It’s taken just two short years for Dunham Records – an imprint of Daptone Records – to establish itself as one of the most captivating creative forces in soul music. The brainchild of guitarist/producer Thomas “Tommy TNT” Brenneck, Dunham’s indelibly atmospheric sound is epitomized by its flagship artist, Menahan Street Band. After releasing a handful of crucial 45s, Dunham Records prepares to enter the next phase of its evolution with the debut album of its inaugural vocalist, Charles Bradley.
Charles Bradley’s voice has evolved from a lifetime of paying dues, having nomadically labored for decades at various day jobs from Maine to Alaska – singing and performing in his spare time – before re-settling in his hometown Brooklyn and eventually finding a musical home at Dunham. In his distinctively rough-hewn timbre one hears the unmistakable voice of experience – each note and gruff inflection a reflection of his extended, sometimes rocky, personal path. It’s only fitting that No Time For Dreaming’s producer Brenneck (also a member of The Dap-Kings and The Budos Band) would recognize in Bradley a kindred musical spirit – a singer whose performances exude both raw power and poignant beauty. Recorded at Dunham Studios, and mixed at Daptone Records’ internationally revered “House of Soul” Studios, No Time For Dreaming is the inspired sound of an awakening.
01. The World (Is Going Up In Flames)
02. The Telephone Song
03. Golden Rule
04. I Believe In Your Love
05. Trouble In The Land
06. Lovin’ You, Baby
07. No Time For Dreaming
08. How Long
09. In You (I Found a Love)
10. Why Is It So Hard?
11. Since Our Last Goodbye
12. Heartaches And Pain
13. Heart Of Gold (Neil Young – Bonus Track)
14. Stay Away (Nirvana – Bonus Track)
The album Charles Bradley “No Time For Dreaming (Expanded Edition)” (Daptone Records) has been released November 11, 2011.