Nite-Funk, “Let Me Be Me” (Glydezone)
G-funk maestro DâM-FunK (Damon Riddink) and new romantic Nite Jewel (Ramona Gonzalez) collaborate as Nite-Funk [see what they did there?]. Last year, the duo let loose “Can U Read Me” into the world, then fell silent. Now, they’ve announced plans to release a self-titled ep on July 1. “Let Me Be Me” is a taster track from that release, and it’s great.
Where “Can U” veritably oozed 80s electro quiet storm romance – think Loose Ends, SOS Band and the Gap Band in full mack mode – “Let Me Be Me” bumps. It’s a perfect twining of early 80s, electro-disco and g-funk hooks – new wave ch-chang guitars and glassy synth chords, a doggedly atomic bassline and funky keyboard solos that would make Roger drool. Like Control-era Janet riding a D-Train groove. The bright neon lights, big mauve city vibes given off by the ep’s cover (below) perfectly suit the track’s mood.
Nite-Funk’s self-titled ep will be released on Riddink’s Glydezone Recordings label. Get down on it – the soul train line forms here.