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Add of the Week: We all win with new music from the late Sharon Jones

Every Monday, Add of the Week unveils all the new songs going into the 88Nine on-air playlist, with one hand-picked selection put in the spotlight by music director Erin Wolf.

For this Add of the Week, we truly can’t say more about legendary modern queen of soul Sharon Jones that hasn’t been said before.

Although long-departed, Jones has never gone far from our thoughts (and turntables). Recently, we got the joyful surprise of two newly unearthed songs that led 88Nine’s music team — and music lovers everywhere — to instantly plunk on our headphones, settle in and listen to the voice of an old friend.

Daptone Records just shared “Don’t Wanna Lose You” and “Don’t Give A Friend A Number,” both of which were recorded during Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings’ sessions for 2017’s Soul of a Woman. Penned by “sax stalwart” and Daptone co-founder Neal Sugarman, "Don't Wanna Lose You" is a “heavy slice of soul sophistication teeming with groove and vibe,” as Daptone touts. We agree.

With a flourish of strings, this track is full of pathos-driven emotion and deep instrumentation, complete with backing vocals and the most important voice of the ensemble, Sharon Jones, offering comfort to those who’ve missed her musical presence. You can listen to “Don’t Wanna Lose You” here and on 88Nine, plus you can pick up both songs for your own music collection on the 7-inch offering from Daptone.


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