Friday, August 16, 2013
One of my favorite NY live music experiences was a Steve Arrington-Dam Funk-Master Blazter show on a boat ride cruising the Hudson river. This album brought me right back...beautiful!
Known for his innovative vocals on such classics as "Watching You" and "Just A Touch of Love," with Slave, as well as his solo work like "Weak at the Knees" and "Nobody Can Be You", Steve Arrington is one of those “what ever happened to” stories from the soul/funk movement of the 1980s. His songs have been sampled by the likes of Jay-Z, Jermaine Dupri, Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, Snoop, LL Cool J, Mariah Carey, and N.W.A. His music also helped create the blueprint of 90’s west coast g-funk music along with Zapp and George Clinton.
Fast forward, Dam Funk who's brought back funk to the current musical landscape with his version, modern funk, reached out to Steve Arrington to propose a collaboration on Stonesthrow a few years back....the rest is history. With Dam on the tracks and Steve on the vocals and lyrics, something inter-generational has been born. While finishing touches on his LP with Dam-Funk, Steve is jumping into this full steam ahead, practicing hard with an all new band and starting to do spot dates around the US with artists like DJ Quik and Q Tip who are more than up for the idea of sharing the stage with someone who influenced and inspired their careers. New chapter is upon us.
AVAILABLE ON Stonesthrow