Dâm-Funk Rhythm Trax Vol. 4

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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.