Boombox 3Early Independent Hip Hop, Electro and Disco Rap 1979 - 83

    Soul Jazz Records
    Preview
    • Majestics – Class A
    • Brother's Disco – Thumpin'
    • Mifflin Ensemble – On The Move
    • Sherod – Schooling (Put Your Mind To The Message)
    • Sugar Daddy – Another One Bites The Dust
    • Family Four – Rap Attack
    • She – Ms D.J. Rap It Up !
    • The Caution Crew – Rhythm Rock (Part 1)
    • Poor Boy Rappers – The DJ Rap
    • Family – Family Rap
    • Bobby Deemo – Bugs-B-Skate Rap
    • Teen-Machine – Teen-Machine Rap
    • T.J. Swann & Company – Get Fly
    • Poor Boy Rappers – Low Rider Rap
    • Sicle Cell & Rhapazooty – Rhapazooty In Blue
    • Mr. Fox – Smooth Talk
    • Solid C, Bobby D & Kool Drop – Wack Rap
    • Disco Daddy & Capt. Rapp – The Gigolo Rapp

    Limited Edition first copies bought directly from us here only come with free poster (with 3x LP edition) + free badge and sticker (with Deluxe 2xCD edition )!!!!

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    Soul Jazz Records’ new Boombox 3 continues the story of the first rap records to be put onto vinyl. It is a jam-packed collection of original independent ‘old-school’ hip-hop, created with just one thing in mind – to get this party jumping!

    After the explosion of hip hop in the parks and clubs of The Bronx in the mid-1970s, it was in Harlem where the first rap records emerged at the end of 1979 - an avalanche of superb rap tracks released on small independent labels all trying to capitalise on the success of ‘Rappers Delight.’

    Like hip hop culture itself, these first rap singles are the product of their own unique set of aesthetics – exciting and innovative rap performed with Bronx block party B-Boy funk breaks, disco jams and Jamaican sound system culture.

    The extensive sleevenotes discuss hip-hop’s trajectory from the first wave of Bronx creativity – the legendary DJs Kool Herc, Grandmaster Flash and Afrika Bambaataa – through to its arrival in Harlem via the entrepreneurism of old-school African-American rhythm and blues producers and émigré Jamaican producers all living in New York. Along the way the notes discuss everything from the New York power blackout of 1977, the Italian mafia involvement in the music industry, the links between rap and Jamaican dancehall and more besides!

    Boombox 3 features a line-up of stunning, near unknown New York rap artists, classic disco breaks (including Chic’s omnipotent Good Times, MFSB’s Love Is the Message, Queen’s Another One Bites The Dust etc.), proto-electro and more. And by the early 1980s the first rap records outside New York began to emerge – Los Angeles, Houston, Milwaukee, Phoenix – and the first of these are also featured here in this new collection.

    This Soul Jazz Records album is released on heavyweight triple vinyl (+ download code) with full notes, double CD pack with 44-page outsize booklet and slipcase, and digital album.

    Reviews of Boombox series:

    ‘The vital launch pad between hip-hop’s birth and its worldwide impact’ THE WIRE

    ‘This compilation of early rap is a legit party in a box, one of the best Soul Jazz Records releases in years.’ FACT

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      Attack The Dancefloor – Special Remix EPZ Records

      Featuring boogie, house and modern disco vibes (check the killer version of the Dusty Springfield classic 'That's The Kind of Love I've Got for You' by Prospect Park) from the likes of The Sunburst Band and label boss Joey Negro with remixes from Andres (!), Jimpster, The Vision and Jkriv!

      • – The Sunburst Band - He Is (Jimpster Remix)
      • – Joey Negro feat. Sacha Williamson - I Recognise (Andres Remix)
      • – Prospect Park - The Kinda Love (Jkriv Original Vibe Remix)
      • – Jakatta feat. Seal - My Vision (The Vision Remix)
      • 1. – The Sunburst Band - He Is (Jimpster Remix)
      • 2. – Joey Negro feat. Sacha Williamson - I Recognise (Andres Remix)
      • 3. – Prospect Park - The Kinda Love (Jkriv Original Vibe Remix)
      • View full info and tracklisting
      Directions In Music 1969-1973: Miles Davis His Musicians and the Birth of a New Age of JazzAce Records

      In 1970 Miles Davis released “Bitches Brew”, which crystalised the trumpeter and bandleader’sexperiments in rhythm, electronics and musical structure which he had been building on over the previous three years. The album has since become one of the most influential in musical history and was joined over the next couple of years by “Jack Johnson and “On The Corner” in defining the future of music.

      Miles was the master bandleader and his LPs at the time declared that these were his ‘Directions In Music’, but he forged them with the help of a hand-picked group of musicians who proved themselves good enough to share his space on stage and in the studio. These players would all become central to jazz’s continued relevance and many would go on the record best-selling jazz records of their own. This compilation looks at the records that they made around the time they played with Miles and how they fed into or were fed by their time in his group.

      So we have Wayne Shorter and Joe Zawinul with versions of tracks they cut with Miles. Herbie Hancock’s journey into the electronic instruments that Miles convinced him to play, and Keith Jarrett’s firm rejection of them. Lonnie Liston Smith borrows the Indian percussion from “On The Corner” for his take on electronic funk. Chick Corea, John McLaughlin and Gary Bartz all show their distinctive talents that were allowed to shine in Miles’ band. As a bonus, we have Miles’ musicians alongside Betty Davis (his wife at the time) on a take of Cream’s ‘Politician Man’ and Miles’ 1970 group live at The Cellar Door on Joe Zawinul’s ‘Directions’.

      • Joe Zawinul – In A Silent Way
      • Wayne Shorter – Sweet Pea
      • Lonnie Liston Smith & The Cosmic Echoes – In Search Of Truth
      • John McLaughlin – Arjen’s Bag
      • Betty Davis – Politician Man
      • Gary Bartz NTU Troop – Uhuru Sasa
      • 1. Joe Zawinul – In A Silent Way
      • 2. Wayne Shorter – Sweet Pea
      • 3. Lonnie Liston Smith & The Cosmic Echoes – In Search Of Truth
      • View full info and tracklisting
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      New York Rave Flyers VOLUME TWO 1990-1995

      New York Rave Flyers from 1990 to 1995 - 88 page groovy small book. Well nice! Limited copies

        Undercurrents: From the Josef Weinberger, Programme Music & Impress Libraries 1967-1985Buried Treasure

        **Upfront SOTU exclusive!**

        Undercurrents is a stellar selection of moods, styles and MONSTER breaks from the albums recorded for the these UK music libraries between the late 1960’s and mid-1980s.

        There are shimmering synth arpeggios/kosmiche by Tim Cross (Mike Oldfield, Hall & Oates, The Adverts); fretless ambient grooves by bassist and producer Mo Foster (Scott Walker, Dusty Springfield); fuzzy orchestral funk by German library don Peter Thomas; a tough, funky fusion jam by library supergroup Midas Touch; a bold as brass porno-Moog theme by Pete Smith (used in 1970’s skin flick Highway Hookers - check those breaks!) plus film-noir suspense and percussive jams by avant-garde UK jazzer Bob Downes and more!

        • – Tim Cross - Crossflow One
        • – Pete Smith - Rock Minus Zer
        • – Mo Foster - Times Square
        • – Peter Thomas - The Real McCoy
        • – Harold Fischer - Water Reactor
        • – Midas Touch - Make No Bones
        • – Bob Downes - Big Cat
        Disco Hamam 6Disco Hamam

        Disco Hamam is back with their sixth, essential volume of Turkish and Middle Eastern disco edits - prowling disco sleaze with expert adjustments from the likes of Hotaru, Red Lebanese and Cornelius Doctor & Tushen Rai. Don't miss!

        • – Hotaru - Catch The Train
        • – Red Lebanese - Belle Vie
        • – Cornelius Doctor & Tushen Raï - Fekete
        • – Cornelius Doctor & Tushen Raï - Salaam Sholay!
        Two Synths, A Guitar (And) A Drum Machine - Soul Jazz Records #1 Post Punk DanceSoul Jazz Records

        OUT NOW!

        Soul Jazz Records new ‘Two Synths, A Guitar (and) A Drum Machine’ is a new collection of current D-I-Y post-punk bands shaped by the mutant sounds of no wave, punk funk and New York Noise bands from the late 70s and early 80s that collided with the world of underground dance music found at the Paradise Garage, Mudd Club in New York City (ESG, Arthur Russell, Bush Tetras, Talking Heads, Suicide, Liquid Liquid).

        Other influences cited here include Manchester and Sheffield’s industrial post-punk sounds of the 1980s (Joy Division, Cabaret Voltaire, Gang of Four) as well as the 1970s German electronic experimentalism of Cluster, Neu!, Harmonia and Can.

        Featured artists from around the globe include Los Angeles D-I-Y band Automatic, New Fries from Toronto, artist/music collaborators Toresch from Germany, Susumu Makai from Japan/UK, Vex Ruffin from the Phillipines/California and Madmadmad, Gramme, Tom of England and other UK groups

        That all the bands featured here manage to make distinctive contemporary music out of these 80s roots is testament to the wide range of other musics that are seamlessly absorbed into a modern melting pot of sound – hip-hop, the electronic European avant-garde, rave culture, and more.

        The double vinyl comes in two editions:

        1) Limited edition indies EXCLUSIVE heavyweight green double vinyl housed in bespoke individual inner sleeves with its own free pull-out fanzine on the groups featured.

        2) Limited edition heavyweight black double vinyl housed in bespoke individual inner sleeves with its own free pull-out fanzine on the groups featured.

        The album is also available as a CD and digital release

        • Automatic – Too Much Money
        • Zongamin – Underwater Paramid
        • New Fries – Lily
        • Vex Ruffin & Fab 5 Freddy – The Balance
        • Ixna – Somebody Said
        • Leroy Duncann – Dream River
        • Tom Of England – Neon Green
        • Toresch – Tocar
        • Becker & Mukai – La Rivière des Perles
        • Gramme – Discolovers
        • Niagara – Ida
        • Charles Manier – Sift Through Art Collecting People
        • Black Deer – Baseball Shorts
        • Madmadmad – Hot Disco
        • Wino D – Untitled
        Cuba: Music and Revolution - Compiled by Gilles Peterson and Stuart BakerSoul Jazz Records

        Cuba: Music and Revolution: Culture Clash in Havana: Experiments in Latin Music 1975-85 Vol. 1 is the new album compiled by Gilles Peterson and Stuart Baker (Soul Jazz Records) that explores the many new styles that emerged in Cuba in the 1970s as Jazz, Funk, Brazilian Tropicalia and even Disco mixed together with Latin and Salsa on the island as Cuban artists experimented with new musical forms created in the unique socialist state of Cuba.

        The album comes as a heavyweight 3xLP and deluxe 2xCD set, complete with extensive sleeve notes, and is jam-packed with heavy bass lines, synth and Wah-Wah guitar funk combined with the heavyweight percussion, powerful brass lines and the all-encompassing Latin rhythms of Cuban music known throughout the world.

        The album is released to coincide with the massive new deluxe large format book Cuba: Music and Revolution: Original Cover Art of Cuban Music: Record Sleeve Designs of Revolutionary Cuba 1959-90, published in November, which is also compiled by Gilles Peterson and Stuart Baker (Soul Jazz Records), and which features the music and record designs of Cuba, made in the 30-year period following the Cuban Revolution.

        The music on this album features legendary Cuban groups such as Irakere, Los Van Van and Pablo Milanés as well as a host of lesser known artists such as the radical Grupo De Experimentación, Juan Pablo Torres and Algo Nuevo, Grupo Monumental and Orquesta Ritmo Oriental, groups whose names remain largely unknown outside of Cuba owing to the now 60-year old US trade embargo which remains in place today and which prevents trade with Cuba – and thus most Cuban records were only ever available in Cuba or in ex-Soviet Union states.

        The music on this album reflects the most cutting-edge of Cuban groups that were recording in Cuba in the 1970s and 1980s – who were all searching for a new Cuban identity and new musical forms that reflected both the Afro-Cuban cultural heritage of a nation that gave birth to Latin music - and its new position as a socialist state. Most of the music featured on this album have never been heard outside of Cuba.

        Both Gilles Peterson and Stuart Baker have been involved in Cuban music for more than two decades – Gilles Peterson with his many Havana Cultura projects for his Brownswood label and Stuart Baker with a number of Soul Jazz Records albums recorded in Cuba. This Soul Jazz Records album is released in conjunction with Egrem, the Cuban state record company, and has been put together after the many crate-digging trips that both compilers have made on the streets of Havana and beyond in Cuba stretching over a 20-year period, searching out rare and elusive original Cuban vinyl records.

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        REVIEWS:

        "It may only be January, but we already have a strong contender for 'compilation of the year'. Put together by devout crate-diggers and Cuban music enthusiasts Gilles Peterson and Stuart Baker (founder of Soul Jazz Records)" JUNO

        "It's abundantly clear that these compilers are at the very top of their game. Everything here was previously unheard outside of Cuba, making this a feast for the curious" Vinyl District

        "Priceless comp goes beyond Buena Vista" UNCUT

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        *Please note the vinyl sticker of this album says "+download code" but it's a mistake! There is no download with this particular album due to legal reasons. Sorry for this error!

        • Grupo Irakere – Chequere Son
        • Conjunto Rumbavana – El Son Del Campeon
        • Juan Formell & Los Van Van – Mi Ritmo Caliente
        • Grupo Monumental – Mi Son Caridad
        • Grupo de Experimentación Sonora del ICAIC – Sondeando
        • Las D'Aida – Con Cadencia y Con Dulzura
        • Juan Formell & Los Van Van – Y No Le Conviene
        • Pablo Milanés – Te Quiero Porque Te Quiero
        • Emíliano Salvador – Luna Wanestain
        • Los Reyes 73 – Un Lamento Hecho Cancion
        • Eduardo Ramos – Vocación Revolución
        • Grupo Mounmental – Hasta Las Cuantas
        • Los 5 U 4 – Solo Esta Musica
        • Grupo de Experimentación Sonora del ICAIC – Canción Con Todos
        • Orquesta Los Van Van – Yo Se Que Van Van
        • Grupo Monumental – Nadie Se Siente Cansado
        • Orquesta Ritmo Oriental – Maria, Baila El Son
        • Juan Pablo Torres y Algo Nuevo – Rompe Cocorioco
        • Los Reyes 73 – Grandes Amigos
        • Paquito D'Rivera – La Patica
        • Grupo de Experimentación Sonora del ICAIC – Grifo
        • Raúl Gómez – Dacapo
        • Grupo Irakere – Juana 1600
        • 1. Grupo Irakere – Chequere Son
        • 2. Conjunto Rumbavana – El Son Del Campeon
        • 3. Juan Formell & Los Van Van – Mi Ritmo Caliente
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        Swave Villi Us: Independent Soul 1971-84Backatcha

        **RIYL the classic 'Personal Space Electronic Soul 1974-1984' compilation!**

        Backatcha Records presents 'Swave Villi Us', a collection of sixteen sought after independent soul cuts, recorded between 1971-1984 from across the US and beyond.

        The album comes as a 2xLP, complete with extensive sleeve notes, featuring top-shelf rarities end-to-end. Whilst soul 45 aficionados will be familiar with the titles, obtaining them has always been a problem until now.

        From 70s Californian psych-folk, to downtempo ballads from the Southern states, to mid-tempo gems and sweet soul from the Midwest, to 80s Sunshine State talent show entries and Bahamian dreamy percussion-led guitar jams, the selection showcases essential top-shelf regional sounds spanning the broader soul spectrum across nearly two decades. Also featured are two previously unreleased versions of Nature’s Choice ‘Never Get A Chance’ and Watch Tower’s ‘Forever, Together’ led by Ohio talent Maurice Moore, from original session tapes and exclusive to this compilation.

        • – Stride & Willie Gay, Jr. - Come Inside
        • – Nassauvians - Slacking Off
        • – Aka Shaic - Swave Villi Us
        • – Ray T. Jones - Norfolk Sound
        • – Theatre West - Children Of Tomorrow's Dreams
        • – Ivan R. Sturdivant & Time Zone No. Seven - The World That Died
        • – Small Society - Just Loving You
        • – No I.D. (aka Bilal Sabir) - Changes
        • – Nature’s Choice - Never Get A Chance [Previously unreleased version]
        • – Antwans - You Got That Right
        • – Joe walker - We Need Each Other
        • – Spice - For Old Time's Sake
        • – Joe Brown and the Soul Elderados - Vibration Part Two
        • – Expressway - Blue Evening
        • – Smiles - Just A Star
        • – Watch Tower - Forever, Together [Previously unreleased version]

        Other Releases on Soul Jazz Records

        Black RiotEarly Jungle, Rave and HardcoreSoul Jazz Records

        VINYL FACTORY COMPILATION OF THE YEAR 2020!!!

        See chart here

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        LIMITED EDITION COMES WITH FREE GRAPHIC STORY!

        Soul Jazz Records’ new Black Riot: Early Jungle, Rave and Hardcore is a brand new collection of heavyweight ragga-influenced hardcore jungle tracks from the early 1990s. Dark and heavy!

