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Very Limited Skatalites Box Set!

The Skatalites - Independence Ska & The Far East Sound

We have 100 copies left of this box set - if you want one you need to order now!

One of two Soul Jazz Records 7" Box Set Specials only available from independent record stores on Record Store Day.

Very limited New Orleans Funk Box Set!

New Orleans Funk Box Set

We have 100 copies left of this box set - if you want one you need to order now!

One of two Soul Jazz Records 7" Box Set Specials only available from independent record stores on Record Store Day.

Comprising five classic New Orleans’ seven-inch singles reproduced here in exact replica bespoke label artwork and all digitally re-mastered.

Seriously rare, killer and classic party tunes from the Big Easy, brought together here in this unique one-off Record Store Day box-set edition. These singles have only ever ever been available exclusively direct from Soul Jazz Records' Soho shop in London and are available worldwide only for the RSD special release.

Get down to you local store to make sure you get a copy!

Obviously we will have loads at Sounds of the Universe this Sat 16th April.

Sounds of the Universe

7 Broadwick Street, Soho, London W1F 0DA

New York Noise New Edition

Read Guardian newspaper new article on Soul Jazz Records' New York Noise versus the new HBO series Vinyl (New York Noise is better!). Read here

New Soul Jazz Records Website

Welcome to the new Soul Jazz Records website. 

Lots of new functions for you to explore including no more putting in your card details each time and more!

Let us know what you think, any problems with the new site or any suggestions here.

Magnetic South

Soul Jazz Sound System in full effect in South London April 14-15th.

INFO/TICKETS here

New York Noise

Read new interview in Vice magazine/Thump with Stuart Baker, who runs Soul Jazz, talking about our new 2016 issue of New York Noise - Dance Music From The New York Underground 1977-82

Read here

New York Noise 2016 Edition

New York Noise large feature in Pop Matters. Read here

"Contrary to the somehow prevailing beliefs, reissue culture, as of this century, is not damaging per se. The notion that continuously digging the past and trawling history in search for something exciting, as in a cultural and anthropological exercise. Simon Reynolds’ fearmongering on the subject, mostly through the lens of his Retromania, has propagated a notion according to which our love for the past has obstructed somewhat a love for the new. It’s a daring theoretical construction that finds some obstacles, given the very own concept of what music usually stands for. Given the unprecedented access to music with which the internet has provided us, there is no need to fear a bright love and curiosity one could have for the past. The past can be, as we now know, a way of recontextualizing the new." 

In this context, British label Soul Jazz Records has, apart from its own original line of work, specialized in the field of unearthing music from very specific times and places, helping define particular soundscapes which, from the perspective of a somewhat untrained ear, might have sounded oppressively otherworldly. From a label which, at the time, was focusing on churning out various compilations, in 2003 the label released New York Noise, an album/collection parsing out the musical (and, in broader terms, artistic) scene from several New York avant-garde “movements”—more specifically, focusing on releases ranging from 1977 to 1982. As the title suggested back then, it didn’t possess a focus, something uniting the whole undertaking. Logically coinciding with the compilation’s initial and main motivation, the album set out to chronicle New York’s underground avant-garde scenario: the birth of no wave, the negation of punk rock and, most importantly, in such a short period of time, the unfolding of a culture which, by its own terms, wasn’t a “culture” according to those day’s requirements. No wave was, above all, the denial of culture.

New York Noise had significant importance when it came out in 2003—precisely because, at that time, the city itself was experiencing a post-punk revival. A more commercially appealing one, but that period still expressed some longing from the rule-breaking experienced back then. New York Noise, because of just that, meant context and history. And now, incidentally, in contraposition to whatever Retromania has to say about this particular moment in time, context and history are fundamental to the understanding of a “movement”.

No wave was, from the very beginning, to borrow from Marc Masters’ words on the subject, a “philosophy of negation”. It was ultimately predicated on negation. It denied commercial appeal, the New Wave music that sprouted at the end of the ‘70s (according to Masters, the name was coined in a response espoused by Lydia Lunch when answering a question on what her music sounded like: “Is it new Wave?” Response: “More like No Wave”.)

That is a classic definition, mainly because no wave is deeply grounded on that word no. It resists categorizations and labels—pretty much, let’s say—just like the ‘70s culture itself. As a direct effect, in order to ultimately negate punk rock’s (or sometimes just rock itself) usual tropes in vogue at the time, no wave was based in experimentation. Funk, jazz, noise, foreign music: all was worthy of consideration.

This is path tethered to New York Noise’s mission: it aims to represent, to paint a comprehensive picture of no wave, yet paying tribute to the eclectic nature of New York—that is, there was more going on with New York’s underground scenes. It’s a difficult job with which this (or every) compilation is tasked. Yet, it succeeds marvelously.

