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    • Bobby Boyd – Love Goddess
    • Bobby Boyd – Good News (Tired of Bad News)
    • 1. Love Goddess
    • 2. Good News (Tired of Bad News)

    Classic floaty, disco-soul nugget reissue from Athens Of The North! Bobby Byrd is one of the founding members of the Lafayette Afro Rock Band so top quality can be expected here!

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    Christopher JayWhat Do You Want Me To DoAthens Of The North

    Reissue of this wicked, oddball/outsider, boogie/funk 45 from New York circa 1987!

    • – What Do You Want Me to Do
    • – What Do You Want Me to Do (Edit)
    LinkwoodMonoAthens Of The North

    Lo-fi house music, electro-funk, synth pop instrumentals, primitive techno and out-there kosmiche vibes from the awesome talent, Linkwood! An absolute ace via Athens Of The North!

    • – Bubbles
    • – Candy Land
    • – Shortwave
    • – Rain & Shine / Byte Size
    • – Squeeze
    • – Endcoms
    • – I Love You
    • – No One's Perfect
    • – Date-Line
    • – Refresher
    • – Kubes
    • – Dust Jacket
    • – Strangely Enough
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    Party-starting heat from East Coast Love Affair who come with the rousing disco vibes of 'Confrontations' backed with the MONSTER percussive breakdown of 'Shake' - killer, killer release via Athens Of The North!

    • – Confrontations
    • – Shake
    Warren HampshireLanguage Of The BirdsAthens Of The North

    Warren Hampshire's personal folk musings on 'Language Of The Birds' hint at 60s psychedelic folk and 70s ambient moods, provoking "memories of old children's books, fairy tales". Stunning, hypnotic release via Athens Of The North!

    • – Eve of the Deluge
    • – The Falling Rain
    • – Zep Tepi
    • – Then It Was Gone
    • – From Lonely Hours
    • – I Just Didn't Think You'd Care
    • – Autumn's Draw
    • – They Glide the Hills
    • – Only a Moment
    • – Wu Wei
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    Nathan BartellNathan BartellAthens Of The North

    A collection of keys tracks from cult 'deep funk' hero, Nathan Bartell! Contains the hugely sought-after cut 'Top Going Down' amongst other soul gems from this US legend.

    • – Top Going Down
    • – I Feel It Comin
    • – Sitting Alone
    • – Jody & John
    • – Moving On
    • – Mystery Lady
    • – Ooh Baby, I Love You
    • – If I Could Win Your Love
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    Christopher JayBe My LadyAthens Of The North

    Oddball disco/modern soul/boogie outsider jam from Christopher Jay - previously unreleased until now via Athens Of The North!

    • – Be My Lady
    • – Come out Tonight
    Brief EncounterGet a Good FeelingAthens Of The North

    A 45 reissue of Brief Encounter's most popular modern soul/disco side against possibly their best ballad / deep soul spin. Stone cold classic all the way via Athens Of The North!

    • – Get a Good Feeling
    • – Just a Little Notion
    Isabr'mIf I Had YouAthens Of The North

    Super rare boogie/funk nugget from the 80s that was recorded in the golden state of California!

    • – If I Had You
    • – Nothing at All
    LevalOur LoveAthens Of The North

    Reissue of this wicked, oddball, mid 80s Brit funk jam via Athens Of The North!

    • – Our Love
    • – It's Up to You
    Akira FreezeTell Me BabyAthens Of The North

    Mid-80s boogie/soul 45 from obscure Daytona act, Akira Freeze - big vibes on both sides!

    • – Tell Me Baby
    • – I Remember
    Chuck BrimleySt. Elmos FireAthens Of The North

    Milwaukee's artist Chuck Brimley's cover of Michael Frank's classic soft rock / jazz / blue-eyed soul cut 'St. Elmore Fire'. An extremely hard to find 45reissued by the good folk at Athens Of the North.

