Following hot on the heels of Australia’s Cookin’ On 3 Burners and Randa & the Soul Kingdom, Freestyles’ latest antipodean signings Deep Street Soul specialize in the ruffest, downest, gut wrenching, beat heavy fownk.
Deep Street Soul are funk DJ & drummer Sol Loco, bass player & soul aficionado Papa “J” Hunter, Steve Cropper disciple Matt “MG” Green and Queen of the Hammond Monique “Mon Cherie” Boggia. Getting together in early 2006 they formed with the simple aim of recapturing some old skool southern flavors they had DJ’d with over the previous decade. Inspired by the breakout of nufunk throughout Europe & the States (not forgetting Osaka Monaurail and Australia’s own – The Bamboos) they hit the clubs. Starting with an initial batch of Booker T & Meters covers, these quickly morphed into their own set of break filled funk & soul.
Quickly snapped up by Freestyle Records’ It’s not just soulful funk that floats the bands boat, you only have to hear New Yorker Tia Hunters singing on DSS’s version of the MC’s proto punk anthem “Kick Out The Jams” to appreciate the bands love of kicking, forceful and rocking dynamics. This track (released as the A side of Freestyle 45 FSR7058) will shake club foundations around the globe, that’s guaranteed.
Monique Boggia certainly knows her way around a classic analogue keyboard, on “Papa Jumps” she is out to steal Stevie Wonders clavinet crown, whilst keep one eye on her faithful Hammond Organ and on “Get Up And Get It” she invokes the skanking spirit of late reggae keyboard king Jackie Mittoo proper style!
The albums second vocal cut is a quirky, uber catchy outing, as Londoner Shirley Davis lets rip on this story of the worlds greatest superpower, folding, moolah, dosh, readies, Greenbacks.. in other words CASH!
Deep Street Soul are yet another quality addition to the Freestyle Records roster of artists, they are proud to be punchy, glad to be gritty, delighted to be so dynamic and fantastically forceful. They are raw, real and street.. Dont say we didn’t warn you!