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    Randomer & FifeNo Sleep / On A RollSoul Jazz Records

    New single in Soul Jazz Records’ Future Bass releases features two exclusive brand new tracks of deep future post-dubstep and post-house music from two new generation producers, Randomer & Fife.

    Soul Jazz’s  Future Bass features some of the most progressive producers making dance music today – Four Tet, Mala, Kevin Martin, Coki, Untold and more new wave producers like Randomer. Here Randomer joins up with fellow dubstep producer Fife with this stunning new single featuring two exclusive new super-deep tracks of future music.

    • – No Sleep
    • – On A Roll
    Heatsick Snakes & Ladders EP Sounds Of The Universe / Soul Jazz Records

    Trippy experimental club tracks from Steven Warwick aka Heatsick exclusive to our Sounds Of The Universe imprint. Limited to 300 copies - available only direct from our store or websites

    All artwork designed by Heatsick himself and includes 12 X 12 hand-screen printed numbered artwork.

    "Snakes & Ladders" - where Casio stabs and a barking bassline builds up to a stretching crescendo of white-noise percussion - a rhythm track from the Music Box heyday performed in striking Casio tones. 

    The ultimate night driving music  - "Time Smudge" is an interstellar journey through trippy space pads and grinding pedalled bass. 

    Heatsick explains:

    "Snakes & Ladders deals with game theory on the grid, slithering around precariously only to fall down a worm(snake?) hole on Time Smudge, reprogramming the ride"

     

    Check out the "Snakes & Ladder" here video directed by Pedro Maia with BRÁULIO BANDEIRA AND SMEETA NARANG Production RGB/XYZ STUDIO

    • – Snakes & Ladders
    • – Time Smudge
    Hu VibrationalBeautiful: Boonghee Music 2Soul Jazz Records

    Soul Jazz are releasing this new album that mixes deep percussive Afro- Jazz with elements of Hip-Hop recorded in Los Angeles, California. The album features members of the West Coast left-field Hip-Hop/Electronica community such as Daedelus and Carlos Nino A/K/A Ammon Contact alongside Adam Rudolph and Hamid Drake. Adam Rudolph and Hamid Drake have between them played and recorded with Pharoah Sanders, Herbie Hancock, Bill Laswell, Jah Wobble, Don Cherry and many more. With previous releases on Scott Heren’s (Prefuse 73) Eastern developments label, Hu Vibrational’s deep spiritual music draws on the links between Jazz music and avant-garde Hip-Hop. Adam Rudolph co-founded the Mandingo Griot Society and has been working together for over recent years as musical partner to the great Yusef Lateef. He also runs the Go:Organic Orchestra a 22 piece percussion group. Carlos Nino A/K/A Ammon Contact has had releases on Soul Jazz Records, Eastern Development and Plug Research. As well as being an integral part of Hu Vibrational he has also produced Build An Ark who feature on the recent tribute to Sun Ra release alongside Theo Parrish, Recloose, Jimi Tenor, Alex Attias and more.

    • Hu Vibrational – Joyous
    • Hu Vibrational – Joyful Road
    • Hu Vibrational – We Walk
    • Hu Vibrational – Friends And Gardens (For Don Cherry)
    • Hu Vibrational – Feet On A Beautiful Planet
    • Hu Vibrational – Locomotion
    • Hu Vibrational – Path Of Peace (For Yusef Lateef)
    • Hu Vibrational – Walkabout It
    • Hu Vibrational – Copa Setic Interlude
    • Hu Vibrational – On The Now (For Big Black)
    • Hu Vibrational – In The House
    • Hu Vibrational – Sunkissed
    • Hu Vibrational – Return To Earth
    RocketnumbernineLone Raver / Black and Blue / Steel DrummerSoul Jazz Records

    Their first single was released on Kieran Hebden (FOURTET)’s own label and Rocketnumbernine have been touring and performing alongside FOURTET since 2010.

    The meeting between Fourtet and Rocketnumbernine came from both group's connection to Steve Reid, the veteran radical drummer who recorded a number of albums on Soul Jazz.

