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James Hunters neues Album erscheint über Daptone Records
Friday, January 12th, 2018 | Tags: , ,
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Nach fünf umjubelten Alben veröffentlicht James Hunter, längst eine feste Größe in der Welt des Rhythm and Soul, sein neues Werk. “Whatever It Takes” erscheint beim renommierten New Yorker Label Daptone Records. Zusammen mit Bosco Mann, Produzent und Mitbegründer von Daptone, hat Hunter zehn neue Songs aufgenommen, die noch ergreifender und fesselnder als seine vorherigen […]

The Como Mamas veröffentlichen ihr neues Gospel-Album “Move Upstairs” auf Daptone Records
Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017 | Tags: , ,
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Mit nur zwei Alben – “Get An Understanding” und als Gastsängerinnen auf “Como Now” – haben sich die Como Mamas jetzt schon als drei der stärksten Stimmen im modernen Gospel etabliert. Mit ihrem Auftritt bei der Daptone Super Soul Revue im Apollo Theater in Harlem im Dezember 2015 – also weit entfernt von Como, Mississippi […]

The Olympians – The Olympians (Daptone Records)
Friday, October 28th, 2016 | Tags: , ,
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The Olympians arrangieren luxuriöse Streicher & Harfen, ergänzen sie mit Vibraphon & Gitarre, untermalen das Ganze mit üppigen Keyboard-Sounds und würzen am Ende alles mit erhitzten Bläsern. Soul at its best!

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Release: 28-10-16
The Frightnrs – Nothing More To Say (Daptone Records)
Friday, September 2nd, 2016 | Tags: , ,
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The Frightnrs “Nothing More To Say” is a true collaboration between the band, black belt producer and arranger Victor Axelrod aka Ticklah and Daptone Records.

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Release: 02-09-16
OST/Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings – Miss Sharon Jones! (Daptone Records)
Friday, August 19th, 2016 | Tags: , , ,
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It is our distinct pleasure to present: Miss Sharon Jones! OST. Much like the film, the soundtrack gives you an intimate, candid look into the life of a woman who refuses to be defined by the challenges she faces.

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Release: 19-08-16
The Frightnrs first full length LP for Daptone Records is a testament
Wednesday, August 17th, 2016 | Tags: , ,
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Set to be released on September 2nd, The Frightnrs first full length LP for Daptone Records, “Nothing Left to Say,” is a testament. It is a testament to the belief that the classic sound of Jamaican Rocksteady, when treated with the utmost respect and devotion, can be reimagined to speak to a new generation. It […]

Daptone Records will release a soundtrack album for the documentary ‘Miss Sharon Jones!’
Friday, August 5th, 2016 | Tags: , , ,
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It is our distinct pleasure to present: Miss Sharon Jones! OST. The film, directed by two-time Academy Award winner, Barbara Kopple, follows the dynamic front-woman through her 2013 battle with cancer and her triumphant return to the stage around the release of Give The People What They Want. The soundtrack, featuring the exclusive “I’m Still […]

Walker Family Singers – Panola Country Spirit (Daptone Records)
Friday, March 18th, 2016 | Tags: , ,
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Recorded in their living room, these performances are as deep and stirring as they are unembelished. Take a moment to take in Panola County Spirit, with The Walker Family Singers.

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Release: 18-03-16
Charles Bradley is set to release his third album on Daptone Records
Thursday, March 17th, 2016 | Tags: , ,
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Charles Bradley is set to release his third album, Changes, on Daptone Records. Rolling Stone named Changes one of the “Most Anticipated Albums of 2016,” stating “The ageless, limitless ‘Screaming Eagle of Soul’ swoops back with Changes, an album named after Charles Bradley’s affected rework of Black Sabbath’s 1972 piano ballad.” The remarkable against-all-odds rise […]

The Walker Family Singers to release a capella gospel album on Daptone Records
Monday, March 7th, 2016 | Tags: , ,
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In April of 2010, Robert, Bobby, Alberta, Delouse, and Patricia gathered at the home of their parents, Raymond and Joella Walker to make a recording with Michael Reilly. It would be Reilly’s third venture to record the a capella gospel tradition of Como, Mississippi for Daptone Records. It was during his first recording (The Voices […]

The James Hunter Six – Hold On! (Daptone Records)
Friday, February 5th, 2016 | Tags: , ,
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This may be James Hunter’s fourth album, but it is his first on Daptone. Produced by Daptone’s own Bosco Mann (Gabriel Roth) at Penrose Recorders (Daptone West) near his home in Riverside, CA, Hold On! is a perfect portrait of an artist at the top of his game.

