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Charles Bradley feat. The Inversions
Whatcha Doing (To Me) / Strike Three

Victor ‘Tiklah’ Axelrod has taken two of Charles Bradley’s soulful masterpieces and given them a reggae recharge. Whatcha Doing (To Me) featured on Bradley’s Changes album as You Think I Don’t Know (But I Know). Axelrod and his crew turn it into something akin to a 1970s Bunny Lee production. On sid...view item »

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
Soul Time!

"Soul Time" opens with "Genuine" pt. 1 & 2, a couple of JBs-style funk numbers, and it's the funkier stuff that carry most of the weight here:"Genuine", "He said I can", "Taxes" and "When I come home" are all smoking good tunes. Sharon Jones goes into a dance craze when she does "When I come home" live, doing the boogaloo, the funky chicken ...view item »

Sha La Das
Love In The Wind

Something of a Daptone Records love-in here. The Sha La Das are three Staten Island brothers (surname Schalda, hence the moniker of the group) who grew up singing backing harmonies for their dad Bill, hi...view item »

The Frightnrs
More To Say Versions

The Frightntrs have had a change of heart it seems. Their 2016 debut LP, Nothing More To Say is now being reimagined by the famed reggae producer Victor “Ticklah” Axel...view item »

The James Hunter Six
I Don’t Wanna Be Without You / I Got Eyes

Hip-shakin’! Splits-makin’! Throat-shreddin’! Cigarette-smokin’! Soul-singin’! Good-lovin’! Electrifyin’! And so on and so forth. It’s that sort of affair from The James Hunter Six here. ‘I Don’t Wanna Be Without You’ and ‘I Got Eye’ show that the ...view item »

Bob & Gene
If This World Were Mine

Not to be mistaken for television's most healthily dysfunctional father-son duo, Bob & Gene is a pair of soul artists given a revived slice of history with If This World Were Mine, initially reissued ten years ago. Teenagers who met and recorded gospel together, their work was originally put out ...view item »

Charles Bradley
Victim Of Love

There is real joy in the passage of Charles Bradley from the struggling street existence to recording star. Victim of Love sits formally in the 10 year old tradition of this stable and is full of that classic authentic soul which regularly re-emerges when other music forms plummet and bore. From start to finish this album is quite a bit differen...view item »

Charles Bradley
No Time For Dreaming

There simply aren't many others, if any, that make this level of soul music anymore. From the 1st track, which is the single from this LP, to the Nirvana cover, "Stay Away", every single song resonates and grows on you after multiple listens. There isn't a single pop song on here. It's all soul, baby. A lot of old school soul records were notori...view item »

Charles Bradley
Changes

Charles Bradley, the Screaming Eagle of Soul, began his incredible journey from being down-and-out to soul singing sensation with his debut album No Time For Dreaming in 2011. Appearances at Glastonbury and on Later...With Jools Holland have only seen his stock rise higher. Changes is his third album a...view item »

Menahan Street Band
The Crossing

This is the second CD I've bought by Menahan Street Band and it's another very impressive set of instrumentals. Produced by Daptone guru Thomas Brenneck, who is also a member of the band (almost a one-man-band himself, playing guitar, bass, ukulele, electric piano, etc.), the songs on here have a predictably retro vibe, evoking memories of soulf...view item »

The James Hunter Six
Whatever It Takes

Look mum he's smoking! Urrrgghhh. That said so would you if you'd become such a permanent fixture in the world of rhythm and soul as James Hunter has over the last few years after a thirty year period doing jobs as foul as working on the railways and playing back up guitar for Van Morrison. R&B how it was meant to sound. Sou...view item »

The Budos Band
Magus Mountain / Vertigo

The Budos Band are an instrumental, nine piece band of Afro Soul explorers from Brooklyn who play a mixture of Ethiopian influenced soul with a sixties pop flavour. Like all of their records ‘Magus Mountain/Vertigo’ was recorded and released by the legendary Daptone records, steeped in the rich traditions of jazz, deep funk and soul,...view item »

Antibalas
Dirty Money / AWOL

Antibalas recently surprised with their super solid self-titled debut on Daptone and here we have the first single. Kinda come the wrong way round but let’s not complain eh? ...view item »

