Liquid funk

Liquid funk is a style of drum and bass music that includes elements of funk, disco and soul. Liquid funk is considered as the perfect balance between the `70s funk and the `00s heavy drums. Liquid funk and soulful always go together punctuating with each other: soulful appears in liquid funk with warm melodies, vocals and/or acapellas.

Birth: 2000 Bloom: 2004

Liquid funk examples can be found in releases by the Good Looking Records label, the owner of which is LTJ Bukem, but mostly the label releases music in the atmospheric drum and bass style.

In 2000, Fabio began championing a new form of drum and bass he called «liquid funk», with a compilation release of the same name on his Creative Source label. This was characterised by influences from disco and house music, and widespread use of vocals. Although slow to catch on at first, the style grew massively in popularity around 2003–2004, and by 2005 it was established as one of the biggest-selling subgenres in drum and bass, with labels like Good Looking Records (although this label is strongly cross-genred with atmospheric drum and bass), Hospital Records, Liquid V, Shogun Limited, Fokuz Recordings, and artists like Calibre, Netsky, High Contrast, Logistics, London Elektricity, Nu:Tone, and Solid State among its main proponents.

Liquid funk is very similar to intelligent drum and bass, but has subtle differences. Liquid funk has stronger influences from soca, latin, disco, jazz, and funk music, while IDB creates a calmer yet more synthetic sound, using smooth synth lines and samples in place of the organic element achieved by use of real instruments.

Umbrellate style: Drum & Bass

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