• Hieroglyphic Being – Youth Brainwashing and The Extremist Cults
    • Hieroglyphic Being – The Melody Lingers
    • Hieroglyphic Being – The Seduction Syndrome
    • Hieroglyphic Being – Awake and Energize
    • Hieroglyphic Being – Video Jazz
    • Hieroglyphic Being – The Red Notes (Original)
    • Hieroglyphic Being – The Emotional Listener
    • Hieroglyphic Being – The Red Notebook
    • Hieroglyphic Being – The Tone Bather

    "Hieroglyphic Being translates five years of experimentation into his best LP to date" Vinyl Factory

    "Album of the week" BLEEP

    "Chicago dance music hero Hieroglyphic Being releases one of the strongest albums of his incredible career" Pop Matters

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    Stunning new album from Chicago’s finest electronic futurist Hieroglyphic Being, aka Jamal Moss, newly released on Soul Jazz Records. This is his third album for the label, following on from The Acid Documents (2015), and African With Mainframes (w/ Noleian Reusse) K.M.T. (2016).

    Born and based in Chicago, Moss’s music embodies two of the cultural foundation blocks of the city’s musical lineage; that of Chicago’s original Acid House sound (c. 1986) - Frankie Knuckles, Phuture, Marshall Jefferson et al, alongside a rigorous experimental sound searching that taps into the cosmic musical lineage of pioneering artist Sun Ra whose Arkestra landed and was based in the city from 1946-61, and the equally pioneering work of The Art Ensemble of Chicago in the 1960s and 70s.

    The association with Sun Ra is by no means hypothetical, Moss recorded with the Arkestra leader Marshall Allen and a host of free jazz players for the album Hieroglyphic Being & JITU Ahn-Sahm-Buhl’s ‘We Are Not The First.’ (2015).

    Similarly, his relationship to Chicago’s original acid house pioneers of the late 1980s is no hyperbole. Originally mentored by artist/producers Adonis and Steve Pointdexter, Moss also runs his own Mathematics label, releasing a constant stream of new music by foundation acid house pioneers Lil’ Louis, Adonis and many others.

    Moss grew up in the south side of Chicago. After being thrown out of the home of his adoptive parents, he then spent three years homeless living on the streets of Chicago, living a nocturnal existence as a gigolo in Chicago’s alternative clubs. He began his career as a DJ at the pioneering Liquid Love parties at Chi-town’s legendary Power House (home of Ron Hardy’s Music Box) around 1989.

    What clearly defines Moss’s music is that while sometimes pushing the limits of sound to an ear-splitting dimension of experimentation and DIY-electronics – the music is always clearly a progression of the lineage of black music. In the words of fellow Chicagoans, The Art Ensemble of Chicago, it is simply ‘Great Black Music.’ And yet in this uniquely defined sound, Moss somehow manages to draw into this world elements of industrial music, German electronic music (Cluster, Harmonia etc), Detroit’s sci-fi techno artists (Atkins, Saunderson, Craig) and more.

    ‘Outsider House’ ‘Afro-Futurist’ ‘Rhythmic Cubism’, Moss’s near indescribable sound plays testament to the notion that he is perhaps the last of the line of producers directly influenced by Ron Hardy at the Music Box, uniquely qualified to write a new chapter of Chicago’s rich musical history.

    Red Notes is the prolific artists new revelatory and unique project – in his own words ‘A homage to the Blue Note Jazz sound of Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock’ fused together with the classic Chicago House and Acid sensibilities of Larry Heard, Armando, Adonis et al, into a newly imagined futuristic and barrier-less musical landscape.

    Featuring organic and synthetic electronic instrumentation, Hieroglyphic Being here fuses real-time live instrumentation and over-dubbed technologies to dramatic effect, as analog and electronic worlds collide.

    In honour and dedication: Thelonious Monk , Weather Report, Black Herman, Larry Heard, Herbie Hancock, Marshall Allen, Danny Thompson, Sun Ra, David Hotep, Daniel Carter, Orphy Robinson, Shabaka Hutchings, Mark Sanders, Evan Parker, Yaw Tembe, Pat Metheny, Miles Davis, Armando Gallop, Jon Hassell, Heldon, Pekka Airaksinen, Popol Vuh, Joe Zawinul, Moebius, Plank, Neumeyer, Adonis.

    Instrumentation: with Organic Flute, Piano, Guitar, Drums, Alto Sax, Hammond Organ, Korg Triton, Linn Drum, Korg DDD-1, Dr5 Drums, Casio RZ 1, Ensoniq Mirage Fairlight CMI Series III, Moog Mother 3, Allen & Heath Zed 24 mixer, Auria App for Sequencing.

