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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!

CD DAP044-2 / LP+MP3 DAP044-1
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.

CD DAP042-2 / LP+MP3 DAP042-1
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.

CD DAP043-2
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.

CD DAP040-2 / LP+MP3 DAP040-1
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.

CD DAP036-2 / 2LP+MP3 DAP036-1
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.

CD DAP034-2 / LP+MP3 DAP034-1
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.

LP+MP3 DAP303-1
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.

CD DAP027-2 / LP+MP3 DAP027-1
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.

CD DAP024-2 / LP+MP3 DAP024-1
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.

CD DAP014-2
Release: 29-08-08
SHARON JONES & THE DAP KINGS present their debut album “100 Days, 100 Nights” on Daptone Records …
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Soul/Jazz/Funk

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 […]

Antibalas – Where The Gods Are In Peace
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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
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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)
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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

Various – Soul Slabs Vol.1 (RSD)
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Image: 1609103 A selection of 22 tracks from pulled from the 7-inch catalog of
Colemine Records, a label steeped in modern groups recording
deep funk and soul music, similar to Daptone Records. Many of
these tracks are presented here on an LP for the first time. First 2000
copies on RSD exclusive red vinyl and foil numbered.

1. Jungle Fire – Comencemos
2. TheDroptones-Youngblood
3. The Rugged Nuggets – Yo
Todo TuYo
4. The Sure Fire Soul
Ensemble – City Heights
5. Monophonics – Like
Yesterday
6. Alan Evans Trio – Authoritay
7. The Grease Traps – Street
Sweeper
8. Il Carbonaro – High Noon
9. Fat Night – ThingsYou Do
10. In Motion Collective – MTA
11. Orgone – Don’t Stop
12. Gene Washington & The
Ironsides – Don’t Throw You
LoveAway
13. Ikebe Shakedown – Hard
Steppin’
14. Leroi Conroy – Remember
When?
15. The Jive Turkeys – The
Reggie
16. Los Sospechos – Jano’s
Revenge
17. Dojo Cuts -You Make Lovin’
Real Easy
18. On The Spot Trio – Suction
19. Durand Jones & The
Indications – Smile
20. Kris Lager Band – Money &
Loneliness
21. Ephemerals – Things
22. Tee See Connection – Black
Mamba
23. Soul Scratch – Pacified
24. The Gripsweats – Ziggy’s
Walk Available from 22.04.2017

Sharon Jones & E.L. Fields Gospel Wonders – Heaven Bound / Key To The Kingdom (RSD)
Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Sharon Jones & E.L. Fields Gospel Wonders – Heaven Bound / Key To The Kingdom (RSD)

Daptone Records Presents: E.L. Fields Gospel Wonders – “Heaven Bound”. The very first recording by Sharon Jones! Written and sung by Miss Jones, Heaven Bound is a soulful slice of 70’s era gospel-funk. In addition, the 45 comes in a picture frame styl…

Les Yper Sound – Explorations In Drums & Sax
Friday, September 23rd, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Les Yper Sound – Explorations In Drums & Sax

Image: 1606079 • An all-instrumental journey through numerous genre-crossing worlds. Features members of Antibalas (Daptone Records) and Beastie Boys’ synth master Money Mark. Coke bottle clear vinyl, limited to 500 copies.

1. Step Away
2. Woodland
3. Paella Bahia
4. Ambiguity
5. Well-Tempered Water
6. Potato Brain
7. Eastern Parkway
8. Coffee Étude
9. Return To
10. Bogen & Roland
11. August 25th
12. RSVP
13. Dark Yoga
14. Sleepover

Les Yper Sound presents an all-instrumental journey through the many worlds of drums and saxophones. In early 2016, New York session musicians Miles Arntzen and Jas Walton—who both currently play in Afrobeat ensemble Antibalas—began experimenting with their respective instruments in Miles’s Greenwich Village basement. They composed demos that were made up of Miles’s percussion, Jas’s woodwinds, and the sounds of everyday objects.

The style of recording and manipulating everyday ‘non-musical’ sounds was born in Paris during the 1940s and dubbed “musique concrète.” This revolutionary process seeped into pop music in the mid-‘60s, and now—due to ever-advancing music technology—it is a staple of mainstream music. Explorations of Drums & Sax is a hat tip to the novelty of recorded sounds back when they were still weird and way out.

