Nite-Funk pairs some of Gonzalez’s early disco-leaning productions with the heavy signifier of Funk’s keyboard bass synth sounds — those extremely distinctive wawww-wawww tones that immediately create the funky atmosphere. The EP’s standout track, “Let Me Be Me,” is the pinnacle of what the pairing can create; confident and assertive, it still bounces enough to be loose and fun.
The album is as much a product of LA as it is the two artists; beyond being the ancestral home of G-Funk, LA’s swirling sherbet sunsets and synthetic neon aesthetic loom large across all four tracks, and Riddick doesn’t shy away from admitting its influence. Ahead of the EP’s release, he told the Fader of how the 7-year collaboration — which started with the single “Am I Gonna Make It” — finally coalesced into a coherent vision: “Being in the same room as Ramona, looking out the window of the Downtown L.A. studio, as the sun was setting, with an orangeish, bronze sky over skyscrapers, completed my vision of the music,” he said.
Stream the album below via Spotify.