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Review: Steve Arrington and Dam-Funk's "Higher"

Review: Steve Arrington and Dam-Funk's "Higher"

Los Angeles funk producer and songwriter Damon "Dam-Funk" Riddick has become one of R&B's most idiosyncratic groove delivery systems, a master of unironic synth joy supremely devoted to '70s and '80s tones. For "Higher," the king of the keyboard has teamed with vocalist/percussionist Steve Arrington, whose work with '70s funk pioneers Slave and as a solo artist inspired some of Dam's jams. The pair have collaborated in the past, but "Higher" marks their first album-length project.

The record connects fellow travelers on a journey to the center of a sound, one in which fake hand claps bang alongside synthetic bass tones, layers of falsetto wails roll...

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