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Lee Fields

Sentimental Fool

    Soul great Lee Fields signs to Daptone and announces a new album.
    Lee Fields is arguably the greatest soul singer alive today. In an age when the shelf life of an artist largely depends on posturing and trends, he has proven to be an unassailable force of nature. His prolific, decade-spanning career continues to reign supreme on the modern soul scene.

    In early 2022, Lee reunited with Daptone Records and producer Gabriel Roth to record Sentimental Fool, a deep, blues-tinged, wholly-conceived soul album. From his first line to his final plaintive lyric, the beauty, power, and raw humanity of Leeʼs voice is on full display here; the culmination of an astounding career that has seemed to defy gravity, rising to only greater and greater heights.

    Soul music pours out of Lee Fields, as free and unstinting as God's love.
    It was ever since the 1960's, when he was a teenager in North Carolina sweating it out on juke joint stages, crumpled dollars hailing at his feet. It continues now that the living legend is in his late sixties, ushering in the most successful and fruitful period of his career.

    Like any living legend worth their salt, Fields has suffered despair, obscurity, defeat. Although he now tours stages around the world, and although he helped fellow soul legends like Sharon Jones (who was once Fields' backup singer) and Charles Bradley (whom Fields took on his first tour) get their first break, he did not always have this position. There were years—they were known as "the 1980's"—when Fields nearly gave up. His success these days, then has a bittersweet tinge: His dear friends Bradley and Jones have both passed, leaving Fields to outlive them and carry their legacy forth.

    With all these years, and all this life, comes a sort of divine wisdom, and Fields has it in spades. "I am a sinner, just like everybody else," he says gravely. He is no "holier—than—thou guy," he adds. He just believes in people's ability to love and be loved, and he understands that music is the divine bridge to these places.


    1. Forever
    2. I Should Have Let You Be
    3. Sentimental Fool
    4. Two Jobs
    5. Just Give Me Your Time
    6. Save Your Tears For Someone New
    7. The Door
    8. What Did I Do?
    9. Without A Heart
    10. Ordinary Lives
    11. Your Face Before My Eyes
    12. Extraordinary Man

    Thee Sacred Souls

    Thee Sacred Souls

      For Thee Sacred Souls, the first time is often the charm. The band’s first club dates led to a record deal with the revered Daptone label; their first singles racked up more than ten million streams in a year and garnered attention from Billboard, Rolling Stone, and KCRW; and their first fans included the likes of Gary Clark Jr., The Black Pumas, Princess Nokia, and Timbaland. Now, the breakout San Diego trio is ready to deliver yet another landmark first with the release of their self-titled debut on Daptone records.

      “Every step of the way has just been so organic,” says drummer Alex Garcia. “Things just seem to happen naturally when the three of us get together.”

      Indeed, there’s something inevitable about the sound of Thee Sacred Souls, as if Garcia and his bandmates—bassist Sal Samano and singer Josh Lane—have been playing together for a lifetime already. Produced by Bosco Mann (aka Daptone co-founder Gabriel Roth), Thee Sacred Souls is a warm and textured record, mixing the easygoing grace of sweet ’60s soul with the grit and groove of early ’70s R&B, and the performances are utterly intoxicating, with Lane’s weightless vocals anchored by the rhythm section’s deep pocket and infectious chemistry.

      Hints of Chicano, Philly, Chicago, Memphis and even Panama soul turn up here, and while it’s tempting to toss around labels like “retro” with a deliberately analog collection like this, there’s also something distinctly modern about the band that defies easy categorization, a rawness and a sincerity that transcends time and place.


      Can I Call You Rose
      Lady Love
      Easier Said Than Done
      A Trade Of Hearts
      Weak For Your Love
      Future Lover
      Sorrow For Tomorrow
      For Now
      Once You Know (THEN You'll Know)
      Happy And Well
      Love Comes Easy

      Scone Cash Players

      Brooklyn To Brooklin

        Longtime Daptone Hammond ace, Adam Scone was seduced when his travelling performances brought him from Brooklyn, New York to Brooklin, Brasil, where he found a trove of new love and music. Produced by Bosco Mann, and featuring Jimmy James (True-Loves, Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio) on guitar and Neal Sugarman (Sugarman 3, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings) on tenor sax the group took this newfound inspiration into the studio and tracked some of the freshest soulful music we've heard in some time.
        With help from his intergalactic choir, the opening track, "Cold 40's", leaps out of the speakers with the screaming organ sound that has put Scone on the short list of goto organ players. The Hammond then gives way to a dreamy, funky groove that's perfectly seasoned with ethereal background vocals that will transport you to a place where summer is on repeat. "Brooklyn to Brooklin” brings you deep into a fever-dream of tropical rhythms and seductive flourishes of psychedelia, sure to delight dancers and dreamers alike. Come take a trip!


