Eighties electro-funk revivalist Dam Funk has an excellent line in smooth jams both slow and fast, and he crucially understands the essential swing of funk. Invite The Light gets help from the likes of Q-Tip and both Leon Sylvers III and Leon Sylvers IV. The home of this record is Stone’s Throw, just the right place I should think.
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Dam Funk has been the flag bearer for funk on Stones Throw for approaching a decade. Whilst his boogie jams seemed incongruous initially when filed alongside the more straight up hip-hop roster back in the late '90's, it seems the label has bent to his sound rather than the other way round. Having now released records such as Tuxedo, the synth heavy Minimal Wave compilations as well as the yacht rock and soft funk of The Stepkids it appears that Dam Funk helped bring the funk and electro to Peanut Butter Wolf's imprint.
In fact, Dam Funk is here to bring the funk to us all. This album opens with 'Junie's Transmission' featuring Junie Morrison of the Ohio Players who warns of the terrible consequences for a world without funk. I think that a word of warning is warranted here however, funk can be a misleading genre title. It is a style that has mutated over time - never necessarily a bad thing, but this could lead to misconceptions. This isn't an album of gritty two minute hard funk tracks, it isn't the extended JB's style brass heavy monsters that made James Brown king of the genre, this isn't even jazz funk or dance floor jazz in the style of Donald Byrd's 'Dominoes' or Idris Muhammed's 'Could Heaven Ever Be Like This'.
Dam Funk's sound is a 'modern funk' take on the genre, clearly influenced by the likes of Slave or Zapp, he also channels Prince - indeed he is a talented multi instrumentalist and increasingly confident singer himself. Dam Funk also takes in the g-funk hip hop sound, touches of deep house and boogie and creates an experimental, but accessible album. With a running time of over an hour and a half and spread out over a triple album, this is a major undertaking. However, the quality remains high.
Q-Tip demonstrates his ageless verbal dexterity as a guest on 'I'm Just Tryna Survive' with his flow matching the grooves perfectly. 'Glyde 2nyte' is a high class demonstration that Prince comparisons are not hyperbole. His old friend Snoop Dogg (check out their mini album collaboration 'Seven Days Of Funk') turns up on 'Just Ease Your Mind From All This Negativity'. A highlight for me is 'We Continue', a further song heralding the triumph of positivity boosted by the squelch an glide of funky synths and gliding melody.
The album is perhaps let down by its size, whilst there aren't any bad tracks, it loses cohesiveness cue to the variety of sounds. From the Moodymann -ish 'OBE', the g funk, some poppier moments, a couple of tracks that tread water, it feels more of a collection of ideas at times. However, it is a joyous listen, and testament to the talent of Dam Funk.
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