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Release: 05-02-16
Daptone Records presents the first album from Rhythm and Blues troubadour James Hunter for the NYC based label
Thursday, January 14th, 2016 | Tags: , ,
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This may be James Hunter’s fourth album, but it is his first on Daptone. Produced by Daptone’s own Bosco Mann (Gabriel Roth) at Penrose Recorders (Daptone West) near his home in Riverside, CA, Hold On! is a perfect portrait of an artist at the top of his game. James Hunter has been on the scene […]

Various – Daptone Gold Vol.2 (Daptone Records)
Friday, September 18th, 2015 | Tags: ,
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Six years after the release of acclaimed greatest hits and rarities collection Daptone Gold, Daptone Records announces the release of Daptone Gold II.

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Release: 18-09-15
Daptone Records announces the release of Daptone Gold II
Monday, September 14th, 2015 | Tags: ,
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Six years after the release of acclaimed greatest hits and rarities collection Daptone Gold, Daptone Records announces the release of Daptone Gold II. Where the original put a spotlight on Daptone’s unique sonic mission, Daptone Gold II reveals just how far things have come, packed with favourites from the last six years, along with tracks […]

Daptone Records is proud to release the debut album by Saun & Starr
Tuesday, May 5th, 2015 | Tags: , ,
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Daptone Records is proud to release Look Closer, the debut album by Saun & Starr, in May 2015. While the group’s name may not be immediately familiar, Starr Duncan-Lowe and Saundra Williams’ distinctive voices have been featured as the background vocals for Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings both on stage and on record. Finally, the […]

Budos Band – Burnt Offering (Daptone Records)
Friday, October 24th, 2014 | Tags: , ,
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The Budos Band returns with Burnt Offering; a wild, booze-fueled ride of hazy riffs and takeno-prisoners horn lines that summons the occult – an evolved sound for this mighty 10-piece band sparked by their love of Black Sabbath and Pentagram.

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Release: 24-10-14
Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens – Cold World (Daptone Records)
Friday, August 1st, 2014 | Tags: , ,
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Daptone Records is pleased to announce the release of ‘Cold World’ by Naomi Shelton and The Gospel Queens.

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Release: 01-08-14
Daptone Records present the definitive collection of Poets Of Rhythm tunes
Monday, September 30th, 2013 | Tags: , ,
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Before 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 […]

The James Hunter Six – Minute By Minute (Daptone Records)
Monday, July 15th, 2013 | Tags: , ,
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For his first new album in five years, Minute By Minute, British soul man James Hunter teamed with Daptone mastermind Gabriel Roth for a horn-fueled blast of deep soul and R&B.

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Release: 12-07-13
The Como Mamas – Get An Understanding (Daptone Records)
Tuesday, February 12th, 2013 | Tags: , ,
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Recorded on a sweltering morning in the humble wood structure that is Mt. Mariah church, this record is sure to mirror that heat throughout your body and soul.

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Release: 08-02-13
Charles Bradley – No Time For Dreaming (Expanded Edition) (Daptone Records)
Monday, November 14th, 2011 | Tags: , ,
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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. Expanded Edition.

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Release: 11-11-11
Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings – Soul Time! (Daptone Records)
Monday, October 31st, 2011 | Tags: , ,
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Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings have developed an international reputation as the #1 group on today’s soul scene. “Soul Time!” is an exploration of the full range of their dynamic sound.

