How Daptone Records Is Betting On Mambo For Its Own Latin Crossover

Daptone Records, a Brooklyn-based label critical in revitalizing soul and funk — it released seven albums from Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, whose bandmembers also backed Amy Winehouse on Back to Black — is answering the post-“Despacito” Latin-music craze with its own, first-ever Latin release, a typically left-of-mainstream pick: a mambo album from big band Orquesta Akokán. True to its name — Orquesta Akokán translates […] Read More

You Won’t Be Able to Resist Orgone’s Funk

Orgone make life-affirming music; their irresistible funkiness and ability to transcend genre will force anyone out of their seat and onto the dance floor. Even the band’s name — a cosmic amalgamation of the words orgasm and hormone — is a reference to a spirit of creativity and universal life force that they hope will have an “inhibition-canceling effect.” […] Read More