Sha La Das
Sha La Da La La (Christmas Time)

Some freshly baked mince pies from the Sha La Das. Sha La Da La La (Christmas Time) is possibly the most genuinely soulful Christmas song I have ever heard. Rich doo-wop harmonies, a funky James Jamerson-esque bass line and some classic motown era guitars and organ sounds. Any group that has their name in the song title...view item »

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
Matter Of Time / When I Saw Your Face

Pretty much everything that Sharon Jones touched turned out golden and soulful, and that goes all the way till the end of her career. Matter Of Time / When I Saw Your Face ...view item »

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
It's a Holiday Soul Party

Seemingly following the blueprint that was set in the 1960’s by A Christmas Gift For You From Phil Spector is Holiday Soul Party by Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings. This is the first time the band, famous for their soulful sound and rhythm, have recorded a festive album. Featuring 11 tracks to get you in...view item »

Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings
Soul Of A Woman

Soul of a Woman by Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings is an album of songs that the band recorded in the year prior to her sad death in 2016. It’s always good to go out on top, and with this album, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings are in scintillating, soulful form. On vinyl LP with download code and CD....view item »

Antibalas
Where The Gods Are In Peace

Large Brooklyn based collective Antibalas release their sixth full length studio album. Taking their blueprint from Fela Kuti and having members of Afrika 70 and Egypt 80 perform with them several times, they are keeping afrobeat very much alive and striving to update it with mo...view item »

The Como Mamas
Move Upstairs / Count Your Blessings

Sheer solid soul from The Como Mamas, the tight gospel trio making waves on the Daptone label and its surrounding universe. Move Upstairs / Count Your Blessings is a powerful 7” single taken from their recording sessions in New York, but the Mamas retain their proper gospel spirit from old deep Mi...view item »

The Como Mamas
Move Upstairs

Sheer solid soul from The Como Mamas, the tight gospel trio making waves on the Daptone label and its surrounding groovy universe. Move Upstairs was recorded in 2015 in New York, accompanied by a specially-assembled and firmly-funky band of Daptone veteran players. Proper gospel sounds from deep Mississippi....view item »

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
Naturally

Gotta love Sharon Jones! Her voice oozes soul and sass, and the Dap Kings back her with a groove that makes it impossible to stay still once you hear it. This is their second album, and contains more ballad oriented material than their hard hitting first disc, "Dap Dippin". However, this disc is not lacking in grooves. "How Long Do I Have To Wai...view item »

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
Give The People What They Want

If you have been a fan of Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings' other fine albums --- and they are all worthwhile --- I think that getting this one qualifies as a 'no-brainer'. You know what to expect and the songs do not disappoint. Songs with deep hooks, punctuated by the vibrant horn section, and Sharon's emotional vocals stirring the pot. Sharon...view item »

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
Miss Sharon Jones! (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

The release of Miss Sharon Jones!, the new documentary about Jones’ life and work, makes this the perfect time to get some Sharon Jones in your collection if you foolishly haven’t already. She really is a modern soul queen, and her band The Dap-Kings have probably never drop...view item »

The Olympians
The Olympians

The Olympians are an instrumental soul  / R&B crew with a mighty personnel taken from outfits like The Dap-Kings, the Tonight Show Band and Lee Fields’ backing band, all lead by Tony Panzer. This record is dripping with the raw groovy power of a m...view item »

The Budos Band
Maelstrom / Avalanche

Maelstrom - a powerful whirlpool - is an apt title for the latest single from The Budos Band. The listener is soaked is swirling psychedelic feedback, pummeled by bass and sent into a headspin by furious horns. On the flip side, Avalanche is a thunderous downhill roar of organ, horns, drums and fuzz guitar. Unh...view item »

Walker Family Singers
Panola County Spirit

The Daptone label release the first proper recordings from the Walker Family Singers. Panola Country Spirit, on CD and very limited vinyl LP, is a powerful collection of bluegrass and gospel. The songs draw from blues and americana too, using simple arrangements and strained guitar riffs to crea...view item »

