Daptone Records, the feisty little analog driven label from an edgy part of Brooklyn, conquered their field of rootsy soul, funk, and gospel betting on talent, not trend. Amplifying the voice and spirit of Sharon Jones, Charles Bradley, Antibalas, Budos Band, and session wizards know as The Dap-Kings.
That impressive collection of talent influenced oldies DJ parties globally for 20 years. Using that power for good, Daptonedecided to shine wattage onto Helsinki’s Timmion Records, their Finland sister label. The Bushwick imprint charged staffers and brass to make a list of their favorite tracks that best represent the eclectic wealth of soulful riches TimmionRecords has to offer.
Bad Education, Vol. 1: Soul Hits of Timmion Records features a stirring collection of heaters, beat ballads and deep grooves from a profound array of artists, many based in Finland like Miss Nicole Willis, Bobby Oroza, Pratt & Moody, Ernie “Scorpio Man” Hawks and Emilia Sisco. Vol.1 certifies they deserve a global following on both sides of the Atlantic. The rest of the compilation features tracks from American artists like Carlton Jumel Smith, Wanda Felicia, Johnny Benavidez, Bardo Martinez(Chicano Batman), and Willie West.
Listen, there is not one ounce of filler on this comp. Matter of fact, it will expand on the well-earned reputation of Timmons Records. By seeing Vol. 1 on the album, a second collection will materialize in the future. Thatʻs fosho. But getting into it-the New York native-Nicole Willits, whoʻs been a Northern Soul staple for years, shines up her crown just a bit brighter with the matter of fact presence on “Paint Me In A Corner.”
But itʻs the humid, dank slice of murmuring fuzz bass and surf guitar on “Scorpio Walk”, featuring the cooler than a freeze pop flute work from Ernie Hawks, that will get that Red Light dance party popping off on a Saturday Nite. Itʻs an international man of mystery theme song for that good mood.
Listen to Bad Education, Vol. 1: Soul Hits of Timmion Records below via Spotify and don’t forget to support! Released via Timmion Records.