Charles Bradley
Label: Daptone Records
Genre: Other
Online: Artist Website


Still propelled by the energy from an explosive 2007, Brooklyn funk revitalizers Daptone Records are treating their fans to a digital-only compilation of some of their most treasured 45s. Out June 3, Daptone 7 Inch Singles Collection, Vol. 2 is comprised of 13 tracks from some of the label's finest artists, including Lee Fields and Sugarman 3, the now-defunct Mighty Imperials, Charles Bradley, and of course the incomparable Sharon Jones, alongside her band The Dap-Kings.

Never before released by Daptone on either CD or LP, this collection offers the exclusiveness of vinyl with the convenience of digital formatting, perfect for barbeques or humid summer nights, for road trips or back-porch gatherings.

Though Jones's cover of Kenny Rogers's "I Just Dropped In to See What Condition My Condition Was In" – by now a staple of her live show – is a definite standout, the singer's emotive voice transporting the song from its psychedelic roots to something based in the organic grit and toil of soul and R&B, music enthusiasts of all types will find inspiration in the fast-paced funk of Charles Bradley's "Can't Stop Thinking About You," the wah-wah-driven groove of Lee Fields's "Stand Up," and Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra's take on the Willie Colón salsa standard "Che Che Colé."

Daptone 7 Inch Singles Collection, Vol. 2 is a necessary piece in the ever-growing discography of one of the most exciting young labels of the new millennium; but more than that, it's great music, music that shouldn't be held back by format or player, music that needs to – and now can – be heard by everyone.