Review: Los Angeleno Damon Riddick is Dam-Funk - and hasn't earned the nickname of 'ambassador of boogie-funk' for nothing. Probably most known for his albums: 2009's Toeachizown and Invite the Light from 2015 both on Peanut Butter Wolf's Stones Throw Recordings. His new Glydezone imprint is refreshing - humbly gearing up to fire on all cylinders with this potentially fire recording label. Since inaugurating the label last year, he has gone on thus far to release an EP by British pop duo Ekkah in addition to another EP under his Wavelength alias. Featuring four cuts of dope, neon-lit soul-beat and pitched-down disco: no one quite does it like the man.
Review: A warm welcome back to Californian synth-funk maestro Dam-Funk, who kick-starts his 2019 release schedule with an expansive follow-up to 2015's much loved "STFU". In keeping with much of the producer's work, the set's seven sumptuous tracks wrap thickset synth basslines, stargazing chords and intergalactic synthesizer lead-lines around slipped hip-hop beats, skewed electro drums and - in the case of the immersive "Deeper" - pitched-up dancefloor rhythms. The quality threshold remains extraordinarily high throughout, with our highlights including spacey ambient rub "Inhale, Exhale", slo-mo P-funk shuffler "The Flow" and blazed beats workout "Hood Biz".
Review: Stones Throw regular Damon Riddick, better known as Dam-Funk, slips out another cheeky single-tracker on his on Glydezone Recordings. 'On Code' has a funk of its own, for sure - it's hard to imagine anything the man touches not doing! - but you're more likely to hear it in downtempo/chill-out sets that you are on sweaty dancefloors. It's got a pleasantly retro, analogue feel, with drum machine kicks n' claps and dreamy, lounge-y pads providing the backdrop for the lazy but full-phat bassline that forms the track's centrepiece, and the whole thing has a distinct whiff of 80s LA about it.
Review: Damon G Riddick, better known as Dam-Funk, returns to his own Glyedezone Recordings with a two-track EP. 'Destination: Known' opens with simple lolloping, mid-paced drums and a warm, gentle keys riff, then rolls along lazily in such fashion until around the seven-minute mark, after which things get increasingly abstract as the track wanders off into near-ambient territory. The standout for this reviewer though is 'Paradise', a slice of synth-y instrumental funk/jazz-funk with a distinctly early 80s feel: it's still more 'chill out' than 'freak out!' but it'll get toes tapping all the same, whereas 'Destination: Known' is more one for the flotation tank massive.
Review: Following two already dope Private Life albums made in mind for the Music From Memory label, Dam-Funk's Garret alias delivers a final instalment of what the project calls 'strictly instrumental, ambient touched modern-funk'. If that explanation alone is not enough the to tickle your senses, experience the phat basslines of numbers like "Knowing", the synth-soaked "Room With A View" and wah wah distortion blues of "Memories" (hard not to think Daft Punk on this one). For something a little more beat-focused look to "Timeless" and the heavy swing of "Hang Glyde". A fresh start for modern times.