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    From its invention in the early 1960s to the digital revolution of the 1980s right up until the point that analogue circuits could be modelled using software in the mid-1990s, this book tells the story of synthesizers from analogue to digital – and back again.

    Tracing that history and showing off their visual beauty with art-book quality illustrations, this a must for any self-respecting synth fan. The book has 128 pages, is 23cm x 17.4cm in size and printed on high quality 130gsm matt art paper.

    Author Oli Freke says: “This book has grown out of a life-long obsession with synthesizers and electronic music, and it’s fantastic to be able to share this with my fellow synth obsessives and music fans who celebrate the synth’s role in modern music.”

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                                  Stevie WonderBy John Swenson

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                                              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.


                                              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
                                              Bruton Brutoff: The Ambient, Electronic and Pastoral Side of the Bruton Library Catalogue (Clear Vinyl Repress)Trunk Records

                                              Rare musical magic from the Bruton library catalogue – ambient, spacey, pastoral and electronic. Music by John Cameron, Alan Hawkshaw, Francis Monkman, Brian Bennett and more – all total masters of the scene!

                                              • Frank Ricotti – Vibes
                                              • Johnny Scott – Utopia Revisited
                                              • John Cameron – Trek
                                              • John Cameron – Tropic 2
                                              • Frank Reidy & Eric Allen – Reflections
                                              • Francis Monkman – Stargazing
                                              • John Cameron – Drifting
                                              • Les Hurdle & Frank Ricotti – Dissolves
                                              • John Cameron – Floatation
                                              • Orlando Kimber & John Keliehor – One Language
                                              • Alan Hawkshaw – Saturn Rings
                                              • Steve Gray – Billowing Sails
                                              • Brian Bennett – The Swan
                                              • New LP (Coloured Vinyl)£22.00
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                                              Studio One Rocksteady Volume 2 : Rocksteady, Soul and Early Reggae at Studio OneSoul Jazz Records

                                              Soul Jazz Records’ new journey into the mighty vaults of Clement Dodd’s Studio One steps once more into the fertile musical environment of Jamaican music in the late 1960s and early 1970s, from the sweet harmony vocals of seminal 1960s Rocksteady right up to the nascent birth of Reggae and Roots music at the start of the 1970s.

                                              Sleevenotes to this album are by Steve Barrow, author of ‘Rough Guide to Reggae’ as well as Soul Jazz Records’ own ‘Reggae Soundsystem Cover Art’ books.

                                              While Ska at the start of the 1960s had taken American rhythm and blues as its main influence, Rocksteady focused on the emergence of American Soul music – with Jamaican vocal harmony groups such as The Gaylads, John Holt & The Paragons, Carlton & The Shoes showing a particular fascination with the close harmonies of Curtis Mayfield and The Impressions and other US soul acts. Here The Heptones even feature with a cover of Bob Dylan’s ‘I Shall Be Released’.

                                              The influence of Soul music on Jamaican rock steady and reggae is almost palpable, so much so that one wonders how much more successful singers like Delroy Wilson, Alton Ellis, Slim Smith and John Holt would have been had they been born in Chicago, Detroit or Memphis

                                              Artists such as Alton Ellis, Delroy Wilson and Owen Gray defined the era – a slowed down beat as Jamaican political and social heat slowly increased as the 1960s progressed into the start of the 1970s –  and the music evolved further from rock steady into roots reggae.

                                              Wicked tunes!

                                              Double vinyl + download code, Deluxe CD, Digital album.


