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Dâm-Funk Rhythm Trax Vol. 4

Jazz fusion always sounded ahead of its time, so it’s no surprise that this album, which echoes that genre, has such a futuristic sheen. Dâm-Funk (the first word is pronounced “dame”) goes for an electro-funk-boogie fusion of his own, crafting a skittering, kinetic amalgamation on this fourth installment of Stones Throw’s Rhythm Trax series. For all his forward-looking playfulness, though, he still uses analog synths and older drum machines. If ’80s funk had skipped a couple of decades into the future, it just might sound like this. To Dâm-Funk’s credit, the eight tracks on this all-instrumental effort might sound deceptively simple, but multiple listens quickly reveal a multitude of dense layers to unpeel. Future funk, right now.

1 comments Rhythm Trax Vol. 4

Anonymous (not verified) Wrote

Sun, 05/17/2009 - 16:28

One of the best music purchases I've made all year! Dudes got the sound I've been looking for. Stones Throw is kicking ass right now. Just really good music on this record. "Indigo" and "Chocolate" being my favorites, yet "Purple" & "Black" are hot too! All the songs are named after colors and are all instrumentals. Even that is fresh. Almost too short being only 8 tracks though, but this may be due to his upcoming debut apparently being a 5 box set! Label mate James Panats did the cover art. A fine release. This new Funk music sound is taking me other places right now.

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