Song of the Day 4/14/09: Dãm-Funk - Let's Take Off (Far Away)
The revivalism that courses through the veins of Stones Throw's roster isn't some glib, retro-chic joke - it's more like these guys embrace decades-old technologies and sensibilities to progress into new, cutting-edge sounds. That approach creates a sort of blissful vacuum where hooks and beats sound dated in comparison to current production trends, but incredibly novel in the context of the era it's referencing. In the end, innovation is innovation, even if it's someone picking up slack from all the artists from 20 years ago who never thought to take it in this direction. James Pants was the last from Stones Throw to pull this off, and now Dãm-Funk gets his turn in the spotlight: "Let's Take Off" pushes a classic aesthetic to new limits, with cheeky synthesizer trills, spiraling arpeggios and a beat that takes a locked-down tempo and plays peekabo with it ("now I'm quantized, now I'm not! Gotcha!"). Hypnotic and funky-fresh, this will take you to another place and time, but the real reason it's so stellar is you won't get jet lag from the trip in the time machine.
- Phillip Taylor-Parker
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