Soopasoul is that rarest of things in this electronic age of dance music. A band where everything is played in live, where loops and plug-ins are passed over in favour of a drum kit in the living room, guitars and bass that are lying around and a funky horn section so steeped in tradition that you can feel the real deal being played out in front of your ears.

Danny Hybrid the man behind Soopasoul grew up in Manchester and has been a music pioneer ever since he was young. Danny was happily perfecting his funk / hip hop sound when one of his faster breakbeat funk tracks came to the attention of Manchester mover Mike E Bloc who ran one of the city’s biggest record shops. He offered encouragement and backing to form the record label UFG and Danny went on to write and release rave classics as E-Lustrious, Direkt (2 Fatt Guitars) and Rollin Gear amongst other pseudonyms.

Danny started to put out some serious records. Wild Mad Beat and Feel Allright were released on Danny’s Nu-Funk label getting major props from the funk breaks scene. Danny got a show on a local radio station dropping funk science. One of the other DJ’s was Andre a US army recruit based in Cornwall who had a show playing hip hop. Andre introduced Danny to Mississippi born gospel singer Nikeya, and a writing partnership was born. “Quite a few of the songs on the Soopasoul album stem from that phase – we came up with some great songs before they shipped back to the states”.

Around this time Danny’s output came to the attention of Jalapeno Records boss Trevor Mac who loved Danny’s records from day one but couldn’t work out which funk records he was sampling. After getting in touch and finding there were no samples – he’d written all of it he offered him an album deal.

That album was called Twin Stix and was released to great success on Jalapeno. As well as the tracks with Nikeya it featured dutch soulstress Sitzka and britishfunk legend Dionne Charles.

Since releasing his killer debut album – Danny has released the cracking Summer Sun single featuring soul superstar John Turrell and is working on material for his next album.

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