Dam-Funk / InnaFocusedDaze / Scion A/V
Reviewed by DJ Yuri G
Dam-Funk wrote a single. “Forever,” the lead track on the Stones Throw neo-sophistifunkster’s Scion-sponsored EP “InnaFocusedDaze” has a hook worthy of Ready For the World, cooled out nicely over elastic staccato synth-bass. It’s got epic romance that’s both ‘hood-bound and cosmic. It sounds like an artist trying to shake off a sprawling electrogroove manifesto (2009’s “Toeachizown”) but still keep his vision intact. It swings, but still indulges some sonic detours (clocking in at 4:42) that preserve Dam’s jam ethos. It’s great. The less consequential remaining tracks follow a similar formula: the Princely bounce of “Don’t You Know (That This Funk Iz Real)” throbs with tight synths that disassemble in a screech of synthetic guitar noise. Soft electric piano and keytar intertwine “Inside of U” while waves of synthetic sound radiate like the energy source of some sexy funk spacecraft. The robot chatter of the closing title track adds some futuristic dissonance that continues to provoke listeners to follow Dam-Funk wherever he goes next.
2) Don’t You Know (That This Funk Iz Real)
3) Inside Of U