Stranger To My Happiness - Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings

from the album Give the People What They Want (2014)

I have an affinity for independent record labels.  The idea of a small business dedicated to making great music striking gold when the right act combines their talent with the labels determination is the stuff that dreams are made of.  It is a romantic notion that I am drawn to.

As a result, I follow a few dozen of these labels from different places around the world.  Wah Wah 45 in London and Sub Pop in Seattle rank among my favorites, but it is the Brooklyn labels that I am most drawn to.

Daptone Records is a small Brooklyn label that continually puts out the best Soul, Funk, and AfroBeat music being produce in the world today.  It is yet determined if they will reach the glory of a Stax or Motown, but their stable of artists - including Charles Bradley, Antibalas, and The Sugarman Three - blow me away with every new release.

Their latest is Give The People What They Want by Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings.  I really dig the records first single, Stranger To My Happiness.  This song is a vintage R&B smash, complete with a mighty horn section and a glorious pair of backing vocalists.  The band is smoking.  And then their is Sharon Jones, with a textured voice that emits the perfect tones for this celebratory genre of music.

Time to get your groove on…

Click Here to watch the band perform Stranger To My Happiness.


  1. I dig me some Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings. Nice!

  2. Thanks Brett,
    You dig the funk. You dig the soul. I dig your funky soul. Catch you on "the internet" tomorrow night at SCAD Atlanta Radio.
    Thanks for being a funky friend.


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