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Release: 28-10-11
Daptone Records is proud to present the third full-length by The Budos Band …
Thursday, August 12th, 2010 | Tags: , ,
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Daptone Records is proud to present The Budos Band III, unleashing The Budos Band’s brazen sound and inspiring fervor among music lovers throughout the world. Produced by Bosco Mann and TNT at Daptone Records’ “House Of Soul” Studios in Bushwick, Brooklyn, the band’s third full-length studio effort was conceived during weekly, beer-fueled Staten Island writing […]

Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings present their fourth full-length on Daptone Records …
Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010 | Tags: , ,
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Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings are already well known as one of the most exciting acts in the nation for both their explosive live shows and their prolific output of gritty studio recordings. Their breakout release, “100 Days, 100 Nights,” sold over 150,000 copies worldwide. This Spring the band will release “I Learned The Hard […]

A killer afrobeat gem by Nicholas Addo-Nettey of Fela’s Africa 70 on Daptone Records …
Tuesday, August 11th, 2009 | Tags: , , ,
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Nicholas Addo-Nettey was born in Accra, Ghana on August 7th, 1954. In the 60’s, the Ghanaian youth were crazy about American soul music, and Nicholas was no exception to the rule. James Brown and Otis Redding were his idols and by the age of 18 he started to perform himself. Shortly after, fellow musician Joe […]

Various – Como Now: The Voices Of Panola (Daptone Records)
Monday, August 25th, 2008 | Tags: ,
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“Como Now: The Voices of Panola CO, Mississippi” is the first gospel album release from the everpopular Daptone Records. The 16 songs on this record feature performances by every one of the singers that came down to Mt. Mariah Church on July 22nd, 2006.

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Release: 29-08-08
SHARON JONES & THE DAP KINGS present their debut album “100 Days, 100 Nights” on Daptone Records …
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The Mystery Lights from NYC are the first signing to be released by Daptone’s rock imprint Wick Records
Friday, June 17th, 2016 | Tags: , ,
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BEHOLD! The inaugural long player from Wick Records – The Mystery Lights! In an era when the city kvetches that there are no good NYC bands, when half of the music scene has split for sunny California, the Mystery Lights are an anomaly. Not only did these bold young men reverse the direction – optimistically […]

Various – Daptone Gold Vol.2 (2LP+MP3)
Friday, August 7th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Daptone Gold Vol.2 (2LP+MP3)

Image: 1598622 Six years after the release of acclaimed greatest hits and rarities collection Daptone Gold, Daptone Records announces the release of Daptone Gold II on September 18, 2015. Where the original put a spotlight on Daptone’s unique sonic mission, Daptone Gold II reveals just how far things have come, packed with favourites from the last six years, along with tracks previously unavailable or only obtainable via 45. The release also follows Daptone’s 2014 Super Soul Revue, a series of shows that saw the entire Daptone roster perform together, culminating in three sold out nights at the world famous Apollo Theater. This new double album brings fans up to date with the Brooklyn label that has become a premier source of new soulful music and a model for independent labels everywhere.

Featuring some of the most popular songs ever released by Daptone, the album includes Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings’ “Better Things” (from the 2010 album I Learned the Hard Way), “Inspiration Information,” (a Shuggie Otis cover from Soul Time!) and “Retreat!” from their latest album Give the People What They Want.

Other favourites include Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens’ 2014 track “Sinner”, “Strictly Reserved For You” and “Heartaches and Pain”, by Charles Bradley, “Hot Shot” by 2015 breakout band Saun & Starr, “Dirty Money” by Afrobeat outfit Antibalas, and “Got To Get Back To My Baby” by The Sugarman 3, as well as many others.

Songs previously only available on 45 include “Luv Jones,” a duet by Charles Bradley and LaRose Jackson, “Little Boys With Shiny Toys” by Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, and “Out Of The Wilderness” by The Como Mamas. Previously unreleased songs include the instrumental “Thunderclap” by The Dap-Kings and “You Got To Move” performed by Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens.

In the spirit of Daptone’s commitment to beautiful physical products, the Daptone Gold II double LP is packaged in a silver foil gatefold sleeve and comes with a poster, liner notes and iron-on, and the CD is in a deluxe embossed silver foil digipak.

“This is a label, a family of musicians, at the top of its game…witness Daptone in its prime” – Mr. Fine Wine, WFMU

“Daptone is a very special, one of a kind place and I am honoured to be part of this family. No other record label can compare.” – Saundra Williams, Saun & Starr

Tracklist For Daptone Gold II

Side One
1. Better Things To Do (from I Learned the Hard Way) – Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
2. Strictly Reserved For You (from Victim of Love) – Charles Bradley (Featuring Menahan Street Band)
3. Sinner (from Cold World) – Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens
4. Hot Shot (from Look Closer) – Saun & Starr
5. Dirty Money (from Antibalas) – Antibalas

