ASM’s debut full-length album ‘Platypus Funk’ was allegedly created by the 3 young migratory Platypi Green-T, FP, and Fade near a lazy stream in a forest where it’s always summer in high school. Having slipped into the tributary off the mainstream by accident, the Platypi soon began indulging in the surrounding greenery and floating through the peaceful waters, spending their nights jamming with the jazzed-out local Echidna population, and they decided to stick around. After excavating a crate of dusty records stacked with roots reggae, rare soul and raw funk from the muddy river banks, the Platypi soon got to work building a recording nest from whatever flotsam came their way. After two sun-drenched years, they sent a wooden cassette of their recordings downstream, in the hopes that others would stumble across it and join their tranquil commune. What was discovered on the tape marked ‘Platypus Funk’ was a pure manifestation of the ASM Platypus vibe: rhyme-flipping nerdery, deep funk grooves, soulful horn-lines and neck-snapping boom-bap drums.
The features list reads as a testament to the inspirations and companions that have encountered the ASM Platypi on their path. They include Dj Vadim (BBE Music), Sadat X (Brand Nubian), Wildchild (Stones Throw), Kid Kanevil (Firstword), Bonobo (Tru-Thoughts) and Mr Mattic (Wax Tailor crew).
A terrific collection of late-'60s/early-'70s funk singles that barely scraped the local charts, Voodoo Soul unearths a pile of gold in its 16 tracks. The Meters and Lee Dorsey loom large, but samples from the bygone careers of Clemon Smith, Skip Easterling, and the Backyard Heavies are every bit as great. There's barely a hit listed among these songs, and that's exactly the point; as Voodoo Soul proves, New Orleans was a hotbed of great music from the ground up.
For Volume 16 we examine the theory and practice behind the production of Deep House. Drawing on elements of Chicago house, soul, funk and Detroit music, deep house is often best known for its jazzy suspended chords, close-concentrated dissonant melodies, soulful vocal snippets and a general laid-back, deep feel to the music.