October 24, 2016 by Nigel
DJ Keb Darge ran his ‘Legendary Deep Funk’ club sessions for 20 years. 16 of these years at strip club turned night club Madame Jojos in London’s Soho.
Deep Funk was the longest running weekly funk and soul session in London at the time with a playlist featuring the best in deep funk, northern soul, 60’s RnB and 1950’s rock n roll.
In 1997 the first of three compilation albums of ‘Legendary Deep Funk’ was released by BBE. Curated by Keb these albums were the antithesis of the funk compilation albums that came before. Instead of the same old funk tunes the Deep Funk albums featured little heard gems uncovered by Keb’s obsessive record digging.
Deep Funk went on to become not just the name of a clubnight but a genre of music in it’s own right. Inspiring the likes of The Bamboos and The New Mastersounds. Two of the bands who have gone on to pioneer the contemporary funk and soul scene. Keb was also one of the first DJs to recognise the potential of Sharon Jones and her Dapkings. They even played a live set in the small Madame JoJos venue. Seeing all the band members crammed onto the tiny stage must have been a sight!
Keb called time on Deep Funk in 2010. The music lived on at Madame Jojos with a new night called “On The Good Foot” presided over by DJ Snowboy. That continued until Madame Jojos was closed down by Westminster council in 2014 as part of the so called gentrification of soho.
So here it is 21 tracks of the purest deep funk music (full tracklisting below).
Released 28 October 2016 on BBE Records.
King Tutt – You’ve Got Me Hung Up
Harris and Orr – Spread Love
Cross Bronx Expressway – Cross Bronx Expressway
Soul Drifter – Funky Brother (Re-Edit)
Zebra – Simple Song
Record Player – Free Your Mind
Fabulous Mark 3 – Psycho
The Chefs – Mr Machine (Re-Edit)
Dee Edwards – I Can Deal With That
Leon Gardner – Natural
Family Of Eve – I Wanna Be Loved By You
Total Experience – Contradiction
Joe Washington – Blueberry Hill
Ronnie Keaton – Going Down For The Last Time
Fabulous Originals – It Ain’t Fun (Re-Edit)
Sons Of The Kingdom – Modernization
Ramsey & Co – Love Call
Rickey Calloway – Tell Me
Golden Toadstools – Silly Savage
Sandi and Matues – World
Carleen & The Groovers – Can We Rap