DAM-FUNK DJ-KICKS

K7332_coverA lot of folks feel like they know DâM-FunK; he is laid-back, affable and personable but to truly get the guy, I mean really understand him, is to know a deep love of music like no other. A more suitable reflection of this is his contribution to the beloved DJ-Kicks series. A snapshot into the mind of the pioneer of Modern-Funk music…get to know the man behind the shades.

 

At a satisfying 19 songs, Dam lets grooves breath, this is a mix to happily get lost within. It’s a document in vibe. Unexpected contemporary joints from low-key producers like Henning and L33 mingle with lost gems from unlikely places. 80’s Fusion-Jazz guitarist Tony Palkovic on “True To Yourself” follow the the airy-burn of new-age ensemble Gaussian Curve’s “Broken Clouds” or the super rare bliss-Funk of “Theme From Beach Boy” from 1982. Dam’s excellent collaboration with Nite Jewel, as ‘Nite-Funk’ on “Can U Read Me?” is pure bliss and such a fantastic collaboration you’d be yearning for more., reminding listens that one of Dam’s biggest assists is his duality from master DJ to trend-setting producer. And we get this heavy on Dam’s DJ-Kicks exclusive “Believer”. Sheets of synth lines fall all around a locking drum program that starts off innocently enough but ends you in a half-hypnotic state. An extensive instrumental composition that on it’s own could only be classified as signature Modern-Funk. There may be a lot of folks dabbling but there really is only one Damon.

 

TRACKLISTING

CD ALBUM (K7332CD)
  1. Moon B – Oof (mixed)
  2. Nicci Gable – Close To Who? (mixed)
  3. Verticle Lines – Theme From Beach Boy (mixed)
  4. Randell & Schippers – Love Jam (mixed)
  5. Brandon – Suzy Hijack (mixed)
  6. Take Three – Tonite’s The Night (All Right) (mixed)
  7. Index – Starlight (mixed)
  8. Uncle Jamm’s Army – Dial-A-Freak (mixed)
  9. Gemini – Log In (mixed)
  10. Nexus – Stand Up (Instrumental) (mixed)
  11. Reggie B – Poison Candy (mixed)
  12. L33 – Keeping It Tight (mixed)
  13. Gaussian Curve – Broken Clouds (mixed)
  14. Tony Palkovic – True To Yourself (mixed)
  15. Henning – Arrival / Departure (mixed)
  16. Nite-Funk – Can U Read Me? (mixed)
  17. DaM-FunK – Believer (mixed)
  18. True Design – I Wanna Break (mixed)
  19. Crystal Winds – Funk Ain’t Easy (mixed)