DAT BRASS: brass licks, scratch flicks, rap spits, hat hits hip-hop brass 10-piece born on the streets of London
DJ, raconteur, author, producer, broadcaster and fun lovin’ criminal, Huey Morgan - a modern-day rock’n’roll renaissance man - is many things to many people.
As the whisky-soaked Lower East Side voice of 6 Music and Radio 2, he’s the man who joins the dots between funk, soul, disco, classic hip-hop and rock’n’roll. As a broadcaster, he’s the man who tells laugh-out-loud stories and talks to the listener as if pulled up on a bar stool next to them. And as a musician, he’s the frontman of
legendary 90’s outfit Fun Lovin’ Criminals, a funk-fried indie outfit that broke big in the UK and sold over ten million records.
That voice has seen him headhunted for several voice-over roles, including Drugs, Inc. for Nat Geo on Netflix and as part of the 2006 Scarface video game, while his top-ranked podcast, Huey: Off The Record, has hosted Iggy Pop and Ricky Gervais since its launch.
The musical equivalent of the cosmic Big Bang, disco, hip hop and funk collided in an almighty collision in late 70s New York, with call and response choruses sat astride Get Down breaks and fast’n’furious hip hop mixing. It was a truly magical moment, and one that Huey captures perfectly with his funk-loving NYC Block Party.
The front man of Fun Lovin’ Criminals and a hugely respected BBC 6 Music DJ, Huey has perfected the sound over decades as an in-demand DJ and musician. Then again, as a music obsessive growing up in the Lower East Side of New York, he lived and breathed the sound and the fashion of the times, making him the perfect host for the NYC Block Party.
From Chic to Donna Summer and Kool and the Gang to James Brown via Grandmaster Flash and The Jackson 5 and more recent flavours like Jurassic 5, Cypress Hill and Michael Kiwanuka, Huey’s NYC Block Party is the sound of funk, soul, disco and hip hop jams battling it out on the dancefloor, a riotous celebration of the Good Times. As The Sugar Hill Gang might have said: 'Huey will make you throw your hands up in the air like you just don't care.'