DāM-FunK is a ’70s baby who came of age in the era of the Uncle Jamm’s Army parties, of electro-pharaoh Egyptian Lover, of Prince’s purple reign. Since debuting with Stones Throw in 2008, he has become one of the funk’s most passionate proselytizers, out to save it from devilish depictions of cartoonish caricature.
DāM describes Invite The Light - his first solo record since 2009 - as a “concise, beginning-to-end vision.” It's a loosely autobiographical concept album inspired by the trials and tribulations of his personal and professional life over the last six years.
As always, DāM flexes his multi-instrumentalist talents by handling all the production, but still makes time for guests including rapper Q-Tip, pop surrealist Ariel Pink, previous collaborator Snoop Dogg, the father-son duo of Leon Sylvers III & IV, and funk giant Junie Morrison of the Ohio Players, who opens and closes the album with dire warnings of what could happen in a world without funk. Rest assured, DāM is here to make sure that never comes to pass. As he puts it, “funk is the underdog, the black sheep of black music," and if that’s true, DāM-FunK is its shepherd.