FUNK FREAKS: STREET-FUNK VOL. 1 (FUNKY DRIVE BAND AND DOMINATOR F. LOELITAH)

November 11th, 2017 | Album reviews

FUNK FREAKS (FUNKY DRIVE BAND / DOMINATOR F. LOELITAH)
Street-Funk Vol. 1 7” (Disc 2 of 3)
Funk Freaks

The limited edition Funk Freaks Street-Funk series is the spark with which one ignites a party, and it works especially well on this particular 7”. (It’s second of a planned three releases showcasing funk from around the world, curated by the unstoppable true believes of Funk Freaks.) On the A side, the adept combination of vibes—from disco to early hip hop—on the Funky Drive Band’s “Shake Your Body” feels particularly interactive, like on Soul Train where everyone gets a chance to shine in the groove Its medley of funky textures and smart references fit neatly into a welcoming 4/4 rhythm that invites the listener to let their imagination get involved as their hips start to move. “One Nation Under A Groove” sprung to mind—its essence was clearly a driving force. This French band boasts more than a dozen members, essentially ensuring a party wherever they travel, and the recording captures the rich joy with which they play. On the B side “Fast And Crazy” by Dominator and featuring Loelitah, the sweetness of requited love is perfectly articulated by an addictive hook that deserves a ten-minute 12” mix. Loelitah reveals a clear intention for seduction in the first stanza, making sure the object of her affection doesn’t have it in his head that she’ll be told what to do before cooing, “But I’ve had my eye on you.” Dominator replies, ready and willing, making for a salacious conversation in which both parties move closer and closer together, their hearts beating in double time. Unlike the flip side’s celebration, there’s something smoldering about “Fast & Crazy”—it’s an ember that burns low but burns hot, and you’ll want to play it over and over.

—Christina Gubala