Two years ago now, Dam-Funk released his debut album, Toeachizown, an epic of modern funk, containing over two hours of music in five separately-titled parts. The vinyl release originally came out in a 5LP boxed set. These boxed set versions are long gone and out of print now, but we finally have the five records available again as separate discs.
“This 4th volume of Toeachizown, subtitled Hood, is one of my personal favorites of the set. With these songs, I delved into another side of my life experiences. These are songs that peepz can glide to while hittin’ corners down streets like Crenshaw Bl. in L.A., Lincoln Ave. in Pasadena, Whittier Bl. in East L.A., or any Bl. or street, for that matter, in the world, with total Funk confidence & ease. The standout track on this volume for me is “Brookside Park”, as this is a park in my hometown of Pasadena, CA that I witnessed something very special & unique on one hazy Sunday afternoon back in the day. This particular track is over 9:mins long of pure Modern-Funk bizness. With lyrics that came to my head, while composing this on the spot, such as: “Brookside Park!…I’ll never forget that the way that the sun shined there…Brookside Park!…Gangsta’s & UFO’s…Brookside Park!…If you were there you’d know….Brookside Park!”; I feel, with the overall soundscapes combined with the lyrics, captures the vibe of that particular day in my life, perfectly. This volume also includes tracks that MOST DEFINITELY BANG in the clubs such as: “Hood Pass Intact”, “Killdatmuthafu*ka” & (the co-produced by) the Orange County based, up & coming Funk collective known as WIZARDZ with the uptempo glider; “Boogie Slyde”. Another joint on this volume: “Mobbin’ Thru Busters” is a synth-heavy, slow rollin’ personal favorite of mine as well. All in all, this 4th volume subtitled: ‘Hood’ is for my true Funksta’s, G-Funksta’s, Gangsta’s (keep it mild-mannered though y’all!), & just ALL genuine appreciators of this ‘Modern-Funk’ music coming outta Los Angeles, California at this moment. I hope U dig it. And, as with everything I do musically…this is 4 U. Peace fam & please stay tuned for the finale: Vol. 5 ~ ‘SKY’.”– D-F