        Featuring classic and seminal tracks from the likes of Levictus and Krome &Time, alongside a host of rare and little-known ragga & junglist hardcore tunes from the likes of Babylon Timewarp’s hypnotic Durban Poison, Rhythm for Reasons’ mad ‘The Smokers Rhythm’, The Freaky rave-y breakbeat sound of ‘Time and Age,’ Trip One’s super dark ‘Snowball’ and loads more!

        Expect super heavy basslines, equally heavy twisted Amen drum loops, even heavier ragga vocals! Original jungle style - roots and culture - from the earliest days of drum and bass.

        Included with the album is a free limited-edition graphic mini-novel “Black Riot: The Mysterons save Planet Earth from the Xatheroid Angels.” This is the third collaboration between Soul Jazz Records and writer/illustrator Paulo Parisi, the highly respected author of graphic books on Jean Michel Basquiat and John Coltrane.

        This new graphic story continues the story of black electronic dance music – this time set around the birth of Jungle and continues onwards from Soul Jazz’s earlier ‘Invasion of the Killer Mysterons’ (Jamaican electronic Dub, co-compiled by Kevin Martin (The Bug)) and Mysterons Invade the Jackin’ Zone (about Chicago Acid & Experimental House).


        • Rhythm For Reasons – The Smokers Rhythm
        • Babylon Timewarp – Durban Poison
        • The Terrorist – RK1
        • DJ Dubplate – Tings A Go On
        • Leviticus – Burial (Lovers Rock Mix)
        • The Freaky – Time and Age
        • Trip One – Snowball Remix
        • DJ Krome & Mr. Time – Ganja Man
        • New Vision – Way Of Life
        • DJ Dubplate – Original Rubadubstyle
        • Hi Fi Power – Chill Out (Raggafunks U)
        • Nu Jacks featuring Ivory Ranks – House Sensation
        • New 2×LP + Download Code + Limited Edition Graphic story£24.00
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        • CD plus Limited Edition Graphic story£12.00
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        • MP3 Release£7.99
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        Lloyd McNeill QuartetWashington Suite (1970)Soul Jazz Records

        Soul Jazz Records’ new ox-blood red coloured vinyl limited-edition 1000-copies worldwide LP (+ download code) issue of this very rare deep spiritual jazz album first released as a private-press album in 1970 on flautist Lloyd McNeill’s own Asha Record label in Washington, DC.

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        CLASSIC! DEEP Jazz includes the wicked 'Home Rule'

        Lloyd McNeill is an African-American flautist, painter, poet, and photographer born in Washington, D.C., in 1935. His multi-disciplinary creative life led to encounters and friendships with Nina Simone, Picasso, Eric Dolphy, Nana Vasconceles and other legendary cultural figures. Lloyd McNeill’s hypnotic ‘Washington Suite’ was originally commissioned as a piece of music for the Capital Ballet Company, in Washington, DC.

        McNeill grew up through the era of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s and his life and work is a reflection of those ideals. In the mid-1960s he moved to France where he became friends with Picasso, working with a number of émigré-jazz musicians whilst living in Paris. In the late 1960s he taught jazz and painting workshops at the New Thing Art and Architecture Center in Washington. In the 1970s he travelled throughout Brazil and West Africa studying music and taught music anthropology in the US.


        • – Home Rule
        • – Just 71% Moor
        • – 2504 Cliffbourne Pl.
        • – Fountain In The Circle
        • – City Tryptych
        • – Fountain In The Circle
        The WinstonsAmen Brother / Color Him FatherSoul Jazz Records

        It's back in stock!!! EXCLUSIVE - ONLY AVAILABLE HERE!

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        WORLD EXCLUSIVE limited edition seven-inch 45 ONLY AVAILABLE to customers at Soul Jazz Records and Sounds of the Universe!

        The world's greatest ever break? Here it is - The first official re-release of The Winston's Amen Brother with the LEGENDARY Amen Break as featured on 1000s of hip-hop and jungle releases. This record has been a collectors' 45 for ages and OUT OF PRINT for 50 years - sounding fresh!

        Not only that but the flip-side Color Him Father is a superb Curtis Mayfield-esque ANTHEMIC soul tune - as essential as the A-side.

        WORLD EXCLUSIVE limited edition seven-inch 45 ONLY AVAILABLE to customers at Soul Jazz Records and Sounds of the Universe!

        THIS RECORD IS 100% ESSENTIAL and ONLY available HERE - DO NOT MISS OUT!


        • The Winstons – Amen Brother
        • The Winstons – Color Him Father
        Fire Over Babylon: Dread, Peace and Conscious Sounds at Studio OneSoul Jazz Records

        Soul Jazz Records’ new Studio One collection ‘Fire Over Babylon: Dread, Peace and Conscious Sounds at Studio One’ features a stellar selection of 70s roots music – classic and rare tracks recorded at Clement Dodd’s musical empire at 13 Brentford Road in the 1970s.

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        Rastafarian-inspired Roots music was an ever-important aspect of Studio One’s output from the start of the 1970s onwards and this album features many of the ground-breaking groups and artists that established the sound of Jamaica during this decade and beyond.

        Featured here are seminal artists such as Freddie McGregor, The Wailing Souls, The Gladiators, Horace Andy, Devon Russell, Cedric Brooks, Count Ossie, Judah Eskender Tafari alongside a host of lesser-known rare cuts made at Studio One from artists such as The Prospectors, Viceroys and Pablove Black.

        Studio One and founder Clement Dodd’s connection with Rastafarianism dates back to the early 1960s, with Dodd accompanying members of the Skatalites up to the hills of Kingston to listen to the music of the Rastafarianism Count Ossie and his drummers. The album sleevenotes discuss how Clement Dodd’s musical links, as well as his role in heading the most important record label in Reggae, are in many ways linked to the beliefs of Rastafarianism.

        This album is released as a heavyweight black vinyl double-album with gatefold sleeve, full notes and download code, deluxe CD with full booklet and slipcase and digital album.

        • Freddie McGregor – I Am a Revolutionist
        • The Silvertones – Burning In My Soul
        • Wailing Souls – Without You
        • Devon Russell – Jah Jah Fire
        • Trevor Clarke – Sufferation
        • The Gladiators – Sonia
        • Judah Eskender Tafari – Always Trying
        • The Viceroys – Ya Ho
        • Im and Count Ossie – Give Me Back Me Language And Me Culture
        • The Gladiators – Serious Thing
        • The Prospectors – Glory For I
        • Wailing Souls – Things and Time
        • Pablove Black – Inner Peace
        • The Gladiators – Peace
        • Horace Andy – Mr. Jolly Man
        • Wailing Souls – Rock But Don't Fall
        • Albert Griffiths and The Gladiators – Righteous Man
        • The Viceroys – So Many Problems
        Brentford All StarsGreedy G / Granny Scratch ScratchSoul Jazz Records

        These are very limited Studio One 12" pressings (worldwide 1000) that sell out on the day they are released. So don't miss out here!

        BRAND NEW LTD. EDN. 12" All-time Studio One party ANTHEM. 100% ESSENTIAL MONSTER TUNE - ROCKS ANY DANCEFLOOR!

        'Greedy G’ is the ultimate reggae/funk/hip-hop party tune.

        The all-time epic sample for Boogie Down Productions’ seminal ‘Jack of Spades’ based on James Brown’s funk bomb ‘Get on the Good Foot’.

        The flipside is another Brentford Road All Stars essential cut, ‘Granny Scratch Scratch’, the heaviest, funkiest dub monster ever with bass to shake more speakers than a juggernaut lorry!

        Boom!


        • – Greedy G
        • – Granny Scratch Scratch
        Lloyd McNeillToriSoul Jazz Records

        Soul Jazz Records’ limited-edition black vinyl 1000-copies worldwide LP (+ download code), (as well as CD and digital) issue of this very rare deep spiritual jazz meets Brazilian and Latin album first released as a private-press album in 1978 on flautist Lloyd McNeill’s own Baobob Record label in Washington, DC. The album has been out-of-print for 43 years and is lovingly remastered by Soul Jazz Records.

        Tori is a stunning album that blends Brazilian and Latin flavours with deep Spiritual Jazz, recorded in 1978. The album features an unbelievably strong line-up which includes legendary Brazilian figures like Dom Um Romao, Nana Vasconcelos and Dom Salvador alongside jazz heavyweights such as Buster Williams, Howard Johnson, John La Barbera and more. These A-team musicians were all regulars in McNeill’s long-running and highly successfull resident live group in New York all set up to blend deep jazz, Brazilian and Latin music together.

        Lloyd McNeill is an African-American flautist, painter, poet, and photographer born in Washington, D.C., in 1935. His multi-disciplinary creative life led to encounters and friendships with Nina Simone, Picasso, Eric Dolphy, Nana Vasconceles and other legendary cultural figures. Lloyd McNeill’s hypnotic ‘Washington Suite’ was originally commissioned as a piece of music for the Capital Ballet Company, in Washington, DC.

        McNeill grew up through the era of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s and his life and work is a reflection of those ideals. In the mid-1960s he moved to France where he became friends with Picasso, working with a number of émigré-jazz musicians whilst living in Paris. In the late 1960s he taught jazz and painting workshops at the New Thing Art and Architecture Center in Washington. In the 1970s he travelled throughout Brazil and West Africa studying music and taught music anthropology in the US.

        • Lloyd McNeill – O Mercado (Brazilian Market)
        • Lloyd McNeill – Tori (Segment One)
        • Lloyd McNeill – Tzigane
        • Lloyd McNeill – Tori (Segment Two)
        • Lloyd McNeill – Sambinha
        • Lloyd McNeill – Time Still / Passaro - Pifaro (Flute Bird)
        • Lloyd McNeill – Tori (Segment Three)
        • Lloyd McNeill – Tranquil
        Soul Jazz Records presents Studio One Ska Fire ! (Limited Edition Collectors 7" Box Set)Record Store Day Exclusive #1Soul Jazz Records

        Soul Jazz Records are releasing Studio One Ska Fire Box Set, a limited-edition one-off pressing exclusive for Record Store Day 2021, collectors seven-inch box set featuring 10 amazing and super-rare Studio One ska tracks on five 7” singles, all produced here in deluxe hard form box each single with separate inner sleeves.

        • Don Drummond – Don D Special
        • Toots and The Maytals – A Man Who Knows
        • Bob Marley and The Wailers – Rude Boy
        • Derrick Morgan – It's Alright
        • The Skatalites – Something Special
        • Lee Perry – Open Up (aka Cook Book)
        • The Regals – Shammy Back
        • Bob Marley and The Wailers – Diamond Baby
        • Jackie Opel – The Mill Man
        • The Ethiopians – I Am Free
        Trees SpeakPostHumanSoul Jazz Records

        This is incredibly Trees Speak’s third album on Soul Jazz Records to be released in the space of one year – and it’s amazing!

        Trees Speak’s new album ‘Post-Human’ once again blends 1970s German electronic and ‘motorik’ Krautrock instrumentals (think Harmonia, Can, Cluster, Popul Vuh, Neu!), haunting and powerful 1960s & 1970s soundtracks (think Italian prog-rock Goblin and John Carpenter horror movies, Morricone and existential John Barry spy movies), together with a New York No Wave electronic synth and guitar analogue DIY-ness (think Suicide, anything on Soul Jazz’s New York Noise series or Eno's New York No Wave)!

        The new album ‘Post-Human’ draws further upon German krautrock high-concept albums from the likes of Tangerine Dream and Klaus Schulze from the 1970s, as Trees Speak create their own powerful new landscapes of sound that manage to be at once contemporary as well as both timeless and with a sense of science-fiction futurism.

        Trees Speak’ seamlessly segue together all these musical elements into ‘Post-Human,’ a conceptually expansive album which follows on from their critically-acclaimed debut LP ‘Ohms,’ and the follow-up ‘Shadow Forms’ released on Soul Jazz Records less than six months ago.

        This powerful new album is a high-concept collage of retro-futurist science-fiction music, which is fantastically illustrated by a specially commissioned cover design by the artist Eric Lee, a dramatic vision of life after humanity.

        Trees Speak are Daniel Martin Diaz and Damian Diaz from Tucson, Arizona and their music often draws on the cosmic night-time magic of Arizona’s natural desert landscapes. ‘Trees Speak’ relates to the idea of future technologies storing information and data in trees and plants - using them as hard drives – and the idea that Trees communicate collectively.

        The album includes an INDIES ONLY exclusive bonus 45 single with two extra tracks ‘Machine Vision’ and ‘Seventh Mirror’ available with the vinyl edition of this amazing and ground-breaking new album.

        With ‘Post-Human,’ Trees Speak take the listener deep into their unique musical world of unknown visions of the past and the future.

        ABOUT Ohms: Album of the Month - Splintered Eye /50 Best albums 2020 - Pop Matters / Favourite albums 2020 -The Soap Company / Albums of the Year 2020 -Bear Tree Records / Independent Albums of the Year 2020-Love Records / Albums of the Year 2020-Concrete Islands

        ABOUT Shadow Forms: Records of the week-Drift / Album of the week-Resident / Album of the week-Norman / Records of the Year 2020 -South / Albums of the Year 2020 - Concrete Island / Albums of the month - Reveal / Albums of the Year 2020 -Piccadilly / Albums of the Year 2020-Buzzsaw / About Shadow forms / Records of the week-Drift / Album of the week-Resident / Album of the week-Norman / Records of the Year-South / Albums of the Year-Concrete Island / Albums of the month-Reveal / Albums of the Year-Piccadilly /Albums of the Year-Buzzsaw

        About Ohms:

        “This might well be the Dark Side of the Moon of the XXI century” Discogs


        • Trees Speak – Double Slit
        • Trees Speak – Glass
        • Trees Speak – Chamber of Frequencies
        • Trees Speak – Divided Light
        • Trees Speak – Elements of Matter
        • Trees Speak – Magic Transistor
        • Trees Speak – Scheinwelt
        • Trees Speak – PostHuman
        • Trees Speak – Synthesis
        • Trees Speak – X Zeit
        • Trees Speak – Incandescent Sun
        • Trees Speak – Healing Rods
        • Trees Speak – Steckdose
        • Trees Speak – Amnesia Transmitter
        • Trees Speak – Quantize Humanize
        • Trees Speak – Gläserner Mensch
        • Trees Speak – Machine Vision
        • Trees Speak – Hidden Machine
        Trees SpeakShadow FormsSoul Jazz Records

        Super-limited new 1000 copies special ox-blood red vinyl edition!

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        It's a big one ... Absolutely stunning second album from Trees Speak new on Soul Jazz Records.

        Trees Speak’s new album ‘Shadow Forms’ is a blend of 1970s German electronic and ‘motorik’ Krautrock instrumentals (think Harmonia, Can, Cluster, Popul Vuh, Neu!), haunting and powerful 1960s & 1970s soundtracks (think Italian prog-rock Goblin and John Carpenter horror movies, Morricone and existential John Barry spy movies), together with a New Nork no wave electronic synth and guitar analogue DIY-ness (think Suicide, anything on Soul Jazz’s New York Noise series or Eno's New York No Wave)!

        Trees Speak’ segue together all these elements into ‘Shadow Forms,’ which follows on from their critically-acclaimed debut LP ‘Ohms,’ released on Soul Jazz Records less than six months ago.

        Trees Speak are Daniel Martin Diaz and Damian Diaz from Tucson, Arizona and their music often draws on the cosmic night-time magic of Arizona’s natural desert landscapes. ‘Trees Speak’ relates to the idea of future technologies storing information and data in trees and plants - using them as hard drives – and the idea that Trees communicate collectively.

        Trees Speak - Shadow Forms:

        Records of the week-Drift/Album of the week-Resident/Album of the week-Norman/Records of the Year-South/Albums of the Year-Concrete Island/Albums of the month-Reveal/Albums of the Year-Piccadilly/Albums of the Year-Buzzsaw

        • Trees Speak – Large Array
        • Trees Speak – Tear Kisser
        • Trees Speak – Those Who Know
        • Trees Speak – Transforming
        • Trees Speak – Automat
        • Trees Speak – False Ego
        • Trees Speak – Communication
        • Trees Speak – Crystal System
        • Trees Speak – Agonize Signal
        • Trees Speak – Magick Knives
        • Trees Speak – Shadow Forms
        • Trees Speak – Outtake 3
        • Trees Speak – Transmitter
        Cold Wave # 2Soul Jazz Records

        Cold Wave #2

        Ltd. Edn. Dayglo sleeve + PURPLE VINYL 2xLP, + mini-fanzine/ Ltd. Edn. Dayglo sleeve + BLACK VINYL 2xLP, + mini-fanzine/ Dayglo CD + Slipcase + Booklet

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        Soul Jazz Records new ‘Cold Wave’ is a new collection of current electronic artists who have all been shaped by the early European cold wave artists of the late 70s and early 80s.

        This is the second release of Soul Jazz Records’ new Cold Wave overview.

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        This second edition Cold Wave #2 comes in two vinyl editions – a one-off pressing purple coloured vinyl edition and a black vinyl edition. Both come as heavyweight double vinyl housed in bespoke individual inner sleeves and the limited edition first pressing of this album comes with its own free pull-out fanzine on the groups featured. The CD edition comes with artist booklet/fanzine and slipcase. All editions are printed in special dayglo colour finish.

