Brooklyn’s Daptone Records has announced its landmark 100th 45rpm record, which features an array of musicians from the label’s soul- and funk-infused roster, including the talents of late Daptone tentpole artists Sharon Jones and Charles Bradley. The single will be available June 28.
Side A of the single includes “Hey Brother,” originally a song by The Frightnrs, whose frontman, Dan Klein, passed away just before the release of their album Nothing More to Say, on which the track appears. For the new 100th 45, Daptone gathered a number of performers from their family, and the cover of “Hey Brother” features contributions from Jones, Bradley, Antibalas’ Amayo, Naomi Shelton, Saun & Starr and more.
The B Side of the single, “Soul Fugue,” was performed by The 100 Knights Orchestra, a collective that features every horn player that Daptone has ever worked with, including members of The Dap-Kings, Antibalas, Budos Band, Menahan Street Band, The Extraordinaires, The Soul Providers and The Daktaris. It is billed as “an epic battle between two massive orchestral armies,” with staple Daptone trumpeter Dave Guy leading the brass side and saxophonist Ian Hendrickson-Smith the woodwind side. Listen to the tune below.
“Daptone hopes that this disc forever lives as a token of their gratitude to their dedicated fans, and as a keepsake of their departed loved ones,” the label says in a press release. Pre-order Daptone’s 100th 45, which is set for release June 28, here.