                                              "Every tune is a bonaflide classic" Pitchfork

                                              Read full Pitchfork article here

                                              • Hortense Ellis – Sitting In The Park
                                              • The Termites – Rub Up Push Up
                                              • Carlton and The Shoes – Never Let Go
                                              • Alton Ellis – I'm Still In Love With You
                                              • Owen Gray – Give Me A Little Sign
                                              • The Bassies – Big Mistake
                                              • Hortense and Alton Ellis – Breaking Up Is Hard To Do
                                              • Slim Smith – Born To Love
                                              • Cannon and The Soul Vendors – Bad Treatment
                                              • John Holt – Strange Things
                                              • The Actions – Giddy Up
                                              • Larry Marshall – It Makes Me Feel
                                              • The Paragons – Change Your Style
                                              • Jerry Jones – Trying Times
                                              • The Heptones – I Shall Be Released
                                              • The Gaylads – The Soul Beat
                                              • Delroy Wilson – Run Run
                                              • The Soul Two – Puppy Love
                                              • Delroy Wilson – Riding For A Fall
                                              135 Grand Street, New York, 1979DVD - Dir. by Ericka BeckmanSoul Jazz Records

                                              Available now on DVD (and separate bargain-priced CD soundtrack with bonus tracks).

                                              “135 Grand Street, New York, 1979 is invaluable. No Wave music and cinema didn’t just share a name. They were perhaps more intimately related than any other concurrent movements in the history of those two media.”

                                              “Ericka Beckman’s film finds these ensembles deconstructing rock with unpretentious vitality and uncompromised vision. … Remarkably kinetic performances.” Marc Masters (Author of ‘No Wave’) THE WIRE

                                              Ericka Beckman’s film captures the driving energy and posturing of early No Wave bands’ performing live in a sparse downtown loft. Featured bands include Theoretical Girls, UT, A Band, Rhys Chatham, Chinese Puzzle, The Static, Morales, Youth in Asia, Morales, Steven Piccolo and Jill Kroesen.

                                              ‘135 Grand Street, New York, 1979’ is a unique film capturing both the aural and visual aesthetics of New York’s No Wave scene in its ascendant. Punk rock and non-musicianship fight it out with art world attitude. Garage band line-ups in varying degrees of musical destruction sit alongside post-everything poetry and experimental noise terrorists. Ericka Beckman’s film matches the rawness, minimalism and radicalism of the music - a fitting document and visual statement of new forms created out of New York’s anti-everything musical nihilism, circa 1979.

                                              ‘135 Grand Street, New York, 1979’ is history. It includes the only known footage of the Theoretical Girls, The Static and a number of other No Wave bands of the period. This is a film about bands filled with painters, filmmakers, actors - and occasionally musicians - thriving and thrashing in the pulsating, vibrant post-punk world of New York where high art met low culture, where Glenn Branca, Rhys Chatham, Wharton Tiers, Taro Suzuki and the others featured here made the connections between John Cage and Joey Ramone, between the questioning of art and ? and the Mysterians.

                                              The film is currently showing as part of Sonic Youth’s ‘Sensational Fix’ touring art exhibition as well as being screened before Glenn Branca’s most recent shows in New York City (Sep 2009).

                                              "If you wanna see what the Soho side of No Wave looked like this is the only place you're ever gonna find it" Glenn Branca

                                              • Theoretical Girls – Glazened Eyes
                                              • Theoretical Girls – Contrary Motion
                                              • Ut – Sharp's Loose
                                              • A Band – Sand and Sea
                                              • A Band – Mirror, Mirror
                                              • Rhys Chatham – Guitar Trio
                                              • Chinese Puzzle – Great Wall Of Prague
                                              • The Static – Spectacular Commodity
                                              • The Static – My Relationship (CD only bonus track)
                                              • Morales – Gay Girl In a Gay Bar
                                              • Youth in Asia – Talking Heads pt.1
                                              • Youth in Asia – Amnesia
                                              • Steve Piccolo – Superior Genes
                                              • Steve Piccolo – It's Hard to Be in Love in Times Like These (CD only bonus track)
                                              • Jill Kroesen – Fay Shism Blues (CD only bonus track)
                                              Foxy BrownLove Is Where You Find ItDug Out

                                              From the Black Sublime of Dadawah to the, er, Foxy Brown of Jennifer Hylton: an early-nineties r'n'b-tipped torpedo, recorded by Lloyd Pickout Dennis at Dynamic, with the Firehouse Crew.

