Give The People What They Want is the entirely spot-on title of Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings newest album, due in August—you’d be hard pressed to find a more universally crowd-pleasing ensemble. The eleven-piece(!) outfit took a year to record in Bushwick after an extended tour of I Learned The Hard Way, and their lead-off single, “Retreat!” is anything but.
It’s a potent dose of soul, to be sure, and even that doesn’t properly convey its swaggering theatrics. As one Sound Cloud user points out: “Should have been a Bond film opener.” Yes, I think some sexy silhouettes would match this nicely. But Jones has no interest in being an object of mere fixation here—she tells a hopeful guy, repeatedly, where and when to get off. “Retreat!” is no personal instinct, it’s a pointed rebuff.
Who else singing today has more fire and flavor? Seriously, somewhere around the middle of this track you’ll completely forget that Taylor Swift and One Direction exist. You’re very welcome.