Australia’s Deep Street Soul, since signing to Freestyle Records in 2008, have earned a reputation as being right at the grittiest end of the hard funk scene who made a big impact from the outset - with even the MC5’s Wayne Kramer saying that their version of Kick Out The Jams “... is the greatest version of the song ever recorded!”. From their debut self titled instrumental long player, to the 2011 follow up Look Out, Watch Out (and the addition of vocalist mighty May Johnston) this band have grown, matured and honed thier songwriting skills, as well as maintaining their rare ability to really capture the essence of the original raw funk & soul artists that inspire them. 2016 sees them return with this quite spectacular new collection. Whilst the diamond hard, driving grooves remain undiminished, there is also no doubt that the bands song writing has developed to an equally assured level. Case in point is Souls Come Alive - from Monique Boggia’s Wurlitzer electric piano intro, the blistering horns and May Johnson’s simply exemplary singing - the songs instant appeal will be lost on no one with an ear for genuine organic soul music. Come Alive also features guest vocalists Joshua Tavares and Kylie Auldist - Come Alive is Deep Street Souls finest work - no if’s, but’s or maybe’s. It s a done deal.