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DJ-Kicks (DaM-Funk) (mixed Tracks)

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On his volume of !K7's DJ-Kicks series, Damon Riddick, aka Dām-Funk, affably replicates the spirit of his weekly Funkmosphere club night. Nearing a decade of existence when the mix was released, Funkmosphere -- started in a Culver City space prior to a move eastward to L.A. -- has made strides in the support and advancement of what night founder Riddick calls modern funk. As first-wave funk and its living museum-style scions continued to be embraced by the rock-centric music press and historians, Riddick and associates have correctly asserted that funk never ceased its development post-disco. The best electro, house, techno, hip-hop, and contemporary R&B does tend to have at least some funk informed by the late-'70s/early-'80s era championed by Funkmosphere. For that crew, certain synthetic percussion sounds and synthesizer wriggles are as much a part of funk's evolution as a chicken-scratch guitar line or James Brown grunt. Though Riddick has never shied away from spinning commercially successful tracks released on major labels, he takes the opportunity here to spotlight obscurities. As is the case with early funk, piles of quality recordings were pressed independently or privately later on, only to lie dormant in bins before they were vitalized by small circles of diggers, compilers, selectors, and DJs. True to form, Riddick's in no rush. He allows most of each selection to be aired out and does so with no tricks. One of the most appealing stretches arrives early, just after a dazed house opener from Moon B, among the few selections waxed during the 2010s. Nicci Gable's buoyant "Can't Get Close to You" reimagines the Mary Jane Girls as a Cameo side project, or as a response to "Single Life" (though it was co-produced by Shakatak's George Anderson). It gives way to an ebullient and breezy electro-funk instrumental from Verticle Lines, one of a few early-'80s aliases used by Barry Michael Cooper before he neologized new jack swing and co-wrote the screenplay for New Jack City. Then comes the thwacking bliss-out "Love Jam" by Randell & Schippers, a yearning/cooing male-female duo who sound like circa-1985 Loose Ends with limited ends. Riddick also moves the spotlight to a variety of contemporary producers, including one-man band Reggie B in Prince-D'Angelo mode, and Dutchman Henning, whose inclusion sounds like a rescued outtake from DJ Quik's Rhythm-al-ism sessions. Riddick also adds a couple previously unreleased productions of his own: "Can U Read Me?," a moonlit Nite Jewel duet, and its following "Believer," a dreamlike solo instrumental that would have highlighted Invite the Light. Since the track list is supplied, there's no need for Riddick to identify what's spinning, as he does in clubs, but he does make the occasional declaration and enhances the kicked-back mood by singing along a bit.
© Andy Kellman /TiVo

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1
Oof (mixed)
B Moon
00:04:40

B Moon, Main Artist - Wes Gray, Composer, Lyricist - PPU Publishing (BMI)

2016 !K7 Records 2013 Peoples Potential Unlimited

2
Close To Who? (mixed)
Nicci Gable
00:04:22

Nicci Gable, Main Artist - Jill Saward; George Anderson, Composer, Lyricist - Garber Music

2016 !K7 Records 1986 Passion Music Ltd

3
Theme From Beach Boy (mixed)
Verticle Lines
00:05:52

Verticle Lines, Main Artist - Barry Michael Cooper, Composer, Lyricist - Abdibetix Music (ASCAP)

2016 !K7 Records 1982 Tuff City Records

4
Love Jam (mixed)
Randell & Schippers
00:07:13

Randell & Schippers, Main Artist - Denny Randell; Biddy Schippers, Composer, Lyricist - Randell Schippers Music (BMI)

2016 !K7 Records 1990 Music Avenue Records

5
Suzy Hijack (mixed)
Brandon
00:05:33

Brandon, Main Artist - Kenton Nix, Composer, Lyricist - Kenix Music (ASCAP); YES Music (ASCAP)

2016 !K7 Records 1987 YES Music

6
Tonite's The Night (All Right) (mixed)
Take Three
00:05:16

Take Three, Main Artist - S. Sinclair; P. Hinds; K. Ellis, Composer, Lyricist - SPK; Crab Leg Music

2016 !K7 Records 1983 Fast Forward Records

7
Starlight (mixed)
Index
00:05:08

Index, Composer, Lyricist, Main Artist - RECORD SHACK RECORDS

2016 !K7 Records 1981 Record Shack Records

8
Dial-A-Freak (mixed)
Uncle Jamm's Army
00:06:09

Uncle Jamm's Army, Main Artist - G. Broussard; C. Clayton, Composer, Lyricist - Tpyge Music (BMI); Marcus & Monesha Music (ASCAP)

