This is a mix of bands all from NYC. Most from Brooklyn, The Budos Band is the odd man out (from Staten Island). 2 of the 4 are on the relatively new Daptone Records label (Ikebe Shakedown and El Michel’s Affair are not). If you’re not familiar,  Daptone is a sort of rebirth of the old Motown and Stax approach. Like it’s predecessors, the label itself has a sound all it’s own while each artist adds their own unique color to that sound. As you will hear, I have been listening to a lot of the instrumental afrobeat bands but you also need to check out Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings. They are really great, especially live. Oh yea, Daptone has it’s own house band too, a la The Funk Brothers or Booker T. & The MG’s. Regardless of what label their on, all 4 of these bands are kind of going for the same instrumental afro soul thing… which I am really digging right now.

Ikebe Shakedown

The Budos Band

El Michel’s Affair

Menahan Street Band

*If you like these bands please support them by either seeing them live or purchasing their music or both… Hopefully that will keep them from issuing a cease & desist order against me for posting this stuff.


2 responses

9 02 2010

just sayin

12 04 2010
NEW! Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings « The Green Gorilla

[…] GG fans may already know I’ve been into Sharon & The Dap Kings and Daptone Records for years. For those that are not regulars, you can take a look at an earlier post on Sharon  and the boys HERE. There is also some more really cool Daptone stuff HERE. […]

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