    The striking artwork features stunning graphics and illustration from Paolo Parisi (who also created the artwork for the Africans With Mainframes album as well the series of Acid Mysterons albums all on Soul Jazz Records)

    "Jamal Moss has composed a modern afrofuturist suite as though in a state of perpetual grace" QUIETUS

    Read full review here

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    Jamal Moss, aka Hieroglyphic Being, returns for a new second album on Soul Jazz Records, after last year’s debut The Acid Documents. this time under the name Africans with Mainframes.

    Hieroglyphic Being and fellow Chicago producer Noleian Reusse have been releasing music under the name Africans with Mainframes for over 15 years now, ever since their debut on Hieroglyphic Being’s own Mathematics Recordings label in 2005. ‘K.M.T.’ is the debut album from the group, a collage of apocalyptic Chicago acid meets industrial and transcendental post-house machine funk. 

    Both intense and unique, the album of forward-thinking, experimental, boundary-pushing Afro-futurist electronic music shows why Hieroglyphic Being is regarded as one of the most serious purveyors of experimental black music today. You can't stop the prophet!

    Born and based in Chicago, Moss’s music embodies two of the cultural foundation blocks of the city’s musical lineage; that of Chicago’s original Acid House sound (c. 1986), that of Frankie Knuckles, Phuture, Marshall Jefferson et al, alongside a rigorous experimental sound searching that taps into the cosmic musical lineage of pioneering artist Sun Ra whose Arkestra landed and was based in the city from 1946-61.

    Similarly his relationship to Chicago’s original acid house pioneers of the late 80s is no hyperbole. Originally mentored by artist/producers Adonis and Steve Pointdexter, Moss also now runs his own Mathematics label which has released music by foundation acid house pioneers Lil’ Louis, Adonis and many others. To quote Moss, ‘I am the last of the line of producers directly influenced by Ron Hardy (the pioneering acid house DJ) at the Music Box.’

    Moss grew up in the south side of Chicago. After being thrown out of the home of his adoptive parents, he then spent three years homeless living on the streets of Chicago, living a nocturnal existence as a gigolo in Chicago’s alternative clubs. He began his career as a DJ at the pioneering Liquid Love parties at Chi-town’s legendary Power House (home of Ron Hardy’s MusicBox) around 1989.

    What clearly defines Moss’s music is that while sometimes pushing the limits of sound to an ear-splitting dimension of experimentation and DIY-electronics – the music is always clearly a progression of the lineage of black music. In the words of fellow Chicagoans, The Art Ensemble of Chicago, it is simply ‘Great Black Music.’ And yet in this uniquely defined sound, Moss somehow manages to draw into this world elements of industrial music, German electronic music (Cluster, Harmonia etc), Detroit’s sci-fi techno artists (Atkins, Saunderson, Craig) and more.

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    Hieroglyphic BeingThe Acid DocumentsSoul Jazz Records

    Current Wire magazine front cover artist Hieroglyphic Being’s debut album for Soul Jazz - The Acid Documents - is an album made up of tracks first released last year only ever available in a bespoke edition of 100 copies (yes 100) – in the form of a homemade CD-R – made exclusively for the Sounds of the Universe record store.

    This album is now released officially as a one-off edition of 1000 copies on coloured double vinyl, CD and digital, fully remastered with artwork by Japanese artist 2Yang.

    Hieroglyphic Being, aka Jamal Moss - who features on the front cover of Wire magazine’s current issue – is a DJ/composer/sound artist who makes pioneering, experimental, boundary-pushing Afro-futurist electronic music.

    Born and based in Chicago, Moss’s music embodies two of the cultural foundation blocks of the city’s musical lineage; that of Chicago’s original Acid House sound (c. 1986), that of Frankie Knuckles, Phuture, Marshall Jefferson et al, alongside a rigorous experimental sound searching that taps into the cosmic musical lineage of pioneering artist Sun Ra whose Arkestra landed and was based in the city from 1946-61.

    This association with Sun Ra is by no means hypothetical, having just been in the studio with the Arkestra leader Marshall Allen and a host of free jazz players for the album Hieroglyphic Being & JITU Ahn-Sahm-Buhl’s ‘We Are Not The First.’

    Similarly his relationship to Chicago’s original acid house pioneers of the late 80s is no hyperbole. Originally menotored by artist/producers Adonis and Steve Pointdexter, Moss also now runs his own Mathematics label which has released music by foundation acid house pioneers Lil’ Louis, Adonis and many others. To quote Moss, ‘I am the last of the line of producers directly influenced by Ron Hardy (the pioneering acid house DJ) at the Music Box.’