Side Two
6. Inspiration Information (from Soul Time!) – Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
7. The Traitor (from Make The Road By Walking) – Menahan Street Band
8. Heartaches And Pain (from No Time For Dreaming) – Charles Bradley
9. Unbroken, Unshaven (from The Budos Band III) – The Budos Band
10. Retreat! (from Give the People What They Want) – Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
11. Witches Boogaloo (from What The World Needs Now) – The Sugarman 3

Side Three
12. Look Closer (Can’t You See The Signs?) (from Look Closer) – Saun & Starr
13. Keep Coming Back (from The Crossing) – Menahan Street Band
14. I Learned The Hard Way (from I Learned The Hard Way) – Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
15. Got To Get Back To My Baby (from What The World Needs Now) – The Sugarman 3
16. Aphasia (from Burnt Offering) – The Budos Band

Side Four
17. Out Of The Wilderness (Previously Released on 45 Only) – The Como Mamas
18. Little Boys With Shiny Toys (Previously Released on 45 Only) – Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
19. You Got To Move (Previously Unreleased) – Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens
20. Luv Jones (Previously Released on 45 Only) – Charles Bradley & LaRose Jackson
21. Thunderclap (Previously Unreleased) – The Dap-Kings Available from 18.09.2015

Daptone presents Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens’ forthcoming album “Cold World”
Friday, July 18th, 2014 | Tags: , ,
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In the six years since the release of their last full-length record, Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens have toured extensively, playing main stages at some of the most prestigious festivals in the world, including Bonnaroo, The Monterey Jazz Festival, Montreal Pop, and The Ottawa Blues Festival. Though seasoned veterans, these years of touring played […]

Now-Again Records is gearing up to release the second album from Karl Hector & The Malcouns
Monday, June 16th, 2014 | Tags: , ,
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The long awaited second album by the originators of Afrodelic Kraut Funk. Feat. members of Poets of Rhythm and Whitefield Brothers. It’s been some years since the first Karl Hector release, and it’s known now that Mr. Hector is indeed the German producer and guitarist JJ Whitefield, ne Jan Weissenfeldt. Whitefield is the visionary behind […]

Soundway Records storms into 2010 with a selection of explosive afrobeat from 1970’s Nigeria …
Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009 | Tags: , ,
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Soundway Records storms into 2010 with a cherry-picked selection of explosive afrobeat from 1970’s Nigeria complementing the burgeoning “Nigeria Special” series. Focusing on the big band sound dominated by wailing saxophones, brass solos and relentless poly-rhythmic grooves, “Nigeria Afrobeat Special” delivers a no-nonsense collection of tracks that (bar one) have never been re-issued outside of […]

Various – Daptone Gold (Daptone)
Monday, November 30th, 2009 | Tags: ,
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“Daptone Gold” is a collection of hits and obscurities, album favorites and unheard exclusives from the Daptone Records catalogue. Since first rearing its head in 2001, Daptone has upheld its reputation as both a premier source for new raw soulful music and a model for the possibilities of independent music today.

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Release: 27-11-09
Singer Naomi Shelton with her first official full-length album on Daptone …
Thursday, May 14th, 2009 | Tags: , , ,
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Naomi Shelton is no ordinary gospel singer. Though she, like many others, grew up singing with her sisters in their Alabama church, she has also spent much of her life in the soul clubs around New York, and her 45s, “41st St. Breakdown” and “Wind Your Clock” b/w “Talking ‘Bout A Good Thing”, have long […]

The James Hunter Six – Whatever It Takes (LP+MP3)
Friday, December 22nd, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on The James Hunter Six – Whatever It Takes (LP+MP3)

Image: 1616657 A permanent fixture in the world of Rhythm and Soul, James Hunter follows up five critically acclaimed albums with his latest recording, Whatever It Takes, for New York City’s renowned label, Daptone Records. At the height of his famed recording career, Hunter and Daptone co-founder and producer Bosco Mann recorded an elegantly crafted collection of 10 originals that are evermore poignant and compelling than the singer’s previous works. The James Hunter Six and Mann recorded Whatever It Takes straight to tape at Daptone’s Penrose Studios in Riverside, California. Whatever It Takes will be internationally released on February 2, 2018. Interviews and hi-res JPGs are available upon request.

