Following the phenomenal reception for their 2007 LP 100 days, 100 nights renowned Brooklyn-based funk and soul outfit Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings release their first single of the same name.
The heavyweight outfit have been busy making names for certain high profile acts such as Mark Ronson and Amy Winehouse. The band playing on Rehab? Yes, that’s them. Their distinctive blend of vintage blues and smoking soul is really getting around, isn’t it?!
100 days, 100 nights then is a sultry, seductive slice of seventies inspired soul. It must be said, the band sound more earthy when they’re not teamed up with Winehouse or Ronson.
The soul is really felt in the playing, rather than trying to be reached through self-conscious, pop washed production.
However, the song itself isn’t anything you haven’t heard before. Its Latin inflections and smouldering backing falls short of the mark; the distinct lack of drumming leaves quite a noticeable void in the mix.
B-side Settling In is a hip shaking number, echoing the vintage, raw power of Motown. Mixing clean guitars, cheeky brass and a fine, sugary vocal performance from Sharon Jones, this track really should have been the A-side.