Posts Tagged ‘dam-funk’

May 18, 2018

I’m still kicking myself for not walking up to Christine and the Queens to say hi after I caught her very first performance on North American soil at SXSW a few years ago. She was hanging out by the stage after dazzling us with her dance moves and irresistible persona. I could have, I SHOULD have, gone up and said hello. After all, I’d made it a priority to be there for that performance, after falling in love with the French artist’s imaginative music and forward-thinking, convention-breaking music. She’s since become a global sensation, and now, Christine and the Queens is back with long awaited, highly anticipated new music. Girlfriend, a collaboration with Dâm-Funk, is a slick and chic tribute to G-funk that also feels very 90′s R&B. With her new music, Héloïse Letissier is stepping away from her acclaimed debut album Chaleur Humaine, towards what’s described as a more upbeat, tougher, and more minimalist sound. Girlfriend questions identity and plays with the performance of gender, and how the codes of “masculinity” are disrupted if the player isn’t a man. 

“I initially set out to smash against macho culture and macho men,” says Letissier. “I became obsessed with this idea of the macho man, and still being a woman. What does it mean if I’m this figure, and I’m a woman? Does it make me an aberration? Is it joyful?“ The song, too, is overwhelmed with desire. “I felt I had to address female desire and it’s diversity,” she says. “How sometimes it’s blacked out or ignored. It’s still something quite suspicious or slightly dirty. I felt like it was important to be more unapologetic about that. There are hints of nights spent having sex and coming back covered in sweat. Like a male figure, the young hero who has love stories, and comes back in the morning and his friends are like: ‘What happened to you?’ I want to be that.” Listen to the French version of Girlfriend below, entitled Damn, dis-moi. An extensive world tour begins this fall, details can be found, here. Girlfriend is available, here.
 

October 8, 2013
http://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/114421587/stream?client_id=3cQaPshpEeLqMsNFAUw1Q?plead=please-dont-download-this-or-our-lawyers-wont-let-us-host-audio

For the many people out there who miss Snoop Dogg in all the lion frenzy these days, this one’s going to make you happy. Real, real happy. DâM-FunK fans will be very, very happy, too! The producer and the prolific rapper have teamed up under the monkier “7 Days of Funk” and released this dope, old school sounding track titled Faden Away. It’s some heavy stuff. 

October 8, 2013
http://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/114421587/stream?client_id=3cQaPshpEeLqMsNFAUw1Q?plead=please-dont-download-this-or-our-lawyers-wont-let-us-host-audio

For the many people out there who miss Snoop Dogg in all the lion frenzy these days, this one’s going to make you happy. Real, real happy. DâM-FunK fans will be very, very happy, too! The producer and the prolific rapper have teamed up under the monkier “7 Days of Funk” and released this dope, old school sounding track titled Faden Away. It’s some heavy stuff. 

OFFICIAL VID: Toro Y Moi – Never Matter

March 26, 2013

That’s right! It’s a brand new video from Chaz Bundick, who recently moved to good ol’ Berkeley (go Bears!) and is now a Bay Area resident! Never Matter is from his new album Anything in Return. It seems he returns to his South Carolina roots for the video. That’s not the Bay! Never Matter is as groovy and funky as ever from Toro. 

For even more awesome super smooth funkiness, check out this remix of Say That by Los Angeles’ DaM-FunK. Say That is probably my favorite track of the moment off Anything in Return. I also can’t help picturing Toro Y Moi dancing in the video for the track when I listen to it.