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        These first artists created new electronic musical landscapes as well as pursuing a stubborn D-I-Y aesthetic, often releasing material on cassette and pioneering use of lo-fi technology, primitive drum machines and home-recording techniques. As part of this continued evolution today many of the artists featured here also self-release their own material, run labels, publish fanzines, or are part of wider musical collectives.

        Aside from the first electronic, no wave, and post-punk artists cited as influences –Suicide, Patrick Cowley, The Normal, Martin Hannett, Laurie Anderson, Public Image – this new generation of artists also show an exquisitely open source of electronic and disparate influences, everything from Underground Resistance to Purcell, from Scientist to New Beat and more besides.

        Most of the featured artists are based in Europe and include Krikor from France, Beta Evers and L.F.T. from Germany, Lena Willikens, Job Siffre and De Ambassade from the Netherlands, Toulouse Low Trax from Germany, Dave I.D. and Broken English Club from the UK, and V.C.V.S from Georgia

        All of the bands featured here make distinctive contemporary music out of the 80s roots of the first cold wave movement.

        • Lena Willikens – Howlin Lupus
        • Beta Evers – Hiding
        • L.F.T. – Stay Away From The Light
        • Job Sifre – At Least We Try
        • De Ambassade – Niet Van Mij
        • Toulouse Low Trax – Rushing Into Water
        • V.C.V.S. – Hum
        • Dave I.D. – Help Starts
        • Broken English Club – Vacant Cars
        • Krikor Kouchian – Deserver Dub
        Marcia GriffithsFeel Like Jumping / Part 2Soul Jazz Records

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        • Marcia Griffiths – Feel Like Jumping
        • Dub Specialist – Feel Like Jumping Part 2
        Cold WaveSoul Jazz Records

        Ltd. Edn. Dayglo sleeve + ORANGE VINYL 2xLP, + mini-fanzine/ Ltd. Edn. Dayglo sleeve + BLACK VINYL 2xLP, + mini-fanzine/ Dayglo CD + Slipcase + Booklet

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        Soul Jazz Records new ‘Cold Wave’ is a new collection of current electronic artists who have all been shaped by the early European cold wave artists of the late 70s and early 80s.

        This is the first release of Soul Jazz Records’ new Cold Wave overview and a second volume will be released just four weeks later.

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        This first edition of Cold Wave comes in two vinyl editions – a one-off pressing orange coloured vinyl edition and a black vinyl edition. Both come as heavyweight double vinyl housed in bespoke individual inner sleeves and the limited edition first pressing of this album comes with its own free pull-out fanzine on the groups featured. The CD edition comes with artist booklet/fanzine and slipcase. All editions are printed in special dayglo colour finish.

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        These first artists created new electronic musical landscapes as well as pursuing a stubborn D-I-Y aesthetic, often releasing material on cassette and pioneering use of lo-fi technology, primitive drum machines and home-recording techniques. As part of this continued evolution today many of the artists featured here also self-release their own material, run labels, publish fanzines, or are part of wider musical collectives.

        Aside from the first electronic, no wave, and post-punk artists cited as influences –Suicide, Patrick Cowley, The Normal, Martin Hannett, Laurie Anderson, Public Image – this new generation of artists also show an exquisitely open source of electronic and disparate influences, everything from Underground Resistance to Purcell, from Scientist to New Beat and more besides.

        Most of the featured artists are based in Europe and include Krikor, Dissemblance and VQOA from France, De Ambassade from the Netherlands, Moisture from Sweden, Kriedler from Germany, Céline Gillain and Carcass Identity from Belgium. One exception is FIT Siegel out of Detroit, connecting the electronic pathways of Europe to the Motor City.

        All of the bands featured here make distinctive contemporary music out of the 80s roots of the first cold wave movement.


        • Dissemblance – Capture
        • Carcass Identity – Reflexion Ocean
        • FIT Siegel – Wayne County Stomp
        • De Ambassade – Standhouden
        • Wang Inc – Approdo
        • Krikor Kouchian – Niños Matadores
        • Céline Gillain – Fight or Flight
        • Kreidler – Kannibal
        • Moisture – Gammut
        • Violent Quand On Aime – Of Course I'm A Liar
        Studio One Rocksteady Got SoulSoul Jazz Records

        Back in stock!

        Soul Jazz Records new Studio One release Rocksteady Got Soul is a collection of uplifting and superb rocksteady and soulful reggae from the late 1960s and early 1970s. Studio One is the number one label in the history of reggae and he album features - as ever with Studio One - an impeccable and unbeatable line-up of reggae superstars all soaring at the height of their creative powers. Alton Ellis, John Holt, The Heptones, Jackie Mittoo, The Ethiopians, Lee Perry and more.

        The album is a mix of classic tunes and rhythms alongside super-rarities that were released in a dazzlingly complex web of Studio One labels and issues, deftly navigated with new sleevenotes from author and Studio One authority Rob Chapman. But enough with the chatter, just spin the platter - these tunes rule the town, hands down!


        This Soul Jazz/Studio One album is released as deluxe gatefold double-vinyl + house inners + download code. Also as jewel case CD housed in card slipcase. Both formats come with full sleeve notes/discography and exclusive photography. (The album is also available digitally on day of release onwards)

        • Alton Ellis – It's True
        • The Heptones – You Turned Away
        • The Gladiators – Mr Sweet
        • The Jail Breakers – Work It Up
        • Lee Perry & The Gaylads – Run Rudie Run
        • The Heptones – Young Generation
        • Jackie Mittoo – Good Feeling
        • C. Marshall – I Need Your Loving
        • Alton Ellis – I'll Be Waiting
        • The Clarendonians – The Tables Gonna Turn
        • Ken Parker – When You're Gone
        • Sound Dimension – Traveling Home
        • Errol Dunkley – Get Up Now
        • John Holt – My Heart Is Gone
        • Freedom Singers and Larry Marshall – Monkey Man
        • The Ethiopians – Let The Light Shine
        • Im and David – Money Maker
        • The Viceroys – Lose and Gain
        Add N To X - On The Wires Of Our Nerves (Special Limited Edition RSD 2021 silver vinyl)Record Store Day Exclusive #4Soul Jazz Records

        Super special 20th anniversary SILVER vinyl!

        Incredibly inspired electronic retro-futurists who were so ahead of their time that they eventually imploded. This is a classic album!

        In the space of five short years (and as many albums) at the end of the 20th century Add N To X caused havoc with their unique retro-futurist electronic music. Add N To X’s musical intensity proved too much for the group who split up in 2002. Their album On The Wires of Our Nerves, complete with its classic cover image, recorded on Soul Jazz Records’ then new offshoot label Satellite Records, launched them into the spotlight and included two NME Singles of the Week ‘Black Regent’ and ‘King Wasp’. Over twenty years since it was first released and long out of print the album 'On The Wires of Our Nerves’ stands up one of the most forward-looking electronic albums of then and now.

        This classic album is released in a very limited one-off pressing transparent vinyl edition as an Record Store Day exclusive title

        • Add N To X – The Black Regent
        • Add N To X – Planet Munich
        • Add N To X – Nevermind
        • Add N To X – We Are Add N To X
        • Add N To X – Murmur One
        • Add N To X – Sound Of Accelerating Concrete
        • Add N To X – Gentle Germans
        • Add N To X – King Wasp
        • Add N To X – Orgy Of Bubastus
        • Add N To X – Grey Body, Green Gun
        • Add N To X – On The Wire Of Our Nerves
        • Add N To X – Hit Me
        • Add N To X – Sir Ape
        Steve Reid Ensemble feat. Kieran Hebden - Spirit Walk (Special Limited Edition black vinyl RSD 2021)Record Store Day Exclusive #5Soul Jazz Records

        LONG OUT OF PRINT One-off RSD 2021 special limited edition black vinyl

        "Steve Reid played with Sun Ra, knew Coltrane, played at Motown. I mean this is a guy who at 19 was playing drums with Fela Kuti in Africa. He is a musical genius. It’s a creative joy and honour to work with him."Kieran Hebden (Fourtet) After a number of groundbreaking live shows between Kieran Hebden (Fourtet) and legendary New York drummer Steve Reid, these two artists have embarked on two amazing new recording projects.

        The first release is the Steve Reid Ensemble (featuring Kieran Hebden) "Spirit Walk". This will be followed by a second album by Kieran Hebden and Steve Reid which will be released by Domino Records at the beginning of 2006. Both albums blend electronic experimentation within the frame-work of Steve Reid’s musical heritage. Gilles Peterson will be touring the UK in November alongside The Steve Reid Ensemble. An ardent fan of the music, Peterson has contributed the sleeve-notes to "Spirit Walk" along with another long-time musical admirer Val Wilmer. Steve Reid is a true pioneer of boundary-breaking music.

        This latest project/collaboration is a continuation of a musical path that stretches back to the late 1960s. A self-taught master jazz drummer Steve Reid played in Sun Ra’s Arkestra as well as being a session musician at both Motown Records (he plays on for instance Martha and The Vandella’s "Heatwave") and in James Brown’s in-house band at the legendary Harlem Apollo. In the mid-60s Reid went to West Africa, playing and learning the music of Ghana, Nigeria (playing with Fela Kuti), Liberia, Sierra Leone, Senegal. On returning to New York he joined Sun Ra’s The Science Myth Solar Arkestra.

        In 1968 as a conscientious objector to the Vietnam war he was sentenced to 4 years in prison where he then taught a Black history course to his fellow inmates. In the 1970’s Reid formed the Legendary Master Brotherhood as well as running his own record company, Mustevic Sound, which released a series of his albums (2 of which have earlier been released by Soul Jazz Records). In a career now spanning over 40 years Steve Reid has worked with artists such as Lester Bowie, Miles Davis, Charles Tyler, Arthur Blythe, Ornette Coleman, Gary Bartz, Chief Bey, Archie Shepp, Sam Rivers, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Leon Thomas and more. This new project is the latest part in Steve Reid’s musical odyssey.

        "A truly phenomenal artist. This is the album we've all been waiting a long time for. Steve Reid is steeped in musical history and yet this album has a modernity all of it's own." Gilles Peterson.

        • Steve Reid Ensemble – Lugano
        • Steve Reid Ensemble – Bridget
        • Steve Reid Ensemble – For Coltrane
        • Steve Reid Ensemble – Blind Tom
        • Steve Reid Ensemble – Which One?
        • Steve Reid Ensemble – Lions Of Juda
        • Steve Reid Ensemble – It Cannot Be True
        • Steve Reid Ensemble – Unity
        • Steve Reid Ensemble – Drum Story
        Studio One RootsSoul Jazz Records

        LAST COPIES

        This is the new 20th anniversary edition of one of Soul Jazz Records’ classic Studio One releases now available as a one-off pressing special blue vinyl very limited-edition pressing ( 2000 copies worldwide).

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        Studio One Roots set the standard for Soul Jazz Records’ long-standing series of Studio One collections and features many of the classic artists from Clement 'Sir Coxsone’ Dodd’s mighty roster of reggae.

        This album includes Freddie McGregor, Willie Williams, Cornell Campbell, Alton Ellis, Devon Russell alongside some of the defining crack-session men groups of Jamaican reggae history - The Sound Dimension, Brentford All-Stars, The Skatalites, New Establishment and more. As ever the album is filled with a mixture of seminal cuts and super-rarities from the vast vaults of 13 Brentford Road.

        Stand-out tracks include Alton Ellis’s Blackish White, a surreal and powerful Afro-centric dream, Count Ossie Nyabinghi and Rastafarian drummers genre-defying interpretation of Booker T and The MGs ‘Meditation’, Willie Williams awe-inspiring versioning of the Skatalites' seminal Rastafari anthem Addis Ababa and many, many more.

        This album has been fully digitally remastered, analog cut and packaged complete with the following: Original sleevenotes by Lloyd Bradley (author of When Reggae Was King), compiled by Mark Ainley (Honest Jons), high-quality Soul Jazz mastering, wicked images of Count Ossie and the Mystic Revelation of Rastafari on the cover, and a rare image of Clement Dodd and musicians inside the studio at Studio One on the full colour inner sleeves.

        REVIEWS:

        "Having established himself as one of Jamaica's top producers the day Studio One opened its doors in the early '60s, Clement "Coxsone" Dodd was unable to maintain his status during the roots era of the subsequent decade. This can be attributed to a couple of factors. One was Dodd's apparent reluctance to record the new, overtly Rasta-inspired music. The other was an infusion of new blood into the Jamaican music business. Eager to make a name for themselves, producers like Joe Gibbs, Bunny Lee, Lee "Scratch" Perry, and Winston "Niney" Holness managed to supplant the island's "big three" (Dodd, Duke Reid, and Prince Buster) in the process, driving the music's evolution in the '70s.

        There isn't a weak number across these 16 tracks, from the Gaylads' ode to "Africa" and Devon Russell's version of the heavyweight "Drum Song" rhythm, to a trio of stunning instrumentals: Jackie Mittoo and the Cyclones with nyahbinghi drummer Count Ossie on "Meditation," Lenny Hibbert's sparkling vibe work over Mittoo's "Ghetto Organ" ("More Creation"), and Sound Dimension's "Congo Rock."

        The music of this compilation is of a rare, rare beauty and is essential to anyone's reggae collection." All Music

        • The Cyclones With Count Ossie – Meditation
        • Cornell Campbell & The Brentford Rockers – Natty Don't Go
        • Freddy Mcgregor With The Sound Dimension – Africa Here I Come
        • Bunny & Skitter – Lumumbo
        • Willie Williams & The All Stars – Addis A Baba
        • L.Crosdale With Drummond Bago & the Rebel Group – Set Me Free
        • Leroy Wallace & The New Establishment – Far Beyond
        • Lennie Hibbert – More Creation
        • Alton Ellis & The Sound Dimension – Blackish White
        • Winston Jarrett & The Sound Dimension – Fear Not
        • Devon Russell – Drum Song
        • The Gaylads – Africa
        • Black Brothers & The New Establishment – School Children
        • Linton Cooper & The Brentford Disco Set – You'll Get Your Pay
        • Sound Dimension – Congo Rock
        • Zoot Simms – African Challenge
        • 1. The Cyclones With Count Ossie – Meditation
        • 2. Cornell Campbell & The Brentford Rockers – Natty Don't Go
        • 3. Freddy Mcgregor With The Sound Dimension – Africa Here I Come
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        Steve ReidNova (1976)Soul Jazz Records

        New edition of this seminal album available as a 1000 copies edition only on new premium RED vinyl!

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        'A truly phenomenal artist.' GILLES PETERSON

        'Steve Reid is one of the greatest drummers. He is a musical genius' KIERAN HEBDEN (Four Tet)

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        As a radical jazz artist, Steve Reid played with an extraordinary group of artists – including Miles Davis, Sun Ra, Fela Kuti, James Brown, Ornette Coleman, Lester Bowie, Freddie Hubbard, Jackie McLean, Dionne Warwick, Archie Shepp, Chief Bey, Olatunji, Arthur Blythe, , Dextor Gordon, Gary Bartz, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Sam Rivers, Leon Thomas, Lonnie Smith and Horace Silver!

        Reid was born in the South Bronx, and grew up in Queens, New York. He played in the house band at Harlem's Apollo Theatre, accompanying James Brown, as well as playing in Sun Ra's Arkestra. He lived next to John Coltrane, worked in a department store with Ornette Coleman, had a son who played drums with NWA. He began his career as a teenager in the 1960s as a drummer at Motown when he played on Martha and The Vandellas "Heatwave" (aged 14).

        At the end of the 1960s Reid was sentenced to four years in jail as a conscientious objector of the Vietnam war. On his release from prison in 1974, he formed the Legendary Master Brotherhood and started the independent record label, Mustevic Sound, to release his debut LP Nova in 1976. This album is released in its entirety and with full original cover art here. Nova was the first in a series of stunning independent records he released in the 1970s.

        At the start of the 21st century, his career took a new twist when Steve Reid began a successful collaboration with Kieran Hebden (Four Tet). Hebden referred to Reid as his ‘musical soul mate’, resulting in a number of joint albums.

        Steve Reid died in New York in 2010. Subsequently the Steve Reid Foundation was set up in his name, to help aspiring musicians and artists.

        • Steve Reid – Nova
        • Steve Reid – Lions Of Juda
        • Steve Reid – Free Spirits-Unknown
        • Steve Reid – Long Time Black
        • Steve Reid – Sixth House
        Arthur RussellThe World Of Arthur RussellSoul Jazz Records

        New fully remastered re-release of Soul Jazz Records’ ‘The World of Arthur Russell’, the seminal collection of Arthur Russell’s essential music back in print on awesome limited-edition heavy deluxe triple vinyl and deluxe CD edition.

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        This album brings together some of Russell’s best-loved and most accessible works including his wide-ranging music both solo and in groups including Dinosaur L (the essential ‘Go Bang’), Loose Joints (the equally classic ‘Is It All Over My Face’) as well as rarities such as the 7” only ‘Pop Your Funk’, Indian Ocean’s ‘Schoolbell/Treehouse’, Lola’s ‘Wax The Van’ and more.

