Keb Darge: The Best of Legendary Deep Funk

Rare music from Keb Darge’s Legendary Deep Funk night in Soho

Legendary Deep Funk was a night by DJ Keb Darge at Soho’s strip club turned music venue Madame Jojo’s. It introduced obscure records to London and sparked an appetite for deep funk.

BBE Records – which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year – has released The Best of Legendary Deep Funk. Compiled by Darge, it features a selection of tracks taken from BBE’s three 1997 compilations of music from the Legendary Deep Funk nights.

Keb Darge compiled deep funk on several trips to the US in the 1980s. In fact, they were leftover records he accumulated while collecting northern soul. He called it “junk music” at first but, after realising its potential, started playing the records at clubs in London and began referring to it as “deep funk”.

In the wake of acid house’s heyday, Darge had secured a regular slot at the Wag Club – which specialised in acid jazz. After this ended around 1992, he met Snowboy and started hosting all-funk nights around London. After a few years, they started Legendary Deep Funk at Madame Jojo’s, which continued until 2010.