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Soul - Released March 6, 2020 | Daptone Records

Things tend to always be the same with James Hunter, and all the better that they are! Sonically, he sounds somewhere between Sam Cooke, Ray Charles and Jackie Wilson, despite being a white Englishman in his fifties. His 100% organic (nothing artificial here) soul and rhythm’n’blues floats perfectly down the mic. With Nick of Time, the ex-railway worker from Colchester pursues his wonderfully retro musical wanderings with the Daptone Records purists and their boss Gabriel ‘Bosco Mann’ Roth in the studio. Paradise for One sees the crooner/lover transform into a Nat King Cole fit for the third millennium. Overall, some exquisitely retro soul that makes us miss the old days. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz
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Soul - Released February 2, 2018 | Daptone Records

In our ears, we’d swear that we’re hearing the avenging son of Sam Cooke, Ray Charles and Jackie Wilson! However, it’s a fifty-something Brit, and lily-white furthermore, who perfectly hollers in the mike. Oh, this voice! It is high time justice was done to James Hunter, who has been busying himself like no other for ages on the 100% organic rhythm ‘n’ blues and soul grounds, without GMOs or sweeteners. For Whatever It Takes, the former railroader from Colchester took off toward the Penrose studios in Riverside, California, with the crew from Daptone Records, to conceive one of his most astounding discs. Fat-free compositions, choruses to die for, brass section drawn in perfectly straight lines and over-active guitars, nothing is missing from this celebration of eternal soul music. Since the Brooklyn label of Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Charles Bradley, Lee Fields et Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens hired him, James Hunter has felt ten feet tall. With the complicity of the boss of Daptone, Gabriel Roth aka Bosco Mann, at the console, he even found the ideal loud-hailer of his brilliantly retrograde ideas. It’s a real pleasure. © MZ/Qobuz

Soul - Released January 15, 2020 | Daptone Records

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Soul - Released February 5, 2016 | Daptone Records

Soul - Released December 5, 2019 | Daptone Records

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Soul - Released February 13, 2020 | Daptone Records

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Pop - Released January 1, 2013 | Concord Records, Inc.

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Soul - Released April 27, 2018 | Daptone Records

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