PopMatters funk favorite DâM-FunK headlines the latest DJ Kicks release coming in May.
PopMatters funk favorite DâM-FunK headlines the latest DJ Kicks release coming in May. Last year DâM-FunK topped our Best R&B of the 2015 list for his sprawling, wondrous, exploratory record, Invite the Light.
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.
DâM-FunK's DJ Kicks releases May 27th via !K7 Records.
01. Moon B - Oof
02. Nicci Gable - Close To Who?
03. Randell & Schippers - Love Jam
04. Verticle Lines - Theme From Beach Boy
05. Brandon - Suzy Hijack
06. Take Three - Tonite’s The Night (All Right)
07. Index - Starlight
08. Uncle Jams Army - Dial-A-Freak
09. 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
15 San Francisco, CA - 1015 Folsom
17 Palm Springs, CA - The Saguaro Hotel
6 Oberlin, OH - Oberlin College
12 Joshua Tree, CA - Joshua Tree Music Festival
14 Los Angeles - L.A. Family School benefit
2 London - Jazz Cafe
3 Amsterdam - Paradiso Noord - Tolhuistuin
4 Barcelona - Primavera Sound
5 Paris - We Love Green Festival
2 Okinawa, Japan Corona Sunsets Festival