Grillade – “Just A Sad Christmas”

Ever since Giant Step blogger Rehes introduced us to Grillade in their SXSW adventures, we’ve seen the group move on up in the blogosphere, their video “Dream Of You (Emotionally Yours)” just featured as video of the day on AOL.com, premiered on Okayplayer. Unearthed, adored and reinvented by Grillade, “Just A Sad Christmas” is the groupʼs first official release and is available on iTunes, Amazon and other digital retailers now.

Neither holly nor jolly, the song is a cover, originally performed by Soul Duo and recorded for their second ever 7” single in 1969. Grillade vocalist Ragen Fykes: “‘Sad Christmas’ embodies the soul of Christmas now. It has meat, it has bite. It reflects on the vast majority that are shadowed by Jingle Bells. Not everybody is standing under the mistletoe this year, not everyone is having a Holly Jolly Christmas. Its The christmas song you would never hear, but should hear. It offers a musical release from Grillade, for those in need. Tis the season.”

Grillade – “Just A Sad Christmas”
 

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We Bay We Boogie: Rehes Gets Down With Dām-Funk

Despite the hectic touring schedule of hip-hop’s hottest new producer, our girl Seher snagged a moment with Dām Funk during SXSW.


Photo by Matthew Scott

To Dām Funk, funk is more than music, “it’s a lifestyle — it’s being ‘free’ at all times,” he says. As a kid, Dām would listen to records of varied styles and learn the drum parts. In early high school, he also picked up the keyboards.  Today, he is here to usher in what he brands “modern-funk.”

“My vision is to hopefully have people respect Funk music again as a viable style and way of life,” says Dām.

Inspired by Los Angeles, his home town, Dām cultivates a style that is both spacey and futuristic but that also pays tribute to Slave, early Prince, P-Funk, as well as the likes of Frank Zappa and Todd Rundgren, to name a few. Using synths, drum machines, and “elbow grease” to craft his work, Dām keeps it analog and old school to the highest degree – “I like the work involved.”  Eff’a Protools.

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