    Moss grew up in the south side of Chicago. After being thrown out of the home of his adoptive parents, he then spent three years homeless living on the streets of Chicago, living a nocturnal existence as a gigolo in Chicago’s alternative clubs. He began his career as a DJ at the pioneering Liquid Love parties at Chi-town’s legendary Power House (home of Ron Hardy’s MusicBox) around 1989.

    What clearly defines Moss’s music is that while sometimes pushing the limits of sound to an ear-splitting dimension of experimentation and DIY-electronics – the music is always clearly a progression of the lineage of black music. In the words of fellow Chicagoans, The Art Ensemble of Chicago, it is simply ‘Great Black Music.’ And yet in this uniquely defined sound, Moss somehow manages to draw into this world elements of industrial music, German electronic music (Cluster, Harmonia etc), Detroit’s sci-fi techno artists (Atkins, Saunderson, Craig) and more.


    (The second Hieroglyphic Being album on the new label, under his moniker Africans with Mainframes, will be released on Soul Jazz Records in January 2016)

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    Hieroglyphic BeingThe Seduction Syndrome / Black FMSoul Jazz Records

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    Like post-house basement Chicago traxx meets Rhythim is Rhythim's Strings of Life fused with live instruments and Herbie Hancock and John Coltrane with Chicago Acid thrown in! This tune is heavy!

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    "Hieroglyphic Being translates five years of experimentation into his best LP to date" Vinyl Factory

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    Freeform electronic master Hieroglyphic Being (JAMAL MOSS) lays down some more cosmic bebop & experimental house experiments on Mathmatics.

      Hieroglyphic BeingThe Replicant Dream Sequence (Blue PA14 Series)Moog Recordings Library

      Pioneering synthesiser manufacturers, Moog launch their 'Moog Recordings Library' with an album of experimental material from Hieroglyphic Being!

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      • – Seq 3
      • – Seq 4
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      Hieroglyphic BeingThe Acid DocumentsSoul Jazz Records

      Current Wire magazine front cover artist Hieroglyphic Being’s debut album for Soul Jazz - The Acid Documents - is an album made up of tracks first released last year only ever available in a bespoke edition of 100 copies (yes 100) – in the form of a homemade CD-R – made exclusively for the Sounds of the Universe record store.

      This album is now released officially as a one-off edition of 1000 copies on coloured double vinyl, CD and digital, fully remastered with artwork by Japanese artist 2Yang.

      Hieroglyphic Being, aka Jamal Moss - who features on the front cover of Wire magazine’s current issue – is a DJ/composer/sound artist who makes pioneering, experimental, boundary-pushing Afro-futurist electronic music.

      Born and based in Chicago, Moss’s music embodies two of the cultural foundation blocks of the city’s musical lineage; that of Chicago’s original Acid House sound (c. 1986), that of Frankie Knuckles, Phuture, Marshall Jefferson et al, alongside a rigorous experimental sound searching that taps into the cosmic musical lineage of pioneering artist Sun Ra whose Arkestra landed and was based in the city from 1946-61.

      This association with Sun Ra is by no means hypothetical, having just been in the studio with the Arkestra leader Marshall Allen and a host of free jazz players for the album Hieroglyphic Being & JITU Ahn-Sahm-Buhl’s ‘We Are Not The First.’

      Similarly his relationship to Chicago’s original acid house pioneers of the late 80s is no hyperbole. Originally menotored by artist/producers Adonis and Steve Pointdexter, Moss also now runs his own Mathematics label which has released music by foundation acid house pioneers Lil’ Louis, Adonis and many others. To quote Moss, ‘I am the last of the line of producers directly influenced by Ron Hardy (the pioneering acid house DJ) at the Music Box.’

      Moss grew up in the south side of Chicago. After being thrown out of the home of his adoptive parents, he then spent three years homeless living on the streets of Chicago, living a nocturnal existence as a gigolo in Chicago’s alternative clubs. He began his career as a DJ at the pioneering Liquid Love parties at Chi-town’s legendary Power House (home of Ron Hardy’s MusicBox) around 1989.

      What clearly defines Moss’s music is that while sometimes pushing the limits of sound to an ear-splitting dimension of experimentation and DIY-electronics – the music is always clearly a progression of the lineage of black music. In the words of fellow Chicagoans, The Art Ensemble of Chicago, it is simply ‘Great Black Music.’ And yet in this uniquely defined sound, Moss somehow manages to draw into this world elements of industrial music, German electronic music (Cluster, Harmonia etc), Detroit’s sci-fi techno artists (Atkins, Saunderson, Craig) and more.