    Rocketnumbernine have recently had live sessions on GILLES PETERSON's RADIO ONE show as well as performing at the Gilles Peterson WORLDWIDE Awards.

    The group have just returned from playing with RADIOHEAD in New York.

    This is a VERY LIMITED 12” single EP on SOUL JAZZ RECORDS.

    RocketNumberNine are London based brothers Ben (keyboards) and Tom Page (drums).

    • – Lone Raver
    • – Black and Blue
    • – Steel Drummer
    Africans With Mainframes (Hieroglyphic Being and Noleian Reusse)K.M.T.Soul Jazz Records

    "A devastating album of epic dancefloor rituals and visions from Jamal Moss (Hieroglyphic Being) and Noleian Reusse in their prized Africans With Mainframes guise, amounting to their most substantial and impressive collection." BOOMKAT

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    This album is available as a very limited 1000 double-LP (+download) and 1000- tip-on hard Japanese gatefold card style CD, digital album all designed by the artist Paolo Parisi.

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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.

    • – Anachronistic
    • – Hierachical
    • – Book Of Gatis
    • – Negroid Spinx
    • – Qustal Artifacts
    • – Naqada
    • – K.M.T.
    • – Meroitic Script
    Cotti VS King SolyTruth Hurts/Bass Changed My LifeSoul Jazz Records

    One of four killer Dubstep 12”s (two of which are by Cotti) released on the same day on Soul Jazz Records.
    Cotti’s numerous white label heavyweight Dubstep releases (“I Don’t Give A Dub”, “Calm Down” “Sensi Dub”), his appearances on Soul Jazz Records’ seminal ‘Box of Dub’ albums have made him one of most in-demand producers of the moment.


    These 2 new exclusive cuts are heavy, two-step-digi-steppas dark dub-influenced cuts with plenty of sound effects and killer bass-lines.


    Heavy club and radio support from Digital Mystikz, Benga, Skream, Mary Anne Hobbs and more.

    • Cotti – Truth Hurts
    • King Soly – Bass Changed My Life
    BellNumbersSoul Jazz Records

    Amazingly sophisticated and incredibly naïve electro from UK duo Bell who are Dan Crouch and Adrian Stephens. After this debut in 2000 the group recorded a second album on Soul Jazz Records main label in 2003.

    • Bell – Potential Analogue Dependency
    • Bell – 500 Horses
    • Bell – Hotel November
    • Bell – New World Order
    • Bell – Circumstances Surrounding The Mysterious Death Of Harold Kenrick
    • Bell – Computer
    • Bell – King Monkey
    • Bell – Disco Belle
    • Bell – Dance To The Beat
    • Bell – S-Pulse
    Soul Jazz Records presents Apala:Apala Groups in Nigeria 1967-70Soul Jazz Records

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    • Haruna Ishola and His Apala Group – Ewure Ile Komoyi Ode
    • Adebukonla Ajao and Her Group – Aboyin Ile
    • Rapheal Ajide and His Apala Group – Adura Fun Osiwowo
    • Haruna Ishola and His Apala Group – Orin To Mo Gbon Wa
    • R.A. Tikalosoro and His Group – Agilinti Lomu
    • Adebukonla Ajao and Her Group – A.B.D. Alawiye
    • Haruna Ishola and His Apala Group – Asa Ko Gbodo Wole Gbeiyele
    • Adeleke Aremu & His Group – Egbe Arowolo
    • Haruna Ishola and His Apala Group – Rufai Baolgun
    • R.A. Tikalosoro and His Group – Kiniun Kuro Leran Amu Sere
    • Haruna Ishola and His Apala Group – S. Aka
    • Adebukonla Ajao and Her Group – Lekele Bale
    • Kasumu Adio and His Apala Group – Odale Ore
    • Ayisatu Alabi and Her Group – Oko Lolomo
    • Jimoh Agbejo Bo Ogun and His Group – Oriki Ibeji
    • Ayisatu Alabi and Her Group – Omo Olobi
    • Rapheal Ajide and His Apala Group – Orin Aje
    • Adebukonla Ajao and Her Group – Sunday Babayemi
    • 1. Haruna Ishola and His Apala Group – Ewure Ile Komoyi Ode
    • 2. Adebukonla Ajao and Her Group – Aboyin Ile
    • 3. Rapheal Ajide and His Apala Group – Adura Fun Osiwowo
    • View full info and tracklisting
    Cult Of The 13th HourWickednessSoul Jazz Records