New York Noise is broad in scope. Its appeal goes from the Dance’s “Do Dada” (opener), a considerably more pop release, to the experimental nature of Mars’ “Helen Fordsdale”, whose guitar riff and dissonance might or might have not contributed as (in)direct influence to Sonic Youth’s “Teenage Riot”. Which is to say that, while it might be hard to categorize the music carried in the compilation—besides the vague terminology contained in expressions such as “post-punk” and “no wave”, and the fact this music was made all during the same period and in the same location—it doesn’t mean its influence can’t be traced. Despite the notion that people had lost sight of no wave as the ‘80s went by.

There are a few curious appearances in New York Noise. Arthur Russell, who, at that time, released music under his Dinosaur L moniker, is still here: “Clean on Your Bean” is one of the compilation’s most exquisite and rewarding tracks, precisely because one is able to trace the transcendental nature of the music under comment here. No wave might have not lasted long enough in order to leave a mark in the public’s collective imagination, but as a whole, its influence is immeasurable. That’s not just because of an incessant revival which took place more than ten years ago and this compilation helped spark, but also because of the music itself, a sprawling collection of art made during a very specific time. A confluence of negation of authority, traditional punk tropes and artistic values.

As it happens with every compilation with a Herculean task in mind, one should suspect of New York Noise’s intentions. When looking for an introduction to the music of that era—the underground’s post-punk vein—the listener will go as far as the compilation offers them to go. Yet, New York Noise’s scope is wide. Awkwardly enough, it’s wider than, let’s face it, No New York, the seminal album which serves as the basic narrative for said period.

The new 2016 edition adds material from impLOG, a collaborative project comprising Don Christensen and Jody Harris, little after their involvement with James Chance of the Contortions (“Contort Yourself” is, as expected, featured in the compilation). “Breakfast” is a perfect closing for the album. Above all, because it condenses the very own nature of the music made in such period. With is calming, jazzy overtones, the songs seems like a displaced commercial for the American way of life. It ends in laughs, as it is supposed to do. It’s also supposed to sound ironic.

The additions in the 2016 version don’t impact that much, which is, in all honesty, something to be overlooked when you consider for how much time the compilation has stayed out of print, which is something that only reaffirms the archival nature of this 2016. Given its original release in 2003, it suffices to say this album has already done (well, it’s good to state) its job of conferring context to a particular moment in the aughts. New York Noise is no encyclopedia, and it doesn’t have to be one. It’s supposed to make trawling the history of a very brief and particular (and important and seminal) “movement” considerably easier. And as for those who fear, in 2016, that reissue culture is a signal for the end of times when it comes to the art of discovery, well, there is nothing wrong with taking a shortcut. As long, of course, as you get anywhere. And there is no better shortcut than New York Noise for at least ten years." Daniel Bortolli, Pop Matters, 17 Mar 2016

You can also see the article here:

Chris Bowden Time Capsule

20 years after Chris Bowden's ground-breaking Time Capsule album was released on Soul Jazz Records, he talks to UKVibe in an in-depth interview about his music. 

Read here: bit.ly/1TdqE4o

Interview & DJ set recorded in Port au Prince, Haiti, with Soul Jazz Records' founder Stuart Baker

Listen here

An hour-long interview & DJ set recorded at Radyo Shak, a temporary radio station that set up in downtown Port au Prince as part of the Ghetto Biennale art festival.

The interview is presented by Richard Fleming for NYC's Clocktower Radio. 

Soul Jazz Sound System in Barcelona 2 Apr 2016

Soul Jazz Sound System DJs landing in Barcelona, 2 Apr 2016 at the Lapsus festival. 

