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BnC Mix 040: Murder He Wrote

April 4, 2019Peter Merritt

Meet James Ongley AKA Murder He Wrote: self-proclaimed mystery writer and amateur detective by day, prodigal son of UK Funky by night. While we haven’t had the chance to research any of his investigative work or read any of his novels, his all-star status in the UK Funky community and beyond as a producer, DJ, and label-head certainly speaks for itself. After a few standout early releases on Roska‘s Kicks and Snares imprint and big mixes for outlets like Fabric, Rinse FM, and BBC Radio One, James continued to solidify himself as a beacon of influence and tastemaking in the scene with his own exciting new label Rhythm Athletic. His productions stand out with a degree of smoothness that can be rare and difficult to achieve in an erratic rhythmic pattern like UK funky’s. Where his peers often rely too heavily on excessive percussion, James’ beats fall right into place without trying to do too much.

The funky house genre itself has been around for well over a decade, but the younger generation of artists like James are building on that established foundation and breathing new life into the sound by drawing on modern influences and diversifying the scene. The potential for crossover between afrobeat, gqom, dancehall, bassline house, breaks, techno, rap, and more in the 130 bpm range is truly endless, and it’s exciting to see folks like Murder He Wrote take advantage of that potential. We’ve had our eye on James for a while now, and we can’t wait to see what the future has in store. Without further ado, we’re proud to present BnC Mix 040: Murder He Wrote.


Famous Eno x Trigganom – Hot Like The Equator
Famous Eno – Jaws Riddim (Florentino Edit)
Destinys Child – Bug A Boo (acapella)
Roska – Pez Dispenser 2
Tony Quattro – Panama ft. Lua Preta
Smokey Bubblin B – Brock Out
Motu – Have To Know ft. Nico Lindsay
Murder He Wrote x New York Transit Authority – Untitled
Sylvere – Manumission
Soothsayers – Blinded Souls (Titeknots remix percapella)
Murder He Wrote – Loss
Shelley Nicole’s blaKbüshe – Blak Girls (Daz-I-Kue remix)
Xtra Brux – Hot Shox
Boy 8-Bit – Back 2 Back
Cooly G – Narst (Tsvi bonus beats edit)
Murder He Wrote – Mono
Conducta – Vitamin C
Anz – Type Four

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