After Premier allowed Choo Choo to sign the pair exclusively, the duo’s first release on the legendary Sheffield label, “Rhythm Design EP”, picked up massive props from James Zabiela and Mixmag, not surprising as their sound combines funk, tribal and house perfectly to appeal across the board. Experiments with live instrumentation, vocals and breakbeat continued and Shafunkers then signed to Piliavin and Zimbardo’s Distreakt records. Everyday on Distreaktions received huge plays from Tom Stefan to DJ Paulette. Since their releases on Distreakt Shafunkers have recently signed some tracks to Alex Buchanans Dirty Blue records (forthcoming Feb/March 05)
Enter Nic Fanciulli and Saved Recordings. Alex has just signed a deal with Saved Recordings, Nic Fanciulli's new label. ‘You Don’t See Me’ has been getting big props from Nic Fanciulli, MYNC Project, Deep Dish and Pete Tong. Pete Tong has played it several times on his essential selection and Nic has included it on his forthcoming DMC Mixmag Live album (released Oct 05). Alex has just finished an EP for Saved, which has been getting played by Fanciulli and will also be forthcoming on Saved in March 05. He is in very good company on this new label that promises some quality releases from the other label artists including Skylark, Pete Tong and Chris Cox, Paul Woolford, Sander Kleinenberg and Paulo Mojo etc.
Shafunkers have also signed an EP to the legendary Fantastic House label (Plastic Fantastic), which will be coming out in March 05. They have also done a collaboration with New Yorks Low End Specialists as well as a rework of Bowies classic ‘Lets Dance’.
Alex is now working on several solo projects and his first 2 tracks entitled Disco Chick and Moogment have been signed to the legendary Strictly Rhythm 2 label based in New York. These 2 tracks have already received support from Lee Cabrera, Demi, Luca Elle amongst others.
In addition, Alex has produced dance music under his other guises Dtrack and Northern Groove on Fluid Recordings, Akademia, Tune Inn and Red Melon. At the end of last year Alex was signed to Londons Sedition Djs DJ Agency. Their latest release has summer Ibiza bliss written all over it. Girls and Boyz EP has the most infectious vocal and bassline to boot and has received heavy support from Nic Fanciulli, Deep Dish, Desyn Masiello, , Mark Knight, Seamus Haji, Martin Ten Velden, Jon Carter, Smokin Jo many more.
With a handful of projects signed and forthcoming this year on Spin Out, Deeper Substance, G-Club Records, Saved Records, Cr2 and Strictly Rhythm 2, 2006 is set to be their best year yet. Committed to producing serious music aimed at the floor, watch out for this duo!!
D-Track, Northern Groove, Sinewave