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  • Buy Dr Rubberfunk 'Hot Stone' vinyl and get free digital version!

    5. Sep. 2011, 10:45

    For those that like their physical formats as much as their scrobble-able ones, right now when you buy Dr Rubberfunk 'Hot Stone' on Vinyl (or CD) you get the digital (wav or mp3) version for free!


    Just add both formats to the basket at the Dr. Rubberfunk 'Hot Stone' Jalapeno Records shop, and the digital version will be deducted at check out: http://jalapeno.greedbag.com/buy/hot-stone-1/

  • Dr Rubberfunk - Hot Stone - the new album, coming soon!

    6. Sep. 2009, 17:52

    So, I'm very happy to announce that the new Dr Rubberfunk album - 'Hot Stone' - is ready, and will be out on Jalapeno Records this Autumn. It'll be released on vinyl too - I just got the test pressing through and it's sounding great - thanks in no small part to the great mastering job done at Electric Mastering (where they have the old EMI Lagos transfer desk - analogue heaven!)

    'Trouble Woman', featuring Roachford, will be the next single release and will come with a remix from the one and only Steinski. Two legends on one track - lucky me :) There's also a tremendous floor shaking mix from Featurecast to round out the package.

    Other guests on the LP include the fabulous dutch soulstress Sitzka, and killer Geordie soul man John Turrell (of Smoove & Turrell fame). Todd Simon (Connie Price & The Keystones / The Lions / Stones Throw) provides the soul horns on a few tracks, alongside Ben Castle and a raft of other long time Rubberfunk collaborators.

    Keep an eye on my soundcloud page for some album previews, alongside some remixes and works in progress:
    http://soundcloud.com/rubberfunk


    Earlier in the year I also got round to finally working with Strictly Kev on his new DJ Food project - recording some drums for the recently released 'One Man's Weird Is Another Man's World' EP - out now on Ninja Tune. We've been talking about doing it for years so it was great to get it hooked up. Hear from Kev all about the making of the EP here: http://soundcloud.com/strictly/a-weird-world-reader

    So, that's all for now - more news on release dates nearer the time! In the meantime, keep an eye on the Twitter and Facebook pages for updates ..

    R'Funk x

    http://twitter.com/DrRubberfunk

    http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=8820321076
  • Dr Rubberfunk Podcast Back On The Air!

    26. Jan. 2009, 19:25

    Just a quick note with some Dr Rubberfunk news - the good doctor has been pestered back into the studio to record a new series of the Funkydown Podcast, and has promised regular shows throughout 2009. So make sure you hold him to that!

    The first '09 show is online now here : Funkydown Podcast
    You can stream or download the show direct from that page, or use iTunes (or the feedreader of your choice) to subscribe and get new shows automatically.

    The new show features tracks from the likes of The Crusaders, Busta Rhymes, MRR-ADM, Menahan Street Band, BB King and Louie Bellson amongst others - so check it out!
  • Dr Rubberfunk News Round-Up May 2008

    16. Mai. 2008, 20:33

    Hello everyone,

    We thought it was time for a little update on goings on in and around Funkydown Towers, and we've just realised it has actually been a whole year since the last round up email, so hold tight for a funky 12 month catch up ....

    :: Dr Rubberfunk Gig Dates ::
    2007 was one of the busiest years of gigging for our funk practitioner, clocking up club sets across Europe and a number of UK festival appearances including Lounge On The Farm, The Longest Day, Bloom and Festinho! - stay tuned for more festival announcements for this summer!

    Saturday 17th May :: Dr Rubberfunk @ The Old Queen's Head, 44 Essex Road, London N1 8LN :: 8pm-2am - £4
    2008 has seen the good doctor start a new residency at The Old Queen's Head in Islington, on the 3rd Saturday of the month. Always a packed night, and a top party crowd, it's well worth checking if you're in the capital!
    http://www.theoldqueenshead.co.uk

    Saturday 17th May :: Dr Rubberfunk on BBC6 Music :: 7pm :: http://www.bbc.co.uk/6music/shows/funk_soul/
    Regulars of the show will have heard all about the Fantasy Funk Band feature they've been running over the past months, with listeners choosing their favourite funk musicians and vocalists. The good doctor gathered a large stack of vinyl, fired up the sampler and brought together James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, The Supremes, The Temptations, Bootsy Collins and The JBs into a never before heard Fantasy Funk Spectacular! He'll be on the show chatting to Craig, don't forget the BBC 'listen again' feature if you can't listen live.