      (The second Hieroglyphic Being album on the new label, under his moniker Africans with Mainframes, will be released on Soul Jazz Records in January 2016)

      • – Culdees
      • – Dualism
      • – Fabian Society
      • – Gematria
      • – Jacobites Order
      • – Aurum Solis
      • – E Clampus Vitus
      • – Hollow Earth
      • – Illuminates Of Thaneteros
      • – Burlesque Degrees
      • New 2×LP (Coloured Vinyl)£18.99
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      • CD£12.00
        In stockAdd to Bag
      • MP3 Release£7.99
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      The WinstonsAmen Brother / Color Him FatherSoul Jazz Records

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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
      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!

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      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.

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      Lloyd McNeill QuartetWashington Suite (1970)Soul Jazz Records

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

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      CLASSIC! DEEP Jazz includes the wicked 'Home Rule'

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

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


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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

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      Seriously rare, killer and classic funk tunes brought together here in this unique one-off Record Store Day box-set edition.

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      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.

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      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.

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      About Ohms:

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


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      • 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
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      Trees SpeakShadow FormsSoul Jazz Records

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

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

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

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

      Trees Speak - Shadow Forms:

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

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

      Cold Wave #2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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      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
      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
      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.


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      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
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      • 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
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      • 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.

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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.

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      • 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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      Hieroglyphic Being and fellow Chicago producer Noleian Reusse have been releasing music under the name Africans with Mainframes for over 15 years now, ever since their debut on Hieroglyphic Being’s own Mathematics Recordings label in 2005. ‘K.M.T.’ is the debut album from the group, a collage of apocalyptic Chicago acid meets industrial and transcendental post-house machine funk. 

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      Current Wire magazine front cover artist Hieroglyphic Being’s debut album for Soul Jazz - The Acid Documents - is an album made up of tracks first released last year only ever available in a bespoke edition of 100 copies (yes 100) – in the form of a homemade CD-R – made exclusively for the Sounds of the Universe record store.

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      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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      • 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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      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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      Inner City Beat !Soul Jazz Records

      Soul Jazz Records new release Inner City Beat! Detective Themes, Spy Music and Imaginary Thrillers  is a unique CD (and 2LP) release + an exclusive limited-edition specially created 60-page graphic novel (by the mysterious cult 1960s pulp-fiction writer Mark ‘Badly’ Antringham).

      The music on the album is a killer selection of funky, deep, rare, exciting and dancefloor heavyweight ‘spy themes’, ‘detective music’ and thrillers from the 1960s and 1970s. The music spans heavyweight break-beat funk, deep and heavy jazz, super-catchy mod themes, imaginary super-charged orchestral soundtracks and more.

      These tracks are put together from British library music companies (DeWolfe, KPM, Conroy, Amphonic) all of whom supplied music regularly to television and films around the world during this period, often for use in detective and spy programmes, series and films.

      Created as work for hire in anticipation of television or film usage, many were never broadcast and have thus remained unheard, stored in the vaults for many years. Other tracks featured were used as incidental or title music in long-forgotten 1960s detective and cult programs.

      And whilst the names of the artists and composers featured on this album have remained relatively obscure (Syd Dale, Reg Tilsley, Johnny Pearson, Barry Stoller etc), the music they created is in fact some of the most well known and highly accessible music in the world - due to its widespread usage on these detective and thriller (and many other genre) television shows and films during this period.

      In the 1960s and 1970s, these British music libraries used to promote these recordings to television and film productions on limited-run vinyl pressings (usually housed in generic sleeves). Mostly pressed in runs of less than 1000 copies, the best and rarest of these original records are today highly sought after items and included here is a fine selection of some of these rare, collectible and very groovy tracks.

      To accompany this unique album, Soul Jazz have also commissioned the creation of a special 60-page graphic novel which features the stunning artwork of the elusive illustrator John C. Patterson in partnership with the celebrated 1960s pulp fiction cult novelist Mark ‘Badly’ Antringham. The graphic novel is set in the imaginary seedy streets of East London in the 1960s in a world full of corrupt police, political intrigue and violent sadistic criminals.

      As well as the CD release this album also comes as a heavyweight deluxe gatefold super-loud double vinyl release (with free download code). The graphic novel comes free with the physical release (CD and double vinyl LP) of the album Inner City Beat.

