Nigeria Freedom Sounds ! Popular Music and The Birth Of Independent Nigeria 1960-63Calypso, Highlife, Apala, Mambo, Juju

    Soul Jazz Records
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      • I.K. Dairo and his Blue Spots – E Ma Mobun Saya
      • Chris Ajilo and his Cubanos – Ariwo
      • I.K. Dairo and his Blue Spots – Aye Wa Kael
      • Charles Iwegbue and his Archibogs – Baby I Tire
      • Haruna Ishola and his Group – Iba Awon Agba
      • E.C. Arinze – Chukwu Fulum Nanya
      • Victor Ola-Iya and his Cool Cats – Cool Cats Invitation
      • Ganiyu Kale and his Guinea Mambo Orchestra – Iyawo-Ile
      • E.C. Arinze – Freedom Highlife
      • I.K. Dairo and his Blue Spots – Bonfo
      • Haruna Ishola and his Group – Owo Ni Fari
      • Apolos Empire Rhythm Orchestra – Cut your Coat According To Your Size
      • E.C. Arinze – Lumumba Calypso
      • Sammy Akpabot and his All Stars – Save For A Rainy Day
      • Ishie Brothers – Onyeoma Rosa
      • Godwin Omobuwa and his Soundmakers – Look, Look, Look
      • E.C. Arinze – Saturday Night
      • J.O. Araba and his Rhythm Blues – Iyawo Ma Pa Mi
      • Godwin Omobuwa and his Soundmakers – You Cheat Me
      • E.C. Arinze – Ozo Emena
      • Tes Dandies Dance Band – Obo Mi Ebe Mi
      • J.O. Araba and his Rhythm Blues – Olowofuja Sawa
      • I.K. Dairo and his Blue Spots – Omo Alara

      Soul Jazz Records’ new Nigeria Freedom Sounds! features a stunning selection of material spotlighting the vibrant musical scene in Nigeria at the start of the 1960s. With a wealth of musical and cultural history and newly independent from Britain, Nigerian music during this era was complex, diverse and forward-thinking, with musicians as excited in exploring their country’s own musical lineage with styles such as Juju and Apala as they were in adapting and absorbing outside influences such as Ghanaian Highlife, Caribbean Calypsos and Mambo and more.

      This album features many of the defining artists of this time who helped shape the Nigerian musical scene. Artists include I.K. Dairo and his Blue Spots, Haruna Ishola and his Group, E.C. Arinze, Sammy Akpabot and His All Stars, Godwin Omobuwa and his Soundmakers, Ganiyu Kale and His Guinea Mambo Orchestra and many more.

      Few nations on earth are as diverse as Nigeria, and the wide assortment of Nigerian music styles collected on this album reflect the country’s rich variety of cultures. Western-influenced dance music, played on European instruments such as guitar, brass, and woodwind sits alongside traditional musical styles, made with indigenous instruments such as the talking drum, marimba, or obo. And there is also religious musical styles first brought to Nigeria by European Christians and Islamic traders from North Africa. And of course, there are points where these musical styles overlap, merging into one another to create unique new sounds.

      This album is released as CD + booklet + slipcase, heavyweight gatefold double vinyl edition + download code, and digital release. The CD includes a large outsize 48-page book containing extensive sleevenotes by compiler Danny Fitzgerald, original photography, artist biographies, as well as selection of Nigerian adverts celebrating its independence and original artwork from some of the rare original Nigerian 45s on which this music was first (and only ever) released. The heavyweight gatefold 2xLP comes with full sleevenotes and download code.

      Read GUARDIAN newspaper review here

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        The Best Of ReggaeDoctor Bird

        Expanded version of the best-selling TV advertised album from 1973, comprising 55 of the biggest reggae hits of the late Sixties and early Seventies.

        The double disc collection includes numerous chart-busting hits and dancefloor-fillers, performed by some of the greatest Jamaican performers of the era, including such legendary artists as Desmond Dekker, the Maytals, Dave & Ansel Collins, the Pioneers, John Holt, Greyhound and Bob & Marcia.

        Guaranteed to bring a touch of warm Jamaican sunshine to even the coldest of days, “The Best Of Reggae” is sure to brighten up any occasion, 365 days of the year!

          Impulse Records: Music, Message And The MomentImpulse!

          UNBELIEVABLE new compilation of deep spiritual music by John Coltrane, Charles Mingus, Oliver Nelson, Pharoah Sanders, Archie Shepp and other groundbreaking Impulse Artists.

          "Orange and black. Fire and ebony. Fury and pride. Wearing its signature colors proudly and raising its exclamation point high, Impulse! Records was the go-to label for music that harnessed the searching and political stand-taking of the Sixties. Launched in 1961, Impulse grew to become an inherent part of the era’s velocity as well as its volume, pulling jazz into the age of Black Power, Afrocentricity, and Spiritual Expansion. In its balance of tradition and transition, it bridged the golden age of jazz, that brief window from the late Fifties to the Seventies when players representing every jazz era were alive and active—from Louis Armstrong to Albert Ayler, from the legends of lore to a new generation of energy players. Impulse treated all its musicians as innovators, revolutionaries even—from swing and bebop, to free and Afrofuturist. The performances on Impulse Records: Music, Message and the Moment draw their staying power from a wide embrace of styles and sounds, as well as a tight focus on a historic moment when the promise of change was in the air and the message of racial harmony was in the music. Today that music has lost none of its relevance: the promise still deferred, the message still on time."