    Friday 23rd May :: Dr Rubberfunk presents Mr Guder LIVE! at Breakin Bread - The Jazz Cafe, 3-5 Parkway, Camden, London NW1 7PG :: 10.30pm - 2am - £15
    Long overdue hook up with our mates from Breakin Bread at their 'Late Night Sessions' Jazz Cafe night, and the return to the stage of the mighty Mr Guder! Expect raw funk breaks, soul, hip hop and plenty of b-boy action ...
    To get a £5 concession list, email your names during the week before the gig (latest is friday 4pm) to assistant@breakinbread.org!

    http://www.breakinbread.org
    http://www.jazzcafelive.com

    Saturday 24th May :: Nice UP! 5th Birthday @ Big Chill House, 257-259 Pentonville Road, King's Cross, London N1 9NL :: 10pm-2am - £5
    Back with the ill behaviour, it's the Nice UP! crew, and this time they're 5 years old. Rubberfunk has done a few Nice UP! parties in the past, and they're normally monstrous affairs, so if you're heading to this one, get there early! Joining residents Shepdog and Kombine will be DJ Regal (of the Bronx Dogs) and our own Dr Rubberfunk.
    http://www.myspace.com/niceup
    http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=18701535882

    Friday 30th May :: K4 Club, Kersnikova 4, Ljubljana, 1000, Slovenia :: 8pm
    Dr Rubberfunk's first trip to Slovenia! I'm not sure we have anyone from Slovenia on our mailout, but hey, you might be out there for the weekend - get yourself along to the K4 Club and see how they get down in Ljubljana!

    Saturday 28th June :: West Dance Stage, Glastonbury Festival :: 1pm
    Early afternoon funk action guaranteed as Dr Rubberfunk takes to a Glastonbury stage once again, this time with the splendid Buddy Peacejoining him for some special double DJ action. Just the job for the lunchtime after the night before!

    More Festival and gig news through the summer!

    :: Dr Rubberfunk Releases ::
    Two releases already this year - the My Life At 33 Remix EP (see the Remix Competition update below!) and theSunset Breakup EP released on Jalapeno Records. We're happy to announce that Dr Rubberfunk has signed to Jalapeno for his next album - currently in production - which should see release later this year ....

    :: Dr Rubberfunk Remixes ::
    A brace of new Rubberfunk Re-Rubs have been released this year, miss them at your peril!
    K Bonus - 'Cookies For Breakfast' EP - Innvision Records (Austria)
    Protassov- 'Steam & Oil' EP - Switchstance Records (Germany)

    :: Dr Rubberfunk Remix Competition ::
    This ran last year on Akanda.co.uk, and over 50 entries were received, with an excellent overall quality. Judging by The Stereo MCs, The Unabombers and Dr Rubberfunk with his crack squad of A&R veterans deemed Dan Shannon to be the winner, closely followed by The Broken Beatnicks. Dan's mix featured on the 'My Life At 33' Remix EP 12" released in February, alongside mixes from Yam Who? and Lost Idol. The Broken Beatniks version featured as part of the digital bundle, weighing in at 9 tracks - extra goodies from Wrong Tom (Hard-Fi), Ancient Astronauts and Protassov in that bundle too - check it out at your nearest mp3 retailer. But don't get it from some hooky Russian download site, they're bad mkay?

    So - well done for reading this far - until next time folks!

    All the best and thanks for the continued support!