                                              • – Love Is Where You Find It
                                              • 7"£5.99
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                                              Black Fire! New Spirits! BOOKImages of A Revolution : Radical Jazz in the USA 1960-75Soul Jazz Books

                                              Featuring: John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Pharoah Sanders, Albert Ayler, Ornette Coleman, Roland Kirk, Art Ensemble of Chicago, Alice Coltrane, Eric Dolphy, Leon Thomas, Cecil Taylor and more!


                                              The 100s of stunning photographs in this new deluxe large format hardback book capture the radicalism and self- determination of pioneering jazz artists in the 1960s and early 1970s


                                              During this era, jazz music in the USA was in an almost constant state of revolution with the music and lives of African-American artists radicalised by civil rights, the avant garde, Black Power and a new spiritual awakening. 


                                              At the start of the 1960s, jazz entered a unique new period of revolution as African-American musicians re-defined the art form in the context of the civil rights movement, afro-centric rhythm and thought and an ideology of black economic empowerment.


                                              John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, Sun Ra, Pharoah Sanders, Albert Ayler and others developed a new cosmology of sound that was as revolutionary as the social and political changes that took place in America throughout the decade. From the musical explorations of John Coltrane, Cecil Taylor and Ornette Coleman, to the collective and community concerns of Chicagos Advancement for Creative Musicians and the black science fiction of Sun Ra, the new jazz musicians created a musical and cultural landscape from which jazz music never looked back.


                                              This large-format deluxe hardback book features hundreds of stunning photographs of the new jazz musicians in the USA throughout the 1960s presented with introductory essay and biographies on the many artists included in the book.


                                                • SJ Book (2.3kg)£30.00
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                                                Delroy WilsonEase UpPressure Sounds

                                                wicked vocal cut from 1988 on the huge "rumours" rhythm made famous by gregory isaacs with version on the b-side. all three 7" come in repro sleeves.

                                                • – Ease Up
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                                                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
                                                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
                                                Burning Down The HausPunk Rock, Revolution and the Fall of the Berlin WallDialogue Books

                                                USA IMPORT HARDBACK BOOK. £14 OFF!!!! THAT"S OVER 50 % DISCOUNT!!!

                                                It began with a handful of East Berlin teens who heard the Sex Pistols on a British military radio broadcast to troops in West Berlin, and it ended with the collapse of the East German dictatorship. Punk rock was a life-changing discovery: in an authoritarian state where the future was preordained, punk, with its rejection of society and DIY approach to building a new one, planted the seeds for revolution. As these kids began to form bands, they also became more visible, and security forces - including the dreaded secret police, the Stasi - targeted them. They were spied on by friends and family; they were expelled from schools and fired from jobs; they were beaten by police and imprisoned. But instead of conforming, the punks fought back, playing an indispensable role in the underground movement that helped bring down the Berlin Wall.

                                                Rollicking, cinematic and thrillingly topical, this secret history brings to life the young men and women who successfully fought authoritarianism three chords at a time. Burning Down the Haus is a fiery testament to the irrepressible spirit of revolution.

                                                  • Book (700g)£24.00 £10.00
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                                                  Keith HaringThe World Of Keith HaringSoul Jazz Records

                                                  In collaboration with Tate Liverpool, Soul Jazz Records release this stunning new collection entitled The World of Keith Haring featuring music influential to the artist Keith Haring including Fab 5 Freddy, Yoko Ono, Gray (Jean-Michel Basquiat’s group), The Jonzun Crew, Larry Levan, Talking Heads, Sylvester, Johnny Dynell and many others.

                                                  The World of Keith Haring coincides with the presentation of the first major exhibition in the UK of Keith Haring’s work at Tate Liverpool on now.

                                                  The album comes in deluxe artwork and three formats: Double CD + 48-page book; 3xLP + download vinyl version. All formats of the album feature original photography, extensive sleevenotes and interviews.


