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Dam-Funk covers the Human League's 'Things That Dreams Are Made Of'

April 2, 2010 | 11:08 am

Dam-Funk is one of the most intriguing musical artists to come onto the L.A. scene in the last few years, a one-of-a-kind funkster with a vision and an obsession. That obsession is funk, yes, but it's the big-tent version of the subgenre, the kind that knows no race or ethnicity, that appreciates the rigid, Anglicized offshoot, synth-pop.

In the wild, wonderful video above, Dam-Funk, who's on the mighty Stones Throw imprint out of Eagle Rock, covers the Human League's "Things That Dreams Are Made Of," and does it in a fashion that's both loose and reverential. Better, it gives us a broader understanding of where Dam is coming from, stylistically. Best: It features Dam's plasticized Van Dyke beard, an homage to DEVO's energy domes, perhaps, but even weirder.

-- Randall Roberts