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Collections: Dam-Funk by brtvofficial


OK – so I get that some folks may feel that this blog is getting a bit Dâm-Funk heavy these days. But on some level it could be argued that he’s one of the only contemporary cats actually presenting himself as a straight-up legit Funk artist at the moment – so you gotta show the brother some love! Plus, the man has impeccable taste, as highlighted by this foray into his personal record collection recorded for Boiler Room in July and released yesterday.

Some of these jams are PURE DOPE – further cementing my view of Dâm as a Funk Masta himself – and features relatively obscure cuts from Vanity 6, Johnny “Guitar” Watson, Oliver Cheatham and a host of undug jems.

If you’re like me and prefer your mixtapes a little more portable, you can grab a copy of Dâm’s 2008 Stones Throw Podcast from here, free with any purchase from the label (so good that I might have to give it a post of its own!). So whilst your there, maybe consider pre-ordering Dâm’s new serving of Funk fo’ yo’ platter, Invite the Light – a triple LP set that’s shaping up to be real nice.

Wilsoni on Shuffle | Steppin in It – Herbie Hancock (1975)


Herbie Hancock is one of my biggest influences, predominantly stemming from his Jazz-Funk, Headhunters and beyond output. Not only is the man a keen experimenter, he understands the texture of synthesized sounds in arrangements, and the philosophy of The Groove – something which sets him and Roy Ayers apart from other acts they get lumped together with, that I would term ‘Jazz-Fusion’ rather than ‘Jazz-Funk’ and is more about masturbatory solos than hard Funkin’.

This cut is No. 5 on the Man Child record, and features none other than Stevie Wonder on that inimitable harmonica! The groove always makes me pull a face, Mike Clark breakin around the fatback and that squelchy bass line! Try not to let it throw you off The One!

I’d love to be anywhere near as prolific as Herbie, and it seems to be keeping him young! Check him – he looks about 20 years younger than his (as of 2015) 75 years, though he attributes this to Bhuddist chanting and swearing off red meat apparently, as detailed in his interview with Gilles Peterson from 2010.

Wilsoni on Shuffle | Funky Crime – Red Hot Chili Peppers (1987)

I totally forgot about this one – and the lyrics are much more pertinent to my current musical manner than I’d previously figured when we were jammin’ this in High School!


Like many of my generation, I was a big Chilis fan as a teenager. Flea and Stuart Zender helped foster my love of the low-end, and I was pretty slap happy for a few years. I’ve considered myself to have grown out of them now, but then something like this pops up on shuffle and reminds me that when they were the best of Funk and Punk, the Chilis were pretty bad! This tune’s from what I’d consider their definitive record – The Uplift Mofo Party Plan – the only with the full original line up of Anthony Keidis (Vox), Flea (Bass), Hillel Slovak (Guitar) and Jack Irons (Drums), before Slovak died of an overdose and drove Irons to a mental institution. Check out (George Clinton produced) Freaky Styley for Hillel’s gnarly dive-bombs!

Obviously BloodSugarSexMagick is the classic established line up album, and it’s really great. I think they lost a lot of steam after Frusciante cleaned up. But that’s fine, their prerogative.