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        “Arthur Russell fused the avant-garde with disco and sounds like nothing else on earth.” The GUARDIAN

        “Russell is the great enigma of the New York music scene” THE WIRE

        “Simply one of the best compilations of this or any year.” RECORD COLLECTOR

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        Arthur Russell’s music effortlessly crossed musical boundaries making it timeless. His dance music credentials are faultless and this collection features mixes from Larry Levan, Françcois Kervorkian and Walter Gibbons. Similarly, his song-writing, musicality and performance skills are equally cherished as composer Philip Glass wrote, ‘this was a guy who could sit down with a cello and sing with it in a way that no one on earth has ever done before or will do again.’

        When Soul Jazz Records’ The World of Arthur Russell first came out in 2003, Russell’s music had slipped into near obscurity. Nearly 18 years later there are over a dozen releases of his music, reissues of his original albums and more. ‘The World of Arthur Russell’ is the classic first collection of his work available once more.

        • Dinosuar L – Go Bang (Francois K Mix)
        • Lola – Wax The Van
        • Loose Joints – Is It All Over My Face (Larry Levan Mix)
        • Arthur Russell – Keeping Up
        • Arthur Russell – In The Light Of The Miracle
        • Arthur Russell – A Little Lost
        • Loose Joints – Pop Your Funk
        • Arthur Russell – Lets Go Swimming (Walter Gibbons Mix)
        • Dinosuar L – In The Cornbelt (Larry Levan Mix)
        • Arthur Russell – Treehouse
        • Indian Ocean – Schoolbell/Treehouse (Walter Gibbons Mix)
        Two Synths, A Guitar (And) A Drum Machine - Soul Jazz Records #1 Post Punk DanceSoul Jazz Records

        OUT NOW!

        Soul Jazz Records new ‘Two Synths, A Guitar (and) A Drum Machine’ is a new collection of current D-I-Y post-punk bands shaped by the mutant sounds of no wave, punk funk and New York Noise bands from the late 70s and early 80s that collided with the world of underground dance music found at the Paradise Garage, Mudd Club in New York City (ESG, Arthur Russell, Bush Tetras, Talking Heads, Suicide, Liquid Liquid).

        Other influences cited here include Manchester and Sheffield’s industrial post-punk sounds of the 1980s (Joy Division, Cabaret Voltaire, Gang of Four) as well as the 1970s German electronic experimentalism of Cluster, Neu!, Harmonia and Can.

        Featured artists from around the globe include Los Angeles D-I-Y band Automatic, New Fries from Toronto, artist/music collaborators Toresch from Germany, Susumu Makai from Japan/UK, Vex Ruffin from the Phillipines/California and Madmadmad, Gramme, Tom of England and other UK groups

        That all the bands featured here manage to make distinctive contemporary music out of these 80s roots is testament to the wide range of other musics that are seamlessly absorbed into a modern melting pot of sound – hip-hop, the electronic European avant-garde, rave culture, and more.

        The double vinyl comes in two editions:

        1) Limited edition indies EXCLUSIVE heavyweight green double vinyl housed in bespoke individual inner sleeves with its own free pull-out fanzine on the groups featured.

        2) Limited edition heavyweight black double vinyl housed in bespoke individual inner sleeves with its own free pull-out fanzine on the groups featured.

        The album is also available as a CD and digital release

        • Automatic – Too Much Money
        • Zongamin – Underwater Paramid
        • New Fries – Lily
        • Vex Ruffin & Fab 5 Freddy – The Balance
        • Ixna – Somebody Said
        • Leroy Duncann – Dream River
        • Tom Of England – Neon Green
        • Toresch – Tocar
        • Becker & Mukai – La Rivière des Perles
        • Gramme – Discolovers
        • Niagara – Ida
        • Charles Manier – Sift Through Art Collecting People
        • Black Deer – Baseball Shorts
        • Madmadmad – Hot Disco
        • Wino D – Untitled
        Cuba: Music and Revolution - Compiled by Gilles Peterson and Stuart BakerSoul Jazz Records

        Cuba: Music and Revolution: Culture Clash in Havana: Experiments in Latin Music 1975-85 Vol. 1 is the new album compiled by Gilles Peterson and Stuart Baker (Soul Jazz Records) that explores the many new styles that emerged in Cuba in the 1970s as Jazz, Funk, Brazilian Tropicalia and even Disco mixed together with Latin and Salsa on the island as Cuban artists experimented with new musical forms created in the unique socialist state of Cuba.

        The album comes as a heavyweight 3xLP and deluxe 2xCD set, complete with extensive sleeve notes, and is jam-packed with heavy bass lines, synth and Wah-Wah guitar funk combined with the heavyweight percussion, powerful brass lines and the all-encompassing Latin rhythms of Cuban music known throughout the world.

        The album is released to coincide with the massive new deluxe large format book Cuba: Music and Revolution: Original Cover Art of Cuban Music: Record Sleeve Designs of Revolutionary Cuba 1959-90, published in November, which is also compiled by Gilles Peterson and Stuart Baker (Soul Jazz Records), and which features the music and record designs of Cuba, made in the 30-year period following the Cuban Revolution.

        The music on this album features legendary Cuban groups such as Irakere, Los Van Van and Pablo Milanés as well as a host of lesser known artists such as the radical Grupo De Experimentación, Juan Pablo Torres and Algo Nuevo, Grupo Monumental and Orquesta Ritmo Oriental, groups whose names remain largely unknown outside of Cuba owing to the now 60-year old US trade embargo which remains in place today and which prevents trade with Cuba – and thus most Cuban records were only ever available in Cuba or in ex-Soviet Union states.

        The music on this album reflects the most cutting-edge of Cuban groups that were recording in Cuba in the 1970s and 1980s – who were all searching for a new Cuban identity and new musical forms that reflected both the Afro-Cuban cultural heritage of a nation that gave birth to Latin music - and its new position as a socialist state. Most of the music featured on this album have never been heard outside of Cuba.

        Both Gilles Peterson and Stuart Baker have been involved in Cuban music for more than two decades – Gilles Peterson with his many Havana Cultura projects for his Brownswood label and Stuart Baker with a number of Soul Jazz Records albums recorded in Cuba. This Soul Jazz Records album is released in conjunction with Egrem, the Cuban state record company, and has been put together after the many crate-digging trips that both compilers have made on the streets of Havana and beyond in Cuba stretching over a 20-year period, searching out rare and elusive original Cuban vinyl records.

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        REVIEWS:

        "It may only be January, but we already have a strong contender for 'compilation of the year'. Put together by devout crate-diggers and Cuban music enthusiasts Gilles Peterson and Stuart Baker (founder of Soul Jazz Records)" JUNO

        "It's abundantly clear that these compilers are at the very top of their game. Everything here was previously unheard outside of Cuba, making this a feast for the curious" Vinyl District

        "Priceless comp goes beyond Buena Vista" UNCUT

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        *Please note the vinyl sticker of this album says "+download code" but it's a mistake! There is no download with this particular album due to legal reasons. Sorry for this error!

        • Grupo Irakere – Chequere Son
        • Conjunto Rumbavana – El Son Del Campeon
        • Juan Formell & Los Van Van – Mi Ritmo Caliente
        • Grupo Monumental – Mi Son Caridad
        • Grupo de Experimentación Sonora del ICAIC – Sondeando
        • Las D'Aida – Con Cadencia y Con Dulzura
        • Juan Formell & Los Van Van – Y No Le Conviene
        • Pablo Milanés – Te Quiero Porque Te Quiero
        • Emíliano Salvador – Luna Wanestain
        • Los Reyes 73 – Un Lamento Hecho Cancion
        • Eduardo Ramos – Vocación Revolución
        • Grupo Mounmental – Hasta Las Cuantas
        • Los 5 U 4 – Solo Esta Musica
        • Grupo de Experimentación Sonora del ICAIC – Canción Con Todos
        • Orquesta Los Van Van – Yo Se Que Van Van
        • Grupo Monumental – Nadie Se Siente Cansado
        • Orquesta Ritmo Oriental – Maria, Baila El Son
        • Juan Pablo Torres y Algo Nuevo – Rompe Cocorioco
        • Los Reyes 73 – Grandes Amigos
        • Paquito D'Rivera – La Patica
        • Grupo de Experimentación Sonora del ICAIC – Grifo
        • Raúl Gómez – Dacapo
        • Grupo Irakere – Juana 1600
        • 1. Grupo Irakere – Chequere Son
        • 2. Conjunto Rumbavana – El Son Del Campeon
        • 3. Juan Formell & Los Van Van – Mi Ritmo Caliente
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        X - XNo Nonsense/Approaching The Minimal With Spray GunsSoul Jazz Records

        Cleveland punk at it's rawest and finest! John Morton's X - X (x blank x) - intense punk from the electric eels founder. Released here with Morton's own stunning artwork in this bespoke exact reproduction Punk 45, originally came out on Drome Records in 1980. The bomb!

        • – No Nonsense
        • – Approaching The Minimal With Spray Guns
        Studio One Rockers (Black vinyl edition)Soul Jazz Records

        Owned and founded by Clement "Coxsone" Dodd, Studio One's output serves as a comprehensive guide to the history of Reggae music. The music on Studio One Rockers covers all areas of Reggae such as Ska, Rocksteady, Roots and Dancehall, all areas in which Studio One led the field.


        Studio One Rockers features many legendary Studio One tracks brought together for the first time by Soul Jazz Records. From the beginning of Reggae, when the Skatalites developed a new sound of Ska in 1962 up until today, Studio One has been the number one innovator in Jamaican music.


        Included in this compilation are classic Ska tracks ("Phoenix City"), Rocksteady ("Feel Like Jumping"), Roots music ("Truth and Rights"), Dancehall (Freddy McGregor, Michigan and Smiley) and many more.


        Featured here are many of the classic tracks from Studio One. From Dawn Penn's legendary "No, No, No" to classics such as Horace Andy's "Skylarking" and Marcia Griffith's "Feel Like Jumping".


        The Coxsone Soundsystem in the early 60s was one of the three main soundsystems operating in Jamaica alongside his competitors, Prince Buster and Duke Reid. The Studio One catalogue is possibly the largest in Jamaican music and this release is the first in a series of Studio One compilations on Soul Jazz Records.


        This album comes with an in depth interview with Mr C.S. Dodd, about how he set up and ran his record label in the 1960s and 1970s.


        "Compilation of the month. 100% Essential" SEVEN "Compilation of the month. A compilation of unbelievable quality. Awesome" MUZIK "A who's who of Jamaican music" MUSICWEEK "An essential slice of musical history" WAX "The most credible compilation of reggae you can 

        • Sound Dimension – Real Rock
        • Marcia Griffiths – Feel Like Jumping
        • Freddy Mcgregor – Bobby Babylon
        • Horace Andy – Skylarking
        • Lennie Hibbert – Village Soul
        • Brentford All-Stars – Greedy G
        • Johnny Osbourne – Truth And Rights
        • Ernest Ranglin – Surfin
        • Michigan & Smiley – Eye Of Danger
        • Dawn Penn – No, No, No
        • The Skatalites – Phoenix City
        • Prince Jazzbo – Crabwalking
        • Jackie Mittoo – Hot Milk
        • Lone Ranger – Badder Dan Dem
        • Cedric Brooks – Ethiopia
        Deutsche Elektronische Musik 4Soul Jazz Records

        This is the new instalment of Soul Jazz Records’ ground-breaking Deutsche Elektronische Musik series, ‘A near-definitive guide to some of the world's most extraordinary music’ (The Guardian).

        This latest edition features many of the classic German electronic and Krautrock groups from the 1970s & 80s – including Can, Amon Duul II, Harmonia, Conrad Schnitzler, Agitiation Free, Roedelius – as well as a host of lesser known artists such as Dzyan, Klauss Weiss, Gruppe Between and many more.

        Deutsche Elektronische rarities unearthed on the album include Kalacakra (whose fan-base included the great Moondog!) and their superb ‘Nearby Shiras,’ taken from their super-rare spiritual/psychedelic private press concept album Crawling to Lhasa, from 1972.

        Deutsche Elektronische 4 includes a wealth of German electronic experimental artists – the seminal pioneering group Harmonia (Roedelius, Moebius and Michael Rother), avant-garde guru Conrad Schnitzler as well as lesser known synthetic artists such as Klauss Weiss, Deutsche Wertarbeit, E.M.A.K. (Electronische Musik Aus Koln), Gunter Schickert and others.

        Finally, the album also features an array of heavy and progressive German cosmic rock groups – Dzyan, Virus and the amazing Turkish/German tripped out sound of Alex’s ‘Patella Black’, recorded at Can’s Inner Space in 1973, produced by Holger Czukay and Jackie Liebezeit.

        Deutsche Elektronische 4 comes with extensive newly commissioned sleevenotes by David Stubbs, author of the seminal books ‘Future Days: Krautrock and the building of Modern Germany’, ‘Mars By 1980: The story of Electronic Music’, and ‘Krautrock: Cosmic Rock and its Legacy’.

        This album comes as a heavyweight triple vinyl edition with full colour inner sleeves, as well as a deluxe double CD edition with outsize booklet and slipcase. Both formats include full liner notes and extensive rare photography.

        • Alex – Patella Black
        • Klaus Weiss – Driving Sequences
        • Can – I'm So Green
        • Agitation Free – Laila, Part II
        • Deutsche Wertarbeit – Guten Abend, Leute
        • Amon Düül II – Wolf City
        • Michael Rother – Flammende Herzen
        • Klaus Weiss – Pink Sails
        • Virus – My Strand-Eyed Girl
        • Conrad Schnitzler – Ballet Statique
        • Kalacakra – Nearby Shiras
        • EMAK – Tanz In Den Himmel
        • Et Cetera – Mellodrama 2a
        • Between – Triumphzug Kaiser Maximilian I
        • Roedelius – Halmharfe
        • Dzyan – Dragonsong
        • Harmonia – Deluxe (Immer Wieder)
        • Günter Schickert – Suleika
        • Witthüser & Westrupp – Schöpfung (1. Mose 1)
        Enrique Rodriguez and The Negra Chiway BandFase LiminalSoul Jazz Records

        Powerful new spiritual jazz from Chile on Soul Jazz Records!

        This album comes as a very limited one-off unique pressing of 1000-edition vinyl, limited editon CD and digital release.

        Enrique Rodríguez and the Negra Chiway Band group have an instantly powerful and unique sound that is reminiscent of the ensembles of Sun Ra and his Arkestra as well as Horace Tapscott and his Pan-Afrikan Peoples Arkestra, one that channels the righteous spirits of Alice Coltrane, John Coltrane, Pharoah Sanders, Archie Shepp and McCoy Tyner together with a stunning Latin rhythmical and new consciousness and percussive energy. Added to this are elements of the Samurai film soundtracks of Akira Kurosawa, Popol Vuh’s musical spirituality (especially their work with film director Werner Herzog), Tibetan Buddhism and over-blowing chants, that all combine to give a truly unique new sound.

        Enrique Rodríguez is a composer, percussionist, keyboardist, and producer from Santiago, Chile, whose work shows many similarities with the music featured on Soul Jazz Records’ recent collection ‘Kaleidoscope - New Spirts Known and Unknown’, featuring new forward-looking jazz artists including Mathew Halsall, Theon Cross, Emma-Jean Thackray and Makaya McCraven.

        Like all these artists, Rodríguez’s work is a progressive and experimental fusion of earlier influences that combine into a new and definitely 21st century ground-breaking sound that, on account of its South American setting, give the group its truly unique feeling. Hypnotic modal piano riffs, powerful brass and flutes, an army of Latin percussion instruments, and addictive vocal chants all combine in this powerful mix of radical 60s Afro-centric jazz, eastern spirituality and cosmology, and Latin American rhythmical movement.

        Awesome!

        • Enrique Rodriquez and The Negra Chiway Band – Dónde ?
        • Enrique Rodriquez and The Negra Chiway Band – Descenso
        • Enrique Rodriquez and The Negra Chiway Band – Vindakalla-Welukan (Autoconfrontación)
        • Enrique Rodriquez and The Negra Chiway Band – No Quiero Seguir Así
        • Enrique Rodriquez and The Negra Chiway Band – Acabar de Conocerse
        • Enrique Rodriquez and The Negra Chiway Band – Paso Firme
        • Enrique Rodriquez and The Negra Chiway Band – Dónde ? (Alternate Take)
        • 1. Enrique Rodriquez and The Negra Chiway Band – Dónde ?
        • 2. Enrique Rodriquez and The Negra Chiway Band – Descenso
        • 3. Enrique Rodriquez and The Negra Chiway Band – Vindakalla-Welukan (Autoconfrontación)
        • View full info and tracklisting
        Brazil Funk Power - Brazilian Funk & Samba SoulLimited Edition Record Store Day 7" BoxsetSoul Jazz Records

        IN STOCK - Get it while u can!

        Soul Jazz Records' Brazil Funk Power – Brazilian Funk & Samba Soul features ten superb, rare and classic Brazilian funk and soul cuts across five individual bespoke 7" singles housed in a box set.

        This release is the 2nd of Soul Jazz Records 3 Record Store Day 2020 titles and is an exclusive one-off pressing, limited-edition collectors seven-inch box set, which will be deleted on the day of release.

