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    Cuba: Music and Revolution - Compiled by Gilles Peterson and Stuart BakerSoul Jazz Records

    Cuba: Music and Revolution: Culture Clash in Havana: Experiments in Latin Music 1975-85 Vol. 1 is the new album compiled by Gilles Peterson and Stuart Baker (Soul Jazz Records) that explores the many new styles that emerged in Cuba in the 1970s as Jazz, Funk, Brazilian Tropicalia and even Disco mixed together with Latin and Salsa on the island as Cuban artists experimented with new musical forms created in the unique socialist state of Cuba.

    The album comes as a heavyweight 3xLP and deluxe 2xCD set, complete with extensive sleeve notes, and is jam-packed with heavy bass lines, synth and Wah-Wah guitar funk combined with the heavyweight percussion, powerful brass lines and the all-encompassing Latin rhythms of Cuban music known throughout the world.

    The album is released to coincide with the massive new deluxe large format book Cuba: Music and Revolution: Original Cover Art of Cuban Music: Record Sleeve Designs of Revolutionary Cuba 1959-90, published in November, which is also compiled by Gilles Peterson and Stuart Baker (Soul Jazz Records), and which features the music and record designs of Cuba, made in the 30-year period following the Cuban Revolution.

    The music on this album features legendary Cuban groups such as Irakere, Los Van Van and Pablo Milanés as well as a host of lesser known artists such as the radical Grupo De Experimentación, Juan Pablo Torres and Algo Nuevo, Grupo Monumental and Orquesta Ritmo Oriental, groups whose names remain largely unknown outside of Cuba owing to the now 60-year old US trade embargo which remains in place today and which prevents trade with Cuba – and thus most Cuban records were only ever available in Cuba or in ex-Soviet Union states.

    The music on this album reflects the most cutting-edge of Cuban groups that were recording in Cuba in the 1970s and 1980s – who were all searching for a new Cuban identity and new musical forms that reflected both the Afro-Cuban cultural heritage of a nation that gave birth to Latin music - and its new position as a socialist state. Most of the music featured on this album have never been heard outside of Cuba.

    Both Gilles Peterson and Stuart Baker have been involved in Cuban music for more than two decades – Gilles Peterson with his many Havana Cultura projects for his Brownswood label and Stuart Baker with a number of Soul Jazz Records albums recorded in Cuba. This Soul Jazz Records album is released in conjunction with Egrem, the Cuban state record company, and has been put together after the many crate-digging trips that both compilers have made on the streets of Havana and beyond in Cuba stretching over a 20-year period, searching out rare and elusive original Cuban vinyl records.

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    REVIEWS:

    "It may only be January, but we already have a strong contender for 'compilation of the year'. Put together by devout crate-diggers and Cuban music enthusiasts Gilles Peterson and Stuart Baker (founder of Soul Jazz Records)" JUNO

    "It's abundantly clear that these compilers are at the very top of their game. Everything here was previously unheard outside of Cuba, making this a feast for the curious" Vinyl District

    "Priceless comp goes beyond Buena Vista" UNCUT

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    *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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    Nigeria Soul Power 70 (Expanded Double LP Set)Soul Jazz Records

    Seriously rare, killer and classic Nigerian 70s Afro-Funk, Afro-Disco & Afro-Rock tunes bought together.

    Originally released as a now-long-out-of-print collectors’ 7” RSD box, this fully expanded album release now also includes extra tracks from Sonny Okosuns, Wings, Chief Kollington Ayinla and more.

    Soul Jazz Records’ Nigeria Soul Power 70 album showcases the influence of funk, rock and disco on Nigerian music during the 1970s

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    While for many people the fusion of funk and jazz music with Nigerian rhythms and aesthetics began with Fela Kuti and his afro-beat sound, in fact this can be traced further back to the phenomena of the 1960s Nigerian artists and house bands in nightclubs and hotels who interpreted US soul and pop music with a local flavour and none more so than Geraldo Pino, the ‘African James Brown’ who features heavily in this collection. Other similarly inspired Nigerian funk and soul artists featured here included Tony Grey and his Ozimba Messengers and Don Bruce and The Angels.

    Nigeria Soul Power 70 includes a number of tracks from the group Wings originally known as BAF (Biafran Air Force) Wings, an army band formed during the Biafran civil war in Nigeria. The groups’ heavy mixture of funk, rock and African styles was popular among many Nigerian groups at the time.