          • – The John Coltrane Quartet — Africa
          • – Max Roach — Garvey's Ghost
          • – John Coltrane & Alice Coltrane — Reverend King
          • – Alice Coltrane — Blue Nile
          • – Pharoah Sanders — Astral Traveling
          • – Archie Shepp — Blues for Brother George Jackson
          • 1. – The John Coltrane Quartet — Africa
          • 2. – Max Roach — Garvey's Ghost
          • 15. – John Coltrane & Alice Coltrane — Reverend King
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          • 4×LP Box Set (2kg)£160.00
            • 4xLP box set is housed in a high-quality archival portfolio cast with a museum drop front.
            • Magazine style booklet featuring original impulse! ads and artist photos
            • Impulse! vinyl slipmat.
            • Free UK shipping!
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          • 2×CD£20.00
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          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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          • 2×LP£30.00
            Limited edition blue coloured vinyl + inners + download
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          AOR Global Sounds Vol 5: 1977-1984Favorite Recordings

          Superb compilation of rare AOR tracks from the West Coast and some other oddities from Europe. Breezy sounding soft rock tunes that have been influence by the sounds of soul and disco; expertly compiled by Charles Maurice!

          • – Rhapsody – You Never Know
          • – Jonathon Hansen – What Its Meant To Me
          • – Mark Williamson – I Need You
          • – The Ferry Brothers – ‘Til Mornin’ Comes
          • – Didier Makaga – J’Irai Squatter Ton Cœur
          • – Esperanto – Kailua
          • – Sugar Cane – What You Do To Me
          • – Westside – Don’t Take It Away
          30 Years Of Strictly Rhythm: Part Two (Clear Vinyl Repress)Strictly Rhythm

          Mid-90s classics from Strictly's golden era feat. essentials from the likes of Mole People (Aramand Van Helden), DJ Sneak, Wamdue Project, Barbara Tucker and more!

          • Barbara Tucker – Beautiful People (Underground Network Mix)
          • Essence – Moments In House (Full Effect Mix) (DJ T Edit)
          • The Mole People – Break Night
          • DJ Sneak – Keep On Groovin' (Fat Bottom Mix)
          • Wamdue Project – King Of My Castle (Original Mix)
          • South Street Player – (Who?) Keeps Changing Your Mind (The Night Mix)
          • Sole Fusion – Bass Tone (Underground Network Mix)
          • 1. Barbara Tucker – Beautiful People (Underground Network Mix)
          • 2. Essence – Moments In House (Full Effect Mix) (DJ T Edit)
          • 3. The Mole People – Break Night
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          • 2×12" (Coloured Vinyl)£24.00
            Limited clear vinyl repress
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          Edo Funk Explosion Vol. 1Analog Africa

          It was in Benin City, in the heart of Nigeria, that a new hybrid of intoxicating highlife music known as 'Edo Funk' was born. It first emerged in the late 1970s when a group of musicians began to experiment with different ways of integrating elements from their native Edo culture and fusing them with new sound effects coming from West Africa´s night-clubs. Unlike the rather polished 1980's Nigerian disco productions coming out of the international metropolis of Lagos, Edo Funk was raw and reduced to its bare minimum.

          Analog Africa focus on this style with an essential, 12 track compilation with extended notes and photos.

          • Osayomore Joseph And The Creative Seven – Africa Is My Root
          • Akaba Man & The Nigie Rokets – Ta Gha Hunsimwen
          • Akaba Man And The African Pride – Popular Side
          • Sir Victor Uwaifo And His Titibitis – Iranm Iran
          • Sir Victor Uwaifo And His Titibitis – Sakpaide No.2
          • 1. Osayomore Joseph And The Creative Seven – Africa Is My Root
          • 2. Akaba Man & The Nigie Rokets – Ta Gha Hunsimwen
          • 3. Akaba Man And The African Pride – Popular Side
          • View full info and tracklisting
          • 2×LP£27.00
            Gatefold sleeve with 20 page booklet
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          • CD + Book (200g)£20.00
            Includes a 36 page booklet
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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)
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          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
          • 2×LP£20.00
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          • CD£12.00
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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

            Other Releases on Soul Jazz Records

            Black RiotEarly Jungle, Rave and HardcoreSoul Jazz Records

            VINYL FACTORY COMPILATION OF THE YEAR 2020!!!

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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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            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
            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
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            • – Fountain In The Circle
            • – City Tryptych
            • – Fountain In The Circle
            • LP (Coloured Vinyl) + Download Code£25.00
              Expected 23 JulPreorder
            • CD£12.00
              Expected 23 JulPreorder
            • MP3 Release£7.99
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            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

            IN STOCK NOW!

            BRAND NEW LTD. EDN. 12" All-time Studio One party ANTHEM now available for the first time ever on loud 12" with version on the flip. 100% ESSENTIAL MONSTER TUNE - ROCKS ANY DANCEFLOOR!

