A “miramar” is a place from which you can see the ocean. The bolero group, Miramar, chose this word as their name to evoke a place of peace, reflection and solace for a broken heart. Even the bolero, a romantic music born in Cuba in the 1800’s, might have been conceived by the seaside. In the 50’s and 60’s it became the quintessential musical expression of romance in Latin America. It is this era of the music from which Miramar draws their inspiration. “Urgencia”, or “urgency”, tells of the desperation a heart feels when it is swept away by romance, but risks all for fear of not having another chance at love. The flip, “Salida” means “a way out.” It is a song about the surrender that comes after trying to break free from the darkest of places, of endless frustration and sadness. The lyrics allude, but never tell. Produced by Giancarlo Luiggi & Victor Axelrod.
Cochemea Gastelum is coming home to connect with his roots. After nearly 15 years of touring the world with Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, the saxophonist offers a deeply personal album of jazz and indigenous-influenced rhythms, All My Relations—10 tracks of mesmerizing and spiritually ascendant instrumentation.
Direct from Chicago, Daptone Records is delighted to introduce the newest member to our celestial stable of stars, Mr. Master Plan Inc. himself – Doug Shorts. After cutting a series of now classic sides with Cherries Records, Doug came to NYC to work on some new recordings with the crack Production Team Silver and Gold: Frank Dukes & Homer Steinweiss. Luckily for us two of the tracks made it over to Daptone HQ, which is what we humbly offer up to you…The Daptone Family!
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The debut solo-single from The Dap-Kings sax-man and long-time Daptone Family fixture, the peerless player with palpable provenance, Cochemea Gastelum! Recorded entirely in his humble bedroom studio, Cochemea masterfully blends the drum-machine-laden soul-explorations of artists like Shuggie Otis and Sly Stone, with the avant-garde, electric sax permutations of Eddie Harris.
Exclusively for Daptone Authorized Dealers (no web shop on this one), this limited edition single features two instrumental monsters from the “Baddest Band in the Land,” The Dap-Kings. The A side, tracked during the sessions for Sharon Jones’ last long player, Soul of a Woman, “Tear it Down” is a psychedelic soul groover that features background vocals by Sharon Jones, and Saun & Starr (watch the video here, in case you missed it). On the flip you find “The Collection Song,” a long-time Dap-Kings instrumental that the group has used to warm up crowds all across the globe. A fan favorite for our favorite shops! Check our authorized dealers list or ask at your local record store.
Here come The James Hunter Six! Serving yet another delicious dish of what you wish with the premier single off their upcoming LP, Whatever It Takes (DAP-051). And I’ll be a monkey’s uncle if James hasn’t delivered two of his most compelling sides to date on this one. Bring your talcum powder and a change of clothes cause it’s another jaw-droppin’ showstop- per by that finger-poppin’ pond-hopper, James Hunter.
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. Get it now in the Daptone Shop.