    Beneath the shadow of the few Nigerian artists who signed international recording deals in the 1970s – Fela Kuti, King Sunny Ade, Chief Ebenezer Obey – lies a vast wealth of largely undiscovered musical transmutation and cultural cross-pollination, and included here are heavy afro-funk/rock and disco tracks from artists such as the legendary Sonny Okosuns as well as rare cuts from little-known outside of Nigeria - groups such as Colomach and MFB. Most of these obscure artists signed to major labels in Nigeria in the commercial slipstream that opened up as Philips, Decca and EMI tried to emulate the international success of the big three international Nigerian artists.

    Finally featured here is Kollington Ayinla, one of the co-founders of Nigerian Fuji music, who gives us perhaps the heaviest of all tracks on this album. Ayinla is the great moderniser of the Fuji sound and in the late 1970s began adding Bata drums and synthesizers to his authentic music to create a powerful and heavy new fusion of traditional and modernist aesthetics, embracing both new technology and experimentation while rooted firmly in Nigerian historical lineage.

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    Nigeria Soul Power 70 is released as a heavyweight gatefold double vinyl LP (+ free download code), deluxe slipcase CD and digital album.

    • Geraldo Pino – Shake Hands
    • Sonny Okosuns Ozziddi – Dance Of The Elephants
    • The Wings – We'll Get Home
    • Alhaji (Chief) Prof. Kollington Ayinla – E Ye Ika Se
    • Colomach – Kassa Kpa Sama Kpa
    • Geraldo Pino – Heavy Heavy Heavy
    • MFB – Beware
    • Tony Grey and The Ozimba Messengers – You Are The One
    • Sonny Okosuns Ozziddi – Oba Erediauwa I
    • The Wings – Single Boy
    • Geraldo Pino – Power To The People
    • Original Wings – Igba Alusi
    • Don Bruce and The Angels – Sugar Baby
    • Geraldo Pino – Africans Must Unite
    100% Dynamite (New Edition)Soul Jazz Records

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    ORIGINAL REVIEWS

    "Compilation of the month" MUZIK

    "Brilliant" TIME OUT

    "Album of the week" MIXMAG

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

    "Buy this excellent compilation immediately" MOJO

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

    • Willie Williams – Armageddon Time
    • The Maytals – Night and Day
    • The Marvels – Rock Steady
    • The Upsetters – Popcorn
    • Bunny Clarke – Be Thankful
    • Tommy McCook – Green Mango
    • Brentford All Stars – Greedy G
    • Lennie Hibbert – Real Hot
    • Horace Andy – My Soul
    • Johnny Osbourne – We Need Love
    • Bunny Clarke – I Love The Way You Love
    • Jackie Mittoo – Stereo Freeze
    • Phyllis Dillon – Woman Of The Ghetto
    • Cecric Im Brooks – Give Rasta Glory
    • Alton Ellis – Son Of Man
    • Sound Dimension – Granny Scratch Scratch
    • Lloyd Robinson – Cuss Cuss
    • Sound Dimension – Drum Song
    • Ken Boothe – Is It Because I'm Black
    135 Grand Street, New York, 1979CD AlbumSoul Jazz Records

    This is the soundtrack to 135 Grand Street, New York, 1979 also released by Soul Jazz Records on DVD. The CD includes all the bands featured in the film ( and comes with bonus tracks not in the film). Wild, raw No Wave meets garage band meets post-punk. Glenn Branca, Rhys Chatham, Evan Lurie (Lounge Lizards), visual artists Frank Schneider and Robert Longo, Wharton TIers are just some of the people in the bands. Check out this bargain price CD!

    • Theoretical Girls – Glazened Eyes
    • UT – Sharp's Loose
    • A Band – Sand and Sea
    • A Band – Mirror Mirror
    • Rhys Chatham – Guitar Trio
    • Chinese Puzzle – Great Wall Of Prague
    • The Static – The Spectacular Commodity
    • Morales – Gay Girl In A Gay Bar
    • Youth In Asia – Talking Heads (Part 1)
    • Youth In Asia – Amnesia
    • Steve Piccolo – Superior Genes
    • Chinese Puzzle – Chinese Funk (CD bonus track)
    • Jill Kroesen – Fay Shism Blues (CD bonus track)
    • Steve Piccolo – It's Hard To Be In Love In Times Like These (CD bonus track)
    • The Static – My Relationship (CD bonus track)
    • Theoretical Girls – Contrary Motion
    300% DynamiteSka, Soul, Rocksteady, Funk and Dub in JamaicaSoul Jazz Records

    Even more platters that matter from the island of Jamaica !

    Wayne Smith's classic "Sleng Teng", Sister Nancy's "Bam Bam", Byron Lee, Augustus Pablo, Lee Perry, ultra rare Jackie Mittoo and Shark Wilson tracks and many more !