      There is also a worldwide digital download release for this Soul Jazz Records release.

      REVIEWS:

      "The collection demonstrates how some short theme tunes and pieces of incidental music also received serious play as stand alone tunes." The Irish Times


      "The clever, contrasting arrangements suit the thriller in your own head as much as the B-movies of the sixties and seventies. Stylish!" Die Presse, Austria


      “A masterpiece. Splendid remastering. An orgasm.” Rock & Folk, France 


      • Peter Reno & Barry Stoller – Sparks
      • Syd Dale – Danger Musicians At Work
      • Clive Hicks – Drums In Transit
      • Norrie Paramor – Theme From New Scotland Yard
      • Francis Coppetiers – Funky Chimes
      • Dave Richmond – Gotta Getaway
      • Dave Richmond – Heavy Lead
      • Reg Tilsley – Ode To A Stone
      • Ernest Copley – Fuel Injection
      • Brass Incorporated – On A Bicycle Made For Three
      • Tilsley Orchestral – The Ratcatchers
      • Ernest Copley – Dynamic Patterns
      • David Lindup – Men Of Action
      • Brass Incorporated – Come One, Come All
      • Francis Coppetiers – Crosstalk
      • The International Studio Group – High Diplomacy
      • Syd Dale – The Hell Raisers
      • Johnny Pearson – Product Efficiency
      • Johnny Hawksworth – Conveyor Belt
      • The International Studio Group – Police Five
      • Johnny Pearson – Grand Prix
      • David Lindup – Superformance
      • Ernest Copley – Crossflow
      • Johnny Hawksworth – Workshop
      Hard RockFeel No WayCDT Records

      Killer U.K. Roots 12" originally released in 1983 on Inner Light. Very hard to find an original, three figure sum..wicked horns led roots with full discomix plus dub on the flip. Black generic sleeve has sticker with band photo from the time...Don't miss!

      • – Feel No Way
      • – Feel No Way (Version)
      • 12"£11.99
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      Nubya GarciaSourceConcord

      Hugely talented saxophonist and composer, Nubya Garcia, releases her anticipated album debut via iconic US jazz imprint, Concord! on 'Source' she "digs deep to present an album with a global outlook: from London to Bogota, Caura to Georgetown, it's a record drawing inspiration from the many places Garcia calls home." Essential release!

      • – Pace
      • – Source
      • 2×LP£26.00
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      Cuba Va!Songs of The New Generation of Revolutionary CubaSmithsonian Folkways

      Revolutionary songs fromn Cuba, performed by the Experimental Sound Collective of ICAIC (Cuban Institute of Cinematographic Arts and Industries)

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        Daniele Baldelli & Marco FrattyOil PaintingLeng

        Spaced out, cosmic disco vibes from the Italian master of the Afro-cosmic legend, Daniele Baldelli!

        • – Side Scan
        • – Steam Engine
        • – Jasmine Flavour
        • – Slinky Funk
        • – Automatic Amplitude
        • – Collumn
        • – Oil Painting
        • – Positive Flow
        • 2×LP£20.99
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        Flesh EatersDisintegration Nation E.P.

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

        • – Disintegration Nation
        • – Agony Shorthand
        • – Radio Dies Screaming
        • – Twisted Road
        Black Man's Pride 2 (Studio One)Soul Jazz Records

        This is the second installment of deep roots Rastafarian reggae at Studio One and features classic music from some of the most important figures in reggae music – Alton Ellis, The Heptones, Jackie Mittoo, The Gladiators – alongside a host of rarities and little-known recordings, such as a truly rare Mystic Revelation of Rastafari seven-inch single, Willie William’s first ever recording ‘Calling’ and Horace Andy’s righteous (and equally rare) masterpiece ‘Illiteracy.’

        Black Man’s Pride 2 extends the legacy of Studio One’s ground-breaking path in roots reggae which began at the end of the 1960s and continued throughout the 1970s. The album tells the story of how the rise of Studio One Records and the Rastafari movement were interconnected, through the adoption of the Rastafari faith by key reggae artists – everyone from the Skatalites and Wailers in the 1960s, major singers such as Alton Ellis and Horace Andy at the end of the decade, through to major roots artists such as The Gladiators in the 1970s – and how Clement Dodd consistently recorded this heavyweight roots music throughout Studio One’s history.