The first Brit to sign to Daptone Records, Hunter is revered by critics both in his native UK and stateside, with MOJO touting Hunter as “The UK’s greatest soul singer” and the Los Angeles Times praising his “extraordinary soul voice.” Of his prior recordings, Rolling Stone called his U.S. debut People Gonna Talk, “a treat not to miss” and his second album “unbelievably awesome,” while The New York Times noted of The Hard Way, Hunter’s “tight, slithery groove” and “sweet growl.” Hunter’s accolades include milestones of reaching #1 on the Billboard Blues Chart, a GRAMMY® Award nomination for “Best Traditional Blues Album”, years as a singer touring and recording with Van Morrison, and many TV appearances on Conan, Later…with Jools Holland, and other late night TV shows.

Subsequent to his acclaim as one of today’s renowned soul singers, Hunter’s restless genius penning emotive and captivating works results in his best written compositions to date on Whatever It Takes. The needle drops on “I Don’t Wanna Be Without You” with saxophones grabbing your collar, pulling you close and moving you over the undulating curves of a rhumba. His words curl casually into your ear alongside the coquettish bubbling of the organ. The casual confidence of a song-smith who’s honed his craft beyond reproach, Hunter’s effortless intimacy on the track drives a perfect synchronicity with its crooning melodies, harmonies, and rhythms. A unified devotion serving only their master’s voice, his almost violently tender voice plucks lyrics off a seemingly endless vine and feeds them to the listener with the eager patience of a lover.

The mood and tempo then climb up into the swaggering backbeat of the title track. Drums then tear into the bottom of the groove with the full-throated rapture of “I Got Eyes.” Hunter is egged on by complicit background singers here and there. They ease in and out of Whatever It Takes, serving harmonies like tuxedoed waiters in an expensive restaurant, offering perfect pairings for each melodic course.

“Mm-Hmm,” suddenly a tender mood hits. Verses of regret cascade in delicate shapes over dancing rhythms. A word-less chorus paints a painfully detailed picture of misfortune with an eloquently barren hum. Then, a bang. “Blisters,” an instrumental cigarette before you have to get up and turn the record over. Hunter’s guitar work is fearless like a buck knife carving initials into the knobby bark of a Freddy King shuffle.

Take a breath. Side Two: “A tender word too few, came a half a day too late…” “I Should’ve Spoke Up” comes pitter-patting down a rain-soaked sidewalk, lost in sweet, soft, sentimental regret. Then come the talkings-to. “Show Her,” with ostinato bass, drums and organ scrawling “actions speak louder” dutifully on the chalkboard behind Hunter’s lessons. The frenetic tutorial of “Don’t Let Pride Take You for a Ride” practically tears itself apart in its final cautionary refrains. “How Long” is a yarn spun out on a porch with its gospel harmonies and foot stomping. And stepping out just as he stepped in, “It Was Gonna Be You,” an affectionate simplicity and sincerity that defies the quirkiness of the tim-tom clockwork over which it’s delivered.

There is a common theme on Whatever It Takes. It’s not a record about infidelity, shallow seductions, fleeting backdoor trysts, or any of the other common clichés of R&B. These are poetic testaments to truer love. Loyalty, devotion, humility, and the inevitable regret of those who take love for granted. Clearly inspired by his new bride, Hunter is singing about the preciousness of a love he plans to keep, Whatever It Takes.

Track Listing:
01. I Don’t Wanna Be Without You
02. Whatever It Takes
03. I Got Eyes
04. Mm-Hmm
05. Blisters
06. I Should’ve Spoke Up
07. Show Her
08. Don’t Let Pride Take You for a Ride
09. How Long
10. It Was Gonna Be You Available from 02.02.2018

The James Hunter Six – Whatever It Takes
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Image: 1616656 Zusammen mit Bosco Mann, Produzent und Mitbegründer von Daptone, hat Hunter zehn neue Songs aufgenommen, die noch ergreifender und fesselnder als seine vorherigen Alben sind. The James Hunter Six und Bosco Mann haben “Whatever It Takes” in Daptones Penrose Studios in Riverside, Kalifornien direkt auf Band aufgenommen.

