Dam Funk live at XOYO, London
Wednesday 6th June 2012 by Richard Akingbehin
‘Funk,’ to me, isn’t a genre. Being told a piece of music has a ‘funk’ aspect to it, doesn’t tell you a single thing about the type of music in question or any of its technical attributes, only the style. In DāM-FunK‘s words, ‘funk.. is a way of life.’
To have worked with the likes of Erykah Badu, Etta James, Moodymann, Hudson Mohawke, Snoop Dogg and Flying Lotus, you cannot possibly be tied down by the restraints of genre. ‘Modern funk’ is Damon Riddick’s style, and it’s in this mould of soulful, cultured music that he has, so consistently, produced and performed for over two decades.
With four LPs and slew of singles on the legendary Stones Throw Records, amongst others, DāM-FunK is one of the few active artists with a legitimate claim to have shaped dance music globally. His productions blend characteristics common to hip-hop, soul and jazz with those of house and techno; creating a sound completely detached from any of these individual influences. It is for this reason that his work is labelled ‘funk,’ a tag that refers as much to the feeling created in a listener as it does to the original idea of its producer.
His live show is as impressive as his discography. Combining his own vocals and keyboard skills with tracks selected from a rich background in dance music; he delivers a show unique to ‘funk’ culture. One which has rocked events such as Texas’ SXSW and Benji B’s Deviation alike.
As well as the headliner, is Kwes. A London-based artist quickly picking up recognition in a range of circles. Already signed to Warp, associated with XL and Young Turks, and artists like Ghostpoet and The XX, Kwes has as much in promise as DāM-FunK has in experience.
His’ recent ‘Bashful’ EP, as well as previous mixtapes and solo work, have placed him among an exciting wave of young vocalists and songwriters. A tone somewhere in between rap and spoken-word lends an undeniable elegance to Kwes’ lyrics and performance. This night will balance two very different artists, but two with perfectly compatible styles.
On June 13, at East London club Xoyo, Dollop will proudly present the master of boogie, DāM-FunK, alongside Kwes, and the Dollop DJs. This is definitely not one to miss out on. Tickets from Resident Advisor.