Review: Dam Funk's recent contribution to the DJ Kicks series was something of a gem; a slick, emotion-rich trip through sultry synth-funk, obscure electro, meandering ambient and hazy house. This EP features one of the standout cuts from the set, the Nite Jewel/Dam Funk collaboration, "Can You Read Me" - think modern soul fused with vintage '80s synth-soul, and you're close - and a remix of Dam Funk's "Believe" from legendary Chicagoan deep house sort Larry Heard. Under his familiar 'Fingers' guise, Heard turns the track into an evocative chunk of dreamy, piano-rich deep house. It's similar in spirit to "Can You Feel It", but also contains plenty of Dam Funk's tasty synth work. In other words, it's the perfect marriage of two great musical minds.
Review: Although not primarily known as a DJ, Los Angeles electrofunk hero Dam Funk boasts a killer record collection. That much is proved by this superb contribution to the DJ Kicks series. This DJ-friendly digital edition is chock full of highlights, from the deep, synth-heavy modern boogie of Moon B's superb "Ooof", and the bouncy, deep Chicago house of Gemini's "Log In", to the smooth, eyes-closed Yacht Rock grooves of "True To Yourself" by Terry Palkovic. Predictably, he's also found room for a string of lesser-known boogie and synth-funk gems, including all 14 minutes of Randall & Schippers' smooth "Love Jam", the sparkling boogie-soul of Take Three's "Tonight's The Night (For Love)", and a killer chunk of 1983 electro from Uncle Jamm's Army ("Dial-A-Freak", an early outing from The Egyptian Lover and friends).