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Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings

It's A Holiday Soul Party - 2021 Reissue

    Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings are here to help music fans get into the holiday spirit. The band will provide a soulful soundtrack to the holidays this year with new album It’s A Holiday Soul Party, out October 30 on Daptone Records.

    Kicking off with “8 Days (Of Hanukkah)” – the band’s ode to The Festival of Lights – the 11-song set of original and classic holiday songs is the group’s first holiday record and follows their Grammy-nominated 2014 album Give The People What They Want.

    There is no other band around today that plays with the rhythm, feeling, or explosive power of the Dap-Kings. Since releasing their first album in 2002, the band has performed all over the world, had tremendous success on TV and Sharon has collaborated with some of music’s biggest names including David Byrne and Michael Bublé.

    In addition to the new album, the Toronto International Film Festival just announced that documentary “Miss Sharon Jones” is set to premiere at the esteemed festival on Friday, September 11. Directed by Academy Award Winner Barbara Kopple, the film follows the dynamic frontwoman through her 2013 battle with cancer, and her triumphant return to the stage around the release of Give The People What They Want. 

    Daptone celebrates it's 20 year anniversary with this new album, recorded and filmed live at the world famous Apollo Theater in Harlem NYC 2014!
    Performed and recorded over three nights in front of a sold out crowd at The World Famous Theater in Harlem, NY (December 4th - 6th, 2014), this album brings the electrifying performances that helped put Daptone on the map directly to your living room!

    Featuring live sets from: Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Charles Bradley And His Extraordinaires, Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens, Antibalas, The Budos Band, Menahan Street Band, Saun & Starr, The Sugarman 3, as well as MC, Binky Griptite; it’s a rambunctious, star-studded and celebratory affair which almost takes you right into the heart of the action!

    Pour yourself a rum daquiri, put on your finest clobber, and get settled for a high-glitz, high-glamour Saturday night! By golly you deserve it! Bring the party to your living room and experience the incredible vibe of this incendiary night over and over again at your leisure. 


    Side One:
    1. Introduction By Binky Griptite - The Dap-Kings
    2. Hot Shot - Saun & Starr
    3. Confess It - Saun & Starr
    4. In The Night - Saun & Starr
    5. Witch's Boogaloo - The Sugarman 3
    6. Love Went Away - The Sugarman 3

    Side Two:
    1. Thank You Lord - Naomi Shelton And The Gospel Queens
    2. Stranger - Naomi Shelton And The Gospel Queens
    3. Higher Ground - Naomi Shelton And The Gospel Queens
    4. Make The Road By Walking - Menahan Street Band
    5. Out Of The Wilderness - The Como Mamas

    Side Three:
    1. Heartaches And Pain - Charles Bradley (And His Extraordinaires)
    2. The World (Is Going Up In Flames) - Charles Bradley (And His Extraordinaires)
    3. Lovin' You Baby - Charles Bradley (And His Extraordinaires)
    4. Slip Away - Charles Bradley (And His Extraordinaires)
    5. How Long - Charles Bradley (Featuring The Menahan Street Band)

    Side Four:
    1. Let Love Stand A. Chance - Charles Bradley (And His Extraordinaires)
    2. The Sticks - The Budos Band
    3. Ain't It A Sin - Charles Bradley (Featuring The Budos Band)
    4. Sáré Kon Kon Pt. 1 - Antibalas

    Side Five:
    1. Sáré Kon Kon Pt. 2 – Antibalas
    2. Miss Sharon Jones' Intro - The Dap-Kings
    3. He Said I Can - Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
    4. If You Call - Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
    5. Tell Me - Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
    6. Get Up And Get Out - Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings

    Side Six:
    1. Making Up And Breaking Up (And Making Up And Breaking Up Over Again) - Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
    2. I'm Not Gonna Cry - Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
    3. Calamity - Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
    4. Every Beat Of My Heart - Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
    5. There Was A Time - Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings (And Friends)
    6. Family Affair / Outro - Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings


    Vol. II: Baca Sewa

      The Dap-Kings' electro-sax space warrior returns with a groove-heavy sequel to All My Relations. Vol. II: Baca Sewa, an expressive, transcendental voyage through the archives of his indigenous roots and beyond. Drawing on ancestral memories and family histories to wrap new flesh around the bones of history, this album is a bold, semi-autobiographical work that leads us deeper into the annals of family histories, mythology and the cultural imaginary.