            • 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)
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            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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            Nigeria Soul Fever - Afro Funk, Disco and BoogieSoul Jazz Records

            Soul Jazz Records’ new Nigeria Soul Fever is their first release to explore the vast wealth of Nigerian music recorded in the 1970s. The new album comes with introductory sleevenotes by Bill Brewster (author of Last Night A DJ Saved My Life).

            Packed-full with Afro-Funk, Disco and Boogie all from Nigeria, this triple album/double CD set brings together a stunning collection of diverse West African sounds. Whilst a small handful of the artists featured (Joni Haastrup, Tee Mac, Christy Essien) have seen the light of day outside Africa, this is essentially a collection of killer tracks by an array of artists completely unknown outside of Nigeria. 

            Artists such as Don Bruce & The Angels, Akin Richards & The Executives, Angela Starr, Jimmy Sherry & The Music Agents. It’s no surprise that these records are extremely rare and expensive to buy individually so this album will save you going broke trying to find them.

            These recordings were made at a time when Nigeria’s trade restrictions banned imported records. Whilst new musical trends (such as American soul, funk, disco etc) entered and influenced the country, the local music scene remained just that – local. Consequently, these recordings remain practically unknown to anyone outside of the country.

            Nigeria Soul Fever is released as triple-album vinyl + download, double-CD digi-pack and digital download. This album follows on from Soul Jazz Records’ 1960s collection Nigeria Freedom Sounds, released last month, and will be followed by the reissue of the incredibly rare and groovy Nigerian 1980 disco boogie funk album Tee Mac’s Night Illusion.

            "Excellent new soul jazz compilation Nigeria Soul Fever: Afrofunk, Disco And Boogie: West African Disco Mayhem!" THE GUARDIAN

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            • Joni Haastrup – Free My People
            • Christy Essien – You Can't Change A Man
            • Akin Richards & The Executives – Afrikana Disco
            • Tee Mac – Nam Myoho Renge Kyo
            • Joni Haastrup – Greetings
            • Don Bruce and The Angels – Ocheche (Happy Song)
            • Benis Cletin – Get Up and Dance
            • Colomach – Enoviyin
            • Joni Haastrup – Do The Funkro
            • Tee Mac featuring Marjorie Barnes – Living Everyday
            • Arakatula – Mr Been To
            • Angela Starr – Disco Dancing
            • Joni Haastrup – Wake Up Your Mind
            • Jimmy Sherry & The Musik Agents – Nwaeze
            • Benis Cletin – Soul Fever
            • Arakatula – Wake Up Africa
            • 1. Joni Haastrup – Free My People
            • 2. Christy Essien – You Can't Change A Man
            • 3. Akin Richards & The Executives – Afrikana Disco
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            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
            Soul Jazz Records presents Apala:Apala Groups in Nigeria 1967-70Soul Jazz Records

            Soul Jazz Records new ‘Apala: Apala Groups in Nigeria 1967-70’ is the first ever collection of Apala music to be released outside of Nigeria.

            The album focusses on a wide selection of recordings made in Nigeria in the 1960s, a time when Apala music was at the height of its popularity. Apala is a deeply rhythmical, hypnotic and powerful musical style that combines the striking nasal-style vocals and traditions of Islamic music, the Agidigbo (thumb piano), and the equally powerful drumming and percussion rhythms and techniques of the Yoruba of Nigeria.

            The most significant figure in Apala music is undoubtedly Haruna Ishola who features throughout this album. Ishola holds an almost mythological status in his role as populariser of Apala music in Nigeria. Ishola’s singing was believed to be so powerful that, without proper restraint, it could kill the recipient of his music.

            Apala is a popular music that also functioned as a form of cultural resistance – Apala music involved no western instrumentation and is sung in the Yoruba language, its aesthetic an implicit cultural rejection of the British Empire’s colonial rule over Nigeria which lasted from 1901 until independence in 1960.

            Apala music was popular and widely accepted in Nigeria due to its philosophical and profound lyrical content alongside the complex rhythmic patterns of this heavily percussive style, which highlighted many of the percussion instruments of south-west Nigeria.

            Apala is one of a number of popular urban styles of music that came out of Nigeria in the 20th century and sits alongside the more well-known (in the West) styles of Fuji, Highlife, Juju and Afrobeat. Of these modern forms Apala remains perhaps the most ‘roots’ style (sometimes described as ‘neo-traditional’) due to the authenticity of its sound. It has similar Islamic roots to other neo-traditional styles of Nigeria – including Waka and Sakara – examples of which are also included on this collection contextualising the music of Apala.

            These recordings were originally made and released locally by Decca and EMI Records as well as a variety of independent labels in Nigeria and have never been released outside of the country before. Soul Jazz Records are releasing this album as a deluxe double gatefold vinyl (+ download code), CD, slipcase and booklet, both containing full text and photography.

