Saun & Starr
The sound of the newest soul stars, from the tastiest label, at the most intimate venue in town.
Daptone Records, the little indie label that could, continues to bring the tastiest, most delectable nuggets of Soul, Funk, Gospel and Afrobeat to be found on a vinyl platter. Armed with recipes culled from a former life as Desco Records, Daptone earnestly strive to serve only the finest music analog tape can offer.
So get ready for a soulful treat as on October 23rd we’ll be bringing you Daptone’s newest stars. Hot off the heels of their debut LP, ‘Look Closer’, championed by the likes of Mark Ronson, we welcome the brilliant Saun & Starr to take centre stage, for their debut UK performance.
Support comes from a band that is currently taking London by storm. Crowd Company are an 8 piece band with a modern take on vintage funk. Brimful of energy with a raw edge, catchy hooks/ melodies and tight grooves. The band combines a retro Hammond organ based sound with a virtuoso horn section, soulful lead, and harmony vocals. Catch this band while they are still hot.
“Excellent. Dirty, lowdown funk” – Craig Charles
Starr Duncan-Lowe and Saundra Williams may not be immediately familiar soulful names, but you won’t be surprised to hear that these distinctive voices have been featured as the background vocals for Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings both on stage and on record. Finally, the duo has prepared to step forward into the limelight.
The duo grew up mere blocks from each other in New York City’s northern-most borough, The Bronx, crossing paths at an open mic night. With a mutual respect for each other’s talent as singers along with a shared musical aesthetic, the two became friends. Shortly after, they began performing with a local singer whose frequent gigs at the Apollo kept them busy for the next few years. Both were living in New Jersey sometime after that gig had ended when Saundra went to audition for a successful wedding band whose lead singer. Her name? Miss Sharon Jones.
Skipping this soulful story forwards to 2008 and good friend Sharon Jones asked them to back her for the Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings LP ‘I Learned the Hard Way’. Now performing as Sharon’s backup singers, Saun and Starr quickly acclimated to the group and were soon re-christened as The Dapettes.
2013 brought the release of SJDK’s fifth long player and cover songs soon gave way to original compositions with the duo now being billed as Saun & Starr. Before long, S&S and The Dap-Kings set up shop at Daptone Records’ House of Soul to begin recording an album. The first single, “Hot Shot,” penned by Daptone’s head honcho and producer extraordinaire Gabe Roth, was an instant success, selling over 2,000 45rpm singles within 6 months. Now in 2015, it’s time for Saun & Starr to shine on their first EVER European and UK tour dates.