                                                  Haring’s many friends and collaborators included Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol, Madonna, Fab 5 Freddy, William Burroughs, Jenny Holzer, Yoko Ono, Bill T Jones, Larry Levan, Timothy Leary, Futura 2000. If you were looking for a person to guide you through the wide variety of nightclub scenes of downtown New York in the 1980s, then Keith Haring would have been your man.

                                                  Keith Haring was diagnosed as HIV-positive in 1988 and died at the age of 31 on February 16, 1990. During his short time on the planet his work featured in over 100 solo and group exhibitions across the world and was seen on subways, in public spaces, on club flyers and consumer products.

                                                  Keith Haring was one of the key members of a group of New York-based artists who redefined the boundaries of modern art in the 1980s. Like his friends, including the artist Jean-Michel Basquiat and graffiti artists Fab 5 Freddy, Lee Quiñones and LA II, Haring helped first bring the aesthetics of graffiti and street art to New York’s downtown; into both the fine art world, with his own shows at the Shafrazi Gallery and Patti Astor’s Fun Gallery, as well as into the alternative punk and new wave club scene, curating art shows at spaces like Club 57 and the infamous Mudd Club.

                                                  During this time the art and music worlds of downtown New York, especially that of the East Village, were colliding as the musical boundary lines between punk rock, dance music and hip-hop also blurred. Musicians were also artists, film-makers or actors. Artists formed bands and music was art. This was the world of Keith Haring’s New York; a collaborative world where the numerous artists he worked with were also friends, all inhabiting the same fertile, febrile and creative world of New York City in the 1980s.

                                                  Music played a central role in the creation of Haring’s art. In 1981 Keith Haring, Fab 5 Freddy and Futura 2000 organised ‘Beyond Words,’ the first downtown graffiti show on the top floor of the Mudd Clubb, with Afrika Bambaataa DJing at the opening, while downstairs the sounds of spiky punk/dance music played to a dancefloor populated with New York’s new punk and no wave glitterati – David Byrne, Deborah Harry, The Contortions et al – who mixed with poor East Village aspiring artists and Studio 54 celebrities like Andy Warhol, Grace Jones and David Bowie.

                                                  At his early solo art shows Haring hired break-dancers and DJs (including his partner Juan Dubose) to play at gallery openings. As hip-hop and electro exploded into the world, body-popping and electro boogie-ing characters also populated Haring’s paintings with much of the kinetic energy of his work part inspired by the dancefloor and street moves of B-Boys and B-Girls.

                                                  But the decisive moment in creating Haring’s musical tastes and inspiration came with a chance discovering of the Paradise Garage one night in 1984 while walking through the streets of the West Village with his friend Fab 5 Freddy. As Haring told biographer John Gruen:

                                                  ‘I have never been the same since I walked into Paradise Garage … The music was phenomenal – Larry Levan was the DJ there and he was like a god in the DJ booth. I was totally mesmerized.’

                                                  Haring fell in love with the Paradise Garage, creating large scale artworks and flyers for the club, flying home from his exhibitions around the world to religiously attend Saturday nights there. Haring became friends with Larry Levan and in 1984 he put on his own Party of Life at the Garage with DJs Levan and Juan Dubose, and live appearances from his friends John Sex and the then-unknown singer Madonna.

                                                  By the second half of the 1980s Haring was spending more and more time away from New York and working in Europe. Despite this he remained connected to New York’s dance culture at all times through a constant stream of cassette mixtapes that he would listen to while working. These mixtapes were supplied by friends and lovers such as Jean Dubose and Gil Vazquez and playlists from the likes of Larry Levan, Frankie Knuckles and Junior Vasquez.

                                                  About the music:

                                                  The music collected on The World of Keith Haring is a combination of rare disco, early electro and New York punk/dance tracks reflecting the vibrant and hybrid world of downtown New York in the 1980s.

                                                  Here you will find early electro from The Jonzun Crew, Adiche and The Extra T’s alongside angular jerky crossover punk/dance and disco/not disco tracks like Pylon’s ‘Danger,’ John Sex’s ‘Bump and Grind’, Yoko Ono’s ‘Walking on Thin Ice’ and Mudd Club DJ Johnny Dynell’s ‘Jam Hot.’