    Cult of the 13th Hour is the pseudonym of two of the biggest names in Dubstep at the moment. “Wickedness” first appeared on Soul Jazz Records’ “Box of Dub” alongside Digital Mystikz, Ramadanman, Skream, Cotti and more. This new mix and exclusive heavyweight dub version adds elements of 2-step, Reggae and Dancehall to the equation to give us one of the heaviest sounds around!

    • – Wickedness (Original)
    • – Wickedness (Version)
    Soul Jazz Records presents Yoruba!Songs and Rhythms For The Yoruba Gods In NigeriaSoul Jazz Records

    Soul Jazz Records’ latest album ‘Yoruba! Songs and Rhythms for the Yoruba Gods in Nigeria’ is newly recorded in Lagos, Nigeria.

    The album is co-produced by Laolu Akins, founding member of the legendary 1970s Nigerian Afro-Funk/Rock group Blo, and Soul Jazz Records label head Stuart Baker.

    This album features songs honouring the Nigerian gods of the Yoruba traditional religion – Yemoja, Obatala, Ogun, Sango and others – as well as a selection of instrumental cuts focussing on the Bata and Dundun drums. The album comes complete with extensive text and photography (40-page outsize booklet in CD/ full text in gatefold double vinyl + inners) showing the influence of Yoruba culture throughout the world and the social and historical context for the music contained here.

    The enormous impact of Yoruba and West African music and culture is worldwide – from the first Afro-centric explorations of African-American jazz musicians in the 1950s such as Art Blakey, Randy Weston and Dizzy Gillespie, the explosion of Nu Yorican Latin music in New York City starting in the 1960s – Mambo, Boogaloo, Latin funk and soul - through to the sacred and powerful Afro-derived music of the religions of Santería in Cuba, Candomblé in Brazil and Voodoo in Haiti, which all came in to existence on account the Atlantic slave trade which began over 400 years ago. On a wider scale West African music remains the primary root of all African-American musical forms – from New Orleans jazz to Bronx rap, gospel, soul and more.

    Yoruba! features an array of local master drummers led by Olatunji Samson Sotimirin and singers (featuring the lead vocals of Janet Olufanmilayo Abe) performing heavyweight Afro-rhythms, with talking drums, Bata and Dundun drums and a mass of percussion in these deep spiritual and sacred songs used to honour and worship the traditional and ancient Yoruba gods in Nigeria, West Africa.

    'Hypnotic, spiritual rhythms' FACT Magazine



    • – Homage To Yemoja
    • – Homage To Esu
    • – Sakara Instrumental Ensemble
    • – Homage To Obatala
    • – Eulogy To Amila
    • – Homage To Sango
    • – Agbe Gbe-Wadele
    • – Eulogy To Ori-Ola
    • – Bata Drums Ensemble
    • – Homage To Osun
    • – Eshere
    • – Dundun Instrumental Ensemble
    • – Homage To Ogun
    OchoNumero Tres

    The third of three albums by Ocho, one of the defining bands of the Latin New York Funk sound. Led by Chico Mendoza, Ocho have been featured heavily in Soul Jazz Records "Nu Yorica" series and these re-issues are the three definitive albums by the group. Along with other artists such as Ray Barretto, Eddie Palmieri, Joe Bataan and Tito Puente, Ocho mixed Latin, Funk and Jazz in equal measure. The music of Ocho has never been fully available in this country before and Soul Jazz Records are releasing them in their entirety for the first time. These releases come on CD and luxury vinyl. Ocho 1 includes "Coco May May" as featured on Nu Yorica. Ocho 2 includes "What are you Doing For The Rest Of Your Life" also featured on the "Nu Yorica" series. And Ocho 3 includes the Latin Funk classic "Hot Pants Road".

