Forward by D-Funk:
For the 2nd part of my D-Funk 25 mix series I’ve focused on the best, most important or my favourite tracks I’ve made or had a hand in making. Some are originals. Some remixes. Some are edits, bootys or whatever we’re calling them nowadays. There’s also a fair few collaborations with artists I’m lucky enough to now call friends such as Some DJ (or Danec as he’s now called), Hariku who’s better known as Shamanic Technology, Sugar Ray Johnson who’s ex-Pacha resident Nicc Johnson & of course Philly Blunt. It’s a real mix from across the years including my 1st release ‘Transitions’ on Barry Ashworth & Carl Loben’s Westway Records. Right up to my latest, a free download that will drop shortly after the mix goes live. It’s a mix of varying genres. For ages I’ve been known as ‘Europe D-Funk’ that plays funky breaks but, as you’ll see from this mix, my funk focused music covered all styles from hip hop to house, disco to breaks & electro. But don’t worry, I’ve included some of the mid-tempo music that got me really known on an international scale, how could I not!
Some of the music on this mix has been released on my own labels Upstart Music, the breaks based label I started in 2008 & Grits N Gravy, the funk based label I started with Philly Blunt in 2010. There are also tunes on labels such as Sunday Best, ‘I’m In Love’ the 1st of my 3 remixes I’ve done for the Dub Pistols. The often overlooked, but I think my best mid-tempo tune ‘Bigger Than Baseline’ on Adapted Records. I’ve closed the mix with a recent, original hip hop song ‘Cruise Control’ that my longtime studio partner & good friend Mr Doris & the vocal talent MysDiggi. There’s also music from the great series That’s Not An Edit for who I’ve done a fair few edits, a track from the now deceased Rump Shaker Records from Perth (WA) & a rare release from Cakes at The World Bar, a Sydney institution that I was resident at for 8 years.
I started making music seriously in 2006 when I met & formed a friendship with Barry Ashworth from the band Dub Pistols. He both inspired & guided me to my first few releases. I’m ever grateful for his words of encouragement & enthusiasm. From starting on a knock off copy of Reason on an old PC in the corner of the spare bedroom to now having a fully working dedicated studio, I can honestly say it’s been a wild ride of ups & downs. I guess music mirrors life that way. Even though I started producing & releasing music a while after I started DJing in 1995 on belt drive decks in my bedroom in Wiltshire (UK), I’ve now gone on to release over 200 tracks on over 30 different labels. These are the 25 that made the mix…
Mr Doris & D-Funk – Supernatural Lockdown [2Dogs Recordings 2014]
D-Funk & Some Dj – Loaded [Grits N Gravy 2011]
The Meters – Cissy Strut (D-Funk Edit) [Free Download / 2014]
Fred Wesley & The Horny Horns – Fourplay (D-Funk Edit) [That’s Not An Edit 2015]
D-Funk – Big City Life (4/4 mix) [Free Download 2022]
D-Funk – Lonely Hearts Club [Grits N Gravy Free Download 2012]
D-Funk – The Boss [Grits N Gravy 2010]
D-Funk – Bigger Than Bassline [Adapted Recs 2017]
D-Funk – Been A Long Widow [Free Download 2014]
D-Funk – Get Up & Jam [Grits N Gravy 2016]
D-Funk & Philly Blunt – Time To Move [Grits N Gravy 2011]
Sugar Ray Johnson & D-Funk – Save Me [Grits N Gravy 2014]
Doug Masters – Jingo Back [Free Download 2018]
Doug Masters – Return Of The House Siren [Cakes Compilation 2017]
D-Funk – Don’t Need Nobody [Upstart Music 2011]
Dub Pistols feat Lyndie Layton – ‘I’m In Love’ (D-Funk’s Summer Of Love Mix) [Sunday Best 2008]
Double 99 – Ripgroove (D-Funk & Some DJ’s Rumble In The Bass Bin Mix) [Free Download 2011]
D-Funk – Rewind Selector [Rump Shaker Records 2015]
Rogue Robots – Off My Face In ’97 (D-Funk’s 2 Steppin’ In ’02 Mix & D-Funk’ Work It Out Mix) [Upstart Music 2014 & 2010]
D-Funk – Transitions [Westway Records 2007]
D-Funk feat Mc Manic – Bust This (Original Mix)[Upstart Music 2009]
D-Funk – Party People [Upstart Music 2009]
D-Funk & Hariku – Get Ramped Up [Upstart Music 2009]
The Prodigy – Narayan (D-Funk Boot) [Free Download 2006]
Mr Doris & D-Funk feat MysDiggi – Cruise Control bc [Jam City 2020]
D-Funk 25 mix series biog:
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.”
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. Dan SomeDJ. Scott Pullen. Shamozzle & Stacey Butler. And last but not least my wife for constantly backing me up but mostly listening to me whinge.