    • – St. Elmos Fire
    • – St. Elmos Fire (Instrumental)
    LaRombéFrom PhillyAthens Of The North

    Wicked soul / disco from LaRombé, out on Athens Of The North.

    • – All In Your Mind
    • – Right On Time
    • – You're the Best (Curtom Mix)
    • – URThe1
    • – The Ultimate
    • – Sweet Sensations
    • – Love Will Make It Better
    • – Spread My Wings
    • – Somewhere Someone
    • – In The Light
    James McKenzie & The Mckenzie BrothersJames McKenzie & The Mckenzie BrothersAthens Of The North

    Lush, breezy AOR / soft rock business from James McKenzie & The Mckenzie Brothers - a compilation of two of their privately pressed albums from the 70s, reissued via Athens Of The North.

    • – Lady Is Love
    • – Live Again
    • – Two Ladies
    • – I Hope She Don't Hurt You
    • – Wonderful to Be in Love
    • – Felt Her Fire
    • – I've Got to Go
    • – Birth Is Love
    • – Joni's Little Song
    • – Lonley Girl
    • – Tomorrow Is Your Own
    Papa Bear & His CubsYou're So FineAthens Of The North

    Athens of the North reissue a deepfunk/soul rarity flipped with an absolute deep soul killer, from Texas band, Papa Bear & His Cubs!

    • – You're So Fine
    • – Sweetest Thing On This Side Of Heaven
    Dennis YoungPrimitive SubstanceAthens Of The North

    Woah - we didn't see this one coming! Athens Of The North focus on some unissued material from Dennis Young of no-wave / post punk legends from NYC, Liquid Liquid! Following the group disbanding in '85, Young continued to make music, adding elements of jazz and '4th world' music whilst being rooted into the percussive tradition synonymous with Liquid Liquid. A fantastic and intriguing release that puts a spotlight on that period in Young's career.

    • – Primitive Substance
    • – Berlin
    • – Safari Western
    • – Somerset Hill
    • – Big Mouth
    • – Tarzan Meets Jane
    • – Feels Good
    • – Forgiveness
    • – Montezuma
    • – Journey To Ixtlan
    • – You Turn Me On
    • – Volcano Cathedral
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    Brief EncounterWhere Will I GoAthens Of The North

    Athens Of The North reissue of one of the most coveted unreleased low rider / soul ballads ever. Huge tune - don't sleep!

    • – Where Will I Go
    • – Always
    Raw Soul ExpressLet GoAthens Of The North

    The two best cuts from the previously unreleased Raw Soul Express LP recently released by Athens Of The North. Limited to 500 copies - no repress! 

    • – Let Go
    • – Will You Be There
    NubiaThe Time Is RightAthens Of The North

    Chicano soul / disco floater cut from George Rivera's master tapes and reissued by the good people at Athens Of The North! Limited to 500 copies only. 

    • – The Time Is Right
    • – Feelin' Funky
    Hampshire & FoatGalaxies Like Grains of SandAthens Of The North

    Multi talented UK Jazz Pianist Greg Foat has teamed up with Mercury Award nominated "The Bees" member and multi instrumentalist Warren Hampshire to collaborate on a new LP drawing on their diverse musical influences - Classic British library music, 60s Italian soundtracks & lost Americana combined with touches of modern classical, minimalism, Jazz and Folk. Recommended! 

    • – Galaxies Like Grains of Sand
    • – Lullaby
    • – The Solar Winds (& Cadenza)
    • – A Long Way Home
    • – End Song
    • – All Washed Up
    • – How the Nights Can Fly
    • – End Song (Reprise)
    Twinkie ClarkAwake O ZionAthens of the North

    Gospel disco dance-floor filler from one of The Clark Sisters! First time on a 7" - another essential one from AOTN!  

    • – Awake O Zion
    • – Power
    Earth, Wind & FireBrazilian RhymeAthens Of The North

    Another big one from The Athens Of The North Camp - The full vocal, never before released version of Brazilian Rhyme! The track is an uncredited cover of Toninho Horta's "Beijo Partido". One for the b-boys and disco heads alike!