    Funkydown HQ

    http://www.funkydown.com
    http://www.myspace.com/drrubberfunk
    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Dr-Rubberfunk/8820321076 - *NEW* - become a fan! Hear new tracks!
    http://www.vrb.com/drrubberfunk
    http://www.banquetrecords.com/drrubberfunk
  • Dr Rubberfunk's Funky Christmas

    16. Dez. 2007, 13:07

    Back in 2004 I was asked by BBC 6 Music to put together a few 10 minute mixes of Christmas based funk & soul tunes, and by 2005, when they asked me to do 3 more, it grew into the first volume of my Dr Rubberfunk Funky Christmas series. I made it available for download to a great response, so Volume 2 followed in 2006.

    Since the Funky Halloween mix went online back in October, I've had lots of messages asking for another installment in the Funky Christmas series, so after much digging in the crates I'm pleased to announce that Volume 3 is finally here!

    Dr Rubberfunk's Funky Christmas Volume 3

    Tracklisting : Artist - Title - Label
    *Sleigh Ride Intro*
    1. Rufus Thomas - 'I'll Be Your Santa' - Stax
    2. The Temptations - 'This Christmas' - Motown
    3. Rotary Connection - 'Christmas Love' - Cadet Concept
    4. Ernie K-Doe - 'Here Come The Girls' - Soul Jazz
    5. Staple Singers - 'Who Took The Merry Out Of Christmas?' - Stax
    *Motown Christmas Message*
    6. Kenny Burrell - 'My Favourite Things' - Chess
    7. Archie Bell & The Drells - 'Wrap It Up' - Atlantic
    8. Rotary Connection - 'Christmas Child' - Cadet Concept
    9. Super Jay - 'Santa's Rap Party' - Stones Throw
    10. James Brown - 'Signs Of Christmas' - King
    11. Stevie Wonder - 'God Bless The Child' - Motown
    12. John Mayall - 'Christmas '71' - Polydor
    13. Ray Charles & Betty Carter - 'Baby It's Cold Outside' - ABC Records
    14. Harvey Scales - 'Broadway Freeze' - Magic Touch
    15. James Brown - 'Tit For Tat' (Ain't No Taking Back) - Polydor
    16. Gwen McRae - 'Keep The Fire Burning' - Atlantic
    17. Rotary Connection - 'Santa's Little Helper' - Cadet Concept
    18. Hank Ballard - 'Finger Poppin Time' - King
    19. Hard Call Xmas - 'My Christmas Bells' - Stones Throw
    20. Reverend Run, Ma$e, Snoop & Friends - 'Santa Baby' - A&M
    21. Rotary Connection - 'Last Call For Peace' - Cadet Concept
    22. Buddy Rich - 'Love & Peace' - EMI
    23. The Eagles - 'Funky New Year' - Asylum
    24. Black Uhuru - 'Party Next Door' - Island


    If you've subscribed to my Podcast you may have the mix already, otherwise you can find the direct mp3 link here

    Anyway - hope it hits the spot and helps groove your yule ;)
    Volumes 1&2 are still available : Volume 1
    Volume 2

    In other end of year type news, we'll be releasing a final EP of remixes from 'My Life At 33' in February 2008. A limited edition 12" will feature mixes of 'Theme For A Latter-Day Lothario' from Yam Who? and Lost Idol, alongside a mix of 'Taking Over' from remix competition winner Dan Shannon and bonus track 'Sunset Breakdown' - previously unavailable on a physical format. The digital downloads bundle features additional mixes of '...Lothario' from Hard-Fi dub co-hort Wrongtom and of 'Taking Over' from remix comp runners-up Broken Beatnicks. Coupled with a pair of B-boy style mixes of 'Watch The Tables Turn' from Germany's Switchstance Recordings crew, it's a bumper package alright!

    When the dust has settled from that release, we'll be straight into another EP, this time for Jalapeno Records, who I've signed to for my next album ... more on that in the New Year ;)

    So, it just remains for me to wish everyone and very Merry Christmas and all the best for 2008 - thanks for all the support this year, hope to see some of you celebrating NYE with me, DJ Vadim, Mr Thing and The Herbaliser at The Westbury.

    Mince pies are on me ...

    Simon R'Funk
  • Dr Rubberfunk News Round-Up April 2007

    23. Apr. 2007, 19:58

    Hello everyone,

    It's that time of the month for a little update on goings on in and around Funkydown Towers ....