    • Ocho – Hot Pants Road
    • Ocho – Ritmo De Pollos
    Soul Jazz Records presents Gwo KaMusic of Guadeloupe, French West Indies by Tradisyon KaSoul Jazz Records

    Soul Jazz Records continues its journey into the world of Afro-Caribbean roots music with this album of newly recorded music of Gwo Ka music recorded and produced by Soul Jazz Records on the island of Guadeloupe, French West Indies.

    Gwo Ka music is a fantastic fusion of  African-­derived musical form ( call and response), with vocal styles that draw upon the equally powerful French chanson singers to create a truly unique combination.

    Tradition Ka, made up of some of the island’s finest singers and master drummers, is part of a powerful network of politicised Gwo Ka groups on the island – upholding the traditions and cultural importance of Gwo Ka as part of a larger process of defining the identity of Guadeloupe and its culture.

    This album is newly studio recorded in Pointe-­A-­Pitre, Guadeloupe by Soul Jazz Records. Like   the cult music of Haiti’s Vodou and Cuba’s Santeria or the roots music of Belize’s Garifuna (all of which Soul Jazz have also released), Gwo Ka is the musical and cultural product of the region’s African ancestry, forcibly brought to the Caribbean through slavery.

    Gwo Ka exists only in Guadeloupe, a very different island from much of the Caribbean, in that it remains a ‘department’ of its original colonial master, France. Here, the currency is the Euro and   the baker sells croissant and café au lait.

    This constant ‘European-­ising’ of the island means that Gwo Ka plays a fundamental and important role in the defining of Guadeloupean identity. As an African-­derived music, its position    as a counter-­balance to French influence means that the definition of how and what Gwo Ka represents is also in a constant state of flux. 

    These new recordings show how Gwo Ka is both a modern Caribbean music form and one firmly rooted in ancestral history.

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    Over the last 20 years Soul Jazz Records have been documenting and presenting the often hidden histories and deep musical worlds of Cuba, Haiti, Jamaica, Belize, Trinidad, the Bahamas and more. This documentation encompasses reissuing lost recordings, such as the mighty Studio One catalogue of reggae, producing films/dvds (such as the 3-­hour documentary  Mirror To The Soul in conjunction with British Pathé, and Dub Echoes), books (check the forthcoming photography book on the Caribbean 90 Degrees of Shade, with text by Paul Gilroy, and Kanaval) as well as travelling to the region to produce new recordings.

    • Tradisyon Ka feat Patrick Tulippe – Adam é Eve
    • Tradisyon Ka feat Henri Louis – Ansanm pou dèmen
    • Tradisyon Ka feat Patrick Tulippe – Konsyans
    • Tradisyon Ka feat William Casse – Elwa
    • Tradisyon Ka feat Leonard Zozio – Yenki Sa An Pa Enme
    • Tradisyon Ka feat Francois Dinane – Kan La Line Lévé
    • Tradisyon Ka feat Thierry Dernault – La Gwadloupéyen
    • Tradisyon Ka feat William Casse – Latilyé Valo
    • Tradisyon Ka feat Francois Dinane – Lékiri a Misié O
    • Tradisyon Ka feat Francois Dinane – O La Ou Té Yé
    • Tradisyon Ka feat Patrick Tulippe – O Moman Lesclavaj
    • Tradisyon Ka feat Patrick Tulippe – Yo pé ké jen chanjé
    • 1. Tradisyon Ka feat Patrick Tulippe – Adam é Eve
    • 2. Tradisyon Ka feat Henri Louis – Ansanm pou dèmen
    • 3. Tradisyon Ka feat Patrick Tulippe – Konsyans
    • View full info and tracklisting
    OsunladeBeloved (Remixes)Soul Jazz Records

    Osunlade is the New York Deep House artist who runs his own Yoruba Records in New York. He is also a priest in the African-based religion Ife. This 12" features three brand new remixes of the track "Beloved" which originally appeared on the album "Paradigm" released by Soul Jazz earlier in the year. The track has been completely reworked with remixes by Osunlade himself as well as two other latin tinged deep house mixes from the US (mixed by Saint) and Puerto Rico (mixed by Oruga). Since the album "Paradigm", Osunlade has been busy remixing material for Compost, Talkin Loud, Versatile, Far Out and a host of other labels. This is his first new release on Soul Jazz since the album "Paradigm". The track is already being played by the likes of Gilles Peterson, Kenny Dope, Ross Allen and others.

