dăm-funk dj-kicks (180g vinyl double LP + CD, £15.95)label: k7
A lot of folks feel like they know Dăm-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 - 1 Moon B - Oof, 2 Nicci Gable - Close To Who?, 3 Randell & Schippers - Love Jam, 4 Verticle Lines - Theme From Beach Boy, 5 Brandon - Suzy Hijack, 6 Take Three - Tonite’s The Night (All Right), 7 Index - Starlight, 8 Uncle Jams Army - Dial-A-Freak, 9 Gemini - Log In, 10 Nexus - Stand Up (Instrumental), 11 Reggie B - Poison Candy, 12 L33 - Keepin It Tight, 13 Gaussian Curve - Broken Clouds, 14 Tony Palkovic - True To Yourself, 15 Henning - Arrival / Departure, 16 Nite-Funk - Can U Read Me?, 17 DaM-FunK - Believer, 18 True Design - I Wanna Break, 19 Crystal Winds - Funk Ain't Easy. LP - A1 Gaussian Curve - Broken Clouds, A2 Index - Starlight, A3 Gemini - Log In, B1 Randell & Schippers - Love Jam, B2 Moon B - Oof, B3 Tony Palkovic - True To Yourself, C1 Nexus - Stand Up (Instrumental), C2 Nicci Gable - Close To Who?, C3 Take Three - Tonite's The Night (All Right), D1 Brandon - Suzy Hijack, D2 Henning - Arrival / Departure, D3 DaM-FunK - Believer.
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