VIDEO PREMIERE: DAM-FUNK “HOOD BIZ”
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L.A. mainstay DāM-FunK changed the landscape-slash-soundscape of L.A. music, not just with his sound but with his attitude, determination and dedication to principle—as he says so often, funk is a way of life, and he lives it. Now L.A. RECORD is honored to help spread the word on his brand new STFU II EP, sequel to 2015’s STFU EP and immediate follow-up to last year’s Gemini-twin Garrett album (reviewed here) and transcendent Architecture II EP, reviewed here and released on SAFT and DāM-FunK’s own Glydezone imprint. (If you aren’t glued to Glydezone’s Soundcloud stream, you’re constantly missing important things—actually, that’s true for DāM-FunK’s socials, too.)
“Hood Biz” swings like an executioner’s axe—this is hard-edged razor sharp street funk, with bone-rattling rhythm and an ominous John Carpenter-style drone in the background. DāM-FunK is a master of power and efficiency, and there’s never anything unnecessary in his work. And that’s what’s happening in this too-brief teaser video filmed across from the oil fields in Los Angeles’ Ladera Heights and featuring dancer Storm DeBarge of the Throne dance ensemble, which—like DāM-FunK’s music—is nothing but pure motion and pure style, with everything else stripped away.
As DāM-Funk explains: “In this time of colossal distractions, easy trouble online, heavy trolling and cancel culture, this project provides an alternative to instead … just lay back, take a deep breath, stay outta trouble and simply ‘glyde’ for a while. Nothing illegal about that, right?”