      OchoOcho 2Universal Sound

      The second of three albums by Ocho, one of the defining bands of the Latin New York Funk sound. Led by Chico Mendoza, Ocho have been featured heavily in Soul Jazz Records "Nu Yorica" series and these re-issues are the three definitive albums by the group. Along with other artists such as Ray Barretto, Eddie Palmieri, Joe Bataan and Tito Puente, Ocho mixed Latin, Funk and Jazz in equal measure. The music of Ocho has never been fully available in this country before and Soul Jazz Records are releasing them in their entirety for the first time. These releases come on CD and luxury vinyl. Ocho 1 includes "Coco May May" as featured on Nu Yorica. Ocho 2 includes "What are you Doing For The Rest Of Your Life" also featured on the "Nu Yorica" series. And Ocho 3 includes the Latin Funk classic "Hot Pants Road".

      • Ocho – Oye Mi Son Cha Cha Cha
      • Ocho – La Batanga
      Carnival Music Of Eastern CubaConga De Los HoyosSoul Jazz Records

      CONGA DE LOS HOYOS, founded in 1902, is one of the oldest and best-known carnival groups in Santiago, Cuba today. Group members are exclusively from the Los Hoyos neighbourhood of Santiago and feature over 50 percussionists and singers who play everything from car brake drums, hubcaps and frying pans to the distinctive Chinese trumpet – a sound unique to eastern Cuba’s carnival groups. This CD comes with accompanying text, booklet and exclusive photography.

      • – Un Solo Golpe
      • – Apertura
      • – Ahora Si !
      • – Vereda Tropical (Version 1)
      • – La Invacion / Viene El Cocoye
      • – Hasta Santiago A Pie
      • – Vereda Tropical (Version 2)
      • – Recordando Viejos Tiempos
      Soul Jazz Records presents Studio One Ska Fire ! (Limited Edition Collectors 7" Box Set)Record Store Day Exclusive #1Soul Jazz Records

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

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

      NEW!!!! Bumpin' old school hip-hop BOMB!

      This is second of two KILLER LA private press low-rider original electro rap groovers from the early 80s rap group Poor Boy Rappers

      MASSIVE tune + seriously hip twisted electro instrumental courtesy of the great Rich Cason. BUMPIN!

      SUPER-RARE Originally released in Phoenix, Arizona 1982, new edition LOUD 12" on Soul Jazz Records.

      Limited edition, one-off pressing!!!


      • Poor Boy Rappers – The D.J. Rap
      • Poor Boy Rappers – The D.J. Rap (Instrumental)
      Rekid85 Space / RetroactiveSoul Jazz Records

      Rekid is the alter-ego of Matt Edwards A/K/A Radio Slave, remixer to the stars and dance music’s man of the moment whose work with DJ Hell, Kylie Minogue (where he famously mixed Kylie with New Order’s ‘Blue Monday’), Carl Craig, Talking Heads, Gwen Stefani and even Elton John has made him currently one of the most in-demand remixers working today. Rekid is the pseudonym he uses for his more serious/underground work and "85 Space/Retrospective" are two more amazing slabs of tech/disco/slowed down house, his trademark sound as a taster for his forthcoming album ‘Made In Menorca" released later in the year on Soul Jazz Records. Last year saw the release of the debut Rekid release "Tranzit" on Soul Jazz Records (which sold out on the first day!). With numerous recording projects (Rekid, Radio Slave, Quiet Village, Mathew E, Sea Devils), Matt Edwards’ music breaks down the traditional barriers of dance music – house, broken beat, techno, electro, hip-hop, disco cut-ups – and influences from Walter Gibbons to Andy Weatherall to DJ Harvey to create a truly unique sound.

