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Podcast 160: DVA

It seems like ages ago, but it has only been a year since we put Cooly G on the cover of XLR8R and began exploring the mutant strain of UK funky being turned out by a select crew of UK producers. A big part of that article was focused around DVA (a.k.a. Scratcha DVA a.k.a. Leon Smart). The former grime disciple and long-time Rinse FM jock was one of the first artists to champion the deeper, housier side of funky, and continues to push boundaries with his percussion-heavy production style and occasionally bonkers sense of melody. On top of his DJ duties, he also runs his own label and has released music on Blackdown's Keysound Recordings and Kode9's iconic Hyperdub label. In fact, Hyperdub is home to Scratcha's next 12", "Just Vybe" b/w "Step 2 Funk," which includes a collaboration with vocalist Fatima. That record doesn't drop until October 4, so this exclusive XLR8R podcast will have to tide over the DVA faithful in the meantime. As expected, he's sprinkled in plenty of dubplates and unreleased tunes; pay close attention, as this mix is probably a good indication of where funky is headed next.

01 Kismet "Loose Screw"
02 T.Williams "In the Deep (DVA's Hi Emotions Remix)" (Deep Teknologi)
03 Dark Sky "High Rise"
04 Just Felix "African Sisters" (Six Red Apples)
05 DVA "Take Your Seat in the Stereo Mix"
06 L-Vis 1990 & T.Williams "Stand Up"
07 Fingaprint "Night Time (DVA's Hi Emotions Remix)" (Invasion)
08 Redlight "Source 16"
09 Cooly G "Gritting" (Dub Organizer)
10 DVA "New World Order" (DVA)
11 Benga "Falling"
12 Cooly G "Dis Boy (DVA's Hi Emotions Remix)" (DVA)
13 Brackles "Spider" (Rinse)
14 Roska "Take Off"
15 The Bug feat. Warrior Queen "Poison Dart (DVA Remix)" (Ninja Tune)
16 Sentel "Chapel 20" (Concrete Cut)
17 DVA feat. Fatima "Just Vybe (Soule:Power Mix)" (Hyperdub)
18 Gugu "AC Riddim" (DVA)
19 CPU God "Too Much Booty"

14 comments DVA

Mchrysler (not verified) Wrote

Tue, 09/14/2010 - 11:07


PHAT DONG (not verified) Wrote

Tue, 09/14/2010 - 13:08


Anonymous (not verified) Wrote

Wed, 09/15/2010 - 04:44


Anonymous (not verified) Wrote

Wed, 09/15/2010 - 05:25

Nice. Loving T.Williams and Dark Sky.

Anonymous Wrote

Wed, 09/15/2010 - 07:24

that gugu tune is bigggggg.

hearing hes got one sexy tash too

mannyman (not verified) Wrote

Wed, 09/15/2010 - 08:04

big big big

Anonymous (not verified) Wrote

Wed, 09/15/2010 - 09:18


jajohnso (not verified) Wrote

Wed, 09/15/2010 - 09:20

It's over 9000!

Anonymous (not verified) Wrote

Wed, 09/15/2010 - 13:34

M Shadetek (not verified) Wrote

Thu, 09/16/2010 - 09:44

big mix, loving this

Anonymous (not verified) Wrote

Fri, 09/17/2010 - 13:34

anyone else think most of this is a yawn fest? sorry, not feelin it

sfjizbag (not verified) Wrote

Fri, 09/17/2010 - 20:34

i like the beginning of the mix quite a bit, it becomes a bit constructionist though in some parts and feel like the tunes may just come and go as soon as this post

Anonymous (not verified) Wrote

Sat, 09/18/2010 - 16:07

we need DVA to come to LA,
proper funky king

Anonymous (not verified) Wrote

Mon, 09/20/2010 - 12:14

Yo tht Gugu is big uno, i herd tht afro-cuban riddim on his soundcloud, gonna b big i reckon

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