    • – BRAZILIAN RHYME (Unreleased Extended Mix)
    • – My Love
    BABParty & Get on DownAthens Of The North

    One of the best mid-tempo disco rarities to come out the 'deep funk' scene. Reissued nice n loud on a 12" on Athens of the North! 

    • – Party & Get on Down (Full Length Mix)
    • – Party & Get on Down
    StrangeYouAthens Of The North

    Two previously unreleased tracks from the outsider disco outfit 'Strange- - A spaced out druggy disco band that had a hint of Rick James with a deeper trippier vibe that's truly unique! Essential!  

    • – You
    • – Space V

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    Top modern soul / disco obscurity by Infinity that goes for big money! Big spin for all the usual disco suspects. Don't sleep!!!

    • – Queen of My Universe
    • – Up
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    InfinityPut Everything in PlaceAthens Of The North

    Athens Of The North's reissue this killer disco-funk gem from Infinity - another monster, crossover dancer that's gone well under the radar!

    • – Put Everything in Place
    • – Party Man
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    GratitudeWe Are Here to PartyAthens Of The North

    Reissue of Gratitude's super rare, 'We Are Here To Party', a driving disco-funk monster! Originally released on an elusive 12", Athens Of The North have cut this reissue on a 45 - for the first time! Essential release!

    • – We Are Here to Party
    • – Loving You
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    Kat RobertsStand Up For What You WantCordial Recordings

    Legendary Miami producer Willie Clarke sat on this glorious Kat Roberts solo version of 'Stand Up For What You Want' since 1984 and now Cordial release it for the very first time! A rousing soul music gem!

    • Kat Roberts – Stand Up For What You Want
    • Kat Roberts & Les Brown – Stand Up For What You Want
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    Bill BrownBip BamAthens Of The North

    Reissue of Bill Brown's super rare, shuffling sunshine soul gem, Bip bam! Originally on Brownstone Records this one is for the deep heads and has become incredibly hard to find. Limited to 500 copies!

    • – Bip Bam
    • – Bip Bam
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    BoomboxSoul Jazz Records

    Soul Jazz Records’ new Boombox features some of the many innovative underground first-wave of rap records made in New York in the period 1979-82, all released on small, independent, often family-concern record companies, at a time when hip-hop music still remained under the radar.


    This first exuberant wave of innocent, upbeat, party on the block rap records were the first to try and create the sounds heard in community centres, block parties and street jams that first took place in the Bronx in the mid-1970s. But where Flash, Kool Herc and Bambaataa were back-spinning, mixing and scratching together now classic breakbeat records like The Incredible Bongo Band’s Apache or Babe Ruth’s The Mexican, these first rap records were all made using live bands, often replaying then current disco tunes, whilst MCs rapped over the top, creating a unique sound that later became known derisively as old school.


    And while hip-hop started in the Bronx, rap on vinyl began in Harlem where long-time established rhythm and blues producer-owned record companies such as Joe Robinson’s Enjoy Records, Paul Winley’s Winley Records, Delmar Donnel’s Delmar International and Jack Fatman Taylor’s Rojac and Tayster were the first off the mark to realise the commercial potential of rap music - releasing early ground-breaking records that all quickly followed in the wake of the first rap record, The Sugarhill Gang’s Rappers Delight, a million-selling worldwide hit.


    This collection celebrates these first old-school rap records, bringing together rare, classic and obscure tracks released in the early days of rap.


    Deluxe double CD-pack comes with slipcase, 40-page outsize perfect-bound booklet, extensive notes, exclusive photography and original label artwork. Triple-vinyl heavyweight vinyl includes full artwork, text and notes as well as free download code.


    REVIEWS:

    Soul Jazz has a reputation for top-notch compilations that offer crash courses in a variety of styles and genres both beloved and obscure; they are, in essence, the K-Tel of the millennial generation.