    :: Dr Rubberfunk DJ Dates ::
    After a busy first half of the month lugging his records between London, Austria and Cornwall (many thanks to Ed Royal in Innsbruck and the Jelly Jazz crew in Newquay!), the good doctor is back in London this weekend for a couple of gigs, before heading North at the beginning of May ...

    Friday 27th April :: Peepshow at The Prince, 467-469 Brixton Road, Brixton SW9 8HH :: 10pm-4am - free before 10pm / £3 after
    Dr Rubberfunk joins resident Peepshow Paddy for a quality party vibe, with great music from across the board!
    http://www.thepeepshow.co.uk
    http://www.dexclub.co.uk

    Sunday 29th April :: Jalapeno @ The Lodge Bar, 226-228 Harlesden High Street, London, NW10 4TD (Nearest Tube: Willseden Junction) ::
    7pm - 1am -Free!

    New night run by our chums at Jalapeno Records, with Rubberfunk hooking up with residents Trevor Mac and Shepdog (Nice Up!) playing all sorts of funk, hip hop, and boogie beats.
    http://www.thelodgebar.co.uk
    http://www.jalapenorecords.com

    Friday 4th May :: Funkdub @ Off The Wall, 12 St. John St, Chester, CH1 1DA :: 8pm-3am - £4 / £3 NUS
    Following the success at 'Planet Of The Breaks' in Shrewsbury last month, Dr Rubberfunk once again joins forces with Robochop from the Halfcut Club to go head to head with the Perfect Pitch crew. The Domingo Kings play live.
    http://www.myspace.com/funkdub
    http://www.myspace.com/perfectpitch_djs

    :: Dr Rubberfunk Remixes ::
    Couple of new Rubberfunk Re-Rubs are out now, or due in the coming weeks...

    Parker - 'Sugar Coated' (Dr Rubberfunk's Dental Hygiene Re-floss) - Leisure Recordings
    Glorious Northern Soul style vocal from Sarah Scott, underpinned with trademark Rubberfunk beats and guitar. Comes backed with another remix from our old mates Steady Diggin Workshop - it's out now - you can listen and buy here:
    http://www.banquetrecords.com/drrubberfunk
    http://www.myspace.com/leisurerecordings
    http://www.leisurerecordings.co.uk

    Mombasa – 'African Rhythms & Blues Remixes' - Sonorama Records - released 27th April
    - 'Massai' (Dr Rubberfunk Resplice & B-Boy Bonus Beats)

    First remixes and reworks from this classic and sought after Afro Jazz LP recorded by Lou Blackburn & band, recently re-released on Sonorama! Six original tracks re-rubbed 32 years after their first release on the deleted Spiegelei label. The razor-sharp block party intro from Dr Rubberfunk (GPS London) - plus b-boy bonus beats - is followed by a version from Matt Flores & MC Glittershine (Combination), improving with a lot of bass and throwing dub plus ghettotech in the mix. Further breakbeats come from Curv (Vinyl Vibes), Palmreaders (Sonorama) and Bird (Liebe*Detail). Sure killer set for the freestyle DJs with tons of true killer breaks re-spliced for the new millenium! Available on Vinyl LP only.
    http://www.myspace.com/sonoramarecords
    http://www.sonorama.de

    Also out now:
    Madness - 'Sorry' (Dr Rubberfunk's Apologetic Dub) - Lucky 7
    You can hear the remix here - but you'll need to turn up the bass! Bim!
    http://www.fredperry.com/subculture/downloads/RubberfunkApologeticDub.mp3

    :: Dr Rubberfunk Remix Competition ::
    This ran throughout February on Akanda.co.uk, and over 50 entries were received. Judging is now underway, more news on the results as soon as we have them!

    :: Dr Rubberfunk Interview ::
    Just gone live at http://www.soundfreak.co.uk/ - check it out for some background on the making of 'My Life At 33' ...

