Funky house is a musical genre that seems fairly-simple to define – any house music that displayed a preponderance of funk samples, a funk-inspired bass line or a strong soul influence, combined with drum breaks that draw inspiration from 70s and 80s funk records. However, upon closer examination it appears as though funky house has broadened to the point that it is no longer possible to classify artists operating within this genre as funky house artists.
Like most variants of house, the genre follows a traditional four to the floor house beat, and makes heavy use of synthesizers, samples and soulful vocals, although unlike in more electronically bent Chicago and deep house, presence of acoustic instrumentation is much more common. Notable producers that have worked in this genre include the Freemasons, Soul Central, Armand van Helden, StoneBridge, Seamus Haji, Moto Blanco and Mikey High Jinks.
The genre is commercially popular, with record labels such as Ministry of Sound, Hed Kandi, and Fierce Angel all releasing compilation albums dedicated to the genre.