Charles Bradley
Change For The World / Revelation

Change For The World / Revelation finds Charles Bradley and Menahan Street Band performing big-brass soul, with a touch of dubwise echo creeping into Bradley’s vocals. The 2 tracks are cut to 7” vinyl  released by the Daptone label, coming hotly, uh, before&nbs...view item »

The James Hunter Six
Something's Calling / Talkin' Bout My Love

The James Hunter Six are a classic-style soul crew, so it’s appropriate to see them released on the legendary Daptones label. This 45” extracts Something’s Calling and Talkin’ Bout My Love from their album Hold On!: both tunes are bouncy, upbeat and exactly what you want from yo...view item »

The James Hunter Six
Hold On!

James Hunter (and his Six) is back with his 4th record, this time on the same famed Daptone label that have been keeping the flame of this kind of funky soul music burning brightly for years. Hold On! has everything perfectly in plac...view item »

The Como Mamas
Out Of The Wilderness / Well, Well Don't Worry Bout Me

The Como Mamas represent the gospel end of the Daptone stable, and up until now all of their releases have been entirely a capella. This time round though, things are getting funky, as their gospel-soul harmonies are backed by the impeccably tasteful soul-funk of the Menahan Street Band - not only superb recording artists in their own right but ...view item »

Various
Daptone Gold Vol.II

Daptone Gold Vol. II is one of those highly reliable compilations: excellent soul from the Daptone vaults. Lots of material that is hard to find, having been either previously unreleased or previously unreissued from old 45's. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Charles Bradley, The Com...view item »

Saun & Starr
Hot Shot / Gonna Make Time

Some saturday afternoon jams from Saun & Starr. Hot Shot / Gonna Make Time are to cuts from their debut long players. These two tracks really are from a different time, and then only thing that puts them in the modern day is the production, which is still very warm for 2014. Think Motown, Stax and souls he...view item »

The Budos Band
Burnt Offering

'Burnt Offering' is the newest record from that ten-piece that just wants to have fun: the Budos Band. Riffs on riffs front this record of hazy psych-rock and proud metal worship, though the band retain their jazz and Afrobeat influences and pack their tunes with all the things that make them more like Fela Kuti. A weird, wonderful hybrid o...view item »

Saun & Starr
Look Closer

Saun & Starr were,for a long time, backing singers to Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings. Last year they released their first single as a duo, Hot Shot, which sold a bucket load. Now they have an album, Look Closer, for you to get your groovy paws on. It’s packed with the kind of funky so...view item »

Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens
Sinner / Everybody Knows (River Song)

The gravelly voiced Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens belt out a couple of classics on this  7” vinyl from Daptone. Amazingly not named from the enigmatic wife of the Doctor from the BBC’s Doctor Who, but in fact a celestial rendition of the Texan tune transposed through rhumba to the Caribbean. Gospel combine...view item »

Antibalas
Tattletale Pts. 1 & 2

Brooklyn-based Afrobeaters Antibalas have a new single here on Daptone featuring a single lengthy track spread over two sides. 'Tattletale' is a slinky number inspired by the Ethio-jazz of people like Mulatu Astatke, full of lolloping polyrhythms and smoky melodies as the focus is passed methodically around the group in a series of nimble solos ...view item »

Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens
Cold World

Six long years of touring went into this latest album from Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens. Produced by Bosco Mann and recorded at the Daptone Records House Of Soul, 'Cold World' fuses the pure gospel voice of Naomi Shelton with soul grooves from the likes of Fred Thomas (long-term bassist for James Brown).  ...view item »

Charles Bradley & LaRose Jackson
Luv Jones / Change, Change, Change

It was the annual Charles Bradley memorial day BBQ throw down, when Charles finally introduced LaRose Jackson to Tommy. "Tommeyy! This is the lady I was telling you about. You gotta hear her sang!" To which LaRose said, "This is the guy you were talking about?  He don't look like no funky producer to me.  He look like one of them rock ...view item »

Various
Daptone Gold

Getting it together and picking their faves is the out come of Daptone Gold. This two dozen plus compilation chronicles a big selection of the sounds, styles and artists from the soul and funk revivalist label. Chocka with bootay movers, foot tappers and down right grooving jams, this is dripping with soulful goodness - o...view item »

