Saturday, December 01, 2007

Daptone, Everywhere!

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings - How Long Do I Have To Wait For You (Ticklah Remix)

As I have discussed many times on this blog, I'm a big fan of the retro soul and funk label Daptone Records, and I am delighted to see that 2007 has been a major year for the label and its acts. Interest in Daptone's genuine sounds has dramatically increased the public profile of all parties involved: the Dap-Kings provided backing support to Amy Winehouse for her Back To Black album; the studios themselves were used by quite a few outside acts, who sought to capture some of its analog magic; Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings have been making quite a splash in the media, with "Tell Me" from their new album, 100 Days, 100 Nights, making its way into the soundtrack of ABC's hit series "Private Practice" and Jones getting a role in the forthcoming film The Great Debaters, directed by and starring Denzel Washington, to name just a couple of things; Jay-Z has sampled the Menahan Street Band's Denham 45, "Make the Road By Walking" on his hit "Roc Boys"; and now even the corporate world has taken notice.

Toyota has created a series of interesting CDs and 12-inchers as a promotion for its Scion line of automobiles which features DJs working their magic remixing many different types of music. Although these recordings are not commercially available, they are given away in Toyota dealerships and at Toyota events. For Volume 19 of the series, Scion A/V (the in-house label overseeing these projects) have hooked up with Daptone for the two-disc set Daptone Records Remixed. I'll defer to this press release for more info about the project. Disc one of the set are the remixes themselves, and disc two features the Daptone originals.

For today's selection, I've selected the Ticklah remix of Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings' "How Long Do I Have To Wait For You," the original version of which (from Naturally, the group's second album) I featured way back in January 2006. The tune is put on a reggae beat that really works, and it's a fun way to move into the weekend!

(Thanks to World's Fair for forwarding me a copy of Daptone Records Remixed.)

1 comment:

Nydia said...

i was just recently directed to your blog to listen to "soul on the air". thanks so much for posting those, it's a trip listening to them, and crazy to think how good even cigarettes commercials were.

i stumbled here again while googling some daptone tags, and thought i'd let you know we've decided to release that ticklah remix on 45! it's out in october.

take care,