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- I Don’t Wanna Be A Star! by Dam Funk
The ever impressive future_funk flag bearer Dam_Funk returns with a taster of what’s to come from his sophomore effort (the follow up to awesome ‘Toeachizown’) on Stones Throw. As you can imagine, it’s a display of soulful, analogue infused LA funk of the highest calibre. Dam_ seems to have pretty much perfected the art of modern funk production and stands alone as a true torchbearer for the sound and on ‘I Don’t Wanna Be Star’ he proves just that. Nice to see vocals coming as standard on these new tunes and obviously a track denouncing star power and bullshit that goes with it is always welcomed in my house.
Now, Dam_ is in maxi-single mode here so we’re treated to three additional cuts. The first is a cover of ‘17 Days’ by Prince, a favourite of mine and certainly one of Prince’s more subtle and heartfelt early recordings! Dam_ has a good go at it but it’s a little half-hearted in comparison to the original. Definitely a little more chilled and less involved emotionally but hey, what can you do...you can’t fuck with the master. He’s taken a bit of stick online for this one but I say respect to the lad, it’s still fantastic and merely selecting such a beautiful choice of cover is worthy of brownie points in my eyes.
Flip this bad lad and it’s two classic Dam_ instrumentals: ‘Fadin’ goes deep on the bassline and keeps that tempo real steady. The synth work is second to none and the vibe is laid-back, just how I like it. Final track ‘New Knock’ introduces new drum machines (as opposed to the Sequential Circuit’s TOM and Oberheim’s DX that dominate the majority of Dam_’s tunes) and sounds like really late eighties/early nineties. Like incidental music from a Fresh Prince episode! Again, the bassline is fonkin’, the synth melodies are impeccably thought out and that ‘I’m just kicking it and having fun’ vibe is omnipresent. Can’t wait for the new album! Bring da funk.
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