      • Rekid – 85 Space
      • Rekid – Retroactive
      Horace TapscottLive at I.U.C.C. (1979)Soul Jazz Records

      NB This product is available CD/ Digital only

      “I love Horace Tapscott! I love his music, his philosophies, and everything he did for the community that I grew up in” KAMASI WASHINGTON

      Soul Jazz Records are proud to release the first in a series of albums by the legendary Los Angeles radical jazz artist, Horace Tapscott and The Pan-Afrikan Peoples Arkestra. Horace Tapscott is the key figure in the Los Angeles political and underground jazz scene of the late 20th century – his stridently independent and radical music, as far-reaching, cosmic and spiritual in scope as it was rooted in the Watts community of Los Angeles where he lived.

      This superb rare, deep and spiritual jazz opus album was recorded at the Immanuel United Church of Christ, Los Angeles, in 1979, and has been unavailable on vinyl for over 40 years. ‘I had a vision of the inside of this church, and I went there, and it was just like I had dreamed it.’ This location remained the residence of the musical collective for most of the 1970s.

      The music of Horace Tapscott and The Pan-Afrikan Peoples Arkestra is part Sun Ra Arkestra, part John Coltrane, part Art Ensemble of Chicago. This ground-breaking and monumental album (released here for the first time ever on expanded triple vinyl and double CD) explores the multi-faceted deep and spiritual jazz of Tapscott – Afro-centric rhythms, hypnotic bass lines, Tapscott’s stabbing modal piano playing and stunning flute and horn arrangements. ‘The Pan-Afrikan Peoples Arkestra ‎– Live at I.U.C.C.’ is a true high point in the cannon of great independent underground jazz music recorded during this era.

      Tapscott’s Pan-Afrikan Peoples Arkestra was set up as a musicians’ collective in Los Angeles in the early 1960s, part of the Underground Musicians Association (UGMA), later Union of God’s Musicians and Artists Ascension (UGMAA), an umbrella organisation for musicians, poets, dancers and painters in the neighbourhood. Out of this group came many leading players including Black Arthur (Arthur Blythe), Azar Lawrence, Dwight Trible, Phil Ranelin (originally from Tribe), writer Stanley Crouch, David Murray, Adele Sebastian, Jesse Sharps and hundreds more.

      At the start of the 1960s Tapscott was part of a radical underground jazz scene on the west coast that included Don Cherry, Ornette Coleman and Eric Dolphy. But while these other artists sought international success and the magnetic pull of New York City, Tapscott chose to remain in Los Angeles music and stayed firmly rooted in the Watts community, organising the long-standing Pan-Afrikan Peoples Arkestra and the Union of God’s Musicians and Artists Ascension.

      This musical and artistic collective was part of the larger Black Arts Movement that spread across the USA during this time - in similar fashion to African-American community arts collectives such as The Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (and Art Ensemble of Chicago) in Chicago, the Tribe collective of musicians in Detroit, Amiri Baraka’s Spirit House in New Jersey, and The Black Artists Group in St Louis.

      After Tapscott’s debut album for Impulse Records in 1969, Tapscott and the Pan-Afrikan Peoples Arkestra recorded two albums with Elaine Brown, the only woman to lead the Black Panther party. ‘Seize the Time – The Black Panther Party’ also featured the artwork of Emory Douglas, graphic designer and Minister for Culture for the Black Panthers. Tapscott was closely aligned to the Los Angeles chapter of the Black Panthers, at one point working out of the same two-story building in South LA – while upstairs they planned revolution, stockpiled weapons and hosted revolutionaries such as H Rap Brown, Angela Davis and Stokely Carmichael, downstairs Tapscott ran the Arkestra, a number of which were also Black Panther members. Through this association and after the UGMAA building was raided in the Watts Riots, Tapscott was watched by both the FBI and the CIA and effectively black-listed from further recording sessions.

      Despite this, throughout the 1970s Tapscott continued to create music as a community experience, performing and running workshops mainly at local parks and recreation events and in churches around the Watts area of Los Angeles. The group performed for free, sometimes requesting an entry fee of a food donation which was distributed to poor families in the area.

      Tapscott’s music remained undocumented throughout the 1970s. It was not until 1978 when a new record company, Nimbus West, was especially set up by Tom Albach, specifically to record the music of Tapscott, The Pan-Afrikan Peoples Arkestra as well as a number of solo projects by group members.