            • Haruna Ishola and His Apala Group – Ewure Ile Komoyi Ode
            • Adebukonla Ajao and Her Group – Aboyin Ile
            • Rapheal Ajide and His Apala Group – Adura Fun Osiwowo
            • Haruna Ishola and His Apala Group – Orin To Mo Gbon Wa
            • R.A. Tikalosoro and His Group – Agilinti Lomu
            • Adebukonla Ajao and Her Group – A.B.D. Alawiye
            • Haruna Ishola and His Apala Group – Asa Ko Gbodo Wole Gbeiyele
            • Adeleke Aremu & His Group – Egbe Arowolo
            • Haruna Ishola and His Apala Group – Rufai Baolgun
            • R.A. Tikalosoro and His Group – Kiniun Kuro Leran Amu Sere
            • Haruna Ishola and His Apala Group – S. Aka
            • Adebukonla Ajao and Her Group – Lekele Bale
            • Kasumu Adio and His Apala Group – Odale Ore
            • Ayisatu Alabi and Her Group – Oko Lolomo
            • Jimoh Agbejo Bo Ogun and His Group – Oriki Ibeji
            • Ayisatu Alabi and Her Group – Omo Olobi
            • Rapheal Ajide and His Apala Group – Orin Aje
            • Adebukonla Ajao and Her Group – Sunday Babayemi
            • 1. Haruna Ishola and His Apala Group – Ewure Ile Komoyi Ode
            • 2. Adebukonla Ajao and Her Group – Aboyin Ile
            • 3. Rapheal Ajide and His Apala Group – Adura Fun Osiwowo
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            Congo Revolution - Revolutionary and Evolutionary Sounds From The Two Congos 1955 - 62Soul Jazz Records

            This stunning new release looks at the explosion of music that came out of the Congo in the years leading up to independence in 1960. Congolese rumba, a wild combination of African, Jazz and Latin influences, created future stars of its now legendary creators – Franco, Grand Kalle, Tabu Ley, Dr. Nico, Papa Wemba - and all feature here in their ground-breaking early groups such as O.K.Jazz, Brazzos, Rock-A-Mambo, African Jazz and The Beguen Band.

            The Congo is in fact two countries – The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC, formerly Zaire) and the Republic of the Congo. Congo Revolution was first released as a sampler 7” box set for RSD, and this expanded release includes a 50-page booklet/double gatefold and inner sleeves containing extensive text explaining the evolution of the music and history of the two Congos, and how music, politics and popular culture intersected at the point of independence from the two Congos’ European colonisers – Belgium and France – through songs such as ‘Vive Patrice Lumumba,’ and ‘MNC Uhuru,’ which celebrated the Congolese independence leader prior to his political assassination.

            Also included is the stunning images of the Congolese photographer Jean Depara who documented the Congo’s vibrant nightlife in the period 1955-65 as well as being the official photographer for the superstar Congolese artist Franco up until his death in 1989. Depara also documents the rise of the Bills (Congolese teenagers who dressed as cowboys) and sharp-suited évolués (which later gave rise to the fashion-conscious phenomenon of the Congolese ‘Sapeurs’). These superb images are reproduced in collaboration with Revue Noire in France.

            This album comes as a deluxe heavyweight double vinyl with gatefold sleeve and individual inner sleeves, CD with slipcase and 50-page outsize booklet and as digital release.

            • Brazzos et OK Jazz – Cha Cha Cha Del Zombo
            • Brazzos Et OK Jazz – Tcha Tcha Tcha Mi Amor
            • Essous et Rock-A-Mambo – Baila
            • Edo et O.K. Jazz – Kumavula Tubakueto
            • O.K. Jazz – Sois Sage Amour
            • Nino & Rock-a-Mambo – Allegria
            • Bagette et Le Vedette Jazz Orchestre – Rhythmo Vedette Jazz
            • Franco et O.K. Jazz – Tokeyi Kobina Calypso
            • Essous et Orchestre Bantou – Luiza
            • Beguen Band – Yo Me Moera
            • African Jazz – Vive Patrice Lumumba
            • Dewayon & Conga Jazz – Na Lingi Na Ngai Kubala Te
            • Kongo Jazz – La Belle Lucie Botayi
            • Grupo O.K Jazz – Grupo O.K Jazz
            • Rock-A- Mambo – Cherie Nini
            • African Jazz – Flowers of Luckness
            • African Fiesta – Merengue Nico
            • Rock-a-Mambo – Les Voyous
            • Wendo Kolosoy with Beguen Band – Marie Louise
            • African Jazz – Ngonga Ebeti Independance
            • African Jazz – MNC Uhuru
            • 1. Brazzos et OK Jazz – Cha Cha Cha Del Zombo
            • 2. Brazzos Et OK Jazz – Tcha Tcha Tcha Mi Amor
            • 3. Essous et Rock-A-Mambo – Baila
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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
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            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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            • 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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            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.

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            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

            Reviews:

            "★★★★★ 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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            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:

            Independent

            Time Out

            The Telegraph

            Frieze

            BBC News

            • 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
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            100% Dynamite (New Edition)Soul Jazz Records

            This is the new digitally remastered expanded edition of Soul Jazz Records’ biggest ever selling reggae release, 100% Dynamite: Ska, Soul, Rocksteady and Funk in Jamaica.

            If you didn't get it the first time now's your chance to find out where it all began - all killer no filler!. If you did and wore it out get it now with bonus tracks and free download code!

            Since the album’s original release nearly twenty years ago, 100% Dynamite has become a cornerstone of funky reggae music: Eighteen killer tracks that show the influence that American Jazz, Funk and Soul music had on Jamaican Reggae.

