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“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.
To commemorate what would have been his 70th birthday and celebrate the release of Black Velvet, please join us next week for a night of music and love on both the East and West coasts in Charles’ honor.
Wick Records is honored to release the sophomore long player from Virginia’s Troglodytic Troubadours, the group with the antediluvian je ne sais quoi: The AR-KAICS!
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.
6 years in the making, the debut LP from the Sha La Das, Love in the Wind, is available everywhere now. Produced by Tommy “TNT” Brenneck, Love in the Wind features a number of the players that have helped define the Daptone Sound including members of The Dap-Kings, Charles Bradley, and the Menahan Street Band. And, at the heart […]