      “Baca Sewa” is Cochemeaʼs original family name prior to Spanish colonization and the fracturing or erasure of ancient knowledge and ways. The melody for the title track was composed by Anthony Gastelum and features vocals and drumming by the Baca Sewa Singers- a group composed of several generations of family members. The album runs thick with sonic tributes and remembrances. “Chitoʼs Song” is a contemplative, ethereal tribute to a beloved uncle. “Curandera” conjures the memory of the irrepressible healing power of medicine women. “Black Pearl” recalls his great grandfather, heir to a legacy of indigenous peoples enslaved as pearl divers in the Sea of Cortez.

      Leading a 7-piece ensemble composed of New Yorkʼs top percussionists and members of Daptoneʼs rhythm section, Cochemea recombined ancient elements of drums, winds, and voice, creating his own world of emotional textures and rhythmic possibilities. His musical and spiritual synthesis is made possible through his deep reverence of the horn and of the music and traditions preceding him. Vol II: Baca Sewa - is an offering and continuation of Cochemeaʼs explorations, part of a musical process of cultural reclamation and healing through connection, relations, memory and imagination. 


      1. Burning Plain
      2. Tukaria
      3. Mimbreños
      4. Chito’s Song
      5. Nahsuareo Bwikam
      6. Black Pearl
      7. Peace Prayer
      8. Curandera
      9. Baca Sewa (Chant)
      10. Baca Sewa (Song)

      Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings

      Come And Be A Winner / Instrumental

      Daptone bow to popular demand and slap a selection of fan-favorites by thee legendary Sharon Jones and her Dap-Kings on 45 for the very first time!

      Over the years Daptone H.Q. has been flooded with suggestions and requests for certain album tracks to be available on 45, so we've pressed up a few that are consistently at the top of the heap.

      After itsʼ original release on the Soul of a Woman album, "Come and be a Winner"'s mellow mid-tempo groove and positive message swiftly grabbed the attention of fans and critics - ultimately placing the song squarely at the top of year-end playlists across the globe.

      And for those of you want to keep the groove going and dig the instrumental on the flip! 


      A. Come And Be A Winner
      B. Come And Be A Winner (Instrumental)

      Formed in NYC, this grammy-nominated group of Moroccan expats has been making waves locally and abroad with their hypnotic live shows. The group is led by Ma'alem Hassan Ben Jaffar, a master musician and spiritual elder of the ensemble who plays a three-stringed african bass known as a guembri. Ben Jaffar is accompanied by a brotherhood of musicians – (Amino Belyamani, Ahmed Jeriouda, Samir Langus and Nawfal Atiq) – all playing the qraqeb, metal castanets that represent the shackles and chains of slaves and also singing chorus responses. Gnawa music is a spiritual tradition rooted in Moroccoʼs ancient history. Often referred to as “Sufi Blues”, Gnawaʼs African influence originated from West African slaves brought to Morocco centuries ago. Not unlike blues music in the American South, Gnawa music is revered throughout Morocco as treasured indigenous soul music.

      After seeing a performance at a mutual friend's party, producer and local Gnawa enthusiast, Bosco Mann, invited Innov Gnawa to come record some tracks at The Daptone House of Soul. The invitation was accepted and over a five-hour session, the group tracked an entire albumsʼ worth of material - all in one take. The session tracked that evening is what we humbly offer up to you, the beloved Daptone Family. Lila, literally meaning "night" is a traditional ceremony in which the Ma'alem and his qraqeb ensemble dedicate an evening of healing through music. This all-night rhythm fest is a spiritual ritual which cleanses the body, mind, and spirit. We invite you to immerse yourself in Lila. Experience Freedom, Liberation and the power of healing through music. The spirit of Gnawa is people. Experience the freedom, liberation, and power of healing through music. You are not alive if this music doesn't move you. 


      LP Tracklisting (please Note That Songs Are Broken Down Into Groups Of Tracks)
      1. Chorfa (made Up Of The Tracks L’3fou, Salaw 3lik, Jilala)
      2. El Kouhel (made Up Of The Tracks Mimouna, L’Ghumami, Gnawi Baba Mimoun, Baba L’Ghumami, Fofo Denba)
      3. El Ghaba (made Up Of The Tracks El Hadiya, El Hadiya Sala Nabina)

      CD Tracklisting
      1. Youmala / Zidelmal
      2. Chorfa
      3. El Bouhala
      4. El Kouhel
      5. El Ghaba
      6. Hamdouchia

      The Budos Band

      Long In The Tooth

        "A split-screen maelstrom of Fela Kuti, Led Zep, Morricone, psych and dub" The Budos Band - MOJO - Rising - August 2019 Celebrating 15 years from the release of their debut album, Daptone's Royal Court from Staten Island delivers a truly epic collection of new material that finds the group further bridging the gap between the farfisa-fueled Ethio-Funk stylings of their early recordings, with the psychedelic, Sabbath-inspired hellfire of late. “In some ways, itʼs reminiscent of our first two albums The Budos Band and Budos II,” says Tom Brenneck. “We branched off on Burnt Offering and Budos V. Now, weʼre still moving forward.