            100% Dynamite features come serious Jamaican funk by Jackie Mittoo, The Upsetters and Toots & The Maytals, the cream of Jamaica's jazz musicians such as Tommy McCook, Cedric Brooks and Lennie Hibbert. Also included here are heavyweight Reggae versions to Soul classics by Marlena Shaw’s ‘Woman of the Ghetto’, Aretha Franklin’s ‘Rocksteady’, Syl Johnson’s ‘Is It Because I’m Black’, William DeVaughan’s seminal ‘Be Thankful’ and more.

            100% Dynamite also features revolutionary tunes such as Johnny Osbourne’s ‘We Need Love, Sound Dimension’s ‘Drum Song’ and Lloyd Robinson’s ‘Cuss Cuss’, songs that helped define a unique sound for Jamaican music in the sixties and seventies.

            These influences went both ways – check Brentford All Stars massive ‘Greedy G’, the basis for Boogie Down Productions’ ‘Jack of Spades’, or Willie Williams’ ‘Armagideon Time’ later covered by The Clash.

            This new expanded edition features seminal tracks from the greatest Jamaican producers – Clement Dodd, Lee Perry, Winston Riley (Techniques) and many more.

            The album is available as CD, heavyweight double vinyl (+download), plus digital.

            ORIGINAL REVIEWS

            "Compilation of the month" MUZIK

            "Brilliant" TIME OUT

            "Album of the week" MIXMAG

            "Compilation of the f***ing year" MELODY MAKER

            "Buy this excellent compilation immediately" MOJO

            "I think there’s a good argument to be made for 100% and 300% Dynamite records - along with Dave Godin’s Deep Soul Treasures (Taken From The Vaults) – Vol 1 & 2, Motown Chartbusters Vol. 3 and Blue Note: Blue Juice Vol. One - being among the finest compilations ever assembled. Anyone who has never heard Sister Nancy’s ‘Bam Bam’ or the Brentford Allstars' 'Greedy G' needs to remedy that situation straight away and anyone who is tired of hearing Althea & Donna’s ‘Uptown Top Ranking’, Willie Williams' 'Armageddon Time' and Wayne Smith’s ‘Under Me Sleng Teng’ needs to have a word with themselves anyway." THE QUIETUS

            • Willie Williams – Armageddon Time
            • The Maytals – Night and Day
            • The Marvels – Rock Steady
            • The Upsetters – Popcorn
            • Bunny Clarke – Be Thankful
            • Tommy McCook – Green Mango
            • Brentford All Stars – Greedy G
            • Lennie Hibbert – Real Hot
            • Horace Andy – My Soul
            • Johnny Osbourne – We Need Love
            • Bunny Clarke – I Love The Way You Love
            • Jackie Mittoo – Stereo Freeze
            • Phyllis Dillon – Woman Of The Ghetto
            • Cecric Im Brooks – Give Rasta Glory
            • Alton Ellis – Son Of Man
            • Sound Dimension – Granny Scratch Scratch
            • Lloyd Robinson – Cuss Cuss
            • Sound Dimension – Drum Song
            • Ken Boothe – Is It Because I'm Black
            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
            Studio One RocksteadySoul Jazz Records

            Out now!

            Get ready .. 

            With excellent sleevenotes by Lloyd Bradley (author of the classic book Bass Culture - When Reggae Was King (Penguin)) this album is dedicated to rocksteady at Studio One as well as covering reggae soul and the birth of reggae.

            Featuring an all-star selection of artists: Ken Boothe, Marcia Griffiths, Jackie Mittoo, The Heptones, John Holt, Alton Ellis, Dennis Brown and more.

            Soul Jazz Records' Studio One Rocksteady is released in CD- jewel case, 16-page booklet with card slipcase, as well as a heavyweight double-vinyl edition in deluxe strong gatefold sleeve (with full sleeve notes and free download code) and also as a digital download.

            "A Superb choice of songs, an essential selection" David Rodigan

            REVIEWS:

            "Soul Jazz’s excellent collection… even without the history, the importance, and the ins and outs, this music isn’t as much of an intellectual pursuit as it is a pleasure in every note… tremendously tight vocal arrangements… just chock full of creativity, developing a unique sound in every single." Pitchfork

            "This stunning compile… perfectly articulates rocksteady's correlation with sweet, sweet soul music… Heart-warming, life-affirming stuff." Stack Magazine, Australia 

            "Songs of love and lust had never channelled such a rich slice of cultural and social life as here" Wire Magazine

            “Splendid anthology” Rock & Folk, France

            "First class compilation for connoisseurs.” SKUG Magazine, Austria

            • The Eternals – Stars
            • John Holt – Fancy Make Up
            • Cecille Campbell – Whisper To Me
            • The Heptones – Party Time
            • The Gaylads – Joy In The Morning
            • Marcia Griffiths – My Ambition
            • The Heptones – Love Won't Come Easy
            • Alton Ellis – Hurting Me
            • The Wailing Souls – Row Fisherman Row
            • Ken Boothe – Home Home Home
            • Jackie Mittoo – Our Thing
            • Ken Boothe – When I Fall In Love
            • Larry & Alvin – Throw Me Corn
            • Duke Morgan – Lick It Back
            • Carlton and The Shoes – Me and You
            • Dennis Brown – Easy Take It Easy
            • The Classics – Pack Up
            • Ken Boothe – Moving Away
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            Betty HarrisThe Lost Queen Of New Orleans SoulSoul Jazz Records

            Betty Harris’ The Lost Queen of New Orleans Soul features all of her classic deep soul, sister funk and northern soul songs recorded in New Orleans in the 1960s - all written, produced and arranged by the legendary Allen Toussaint, and featuring the cream of New Orleans musicians and the incredible Meters.