        1. Cold 40's
        2. In Your Hands
        3. Anadira
        4. Brooklyn To Brooklin
        5. All These Bad Things
        6. What's Her Name?
        7. It Wasn't Meant To Be
        8. Night Ballads
        9. Golden State
        10. Laughing Because

        The James Hunter Six

        With Love

          Daptone Records presents The James Hunter Six's latest offering, With Love: a heart-shaped collection of candle-lit ballads and love songs.

          Plucked like so many "he loves you" petals from the vast and sumptuous garden of his Daptone Recordings, these twelve lilting melodies have been selected and sequenced with great care, tenderness, and intention by Daptone staff for the solitary purpose of compiling some of the criminally overlooked treasures in the James Hunter Six's critically acclaimed catalog.


          1. Something’s Calling
          2. I Don’t Wanna Be Without You
          3. Who’s Fooling Who
          4. If I Only Knew
          5. Carina
          6. Take It As You Find It
          7. This Is Where We Came In
          8. Heartbreak
          9. It Was Gonna Be You
          10. Never

          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 provide a soulful soundtrack to the holidays this year with new album 'It’s A Holiday Soul Party', released on Daptone Records.

            And we're not just talking Christmas here either, as other faith-based seasonal celebrations are catered for as well. 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'.

            Get your menorah lit, your Xmas tree decorated and then stick this record on - happy holidays ya'll!

            TRACK LISTING

            8 Days (Of Hannukah) 
            Ain't No Chimneys In The Projects 
            White Christmas 
            Just Another Christmas Song 
            Silent Night 
            Big Bulbs 
            Please Come Home For Christmas 
            Funky Little Drummer Boy
            Silver Bells 
            World Of Love 
            God Rest Ye Merry Gents

            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. 

            TRACK LISTING

            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. 

              TRACK LISTING

              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)

              The Budos Band

              Burnt Offering - Reissue

                The Budos Band returned in 2014 with "Burnt Offering"; a wild, booze-fueled ride of hazy riffs and take no-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. Burnt Offering was recorded live in the studio, engineered and produced by Tom Brenneck, a founding member and guitarist in The Budos Band who runs Dunham Records and Studios. It was written at the band’s longtime Staten Island studio, where they’ve gathered for weekly rehearsals for over fifteen years. The haunting album cover was created by drummer Brian Profilio, a NYC public school art teacher. The new album is dripping with the psychedelic sounds of early heavy metal fused with the tightknit propulsion of Fela Kuti. “The Sticks” kicks off with a snarling riff seamlessly doubled on bass and guitar and unfurls into sludgy breakdowns and searing guitars.

                TRACK LISTING

                1. Into The Fog
                2. The Sticks
                3. Aphasia
                4. Shattered Winds
                5. Black Hills
                6. Burnt Offering
                7. Trail Of Tears
                8. Magus Mountain
                9. Tomahawk
                10. Turn And Burn

                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.

                  TRACK LISTING

                  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

                  Charles Bradley

                  Changes - Vinyl Reissue

                    The third album by soul powerhouse Charles Bradley.
                    The entire album features the Menahan Street Band, and was produced by Tommy Brenneck.

                    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 albumChanges 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.”

                    Charles Bradley has also made a name for himself as a riveting live performer. He’s taken his show to venues and festivals across the globe including Coachella, Glastonbury Festival and Primavera Sound. Bradley’s also performed on famed stages including the Apollo Theater, and the Beacon Theatre where he’s separately supported The Tedeschi Trucks Band and the Afghan Whigs. He has just announced a number of European and North American shows for Spring 2016, including performances at L'Olympia in Paris and the O2 Forum in London.

                    By now, Charles Bradley’s remarkable, against-all-odds rise has been well documented: how he transcended a bleak life on the streets and struggled through a series of ill-fitting jobs before finally being discovered by Daptone's Gabriel Roth and releasing his debut album No Time for Dreaming. The year following the release of No Time For Dreaming was one triumph after another and his second album Victim of Love saw Bradley emerging from his past heartaches stronger and more confident, overflowing with love to share. Victim of Love went on to receive overwhelming praise and was included on "Best of 2013" lists by SPIN, MOJO, Paste, BuzzFeed, Rough Trade & more. The album’s title track was also named one of Rolling Stone’s "Best Songs of 2013."

                    TRACK LISTING

                    1. God Bless America
                    2. Good To Be Back Home
                    3. Nobody But You
                    4. Ain't Gonna Give It Up
                    5. Changes
                    6. Ain't It A Sin
                    7. Things We Do For Love
                    8. Crazy For Your Love
                    9. You Think I Don't Know (But I Know)
                    10. Change For The World
                    11. Slow Love

                    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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