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BENNY TROKAN: Get It In The End (Vinyl 7″)

BENNY TROKAN: Get It In The End (Vinyl 7Rating: ★★★★★ If you’re not hip to this cheeky little nugget from Benny Trokan on Daptone Records’ new rock imprint Wick Records yet – it’s about time you were. And don’t let the word ‘rock’ trouble you either, Get It In The End is about as funky as a slice of freakbeat can get. The track originally appeared on Wick LP, Battle of the Bands, Vol. 1 but has been so popular the label
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JAMES HUNTER SIX: Whatever It Takes

JAMES HUNTER SIX:  Whatever It TakesThe James Hunter Six pretty much arrived at their spiritual home when they signed to Daptone Records a few years ago given the label’s world-beating ability to recreating ‘that’ authentic sixties soul sound in the production studio. Hitherto however, Hunter and crew have been one of the lower profile signings on Gabriel Roth’s roster, arguably overshadowed by the presence of the
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SHARON JONES: 1956-2016 R.I.P

rip-sharon-jonesR.I.P Sharon Jones, singer with Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings and undisputed queen of retro soul. Official Daptone announcement here
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SAUN & STARR: Hot Shot (2014)

Hot Shot Saun StarrYet another effortless slice of soul from the grandaddy of retro funk and soul labels – Daptone. This time it’s the turn of Sharon Jones’ backing singers The Dapettes to step into the limelight. The loping Dap-Kings-backed seventies groove of A-side Hot Shot showcases the vocals of Star Duncan Lowe whilst Sandra ‘Saun’ Williams takes to the
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POETS OF RHYTHM vs. EDAN: Video (part 2) (2013)

Not had enough of Edan in a glossy black wig eh? I refer, of course, to his effortless cutting between Poets Of Rhythm wax whilst rhyming promo verse over the top in the apparently ‘gone viral’ Poets Of Rhythm vs. Edan video part 1. Well, now’s your chance to catch the reclusive legendary rapper/ dj/ producer looking quite a bit like Joey Ramone once more. Both videos are part of the PR campaign by
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POETS OF RHYTHM: Anthology 1992-2003 (2013)

Rating: ★★★★★ Global overlords of retro funk and soul, NY’s Daptone Records, here pay homage to a band instrumental (thank you, I’m here all week!) in inspiring the whole Desco/ Daptone project to take flight – not to mention the global retro funk scene in the nineties. The band in question is legendary German underground funky soul outfit The Poets Of Rhythm – a.k.a. Bus
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DAPTONE presents: THE POETS OF RHYTHM feat. EDAN video (2013)

Daptone‘s got a brand new bag! Well, brand new old bag. Why? Because they’re re-releasing a ‘best of’ anthology from German retro funkers Poets Of Rhythm. The Poets were famously the backing band for Lyrics Born on I Changed My Mind off Quannum’s classic ’98 Spectrum LP and purveyors of instrumental funky soul of such quality in general that they were a big influence on Daptone
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BOB & GENE feat. THE INVERSIONS: I Can’t Stand These Lonely Nights/ Rub The Lamp (2012) Free download

Latterday Sam and Dave, Daptone Records‘s Bob & Gene revisit their own sweet soul B-side Lonely Nights from last year with the help of Antibalas producer Victor Axelrod and his Kingston three-piece band The Inversions. Thus transformed, the original song has become a sweet reggae-soul A-side I Can’t Stand These Lonely Nights as our men once again wistfully contemplate the pain of
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SHARON JONES & THE DAP KINGS: I Learned The Hard Way – 2010 – Album review

Rating: ★★★★☆

Over the best part of the last decade the combination of Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings has been massively influential in underground funk circles. In fact they are probably the most widely respected act on the scene – with good reason, indeed, if creating the sound of soul/ funk authenticity were a competition, this lot would effortlessly wipe the floor with every rival, every single time. No doubt this is partly to do with their use of eight-track analogue recording using an Ampex tape machine but also a consequence of Jones’ voice and the musicianship of the Dap Kings themselves. But then again, it’s not a competition and so we have to address the fact that like it’s predecessor this LP lacks a big dancefloor banger of the kind that their rivals have been providing. This isn’t to say there aren’t big tunes on here – for example both Money (which finds Jones pondering her inability to hang on to any bucks in her best soulful growl and is the closest thing to a dancefloor single on here) and I’ll Still Be True offer big brassy, funky soul but the horns and vox take priority over the breaks even on these.
Elsewhere Better Things To Do offers a sweetly mellow groove though the emphasis is on the chill rather than the ill. Talking of sweetly mellow grooves – the summery soul vibe on The Reason sees the Dap Kings taking a front seat for once with this instrumental at the halfway point. Without A Heart brings the northern soul (and why not – every other deep funk band has been there recently) while Mama Don’t Like My Man plunders an early Motown vibe. The remainder is much the same – more of the soul – less of the funk – lots of lamenting about blokes who ‘window shop’ (Window Shopping), ‘learning the hard way’ about blokes (I Learned The Hard Way) – and stressing about whether a bloke is going to call or not – If You Call. But then again – why not? They’re all traditional and perfectly serviceable soul-themes.
Musically this has far more in common with last LP 100 Days, 100 Nights than the blazing funk of first LP or even the excellent well-balanced variety of second LP Naturally which I still maintain is their finest hour and ought to have been the one that broke them into mainstream consciousness. Since even the Guardian name checks them these days I think it’s safe to assume that mainstream recognition has now been achieved and frankly no-one deserves it more. It does occur to me though that an end to all that ‘struggling musician’ lifestyle might leave Jones short of lyrical material – although thinking about it – her love life does sound pretty catastrophic, so maybe not. Anyway – enough about that – as long as you remember that this (like its immediate predecessor) is one for late-night driving, and post-dinner drinks rather than late-night drinking and post-pub kicks, you’ll be into it. Nice to see them offering a mp3 download code with the LP too…
(Out now on Daptone Records)

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