        This release features some of the funkiest Brazilian music ever made - music by Jorge Ben, Banda Black Rio, Tim Maia, Toni Tornado, Cassiano performing some of the best tunes ever to come out of Brazil!

        Classics from the superb 70s Afro-Brazilian Funk & Soul era of Brazil’s own Black Power Movement (‘Movimento Negro’) sit alongside a dancefloor-heavy selection of Samba Soul and Boogie, Afro-percussive Brazilian funk and more!

        All tracks have been digitally re-mastered and the singles come housed in a thick, heavyweight deluxe card box.

        This box set is a one-off pressing exclusively for Record Store Day.

        • Jorge Ben – Meus Filhos, Meu Tesouro
        • Brasil Ritmo – Novo Dia
        • Azymuth – Manha
        • Donato & Deodato – Whistle Stop
        • Tim Maia – Gostava Tanto De Voce
        • Jorge Ben – Taj Mahal
        • Cassiano – Onda
        • Luiz Gonzaga Jr – O Comeco Da Festa
        • Novos Baianos – Tinindo Trincando
        • Dom Um Romao – Kitchen (Cosinha)

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        Boombox 2Soul Jazz Records

        Soul Jazz Records’ new Boombox 2 is a new selection of early rap music from the period 1979-83, with barely a household name in sight. Featured here are some the earliest hip-hop records that came out of New York City following the enormous commercial success of the first ever rap record, ‘Rapper’s Delight’ by the Sugarhill Gang, in September 1979. Artists and producers alike tried to jump aboard the new commercial possibilities of hip-hop. By the end of the year there were 30 hip-hop singles, all released by independent New York labels. The following year there were over 100 more, and so on.

        Boombox 2 tells the story of how hip-hop went from its evolutionary roots in the Bronx through DJs Kool Herc, Grandmaster Flash and Afrika Bambaataa through to this second phase where veteran music producers – Paul Winley, Peter Brown, Joe Robinson and others – all based in Harlem, began to put rap on vinyl for the first time.

        Harlem is also where the separate worlds of disco and hip-hop met through the styles and influence of earlier ‘uptown’ DJs - DJ Hollywood and Eddie Cheba. In similar fashion these veteran Harlem-based producers instinctively tapped into a long lineage of African-American rhythm and blues, soul and disco.

        The album features many early and rare cuts from the first generation of early rap artists including Lovebug Starski (as Little Starsky), Busy Bee, Eddie Cheba, Kool DJ AJ as well as many other little known artists.

        Boombox 2 is a triple-vinyl set (+ download code) LP and double CD pack that features extensive text, exclusive interviews and stunning photography by Jamel Shabazz, Martha Cooper and others.

        Reviews of Boombox 1:

        ‘The vital launch pad between hip-hop’s birth and its worldwide impact’   THE WIRE

        ‘This compilation of early rap is a legit party in a box, one of the best Soul Jazz Records releases in years.’   FACT

        ‘A brilliant compilation of first wave underground rap records made in New York circa 1979-83'   TWISTED SOUL

        • Harlem World – Let's Rock
        • Lonnie Love – Young Ladies
        • Kool DJ A.J. – Ah, That's The Joint
        • Terry Lewis and Wild Flower – The Peoples Message Take Two
        • Rappers Rapp Group – Rappin' Partee Groove (Club Version)
        • Eddie Cheba – Lookin' Good
        • MC Rock Lovely – One Time Two Time Blow Your Mind
        • Little Starsky – Dancin' Party People
        • Manujothi – Shake Your Body
        • Busy Bee – School Days
        • TJ Swann, Pee Wee Mel and Swann Controllers – Maximus Party
        • Margo's Kool Out Crew – Death Rap
        • Grand Master Chilly T and Stevie G – Rock The Message Rap
        • Zoot II – Dr. Ice Rap
        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
        New Orleans Funk Vol. 4Soul Jazz Records

        Soul Jazz Records’ latest excursion into the Crescent City vaults delves deep into the roots and history of the Voodoo world of New Orleans Funk.

        Packed to the brim with serious break-heavy, heavyweight funk tunes from classic New Orleans artists including Eddie Bo, Betty Harris, Dave Bartholomew, Johnny Adams and Eldridge Holmes (with the ever-present Allen Toussaint and The Meters as always behind the scenes). There is also a host of rare cuts from a number of lesser-known second line New Orleans artists, whose fame rarely reached past the walls of the city, including Gus ‘The Groove’ Lewis, James K-Nine, Norma Jean, Bob French, Chuck Colbert, Zilla Mayes and Joe Haywood.

        In the 1960s the syncopated beat of New Orleans Funk developed out of a gumbo mix of New Orleans local flavours – rhythm and blues, Mardi Gras Indians, the street percussion Second Line of the Jazz Funeral and Marching bands, Caribbean rhumba and mambo rhythms – all of which are in full effect. Even Zydeco, the rhythm and blues offspring of Louisiana Cajun music, had the funk as the King of Zydeco, Clifton Chenier, shows us here. 

        New Orleans music and Voodoo both have their roots in the African-American free black and slave gatherings held at Congo Square from the 18th century onwards. Here Voodoo king Doctor John (the original one!) and Voodoo queen Marie Levaux held court over their followers, and here also could be heard the first sounds of New Orleans jazz music. Soul Jazz Records’ latest album describes how these two cultural forms are inextricably inter-related. 

        The album traces the path of funk from the very first glimpses of the style – Dave Bartholomew’s super-tight ‘The Monkey’ (recorded in 1957) and James Waynes’ junkie jailbird anthem ‘Junco Partner’ (1951, later covered by Dr John, Professor Longhair, James Booker, and The Clash) through to the 1970s heavyweight boogie funk of Chocolate Milk’s rare groove classic Action Speak Louder Than Words and The Baron’s ‘Making It Better’. 

        Also featured is a selection of hard-core classic funk productions from the legendary Eddie Bo (James K-Nine, David Robinson) and the genius of Allen Toussaint (Eldridge Holmes, Gus ‘The Groove’ Lewis, Lou Johnson). There also a number of super-rare independent New Orleans’ one-off 45 single funk productions from the likes of Chick Colbert and Bob French. And lastly, New Orleans Funk female vocalists are in full effect with tracks by Betty Harris (whose ‘Lost Queen of New Orleans Soul’ has just come out on Soul Jazz Records), Zilla Mayes and Norma Jean. 

        This album is released as a heavyweight double gatefold vinyl (+ download code), CD pack and digital album, and comes with extensive long-form sleeve-notes and stunning photography from the Ralston Crawford New Orleans collection and Hogan Jazz Archives at Tulane University, New Orleans.

        Recent related Soul Jazz Records release: Betty Harris 'The Queen of New Orleans Soul' (SJR LP/CD/D345).

        Digital album includes all tracks. Tracks 4,7,11,12 not available individually (only as bundle).

        • Eldridge Holmes – Pop, Popcorn Children
        • Gus 'The Groove' Lewis – Let The Groove Move You
        • Dave Bartholomew – The Monkey
        • Chocolate Milk – Action Speaks Louder Than Words
        • James K-Nine – Live It Up
        • Lou Johnson – Frisco Here I Come
        • Norma Jean – No Competition
        • James Waynes – Junco Partner
        • David Robinson – I'm A Carpenter (Part 1)
        • The Barons Ltd – Making It Better
        • Johnny Adams – You Make A New Man Out Of Me
        • Clifton Chenier – Party Down
        • Eddie Bo – Can You Handle It
        • Bob French's Storyville Jazz Band – Y'er Comes The Funky Man
        • Joe Haywood – Play Me A Cornbread Song
        • Betty Harris – I'm Gonna Git Ya
        • Chuck Colbert & Viewpoint – Stay
        • Zilla Mayes – All I Want Is You
        • 1. Eldridge Holmes – Pop, Popcorn Children
        • 2. Gus 'The Groove' Lewis – Let The Groove Move You
        • 3. Dave Bartholomew – The Monkey
        • View full info and tracklisting
        New Orleans Funk Vol. 3: The Original Sound of FunkSoul Jazz Records

        This new instalment of New Orleans Funk subtitled 'Two-Way-Pocky-Way, Gumbo Ya Ya and the Mardi Gras Mambo' features more classic New Orleans funk in all its forms.


        The syncopated percussion beat of the second line jazz parade bands, the secret language and dances of the Mardi Gras Indians, the mambo and latin rhythms of Professor Longhair and the city’s many piano players help make New Orleans a unique musical melting pot.


        New Orleans long musical heritage begins at Congo Square with the creation of jazz, the original creole culture clash of African heritage and European instrumentation.


        In the 1960s and into the early 1970s add to this the creative powerhouses of Allen Toussaint, The Meters, Eddie Bo and others alongside the famous musical families of the city – the Nevilles, the Marsalis’s, the Lasties – and we find ourselves at the birthplace of the original sound of funk - New Orleans Funk.


        A seemingly endless line of amazing singers - Lee Dorsey, Betty Harris, Willie West, Eldridge Holmes – released a constant stream of stunning 45s, backed by the super-funk Meters and produced by Allen Toussaint. The multi-talented Eddie Bo, similarly wrote and produced for an elite set of artists including The Explosions, Chuck Carbo and others.


        But limited local record distribution meant that most of these artists remained unknown outside of the city borders and as a consequence many of these records are serious collectors items today.


        Add to this the syncopated poly-rhythm funk of Mardi Gras Indians with a rare version of the carnival classic Two-Way-Pock-A-Way, and the parade band jazz of the Rebirth Jazz Band (with their twisted take on the Blackbyrd’s rare groove classic Do It Fluid) and you have the latest instalment in Soul Jazz Records’ New Orleans Funk series.


        Read Quietus large feature here


        REVIEWS:
        "The hallmark of a great Soul Jazz compilation is the balance between the stone cold classic and the well selected deep cut, and this compilation serves up both well." Quietus
        **** 

         "The Soul Jazz label’s long-running curation of New Orleans’s funky past has already yielded several premier league collections for hungry musical gumbo fans. The latest catch from the Nola freak scene... doesn’t disappoint with its swaggering and swinging line of classic cuts."  The Irish Times


        “Every New Orleans Funk release confirms that Soul Jazz Records should keep a triple A in the genre of Soul/Funk.” 90BPM

        • Willie West w/ The Meters – Fairchild
        • Professor Longhair – Go To The Mardi Gras
        • Betty Harris – Trouble With My Lover
        • Tony Owens – Got A Get My Baby Back Home
        • Lee Dorsey – Little Baby
        • The Dixie Cups – Two Way Poc A Way
        • Eldridge Holmes – If I Were A Carpenter
        • Dirty Dozen Brass Band – Do It Fluid
        • Lee Dorsey w/ The Meters – What You Want
        • The Explosions – Jockey Ride (Parts 1 & 2)
        • Allen Toussaint – We The People
        • Chuck Carbo – Take Care Your Homework Friend
        • Betty Harris – What'd I Do Wrong
        • Eldridge Holmes w/The Meters – The Book
        • The Deacons – Fagged Out
        • Diamond Joe – Gossip Gossip
        • Professor Longhair – Big Chief Part 2
        • The Rubaiyats – Omar Khayyam
        • 1. Willie West w/ The Meters – Fairchild
        • 2. Professor Longhair – Go To The Mardi Gras
        • 3. Betty Harris – Trouble With My Lover
        • View full info and tracklisting
        Soul of A Nation: Afro-Centric Visions in the Age of Black PowerSoul Jazz Records

        This album coincides with the massive new exhibition Soul of A Nation - Art in the Age of Black Power at Tate Modern, London.


        Watch Channel 4 news piece here

        Read Guardian feature here

        The album shows how the ideals of the civil rights movement, black power and black nationalism influenced the evolvement of radical African-American music in the United States of America in the intensely political and revolutionary period at the end of the 1960s following the assassinations of Malcolm X, Martin Luther King and the rise of the Black Panther party.

        Featuring groundbreaking artists such as Gil Scott-Heron, Roy Ayers, Don Cherry, Oneness of Juju, Sarah Webster Fabio, Horace Tapscott, Phil Ranelin and many others, Soul of A Nation shows how political themes led to the rise of ‘conscious’ black music as new afro-centric styles combined the musical radicalism and spirituality of John Coltrane and radical avant-garde jazz music alongside the intense funk and soul of James Brown and Aretha Franklin and the urban poetry and proto-rap of the streets.

        The Soul of a Nation exhibition draws on the links between Black art forms – art, music, poetry - and how they came together during the civil rights and black power era as part of the wider black arts movement across the United States.

        Iconic African-Amercian revolutionary figures such as Martin Luther King, Malcolm X and Angela Davis, John Coltrane, Muhammad Ali all appear in the radical artworks of Barkley L. Hendricks, Romare Bearden, Norman Lewis, Lorraine O’Grady and Betye Saar.

        Stuart Baker (founder of Soul Jazz Records) will appear with the curators on the panel of Jazz for Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power discussion at the gallery as part of the show. You can book a ticket for this event here

        The Soul of a Nation album comes with extensive sleeve-notes and exclusive photography in a large 36-page outsize booklet and slipcase. Double gatefold vinyl album edition comes with full colour inners + bonus download code and includes full sleeve-notes/photography.

        Read More Reviews of the Soul of A Nation Exhibition:

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        • Gil Scott-Heron – The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
        • Mandingo Griot Society with Don Cherry – Sounds From The Bush
        • Roy Ayers Ubiquity – Red, Black and Green
        • Philip Cohran and The Artistic Heritage Ensemble – Malcolm X
        • Sarah Webster Fabio – Sweet Songs
        • Phil Ranelin – Vibes From The Tribe
        • Horace Tapscott with the Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra – Desert Fairy Princess
        • David McKnight – Strong Men
        • Joe Henderson – Black Narcissus
        • Oneness Of Juju – African Rhythms
        • Doug Carn – Suratal Ihklas
        • Duke Edwards and The Young Ones – Is It Too Late ?
        • Carlos Garnett – Mother Of The Future
        • 1. Gil Scott-Heron – The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
        • 2. Mandingo Griot Society with Don Cherry – Sounds From The Bush
        • 3. Roy Ayers Ubiquity – Red, Black and Green
        • View full info and tracklisting
        Space Funk - Afro Futurist Electro Funk In Space 1976-84Soul Jazz Records

        ‘Space Funk – Afro Futurist Electro Funk in Space 1976-84’, is an intergalactic journey into black space, fuelled by funk, powered by computers.

        ‘Space Funk’ is a lovingly compiled collection of superb, rare and off-the-wall space funk and electro releases mostly released on small independent labels in the late 1970s and 1980s.

        Reactors are reacting, boosters are boosting, pack your funk and shake your booty! Computer funk … makes you jump! This is the space funk program!

        The album comes in deluxe artwork and three formats – digipack + slipcase CD, a very limited deluxe 2xLP + bonus 7” single + download vinyl version, and a standard 2xLP + download standard vinyl version.

        Features music by Jamie Jupitor, Solaris, Robotron 4, Juju & the Space Rangers and many more intergalactic space warriors!

        The shuttle program has been altered – there is no Star Wars only electro funk jam joyriders in Space – hold tight!


        • L E O – Fee Fi Fo Fum
        • The Sonarphonic – Super Breaker
        • Santiago – Bionic Funk
        • Frank Cornilius – Computer Games
        • JUJU & The Space Rangers – Plastic
        • Jamie Jupitor – Computer Power
        • Solaris – Space Invaders
        • Copperfield – Make It Good To Me Baby
        • Robotron 4 – Electro-?
        • Ernest Flippin II – Supersonic Space Lady
        • Funk Machine – Funk Machine
        • Ramsey 2C-3D – Fly Guy and The Unemployed
        • Osé – Computer Funk
        • 7 Below Zero Band – Seven (We Are)
        • Rodney Stepp – Break-Out
        Jackie MittooThe Keyboard King At Studio OneUniversal Sound

        As Soul Jazz Records enter into the mighty vaults of Studio One, the most respected label in reggae history, we present you with this showcase of Jackie Mittoo, one of the defining figureheads of reggae music !

        From forming The Skatalites, at age 15, alongside Don Drummond, Roland Alphonso, Tommy McCook and others, to his work as writer, arranger, producer at Studio One records during the sixties, writing and playing for artists such as Alton Ellis, Ken Boothe, Marcia Griffiths and The Heptones (to name a few), to his career as a solo artist as well as leader of bands such as The Soul Brothers, Soul Vendors and The Sound Dimension, Jackie Mittoo is at the heart of reggae music. He was one of the instigators of Ska, Rocksteady and Reggae. In the seventies, DJ music and Dancehall were based upon classic rhythms of the sixties, many using the instrumental tracks that Jackie Mittoo created at Studio One at this time.

        This compilation features the work of Jackie Mittoo at Studio One. It features music recorded as a solo artist (as opposed to the numerous singers that he accompanied). Most of these are taken from his recordings in the mid sixties where he was recording on an almost daily basis at Studio One's Brentford Road studios developing the funky reggae sound that was his trademark.

        Soul Jazz Records are releasing this CD as the first of a series of Reggae artists to be covered following the success of the 100% Dynamite releases. Jackie Mittoo is as much an icon of Reggae as he is to fans of Funk music. He is without doubt the funkiest keyboard player ever to come out of Jamaica !