    If you've got 100% and 200% then simply buy 300% for more listening pleasure. And if you haven't got 100% or 200% then why haven't you? Third installment in the immensely popular Dynamite series and, as you'd expect, it's packed with top tunes from the cream of Jamaica's producers and artists. Here you'll find super heavy reggae funk from the likes of Shark Wilson, Randy's Allstars, Lee Perry and Jackie Mittoo (whose track 'Jackie's Theme' has never previously been released), ska from Toots and The Maytals and Prince Buster, rocksteady from Byron Lee and Hopeton Lewis, classic dancehall killers from Wayne Smith and Sister Nancy, roots from Johnny Clarke and Augustus Pablo, calypso from Lloyd Price and a sweet reggae version of Al Green's soul classic 'Here I Am Baby'. "It's all here! Ska, Rocksteady, Funk, Dub.

    "As high quality as it gets" Q

    "NO. 2 COMPILATION OF THE YEAR. A third slicing of vintage reggae, ska and rocksteady from the brilliant Soul Jazz, ranking highly in our faves of 99" TIME OUT

    "NO. 4 COMPILATION OF THE YEAR" NME

    "Who'd have thought a Ska and Reggae mix would become one of the most acclaimed compilations of the year" MIXMAG

    "Absolutely fantastic quality compilation series" SELECT

    • – Shark Wilson & The Basement Heaters - Make It Raggae
    • – Althea & Donna - Uptown Top Rankin
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    90 Degrees Of ShadeSoul Jazz Records

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

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

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

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

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

    Following on from our new Acid-Mysterons Invade The Jackin' Zone, 

    Soul Jazz Records are re-releasing theis long out of print classic album Acid – Can You Jack? Chicago Acid and Experimental House 1985-95.

    Double CD set with 48-page outsize booklet and slipcase. Two separate volume of super-loud heavyweight 180gm double vinyl (each with free download codes) housed in heavyweight sleeves. Also now available here as an exclusive to this site  digital download for the first time.

    The extensive sleevenotes to this release charting the phenomenal rise of Chicago house and acid music are written by Tim Lawrence, author or the the definitive book on dance music ‘Love Saves The Day’, as well as the Arthur Russell biography Hold On To Your Dreams: Arthur Russell and the Downtown Music Scene 1973-92.  Lawrence also wrote the text for Voguing and The House Ballroom Scene of New York, 1989-92, also published by Soul Jazz Records/Books.

    The album features all-time classic full-length 12" tracks such as Phuture’s ‘Acid Trax’ and Sleezy D’s ‘I’ve Lost Control’, Jamie Principle’s ‘Baby Wants to Ride’ alongside many rare and experimental tracks including , Marshall Jefferson’s “Go Wild Rhythm Tracks”, Virgo's 'Take Me Higher' and many more.

    The large booklet also contains exclusive photos and interviews with a number of the key players in the birth and rise of Chicago’s original house music scene from originators like Jefferson, DJ Pierre and Adonis to second wave artists like Cajmere and Roy Davis Jnr.

    Killer!

    Reviews of Acid - Can You Jack?:

    'Impeccably timed compilation from Soul Jazz Records' Pitchfork

    'Soul Jazz can do no wrong in terms of compiling in my eyes' Resident Advisor

    'Suitably comprehensive, featuring many of the touchstone works now widely considered classics'XLR8R


    • Maurice – This Is Acid
    • The Sweat Boyz – Do You Want To Perculate
    • Virgo – Go Wild Rhythm Track
    • Mr Fingers – Beyond The Clouds
    • Tyree – Acid Crash
    • Phuture – Phuture Jacks
    • Fresh – Dum Dum Part 2
    • Roy Davis Jnr – Acid Bass
    • Sleezy D – I've Lost Control
    • Virgo Four – Take Me Higher
    • DJ Pierre – Box Energy
    • Frankie Knuckles featuring Jamie Principle – Baby Wants To Ride
    • Tyree – Acid Over
    • Green Velvet – Explorer
    • Two Of A Kind – Like This
    • Armando – Downfall
    • Phuture – Acid Tracks
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    Add N To X - On The Wires Of Our Nerves (Special Limited Edition RSD 2021 silver vinyl)Soul 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
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    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
    Airto de MoreiraSamba De Flora (1980)Soul Jazz Records

    Soul Jazz Records are re-releasing Airto Moreira’s classic album ‘Samba de Flora’, out of print for 30 years ever since its original release in 1988. The album is very limited to just 1000 copies only, pressed on both vinyl and CD.

    The impact of Airto Moreira in both the world of American jazz and in Brazilian music is unparalleled. At the start of the 1970s Airto was invited to join Miles Davis’ groundbreaking ‘electric’ group, which with albums such as the seminal ‘Bitches Brew’ helping Davis regain his title from John Coltrane as the most important jazz artist of all time.