Hunter ist der erste Künstler aus Großbritannien, der bei Daptone Records unter Vertrag steht. Er wird in seinem Heimatland und in den USA gleichermaßen verehrt. MOJO nennt ihn “den größten Soul-Sänger aus UK”, die LA Times preist seine “außergewöhnliche Soul-Stimme”. Der Rolling Stone nannte “People Gonna Talk”, sein US-Debüt, “ein Vergnügen, das man sich nicht entgehen lassen sollte” und sein zweites Album “unfassbar großartig”. Die New York Times lobte den “dichten, schlängelnden Groove” und das “süße Brummen” auf Hunters Album “The Hard Way”. Zu seinen Auszeichnungen gehört Platz 1 der Billboard Blue Charts, eine Grammy-Nominierung für das “Best Tradtional Blues Album”, jahrelange Tourbegleitung von Van Morrison und Auftritte bei “Conan”, “Later…with Jools Holland” und anderen Fernsehshows.

Dass Hunter nicht nur als Soul-Sänger, sondern auch als unermüdlicher Texter brilliert, beweisen seine fesselnden und intensiven Eigenkompositionen auf “Whatever It Takes”. “Whatever It Takes” versammelt keine Klischees über Untreue, schnelle Verführungen und heimliche Liebschaften. James Hunter geht es um grundlegende Dinge wie wahre Liebe, Treue, Hingabe, Bescheidenheit und die Reue, die jeden befällt, der Liebe für etwas Selbstverständliches hält. Er singt über die neue Frau an seiner Seite, die jeden Weg mit ihm gehen soll – whatever it takes.

Nach fünf umjubelten Alben veröffentlicht James Hunter, längst eine feste Größe in der Welt des Rhythm and Soul, sein neues Werk. „Whatever It Takes“ erscheint am 2. Februar 2018 beim renommierten New Yorker Label Daptone Records. Zusammen mit Bosco Mann, Produzent und Mitbegründer von Daptone, hat Hunter zehn neue Songs aufgenommen, die noch ergreifender und fesselnder als seine vorherigen Alben sind. The James Hunter Six und Bosco Mann haben „Whatever It Takes“ in Daptones Penrose Studios in Riverside, Kalifornien direkt auf Band aufgenommen.

Hunter ist der erste Künstler aus Großbritannien, der bei Daptone Records unter Vertrag steht. Er wird in seinem Heimatland und in den USA gleichermaßen verehrt. MOJO nennt ihn „den größten Soul-Sänger aus UK“, die LA Times preist seine „außergewöhnliche Soul-Stimme“. Der Rolling Stone nannte „People Gonna Talk“, sein US-Debüt, „ein Vergnügen, das man sich nicht entgehen lassen sollte“ und sein zweites Album „unfassbar großartig“. Die New York Times lobte den „dichten, schlängelnden Groove“ und das „süße Brummen“ auf Hunters Album „The Hard Way“. Zu seinen Auszeichnungen gehört Platz 1 der Billboard Blue Charts, eine Grammy-Nominierung für das „Best Tradtional Blues Album“, jahrelange Tourbegleitung von Van Morrison und Auftritte bei „Conan“, „Later…with Jools Holland“ und anderen Fernsehshows.

Dass Hunter nicht nur als Soul-Sänger, sondern auch als unermüdlicher Texter brilliert, beweisen seine fesselnden und intensiven Eigenkompositionen auf „Whatever It Takes“. Das Album beginnt mit „I Don’t Wanna Be Without You“. Das Saxophon reißt die Hörer am Kragen in die Musik und trägt sie über die wellenden Rumba-Grooves des Songs. Hunters Gesang säuselt sich ins Ohr, während die Orgel kokett aufblitzt. James Hunter hat die Eleganz und das Selbstbewusstsein eines erfahrenen Songwriters, der sein Handwerk wie kein anderer beherrscht. Mühelos erzeugt er unnachahmliche Intimität, die sich perfekt an die Melodien, Harmonien und Rhythmen anschmiegt. Mit seiner überwältigend zärtlichen Stimme pflückt er Worte wie Trauben und füttert die Hörer damit wie ein romantischer Liebhaber.

Stimmung und Tempo beschleunigen sich beim selbstbewussten Titelstück immer mehr, danach verschaffen sich die Drums auf dem vollkehligen „I Got Eyes“ ihren Platz im Groove. Hier und da wird Hunter von verschwörerischen Background-Sängerinnen angestachelt, die hin- und herschweben und süße Harmonien servieren.

