Daptone Records has released “Hey Brother (Do Unto Others),” the A-side to their recently announced 100th 45. Available June 28, the 45 is a collaboration from their roster of artists. “Hey Brother (Do Unto Others)” features the late greats Charles Bradley and Sharon Jones, as well as Saun & Starr, the Frightnrs, James Hunter, Naomi Shelton, Duke Amayo and Lee Fields, with members of The Dap-Kings and Menahan Street Band.
Written by The Frightnrs, the song originally appeared on their LP, Nothing More to Say. In the wake of the tragic loss of singer Dan Klein to ALS just before the album’s release, Daptone felt it would be a fitting tribute to re-imagine the tune as a soulful collaboration between the dynamic vocalists on the label. What started as a thank you to the label’s beloved fans has now also become a loving tribute to their lost Brothers and Sister: Charles Bradley, Dan Klein, Cliff Driver, and the label’s eternal Queen, Miss Sharon Jones.
On the flip is “Soul Fugue” by The 100 Knights Orchestra, a massive ensemble comprised of every horn player the label has ever worked with, including current and past members of The Dap-Kings, Antibalas, The Budos Band, Menahan Street Band, The Extraordinaires, The Soul Providers and the Daktaris. Recorded on the rarest of days, February 29th, 2016, they all crammed into the studio simultaneously to perform the song, composed and arranged obsessively by Bosco Mann, based on the Fibonacci series and the number 100. Anyone who was lucky enough to catch Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings’ final performance at Prospect Park Summerstage was lucky enough to see/hear the piece of music in real time, here.
Daptone Records was founded in 2001 when musicians Roth and Neal Sugarman sought to build a new home for their bands’ respective releases, after the dismantling of Desco Records. They then built their now iconic “House of Soul” in an unassuming, two family 19th Century brownstone in the heart of Bushwick, Brooklyn that would house the Daptone label and studio. artists including Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, The Sugarman 3, Naomi Shelton, The Budos Band, Antibalas, Menahan Street Band, and Charles Bradley. Though never quite achieving pop mainstream status, their music has influenced countless artists and labels around the world, from young kids just discovering soul music to Amy Winehouse, Mark Ronson, and Jay-Z, who have quietly tapped the label’s sound for some of their biggest hits.