Real Name:
David Sumner
One of techno's true underground heroes, Function (Dave Sumner) has been DJing and making music for over 15 years. Hailing from New York, he was seduced by techno music when Jeff Mills held a residency (as well as his own first) at the Limelight in the early 90s. Dave started to produce music and from the mid-90s onwards, put out music on Damon Wild's Synewave and his own Infrastructure imprint. Together with Regis (Karl O'Connor) he worked as Portion Reform, putting out uncompromising music on Downwards and becoming the only non-Birmingham producer to release on the label. In 2008 Dave moved to Berlin, still working with Regis, and now Silent Servant (John Mendez), put his focus on the acclaimed Sandwell District imprint. Since, the label, now come collective, has skyrocketed into cult status. Decentralizing the artist ego, Sandwell District has blurred the lines between the artist, label and dj, re-arranging the DNA of modern dance music.
In march 2013 Function presents his debut album 'Incubation' on Ostgut Ton.
A modern sound journey heavy on imagery, over nine tracks we are skillfully guided through writhing, layered club tracks, soaring string-led atmospheres, and complex melodic pieces founded on classic electronic traditions.
Function enlisted cult German engineer Tobias Freund for the final mixes, adding his years of experience to this succinct, daring and artistic album. A bold and powerful long-player debut from one of Techno's key players.

Function Discography


RA.EX001 Function RA.EX001 Function(File, MP3, 320) Resident Advisor RA.EX001 UK 2010
Function Incubation (Album) Ostgut Ton Germany 2013 Sell This Version
Function : Vatican Shadow Function : Vatican Shadow - Games Have Rules (Album) Hospital Productions UK, Europe & US 2014 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

SW24 Function F(Q): Function Of Bandwidth(12") Synewave SW24 US 1996 Sell This Version
Mederic Nebinger and Function / Blue Maxx Mederic Nebinger and Function / Blue Maxx - Emilion / Lifegame Déjà Vous US 1997 Sell This Version
SW28 Damon Wild vs. Function Damon Wild vs. Function - Covert Operations(10") Synewave SW28 US 1997 Sell This Version
SW30 Function F(C): Function Of A Constant(12") Synewave SW30 US 1997 Sell This Version
Function The Dielectric Coefficient Infrastructure New York US 1998 Sell This Version
Function Reinforced Infrastructure New York US 1999 Sell This Version
INF004 Function Security(12") Infrastructure New York INF004 US 1999 Sell This Version
Function / Aural Emote Function / Aural Emote - Throw / Second Thought Infrastructure New York, Symbolism US 2001 Sell This Version
inf-007 Function The Balance Of Power EP(12", EP) Infrastructure New York inf-007 US 2001 Sell This Version
inf-08 Function / O/V Function / O/V - Substance Vol. 1(12") Infrastructure New York inf-08 US 2003 Sell This Version
Function Isolation Sandwell District UK 2007 Sell This Version
Function Anticipation (Single) Sandwell District UK 2008 Sell This Version
SD 13 Function Variance(2xFile, MP3, 320) Sandwell District SD 13 UK 2009
Function Remixed Sandwell District UK 2009 Sell This Version
Function vs. Jerome Sydenham Function vs. Jerome Sydenham - White Light Ibadan US 2010 Sell This Version
Pfirter / Function Vs. Jerome Sydenham Pfirter / Function Vs. Jerome Sydenham - Mi Estudio / Two Ninety One CLR (2) Germany 2010 Sell This Version
DET.UND13 Kero & Function Kero & Function - Function Kero EP(12", EP, Ltd, Num) Detroit Underground DET.UND13 Germany 2010 Sell This Version
SD13 Function Variance 1-3(12") Sandwell District SD13 UK 2010 Sell This Version
Function Ember Sandwell District UK 2011 Sell This Version
Function / Sandwell District Function / Sandwell District - Feed Forward Versions (Part 2) Sandwell District UK 2011 Sell This Version
SDSMP3 Function Feed Forward Versions(12", Whi) Sandwell District SDSMP3 UK 2011 Sell This Version
Function Obsessed EP Echocord Colour Denmark 2012 Sell This Version


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September 20, 2016
an underground legend. from his Limelight residency, to his work with Regis/Silent Servant as Sandwell District, to his solo work, Function is an enduring and absolutely essential part of the techno & electronic music landscape.

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