      The music, ethos and influence of Horace Tapscott among Los Angeles artists is profound, McCoy Tyner commenting that in the 1970s there was no music coming out of LA that wasn’t linked to Horace Tapscott and The Pan-Afrikan Arkestra. In the 1990s a new generation of artists took inspiration from Tapscott; The West Coast Get Down collective, including Kamasi Washington and Thundercat, was involved in similar processes of cross-pollinisation across the arts in South Los Angeles working with Kendrick Lamar, Pan-Afrikan Arkestra vocalist Dwight Trible, Flying Lotus and his Brainfeeder label and others.

      ‘Our music is contributive, rather than competitive’ HORACE TAPSCOTT

      Originally released independently in 1979, this ground-breaking album is extremely hard to find and is issued here in glorious expanded double CD and digital with a bonus track and with all its original striking artwork.

      • – Macrame
      • – Future Sally's Time
      • – Noissessprahs
      • – McKowsky's First Fifth
      • – Village Dance
      • – L.T.T.
      • – Desert Fairy Princess
      • – Lift Every Voice
      Soul Jazz Records presents Nigeria Fuji MachineSynchro Sound System & PowerSoul Jazz Records

      ‘Synchro Sound System & Power’ features the music of Nigeria Fuji Machine, which includes some of Nigeria's finest ‘Fuji’ master drummers and singers, and is newly recorded by Soul Jazz Records in Lagos.

      Fuji is the heavily percussive and improvisational style of Nigerian popular music, at once modern and yet deeply rooted in the traditional Islamic Yoruba culture of Nigeria.

      Here on this album Nigeria Fuji Machine’s striking and powerful lead vocalist Taofik Yemi Fagbenro soars above a wild and energetic backdrop of polyrhythms played on traditional talking drums, trap drums, electronic and street percussion to create a powerful wall of intense sound.

      Fuji is hi-energy street music, heavily percussive which evolved out of the Islamic celebration of Ramadan, which became a major event in mid-20th century Lagos. Groups of young men walked through Muslim neighbourhoods at night singing improvised ‘wéré’ music to the accompaniment of pots, pans, drums, bells and anything else available, waking believers for the early morning prayer. By the early 1970s this music had crossed-over into popular Nigerian culture where it came to be known as Fuji, first made popular by the artist Alhaji Sikiru Ayinde Barrister, as the music began to be performed commonly at parties and social events.

      In the 1970s and 1980s three Nigerian artists – King Sunny Adé, Chief Ebonezer Obey and Fela Kuti – all secured international major record deals bringing popularity to the Nigerian musical styles of Juju (Adé and Obey) and Afro-Beat (Fela Kuti’s unique mixture of highlife, funk and jazz) abroad, but in the process ignoring much of Nigeria’s rich musical landscape. Fuji is, alongside Highlife, Juju, Afro-Beat, Sakara, Afro-Reggae, Waka, Igbo rap, Apala and numerous others – one of these central styles of Nigerian music.

      The singer Barrister described the music as follows: ‘Fuji music is a combination of music consisting of Sakara, Apala, Juju, Aro, Afro, Gudugudu, and possibly Highlife.’ Juju performer King Sunny Adé described the difference between the two styles of Fuji and Juju somewhat competitively thus: ‘Fuji music is more or less like my music without guitars. It’s like I’m singing in a major key and they are singing in a minor. The music itself is the music of Juju music.’

      Today Fuji remains a powerful popular music with deep and powerful Islamic roots which continues to modernise and attract new generations of young Nigerians and Nigeria Fuji Machine’s ‘Syncho Sound System & Power’ is a powerful and intense musical experience.

      This album is released as a limited-edition heavyweight vinyl edition (+free download code), deluxe CD and digital format.

      • – Iba
      • – Orin Gidi
      • – Ilu
      • – Ẹyọ-Sẹsẹ
      • – Garaje
      • – Ọrọ Owe
      • – Ire
      Hu VibrationalHu Vibrational RemixesSoul Jazz Records

      This features three new remixes from Ammon Contact, Daedelus and Corker/Conboy. Both Ammon Contact and Daedelus are part of the burgeoning US West Coast left-field/avant Hip-Hop/Electronica community and Ammon Contact’s remix features rapper Lil Sci on vocals. This record is a perfect match of Hip-Hop with the Deep Afro- Jazz of Hu Vibrational.

