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Various Artists: Daptone Gold II

Album Review

A second anthology collection from the Brooklyn-based retro funk and soul label.

Founded by Gabe Roth and Neil Sugarman in 2001, Daptone was conceived as an artist-run label, its first two album releases by Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings (for whom Roth is the bassist and producer) and The Sugarman 3 (in which Sugarman plays sax). It has now released over 90 singles and 35 albums of funk, soul, gospel and Afrobeat that look to the classic sounds of the 60s and 70s for inspiration, creating the kind of label identity that Stax and Motown had in those decades.

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