Charles Bradley
Soul Of America

Moving documentary about a truly phenomenal singer named Charles Bradley who was discovered by Daptone Records. I have been listening to Charles Bradley for a couple years now and really enjoy his records. But my appreciation for this man's music ability and will to survive has exponentially grown after seeing this documentary. An inspiring stor...view item »

The Poets Of Rhythm
The Anthology 1992-2003

Drawing inspiration from Funkadelic, James Brown, The Meters and the sounds of New Orleans, Poet of Rhythm's main players, Bo Baral and JJ Whitefield recorded A LOT of high grade funk during an eleven year period, from 1992 - 2003. The lyrics are a bit corny, almost verging on the parodic and they get away with murder on a few occasions. Poets O...view item »

Charles Bradley
Confusion / Where Do We Go From Here

I played the intro to this song at 45 and it sounded so weird I thought I’d put it on at the wrong speed, then started it again at 33, and then the song kicked in and it became clear I was right with my initial assumption of 45. How confusing! How apt, then, that the song is called ‘Confusion’. In case you missed the memo (like...view item »

Charles Bradley
Strictly Reserved For You / Let's Give Love A Chance

Yes here he is, “The Screaming Eagle Of Soul” Charles Bradley, taken from his album ‘Victim Of Love’, these two songs encompass the sheer power of 70’s soul at it’s best, with the vocal prowess of James Brown or Wilson Pickett and that big band sound...view item »

The Como Mamas
Get An Understanding

In a nutshell, this album is full of soul and the timeless sound of the blues -- only sanctified. The style of a cappella singing by it's nature leaves both the lyrics, the rhythms, and the singers bathed in a clear light that leaves no room to hide behind outside instrumentation. And because these women have been singing together for so long, t...view item »

Antibalas
Antibalas

Antibalas are a 12-strong collective from New York who specialise in Fela Kuti's Afrobeat style. Expect extensive ornate musical breaks, shifting polyrhythms, organ, horns, and a freeform carefree spirit. The members have at different times collaborated with Amy Winehouse, TV On The Radio, and also helped provide the backing for the musical Fela...view item »

The Sugarman Three
What The World Needs Now

Funk and jazz and fun. This recording by Sugarman Three contains that and some lovely standards done in their trademark style. That was a selling point for me compared to their other discs. This particular recording has class and style and does not falter in delivering the Funk goods - even if it's not as funky as "Pure Cane Sugar", but it's sol...view item »

El Rego
El Rego

How exciting to have a really well selected comp of the great El Rego! My only quibble with this release is that some of the tracks overlap with the prior released compilation by Analog Africa called 'The Legends of Benin' (get it-it's great). With so many other fine tracks not compiled anywhere I wonder why they decided to release a bunch that ...view item »

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
I Learned The Hard Way

This just may be my favourite Sharon Jones album, maybe my favourite Daptone album in general. If you have been thinking about purchasing a Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings album, this is a great place to start - but they are all good. Being their 4th album you would think that they would slack off and coast a bit. This is not the case for this on...view item »

Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens
What Have You Done, My Brother?

This is Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens' record label debut on Daptone. The overall sound is a unique and immediately accessible mix of 1950s gospel (the Blind Boys of Alabama and pre-pop Sam Cooke and the Soul Stirrers) and 1960s soul, funk and r&b. The lyric themes are timeless, and the music is joyous and uplifting, with Naomi's gritt...view item »

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
100 Days, 100 Nights

Sharon Jones has got right popular over the last year or so. Why you ask? Cos she's an enormous funstick with a top voice. She makes a right soulful racket and will appeal to fans of early funk (on the more souly tip). Think Aretha Franklin, Marva Whitney, etc... 100 Days and 100 Nights is a great soulful tune which when you hear it you'll think yo...view item »

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
100 Days 100 Nights

100 Days, 100 Nights is a complete throwback to late 60s and early 70s R&B with no reservations. You can definitely hear the Winehouse/Ronson connection (Ronson produced Amy's "Back to Black"). The baritone sax is the signature instrument here and I love it. Sharon Jones sings with such conviction, which luckily is not lost through overprodu...view item »