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When good things happen, Nite Funk

January 27th, 2010

I like when good things happen, like for instance when 2 of my favorite new artists team up to make music together and share the whole creative process.  Let me tell you about it.

Nite Jewel is Ramona Gonzalez.  She writes and produces her own unique, lo-fi brand of r&b.  Nite Jewel’s songs combine celestial vocals, a penchant for jazzy harmonies and post-punk experimentation with undeniable funk.  Such stylistic blends make for run-on-sentence descriptions.  In fewer words, it’s for fans of Arthur Russell and Ariel Pink.   I highly recommend her 2009 album “Good Evening”.

The crowd pleaser from her album, “What Did He Say” by Nite Jewel

“What Did He Say” by Nite Jewel

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And the funk gets deeper. The awesome folks at Stones Throw Records released “Toeachizown Vol. 1” by Dam-Funk last year.  Dam (pronounced Dame) answers the age old question “what happens if a Zapp and Rogers record is stacked on top of an Mtume record, and the heat levels in the room get to melting point?”

“Love Is Here 2nite (I Can Feel It)” by Dam-Funk
“Love Is Here 2nite (I Can Feel It)” by Dam-Funk
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Apparently, some genius at XLR8R liked Nite Jewel and Dam-Funk‘s similar vibe and suggested a team up.  They are calling themselves Nite Funk.  Here is a video of how their first collaboration went as well as their resulting track.  If we all concentrate real hard, maybe we’ll get a Nite Funk EP to be released on Stones Throw later this year.  Enjoy!

“Am I Gonna Make It” by Nite Funk
“Am I Gonna Make It” by Nite Funk
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ALERT NYC PEEPS: Nite Jewel’s Mercury Lounge show is sold out on February 4th, but her myspace says she’s also playing at the bar Home Sweet Home on February 3rd!

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