Mit einem „Mm-hmm“ schlägt die Stimmung plötzlich um und wird zärtlich. Mit Reue erfüllte Textzeilen lösen sich in grazile Wolken vor tanzenden Rhythmen auf. Der Refrain braucht keine Worte, um sein schmerzhaftes Unglück zu zeichnen, wenn ein eloquentes Brummen doch so viel mehr aussagt. Dann ein Knall: „Blisters“ ist eine Instrumental-Zigarette zum Entspannen, bevor die Platte gewendet werden muss. An der Gitarre ist Hunter furchtlos und schnitzt seinen Namen in die musikalische Baumrinde eines Shuffles von Freddie King.

Atempause. Dann Seite 2. „A tender word too few, came a half a day too late…“: „I Should’v, Spoke Up“ prasselt auf den regennassen Asphalt, verloren wie sentimentale Tränen im Regen der Reue. Dann kommen die Standpauken: „Show Her“ mit ostinatem Bass, Schlagzeug und Orgel kratzt sich in die Gehörgänge. Die frenetische Lehrstunde „Don’t Let Pride Take You For A Ride“ zerbirst regelrecht während des letzten warnenden Refrains. „How Long“ ist eine sommerabendliche Erzählung auf der Veranda, unterstützt von Gospel-Harmonien und Fußstampfern. Der Abschied gelingt Hunter so gut wie der Auftritt: „It Was Gonna Be You“ besitzt eine liebevolle Schlichtheit und Ehrlichkeit, die im Kontrast zum schrulligen TomTom-Beat des Songs steht.

„Whatever It Takes“ versammelt keine Klischees über Untreue, schnelle Verführungen und heimliche Liebschaften. James Hunter geht es um grundlegende Dinge wie wahre Liebe, Treue, Hingabe, Bescheidenheit und die Reue, die jeden befällt, der Liebe für etwas Selbstverständliches hält. Er singt über die neue Frau an seiner Seite, die jeden Weg mit ihm gehen soll – whatever it takes. Available from 02.02.2018

The James Hunter Six – Whatever It Takes (Coloured/LP+MP3)
Friday, December 22nd, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on The James Hunter Six – Whatever It Takes (Coloured/LP+MP3)

Image: 1616883 JAMES HUNTER had already established himself as a permanent fixture in the world of Rhythm and Soul with his five previous albums, each more poignant and well-executed than the last. However, Whatever It Takes has buried them all. His voice has never been more compelling, his songs never more elegantly crafted. Recorded to tape at Daptone’s Penrose Studios in Riverside, California, Bosco Mann’s production elevates Hunter’s arrangements to the altitude they deserve.

Key Selling Points:
• Second album on Daptone Records, produced by 2 time Grammy® award winning producer BOSCO MANN
• EU Tour confirmed for March 2018
• Has supported VAN MORRISON, ETTA JAMES, SHARON JONES & THE DAP-KINGS, and ARETHA FRANKLIN
• 2006’s People Gonna Talk won AMERICAN MUSIC AWARD and nominated for GRAMMY®
• Official Video for “I Don’t Wanna Be Without You”

Track Listing
1. I Don’t Wanna Be Without You
2. Whatever It Takes
3. I Got Eyes
4. Mm-Hmm
5. Blisters
6. I Should’ve Spoke Up
7. Show Her
8. Don’t Let Pride Take You for a Ride
9. How Long
10. It Was Gonna Be You

Tour Dates
March 6 -London, UK -Borderline
March 8 -Paris, France -La Boule Noire
March 9 -Alencon, France -La Luciole
March 10 -Cleon, France -La Traverse
March 13 -Munchen, Germany -Ampere
March 14 -Koln, Germany -Luxor
March 15 -Hannover, Germany -Faust
March 16 -Hamburg, Germany -Knust
March 17 -Berlin, Germany -Lido
March 23 -Madrid, Spain -Secret Social Club
March 24 -Miranda de Ebro, Spain -Ebrovision event
March 25 -Badalona, Spain -Teatre Principal Available from 02.02.2018

Antibalas – Where The Gods Are In Peace
Friday, August 4th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Antibalas – Where The Gods Are In Peace

