Song of the Day: Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings – Let Them Knock

Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, live at the Triple Door 12/12/07
photo by Chad Syme

Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today’s featured selection, chosen by Afternoon Show host Kevin Cole, is Let Them Knock by Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings from the 2007 album 100 Days, 100 Nights on Daptone.

Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings – Let Them Knock (MP3)

Read this Brooklyn group’s MySpace bio and you’ll quickly get a sense of what they’re all about. You’ve got to feel it, says Sharon Jones about what makes great music, and if you can’t feel the music on this album, then you must be a dead ass! Jones got her start as a backup singer on funk records back in the ’70s, turned gospel in the ’80s and, fortunately for Jones and listeners, returned to funk in the ’90s as music trends shifted. The Dap-Kings, a who’s who of funk and soul musicians, are the house band at Daptone Records and have contributed to numerous successful projects recently (Amy Winehouse, Mark Ronson), but none of them can compare to the energy and vibrancy of their recordings with Jones. Most recently, Jones appeared in the Golden Globe-nominated movie The Great Debaters, and, of course, they couldn’t let her leave without filling half the soundtrack. Be sure to check that out, and if you haven’t heard 100 Days… yet, get your hands on it now. It’s one of the most timeless albums of the last decade. Speaking of timeless, check out this video for title track 100 Days, 100 Nights, shot with vintage cameras bought from eBay:

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