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!
The sophomore release from The Mystery Lights is out now on our rock subsidiary Wick Records! Produced by Wayne Gordon at Daptone’s House of Soul, Too Much Tension! is a modern classic born from vintage technique and soulful execution.
Carlton Jumel Smith – 1634 Lexington Avenue is out now on Timmion Records! On his debut album, Carlton explores different shades of the golden era of soul music, and it would be hard to find anyone doing it as fresh in 2019. You know those front to back soul album classics you treasure in your collection? This will stand up with the best of them.
As menacing and unhinged as ever, the pride of Staten Island is back with their fifth full-length offering: V.
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.
Originally released in the winter of 2012 as part of a self-released EP, “Never Answer” b/w “Questions” has been remastered and lovingly pressed onto a 45rpm, 7″ record – just the way it should be.
Congratulations to Orquesta Akokán for their Grammy nomination in the Best Tropical Latin Album category!