HERE]
Mr Doris & D-Funk – Dance With Somebody
I’m going to be doing my first ever streamed DJ set as part of the huge international line up for the ‘Genius Of Funk Worldwide Edition 2’ on Friday 31st July!
It all takes place on Youtube & Twitch from 8pm Chilean time (the event is hosted from Santiago, Chile) which is Sydney: Sat 1st Aug at 10am / UK: Sat 1st at 1am / LA: Fri 31st at 5pm / NYC: Fri 31st at 8pm.
You can subscribe to the Genius Of Funk YouTube channel – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKqiC-L5WAWSjO4Isp_xRyA/
You can join the event/stream on YouTube – http://youtube.com/geniusoffunk
It also happens to be my birthday so I’m doubly stoked!