Daptone Records

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Daptone Records is a funk and soul independent record label formed by Gabriel Roth and Neal Sugarman and based in Brooklyn, New York.[1] After the demise of the Desco label Gabriel Roth teamed up with Neal Sugarman to create a new label, Daptone Records. In addition to Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Daptone has recorded and released the music of Antibalas, The Sugarman 3, The Budos Band, The Poets of Rhythm, The Daktaris, The Mighty Imperials, Lee Fields, Charles Bradley, Binky Griptite, and Naomi Davis.

The core of their music is the Dap-Kings. Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings features Sharon Jones on vocal, Gabriel Roth aka Bosco Mann on electric bass, Binky Griptite on guitar, Tommy 'TNT' Brenneck on guitar, Fernando 'Bugaloo' Velez on percussion, Homer Steinweiss on drums, David Guy on trumpet, Neal Sugarman on tenor sax and Ian Hendrixson-Smith on baritone sax.

The Sugarman 3 features Neal Sugarman, saxophone; Adam Scone, Hammond organ; Al Street, guitar; Rudy Albin, drums; Dave Guy, trumpet. Soul singer Lee Fields often sings with the Sugarman 3, and Daisy Sugarman plays flute.

Daptone built their own studios in Brooklyn, Daptone's House of Soul, where they have recorded most of their releases. Their distinctive sound is a product of the studio acoustics, recording only on analog tape (no digital), and mixing by Gabriel Roth. Their recording studio and engineering personnel have been sought out by record producers such as Mark Ronson. The Dap-Kings also perform on Amy Winehouse's album, Back to Black (itself recorded at the Daptone recording studio), and the band toured with her in 2007.[2] In February 2009, Daptone's House of Soul was broken into and thieves made off with the better part of its equipment.[3] [4]


ArtistTitleCatalog NumberRelease date
Sharon Jones and the Dap-KingsDap Dippin' with Sharon Jones and the Dap-KingsDAP-0012002
Sugarman Three & Co.Pure Cane SugarDAP-0022002
The Mighty ImperialsThunder ChickenDAP-0032004 (reissue)
Sharon Jones and The Dap-KingsNaturallyDAP-0042005
The Budos BandThe Budos BandDAP-0052005
The Sugarman 3Sugar's BoogalooDAP-0062007 (reissue)
The Poets of RhythmPractice What You PreachDAP-0072006 (reissue)
The Sugarman 3Soul DonkeyDAP-0082007 (reissue)
The DaktarisSoul ExplosionDAP-0092006 (reissue)
Bob and GeneIf This World Were Mine...DAP-0102007 (reissue)
The Budos BandThe Budos Band IIDAP-0112007
Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings100 Days, 100 NightsDAP-0122007
Various ArtistsComo Now: The Voices Of Panola Co., MississippiDAP-0142008
Menahan Street BandMake the Road by WalkingDAP-0152008
Naomi Shelton & The Gospel QueensWhat Have You Done, My BrotherDAP-0162009
Pax Nicholas & The Nettey FamilyNa Teef Know de Road of TeefDAP-0172009 (reissue)
Various ArtistsDaptone Gold (label sampler)DAP-0182009
Sharon Jones and the Dap-KingsI Learned the Hard WayDAP-0192010
The Budos BandThe Budos Band IIIDAP-0202010
Charles BradleyNo Time For DreamingDAP-0222011
El Rego Et Ses CommandosEl Rego (compilation)DAP-0232011
Sharon Jones and the Dap-KingsSoul Time! (compilation)DAP-0242011
Menahan Street BandNo Time For Dreaming (The Instrumentals)DAP-0252012
The Sugarman 3What The World Needs NowDAP-0262012
The Como MamasGet An UnderstandingDAP-0272013
Menahan Street BandThe CrossingDAP-0292012
The Poets Of RhythmAnthology 1992-2003DAP-0302013
Charles BradleyVictim of LoveDAP-0312013
Sharon Jones and the Dap-KingsGive The People What They WantDAP-0322014


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  1. ^ Daptone Records at funkywalk.de
  2. ^ Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings - 100 days, 100 nights
  3. ^ Itzkoff, Dave (2009-02-18), "Daptone Records Is Burglarized", New York Times: C2 
  4. ^ Warren, Mathew (2009-02-23), "Burglary Stuns a Studio, but Can’t Stop the Music", New York Times: A20 

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