As well as experimenting with the early laboratory process of musique concrète, Miles notes, “usually one of us was coming from something else, from a rehearsal with so-and-so right to my basement and just jumping right in. There was no time to think about what might be seeping in influence-wise, but it was always related to all the other things we were doing.” The duo began working together in 2009 when they started the band EMEFE in jazz school. Between each of their sidemen gigs with other artists, they steal time to get together and spin their own creations.

While touring with Luaka Bop’s William Onyeabor supergroup Atomic Bomb!, Jas met Beastie Boys’ synth master Money Mark and Sudanese-pop artist Sinkane (Ahmed Gallab). In March, the four of them convened in Brooklyn to record under the project name Les Yper Sound, titled after Pierre Henry’s 1967 musique concrète EP. This studio-oriented team of multi-instrumentalists—who are all producers in their own right—digested Miles and Jas’s original basement demos and began improvising new works during sessions at Shahzad Ismaily’s new Figure 8 studio in Prospect Heights.

The process-based sessions were engineered and mixed by tUnE-yArDs mastermind Eli Crews and produced by Lily Wen. During these spring workshop days, the group built new songs from found objects such as a coins, pickups, a coffee maker, and a tape head stylus.

The group picked up and played whatever was lying around, found a groove together, and sometimes recorded only one take. Other times they looped a small caught moment and layered other elements on top of it. The field recorder and vocoder from a previous band session were put to good use, and the group stayed inspired thanks to donuts and Shane’s restaurant around the corner.

On November 4, Figure & Ground releases its sophomore album Explorations of Drums & Sax comprised of 14 original tracks by Les Yper Sound. The album pulls from the group’s eclectic influences and showcases the drums and sax surrounded by an array of acoustic and electronic sounds all rooted in rhythm and pop melodies.

“It’s all about finding that starting point,” says Jas, “and everything blossoms from there.”

As Miles puts it, “we would just start with an improvisational sound, do that for three minutes, build a song around it, and then maybe at the end of the whole thing, you can’t even hear that first thing anymore but it’s a part of everything else that happened around it. When you play a rhythm on a cool-sounding prepared piano, you don’t know what genre you’re in. Maybe it will become a Brazilian jam or maybe it’ll become a soulful groove—and all that happened in the studio. You’re letting the sound of something dictate and inspire you.”

Money Mark, who studied with the early electronic instrument pioneers, revealed some of his ‘recording hacks’ and found the musical in non-traditional objects. Miles recalls: “We went out to lunch and Money Mark was missing somewhere, and he comes back with two TV speakers and says: ‘We could just plug these into an amp and hit them with your fingers—one’s a little broken but maybe it could be the snare,’ and that’s is exactly what happened. We come back from lunch, plug them into a bass amp, and sure enough it’s perfect.” Listen & find out more here. Available from 04.11.2016

The Olympians – The Olympians
Wednesday, September 21st, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on The Olympians – The Olympians

Image: 1606526 Zusammen mit Dave Guy (Tonight Show Band, The Dap-Kings), Leon Michels (The Arcs, Lee Fields, El Michels Affair), Nicholas Movshon (The Arcs, Lee Fields, El Michels Affair), Homer Steinweiss (The Dap-Kings, The Arcs), Michael Leonhart (Musical Director for Steely Dan, David Byrne), Neal Sugarman (The Dap-Kings, Sugarman 3), Aaron Johnson (Antibalas, El Michels Affair) und Evan Pazner (Lee Fields) liefert der genial-wahnsinnige Toby Pazner mit seinem Projekt The Olympians das fesselndste Soul-Album 2016 ab.

Toby Pazner spielt die Früchte seiner langen Arbeit seinen alten Freunden Gabriel Roth und Neal Sugarman vor. Die Besitzer von Daptone Records sind sofort begeistert und erklären sich bereit, die Platte zu veröffentlichen. Von den Harfenkaskaden, mit denen “Sirens Of Jupiter” beginnt, bis hin zum furiosen Bläser-Finale auf “Sagittarius By Moonlight”: The Olympians haben einen neuen Sound geschaffen. Es ist ein uralter Traum vom fernen Griechenland, eingebettet in schwelgerische Arrangements im Breitwandformat, mit genau den roughen Rhythmen, die man von Daptone erwartet. Available from 28.10.2016

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