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Poets Of RhythmBefore Daptone, there was Desco. Before Desco, there were The Poets of Rhythm. Back in the ’90s, a time when most of our ears were filled with the alternating din of angsty grunge and synthesized pseudo-soul, a couple of German kids unearthed a raw sound from our own back yard that we hadn’t even remembered burying. Though for a time they reveled in the borrowed nostalgia of bell-bottoms and fur coats, their style was always in spite of fashion, not because of it. They drew from the sound of old funk records, not as a mold, but as inspiration, understanding that sound would always be an origin of their music, but unlike many ‘soul revivalists’ to follow, they never settled for it as a destination.

As homage to the undeniably funky frontrunners of the modern soul movement, we are proud to present the definitive collection of Poets tunes, respectfully curated by Daptone staff and the band themselves. It’s been twenty years since their first recording session, and this anthology celebrates their decade-long journey from the raw exuberant rebellion of ‘Funky Train’, to the moody hypnotic explorations of ‘Discern and Define’, and for the first time EVER on wax, the eerie, relaxed groover ‘Path of Life’ – a journey that truly earns them their name: The Poets of Rhythm.

“The band that convinced me soul music wasn’t dead.” – Gabriel Roth


01. Funky Train
02. South Carolina
03. Augusta, GA
04. More Mess On My Thing
05. North Carolina
06. It Came Over Me
07. 50 Yards Of Soul
08. Santa’s Got A Bag Of Soul
09. The Donkey
10. Choking On A Piece Of Meat Pt. 2
11. Serengeti Stroke
12. Rhodesian Girl
13. Wallow In The Myrrh
14. Summerdays
15. Ham Gallery
16. Smilin’ (While You’re Crying)
17. Discern/Define
18. Path of Life (previously unreleased)

The album Poets Of RhythmAnthology 1992 – 2003” (Daptone Records) is going to be released October 4, 2013.

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