      • Hu Vibrational – The Tones Of Life (Ammon Contact Remix)
      • Hu Vibrational – Sunkissed (Daedelus Remix)
      • Hu Vibrational – Friends And Gardens (Corker/conboy Remix)
      • 1. Hu Vibrational – The Tones Of Life (Ammon Contact Remix)
      • 2. Hu Vibrational – Sunkissed (Daedelus Remix)
      • 3. Hu Vibrational – Friends And Gardens (Corker/conboy Remix)
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      Alhaji Chief Kollington Ayinla & His Fuji '78 OrganizationBlessing (Nigeria, 1978)Soul Jazz Records

      This is the first in Soul Jazz Records’ new series of one-off pressings of limited-edition 1000 copies vinyl-only releases of Afro-funk/Afro-beat exact-replica, super-rare albums that were previously only ever released in Nigeria.

      The series starts with Kollington Ayinla’s celebrated 1978 album ‘Blessing,’ a rare lost classic of Nigerian Fuji music, featuring Ayinla’s sharp political lyrics together with his new band Fuji ’78. ‘Blessing’ blends the heavily percussive style of Fuji music with a stunning array of modern instruments, including synthesizers, Bata drums and guitars, to create one of the most forward-thinking and heavily danceable sounds ever to come out of Nigeria – a highly successful mixture of profound Fuji rhythms and Fela Kuti-style Afrobeat.

      Kollington Ayinla ranks alongside his friend and competitor Ayinde Barrister as the two most important artists to dominate Fuji music from its inception in the 1970s through to the 1990s by which time it had grown to become one of the most popular dance genres in Nigeria.

      At the start of the 1980s Ayinla started his own record company, Kollington Records, to release his music and remains to this day an extremely prolific artist, having recorded over 50 albums, most of which have never been released outside of Nigeria.

      • – E Ye Ika Se
      • – Oromo Adie Fo
      • – Ko S'Ohun Tan O Le Fi Gberaga
      • – Adio Shile
      • – Won Ti Gbe Oye Fun Mi
      • – Pataki L'Omo
      • – To Ba Jisoro Mi
      • – Engineer Olatunji / Iya Suna
      • – Odun Titun De
      • – Ao Toro Emi Gesa Fun Enia
      • – Ki Aiye Ma Gbagbe Mi
      RekidEra EPSoul Jazz Records

      Rekid is the pseudonym of Radio Slave (Matt Edwards), one of the most in-demand remixers at the moment. Recent remixes include X-Press 2, Paul Macartney and Kylie Minogue as well as a stream of underground mixes for underground labels! He also recently appeared alongside James Murphy/DFA?s LCD Soundsystem. The EP features 'Tranzit', a dark, viscid disco dub in slow motion, alongside 'Diamond Black;' an 8 minute claustrophobic 'trip' to the twilight regions of house music.

      • Rekid – Diamond Black
      • Rekid – Tranzit
      CapracaraOpal Rush (Kit Clayton Body Mixes)Soul Jazz Records

      A killer remix of Soul Jazz's recent acid house smash by San Franciscan techno pioneer turned dirty deep south 'Crunk' style producer, KIT CLAYTON. Like Phuture meets the Ying-Yang Twins!!!

      • Capracara – Opal Rush (Body Mix)
      • Capracara – Opal Rush (Body Mix Instrumental)
      SutekhNotes From Doctor IslandSoul Jazz Records

      Since 1997, Seth Horvitz, aka Sutekh, the San Francisco based artist, has released consistently inconsistent electronic music on a wealth of international labels; Force Inc./Mille Plateaux, Soul Jazz Records, Source, Background, Plug Research, Leaf, Cytrax/Delay, Tektite, and his own Context. Manipulating and abusing computers, samplers, synthesizers, ping pong tables, and found sounds, he has created everything from minimal house and techno to dense, dissonant noise collage.

      • Sutekh – Kill The Monkey
      • Sutekh – The Diamond House