Daptone Records

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Daptone Records
Daptone Records logo.jpg
Founded 2001; 15 years ago (2001)
Founder Gabriel Roth
Neal Sugarman
Distributor(s) The Orchard
Genre Various
Country of origin United States
Location Brooklyn, New York U.S.
Official website DaptoneRecords.com

Daptone Records is a funk and soul independent record label based in Brooklyn, New York, most well known for Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings and Charles Bradley.[1]

History[edit]

In 2001, Gabriel Roth and Neal Sugarman formed Daptone Records. Roth had previously run the now defunct Desco record label.[2]

The core beginning of the Daptone records sound began as the Dap-Kings, who in collaboration with Mark Ronson, backed Amy Winehouse on her hit record, Back to Black, which was recorded at the Daptone recording studio. In 2007, the Dap-Kings toured with Winehouse. [2]


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.

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 Daptone Record label is inexorably tied to Sharon Jones. The label and members of her band were with her during the last weeks before her death.[3]

Brooklyn studios[edit]

Daptone built their studio, called Daptone's House of Soul in a converted two-family home in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn. It was very run down when they first rented it, and the neighborhood was not great. Daptone Records has its offices in the top floor, the studio is on the ground floor. The label built the studio from scratch, and made the decision to not have computers, but to rely completely on the more old-fashioned analog recording methods to make music. There are tape machines and a CD recorder, but no Pro Tools or digital reverbs.[4]

The studio is 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 done by Roth. The recording studio and engineering personnel have been sought out by record producers such as Mark Ronson.[5]

In February 2009, Daptone's House of Soul was broken into and thieves made off with the better part of its equipment.[6][7]

Artists[edit]

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
Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens Cold World DAP-033 2014
The Budos Band Burnt Offering DAP-034 2014
Saun & Starr Look Closer DAP-035 2015
Various Artists Daptone Gold, Vol. II (label sampler) DAP-036 2015
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings It's A Holiday Soul Party DAP-037 2015
DAP-038 NR
DAP-039 NR
The James Hunter Six Hold On! DAP-040 2016
Charles Bradley Changes DAP-041 2016
DAP-042 NR
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings Miss Sharon Jones! (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) DAP-043 2016

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Knafo, Saki (5 December 2008). "Soul Reviver - Gabriel Roth - Daptone Records - Profile". The New York Times. 
  2. ^ a b Gross, Terry (28 November 2007). "Sharon Jones Is 'Nobody's Baby'". Fresh Air. NPR. 
  3. ^ Roberts, Randall (20 November 2016). "Dap-Kings' Gabriel Roth recalls Sharon Jones' last days: 'She didn't want to stop singing'". Los Angeles Times. 
  4. ^ Mao, Jeff “Chairman”; Roth, Gabriel (11 February 2010). "Gabriel Roth, Daptone Records, New York" (Video interview (includes transcript)). Red Bull Music Academy 2010. London. 
  5. ^ Daley, Dan (June 2008). "Gabriel Roth: Recording For Daptone Records". Sound on Sound. 
  6. ^ BrooklynVegan Staff (17 February 2009). "Daptone Records robbed…". BrooklynVegan. 
  7. ^ Warren, Mathew R. (22 February 2009). "Brooklyn Music Studio Carries On After Burglary". The New York Times. 

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