    This is one of the best Soul Jazz sets in ages, a legitimate party in a box, overflowing with underground deep cuts that have seldom — if ever — been spotted on other collections - FACT

     ROLLING STONE Best Rap Albums of 2016

    • Mr Sweety G – At The Place To Be
    • Love Bug Star-Ski and The Harlem World Crew – Positive Life
    • Neil B – Body Rock
    • Super 3 – Philosophy Rappin' Spree
    • Bramsam – Move Your Body
    • Black Bird & Kevski – On The Go
    • Count Coolout – Rhythm Rap Rock (CD only)
    • Harlem World Crew – Rappers Convention
    • Willie Wood & The Willie Wood Crew – Willie Rap
    • Bon-Rock & The Rhythm Rebellion – Searching Rap
    • Sugar Daddy – One More Time
    • Spoonie Gee and The Treacherous Three – The New Rap Language
    • TJ Swan – And You Know That
    • Portable Patrol – Cop Bop
    • Master Jay – We Are People Too
    • Sweet G – Boogie Feelin' Rap
    • Mistafide – Equidity Funk
    James BlakeAssume FormPolydor

    Mercury award winner James Blake returns with his 4th studio album 'Assume Form'. The album features collaborations with Travis Scott, André 3000, Metro Boomin, Moses Sumney and Rosalía.

    • – Assume Form
    • – Mile High (feat. Travis Scott & Metro Boomin)
    • – Tell Them (feat. Moses Sumney & Metro Boomin)
    • – Into The Red
    • – Barefoot In The Park (feat. ROSALÍA)
    • – Can’t Believe The Way We Flow
    • – Are You In Love?
    • – Where’s The Catch? (feat. André 3000)
    • – I’ll Come Too
    • – Power On
    • – Don’t Miss It
    • – Lullaby For My Insomniac
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    Kool & The GangLove And Understanding (Come Together) (1976)De-Lite Records

    Rare groove boogie funk.

    Unplayed original USA 45

    • – Love And Understanding (Come Together)
    QThe Voice Of QIsle Of Jura Records

    Sought-after, leftfield electro disco gem originally released in 1982 finally gets an official reissue after years of being bootlegged! Killer tune that has won over the new wave kids through to the b-boys!

    • – The Voice Of Q (Original 7" Mix)
    • – The Voice Of Q (Instrumental 7" Mix)
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    Crown Heights AffairSay A Prayer For TwoDe-Lite Records

    Killer disco party classic from 1975!

    • – Say A Prayer For Two (U.S. Remix)
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    Four Below ZeroE.S.P.Soul Jazz Records

    NEW SUPER LTD. first edition of 300 copies. Only available EXCLUSIVELY to customers at Soul Jazz Records/Sounds of the Universe.

    ABSOLUTELY SEMINAL SOUL DISCO RARITY produced by the legendary PATRICK ADAMS. 
    New York vocal quartet consisting of Dornell Chavous, Moses McNeil, Cleveland Dickerson and Harry Watson. 

    First Released on Patrick Adams P & P Records later licensed to Roulette in slightly different version - this is the ORIGINAL cut, bespoke exact repro artwork - THE BOMB!

    THIS 7-inch can ONLY be bought directly here from Soul Jazz Records or Sounds of the Universe websites and shop.  It is a very limited first edition 300-copies pressing - save yourself a few hundred quid!

    See all the EXCLUSIVE 45s titles only available here!


    • Four Below Zero – E.S.P. (Part 1)
    • Four Below Zero – E.S.P. (Part 2)
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    Arnold BlairTrying To Get Next To YouSoul Jazz Records

    NEW LTD. FIRST EDITION 300 copies. Only available EXCLUSIVELY to customers at Soul Jazz Records/Sounds of the Universe.

    Stone-cold CLASSIC monster soul anthem! Sounds wicked!

    THIS 7-inch can ONLY be bought directly here from Soul Jazz Records or Sounds of the Universe websites and shop.  

    See all the EXCLUSIVE 45s titles only available here!


    • – Trying To Get Next To You
    • – I Won The Big Deal