            All of these singles featured here were released on Allen Toussaint and his business partner Marshall Sehorn’s local New Orleans label Sansu, widely distributed in the southern city but in only limited quantities elsewhere. As a consequence, Betty Harris’ music failed to achieve the commercial success of other New Orleans artists such as Lee Dorsey (who she recorded with) and The Meters (who backed her). And so at the end of the decade she stopped recording, retired from the music business to raise her family in Florida.

            This is no reflection of the stunning musical quality of all these songs which encompass everything from southern soul, heavy funk, deep soul ballads and northern soul. Betty Harris has been a cornerstone of Soul Jazz Records’ New Orleans Funk and New Orleans Soul compilations. 

            Always soulful and always funky, Betty Harris’ music contains the essence of New Orleans music. She is the Lost Soul Queen of New Orleans. 

            This collection is released on CD, heavyweight gatefold double LP vinyl (+ download code) and digital and comes complete with full biography, original label artwork.

            To coincide with this album New Orleans legend Betty Harris  will in the new year be performing two rare live UK shows at the 100 Club, London on Feb 17,2017 and Band on the Wall, Manchester on Feb 18, 2017.

            • Betty Harris – There's A Break In The Road
            • Betty Harris – 12 Red Roses
            • Betty Harris – Mean Man
            • Betty Harris – I'm Gonna Git Ya
            • Betty Harris – Ride Your Pony
            • Betty Harris – Show It
            • Betty Harris – I Don't Wanna Hear It
            • Betty Harris – Bad Luck
            • Betty Harris – Hook, Line 'n' Sinker
            • Betty Harris – Lonely Hearts
            • Betty Harris – What A Sad Feeling
            • Betty Harris – What'd I Do Wrong
            • Betty Harris – Trouble With My Lover
            • Betty Harris – Sometime
            • Betty Harris – I'm Evil Tonight
            • Betty Harris – Nearer To You
            • Betty Harris – All I Want Is You
            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)
            90 Degrees Of ShadeSoul Jazz Records

            Soul Jazz Records’ new album 90 Degrees of Shade features the music of the Caribbean – Mambo, Calypso, Mento, Merengue, Latin Jazz and much more. The music of Cuba, Jamaica, Haiti, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and more all feature in this lightning journey through the many island sounds.

            This is the sound of independence, righteous and hot jump-up sounds from the 1950s and 60s, an exciting period of endless new musical styles that would travel across the world – Mento, the Jamaican precursor to reggae; mambos and descargas from Cuba, Dominican merengue, Haitian compas – and more.

            This album coincides with the release of Soul Jazz Records’ massive new deluxe large format hardback book 90 Degrees of Shade: 100 Years of Photography In The Caribbean (with foreward by Paul Gilroy) featuring hundreds of fascinating and unique photographs spanning one hundred years of Caribbean history.

            The new album comes as a deluxe two-CD pack complete with large outsize booklet, packed full of info and original artwork. There are also two limited edition separate heavyweight double LP vinyl editions, each one housed in gatefold sleeves complete with insert, full text and free download code. Also comes as a worldwide digital release.

            • The Eloise Trio – Come To The Caribbean
            • Cachao – Trombon Criollo
            • Duke Of Iron – Bambouche
            • Lucho Azcarraga – Tamboritos Panamenos
            • Alfredito – Timbales
            • King Scratch – Christmas Time In Nassau
            • Guy De Rosier Orchestra – Panono M'Tombe
            • Noro Morales Orchestra – Mississippi Mambo
            • Peanuts Taylor – Nassau Blues
            • Katherine Dunham Ensemble – Nago
            • Hubert Porter – Rum and Coconut Water
            • The Bay Street Boys – Donkey Wants Water
            • Guy Du Rosier Orchestra – Anatole
            • Sonny Burke Orchestra – West Indies
            • Dioris Valladares – Los Dos Merengues
            • Julio Gutierrez – Theme For Conga
            • Hubert Porter – Mary's Lamb
            • Count Lasha – Perseverance
            • Tito Puente – Swingin' Mambo
            • The Duke Of Iron – Fifty Cents
            • Katherine Dunham Presents The Singing Gods – Maiz
            • Fajardo y sus Estrellas – El Aguardiente
            • The Eloise Trio – Anna Macao
            • Lord Fly – Whai, Whai, Whai
            • Gina Martin – Omo Belli
            • Billo's Caracas Boys – Bombele
            • King Scratch – Liza See Me Hear
            • Cortijo – Con La Punta Del Pie Teresa
            • The Calypso Steel-O-Rama Band – Java
            • Super Ensemble Nemours Jean-Baptiste – Rinmin Ce Folie
            • Lord Lebby – Dr. Kinsey Report
            • Celia Cruz – Yembe Laroco
            Sugar MinottSugar Minott At Studio OneSoul Jazz Records

            Long-out-of-print re-release of this classic Sugar Minott album on Soul Jazz Records bringing together the best of his classic material recorded at Studio One in the 1970s.