        Reviews:

        "CD of the Week. The coolest man who ever lived" THE GUARDIAN***** "

        Named by MOJO as one of the 100 cult heroes of all time, this is a lovingly curated compilation" THE INDEPENDENT

        "After Soul Jazz Records' groundbreaking 100% Dynamite CD's comes Jackie Mittoo. If you've caught the funky reggae bug, you need this" MUZIK

        "Rocksteady, compulsively funky Ska and Soul. An excellent Soul Jazz compilation" MOJO

        • Jackie Mittoo – Get Up And Get It
        • Jackie Mittoo – Black Organ
        • Jackie Mittoo – Killer Diller
        • Jackie Mittoo – Totally Together
        • Jackie Mittoo – Hot Tamale
        • Jackie Mittoo – Reggae Rock
        • Jackie Mittoo – Oboe
        • Jackie Mittoo – Juice Box
        • Jackie Mittoo – Summer Breeze
        • Jackie Mittoo – Drum Song
        • Jackie Mittoo – P. Cafe
        • Jackie Mittoo – Henry The Great
        • Jackie Mittoo – Stereo Freeze
        • Jackie Mittoo – Wall Street
        • Jackie Mittoo – Darker Shade Of Black
        Two Synths, A Guitar (And) A Drum Machine - Soul Jazz Records #1 Post Punk DanceSoul Jazz Records

        OUT NOW!

        Soul Jazz Records new ‘Two Synths, A Guitar (and) A Drum Machine’ is a new collection of current D-I-Y post-punk bands shaped by the mutant sounds of no wave, punk funk and New York Noise bands from the late 70s and early 80s that collided with the world of underground dance music found at the Paradise Garage, Mudd Club in New York City (ESG, Arthur Russell, Bush Tetras, Talking Heads, Suicide, Liquid Liquid).

        Other influences cited here include Manchester and Sheffield’s industrial post-punk sounds of the 1980s (Joy Division, Cabaret Voltaire, Gang of Four) as well as the 1970s German electronic experimentalism of Cluster, Neu!, Harmonia and Can.

        Featured artists from around the globe include Los Angeles D-I-Y band Automatic, New Fries from Toronto, artist/music collaborators Toresch from Germany, Susumu Makai from Japan/UK, Vex Ruffin from the Phillipines/California and Madmadmad, Gramme, Tom of England and other UK groups

        That all the bands featured here manage to make distinctive contemporary music out of these 80s roots is testament to the wide range of other musics that are seamlessly absorbed into a modern melting pot of sound – hip-hop, the electronic European avant-garde, rave culture, and more.

        The double vinyl comes in two editions:

        1) Limited edition indies EXCLUSIVE heavyweight green double vinyl housed in bespoke individual inner sleeves with its own free pull-out fanzine on the groups featured.

        2) Limited edition heavyweight black double vinyl housed in bespoke individual inner sleeves with its own free pull-out fanzine on the groups featured.

        The album is also available as a CD and digital release

        • Automatic – Too Much Money
        • Zongamin – Underwater Paramid
        • New Fries – Lily
        • Vex Ruffin & Fab 5 Freddy – The Balance
        • Ixna – Somebody Said
        • Leroy Duncann – Dream River
        • Tom Of England – Neon Green
        • Toresch – Tocar
        • Becker & Mukai – La Rivière des Perles
        • Gramme – Discolovers
        • Niagara – Ida
        • Charles Manier – Sift Through Art Collecting People
        • Black Deer – Baseball Shorts
        • Madmadmad – Hot Disco
        • Wino D – Untitled
        Brazil USA 70: Brazilian Music In The USA In The 1970sFeaturing Airto, Deodato, Sergio Mendes, Flora Purim, Sivuca, Donato & moreSoul Jazz Records


        All of the music featured here on this new Soul Jazz Records collection was created by Brazilian artists living and working in the USA in the 1970s.

        The album brings together some of these finest works and comes complete with extensive notes that explains the path these musicians took from Brazil to the USA and shows the political and musical links between Brazil and the USA that created the conditions for this unique fusion of these two distinct cultures, North American Jazz and Brazilian music, that occurred in the 1970s.

        In the early 1970s North American jazz musicians were eager to work with upcoming Brazilian musicians. Miles Davis invited Airto Moreira to join his new ‘electric’ band, Dom Um Romao (part of Sérgio Mendes’ legendary Brazil ‘66 in the 1960s) joined the fusion group Weather Report, Flora Purim and Airto both became a part of Chick Corea’s new project Light As A Feather, Wayne Shorter collaborated with Milton Nascimento, George Duke recorded Brazilian Love Affair, and so on.

        With all the attention placed on them from these important jazz artists, North America became the new musical playground for a large number of these Brazilian artists – Airto Moreira, Flora Purim, Sérgio Mendes, Luiz Bonfá, Eumir Deodato, João Donato and many others.

        Most of these musicians had already experienced success through the earlier popularity of bossa nova in the 1960s, either at home in Brazil or in the USA. But by the end of the 1960s many Brazilian artists had left their own country, as the military dictatorship became progressively more authoritarian and repressive. In the USA, through their critically acclaimed work for Miles Davis, Weather Report, Light As A Feather etc., all of these artists were now given reign to explore new musical terrains away from the restrictions of both a musical genre and a state censor back in Brazil.

        The album comes as a deluxe gatefold double vinyl LP, complete with download code, full sleeve notes, exclusive photography, double inner sleeves. The CD contains CD plus a large 40-page outsize booklet all housed in Soul Jazz slipcase.

        • Airto – Samba De Flora
        • Duke Pearson and Flora Purim – Sandalia Dela
        • Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 – Batucada (The Beat)
        • Deodato – Skyscrapers
        • Milton Nascimento – Catavento
        • Airto – Tombo in 7/4
        • Luiz Bonfá – Bahia Soul
        • Dom Um Romao – Braun-Blek-Blu
        • Moacir Santos – Kathy
        • João Donato – Almas Irmãs
        • Sivuca – Ain't No Sunshine
        • Milton Nascimento – Rio Vermelho
        • Tamba 4 – Consolation (Consolação)
        • Flora Purim – Moon Dreams
        • Dom Um Romao – Escravos de Jo
        • Airto – Andei (I Walked)
        • 1. Airto – Samba De Flora
        • 2. Duke Pearson and Flora Purim – Sandalia Dela
        • 3. Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 – Batucada (The Beat)
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        Studio One Rocksteady Got SoulSoul Jazz Records

        Back in stock!

        Soul Jazz Records new Studio One release Rocksteady Got Soul is a collection of uplifting and superb rocksteady and soulful reggae from the late 1960s and early 1970s. Studio One is the number one label in the history of reggae and he album features - as ever with Studio One - an impeccable and unbeatable line-up of reggae superstars all soaring at the height of their creative powers. Alton Ellis, John Holt, The Heptones, Jackie Mittoo, The Ethiopians, Lee Perry and more.

        The album is a mix of classic tunes and rhythms alongside super-rarities that were released in a dazzlingly complex web of Studio One labels and issues, deftly navigated with new sleevenotes from author and Studio One authority Rob Chapman. But enough with the chatter, just spin the platter - these tunes rule the town, hands down!


        This Soul Jazz/Studio One album is released as deluxe gatefold double-vinyl + house inners + download code. Also as jewel case CD housed in card slipcase. Both formats come with full sleeve notes/discography and exclusive photography. (The album is also available digitally on day of release onwards)

        • Alton Ellis – It's True
        • The Heptones – You Turned Away
        • The Gladiators – Mr Sweet
        • The Jail Breakers – Work It Up
        • Lee Perry & The Gaylads – Run Rudie Run
        • The Heptones – Young Generation
        • Jackie Mittoo – Good Feeling
        • C. Marshall – I Need Your Loving
        • Alton Ellis – I'll Be Waiting
        • The Clarendonians – The Tables Gonna Turn
        • Ken Parker – When You're Gone
        • Sound Dimension – Traveling Home
        • Errol Dunkley – Get Up Now
        • John Holt – My Heart Is Gone
        • Freedom Singers and Larry Marshall – Monkey Man
        • The Ethiopians – Let The Light Shine
        • Im and David – Money Maker
        • The Viceroys – Lose and Gain
        Cuba: Music and Revolution - Compiled by Gilles Peterson and Stuart BakerSoul Jazz Records

        Cuba: Music and Revolution: Culture Clash in Havana: Experiments in Latin Music 1975-85 Vol. 1 is the new album compiled by Gilles Peterson and Stuart Baker (Soul Jazz Records) that explores the many new styles that emerged in Cuba in the 1970s as Jazz, Funk, Brazilian Tropicalia and even Disco mixed together with Latin and Salsa on the island as Cuban artists experimented with new musical forms created in the unique socialist state of Cuba.

        The album comes as a heavyweight 3xLP and deluxe 2xCD set, complete with extensive sleeve notes, and is jam-packed with heavy bass lines, synth and Wah-Wah guitar funk combined with the heavyweight percussion, powerful brass lines and the all-encompassing Latin rhythms of Cuban music known throughout the world.

        The album is released to coincide with the massive new deluxe large format book Cuba: Music and Revolution: Original Cover Art of Cuban Music: Record Sleeve Designs of Revolutionary Cuba 1959-90, published in November, which is also compiled by Gilles Peterson and Stuart Baker (Soul Jazz Records), and which features the music and record designs of Cuba, made in the 30-year period following the Cuban Revolution.

        The music on this album features legendary Cuban groups such as Irakere, Los Van Van and Pablo Milanés as well as a host of lesser known artists such as the radical Grupo De Experimentación, Juan Pablo Torres and Algo Nuevo, Grupo Monumental and Orquesta Ritmo Oriental, groups whose names remain largely unknown outside of Cuba owing to the now 60-year old US trade embargo which remains in place today and which prevents trade with Cuba – and thus most Cuban records were only ever available in Cuba or in ex-Soviet Union states.

        The music on this album reflects the most cutting-edge of Cuban groups that were recording in Cuba in the 1970s and 1980s – who were all searching for a new Cuban identity and new musical forms that reflected both the Afro-Cuban cultural heritage of a nation that gave birth to Latin music - and its new position as a socialist state. Most of the music featured on this album have never been heard outside of Cuba.

        Both Gilles Peterson and Stuart Baker have been involved in Cuban music for more than two decades – Gilles Peterson with his many Havana Cultura projects for his Brownswood label and Stuart Baker with a number of Soul Jazz Records albums recorded in Cuba. This Soul Jazz Records album is released in conjunction with Egrem, the Cuban state record company, and has been put together after the many crate-digging trips that both compilers have made on the streets of Havana and beyond in Cuba stretching over a 20-year period, searching out rare and elusive original Cuban vinyl records.

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        REVIEWS:

        "It may only be January, but we already have a strong contender for 'compilation of the year'. Put together by devout crate-diggers and Cuban music enthusiasts Gilles Peterson and Stuart Baker (founder of Soul Jazz Records)" JUNO

        "It's abundantly clear that these compilers are at the very top of their game. Everything here was previously unheard outside of Cuba, making this a feast for the curious" Vinyl District

        "Priceless comp goes beyond Buena Vista" UNCUT

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        *Please note the vinyl sticker of this album says "+download code" but it's a mistake! There is no download with this particular album due to legal reasons. Sorry for this error!

        • Grupo Irakere – Chequere Son
        • Conjunto Rumbavana – El Son Del Campeon
        • Juan Formell & Los Van Van – Mi Ritmo Caliente
        • Grupo Monumental – Mi Son Caridad
        • Grupo de Experimentación Sonora del ICAIC – Sondeando
        • Las D'Aida – Con Cadencia y Con Dulzura
        • Juan Formell & Los Van Van – Y No Le Conviene
        • Pablo Milanés – Te Quiero Porque Te Quiero
        • Emíliano Salvador – Luna Wanestain
        • Los Reyes 73 – Un Lamento Hecho Cancion
        • Eduardo Ramos – Vocación Revolución
        • Grupo Mounmental – Hasta Las Cuantas
        • Los 5 U 4 – Solo Esta Musica
        • Grupo de Experimentación Sonora del ICAIC – Canción Con Todos
        • Orquesta Los Van Van – Yo Se Que Van Van
        • Grupo Monumental – Nadie Se Siente Cansado
        • Orquesta Ritmo Oriental – Maria, Baila El Son
        • Juan Pablo Torres y Algo Nuevo – Rompe Cocorioco
        • Los Reyes 73 – Grandes Amigos
        • Paquito D'Rivera – La Patica
        • Grupo de Experimentación Sonora del ICAIC – Grifo
        • Raúl Gómez – Dacapo
        • Grupo Irakere – Juana 1600
        • 1. Grupo Irakere – Chequere Son
        • 2. Conjunto Rumbavana – El Son Del Campeon
        • 3. Juan Formell & Los Van Van – Mi Ritmo Caliente
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        Soul Jazz Records Presents Fashion Records : Style & FashionA-Class Top Notch Hi Fi Sounds In Fine StyleSoul Jazz Records

        Soul Jazz Records are proud to present this new collection of music from the great Fashion Records, one of the most important and iconic independent labels to come out of the UK, and which ran from 1980 for nearly 20 years.

        In that time Fashion released hundreds of records that successfully reflected, and indeed set, the changing styles and perspectives of reggae music in the UK – from UK dancehall and lovers rock in the 1980s through to the mighty rise of jungle in the second half of the 1990s.

        While nearly all other UK reggae labels focused on releasing Jamaican music – from the early days of Island and Trojan in the 1960s, through Island and Virgin in the 1970s, and Greensleeves that came up in the 1980s – Fashion’s focus was firmly on music produced in the UK. This unique British perspective shaped both lyrical content and musical fashion. And like all the great music labels – from Studio One to Blue Note – Fashion was able to create a significant roster of its own artists.

        Amazingly for a small independent label, a number of Fashion artists achieved mainstream UK chart and crossover success – including Laurel & Hardy, Smiley Culture and General Levy. But although this success was welcomed, crossing over into the mainstream was never the main focus for the label owners Chris Lane and John McGillivray (who also runs the successful Dub Vendor record shop) whose starting point was always primarily focused on producing quality music first.

        In the early 1980s, Fashion Records captured the rise of the emerging British dancehall scene in its ascendency. The large roster of first generation British-born artists and MCs on the label – including General Levy, Papa Face, Smiley Culture, Bionic Rhona, Asher Senator, Laurel & Hardy, Top Cat and many more – often gave a unique and sometimes humorous British lyrical perspective to Fashion releases, discussing everyday subjects, from police harassment to road safety!

        Throughout much of the 1980s and into the 1990s Fashion continued to release an almost relentless array of UK dancehall releases as well as continuing with lovers rock, and the occasional dub releases. Then, in the mid-90s, with the dancehall and reggae releases still coming on strong, Fashion released a superb series of early jungle tracks linking Jamaican and British MCs and dancehall artists with young jungle mixers, re-mixers and producers. By this time dancehall artists General Levy and Cutty Ranks had become the staple vocal samples of literally hundreds of white label jungle records and Fashion took advantage of this, often getting young producers to work in exchange for sample clearances – don’t get mad, get even!

        This album is a subjective and scatter-gun ride through some of the many unique and heavyweight tracks to come out of the Fashion stable that we love – some classics, some lesser-known, all 100% killer!

        The album is released on heavyweight triple vinyl (+ download code), deluxe double CD with outsize booklet and slipcase, and digitally. The album comes with extensive sleevenotes featuring interviews with Fashion founders Chris Lane and John MacGillvary, as well as exclusive photography and original artwork and flyers.



        • Papa Face featuring Red Man – Dance Pon De Corner
        • Dee Sharp – Let's Dub It Up
        • Cutty Ranks – Limb By Limb (DJ SS Remix)
        • General Levy – Mad Them
        • Laurel & Hardy – You're Nicked
        • Bunny General – Played By This Ya Sound
        • General Levy & Hard 'n' Pure – Wikkeda!!
        • Carlton Lewis – Small Talking
        • Poison Chang – Shot Fe Bust (Marvellous Cain Remix)
        • Dee Sharp – Rising To The Top
        • Papa Face With Keith Douglas – DJ Jamboree
        • General Levy – Heat
        • Carlton Lewis – Sweet Soul Rocking
        • Top Cat – Ruffest Gun Ark (DJ Rap Mix)
        • Papa San – DJ Business
        • Papa Face & Bionic Rhona – To The Bump
        • Cutty Ranks – As You See It
        • Janice Walker – You'll Never Need Somebody
        • Asher Senator – Bubble With I
        • 1. Papa Face featuring Red Man – Dance Pon De Corner
        • 2. Dee Sharp – Let's Dub It Up
        • 3. Cutty Ranks – Limb By Limb (DJ SS Remix)
        • View full info and tracklisting
        KaleidoscopeSoul Jazz Records

        Soul Jazz Records’ new album ‘Kaleidoscope – New Spirits Known and Unknown’ brings together many of the ground-breaking artists involved in the new jazz scene that has developed in the UK over the last few years. Featured artists include Matthew Halsall, Yazmin Lacey, Ill Considered, Tenderlonious, Theon Cross, Emma-Jean Thackray and many, many more in this ground-breaking release.

