Various Daptone 7-Inch Singles Collection, Vol. 2
- Words: Malachai Phelps
- Label: Daptone
- XLR8R Rating: 7/10
If there’s a true Bushwick funk sound (and there ought to be, just so we can all say “Bushwick funk” on the regular), then the good people at Daptone certainly deserve credit for putting the rough-and-tumble Brooklyn neighborhood on the map. The label’s acclaimed 7-inch catalog has sparked a collective soul revival since its inception in 2001, hovering in the spaces between Stax and Motown on the strength of charismatic singers like Sharon Jones, Charles Bradley and Lee Fields–all of whom step into the spotlight here. From the grinding backbeat of The Mighty Imperials’ “The Matador” to the revolution-of-the-mind-style funk of Lee Fields’ “Stand Up” (parts I and II, with the Sugarman 3 locked into a hypnotic groove throughout), this second volume of singles plays like a sweat-inducing house party set from the ’60s, retrofitted for the here and now.
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