Deep Down & Dirty

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Deep Down & Dirty
Deep Down and Dirty album cover.jpg
Studio album by Stereo MCs
Released 28 May 2001 (2001-05-28)
Studio Frontline Studios
Genre Electronic, hip hop
Length 50:55
Label Island Records
Producer Stereo MCs
Stereo MCs chronology
DJ-Kicks: Stereo MCs
(2000)DJ-Kicks: Stereo MCs2000
Deep Down and Dirty

Deep Down & Dirty is the fourth studio album by the British electronic band Stereo MCs, released on May 28 2001, nine years after the successful Connected.[1] The album maintains a similar style to its predecessor with deep-groove, beatbox funk, nods to soul-jazz and gospel though music critics at the time noted its grittier, edgier approach.[2] The title track was released as the album's first single. It was recorded at Frontline Studios, Brixton, London.[3][4]


The Stereo MC's toured from 1992 until 1994 in support of their previous album, Connected following the resounding success of its 1992 release which earned two coveted Brit Awards (including album of the year) before taking an extended hiatus due to being "burnt out" explained Nick "the Head" Hallam in a Billboard interview. "It got to a point where Rob and I weren't even really talking -- and this went on for about one year. This was particularly bizarre, as we've known each other since we were 6 years old." During their absence, the two formed a publishing company (Spirit Songs) and an independent label (Response Records). They also remixed U2's Mysterious Ways and Madonna's Frozen under the Ultimatum alias. In 2000 they mixed a volume of the DJ Kicks series for German imprint Studio !K7.[3]

The first single released was the title track, Deep Down and Dirty and was issued to modern rock and college radio at the end of April. Club DJs were issued remixes of the track (by Jon Carter and Two Lone Swordsmen).[3]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 6.8/10 stars[5]
Allmusic 4/5 stars[6]
The New Zealand Herald 3/5 stars[7]
Mojo 6/10 stars[8]

The album was met with mixed to positive reaction from music critics, scoring 68% on Metacritic, 4 stars out of 5 on Allmusic and peaked at no 17 on the UK charts.[9] Mojo gave it 60 out of 100 and said "If all you want to do is throw the same funky shapes you threw a decade ago, this long-awaited outing will more than suffice. Otherwise, it's the same old same old".[10] Stephen Dalton from NME gave a scathing review of the album, saying "This is so grindingly pedestrian you almost feel sorry for these one-time pioneers.[11]

Track listing[edit]

  1. Deep Down & Dirty (4:23)
  2. We Belong In This World Together (4:40)
  3. Breeze (4:25)
  4. Running (4:53)
  5. Graffiti Part One (2:34)
  6. Graffiti Part Two (2:49)
  7. Sofisticated (4:14)
  8. Traffic (5:17)
  9. The Right Effect (4:40)
  10. Stop At Nothing (4:01)
  11. Unconscious (4:06)
  12. Shameless (4:53)

Total running time: 50:55[1]


Stereo MC's

  • Rob Birch
  • Nick Hallam
  • Cath Coffey
  • Vernoa Davis
  • Andrea Groves
  • Owen If


  • Carol Kenyon - vocals
  • Delance Curtis - vocals
  • Angela Murrell - vocals
  • Sam Scott - vocals
  • The Kick Horns - flute, brass
  • John Eacott - trumpet
  • Malcolm Earle Smith - trombone
  • Kwaku "Reg" Dzidzornu - percussion
  • The Head - DJ
  • Leon Mar - bass, Pre-production
  • Neil Douglas - engineer
  • Mike Marsh - mastering
  • Stereo MC's -producer


  1. ^ a b "Deep Down & Dirty : Stereo MC's - Urban | Archambault". 2001-06-12. Retrieved 2013-10-11. 
  2. ^ "Stereo MC's Deep Down and Dirty Review". BBC. 2001. Retrieved 2013-10-16. 
  3. ^ a b c '+nick_name+'. "Stereo MC's Get 'Deep Down & Dirty' - Life & Style - Billboard article/news". Retrieved 2013-10-11. 
  4. ^ "Stereo MC's - Deep Down & Dirty CD Album". 2001-06-12. Retrieved 2013-10-11. [permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "Deep Down & Dirty Reviews". Metacritic. 2001-06-12. Retrieved 2013-10-11. 
  6. ^ John Bush (2001-06-12). "Deep Down & Dirty - Stereo MC's | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-10-11. 
  7. ^ '+nick_name+' (2001-07-14). "Stereo MC's: Deep Down and Dirty - Life & Style - NZ Herald News". Retrieved 2013-10-11. 
  8. ^ "Critic Reviews for Deep Down & Dirty". Metacritic. 2001-06-12. Retrieved 2013-10-11. 
  9. ^ Alexis Petridis. "CD review: Stereo MC's: Deep Down and Dirty | Culture". The Guardian. Retrieved 2013-10-11. 
  10. ^ "Critic Reviews for Deep Down & Dirty". Metacritic. 2001-06-12. Retrieved 2013-10-11. 
  11. ^ "NME Track Reviews - Stereo MC's : Deep Down And Dirty". Nme.Com. 2001-04-18. Retrieved 2013-10-11.