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A Collective Of Urban Minded People With A Soulful Message To The World.
Urban Street Soul Orchestra was formed in 1992 at Toto Productions where a mixture of talent like Shawn Benson (R.I.P) Daz-I-Kue, Don Ricardo, Hil St Soul, Stevie Granville, and Paul ‘vibe’ C recorded and jammed until the early hours.
The Slice Of Life album was recorded in 1997 but never released,
as the musical family who grew up together left home and each set out on their own musical journey to success.
Now the family who left home, have returned to be back together again. The masters which were stored safely away by Uncle L, have been taken out of the Toto Productions vault and are now ready to be released.
The long awaited album “Slice of life” by Urban Street Soul Orchestra Out On itunes.
Uncle L built TOTO Productions on a philosophy of integration and unity and has used the same philosophy to create URBAN STREET SOUL ORCHESTRA - “A collective of urban -minded people with a soulful message to the world.”
The album tells the story of how our shared love of music helped us through the hard times of the 90’s. U.S.S.O songs and productions are timeless and relevant, blending the soulful influences of past greats with the unique sounds of USSO - “Rare groove meets New Soul”
The musical family who grew up together, left home and are now “Back together again”.
Back Together Again – USSO’s Don Ricardo feat Hil St. Soul - Produced by V’Essence
(Next promo release off the forthcoming USSO album)
Don Ricardo joined TOTO Productions in the early nineties to work as an in house engineer and soon became and Artist and Producer in his own right recording his two successful hits in two different musical genres, the heart-rending reggae classic “She’s having my baby” and the huge garage hit “Best Friends” with Danny.J.Lewis. Shortly afterwards, Don joins Urban Street Soul Orchestra (USSO) as the main vocalist and co-songwriter, yet again crossing over to another musical genre and showing his amazing musical versatility.
Daz-I-Kue, A Londoner and a member of the well-respected production crew, Bugz In The Attic, with hits like Booty La, La. Bugz In the Attic have remixed sounds for the likes of Amy Winhouse, Gil Scott Heron, Macy Gray, Soul II Soul and 4Hero. Daz worked as an in house engineer and Producer for TOTO Productions and Urban Street Soul Orchestra (USSO)
Stevie Ville, known for his exceptional vocal talents on the dance and gospel scene, achieved success at an early age with previous hits such as “Race of Survival” with Sonz of Soul “Lovin you is really something” and the more recent dance hit with Laidback Luke “Hypnotize“. Stevie has also made special appearances on The Jools Holland TV show with his previous band Musical Mindz. Stevie came to TOTO Productions in the early nineties to work on his solo album with USSO. (To be released early 2012) and features on the classic ‘Slice of Life’ single with Don Ricardo.
Paul.C - A highly respected producer on the gospel scene who is able to catch the British R&B sound of today within gospel music. Also the Producer of the UK’s highly successful R&B Gospel compilations “New Flava “Vols 1 and 2. From working with top Gospel vocalists Paul has also achieved national success with Lo-Rider’s Top UK dance chart “Skinny”. Paul joined TOTO Productions and USSO in the early nineties as a Producer/Songwriter.
Julie Smith aka Noisy Sista – A highly talented Soulful House Producer who joined USSO as a backing vocalist and features on the classic ballad ‘Just a matter of time’ with Don Ricardo on the forthcoming USSO album.