Lee Fields – Let’s Get a Groove On

Freshly unleashed from the vaults of Desco Records and remastered for the first time since its 1998 release, we announce the re-release of Lee Fields‘ classic, Let’s Get a Groove On. Available digitally on April 3rd, and on LP as an exclusive Record Store Day release with clear vinyl and green splatter.

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New Menahan Street Band 45

MSB is back with a new 45. “There’s a New Day Coming”, a tribute to our late friend, Charles Bradley, and features vocals by the amazing Saundra Williams of Saun & Starr, b/w “Tommy Don’t”. Get it on 45, stream it, or download it now. Limited copies with random color vinyl available only at the Daptone […]

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Bad Education: 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 […]

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MIRAMAR – SALIDA / URGENCIA

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.

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COCHEMEA – ALL MY RELATIONS

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.

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DOUG SHORTS – CASUAL ENCOUNTER b/w KEEP YOUR HEAD UP

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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