        You can play these songs on the dance-floor. We knew the horns had to stand out too. Thinking about hip-hop allowed us to put the bounce back into The Budos.” This is evident from needle drop to final rotation. Heavy drum breaks, reminiscent of the B-Boy approved grooves of their early output reign supreme, setting the stage for the pulsating, hallucinatory wall of organ, menacing horns, and rugged guitar riffs to permeate your soul - leaving the listener in a rhythmic wash of Budonian rapture. Long in the Tooth represents the culmination of a 15-year journey by a band that has consistently carved its own distinct path through the grooves of history.


        1 Long In The Tooth
        2 Sixth Hammer
        3 Snake Hawk
        4 Dusterado
        5 Silver Stallion
        6 Haunted Sea
        7 The Wrangler
        8 Gun Metal Grey
        9 Mierda De Toro
        10 Budonian Knight Renegade

        James Hunter Six

        Nick Of Time

          Back in the spotlight with a sublime new rhythm and blues record, James Hunter follows up six critically acclaimed albums with his latest recording, Nick of Time, set for release on Brooklyn’s renowned soul label Daptone Records.

          Nick of Time is a shining testament of how a master songsmith continually draws fresh water from a bottomless well. Recorded and produced by Bosco Mann, Nick of Time features one of today’s foremost soul singers at the top of his game performing with musicians who’ve backed some of the biggest contemporary music stars including Daptone artists Sharon Jones and Charles Bradley. Nick of Time will be internationally released on March 6, 2020.

          For Nick of Time, Hunter and Daptone co-founder Bosco Mann hunkered down in the label’s Penrose Studios in Riverside, California for what certainly will be one of 2020’s standout soul recordings. Unmistakably another stunning James Hunter album, Nick of Time is a voyage between beautiful, mid-tempo rumba recalling early King/Federal releases, while lush arrangements summon lost tracks from early '60s Burt Bacharach sessions. Nick of Time is steeped in an era when soul records were driven by earth-shattering vocal performances. James Hunter hands down ushers classic soul music into the 21st Century with a sense of timelessness that’s rare these days.

          James Hunter is an everlasting writer of compelling narratives sung with true grit while backed by an ace band of New York City’s finest musicians. Nick of Time finds Hunter in the company of Victor Axelrod (piano), Adam Scone (organ), Rudy Petschauer (drums), Myles Weeks (bass), Michael Buckley (baritone saxophone), and Freddy DeBoe (tenor saxophone). On the road for an extensive U.S., U.K., and European tour in support of Nick of Time, Matt Slocum (keyboards) takes the reins on keys for a hearty James Hunter Six ensemble ready to electrify soul music fans as they hit venerable stages in a city near you in spring 2020.


          1. I Can Change Your Mind
          2. Who's Fooling Who
          3. Till I Hear It From You
          4. Never
          5. Missing In Action
          6. Nick Of Time
          7. Brother Or Other
          8. Ain't Goin' Up In One Of Those Things
          9. Take It As You Find It
          10. Can't Help Myself
          11. How 'Bout Now
          12. Paradise For One
          13. He's Your Could've Been

          Various Artists

          Bad Education - Vol.1 Soul Hits Of Timmion Records

            For the better part of 15 years Helsinki's own Timmion Records has released some of the most exciting soul sides happening today. To help spread the Timmion love, Daptone staffers and brass made a list of their favorite Timmion tracks from the past couple years. Presented here is Bad Education, Vol. I, the culmination of weeks of deliberation and infighting (mainly due to their unusually high batting average) - 10 tracks that best represent the eclectic wealth of soulful riches Timmion Records has to offer.

