Imagine if Autechre stopped experimenting around the time of Amber. That’s sort of what Funckarma sounds like. Angluar, clean, slightly melodic, snappy electro-informed beats – that kind of stuff. In a world of imitators they are probably one of the best and their releases of the DUB label are killer. (Side note – does anyone have the real story on Djak Up Bitch vs Djax Up Beats – both are Dutch labels the latter being a pretty decent mid 90s Detroit inspired acid and techno label run by Saskia Slegers?)
Even better are their spikey hip hop beats for hip hop crew the Shadow Huntaz. I didn’t really rate the rapping or rhymes – I don’t rate very much hip hop these days – but the beats are great, and I hope that Funckarma drop a few instrumentals in their live set.