The Daptone Records family has made a name for themselves through inserting sheer, insatiable soul into everything that they do. We’re not talking about soul music necessarily, but the spirit and the soul of the music is undeniable and and wholly engrossing. With the announcement of a gospel dropping on February 5th, we had to delve into it.
The Alecia Chakour Band will be headlining a show tonight at Union Pool in Brooklyn that is bringing together musicians representing many of music collectives and bands in New York. “What makes this night extra exciting is that the bands feature representatives from many of the “Gangs of New York”: Royal Family Records, Daptone Records, The Royal Potato Family, folks from David Byrne’s band, TV On the Radio, Yellowbirds, and many more,” Chakour explains.
Label Love Vol. 4 dropped today and it’s definitely one to keep on the iPod (or CD player/walkman). Featuring releases from labels including All City Records, BBE Music, Brownswood Recordings, Daptone Records, Kindred Spirits, Record Breakin’, Tokyo Dawn Records, Tru Thoughts Recordings, and Ubiquity Records, the mix showcases a great wealth of the talent and artistry that is being released daily.
The iconic Daptone Records is set to celebrate 10 years of soul in December. To commemorate the occasion, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings along with many guests from within the Daptone family will be performing four nights of concerts on December 6 and 7 at the Music Hall of Williamsburg and December 13 and 14 at the Bowery Ballroom.
There is something special about the LA music scene that has allowed the space and environment for many different grassroots music communities to form and flourish, with artists moving fluidly, almost without boundaries. Miles Tackett from Breakestra is one of the musicians responsible for the abundance of great music cyphers in LA for the past decade and a half, as the founding member of Breakestra–an almost musician collective–or more so a band with constantly moving and changing parts that grew organically out of a weekly musician/DJ jam. This was one of the first events of this kind that were spawned out of the lush period of hip-hop where emcees, jazz musicians, DJs, breakdancers–and anyone else who wanted to throw down–were welcome to do so in one space. Miles spoke with us about the beginnings of Breakestra, the pre Daptones funk and soul resurgence, and the dope cats to learn more about on the live music circuit.