Image: 1610912 “Where the Gods Are in Peace” ist eine epische Afro-Western-Trilogie über die Suche nach Trost, über die Überwindung von politischem Opportunismus, Gier und Rachsucht. Das Album ist ein Schlachtruf gegen Ausbeutung und Vertreibung. Die langen Kompositionen von Antibalas untersuchen die Unterdrückung im Amerika des 19. Jahrhunderts, das verdächtig dem Land heute ähnelt. Diese feurigen neuen Songs rufen dazu auf, ein kaputtes System zu reparieren. Zum Schluss führt die Klangexpedition auf eine Insel, wo nicht Wut, sondern Liebe der erste Impuls ist. So entsteht eine neue Weltanschauung, die unsere Herzen für die Möglichkeit öffnet, als ein Menschenvolk zu leben. Dort sind alle Götter gleich. Nur zusammen überleben wir.

“Where the Gods Are in Peace” achtet auch auf Traditionen. Wie schon bei den Vorvätern des Afrobeat, dauern auch bei Antibalas die Songs zwischen neun und fünfzehn Minuten. Schon früh in ihrer Karriere erhielt die Band den Segen der Erben von Fela Kuti. Antibalas gilt als die Band, die klassischen Afrobeat wieder populär gemacht und dabei mit rauem New Yorker Feeling angereichert hat. In ihrer Arbeit finden sich Einflüsse von Punk, Free Jazz und Hip Hop. So entsteht eine Version von Afrobeat, die auch im 21. Jahrhundert bestehen kann.

Antibalas ist wie eine Naturgewalt, die von Musikliebhabern und anderen Künstlern geschätzt und gefeiert wird. Seit ihrem letzten regulären Album (“Antibalas”, Daptone Records 2012) waren sie Begleitband für große Tribute-Konzerte in der Carnegie Hall, wie “Music of Paul Simon” (2014), “Music of David Byrne & The Talking Heads” (2015) und “Music of Aretha Franklin” (2017). Die Mitglieder von Antibalas sind mit einigen der größten Stars der Gegenwart aufgetreten, darunter Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars, Arcade Fire, Lady Antebellum, u.v.a. 2012 hatten Antibalas bei Jimmy Fallon ihren ersten Fernsehauftritt, es folgten Performances u.a. bei Jimmy Kimmel. Available from 15.09.2017

Scone Cash Players – Year Of The Rooster / Dos Phoenix
Thursday, July 27th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Scone Cash Players – Year Of The Rooster / Dos Phoenix

Image: 1611151 The Year of the Rooster is upon us… It was a hot winters day in Miami,
Scone along guitarist Jason Joshua and drummer, Eddie Garcia built a
studio by hand with a mirror on the ceiling. Together they put the current
issues in their lives and focused on making the grooving-est, Funkiest &
most tragic Hammond Organ music ever. This time around they recruited
sax master Ian Hendrickson-Smith from the legendary The Roots &
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Also joining them is the elusive master
percussionist Jose “El Gavilan” Pena. Take an organ driven soulful ride
with The Scone Cash Players.

Scone Cash Players are currently on their US tour return with
Ian Hendrickson-Smith from The Roots for this organ soul
heater

Catch Adam Scone on tour in Europe with The Sugarman 3 (Daptone Records) Available from 25.08.2017

Bob & Gene – If This World Were Mine (+2 Bonus Tracks)
Friday, June 30th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Bob & Gene – If This World Were Mine (+2 Bonus Tracks)

Image: 1610565 Vor zehn Jahren veröffentlichte Daptone Records zum ersten Mal diese Zusammenstellung mit Ende der 1960er Jahre nur als Singles erschienenen Songs des New Yorker Duos Bob & Gene. Das von tollen Vokal-Harmonien dominierte Sweet Soul Music-Album, samt titelgebender Marvin Gaye/Tammi Terrell- Coverversion von “If This World Were Mine”, war damals schnell vergriffen und ist seitdem ein gesuchtes Sammlerstück. Jetzt ist es wieder erhältlich, wieder auf Vinyl, jedoch remastert und um zwei nicht auf der Original-Version erschienenen Tracks erweitert. 1967 waren die beiden Teenager Bobby Nunn und Eugene Coplin die Stars des in Buffalo, New York ansässigen und auf lokale Gospel- und Soul-Acts spezialisierten Labels Mo Do Records. Bobby Nunn veröffentlichte später Soloalben auch auf Motown Records und arbeitete mit Rick James und Philip Bailey zusammen. Available from 15.09.2017

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