As the architect of the “Modern Funk” sound, DâM-FunK has always given respect to funk’s originators: genius musicians who contributed to lineage of funk in all its forms. It’s only fitting then that one of these influential figures, Chicago house legend Larry Heard, has stepped up to remix DâM’s DJ-Kicks exclusive track “Believer.”
Utilizing his “Mr. Fingers” alias, Heard teases and stretches the tight funk grooves to around the ten minute mark, lathering the beat in codeine smeared keys and shimmering pads in a heady trip through the L.A Hills and into coastal dance inter-zones.
A single featuring “Fingers Deep-Funk Remix” and backed with the DâM-Funk / Nite Jewel collaboration “Can U Read Me” is available now. A 12″ single is out Friday 5th August.
Some years before the essential DâM-FunK tome Toeachizown dropped, Dam introduced the concept of ‘Modern Funk’ to the growing masses trying to classify his prowess for wax and multilayered synth-style productions. “Believer,” Dam’s exclusive new track for his DJ-Kicks mix, is a perfect embodiment of the concept: sheets of synth lines fall all around a locking drum program that starts off innocently enough but ends you in a half-hypnotic state. An extensive instrumental composition that on it’s own could only be classified as signature Modern-Funk. Stream the track below.
DâM-Funk’s DJ-Kicks is released May 27th on CD, 2LP (red vinyl) and digital formats (pre-order here). An limited edition 10″ vinyl featuring two tracks from the mix is available exclusively on the !K7 store and Bandcamp.