        As well as sharing a pioneering spirit in these new artists’ approach to frontier-crossing musical boundaries, a further theme of this album is that many also share a determination to independent practices - and most of these artists’ recordings featured here are either self-published or released on independent labels. While the attention of this new wave of jazz artists has up until now has been London-based, this album shows how this movement is spread across the whole of Britain (and indeed beyond).

        ‘Kaleidoscope – New Spirits Known and Unknown’ shows that while there is commonality in these artists approach to music, there is a wide variety of styles – from deep spiritual jazz, electronic experimentalisation, punk-edged funk, uplifting modal righteousness, deep soulful vocals and much more.

        Soul Jazz Records’ new release comes as a superb one-off pressing special deluxe triple album edition which comes with a bonus limited-edition one-off pressing 7" single, a standard triple album, and a deluxe double CD pack. This album also comes with extensive sleevenotes, artist interviews and exclusive photography.

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        Soul Jazz records are also releasing an exclusive one-off pressing double-headed 12” single featuring Theon Cross and Pokus released on the same day as the ‘Kaleidoscope’ album release. These two tracks do not feature on the vinyl edition of the album - this 12" single will will also be deleted on day of release.

        • Matthew Halsall & The Gondwana Orchestra – When The World Was One
        • Yazmin Lacey – 90 Degrees
        • Hector Plimmer – Communication Control
        • Ill Considered – Long Way Home (Live At The Crypt)
        • The Expansions – Mosaic
        • Chip Wickham – Red Planet
        • Levitation Orchestra – Odyssey
        • Emma-Jean Thackray – Walrus
        • Tenderlonious and The 22archestra – The Shakedown
        • Pokus – Pokus One
        • Theon Cross – Candace Of Meroe
        • Joe Armon-Jones & Maxwell Owin – Tanner's Tango
        • Collocutor – Gozo
        • Makaya McCraven – Untitled
        • Nat Birchall – Ancient World
        • Ruby Rushton – Moonlight Woman
        • Ebi Soda – Dimmsdale
        • The Cromagnon Band – Thunder Perfect
        • SEED Ensemble – Mirrors
        • Ishmael Ensemble – Kito's Theme
        • Vels Trio – Yellow Ochre (Part 1)
        • 1. Matthew Halsall & The Gondwana Orchestra – When The World Was One
        • 2. Yazmin Lacey – 90 Degrees
        • 3. Hector Plimmer – Communication Control
        • View full info and tracklisting
        Sounds Of The UniverseSoul Jazz Records

        "Soul Jazz Records set Sounds of the Universe: Art + Sound 2012-15 features some of the heaviest Afrofuturistic producers out there:"  PITCHFORK

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        Soul Jazz Records new Sounds of the Universe: Art + Sound 2012-15 is a new double album CD (and two separate volumes of double-vinyl) featuring a line-up of some of the most forward-thinking and progressive artists and producers working with electronic music around the world today.

        This lovingly compiled collection features a stunning array of contemporary artists: Chicago’s Afro-futurist genius Hieroglyphic Being; Kaseem Mosse (aka Gunnar Wendell/Siege of Troy), one of the most talked-about, respected artists in underground house and techno; out of Detroit’s Moodyman stable comes Andres; also featured is Los Angeles-based Ras G, associated with the Brainfeeder label established by fellow producer Flying Lotus; and many more!

        This new collection features a first CD of tracks recorded exclusively for Soul Jazz Record’s bespoke Sounds of the Universe label. These were originally issued under their Art + Sound series between 2012 and 2015 as unique hand-etched and original commissioned art pieces (reproduced here) collectors’ 12” singles - all pressed in micro-editions of 250 copies for each artist’s release that were only ever available exclusively from Soul Jazz Records’ boutique Sounds of the Universe shop in Soho, London.

        The second CD features a fantastic set of all brand new exclusive tracks from the likes of Seven Davis Jr, Drexciya collaborator DJ Stingray, deep house virtuoso Mike Huckaby, Glaswegian noise-punk six-piece Golden Teacher, and lots more – all created and commissioned especially for this release. These songs are not available anywhere else in the world.

        Together these 2CDs comprise an amazing selection of new progressive electronic music.

        This album is released as double CD pack with slipcase and booklet. It is also available as two separate limited edition double vinyl editions in heavyweight vinyl and gatefold sleeves with full artwork + free download codes, and as a worldwide digital release.

        CD ONE/ RECORD A tr. 1-8

        CD TWO/RECORD B tr. 9-16

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        The 3 Ras G tracks are CD only


        • Hieroglyphic Being – Shikaakwa
        • Tevo Howard – Summer Romance
        • Kassem Mosse – Staat Aus Glas
        • Andres – Ribena
        • Blludd Relations – Cold Like The Baron
        • AYBEE – Return To The Underground
        • Heatsick – Snakes and Ladders
        • Tenderlonious – Caramel
        • DJ Stingray – Cytokines
        • Mike Huckaby – Circles
        • Seven Davis Jr – Come and Go
        • Golden Teacher – Maladroit
        • Reginald Omas Mamode IV – Rare Love
        • Africans With Mainframes – Vibrations From The Serengeti II
        • Capracara – Hard Ticket To Hawaii
        • Lord Tusk – Average Cats
        • Ras G – Deep Space Nine
        • Ras G – Gloom Steez
        • Ras G – Taste This
        Space, Energy and LightSoul Jazz Records

        Soul Jazz Records’ new Space, Energy and Light is a collection of music by early electronic and synthesizer pioneers (from the 1960s through the 1970s), mid-1970s proto-new age gurus and 1980s guerrilla D-I-Y cassette-era electronic artists, spanning in total over a near 30-year time frame. All of these artists used electronic advancements in music technology as a means of exploring not only space and the idea of the future, but also of looking inwards to the soul and of creating music in harmony with the natural world.

        From computer software and hardware experimentalists and sound pioneers such as Laurie Spiegel and Kevin Braheny, as well as Mother Mallard’s Portable Masterpiece Company – the first synthesizer ensemble created in collaboration with Robert Moog – through to musique concrète experimentation, the album shows how technological advancements and creative artistic expression often went hand in hand.

        In the mid-1970s artists Steven Halpern and Iaxos were instrumental in creating proto-new age music, experimenting in both the healing properties of sound and its relationship with the natural world. These artists also pioneered a new self-contained and underground D-I-Y approach to music, creating their own record labels, forming new distribution networks (with albums sold in meditation centres, health food stores and ashrams) far away from the commercialism of the mainstream music industry. In the early 1980s after the revolution of punk, these D-I-Y attitudes and ideas appeared once more in the growth of the distinctly anti-commercial and underground cassette-only careers of artists such as Germany’s Stratis and Carl Matthews in Britain.

        This album is available as a heavyweight triple vinyl album (plus download code), CD and digital release. Artwork includes some of the earliest photography of the Plieades star cluster dating from the 1880s.

        • J.B. Banfi – Gang (For The Rock Industry)
        • Michael Garrison – To The Other Side Of The Sky
        • Iasos – Lueena Coast
        • Carl Matthews – As Above, So Below
        • Tim Blake – Midnight
        • Stratis – By Water
        • Laurie Spiegel – Improvisation On A 'Concerto Generator'
        • Mother Mallard's Portable Masterpiece Company – Ceres Motion
        • Michael Stearns – In The Beginning
        • Beverly Glenn-Copeland – Ever New
        • Richard Pinhas – Variations VII Sur Le Thème Des Bene Gesserit
        • Tod Dockstader – Piece #1
        • Kevin Braheny – Ancient Stars
        • Steven Halpern – Starborn Suite (Part 1)
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        Soul of a Nation 2Soul Jazz Records

        Soul Jazz Records’ new release ‘Soul of A Nation: Jazz is the Teacher, Funk is the Preacher’ is a powerful new collection of radical jazz, street funk and proto-rap made in the era of Black Power (1969-75).

        This is the second ‘Soul of A Nation’ album released by Soul Jazz Records to coincide with the exhibition ‘Soul of a Nation – Art in the Age of Black Power’, critically acclaimed and enormously successful when it opened at the Tate Modern in London last year (as was Soul Jazz Records’ accompanying first album ‘Soul of A Nation – Afro-Centric Visions in the Age of Black Power 1968-79’). The blockbuster international exhibition is now at the Brooklyn Museum, New York and then travels to Los Angeles in 2019.

        This new album features a number of important and ground-breaking African-American artists – The Art Ensemble of Chicago, Don Cherry, Funkadelic, Gil Scott-Heron and more – alongside a host of lesser-known artists all of whom in the early 1970s were exploring new Afrocentric poly-rhythmical styles of music – radical jazz, street funk and proto-rap – while at the same time exploring the Black Power and civil-rights inspired notions of self-definition, self-respect and self-empowerment in their own lives.

        During this era African-American jazz musicians ripped up traditional definitions – rejecting the term ‘entertainer’ to redefine themselves instead as ‘artists’. They worked outside of the mainstream music industry perceiving this artistic relationship to be fundamentally exploitative and politically flawed. Artists instead formed their own pan-arts community-centric collectives, set up their own record labels, ran concerts in alternative performance spaces – art galleries, parks, lofts, community centres – all as a way of taking control of their own creative destinies.

        At the start of 1960s jazz musicians had embarked on an intense period of musical experimentation as artists John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman and Don Cherry sought to dismantle the traditional definitions of jazz by creating new music that broke free from its establishment shackles. By the end of the 1960s, forward-thinking African-American jazz musicians had absorbed the ideas of this radical and avant-garde path but also began to introduce many new elements – not just civil rights concepts of freedom but also black power ideas of self-respect, righteousness and anger.

        Their music developed into a radical and intense Afrocentric mix of jazz, funk, soul and street poetry, all in search of a new musical language that could better represent artistic African-American cultural expression.

        All of the featured artists here were involved in this search in different ways; A shared sense of Afrocentric collectivism joined the dots between the deep avant-garde experimentalism of The Art Ensemble of Chicago (here featuring soul singer Fontella Bass singing the powerful ‘Theme de Yoyo’) to the hyper funk psychedelia of George Clinton’s Funkadelic.

        The poetry of Gil Scott-Heron and Sarah Webster Fabio performed with a backdrop of street funk and heavyweight percussion laid down the template for the birth of rap. The Har-You Percussion Group, a group of young Harlem teenagers, showed how government-sponsored social initiatives helped create great art and music. Gary Bartz and The Oneness of Juju offer spirituality and cosmology. Collectives like The Pharaohs and Detroit’s Tribe add deep jazz and street funk in equal measures. And so on.

        Influenced and radicalised by Black Power and civil rights, all these artists were involved in creating – in the words of the Art Ensemble of Chicago – ‘Great Black Music: Ancient to Future.’

        This album is available as heavyweight triple vinyl (+free download), full and extensive text, exclusive photography, with house inners, and as deluxe CD with slipcase, 40-page outsize booklet and jewel case.

        • The Art Ensemble Of Chicago – Theme De Yoyo
        • The Har-You Percussion Group – Welcome To The Party
        • The Pharaohs – Damballa
        • Baby Huey – Hard Times
        • James Mason – Sweet Power, Your Embrace
        • Byron Morris and Unity – Kitty Bey
        • Funkadelic – Nappy Dugout
        • Rashied Ali & Frank Lowe – Exchange Part 2 (II)
        • Gary Bartz NTU Troop – Celestial Blues
        • Oneness Of Juju – Space Jungle Funk
        • Sarah Webster Fabio – Work It Out
        • Tribe (Wendell Harrison and Phillip Ranelin) – Beneficent
        • Gil Scott-Heron – Whitey On The Moon
        • Don Cherry – Brown Rice
        • 1. The Art Ensemble Of Chicago – Theme De Yoyo
        • 2. The Har-You Percussion Group – Welcome To The Party
        • 3. The Pharaohs – Damballa
        • View full info and tracklisting
        New Orleans FunkSoul Jazz Records

        Album features Ernie K Doe’s ‘Here Come The Girls’, The Meters, Eddie Bo, Professor Longhair, Lee Dorsey, Wild Magnolias and more.


        This is the definitive collection of New Orleans Funk featuring acknowledged masters next to some of the earlier artists who shaped the meaning of funk. The album is also filled with many rare, sought after and undiscovered funk tracks. It covers the period from the emergence of New Orleans Funk in the early 1960's through to the mid-seventies.


        The record is an essential part of anyone in any way interested in Funk's record collection. It has some vital ingredients in it that you can't find elsewhere. With the sound of the New Orleans Funeral March Bands, Mardi Gras Indian Tribes and Saturday Night Fish Fries all as inspiration New Orleans Funk developed into a unique sound. 


        New Orleans is a port town. Originally owned by the French, this was where many slaves were brought from the West Indies. Many of these slaves came from Haiti and brought with them the religion of Voodoo and its drums and music. It became one of the first parts of America to develop a strong African-American culture leading to the invention of Jazz in the early 1900s. 


        A main feature of Jazz in New Orleans were the Jazz Funeral Marching bands. Solemn Brass bands accompanying a coffin would, on burial, be joined by a second line of drummers and dancers which would turn the event into a celebration of the spirit cutting free from earth. This African tradition is strong in New Orleans and still goes on to this day. The backline drums play a syncopated style that is neither on the beat nor the off-beat. It is these rhythms that are the basis of New Orleans Funk. 


        The album comes with a booklet presenting a historical explanation to how and why this music came about, and with lots of information about the people involved.


        Reviews:
        "A Perfect Primer For Funk Fans" Q (Top 5 albums of the year)
        "Probably the finest compilation that Soul Jazz has released. Essential" Time Out

        • The Explosions – Hip Drop
        • Lee Dorsey – Who's Gonna Help Brother Get Further
        • Gentleman June Gardner – It's Gonna Rain
        • Eddie Bo – Check Your Bucket
        • Professor Longhair – Big Chief
        • Huey "Piano" Smith & His Clowns – Free, Single And Disengaged
        • Chuck Carbo – Can I Be Your Squeeze
        • Aaron Neville – Hercules
        • Mary Jane Hooper – I've Got Reasons
        • The Gaturs – Gator Bait
        • Allen Toussaint – Get Out Of My Life Woman
        • Cyril Neville – Tell Me What's On Your Mind
        • Bo Dollis & The Wild Magnolia Mardi Gras Indian Band – Handa Wanda
        • Lee Dorsey & Betty Harris – Love Lots Of Lovin
        • The Explosions – Garden Of Four Trees
        • Ernie & The Top Notes – Dap Walk
        • The Meters – Just Kissed My Baby
        • Marilyn Barbarin – Reborn
        • Dr. John – Mama Roux
        • Danny White – Natural Soul Brother
        • Eddie Bo – Hook 'N' Sling, Pt. 2
        • Ernie K. Doe – Here Come The Girls
        • Robert Parker – Hip-Huggin
        • The Meters – Handclapping Song
        • 2. The Explosions – Hip Drop
        • 3. Lee Dorsey – Who's Gonna Help Brother Get Further
        • 4. Gentleman June Gardner – It's Gonna Rain
        • View full info and tracklisting
        Nigeria Soul Power 70 (Expanded Double LP Set)Soul Jazz Records

        Seriously rare, killer and classic Nigerian 70s Afro-Funk, Afro-Disco & Afro-Rock tunes bought together.

        Originally released as a now-long-out-of-print collectors’ 7” RSD box, this fully expanded album release now also includes extra tracks from Sonny Okosuns, Wings, Chief Kollington Ayinla and more.

        Soul Jazz Records’ Nigeria Soul Power 70 album showcases the influence of funk, rock and disco on Nigerian music during the 1970s

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        While for many people the fusion of funk and jazz music with Nigerian rhythms and aesthetics began with Fela Kuti and his afro-beat sound, in fact this can be traced further back to the phenomena of the 1960s Nigerian artists and house bands in nightclubs and hotels who interpreted US soul and pop music with a local flavour and none more so than Geraldo Pino, the ‘African James Brown’ who features heavily in this collection. Other similarly inspired Nigerian funk and soul artists featured here included Tony Grey and his Ozimba Messengers and Don Bruce and The Angels.

        Nigeria Soul Power 70 includes a number of tracks from the group Wings originally known as BAF (Biafran Air Force) Wings, an army band formed during the Biafran civil war in Nigeria. The groups’ heavy mixture of funk, rock and African styles was popular among many Nigerian groups at the time.

        Beneath the shadow of the few Nigerian artists who signed international recording deals in the 1970s – Fela Kuti, King Sunny Ade, Chief Ebenezer Obey – lies a vast wealth of largely undiscovered musical transmutation and cultural cross-pollination, and included here are heavy afro-funk/rock and disco tracks from artists such as the legendary Sonny Okosuns as well as rare cuts from little-known outside of Nigeria - groups such as Colomach and MFB. Most of these obscure artists signed to major labels in Nigeria in the commercial slipstream that opened up as Philips, Decca and EMI tried to emulate the international success of the big three international Nigerian artists.

        Finally featured here is Kollington Ayinla, one of the co-founders of Nigerian Fuji music, who gives us perhaps the heaviest of all tracks on this album. Ayinla is the great moderniser of the Fuji sound and in the late 1970s began adding Bata drums and synthesizers to his authentic music to create a powerful and heavy new fusion of traditional and modernist aesthetics, embracing both new technology and experimentation while rooted firmly in Nigerian historical lineage.

