The Daptone Records Super Soul Revue to Austin, Tx for the first time. Presented by BMI, the official SXSW showcase will take place on Thursday, March 14 at ACL Live at The Moody Theater and will feature Daptone’s biggest names in a non-stop, all night show.Brooklyn’s House of Soul is set to bring
The label’s first lady and house band Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings will be joined on the bill by “The Screaming Eagle of Soul” Charles Bradley, Staten Island’s afro-soul instrumentalists The Budos Band, cinematic funk & soul sextet Menahan Street Band, organ-driven soul & groove of The Sugarman 3 and a cappella gospel trio The Como Mamas. The Super Soul Revue premiered last November at the Bear Creek Music & Arts Festival in Florida and most recently headlined a night at the Sydney Festival in Australia this past January. Stream the official Super Soul Revue SXSW sampler on Soundcloud now.
Fiercely independent Brooklyn-based label, Daptone Records, has been delivering the New Sound of Old Soul since the turn of this century and has established itself as a place where quality, heart and feeling trump all. Founded by Dap-Kings bandmates, Gabriel Roth and Neal Sugarman, they are based in a house in Bushwick, Brooklyn where the label's storied analog studio takes up the first floor.
Literally built with the help of their stars—Sharon Jones helped with electrical wiring; Charles Bradley showed them how to install radiators; and future members of The Budos Band helped knock down walls and jack up the sagging ceiling afterwards—the “House of Soul” continues to be one of the most consistent labels a decade plus into their story. To hear Roth tell it, the secret to their success is simple: "We were able to stay rooted in this idea that people want to hear good music. And that’s our business plan: We’re gonna try to make really good records. Period."
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings are set to play SXSW for the first time in three years, performing new material from their new album due later this year. They last appeared in support of I Learned the Hard Way, which received mass critical praise and has gone on to sell 150,000 in the U.S. to date.
Charles Bradley made a triumphant debut at SXSW in 2011, supporting debut album No Time For Dreaming and making it to the cover of SXSWorld following the festival. In 2012, Charles was highlighted again at the festival, this time as the subject of documentary Charles Bradley: Soul of America, which too received wide critical praise. This year, the 64-year old soul man returns ahead of the April 2 release of Victim of Love, his anticipated second album on Daptone imprint Dunham Records.
The Budos Band has taken several turns, from the Afro-Funk inspired sonic lava and venomous Ethiopian Jazz of their first two records, to the Black Sabbath and Pentagram influences that began on Budos III and continue into the preparations of the fourth. At a Budos show you can expect to see B-boys break dancing to the beat in syncopation with Metal Heads head banging to the guitar riffs. Simply put, the Budos kill it live.
As the official house band of Dunham Records, Menahan Street Band made their SXSW debut performing with Charles Bradley in 2011, where they were featured on multiple episodes of NBC’s Last Call With Carson Daly. Led by guitarist and producer Thomas Brenneck, the band returned this year to perform on their own in support of 2012 release The Crossing—a brooding instrumental masterpiece that is as raw as it is lush, with influences reaching beyond the funk/soul/afrobeat architecture of the members’ other projects into the more ethereal realms of Curtis Mayfield, Mulatu Astatke, and even Ennio Morricone.
Helmed by Neal Sugarman—saxophonist and Daptone Records co-founder—The Sugarman 3 is an instrumental tour de force whose organ-driven sound and groove defines their sound as a break from the academics of typical soul-jazz, by focusing on the soulful funk element of organ music and avoiding the affectations and clichés, which too often alienate jazz musicians from the dance floor.
The Como Mamas are the newest addition to the Daptone Family. The three lifelong Gospel singers from the small town of Como, Mississippi just released their critically acclaimed album Get an Understanding. On the album, there are only three instruments: the powerful, raspy voice of Ester Mae Smith, the deep soothing voice of Angela Taylor, and the energetic, spirited vocals of Della Daniels. The harmonies they create are so powerful, musical accompaniment is not missed.