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Rhythm Showcase Vol. 1

    Daptone Records is ready to wrap you in a sonic embrace of soulful sounds from across the seven seas. Introducing: The Daptone Rhythm Showcase. Sink your teeth into this bakerʼs dozen of tantalizing, previously unreleased songs by Antibalas (Ìyàmi Àjé), Menahan Street Band. (Dancers' Mood), Innov Gnawa (El Bouhala - from their forthcoming debut full-length Lila), as well as other deep cuts and diasporic dialogues from across space and time. Get ready to move to this exquisite collection of sultry sounds stretching from the five boroughs of New York to the bustling megacities of West Africa, the deserts of Morocco, the sacred and psychedelic landscapes of the Native American West and beyond. Buckle up for this multi-continental rhapsody of rhythm and groove. Musical medicine for the body, mind and soul: once again Daptone delivers.

    Released on the anniversary of her passing, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings' final studio album, Soul of a Woman is a lush, orchestral masterpiece. A true testament to the life and career of Daptone's fearless leader and one of the world's greatest performers.

    In the year prior to her death from pancreatic cancer in 2016, Sharon Jones toured and performed tirelessly, and was also the subject of Miss Sharon Jones!, an acclaimed documentary by Oscar-Winning director Barbara Kopple. Yet somehow, the beloved and heroic soul singer found time to complete a studio album. Soul of a Woman features eleven songs which reveal that the emotion, dynamics, and drama of Jones' voice remained at full power until her final days. The songs on Soul Of A Woman exemplify two distinct sides of the band’s sound. Side One showcases grittier, bluesier material like "Matter Of Time" and "Sail On!," giving Sharon the room to flex her vocal prowess and creating a "liveness" that few studio albums posses. Side Two takes on a more sophisticated orchestral mood. Tracks like "When I Saw Your Face" and "These Tears (No Longer For You),” capture a soft vulnerability in Sharon's vocals that draws you deep inside, and yet they remain nuanced with the signature toughness that never allow you to forget she's steering the ship. The finished product is an album that captures a band and a singer at their peak.


    Soul singer Charles Bradley’s star has been on the rise since the release of his widely praised 2011 debut album 'No Time For Dreaming', and his ascent has continued long after the release of his triumphant second album, 2013’s 'Victim of Love'. Dubbed “The Screaming Eagle of Soul,” the singer will release his third album 'Changes' on April 1, 2016 on Daptone Records imprint Dunham Records.

    The album is named for his popular cover of the Black Sabbath track, previously only available as a Record Store Day 45. “I think about the lyrics very closely when I sing ‘Changes’ and get emotional,” says Bradley. “It makes me think of my mother and the changes in my life since she passed away.”


    STAFF COMMENTS

    Millie says: ‘Changes’ is a beautiful and soulful album that is brimming with passion, creating a swaying jazz sensation. Outstanding style and compelling warmth, definitely a must hear!


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