Fire Track: Lee Fields – “Two Jobs”

Legendary soul singer Lee Fields has shared his new classic soul/R&B single, “Two Jobs,” available now via Daptone Records at all DSPs and streaming services. “Two Jobs” marks the latest song from Fields’ first new album in three years and full-length Daptone Records debut, Sentimental Fool, arriving everywhere on Friday, October 28. Fields’ tour in … Read more

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings: I Learned The Hard Way (Gold Wax | 500 Copies)

Sharon Jones music will live forever and her 2010 record, I Learned The Hard Way, is another strong album in her catalog. This Transparent Gold exclusive from Zia Records is the first color wax pressing of the album and it is limited to 500 copies. It will be released on April 30th, 2021. You can … Read more

The Budos Band: Long In The Tooth [Album Review]

The Budos BandLong In The ToothDaptone Records [2020] Celebrating 15 years from the release of their debut album, The Budos Band return with their 6th long player, Long In The Tooth. It is an album that changes gears from their harder edge they showed the last couple albums but especially as they raged out on … Read more

The Budos Band: V [Album Review]

The Budos Band V Daptone Records [2019] Who: 60’s/70’s influenced afro-soul legends, The Budos Band have released their fifth full length album with V. Sound: Instrumental horn driven rock that has evolved since their Afro-soul beginnings that has a Here Lies Man vibe along with Antibalas, Ikebe Shakedown and Cochemea. TFN Final Take: The Budos … Read more

Charles Bradley: Black Velvet [Album Review]

Charles Bradley Black Velvet Dunham/Daptone Records [2018] Who: Charles Bradley’s life is celebrated with this posthumous release. Sound: Bradley’s records were consistent with Daptone records revivalist approach, which offered plenty of funk and soul from the heart. TFN Final Take: It is always hard to say goodbye and when Charles Bradley passed away on September … Read more

Charles Bradley – “I Feel A Change” [VIDEO]

November 5, 2018 would have been Charles Bradley’s 70th birthday. In celebration of his extraordinary life, Daptone imprint Dunham Records will release his fourth and final album on November 9th. Black Velvet will feature ten studio recordings never before included on any album including lead single “I Feel A Change.” The video for the track, was directed by Living On Soul’s Jeff Broadway & Cory Bailey.

Black Velvet is a celebration of Charles Bradley, lovingly assembled by his friends and family at Dunham/Daptone Records. Though chronologically the material spans Charles’ entire career, this is no anthology, greatest hits or other shallow rehashing of the songs that already made him famous. Rather, this album is a profound exploration through the less-travelled corners of the soulful universe that Charles and his longtime producer, co-writer and friend Tommy “TNT” Brenneck created in the studio together over their decade-long partnership.

The album features new songs recorded during the sessions from each of his three albums, heard here for the very first time in all their scorching glory: “Can’t Fight the Feeling,” “Fly Little Girl” and the heart-wrenching single “I Feel a Change”; hard core rarities like his funk-bomb duet with LaRose Jackson, “Luv Jones,” the psychedelic groover, “(I Hope You Find) The Good Life” and the ever-illusive alternate full band electric version of “Victim of Love”; sought-after covers of Nirvana’s “Stay Away,” Neal Young’s “Heart of Gold” and Rodriguez’s “Slip Away”; and the title track “Black Velvet,” a stirring Menahan Street Band instrumental to which Charles was never able to cut a vocal.

01 – Can’t Fight The Feeling
02 – Luv Jones
03 – I Feel A Change
04 – Slip Away
05 – Black Velvet
06 – Stay Away
07 – Heart Of Gold
08 – (I Hope You Find) The Good Life
09 – Fly Little Girl
10 – Victim Of Love (Electric Version)

Michael Rault: It’s A New Day Tonight [Album Review]

Michael Rault It’s A New Day Tonight Wick Records [2018] TFN Final Take: It’s A New Day Tonight is the follow up to Michael Rault’s garage rock debut, Living Daylight, which was released on Burger Records in 2015. The release was actually a combination of two EPs that he previous released in 2014, so It’s … Read more

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings: Soul Of A Woman [Album Review]

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings Soul Of A Woman Daptone Records [2017] Fire Note Says: Sharon Jones’ last will is a testament to classic R&B, and a celebration of life. Album Review: Most of the time you don’t know when something will be your last time. When I took my son over to St. Louis … Read more

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings: Give The People What They Want [Album Review]

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings Give The People What They Want Daptone Records [2014] Fire Note Says: Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings return with another soaring spoonful of soul! Album Review: Here is a record that was scheduled to release last August but right at the time Daptone Records announced its arrival Sharon Jones was … Read more

Sharon Jones Video for “Stranger to My Happiness” / New Album Out 1/14

Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings have a new video for the single “Stranger To My Happiness” directed by Rob Hatch-Miller and Paloma Basu of Production Company Productions. The clip finds the band cast as the wedding band, captured at the end of the night having fun after everyone else has gone. The festive performance captures … Read more

Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings Announce New Album Out Aug 6

Give The People What They Want is certainly an appropriate title for Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings’ upcoming release. After more than a decade of nearly constant recording, collaborating, and touring as one of the most formidable and consequential live acts performing today, they know what their audience wants from them. You can hear the … Read more

Charles Bradley: Victim Of Love [Album Review]

Charles Bradley Victim Of Love Dunham/Daptone Records [2013] Fire Note Says: Charles Bradley’s Victim Of Love is a love letter to the music, fans, and the golden age soul greats who inspired him. Album Review: This album gives off such a cool retro vibe that the only other element to enhance the experience would be … Read more