Keb Darge

Beams Presents the Keb Darge Experience

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Subtitled "20 Super Rare Hammond, Soul and Funk Monsters From the Sixties and Seventies," Beams Presents the Keb Darge Experience is a worthy companion to DJ/record collector Darge's previous compilation endeavors (Legendary Deep Funk, Funk Spectrum, etc.). It's a bit more varied than his usual hard funk outings, mixing in more soul and organ-centered funk for a somewhat easier-grooving vibe, although there's no shortage of grit thanks to Darge's excellent taste. Several of these selections are among the most prized collector's items in the entire deep funk cult: the Spittin' Image's "J.B.'s Latin," the Herb Johnson Settlement's "Damph F'Ain't," Leroy & the Drivers' "The Sad Chicken," and Slim & the Soulful Saints' "Fish Head." Underappreciated New Orleans funksters the Gaturs are probably the highest-profile name here, checking in with the loping electric-piano groove "Gatur Bait." The latter half of the disc is heavy on sweet, funky '70s soul, much of it flavored with jazzy chord changes and a definite (though never overpowering) disco pulse. Since the compilation was originally released in Japan, the liner notes are unfortunately in Japanese, though liners have never been the strength of a Darge compilation anyway (The Funky 16 Corners still sets the standard in that department). Still, it's a solid addition to Darge's growing legacy as the number one tastemaker in deep funk.

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