DâM-FunK Curates the Next DJ Kicks Set

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

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