Northern soul boy, crate digger and tastemaker, Keb Darge is a name which needs no introduction to lovers of rare music the world over. His ‘Legendary Deep Funk’ night at Soho’s seminal strip club turned music venue Madame Jojo’s introduced obscure dance-floor soul music to an eager London club crowd, sparking a global appetite for raw, visceral funk.
A Longtime contributor to Guitar World magazine and the author and producer of literally hundreds of artist transcriptions, books, and instructional DVDs, Andy Aledort has influenced and inspired guitarists around the world for many years. During his tenure at Guitar World, Aledort has written lesson features on players such as Eric Clapton, Eddie Van Halen, Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Dimebag Darrell, and Yngwie Malmsteen, among others. He has also created many of Guitar World's best-selling instructional DVDs, including Play Rock Guitar, How to Play Hard Rock and Heavy Metal, and How to Play the Jimi Hendrix Experience's Axis: Bold as Love.
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).