            Lincoln Sugar Minott was born in Kingston, Jamaica in 1956. He grew up in a poor area of West Kingston and from an early age developed a love of Reggae music and the music of Studio One in particular. As a teenager, he became selector for Sound of Silence Keystone and Gathering of Youth local sound-systems. By the late 1970s Minott had risen to become one of the biggest stars in Jamaican music.

            Sugar Minott began his career at Studio One. After auditioning in front of Clement ‘Sir Coxsone’ Dodd in the early 1970s, he became the first artist to record new songs over classic rhythms, singing over original Studio One tapes – the significance of which led directly to the birth of dancehall, as Channel One, Joe Gibbs and hundreds of other Jamaican producers quickly began releasing their own material based on these same classic Studio One rhythms replayed by Sly and Robbie, The Aggrovators, Soul Syndicate, Roots Radics and many others.

            “I knew Studio One spiritually before I knew Studio One physically. You know I grew up beside a dancehall and Sir Coxsone’s sound used to play there from when I was a boy. So from that influence you know I used to love Studio One sound so much, I became a sound selector. So that was my first involvement with getting to know Studio One music like The Heptones, Alton Ellis, Ken Booth, the whole works and that was my life from a youth.”

            After Sugar Minott’s debut many other artists followed suit at the label such as Freddie McGregor, Johnny Osbourne, Lone Ranger and Michigan & Smiley leading to one of the most creative periods for the label. This is the first retrospective of Sugar Minott at the label and most of these recordings have never been widely available outside Jamaica.

            • Sugar Minott – Vanity
            • Sugar Minott – Please Be True
            • Sugar Minott – Hang On Natty
            • Sugar Minott – Never Give Up
            • Sugar Minott – Jahovia
            • Sugar Minott – Give A Hand
            • Sugar Minott – Try Love
            • Sugar Minott – Roof Over My Head
            • Sugar Minott – Jah Jah Lead Us
            • Sugar Minott – Is It True
            • Sugar Minott – Love Gonna Pack Up
            • Sugar Minott – Give Me Jah Jah
            • Sugar Minott – Jah Jah Children
            • Sugar Minott – Party Time
            • Sugar Minott – Change Your Ways
            • Sugar Minott – Jah Almighty
            Betty WrightGirls Can't Do What The Guys Do (1968)Alston

            Deep Miami Soul with a Funky Soul flipside! Awesome.

            • – Girls Can't Do What The Guys Do
            • – Sweet Lovin' Daddy
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            PUNK 45 : Chaos In The City Of Angels and DevilsSoul Jazz Records

            Chaos in the City of Angels and Devils’ is the new instalment of Soul Jazz Records’ Punk 45 series featuring an array of first generation Los Angeles punk bands including X, The Germs, The Zeros, The Urinals, The Weirdos through to second generation hardcore groups like The Circle Jerks, Adolescents and T.S.O.L.

            Unlike the other major cities of New York and London, Punk in Los Angeles was pretty much ignored by the major record industry. As bands sprang up, Los Angeles punk gave rise to a wide range of its own DIY independent records with labels like Dangerhouse, Bomp!, What? And Upsetter documenting the nascent emerging scene.

            Original Los Angeles punk came in two distinct phases. The first punk groups (c.77-79) all centred around The Masque club in Hollywood, and the birth of the first ever hardcore groups who emerged in the surrounding Los Angeles suburb and beach areas (c.1979-81), mixing punk, skate and surfer ideologies. This album includes music from both periods.

            Chaos in the City of Angels and Devils’ documents this in detail. The 64-page outsize CD booklet features extensive notes, exclusive photography from celebrated original photographers Jenny Lens, Melanie Nissen (Slash magazine) and Edward Colver, original cover art as well as interviews and features on bands and labels (including The Urinals, Flesh Eaters, Dangerhouse, Posh Boy, Frontier, Upsetter and more!).

            The deluxe double vinyl comes in gatefold sleeve, inner sleeves, insert + free download (+ full sleevenotes and photography). This is the sixth Punk 45 release on Soul Jazz Records and follows on from the earlier releases covering punk from Cleveland, Akron, UK, USA and proto-punk, as well as the book Punk 45 – Cover Art of Punk written in collaboration with Jon Savage.

            • The Middle Class – Out Of Vogue
            • X – We're Desperate
            • The Flesh Eaters – Disintegration Nation
            • The Weirdos – A Life Of Crime
            • The Urinals – I'm White and Middle Class
            • Iggy & The Stooges – I Got A Right
            • The Germs – Forming
            • Agent Orange – Bloodstains
            • Black Randy & The Metrosquad – Trouble At The Cup
            • The Urinals – Ack Ack Ack Ack
            • The Zeros – Don't Push Me Around
            • The Randoms – ABCD
            • Circle Jerks – What's Your Problem
            • The Bags – Survive
            • The Adolescents – Amoeba
            • The Dils – Class War
            • The Deadbeats – Brainless
            • The Simpletones – I Like Drugs
            • T.S.O.L. – World War 3
            • Eyes – TAQN
            • The Hollywood Squares – Hollywood Square
            • The Deadbeats – Final Ride
            London Is The Place For MeVolume 3 And 4: African Dreams, Calypso, The Piccadilly HighlifeHonest Jons

            VOLUME 3 & 4


            Calypso, kwela, highlife and bebop, a little rock n roll and an Indian mambo, a shango hymn, some Sun Ra-style cha cha cha.

