Slave lead vocalist Steve Arrington and Dam-Funk have collaborated for a new LP on Stones Throw.
‘Higher’, available digitally now and physically in the Autumn, is a collaboration between two funk visionaries past and present. Whilst Dam-Funk will be well known to regular reader’s of this website, Arrington is a figure who has been out of the spotlight for some years now. From the late 70’s to the early 80’s, Arrington was the singer of Slave, a pioneering funk band who’s influence on West Coast G-Funk has been declared comparable to that of more lauded contemporaries such as George Clinton and Zapp. Some solo success followed his departure from Slave, but by 1991 he had abandoned music entirely, taking a nearly 20 year hiatus to devote himself to God. 2009’s ‘Pure Thang’ LP was a welcome return to form for the singer, whose work with Slave and as a solo artist has been sampled by the likes of Jay-Z, A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul and a whole host of other top hip hop artists.
This new collaboration between Dam-Funk and Arrington has particular significance for the former, as on his first meeting with Stones Throw head Peanut Butter Wolf, Wolf gave him a rare bootleg DVD of a Slave live gig. Listen to a stream of ‘Good Feeling’ by Arrington and Dam-Funk below and hear why this pairing is a match made in heaven.