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    Thu, 31 Jul 2008 11:24:27

    Los Angeles's J*DaVeY have their finger firmly on the pulse of the dance floor. Vocalist Jack Davey and beat conductor Brook D'Leau's unabashedly sultry mix of celestial synths, electronic beats and steamy R&B hooks conjure up a futuristic funk that would make Prince himself break a sweat. Earlier this month, the two delivered a double dose of their space-soul with the two-disk release The Beauty in Distortion/The Land of the Lost, and the ensuing buzz earned them a chance to channel the music of tomorrow at LA's Sunset Junction festival this August. It won't be long before the duo are lighting up clubs across the US, but, before they do, both Jack and Brook let us in on some of the albums that inspired their cosmic collaboration.

    Brook D’Leau’s top 5:
    The PoliceZenyatta Mondatta
    This was a great bridge between the “White Reggae” album and the lush synths of Ghost in The Machine. I always enjoyed the playfulness of the melodies. "When The World Is Running Down" is definitely a fav to dance to in your underoos.

    Talking HeadsRemain In Light
    Such a concise and trippy ode to Fela Kuti. Brian Eno does his thing with the ‘Heads. “Born Under Punches” is intense and infused with so much funk.

    Missing PersonsSpring Session M
    Terry Bozio plays like a drum machine and Dale skips around gracefully in her tattered tutu. “Desitination Unknown” and “U.S. Drag” are my favorites.

    Joy DivisionStill
    The nervous and reckless energy that’s harnessed in a dreary and damp warehouse paints a perfect picture of the mood of Still. Peep “Something Must Break”.

    Ol’ Dirty BastardNigga Please
    This is the most underated comedy album of all time! Much respect to the engineer. Ol’ Dirty Bastard was a modern day genius and “Cracker Jack” proves it.

    Jack Davey’s top 5:
    Prince - Sign O’ The Times
    It's such a complete body of work. Each song seems to commemorate Prince's journey from boy to manhood.

    Miles Davis - In A Silent Way
    I spent my summer between 7th & 8th grade playing Sega & listening to this record on repeat. It has so many movements, from slow & dreamy to double time electronic soundscape. It's an informal acid trip. Dig it.

    Slick Rick - The Great Adventures Of Slick Rick
    Classic storytelling & crazy swagger. "Mona Lisa" gets me every time, & the slow knock on "The Moment I Feared" never gets old.

    Nirvana - Nevermind
    This record came out when I was in 7th grade, & it was around the time that I entered my dark phase. Kurt's lyrics reflected everything that I was feeling at the time. When he died I remember watching my friend carve his name in her leg with a safety pin & I haven't been able to part with the album since.

    Erykah Badu - Mama's Gun
    She definitely captured a vibe that resonates throughout the entire album. it sounds like she recorded it all in one day, seamlessly funky & bold.

    —The ARTISTdirect Staff

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