2016 !K7 Records 1983 Freak Beat Records

9
Log In (mixed)
Gemini
00:04:36

Gemini, Main Artist - Spencer Kinsey, Composer, Lyricist - BUCKS MUSIC GROUP LTD

2016 !K7 Records 1997 Spencer Kinsey

10
Stand Up (Instrumental) (mixed)
Nexus
00:05:15

Nexus, Main Artist - M. Cavalieri; G. Stefani, Composer, Lyricist - Zig Zag

2016 !K7 Records 1983 Antibemusic

11
Poison Candy (mixed)
Reggie B
00:04:10

Reggie B, Main Artist - Howard Bradley, Composer, Lyricist - Copyright Control

2016 !K7 Records 2011 Tokyo Dawn Records

12
Keeping It Tight (mixed)
L33
00:01:21

L33, Main Artist - Leroy Bouwhuis, Composer, Lyricist - Copyright Control

2016 !K7 Records 2016 Leroy Bouwhuis

13
Broken Clouds (mixed)
Gaussian Curve
00:02:10

Gaussian Curve, Main Artist - Gigi Masin; Jonny Nash; Marco Sterk, Composer, Lyricist - Copyright Control

2016 !K7 Records 2014 Music From Memory

14
True To Yourself (mixed)
Tony Palkovic
00:02:39

Tony Palkovic, Composer, Lyricist, Main Artist - Palkovic Music (BMI)

2016 !K7 Records 1985 Deep Water Records

15
Arrival / Departure (mixed)
Henning
00:04:27

Henning, Main Artist - Henning Renema, Composer, Lyricist - Copyright Control

2016 !K7 Records 2009 Henning Renema

16
Can U Read Me? (mixed)
Nite-Funk
00:03:32

Nite-Funk, Main Artist - Damon G. Riddick; Ramona Gonzalez, Composer, Lyricist - Copyright Control

2016 !K7 Records 2016 !K7 Records

17
Believer (mixed)
Dâm-Funk
00:03:39

Dam-Funk, Main Artist - Damon G. Riddick, Composer, Lyricist - Toeachizown Music; Domino Publishing (BMI)

2016 !K7 Records 2016 !K7 Records

18
I Wanna Break (mixed)
True Design
00:04:00

True Design, Main Artist - Emmitt Jackson, Composer, Lyricist - Copyright Control

2016 !K7 Records 1984 Macdad

19
Funk Ain't Easy (mixed)
Crystal Winds
00:01:00

Crystal Winds, Main Artist - M. Cortez Brown; Paul Coleman, Composer, Lyricist - Always-A-Hit Pub.; Orange Bead Pub.; Anguler Pub.; Mapril Pub.

2016 !K7 Records 1982 Cash Ear Records

Album Description

On his volume of !K7's DJ-Kicks series, Damon Riddick, aka Dām-Funk, affably replicates the spirit of his weekly Funkmosphere club night. Nearing a decade of existence when the mix was released, Funkmosphere -- started in a Culver City space prior to a move eastward to L.A. -- has made strides in the support and advancement of what night founder Riddick calls modern funk. As first-wave funk and its living museum-style scions continued to be embraced by the rock-centric music press and historians, Riddick and associates have correctly asserted that funk never ceased its development post-disco. The best electro, house, techno, hip-hop, and contemporary R&B does tend to have at least some funk informed by the late-'70s/early-'80s era championed by Funkmosphere. For that crew, certain synthetic percussion sounds and synthesizer wriggles are as much a part of funk's evolution as a chicken-scratch guitar line or James Brown grunt. Though Riddick has never shied away from spinning commercially successful tracks released on major labels, he takes the opportunity here to spotlight obscurities. As is the case with early funk, piles of quality recordings were pressed independently or privately later on, only to lie dormant in bins before they were vitalized by small circles of diggers, compilers, selectors, and DJs. True to form, Riddick's in no rush. He allows most of each selection to be aired out and does so with no tricks. One of the most appealing stretches arrives early, just after a dazed house opener from Moon B, among the few selections waxed during the 2010s. Nicci Gable's buoyant "Can't Get Close to You" reimagines the Mary Jane Girls as a Cameo side project, or as a response to "Single Life" (though it was co-produced by Shakatak's George Anderson). It gives way to an ebullient and breezy electro-funk instrumental from Verticle Lines, one of a few early-'80s aliases used by Barry Michael Cooper before he neologized new jack swing and co-wrote the screenplay for New Jack City. Then comes the thwacking bliss-out "Love Jam" by Randell & Schippers, a yearning/cooing male-female duo who sound like circa-1985 Loose Ends with limited ends. Riddick also moves the spotlight to a variety of contemporary producers, including one-man band Reggie B in Prince-D'Angelo mode, and Dutchman Henning, whose inclusion sounds like a rescued outtake from DJ Quik's Rhythm-al-ism sessions. Riddick also adds a couple previously unreleased productions of his own: "Can U Read Me?," a moonlit Nite Jewel duet, and its following "Believer," a dreamlike solo instrumental that would have highlighted Invite the Light. Since the track list is supplied, there's no need for Riddick to identify what's spinning, as he does in clubs, but he does make the occasional declaration and enhances the kicked-back mood by singing along a bit.
© Andy Kellman /TiVo

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