            • Ginger Johnson – Egyptian Bint Al Cha Cha
            • Young Tiger – African Dream
            • Cab Kaye – Don't You Go Away
            • 2×CD£15.99
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            Ernie and The Top NotesDap Walk / Things Are BetterSoul Jazz Records

            Only available EXCLUSIVELY to customers at Soul Jazz Records/Sounds of the Universe.

            KILLER NEW ORLEANS FUNK PARTY BOMB!!

            One of the rarest of all New Orleans Funk singles issued here in exact repro artwork. The SEMINAL Dap Walk plus the mega-rare HEAVY B-side - hardcore!

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


            See all the EXCLUSIVE 45s titles only available here!

            • Ernie and The Top Notes – Dap Walk
            • Ernie and The Top Notes – Things Are Better
            • 7"£9.99
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            Exclusive Super Limited Edition Official Studio One Records Silk Screen Print T-ShirtJackie Mittoo #1Studio One/Soul Jazz Records

            THERE ARE 20 of these left and then they are gone!

            Super-limited edition last 100 x one-off print run exclusive Studio One Official T-shirt!

            Black and red silk screen print on 100% Cotton white T-shirt, w/ official Studio One label

            This T-shirt will be deleted after this mailout so if you want one you need to order now!

              • T-Shirt Extra Large£20.00
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              • T-Shirt Large£20.00
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              • T-Shirt Medium£20.00
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              Arnold BlairTrying To Get Next To YouSoul Jazz Records

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

              Stone-cold CLASSIC monster soul anthem! Sounds wicked!

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

              See all the EXCLUSIVE 45s titles only available here!


              • – Trying To Get Next To You
              • – I Won The Big Deal
              Fela KutiFela With Ginger Baker Live!Knitting Factory Records

              It's hard to go wrong with Fela Kuti's work from the 1970s, and LIVE!, which features the Afrobeat innovator backed by his powerhouse band Africa '70 and ex-Cream drummer Ginger Baker, is no exception. Reissued on Brooklyn-based Knitting Factory records. 

              • – Let's Start
              • – Black Man's Cry
              • – Ye Ye De Smell
              • – Egbe Mi O
              • LP£19.99 £16.99
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              Alefa Madagascar: Salegy, Soukous & Soul From The Red Island 1974-1984Strut

              Strut continues its essential compilation series of Indian Ocean sounds with ‘Alefa Madagascar’, the first compilation to document the unique culture of salegy, soukous and soul music on the island during the ‘70s and ‘80s.

              • Jean Kely et Basth – Andosy Mora
              • Soymanga – Moramora Zoky
              • Roger Georges – Mama
              • Ny Anjarasoa – Mahonena
              • Charles Maurin Poty – Amboliako Fary
              • Mahaleo – Izahay Mpamita
              • Papa James – Ngoma Hoe
              • Los Pepitos et Leur Ensemble – BB Gasy
              • Jeanot Rabeson et Son Orchestre – Jazz Sega
              • Feon'Ala – Farahy
              • Terak' Anosy Group – Soaliza
              • Saka Dit The King – Ody Ody (Tsy Mentsy Mandroso)
              • Michael – Razana Tsy Ho Meloko
              • Falafa – Rapela
              • Los Matadores – Andeha Hanarato
              • Nino Rafah – Oa Niny E
              • Kaiamba Orchestra – Tokatoka
              • Atrefy Andriana – Zaka Tiako Mamolaka Keriko
              • 2xLP + Download Code£24.99
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              • CD£10.99
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              Fela KutiShakaraKnitting Factory Records

              1972 Fela Kuti anthem! This is afro beat at it's finest...ESSENTIAL!!!    

              • – Shakara (Oloje)
              Soul Jazz Records presents Steve ReidRhythmatism (1976)Soul Jazz Records


              Soul Jazz Records are issuing the awesome deep jazz album Rhythmatism (1976) from the legendary Steve Reid long out of print in a new edition very limited 1000-copies COLOURED vinyl (+download code) and CD.

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              ‘Steve Reid is one of the greatest drummers.

              He is a musical genius’ KIERAN HEBDEN (Four Tet)

              ‘A truly phenomenal artist.’ GILLES PETERSON

              ‘Steve Reid reflects the spirit of a generation- Art Ensemble of Chicago, John Coltrane, Pharoah Sanders, the Black Artists Group.’ THE WIRE


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              Drummer and composer extraordinaire Steve Reid’s Rhythmatism is one of his deepest and most radical of albums of all time and features some of the heaviest jazz players - Arthur Blythe ‘AKA Black Arthur’, Charles Tyler, David Wertman and others – joining Reid. The album was originally released on Reid’s own Mustevic Sound label in 1976

              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 in 1976. Rhythmatism is released in its entirety and with full original cover art here and is one of 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 – Kai
              • Steve Reid – Rocks (for Cannonball)
              • Steve Reid – Center Of The Earth
              • Steve Reid – C You Around
              • Steve Reid – One Minute Please