Various Artists

"Daptone Gold Ii"

(Daptone); Soul

By ​Phil ​Bennett

Want to kick back and shake it? You wouldn’t go far wrong by slipping on the new Daptone compilation for a funky good time.

Daptone are a label who specialise in contemporary bands rediscovering and reinterpreting sounds from the past with an inspirational vigour and enthusiasm that comes from a combination of true understanding and a deep love of their sources.

Kicking off with the irresistible groove of Sharon Jones and the Dap-kings’ Better Things To Do, this house party kicks off with a bang.

There are deep, infectious grooves aplenty from the Budos Band and the Sugarman Three, which will shake your hips and curl your toes with their riveting dance feels.

And if button-ripping, soul-baring declarations are more your thing, then try Charles Bradley’s Strictly Reserved For You or Heartaches And Pain for the real deal.

Whatever’s good for your soul, there’s sure to be a healthy slab here to tickle your fancy.

While Antibalas drag you deep into the heart of Africa with the strident Dirty Money, all mesmerising harmonies, haunting harmonies and understated funk, The Como Mamas pull you into Church with the pleading, heartfelt call and response of Out Of The Wilderness.

All mighty fine stuff indeed.

As an added bonus, the album comes with two unreleased tracks in the Dap-Kings' Thunderclap and Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens' You Got To Move.


​Phil ​Bennett

Musician, actor, singer, music reviewer, Phil’s interests cover a lot of bases and this is reflected in the music he writes about. From blues to soul, ambient to electronic, Phil writes about artists he feels are interesting, true to their craft and worthy of your ears.