        The extensive sleeve-notes to this album also discuss the links between Rastafari and Studio One in time and place, noting how both the religion and Clement Dodd’s musical empire had their roots in the intense period of pre-independence Jamaica in Kingston, expanded in the 1960s following the visit of Haile Selassie in 1966, and how roots music then came to dominate reggae music in the early 1970s. Also discussed is how the outsider stance of both reggae music and the Rastafari movement relate back many hundreds of years to the original rebel stance of the Maroons, escaped slaves who set up self-sufficient enclaves in the hills of the Jamaican countryside.

        There is also a track-by-track history by the noted Studio One writer Rob Chapman (Never Grow Old). This new album comes as heavyweight gatefold double vinyl (+ download code), deluxe CD and digital album.

        REVIEWS of Black Man's Pride:

        "Soul Jazz’s albums are different: not only have they encouraged a new, younger audience, parallel to the one that enjoys rare funk and spiritual jazz, to appreciate this music, their records are coherent. They’re not just a heap of tunes that happen to be sharing a black vinyl apartment. They’re themed and meld musically. They have a reason to exist.
        In this instance, that reason is an exploration of 70s vocal roots reggae with a theme of black pride and dignity." Record Collector

        • Horace Andy – Illiteracy
        • The Heptones – Be A Man
        • The Manchesters – Natty Gone
        • The Gladiators – Down Town Rebel
        • Willie Williams – Calling
        • Roland Alphonso & Brentford All Stars – Sir D Special
        • Keith Wilson – God I God I Say
        • Alton Ellis – Almost Anything
        • Bobby Kalphat & The New Establishment – Adis A Wa Wa
        • Peter Broggs – Sing A New Song
        • Mystic Revelations Of Rastafari – Let Freedom Reign
        • Larry & Alvin – Free I Lord
        • Ernest Wilson & The Sound Dimension – Freedom Fighter
        • Jackie Mittoo – Happy People
        • Prince Lincoln – Daughters Of Zion
        • High Charles – Zion
        • Winston Jarrett – Love Jah Jah
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        Space, Energy and LightSoul Jazz Records

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

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

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

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

        • J.B. Banfi – Gang (For The Rock Industry)
        • Michael Garrison – To The Other Side Of The Sky
        • Iasos – Lueena Coast
        • Carl Matthews – As Above, So Below
        • Tim Blake – Midnight
        • Stratis – By Water
        • Laurie Spiegel – Improvisation On A 'Concerto Generator'
        • Mother Mallard's Portable Masterpiece Company – Ceres Motion
        • Michael Stearns – In The Beginning
        • Beverly Glenn-Copeland – Ever New
        • Richard Pinhas – Variations VII Sur Le Thème Des Bene Gesserit
        • Tod Dockstader – Piece #1
        • Kevin Braheny – Ancient Stars
        • Steven Halpern – Starborn Suite (Part 1)
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        The Will To Swing by Oscar Petersonby Oscar PetersonMacmillan
          • Original Book (700g)£15.00
            UK first edition hardback in good cond with dustjacket
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          Disco 2Soul Jazz Records

          This is a second selection of independent disco records featuring rare and classic tracks originally released in the USA between the halcyon years of 1977 and 1985.


          This release features only the finest disco, modern soul and boogie and is compiled by Disco Patrick who put together for Soul Jazz Records the mighty 'Disco - An Encyclopedic Guide to the Cover Art of Disco Records' 400+ page deluxe book, as well as the first installment of 'Disco - A Fine Selection of Independent Disco, Modern Soul and Boogie.'


          This album is released as a double CD, as well as two separate volumes of double vinyl (plus free download codes) and a worldwide digital release.


          Rare, classic and in-demand tracks from the mighty vaults of labels such as New York's Salsoul and Miami's TK Records - which during the main disco era became the main competitors to the major established record industry - through to killer virtually unknown tracks released on tiny bespoke one-off labels, now impossible to find either in the history books or record shops of the world.


          All the music on this album has been sonically and digitally remastered with love and is presented complete with sleevenotes, original label artwork and full-length extended disco editions.

          • Stevo – Pay The Price
          • High Frequency – Summertime
          • Dunn Pearson Jr. – Groove On Down
          • Mad Dog Fire Department – Cosmic Funk
          • Needa – Rock-A-Freak
          • Cream De Coco – Disco Strut
          • Anita Maldonado – What Can I Do To Make You Dance
          • The Shades Of Love – Come Inside
          • Skip Jackson – Micro Wave Boogie
          • Jahneen – Everybody's Dancin'
          • Montego Joe – Freestyle
          • Timmy Thomas – Africano
          • Paper Doll – Get Down Boy
          • Jazz – I Feel Like Love
          • Paco & Flaco & Coco – He's Here
          • Ripple – Victorious
          • Universal Love – Moon Ride
          • Panache – Jam On
          • Otis Brown's Grade A – Strut On
          Brown SugarI'm In Love With A Dreadlocks: Brown Sugar and The Birth Of Lovers Rock 1977 - 80Soul Jazz Records

          Soul Jazz Records are releasing this first ever collection of the pioneering British reggae Lovers Rock group Brown Sugar including rare singles, dubs and extended mixes. The album comes with extensive sleevenotes and interviews with Dennis Bovell, Pauline Catlin, John Kpiaye and Winston Edwards (Studio 16).

