We at Daptone stand in unity with protestors across the country whose outrage at this country’s seemingly endless racist violence has boiled over. The recent murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery cannot be seen as outliers due to individual bad actors, but rather just the most recent acts to be caught on […]
Words by Andy Maltz There have been so many eloquent remembrances of Little Richard in the past couple of days since his passing that I am hesitant to attempt one, knowing that my words will inevitably fall short. The basic details of his life–his youth, struggle for recognition, conflicts between his religious beliefs and his […]
Available for the first time on vinyl in 55 years, we have two sought after sides from legendary Ohio teen combo, Johnny’s Uncalled Four. Out 2/21 on 45 and digital. Limited copies with random color vinyl available only at the Daptone Shop.
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 […]
We’ve freshened up our WDAP: House of Soul Favorites Spotify Playlist. Listen and follow to hear the Daptone staff’s favorites both from within the catalog and beyond!
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 […]
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.