            Side 1 one gets cracking with "This is What Love Looks Like", a mid-tempo, breezy dancer by NYC's own Carlton Jumel Smith whose recent album, 1634 Lexington Ave, is poised to be one of the top Soul releases of 2019. Johnny Benavidez, the Texas-born, California-raised balladeer showcases his heartfelt falsetto with "Tell Me That You Love Me" - a beat ballad of the highest order, and a must for fans of Texas giants The Commands. Pratt & Moody, a vocal duo who have been making waves for sometime in their native Finland, serve up another heart-wrenching, head-bobbing ballad with "Lost, Lost, Lost". Picking up the tempo we have the undisputed queen of Finnish Soul, Miss Nicole Willis! The New York native is already a household name on the UK Northern Soul scene, but now it's time for this expat to make some noise Stateside. Closing out the side we have the leather-clad-fringed flute phenom know as Ernie "Scorpio Man' Hawks. The Scorpio Walk's deep groove laced with murmuring fuzz bass and surf guitar rushes the listener like a maniacal villain in an art house spy movie.

            Side 2 two packs even more soulful punches, starting with the unreleased track "Until You’re Mine" by Wanda Felicia. Equal parts slick, Big City street harmony and raw, southern soul, the track evokes the ver y best of Fame-era Candi Staton. Next up, we have Bobby Oroza whose featured track "This Love" took the Soul scene by storm upon its release in 2016. His understated, earnest vocal let's the sparse arrangement and heavy beat take you to a place where the sun shines bright and the low-riders shine brighter where the Sunday afternoon sun dances off the gold flecks of custom paint jobs. "Bad Education" the funky, afro-latin soul monster with a message (whose title graces the cover of this album) tips the hat to legends like Joe Bataan and Ray Barreto. The debut single by Bardo Martinez, already known for his work with Chicano Batman, lays down a fier y indictment of the educational system defining it as a mouthpiece for the militar y industrial complex. A heavy tune with a heavier message! From top to bottom Bad Education, Vol. I is a feast for discerning funk & soul freaks alike!

            TRACK LISTING

            This Is What Love Looks Like!
            Tell Me That You Love Me
            Lost Lost Lost
            Paint Me In A Corner
            Scorpio Walk
            Until You're Mine
            This Love
            Bad Education
            Don't Believe You Like That
            I'm Still A Man

            Orquesta Akokan

            Orquesta Akokan

              Direct from Cuba! Daptone Records is proud to introduce Orquesta Akoka?n, a big band collective of Havana's top musicians both young and old, joining forces with some of the most creative and spirited talents of New York's Latin music scene.

              Born out of a shared vision by singer Jose? "Pepito" Go?mez, producer Jacob Plasse, and arranger Michael Eckroth, the group reinvigorates the sound of the golden era of Cuban mambo with a bold new energy.

              Featuring all-original music cut live to tape over a three day session at Havana's hallowed state-run Estudios Areito - one of the longest operating studios in the world and where seminal Cuban records have been made since the early '40s, and more contemporarily with the 1997 release of the Buena Vista Social Club album - the group's self titled debut feels like a heartfelt gift from the band to listener. Which is no coincidence being that Akoka?n is a Yoruba word used in Cuba meaning "from the heart", and indeed every song presented here is just that.

              This is a fascinating next step for Daptone, which released the final album by Sharon Jones and the Dap- Kings and mourned the loss of Charles Bradley in 2017. ‘Orquesta Akoka?n’ finds the label branching outside its own studios to release its first Spanish language album.

              Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings

              Miss Sharon Jones! (OST)

                With overwhelmingly poignant timing, the celebratory and life affirming "Miss Sharon Jones! OST" arrives not a week after the unique artist's untimely passing. 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 Here" and a live recording of "His Eye On The Sparrow" in Sharon's local church in Georgia, boasts a nice selection of tracks ranging from her early singles on Daptone alongside tracks from the band's 2014 release - Give the People What They Want. Much like the film, the soundtrack gives you an intimate, candid look into the life of a woman who refused to be defined by the challenges she faced. Packed to the rafters with the full range of emotions, this set presents an artist at her peak and a fitting farewell to fans everywhere. 

                TRACK LISTING

                1. Tell Me
                2. Retreat
                3. Genuine Pt. 1
                4. Longer And Stronger
                5. If You Call
                6. 100 Days, 100 Nights
                7. People Don't Get What They Deserve
                8. Humble Me
                9. I'll Still Be True
                10. Let Them Knock
                11. Stranger To My Happiness
                12. Keep On Looking
                13. Mama Don't Like My Man
                14. I Learned The Hard Way
                15. Slow Down Love
                16. I'm Still Here (exclusive)

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