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Deep Cotton

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Single: 1954

EP: Songs for Soul Rebels & Afropunk Superstars

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Dear Sirs, your Deluxe Smile (Order# 9900) has finally arrived. Just like you ordered. We at King Industries are very sorry it took us nearly thirty years to fill your order. We do realize that you placed your order in 1980 after hearing the Talking Heads’ remarkable album Remain in Light. We also realize that you contacted us again in 1987 after hearing Prince’s Sign of the Times, and then once again after hearing Nirvana’s Nevermind in 1991. And yes, we are quite aware that you again contacted our New York office in 2000 to curse our souls and berate us for not fulfilling your initial order after hearing Outkast’s classic Stankonia.

But your order required us to find songs written in an entire new musical genre, to discover a new sound— an adventurous band that wrote songs that were an amalgamation of the disparate things you loved— punk and funk, soul and rock, hip hop and everything in between. And to put it simply, with the rise of corporate radio and video culture, as well as the corresponding decline in artistic integrity, it has been quite difficult to find anything remotely original that doesn’t sound like it was manufactured by a gang of sexy mannequins, produced merely to score a car commercial, to rape a pre-existing musical legacy or to kill society’s belief that the future exists.

But lo and behold—Dear Sirs!—we at King Industries are happy to announce that we have finally found the listening experience you have been craving and imagining for the last 25 years of your life. A liberating musical world called “punk hop” created by a duo named Deep Cotton. Deep Cotton consists of two musical renegades—Nate Wonder and Chuck Lightning—that seem bent on proving that there is only one rule: break the rules. Their EP Songs for Soul Rebels and Afropunk Superstars is like listening to thunder rumble on a summer day for the very first time. Upon hearing this music, you know that a storm is coming. A powerful tempest that will wash away the barriers in record store bins, the artifice of music marketing slogans and constrictive categories, the soulless world of today’s bling for bling’s sake.

Dear noble customer, listen for yourself! As soon as the bass comes thumping out of the Deep Cotton anthem “1954,” your hands curl into fists, your feet begin stomping and you rush forward to grab the last two hundred CDs you’ve bought to burn them! Because suddenly you realize that you have been lost in a wilderness of very bad music for a very long time, and you are finally finding your way home again. And that’s not to mention the celestial melodies of a song like “Dumb Angel”! Upon first listen, your heart becomes a deer racing through a forest because you remember—yes you remember!— what the pitter-patter of beauty sounds like.

Dear Sirs, let me put it plainly: Chuck Lightning’s voice is an upturned finger to all the nonsense most call art in America, and in its jagged tones you can hear Richard Hell, George Clinton, and David Byrne having a long deep conversation about the end of the world. In contrast, Nate Wonder’s soulful voice and avant-pop sensibilities find their inspiration in pop radio, in sunshine, in Crunk n’ B, in Rachimanoff, in Motown— as well as the dark boom of hip hop and the unheralded innovation of soul rebels such as Shuggie Otis, Arthur Lee, and Cody Chesnutt.

Dear Sirs, for thirty years you have been waiting so I won’t take the liberty to bore you with the sordid details of the group’s origin, the meaning of the group’s intriguing name, or countless other things that don’t matter—such as the fact that the duo met in 2002 at Morehouse College, went on to hone their punk hop sound in true DIY fashion in their basement studio; or that most of the music is played by the multi-instrumentalist Nate Wonder, and composed, arranged and produced by our super duo, and then approved by swaying groupies who hover around the group like bloodthirsty vampires! Nor is it important that Nate Wonder owned his first piano at the age of four and composed his first songs at the age of three! Nor does it matter that Chuck Lightning calls his lyrics “science friction,” that he has lived most of his life lost in magic-realist fantasies, or that he credits people as diverse as Fela and Kafka for his dystopian, afropunk world view. Now thirty years after your precious order, none of these granular facts matter. The only thing you rightfully care about now is the music.

So please without further ado, press play, enjoy your Deluxe Smile (order #9900) and at long last, welcome to the wondrous world of Deep Cotton…

William James Williamson II
Director of Customer Service
King Industries, Inc.