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Monday, Mar 29 2004 | 15:23

Inspired by the deep funk sound of the late 60’s and early 70’s, Speedometer started as a funk quartet in 1997 playing tunes primarily by The Meters. In 1998 they worked with James Taylor Quartet and expanded their line-up to include a percussionist and horn section and wrote their own material to the form the band it is today.

In 1999, they recorded their “Digging Deep” promo ep which attracted attention from the New York record label Desco Records. Their new label Soul Fire Records, who pride themselves on recording authentic funk and releasing limited edition pressings of 45 singles, flew to the UK to record more material with Speedometer. The first single, “Soul Safari” a blend of funk and afro-beat, was described by Dusty Groove as the best release from the label ever.

The band, the same year, were asked by the Jazz Café, London, to perform with Marva Whitney, James Brown’s soul diva, for two exclusive UK shows. Marva described Speedometer as “Really hot! These guys could show my band in the US a thing or two!”. Speedometer continue playing the big funk clubs around the UK and have worked with Sharon Jones, Lee Fields, Sir Joe Quarterman and Eddie Bo.

2001 saw the launch of The Speedettes, the hottest soul vocal duo who joined the band. The forthcoming single with The Speedettes, “Wait Up”, is hitting the dancefloors across the UK and is tipped to be one of the best soul / funk releases of the year.

Speedometer’s full-length debut “This Is Speedometer” is going to be released May, 3rd, 2004 on Blow It Hard Records.

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