    :: Dr Rubberfunk Podcast :: http://feeds.feedburner.com/drrubberfunk
    The good doctor is still going strong, mumbling his way through an hour or so of funk, soul, jazz and hip hop - and pretty much anything else that takes his fancy - and new shows go up every few weeks.
    Head to http://feeds.feedburner.com/drrubberfunk where you can subscribe to shows using iTunes or your favourite RSS reader.
    If you don't know what RSS is, but you've got iTunes and an iPod - here's how to get the new shows automatically ...
    1. Launch iTunes
    2. Click the 'Podcasts' link - in the left hand panel under 'Library'.
    3. Click on 'Advanced' from the iTunes menu bar and select 'Subscribe to Podcast'.
    4. Paste in this url : http://feeds.feedburner.com/drrubberfunk and click OK.
    5. That's it - all done, iTunes will regularly check for new shows and download them as they become available!

    So - plenty to be getting on with for now I think - until next time folks!

    All the best and thanks for the continued support!

    Funkydown HQ

    http://www.funkydown.com
    http://www.myspace.com/drrubberfunk
    http://www.virb.com/drrubberfunk - *NEW* - It's like myspace, but it looks much nicer! Join us! :)
    http://www.banquetrecords.com/drrubberfunkDr Rubberfunk
  • Dr Rubberfunk Podcast / Remix Competition / New Single

    31. Jan. 2007, 14:07

    Hello folks - and belated best wishes for the New Year. Here's hoping 2007 is a splendid year for you all!

    It's certainly been a busy one for us so far, so here's a quick round-up of everything that's happening in the coming weeks ...

    Dr Rubberfunk Podcast
    With the good doctor having been off the airwaves on a regular basis for a while now, we thought it was time he sorted that out. We've made it his New Year's Resolution to produce fortnightly shows for the whole year, so help him stick to that by checking them out!
    The second episode went online yesterday, and can be found here : http://feeds.feedburner.com/drrubberfunk . You can copy the link into the podcast section of iTunes (or any one of a number of subscription services) and subscribe - thus getting future shows automatically!! I know, amazing isn't it - teh internets rulez!!!11eleven!!

    Dr Rubberfunk Remix Competition / New Single
    Barely lifting the needle following the release of his acclaimed second album My Life At 33, Dr Rubberfunk is back with the uptempo disco bass sound of Taking Over, set for release on February 26th.
    Featuring sweeping strings, and soaring vocals from Bridgette Amofah (Oi Va Voi vocalist and Part Time Heroes collaborator), the single release of ‘Taking Over’ also features brand new remixes from Ashley Beedle.

    Now GPS Recordings and Dr Rubberfunk are offering producers worldwide the chance to get their hands on the same multitrack parts as Ashley and submit their remixes for judging by an all-star line-up of world renowned producers.

    Alongside the good Rubberfunk, entries will be appraised by the Stereo MC's, the Unabombers and Wajeed of the Platinum Pied Pipers.

    The competition will be run in conjuction with celebrated remix site Akanda.co.uk; previous labels to work with them include Ninja Tune, Catskills, Compost, Hospital and Cookshop.

    The fun starts on the 1st February and entries will be accepted throughout the month. Remixes in all styles are welcomed and shortlisted entries will be critiqued by the panel, with the winning mix receiving a release on GPS Recordings.

    Full details now at www.akanda.co.uk and Dr Rubberfunk’s Myspace page www.myspace.com/drrubberfunk - subscribe to the blog to get all the news as it happens!

    Dr Rubberfunk Mini-shop at Banquet Records
    Our good friends at Banquet Records recently got their hands on a small number of the long deleted and harder to find early Dr Rubberfunk 12" singles. Along with 'My Life At 33' and its related singles, you can grab the 'warehouse finds' here : http://www.banquetrecords.com/drrubberfunk

    Dr Rubberfunk and The Big Chill
    A nice little interview just went live over at BigChill.net, with Rubberfunk talking about the making of his second album, and answering some random questions from some random BC forumites. http://www.bigchill.net/story/1975/meetdrrubberfunk.html
    Dr Rubberfunk plays the Big Chill House in London on February 9th.

    That's all for now - thanks for reading this far and for your continued support - it's very much appreciated.

    Funkydown HQ