Exclusive Funk and Soul 45s on Soul Jazz Records

Le Frank O Keep On Gettin' Down Soul Jazz Records/Sounds of the Universe
This unique 7" single is ONLY available to customers to the Soul Jazz Records or Sounds of the Universe websites or retail store!It is...
SaltHung UpSoul Jazz Records
NEW LTD. 300 copies (2nd Press, yellow label)Only available EXCLUSIVELY to customers at Soul Jazz Records/Sounds of the Universe.FACT mag. no. 6 BEST...
Brief EncounterHuman/Total SatisfactionSounds Of The Universe
NEW LTD. 300 copies (2nd Press, yellow label)Only available EXCLUSIVELY to customers at Soul Jazz Records/Sounds of the Universe.Stone-cold CLASSIC...
The ExplosionsGarden Of Four TreesSoul Jazz Records
NEW LTD. 300 copies (2nd Press, black label)Only available EXCLUSIVELY to customers at Soul Jazz Records/Sounds of the Universe.Hold tight for the first...
The ExplosionsHip Drop (Pts. 1 and 2)Soul Jazz Records
All time New Orleans party bomb 45!!!  Here we go with our latest slice of £100+ killer rare New Orleans funk seven-inch single. This...
Inell YoungWhat Do You See In HerSoul Jazz Records
NEW LTD. 300 copies (3rd Press, green label)Only available EXCLUSIVELY to customers at Soul Jazz Records/Sounds of the Universe.Yes it's true! New Orleans...
Inell YoungThe Next Ball GameSoul Jazz Records
Hold tight! Here is our 2nd Killer New Orleans Funk £200+ Bomb! Featuring Inell Young's searing vocal performance + James Black's seriously...
Bo Dollis & The Wild Magnolias Mardi Gras Indian BandHanda Wanda (Pts. 1 & 2)Soul Jazz Records
This is the first ever single from The Wild Magnolias - a massive, massive slice of super-percussive New Orleans second line funk meets Mardi Gras...
King Scratch / Guy Du Rosier OrchestraChristmas Time In Nassau / AnatoleSoul Jazz Records
Insane percussive heavy 60s party Mambo recorded in the Bahamas + Hypnotic 60s calypso recorded in Port-au-Prince. Caribbean party vibes...
Professor LonghairBig Chief (Pts. 1 & 2)Soul Jazz Records
 NEW LTD. 300 copies (2nd Press, blue label)Only available EXCLUSIVELY to customers at Soul Jazz Records/Sounds of the Universe.All time party classic...
Chuck Carbo & The Soul FindersCan I Be Your Squeeze / Take Care Your Homework FriendSoul Jazz Records
MASSIVE double-sider funk bomb produced by Eddie Bo!  This is the latest EXCLUSIVE release of rare and killer New Orleans Funk 45s - one of the...

Punk 45 Releases

PUNK 45 : Chaos In The City Of Angels and DevilsHollywood From X To Zero & Hardcore On The Beaches : Punk In Los Angeles 1977 - 81Soul Jazz Records
‘Chaos in the City of Angels and Devils’ is the new instalment of Soul Jazz Records’ Punk 45 series featuring an array of first generation Los Angeles...
Punk 45: The Singles Cover Art of Punk 1976-80Edited by Jon Savage and Stuart BakerSoul Jazz Books
Back in print!!!Soul Jazz Records’ massive deluxe 400-page Punk 45s cover art book edited and compiled by Jon Savage (author of the seminal book on punk,...
Punk 45: Sick on You ! One Way Spit !After the Love & Before the Revolution Vol.3: Proto-Punk 1969-77Soul Jazz Records
This new Punk 45 album is a collection of tracks of twisted, raw and energized proto-punk music from the early 1970s, ahead-of-its-time music which led...
PUNK 45: Burn Rubber City Burn!Akron, Ohio : Punk And The Decline Of The Mid West 1975 - 80Soul Jazz Records
Soul Jazz Records' new 'Punk 45' album Burn, Rubber City Burn charts the rise of the music scene in the mid-west city of Akron, Ohio at a time when the...
PUNK 45: Extermination Nights In The Sixth CityCleveland, Ohio : Punk And the Decline Of The Mid West 1975 - 82Soul Jazz Records
Soul Jazz Records' new 'Punk 45' album charts the rise of underground punk in the mid-west city of Cleveland, Ohio, which for many people is the true birthplace...
Punk 45: There Is No Such Thing As SocietyGet A Job, Get A Car, Get A Bed, Get Drunk! Underground Punk in the UK 1977-81, VOL 2Soul Jazz Records
Soul Jazz Records’ new Punk 45 album charts the rise of underground punk and post-punk in the UK from 1977-81. Punk 45: There is No Such Thing...
Punk 45: Kill the Hippies! Kill Yourself! The American Nation Destroys Its Young Underground Punk in the United States of America, Vol. 1. 1973-1980Soul Jazz Records
Soul Jazz Records’ new Punk 45 album charts the rise of underground punk across the United States of America in the years 1973-1980. The album coincides...

Brand New Studio One 45s

Alton Ellis/Dub SpecialistAlton's Groove/Dub Creation
Brand new - limited edition Two new Studio One cuts - Alton Ellis tough funk plus super heavyweight dub from Dub Specialist
Tyrone Taylor/Denise DarlingtonRightful Rebel/Feel So Good
Brand new - limited edition Two rare Studio One cuts 
Horace Andy/Jackie MittooSee A Man's Face/One Step Beyond
Brand new - limited edition two killer Studio One cuts back-to-back
The Gaylads/Sound DimensionAfrica/Congo Rock
Brand new - Two limited edition massive Studio One cuts back to back.
The Skatalites / Dub SpecialistMan In The Street / Banana WalkSoul Jazz Records
It's the bomb! Two massive Studio One cuts back to back.
Horace Andy / Jackie Mittoo Mr Bassie / Napoleon SoloSoul Jazz Records
It's the bomb! Two massive Studio One cuts back to back.
Johnny Osbourne / Prince JazzboTruth and Rights / CrabwalkingSoul Jazz Records
It's the bomb! Two massive Studio One cuts back to back.
Leroy Sibbles / Norma FrazierExpress Yourself / RespectSoul Jazz Records
It's the bomb! Two massive Studio One cuts back to back.