Dutch DJ and producer Prunk has shared his latest LP, ‘Le Funk’.
Available via his own PIV Records imprint, the album aims to distil all Prunk’s musical influences whilst pay homage to the history of house, whilst adding his own touches.
It serves up contemporary sounds of the genre, showcasing his seductive and gliding production abilities and offering a taste of Balearic soundscapes to substitute any cold-weather blues. Think bouncy drum loops, soul infusions, jazz keys, and melting sax lines.
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“This album is a tribute to my entire music career,” explains the producer on the record’s inspiration. “My first DJ name was ‘Prunk Le Funk’, mainly because I only played funky house in the early years. ‘Le Funk’ has been removed from my entire DJ name because I didn’t want to be connected to just one genre. With this album, I want to show that there is still enough ‘Funk’ in Prunk with a nod to the past.”
‘Le Funk’ is a record from the heart, displayed not only in his solo tracks but on the multiple collaborations found on the record: “My album really had to be a house album and I wanted to do this with a warm, soulful, funky sound. I have tried to make this album with young and old talent. One of my dreams was to make a track with house legend Jovonn and I succeeded because he did the vocals of ‘Story of House’. In the vocals he pays attention to how house originated with an important lesson for the new generation.
“I was also allowed to remix one of my favourite records of his called ‘Back in the Dark’ – a classic – together with DJ Deep, which can only be found on the vinyl of my album. I also collaborated with another house legend Mr V. This track is a bit deeper with a warm disco bassline called ‘Friday Night’, of course with the vocals of the man himself.”
“Besides these legends I have made music with the talented Ruze, Dennis Quin and M-High. All three had a great year musically last year and that’s why I think it’s great that they’re also on my album.
“I hope to not only appeal to DJs with my album, but also to house lovers because this album was made with a lot of love.”
Prunk’s album ‘Le Funk’ is available now. Check it out here.
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Written by: Tim Hopkins