          Brown Sugar were formed by three young teenage girls – Pauline Catlin, Caron Wheeler and Carol Simms in South London in 1976. In the short period of time 1976-1980, the group – working with Dennis Bovell on the mixing desk and John Kpiaye (‘Brownie T) in the studio – recorded barely a handful of singles on the new Lovers Rock label, a number of which went to the top of the UK reggae charts. But success stopped there, and with no album release and no industry support the group broke up in the early 1980s.

          Following their split Caron Wheeler became the lead vocalist for the hugely successful group Soul II Soul, Carol Simms launched a solo career as Kofi (re-making a number of Brown Sugar songs with producer Mad Professor) and Pauline Catlin returned to education.

          Despite their relatively low-key mainstream public exposure Brown Sugar (and the label on which their first records appeared) announced to the world a new genre of reggae music, Lovers Rock, which spoke for the first time with the sensibility of a new segment of British society; that of first generation-born Black British female youth.

          And while Lovers Rock became synonymous with sweet love songs, Brown Sugar’s music in fact expressed far more; a righteous pride and consciousness in being Black and British, a political stance more often associated with UK roots groups like Black Slate, Aswad, Misty in Roots and other British reggae acts in the late 1970s. Brown Sugar were in fact their own genre of ‘conscious lovers rock’ – an expression of ideological black cultural pride.

          Brown Sugar’s handful of three-minute love songs (often plus extended dubs) somehow manage to encapsulate all the complexities of identity, sexual politics and youthful righteousness of Afro-Caribbean youth living in Britain in the 1970s. Songs such as ‘I’m in Love with A Dreadlocks’, ‘Our Reggae Music’, ‘Black Pride’ and ‘Dreaming of Zion’ spoke with a straightforward righteousness and consciousness that few roots groups could hope to match. The fact that they were all teenagers is even more striking.

          In the mid-70s British reggae came into being as first generation Black Britain was able to find a voice able to express the issues of growing up British with Caribbean roots. This came about in two different ways – the British roots music of (essentially male) groups such as Aswad, Steel Pulse and Black Slate – and Lovers Rock, the expression of a black essentially (but not totally) female consciousness – Brown Sugar, Louisa Mark, 15-16-17, Marie Pierre, Janet Kay, Carroll Thompson, Jean Adebambo and others. And significantly, while British roots music was a variant on a Jamaican style, Lovers Rock was uniquely British – the first authentic British reggae sound.

          Dennis Bovell comments, “For Lovers Rock we needed a pulpit, a way of saying ‘this is the style’. Sound systems were already saying ‘this is lovers,’ brandishing it in the dance. Our intention was to create a style of music that my generation could identify with – one that had a beat, and you could dance to with your partner in a sound system setting.”

          Dennis Bovell’s mixes for the group gave a further dimension to Brown Sugar records – a sound system mentality, adding sound effects and dub elements. ‘I’m in Love with A Dreadlocks’ was the debut release for both Brown Sugar and the Lovers Rock label, a fitting calling card for both. The record was a hit on many sound systems across the UK, reaching the top of the reggae charts.

          John Kpiaye: “They never put out an album. And all these records were seven-inch singles; when 12-inches turned up it just killed the seven-inch.”

          Although the career of Brown Sugar was short-lived, their legacy and influence remains significant and now, 40 years on from these first records, all of the members are still involved in music. Pauline Catlin has recently re-launched her career under a new moniker, Shezekiel; Carol Simms, aka Kofi, remains a successful solo artist, one of the queens of Lovers Rock; Caron Wheeler, after leaving Soul II Soul at the end of the 1980s, embarked on a solo career, before re-joining the soul super-group which she continues to front to this day.

          This new collection brings together all the groups essential recordings for the first ever time and is released as double gatefold heavyweight vinyl + free download (+ full sleevenotes), CD with large booklet, and digital album.

