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Bad Education - Vol. 1:

Datptone step outside of their own super-soul roster to look overseas for a moment, with this highlights / introductory compilation of soul goodness from Timmion Records, based in Helsinki. Bad Education - Vol. 1: Soul Hits features ten  tracks selected by Daptone, showcasing the best soul artists that Finland has to offer!
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Leon Dinero ft. The Inversions
Lover Like Me / Conscience Is Heavy

7" single from Daptone featuring Leon Dinero. Dinero is a complete master of the classic ska sound that I had to double take when I read that this was not in fact a reissue. The a-side is a cover of another Daptone release, from Lee Fields & Sugarman 3, and sees Dinero upping the tempo and the energy to create a right rager.
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The Olympians
Midnight Movement / Stand Still

The Olympians are one of those revivalist soul acts in the vein of Charles Bradley and the Dap-Kings - indeed, the Olympians actually share members with the latter (and the Expressions, and the Menahan Street Band). It’s no surprise, then, that they’ve caught the attention of Daptone Records in recent years. After releasing the Olympians’ debut LP back in 2016, the Brooklyn imprint now reissue ‘Midnight Movement’ and ‘Stand Still’, a couple of early Stax-style jams that The Olympians put out on the now-defunct Truth & Soul imprint at the end of the 2000s.

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 and is named after the Black Sabbath track he covers with an emotional intensity that only Charles Bradley can.

Charles Bradley
Black Velvet

Despite the sad passing of both Sharon Jones and Charles Bradley, the music of Daptone lingers on and here we get a posthumous collection of recordings by soul man Charles Bradley. It is a celebration of his entire career but is now shallow 'best of' delving into unknown corners of his back catalogue and containing unheard recordings made at sessions for all three of his studio albums. Lovingly compiled, there's a big box set too with bonus 12" and assorted ephemera. 

Miramar
Salida / Urgencia

7" on Daptone from Miramar, a band based in the United States who draw on bolero, a music made popular by musicians from Cuba, Mexico and Puerto Rico. The two tracks here Salida and Urgencia are captivatingly romantic, as they expertly channel yearning and sadness. This is music that is utterly out of time, and beautiful as hell. 
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Budos Band
V

The Budos Band have long brought something different to the Daptone stable. While the label specialises in revivalist soul, this Staten Island group have come through with a series of LPs that blends the Stax aesthetic with psych-rock, funk and even a little doom metal. New album V - their fifth, if that wasn’t obvious - proves that the Budos Band sound remains in rude health.

The Frightnrs
Never Answer / Questions (Dub)

The Frightnrs might be short of a vowel, but they’re certainly not short of a groove. This new Daptone 7” is a reissue of two 2012 tunes from the New York City rocksteady band. Both ‘Never Answer’ and ‘Questions (Dub)’ are delightful turns - the former’s got a great Alton Ellis thing going on, while the B-side is a very pretty dub.
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Cochemea
All My Relations

Cochemea Gastelum is likely best known for being a sax player with Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings. All My Relations, on Daptone of course, is a profoundly personal reflection on his life. Jazz meets the music of his Yaqui and Mescalero Apache Indian heritage for an album written collectively and through improvisation.

Doug Shorts
Casual Encounter / Keep Your Head Up

Good things come to those who wait. That’s certainly true in the case of the wonderfully named Chicago soul singer, Doug Shorts. He’s been trying to get noticed since the ‘60s, but it took him until 2012 to actually release anything. Then he was able to release a few tracks, now stone classics, through Cherries Records. He’s now part of the Daptone family. Casual Encounter/Keep Your Head Up 7” one upbeat modern soul groove and one mid-tempo ballad. 7” on Daptone.

The Daktaris
Soul Explosion

Cheeky white-boy afrobeat revivalists The Daktaris went so far as to assume fake Nigerian aliases for their debut and only album Soul Explosion. The whole thing looks like a crate-digger’s wet dream, but was actually released in 1998. But! it's still one hell of a funky afrobeat affair, it's been remastered, and the folk at Daptone are reissuing it. 

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, himself a one-time member of 1960s doo-wop group The Montereys. When Menahan Street Band founder Thomas Brenneck got wind of their talent, he teamed up with Bill to write the eleven instant Daptone classics that make up Love In The Wind. Bill and his sons are backed by the MSB here, the group that anchored the late Charles Bradley.
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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 on the label of Bob's father, Mo Do Records, but enjoys the adulation he gave it today in wider scenes due to its warm and attentive renditions. Finally back in the mix via Daptone. 
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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. Soulful and free of cliche. 

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.

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, this record begins with the hammering of drums and wavering harmonies to prepare you for the monumental musical journey that is ‘Magus Mountain’.

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 and the lyrics knows what is up. Out on 7" vinyl from Daptone.
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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 is a pair of recordings taken from Sharon’s final studio sessions. With the legendary Dap-Kings in tow, she naturally tears it up sharp and funky. This 45’ is released by Daptone.

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 the mood for the holiday season.

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 modern influences from hip hop, jazz, funk, and dub. Vinyl comes with download code, on Daptone.
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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 dropped a beat in their lives. This double LP soundtrack to the film gives an overview of a remarkable career.

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 much-loved music: The Olympians is one of the year’s finest soul records, vocals or no vocals. On Daptone.

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 create impassioned, spiritual music.

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 place, from Hunter’s full-throated frontman vocals to the horn section sparring over the groovy rhythms. Full of soul.

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 Como Mamas… great stuff all through.

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 of musical party makes up 'Burnt Offering'.

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 soul that made Quentin Tarantino's Jackie Brown soundtrack so cool.

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 combined with the island sound makes for an excellent record.
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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). 
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