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        Nigeria Soul Power 70 is released as a heavyweight gatefold double vinyl LP (+ free download code), deluxe slipcase CD and digital album.

        • Geraldo Pino – Shake Hands
        • Sonny Okosuns Ozziddi – Dance Of The Elephants
        • The Wings – We'll Get Home
        • Alhaji (Chief) Prof. Kollington Ayinla – E Ye Ika Se
        • Colomach – Kassa Kpa Sama Kpa
        • Geraldo Pino – Heavy Heavy Heavy
        • MFB – Beware
        • Tony Grey and The Ozimba Messengers – You Are The One
        • Sonny Okosuns Ozziddi – Oba Erediauwa I
        • The Wings – Single Boy
        • Geraldo Pino – Power To The People
        • Original Wings – Igba Alusi
        • Don Bruce and The Angels – Sugar Baby
        • Geraldo Pino – Africans Must Unite
        Flesh EatersDisintegration Nation E.P.

        INSANE and awesome record from one of the first and finest San Francisco punk bands ever! Originally released in 1978 on Chris D's own Upsetter Records. Bespoke reproduction with open out double-sided 4 page sleeve. Out of print for 30 yrs! Four tracks of raw energy for ten quid - or u can buy the original for a few £100! The bomb!

        • – Disintegration Nation
        • – Agony Shorthand
        • – Radio Dies Screaming
        • – Twisted Road
        Studio One Jump Up - The Birth Of A SoundSoul Jazz Records

        New Studio One release featuring loads of killer tunes. Includes booklet text and lots of nice pix!
        In the early releases featured here you will find the roots of Studio One’s unique sound – from the first jump-up, boogie-woogie and shuffle recordings made in Jamaica in the late 1950s, as the artists emulated their American rhythm and blues idols – Louis Jordan, Roscoe Gordon, Fats Domino – through to the early Rastafari rhythms of Count Ossie, the righteous Baptist beat of Toots and the Maytals up to the joyous excitement of Ska with tracks by Studio One’s young protégées Bob Marley and The Wailers and the all-mighty Skatalites.


        Clement ‘Sir Coxsone’ Dodd first began recording music in the late 1950s, making one-off records to play on his Downbeat Sound System. These ‘exclusive dup-plates’ enabled him to reign supreme in the regular dancehall soundclashes of Kingston, fighting off the competition from rivals including Duke Reid the Trojan and Prince Buster. This new album traces the roots of the legendary label as it created the sound of the young independent Jamaican nation going into the early 1960s.


        Sir Coxsone used only the finest musicians in Jamaica for these recordings, including those players that would later become known worldwide as the Skatalites, Don Drummond, Roland Alphonso, Ernest Ranglin, Rico Rodriguez, Cluett Johnson and others. As fans clamoured to get a copy of these ‘one-off’ exclusive records, Clement Dodd eventually decided to start making them available commercially starting in 1959, and so began the birth of an empire.


        And so by the time the new Studio One studio/record company/pressing plant complex at 13 Brentford Road opened its doors in 1963, with The Skatalites in place as the in-house band, the foundations of Jamaica’s most important record label had already been firmly established. As well as those listed above, this album brings together some of the finest of these early reggae artists to record for Clement Dodd including Derrick Morgan, Owen Gray, Derrick Harriott, Lord Creator and Owen Gray. 


        REVIEWS: "Studio One remains Jamaican music’s mother ship." Irish Times  

        • Basil Gabbidon – Mr. Landlord
        • Clue J and his Blues Blasters – Milk Lane Hop
        • Derrick Morgan – Wigger Wee Shuffle
        • Aubrey Adams and Rico Rodriquez – Stew Peas and Cornflakes
        • The Mello Cat Count Ossie and his Warickers – Another Moses
        • Neville Esson – Wicked and Dreadful
        • Clue J and his Blues Blasters – Proof Rum
        • Derrick Morgan – Leave Earth
        • Lord Creator – Rhythm of the Blues
        • The Jivin' Juniors – Hip Rub
        • Lascelles Perkins – Little Joe
        • Don Drummond and Roland Alphonso – Heaven and Earth
        • Owen Gray – Walk All Over
        • David Brown – Pretty Baby
        • The Maytals – He Will Provide
        • Lester Sterling and The City Slickers – Whale Bone
        • Jackie Opel – Sit Down Servant
        • Roland Alphonso – Bongo Tango
        • Bob Marley and The Wailers – Go Jimmy Go
        • Clue J and The Blues Blasters – The Slider
        RastafariSoul Jazz Records

        Soul Jazz Records new album Rastafari: The Dreads Enter Babylon 1955-83 charts the many links between reggae music and the Rastafarian religion.

        Spanning nearly 30 years of revolutionary music and featuring the music of Count Ossie, Johnny Clarke, The Mystic Revelation of Rastafari, Ras Michael and The Sons of Negus, Bongo Herman, Roy Ashanti (The Congos), Earth & Stone, Mutabaruka and many more, this is an in-depth look at some of the most unique and righteous music ever made and comes complete with a 40+ page outsize booklet, containing exclusive photography and extensive historical and contextual sleevenotes.

        The new religion of Rastafari emerged in Jamaica during a time of intense political and social change in the 1930s. The first stirrings of anti-colonialism and workers’ rights were in motion, while Marcus Garvey’s Back-to-Africa movement was beginning to wane. But the pivotal catalyst to the birth of the Rastafari faith was the crowning of a black king in Africa in 1930.

        One of the earliest mentions of Ethiopia in Jamaican music can be found on mento singer Lord Lebby and the Jamaican Calpysonians’ 1955 recording ‘Etheopia’. In the song Noel Williams, aka Lord Lebby, discusses Ethiopianism, the political movement that calls for a return to Africa for black people.

        The 1960s saw the emergence of the first Rastafarian music on record with Count Ossie’s Rastafarian drummers. The visit of Haile Selassie to Kingston in 1966 was like an electric current throughout Kingston’s music scene – many of who had become adherents to the Rastafari faith.  By the 1970s Rastafarianism become practically synonymous with reggae, as many roots reggae artists became known throughout the world, led by the success of Bob Marley and The Wailers.

        At the source of the music of Rastafari is the figurehead master drummer and leader Count Ossie, who first bought the deeply spiritual nyabinghi and burro rhythms heard and played at sacred Rastafarian grounation (reasoning) sessions into popular Jamaican music through his many collaborations and performances with artists – from The Skatalites to The Folks Brothers - and producers – including Clement Dodd, Prince Buster and Harry Mudie.

        At the start of the 1970s Count Ossie formed the Mystic Revelation of Rastafari with saxophonist Cedric Brooks, which immediately became the most significant group of the Rastafari faith, bringing together authentic rasta nyabinghi drumming together with spiritual and avant-garde jazz influences of Sun Ra, John Coltrane and Albert Ayler into a truly unique and groundbreaking sound.

        As ‘roots reggae’ artists in the 1970s continued to spread the word of Jah (God) in their music, Rastafari reggae became the ultimate rebel sound throughout the world.

        This album comes in three separate formats: Deluxe CD with slipcase and 40-page outsize booklet featuring stunning photography plus text, deluxe limited-edition heavyweight gatefold-vinyl edition + free download code (w/full sleeve notes etc) and as a worldwide digital release.

        REVIEWS/FEATURES:

        "This may be the most righteous compilation to come from the Soul Jazz stable to date, as they focus on links between the Rastafarian religion and reggae music." IRISH TIMES

        "Soul Jazz's most recent in a line of high-quality compilations" PITCHFORK

         "Ambitious but incredibly informative compendium from Soul Jazz Records" BLEEP

        "Outstanding compilation from the masters, Soul Jazz"  HOT SALVATION

        "Fascinating compilation of deep Rastafari themed music" DUB VENDOR 

        Read full Pitchfork feature here

        • Count Ossie & The Rasta Family – Africa We Want Fe Go
        • Johnny Clarke – None Shall Escape The Judgement
        • Laurel Aitken – Haile Selassie
        • Count Ossie & The Mystic Revelation of Rastafari – Tales of Mozambique
        • Ras Michael – Booma Yeah
        • Mutabaruka – Say
        • Bongo Herman & Jah Lloyd – African Drums
        • Ashanti Roy – Hail The Words Of Jah
        • Count Ossie & The Mystic Revelation of Rastafari – Sam's Intro
        • Bongo Herman, Les and Bunny – Salaam
        • Winston and Ansell – Zion I
        • Techniques All Stars – Zion I Version
        • Lord Lebby & The Jamaican Calypsonians – Ethiopia
        • Count Ossie and Leslie Butler – Soul Drums
        • The Heaven Singers – Rasta Dreadlocks
        • Rod Taylor – His imperial Majesty
        • QQ – Betta Must Come
        • Earth and Stone – Jah Will Cut You Down
        • Count Ossie & The Mystic Revelation of Rastafari – Narration
        • Ronald Downer & Count Ossie – A Ju Ju Wa
        • 1. Count Ossie & The Rasta Family – Africa We Want Fe Go
        • 2. Johnny Clarke – None Shall Escape The Judgement
        • 3. Laurel Aitken – Haile Selassie
        • View full info and tracklisting
        Studio One DJ PartySoul Jazz Records

        Soul Jazz Records’ new Studio One DJ Party is the latest instalment from the mighty Studio One Records catalogue, a wicked new collection of the finest DJs and toasters ever to inhabit the world of reggae – seminal Jamaican artists including Prince Jazzbo, Dillinger, Dennis Alcapone, Michigan & Smiley, Lone Ranger as well as a host of lesser known artists and rare cuts from Studio One.

        From the earliest days when Clement ‘Sir Coxsone’ Dodd ran his Downbeat soundsystem up and down the length of Jamaica, DJs and toasters such as King Stitt and Count Machukie were always a part of the sound of Studio One, introducing new records and exciting audiences with catchphrase lines such as:

        “No matter what the people say these sounds lead the way

        It's the order of the day from your boss deejay” King Stitt

        So when DJ emerged as a distinct reggae style at the start of the 1970s, Studio One was, as always, way ahead of their competitors. Legendary artists of the calibre of Dillinger, Dennis Alcapone and Prince Jazzbo all queued up to record for the equally legendary label.

        At the end of the 1970s, as dancehall exploded onto the island, Clement Dodd was once again able to maintain Studio One’s position on the throne as the number one sound in the Jamaica, fighting off upstart competitors such as Channel One and Joe Gibbs who tried to replicate Studio One’s unique sound. During this period Clement Dodd released a series of stunning dancehall releases from young DJ/dancehall artists at the label including Lone Ranger and Michigan & Smiley.

        This selection spans the early 70s up until the mid-1980s, from the earliest days of deejay toasting right up until digital dancehall, ground-breaking tracks over the finest selection of the ultimate Studio One rhythms and tracks. Who could ask for more?

        Studio One DJ Party includes specially commissioned sleevenotes by Chris Lane, founder of the legendary British reggae label Fashion Records, as well as fantastic original artwork commissioned by the illustrator Ski Williams. The album is released as double heavyweight vinyl (+download code), and distinctive Soul Jazz Records CD with slipcase.

        • Screechie Dan – We A Don
        • Lone Ranger – My Number
        • Dennis Alcapone – Riddle I This
        • Kentrus – It A Fi Bun
        • Lone Ranger – Apprentice Dentist
        • King Sporty – DJ Special
        • Prince Jazzbo – Little Joe
        • Ragga Muffin – Ragga Muffin
        • Mad Roy – Universal Love
        • King Sporty – Choice Of Music
        • King Stitt – Rhyming Time
        • Prince Jazzbo – Fire Coal Version
        • Dillinger – Fountain on The Mountain
        • Michigan & Smiley – Thank You Jah
        • Prince Garthie – Raindrops
        • Jah Buzz – Automatic Clapping
        • Dennis Alcapone – El Paso
        • Big Joe – Nanny Version Skank
        Skatt BrosWalk The NightSpaziale Recordings

        The first official, fully remastered reissue of the anthemic chart topping bomb 'Walk The Night' by the LA group Skatt Bros, since its original release in 1979. A spirited, sleazy and sweltering cut that stormed the clubs in the late '70s, with its raunchy vocals and tough beat. This RSD release includes a new Stefano Ritteri Versione alongside the previously unreleased disco version of 'Old Enough'.

          Soul Jazz Records presents Eddie RussFresh Out (1974)Soul Jazz Records

          Soul Jazz Records are re-releasing keyboardist Eddie Russ’s seminal debut deep jazz LP Fresh Out (and the first album ever released on Soul Jazz Records!) in a new limited edition COLOURED vinyl 1000 copies worldwide (+ free download code) and new CD edition.

          Eddie Russ's Fresh Out was independently released in Detroit in 1974 and has remained a collector's item ever since. Russ was an important figure to emerge from the vibrant underground jazz scene that thrived in Detroit in the early 1970s, existing in the cultural and economic desolation of the city after the departure of Motown in the late 1960s.

          This scene included the musical collective Tribe (including members Wendell Harrison, Marcus Belgrave, Phil Ranelin, Harold McKinney and Doug Hammond) and Kenny Cox’s Strata Records. Eddie Russ’s Fresh Out was first released in 1974 on the independent Jazz Masters record label.

          As well as including the classic jazz dance cut The Lope Song, Eddie Russ’s Fresh Out featured the debut of the group The Mixed Bag who subsequently recorded for both Tribe and Strata Records. Eddie Russ released two further classic jazz funk albums in the late 1970s, See the Light and Take a Look at Yourself.

          • Eddie Russ – The Lope Song
          • Eddie Russ – All But Blind
          • Eddie Russ – Shamading
          • Eddie Russ – Hill Where The Lord Hides
          • Eddie Russ – You Are The Sunshine Of My Life
          • Eddie Russ – Watergate Blues
          Studio One SoulSoul Jazz Records

          More classic Reggae from Jamaica's most important label ever .

          Studio One Soul tracks the link between American Funk and Soul and Jamaican Reggae at the legendary Studio One Records.

          Curtis Mayfield, Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, The Temptations, King Floyd, Booker T and The MGs - all these artists had a huge influence on Jamaican artists and this CD contains versions of songs by all of them. Featuring classic and rare Reggae Funk and Soul cuts from the Reggae giants alongside rarer cuts, Studio One Soul spans over 20 years of classic Reggae from the Rocksteady Funk through to the deep Roots music.


          Following on from Studio One Rockers, this second journey into the vaults of Studio One tells the story of the important link between American Funk and Soul and Jamaican Reggae. Ranging from music taken from the mid-1960s (and the arrival of Rocksteady) through to the beginning of the 1980s, Studio One Soul features versions of US Funk and Soul hits (many rarely heard before) from some of the many classic artists who recorded at Studio One. American Soul music has always been an important influence on Jamaican Reggae.

          The beginning of the Jamaican recording industry at the end of the 1950s started with Clement "Coxsone" Dodd (owner of Studio One) and a group of select in-house musicians (originally The Skatalites) recording their own version of American R'n'B. Playing on the off-beat this music became Ska. As American R'n'B progressed through Funk, Soul and Disco, Jamaican music was going through its own musical changes, from Rocksteady throught to Reggae and Roots music. The house-band at Studio One recorded on a daily basis behind all Studio One vocalists as well as recording instrumentally in its own right.

          Soul singers such as Curtis Mayfield and The Impressions (Queen Of The Minstrels) had a profound influence on Jamaican artists and many other US artists were constantly re-interpreted and re-worked. Artists such as Aretha Franklin (Respect), Charles Wright (Express Yourself), King Floyd (Groove Me), Otis Redding (How Strong) were all very popular in Jamaica in the 1960s. At the end of the 1960s Black Consciousness became an important part of American Soul music. At the same time many Jamaican artists were starting to look to their roots. Many artists would shortly become involved in Rastafarianism. The "conscious" lyrics of American Funk and Soul again struck a chord with Jamaican artists. "Message From A Blackman" (originally by The Temptations) and "Is It Because I'm Black" (Syl Johnson) are examples of this. Through the 1970s Soul/Disco artists such as Barry White ("Can't Get Enough" and "Deeper and Deeper") and The Detroit Spinners ("I'll Be Around") became the flavour of the day. This CD finishes with Willie William's interpretation of Ashford and Simpson's classic "Ain't No Stopping Us Now".

          "Compilation of the month" MOJO "Another essential purchase from Soul Jazz" SEVEN "Latest in Soul Jazz's indespensible compilations" I-D "Near perfect" JOCKEY SLUT

          • Leroy Sibbles – Express Yourself
          • Norma Fraser – Respect
          • Leroy Sibbles – Groove Me
          • Sound Dimension – Time Is Tight
          • The Heptones – Message From A Black Man
          • Otis Gayle – I'll Be Around
          • Jerry Jones – Still Water
          • Sound Dimension – Soulful Strut
          • Richard Ace – Can't Get Enough
          • The Eternals – Queen Of The Minstrels
          • Ken Parker – How Strong
          • Ken Boothe – Set Me Free
          • Senior Soul – Is It Because I'm Black
          • Jackie Mittoo – Deeper And Deeper
          • Willie Williams – No One Can Stop Us