06.05.2020, Words by Felicity Martin

Dummy Mix 585 | KG

"Something for the summer"

When it comes to UK funky, KG is a name synonymous with the genre. DJ, producer and broadcaster Karen Nyame has long lent her time to keeping the sound beloved during 2008 and ’09 alive. She began producing when she was just eight years old, developing an obsession with music programming before the North London-raised artist came to cut her teeth on local pirate radio where she was immersed in the London sounds she loved so much: UKG, grime and house.

Having collaborated with Scratchclart (fka Scratcha DVA) on a handful of EPs, KG’s most recent production outing was her ‘Sensei’ EP via Goon Club Allstars, a riotous blend of club energy with bold strokes of colour. “It was mandatory for me to pay homage to my African (Ghanaian) roots and combine Afro polyrhythms with authentic UK funky club sounds,” she explains. ‘Feeling Funky’ is a remaster of the floor-filling classic from 2009, a highly-sought-after club heater that KG made while at uni in Nottingham.

What better way to remind us that summer (and the reopening of clubs) are on the horizon than a mix from KG herself, whose Dummy Mix is a smile-inducing trip through “soulful house, gqom, afro bass and UK funky blends,” she says. “Couple faves from myself, Bamz, Hagan, Nidia, Cooly G, Bok Bok and many more.” For her, lockdown for her has been a productive period in terms of production, although she does miss the club. “Nothing beats real time engagement or connection to those who love your music in a club environment,” she stresses. “The energy is unmatched.”

Beyoncé – XO (Full Crate Edit)
Hagan – Right Here
8ULENTINA – P$$$y Fairy
Bamz – Stomper
Nan Kolé – B23
Nidia – 19th Birthday
Nan Kolé – FNK
KG – Sensei
Champion & Mina – XYLA
Dennis Ferrer x Karizma x Kaytronik – Hey Hey (Bok Bok 8bar Re-Dub)
24 Hour Experience – Together
Nidia – Thanks
RudeBoyz – Major Turn Up
Black Coffee – Gardens of Eden (Ralf Gum Vocal) [feat. Zonke]
Karim (KRM) – God Made Me Phunky (KRM Funky Brother Remix)
Griffit Vigo x Ree – Gqom Planet
Cooly G – Dubplated
Gvijin – Vomero
DJ Kent, Malehloka Hlalele – Falling (DJ Kent’s Unreleased Mix)
L-Vis 1990 – Apple – Siegalizer (L-Vis Edit)
Karizma – TWYST This
KG – Feeling Funky
Mafia Boyz – Teaspoon La Qoh

Listen to the mix on Soundcloud.

Read next: The 10 best UK Funky and Soulful House tracks, according to KG

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