                                                  The music of some of Haring’s favourite visual artists (and friends) also feature heavily including Jean-Michel Basquiat’s experimental group Gray, George Condo’s art rock group The Girls (produced by David Thomas of Pere Ubu) and early rap from Fab Five Freddy.

                                                  Paradise Garage soul and disco classics here include Sylvester’s seminal ‘Over and Over’; London DJ Tony Williams’ fusion of Jamaican dub and New York dance music as The Funk Masters, Damon Harris’s uplifting ‘It’s Music’ and disco producers extraordinaire Peter Brown and Patrick Adams’ homage to the new phenomenon of the day – The Guardian Angels of the New York subway system.

                                                  Together these are some of the tracks first heard in New York’s prolific underground club scene of the 1980s – including Club 57, The Mudd Club, Danceteria, Hurrah, Area, The Fun Club, Tier 3, The Palladium, Roxy, Pyramid and Paradise Garage. Haring was a regular face at many of these clubs, often a creative participant, both shaping and defining the cultural identity of downtown New York.

                                                  Also included is a track by the long-standing French experimental group Art Zoyd. ‘Sortie 134’ made as part of the music for ‘Le Mariage du Ciel et de L’Enfer’ (‘The Marriage of Heaven and Hell’), a ballet created by Roland Petit, choreographer at the National Ballet of Marseille, based upon a collection of pose and poetry by William Blake. As one of many works that Haring took on in Europe at the time, Petit commissioned the artist to create a massive 100-square metre backdrop painting for this show.

                                                  The selection of music on this collection is itself like a mixtape that reflects Haring’s wide-ranging musical influences and connections. And for someone who neither DJ’d nor played in a band he had impeccable musical tastes, with music playing a pivotal part in both his life and work, and functioning as an essential and always present soundtrack to both.

                                                  Exhibition details:

                                                  Keith Haring exhibition at Tate Liverpool 14th June 2019 - 10th November 2019

                                                  In 2020 the show then travels to:

                                                  Centre for Fine Arts (BOZAR), Brussels, Belgium: 5th December 2019 - 20th April 2020

                                                  Folkwang, Essen, Germany: 22nd May 2020 - 20th September 2020

                                                  Formats: Tr 10 CD/D only, Tr 8,14 on deluxe 3xLP/CD/D only


                                                  "★★★★★ Soul Jazz compilations make an excellent argument for the physical album purchase in the age of Spotify: substantial liner notes, great photos, collections put together to tell a story. The label has outdone itself with this one, released to coincide with Tate Liverpool’s retrospective of Eighties New York’s foremost creator of blocky, stylised pop art." The TIMES

                                                  • B Beat Girls – For The Same Man
                                                  • Damon Harris – It's Music
                                                  • Pylon – Danger
                                                  • The Jonzun Crew – Pak Man (Look Out For The OVC)
                                                  • Funk Masters – Love Money
                                                  • John Sex – Bump and Grind It
                                                  • Sylvester – Over And Over (12" Disco Mix)
                                                  • The Girls – Jeffrey I Hear You
                                                  • Johnny Dynell and New York 88 – Jam Hot (Rhumba Rock)
                                                  • Talking Heads – I Zimbra (on CD version only)
                                                  • Art Zoyd – Sortie 134 (Part 2)
                                                  • Class Action – Weekend (Larry Levan Mix)
                                                  • Adiche – Chuka-Ja (Get Ready)
                                                  • The Girls – The Elephant Man
                                                  • The Golden Flamingo Orchestra – The Guardian Angel Is Watching Over Us
                                                  • Gray – Cut It Up High Priest
                                                  • Extra T’s – E.T. Boogie
                                                  • Convertion – Let's Do It
                                                  • Yoko Ono – Walking On Thin Ice
                                                  • Fab 5 Freddy – Change The Beat
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