If there’s one label in New York today that still carries on the spirit of vintage soul as defined by the Apollo artistic community, then that label is Daptone Records. The review dreamed up by the label glitters with the expected return of its star, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, with a new album: Give the People What They Want (2013). Hoarse rhythm and blues, scuzzy funk or lustful ballads, Sharon and her 8 funkateers in black tuxedos conspire to bring a powerful, festive soul back to life. On stage, the presence of Miss Jones (like James Brown, a native of Alberta) is electric.
Singer Charles Bradley of Brooklyn is a miracle survivor of 70’s soul. He only recorded his first album (No Time for Dreaming, with Daptone Rec.) at the age of 62 and is now continuing his magnificent resurrection by bringing out a second album, Victim of Love. Le proto funk spiced with Afrobeat from the Antibalas gang, heavy on brass, and the Southern-style soul of saxophonist Sugarman (Sugarman 3) complete this review that is guaranteed to ooze with the sweet smell of sweat.