You might have heard Darondo’s irresistable soul nugget « Didn’t I » – as the opening cut on the Gilles Peterson Digs America compilation. Back in the day he was seen cruising around town in a white Rolls Royce with a « Darondo » license plate. He opened-up for James Brown and lived a colorful lifestyle hanging with folks like the notorious Fillmore Slim. Take a listen to these tracks, released for the first time together on an album, and you may agree that he could have been the next Al Green or Sly Stone.
But about 25 years ago Darondo disappeared. Let My People Go is nine tracks long, compiling the three super-rare 7″ singles that comprised Darondo’s musical career and includes three previously unreleased tracks recently found on a reel of demos. Mixing low-rider soul with blues and r’n’b, he delivered in a variety of styles. From the socially-charged title track to the sexually-driven funk of « Legs » Darondo’s raw soul sound is turning heads worldwide.