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!
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!
Not your shopping mall’s holiday playlist. Listen on Spotify & Apple Music.
“The Daktaris is a well-disciplined army of two hundred African Bull Elephants marching relentlessly up your business to the beat from Funky Drummer.” Or so began the liner notes on the original pressing of this album…
Truth is often stranger than fiction. In 1998, Desco Records—a precursor to Daptone and Soul Fire Records—released The Daktaris’ Soul Explosion, ostensibly as a reissue of an unearthed Nigerian LP from the seventies. Though it’s now common knowledge that the story was a bit of a hoax, the record’s significance as a seminal part of the Afrobeat and afro-funk renaissance of the last two decades cannot be denied. The roots of the Budos Band, Antibalas, and uncountable others can be traced back to this enigmatic afro-funk release.
Now, two decades later, Daptone has remastered the album from the original tapes, including a bonus track that had previously only been available on a 45, and featuring extensive all new liner notes by Bosco Mann telling the bizarre true story behind the Daktaris sessions.
November 5th, 2018 would have been Charles Bradley’s 70th birthday. In celebration of his extraordinary life, we present you with his fourth and final album, Black Velvet, a collection of 10 songs by the late great Screaming Eagle of Soul, all appearing on album together for the first time and lovingly assembled by his friends and family at Dunham/Daptone Records.