          • – Black Pride
          • – Our Reggae Music
          • – Hello Stranger
          • – I'm In Love With A Dreadlocks
          • – Hurtin' (with Dennis Bovell)
          • – I'm So Proud
          • – Runaway Love
          • – Dreaming Of Zion
          • – Loving Dreadlocks Dub
          • – You and Your Smiling Face
          • – Do You Really Love Me
          • – Proud
          • – Confession Hurts
          Lloyd McNeill QuartetWashington Suite (1970)Soul Jazz Records

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

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          CLASSIC! DEEP Jazz includes the wicked 'Home Rule'

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

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


          • – Home Rule
          • – Just 71% Moor
          • – 2504 Cliffbourne Pl.
          • – Fountain In The Circle
          • – City Tryptych
          • – Fountain In The Circle
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          The RevolutionariesKunta KintePressure Sounds

          BACK IN STOCK!! never officially released,dub plate of all dub plates from channel one, this limited 7" with company sleeve.

          • – Kunta Kinte
          • 7"£13.00
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          Studio One Black Man's Pride 3 : None Shall Escape The Judgement Of The AlmightySoul Jazz Records

          This is the latest new installment of Soul Jazz Records’ on-going collection of Rastafarian music at Studio One, featuring classic material from legendary roots and culture artists The Gladiators, Horace Andy, Freddie McGregor, Sugar Minott and the Wailing Souls, alongside a superb selection of rarities from Sir Coxsone’s musical empire made up of one-off and practically unknown Rastafarian artists who recorded on a myriad of Studio One off-shoot labels in the 1970s – The Manchesters, Mellodies, The Nightingales and others.

          In this new collection, we see that once again the prescient Clement Dodd was a man who saw the wider picture. In the 1960s it was Sir Coxsone who identified the creative potential of The Wailers, Toots and the Maytals, Heptones, Burning Spear and many, many others. In the 1970s Studio One released an untouchable selection of the finest as styles moved from reggae to deejay to dub and, in the latter half, the emergence of dancehall.

          But what is also clear is that throughout this era Studio One released an incredible amount of roots music, and not just the most commercially obvious. For alongside the career-building catalogues of Burning Spear, The Wailing Souls, The Gladiators and so on, one needs to be an ardent Studio One collector to know some of the truly raw Rastafarian music featured here. Groups such as The Manchesters or The Nightingales feel as if they were recorded straight out of the churchical chants of the mansions.

          Black Man’s Pride explains the links between the ideology of Clement Dodd at Studio One and the Rastafarian faith, which was the creation of Afro-Jamaicans and concerned above all else with a black consciousness and empowerment, a rediscovering of the personal and racial identity of black people. The movement began in the 1930s and, in tandem with this black consciousness, called for a rejection of the British imperial culture that dominated Jamaica, while creating an identity based on a re-appropriation of an African heritage.

          The Rastafari movement was like a pivot, bringing together and balancing many vectors of ideologies. Marcus Garvey’s Back to Africa movement, trades union discourse, anti-colonialism and nation independence, maroon self-definition and independence, the spirit of African rebellion in the Caribbean. For Clement Dodd, a black man and producer growing up in Kingston in this era, Rastafari was simply a part of his everyday world – from witnessing Count Ossie’s grounations to the faith of many Jamaican artists at Studio One – from the Skatalites onwards.

          Featured here alongside these classic and rare tracks from Studio One are new and extensive sleeve notes with track-by-track notes by Rob Chapman, author of the acclaimed Downbeat Special and Never Grow Old Studio One books.

          The album is released as double heavyweight gatefold vinyl (+ free download code), CD with slipcase and booklet, and digital album.

          • Horace Andy – Conscious Dread Lock
          • The Gladiators – A Prayer To Thee
          • Freddie McGregor – Beat Down Babylon
          • The Manchesters – Selassie Bandman
          • The Mellodies – Dread Oppression
          • Big Joe – Jah Jah Help Us
          • Horace Andy – Oh Lord Why Lord
          • Lloyd Jones & The Super Natural Six – Get Up and Try
          • The Wailing Souls – Can't Catch Me
          • The Nightingales – Jehovah
          • Alphanso Stewart – It's No Secret
          • Errol Dunkley – Satisfaction
          • Mr Manchester – Give Natty Dread Glory
          • Lincoln (Sugar) Minott – Wrong Doers
          • Noel Campbell & The Gladiators Band – Sufferation
          • African Brothers – No Cup No Brock
          • Zoot Simms – When The Time Comes
          • Glen Miller – Whey No Dead
          New Orleans Funk Vol. 4Soul Jazz Records

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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