Daptone Records

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Daptone Records is a funk and soul independent record label formed by Gabriel Roth and Neal Sugarman and based in Brooklyn, New York.[1] After the demise of the Desco label Gabriel Roth teamed up with Neal Sugarman to create a new label, Daptone Records. In addition to Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Daptone has recorded and released the music of Antibalas, The Sugarman 3, The Budos Band, The Poets of Rhythm, The Daktaris, The Mighty Imperials, Lee Fields, Charles Bradley, Binky Griptite, and Naomi Davis.

The core of their music is the Dap-Kings. Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings features Sharon Jones on vocal, Gabriel Roth aka Bosco Mann on electric bass, Binky Griptite on guitar, Tommy 'TNT' Brenneck on guitar, Fernando 'Bugaloo' Velez on percussion, Homer Steinweiss on drums, David Guy on trumpet, Neal Sugarman on tenor sax and Ian Hendrixson-Smith on baritone sax.

The Sugarman 3 features Neal Sugarman, saxophone; Adam Scone, Hammond organ; Al Street, guitar; Rudy Albin, drums; Dave Guy, trumpet. Soul singer Lee Fields often sings with the Sugarman 3, and Daisy Sugarman plays flute.

Daptone built their own studios in Brooklyn, Daptone's House of Soul, where they have recorded most of their releases. Their distinctive sound is a product of the studio acoustics, recording only on analog tape (no digital), and mixing by Gabriel Roth. Their recording studio and engineering personnel have been sought out by record producers such as Mark Ronson. The Dap-Kings also perform on Amy Winehouse's album, Back to Black (itself recorded at the Daptone recording studio), and the band toured with her in 2007.[2] In February 2009, Daptone's House of Soul was broken into and thieves made off with the better part of its equipment.[3] [4]

Discography[edit]

Artist Title Catalog Number Release date
Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings Dap Dippin' with Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings DAP-001 2002
Sugarman Three & Co. Pure Cane Sugar DAP-002 2002
The Mighty Imperials Thunder Chicken DAP-003 2004 (reissue)
Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings Naturally DAP-004 2005
The Budos Band The Budos Band DAP-005 2005
The Sugarman 3 Sugar's Boogaloo DAP-006 2007 (reissue)
The Poets of Rhythm Practice What You Preach DAP-007 2006 (reissue)
The Sugarman 3 Soul Donkey DAP-008 2007 (reissue)
The Daktaris Soul Explosion DAP-009 2006 (reissue)
Bob and Gene If This World Were Mine... DAP-010 2007 (reissue)
The Budos Band The Budos Band II DAP-011 2007
Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings 100 Days, 100 Nights DAP-012 2007
Various Artists Como Now: The Voices Of Panola Co., Mississippi DAP-014 2008
Menahan Street Band Make the Road by Walking DAP-015 2008
Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens What Have You Done, My Brother DAP-016 2009
Pax Nicholas & The Nettey Family Na Teef Know de Road of Teef DAP-017 2009 (reissue)
Various Artists Daptone Gold (label sampler) DAP-018 2009
Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings I Learned the Hard Way DAP-019 2010
The Budos Band The Budos Band III DAP-020 2010
Charles Bradley No Time For Dreaming DAP-022 2011
El Rego Et Ses Commandos El Rego (compilation) DAP-023 2011
Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings Soul Time! (compilation) DAP-024 2011
Menahan Street Band No Time For Dreaming (The Instrumentals) DAP-025 2012
The Sugarman 3 What The World Needs Now DAP-026 2012
The Como Mamas Get An Understanding DAP-027 2013
Antibalas Antibalas DAP-028 2012
Menahan Street Band The Crossing DAP-029 2012
The Poets Of Rhythm Anthology 1992-2003 DAP-030 2013
Charles Bradley Victim of Love DAP-031 2013
Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings Give The People What They Want DAP-032 2014

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Daptone Records at funkywalk.de
  2. ^ Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings - 100 days, 100 nights
  3. ^ Itzkoff, Dave (2009-02-18), Daptone Records Is Burglarized, New York Times: C2 
  4. ^ Warren, Mathew (2009-02-23), Burglary Stuns a Studio, but Can’t Stop the Music, New York Times: A20 

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