@ benny, no, quite the opposite, i really like funky just like i really liked garage, and that's half the issue, it's not been hitting the spot as much as i'd like to be able to say it is.
maybe part of the problem is the issue tim outlined on ILX, where the tracks only seem good in the mix... thing is i just find that a bit lazy, because outside of (wonderful) radio sets, the actual tracks dont often stand up after about 2 mins because the producer hasnt bothered with an arrangement past 2 mins... it's all a bit sad that the tracks cant be listened fully on their own.
@ your list tim, most of those i know. The Fives, MJ Cole Volcano, The Mike Delinquent Project Say Yes, Emvee - Windrush Riddim i'm into. But Ill Blu and Funkysteps are classic examples of producers i find that promise so much but most of their work doesn't totally fulfill it, like they can't quite write the perfect Ill Blu or Funkysteps track (respectively), exactly as per your point about the hyperdub 12" above. Lil Silva is an interesting example because he could have those symptoms but has made some total classics with real identity that elevate him above the 7/10.
which all adds to this sense of plateau rather than sustained levels of growth (regardless of whether it's in one or multi directions tim, in fact multi directions-yet-tied-together is the holy grail surely?)
Keysound, Rinse, blog etc