Amy Winehouse - “You Know I’m No Good”
Amy Winehouse exploded in 2007 with her release Back to Black, produced by British DJ Mark Ronson. Ronson took Winehouse’s soulful vocals and matched them with Sharon Jones’ backing band, the Dap-Kings to create a sound that revived British R&B. This track showcases that sound in all its glory, with its skittering drums and horn bursts. Though she has self-destructed in recent years, this record keeps fans hoping for a follow-up.
Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings - “I Learned The Hard Way”
Though Sharon and the Dap Kings have only been playing together since 1996, their music recalls the funk and soul of Motown, Stax, and FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals. This song, from their recent record of the same name, highlights their throwback sound, which was recorded using microphones from the 60’s and 70’s in an effort to authentically capture the energy of the instruments.