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Itâ€™s taken just two short years for Dunham Records â€“ an imprint of Daptone Records â€“ to establish itself as one of the most captivating creative forces in soul music. The brainchild of guitarist/producer Thomas â€œTommy TNTâ€ Brenneck, Dunhamâ€™s indelibly atmospheric sound is epitomized by its flagship artist, Menahan Street Band. After releasing a handful of crucial 45s, Dunham Records prepares to enter the next phase of its evolution with the debut album of its inaugural vocalist, Charles Bradley.
Charles Bradleyâ€™s voice has evolved from a lifetime of paying dues, having nomadically labored for decades at various day jobs from Maine to Alaska â€“ singing and performing in his spare time â€“ before re-settling in his hometown Brooklyn and eventually finding a musical home at Dunham. In his distinctively rough-hewn timbre one hears the unmistakable voice of experience â€“ each note and gruff inflection a reflection of his extended, sometimes rocky, personal path. Itâ€™s only fitting that No Time For Dreamingâ€™s producer Brenneck (also a member of The Dap-Kings and The Budos Band) would recognize in Bradley a kindred musical spirit â€“ a singer whose performances exude both raw power and poignant beauty. Recorded at Dunham Studios, and mixed at Daptone Recordsâ€™ internationally revered "House of Soul" Studios, No Time For Dreaming is the inspired sound of an awakening.
If you can possibly make it we very much recommend you make the trip to Australia to see these guys, The Menahan St Band are touring Australia next month.Â The shows include special guest soul champion Charles Bradley who has featured on some of The Menahan St Band's 7"releases.
The Menahan Street Band is a collaboration of musicians from Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings (Dave Guy, Homer Steinweiss, Fernando Velez, Bosco Mann), El Michels Affair (Leon Michels, Toby Pazner), Antibalas (Nick Movshon, Aaron Johnson) and the Budos Band (Mike Deller, Daniel Fodder), brought together by musician/producer Thomas Brenneck (Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Budos Band, Amy Winehouse) to record hits in the bedroom of his Menahan St. apartment in Bushwick, Brooklyn. With influences reaching beyond the funk/soul/afrobeat architecture of their other projects into the more ethereal realms of Curtis Mayfield and Mulatu Astatke, the Menahan Street Band creates a unique new instrumental soul sound that is as raw as it is lush. Their debut album, Make the Road by Walking will be released on Dunham Records, Brenneckâ€™s new imprint of Daptone Records, a joint venture devoted to bringing the Menahan Street sound from Brenneckâ€™s bedroom out into the world. The album is marked by eerily quirky arrangements, featuring vibes, horns, piano, organ, percussion and even a strange bling sound that Brenneck creates by tuning and plucking the strings of his guitar on the wrong side of the bridge. However, it is not the textures themselves that make the new sound of Menahan Street so exciting, but rather the way the sounds are incorporated into the heavy rhythms and bold melodies of the compositions. Read On Here