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Daptone 7 Inch Singles Collection, Vol. 2

(Daptone; US: 3 Jun 2008; UK: Available as import)

The venerable Brooklyn label’s second singles collection delivers plenty of retro-soul goodies: big-beat drum kits, sharp-dressed horn sections, can’t-shake-it-loose infectiousness. This one’s low on Daptone’s high rollers, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings. Besides a smoking cover of “Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)” is an instrumental version of “How Long Do I Have to Wait for You” and another Jones-less Dap-Kings tune, the white-hot “Nervous Like Me”. Instead the collection favors the hard-working R&B burn of guys like Charles Bradley and Lee Fields. The Mighty Imperials drop some dark-alley funk with “The Matador”, while Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra shuts the whole thing down with “Che Che Cole”, a hot-plate groove thang guaranteed to make a floor full of feet moving well into the night.

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Zeth Lundy has been writing for PopMatters since 2004. He is the author of Songs in the Key of Life (Continuum, 2007), and has contributed to the Boston Phoenix, Metro Boston, and The Oxford American. He lives in Boston.


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