[Release] Funkerman Feat. I-Fan – The Light [Flamingo]

Release Info


ARTIST(S): Funkerman, I-Fan

REMIXER(S): Piet Van Dongen

EP NAME: The Light

LABEL(S): Flamingo Recordings

RELEASE DATE: 19.03.12

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Fedde Le Grand’s faithful friend Funkerman released on monday his follow-up of ‘Blow’. Born on 1975 on Netherlands, this a very well-known producer and owner of Flamingo Records with Fedde. Inspired by Jazz, Funk, Soul styles of music, he always produced very unique tracks from the beginning.

Funkerman is in the form of his life right now and plainly having stacks of fun with it to boot. New single ‘The Light‘ sees him take on and conquer yet another classic trope of popular music – the pseudo – religious anthem.

Success in this small sub-sub genre requires careful planning and execution to avoid sounding like a cheese-fuelled horror show. The aim here is to provide the listener with an intensively uplifting experience without swerving too deeply into gospel territory. No choirs.

Funkerman rises to the challenge admirably. ‘The Light‘ makes you feel incredibly good when you listen to it, with its super slow and floaty build up over a pumping bass line. Vocalist I-Fan sings with unmistakable zeal – one imagines his fists are clenched. In an era over-populated by vastly over-autotuned pop muppets, there’s a lesson to be learned here on how to do vocal manipulation right, with subtle electronic effects. It helps, of course, that I-Fan is a genuinely fantastic singer.

The dark mix beefs up the electro but keeps the floaty, simple-yet-sweet piano. Not especially dark, but definitely especially good. Dutch producer Piet van Dongen supplies a deftly executed remix of ‘The Light‘ to this releaseHis version shows off his techno pedigree without veering too far from the overall theme of the package, swapping some of the top notes for some neat mid-level layers that do plenty to add interest.

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