    Two years later Airto helped establish two of the most important jazz fusion groups of all time: Weather Report, with Wayne Shorter, Joe Zawinul and Miroslav Vituous; and Return to Forever, with Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke and Flora Purim.

    Airto Moreira also began his solo career in the USA in 1970, and alongside his wife, the singer Flora Purim, and Brazilian artists such as Hermeto Pascoal, Sivuca, Deodato, Raul de Souza, Azymuth, all played a major part in the Latinised sound of American jazz fusion throughout the 1970s.

    By this time Airto established himself in the USA in the 1970s, he had already had a formidable career back in Brazil in the 1960s as an important figure in the Bossa Nova movement, which soon after spread throughout the world. Airto played in a number of important groups during this time – Quarteto Novo Sambalanco Trio and Sambrassa Trio (all of with Hermeto Pascoal) – which proved to be three of the most ground-breaking groups of this era.

    The album ‘Samba de Flora’, including the seminal jazz dance title track, is a masterpiece of jazz and Brazilian fusion and features Airto Moreira alongside Flora Purim, fellow Brazilian artist Raul de Souza and heavyweight USA jazz musicians Alphonso Johnson, percussionist Don Alias (from Stone Alliance), Cuban conga player Cachete and Argentinian pianist Jorge Dalto.

    The album was originally released on the small independent Montuno Record label (which was run out of the unassuming Record Mart record store situated in the Times Square underground subway station!) and has been unavailable for many, many years.

    This album is fully re-mastered and re-released by Soul Jazz Records for the first time ever, packaged in full original artwork on both vinyl (+ download code) and CD.

    • Airto – Parana
    • Airto – Samba De Flora
    • Airto – La Puerta
    • Airto – Dedos
    • Airto – Yanah Amina
    • Airto – El Fiasco
    • Airto – Mulambo
    • Airto – Latin Woman
    Pheeroan ak LaffHouse of Spirit : MirthUniversal Sound

    American composer and drummer Pheeroan AkLaff's celebrated ‘House of Spirit:Mirth’ features in our recent revolutionary jazz records book (compiled by Gilles Peterson and Stuart Baker).

    This album was originally released in 1979 on the composer Oliver Lake's bespoke private-press label Passin Thru' Inc., a not for profit label 'dedicated to fostering, promoting and advancing the knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the arts'.  Consequently 'House of Spirit' remains one of the most elusive deep jazz releases of its time to collectors.

    Aklaff was an original of the Detroit jazz scene of the early 70s alongside musicians of the Tribe (Wendell Harrison, Phil Ranelin, Doug Hammond) and Strata collective (Kenny Cox and Charles Moore) and local luminaries such as Travis Biggs before moving to New York in the mid-1970s to work at the centre of the vibrant Loft/radical jazz scene. Here he worked and recorded with original greats such as Oliver Lake,  Wadada Leo Smith, Anthony Davis (with numerous releases on India Navigation and other radical NY avant-jazz labels). At this time Coltrane drummer Rashied Ali became mentor to AkLaff, with Aklaff practically living at Ali's legendary club/live space 'Ali's Alley'.

    In the 1980s Aklaff continued his solo career with releases such as 'Fits Like A Glove' (1985), and 'Sonogram' (1989) featuring the cream of the New York 80s avant-garde players (Sonny Sharrock, Geri Allen etc) as well his continued work alongside artists of the calibre of Don Byron, Anne Claudine Myers, Julius Hemphill, Henry Threadgill and Oliver Lake.

    ‘House of Spirit: Mirth’ is one of the most radical of deep jazz releases of its time. Avant-garde beyond a doubt but with an Afro-centric rhythmical intensity hard to find in the myriad of independent free/loft jazz recorded in New York at the time.

    Influenced by Alice Coltrane, Sun Ra, Duke Ellington and Rahsaan Roland Kirk, AkLaff also studied African drumming travelling to and working in the Ivory Coast, Togo, Swaziland, Malawi, Liberia as well as Nigeria, where he performed with Fela Kuti.

    Pheeroan AkLaff currently performs as a solo artist in New York and as part of the Cecil Taylor group. In 2006 he also co-founded Seed Artists Inc. for Artists and Communities, a non-profit organisation promoting inter-generational activities, concerts and music lessons, based in Brooklyn.

    This bespoke perfect replica reissue comes in a limited edition hardback box-case CD edition and a very limited  heavyweight vinyl and gatefold sleeve edition of 1000 copies worldwide.

    • – Ayin of Love
    • – Tzaddi Vau
    • – Michelle Del
    • – Jarawa
    • – Freedom
    • – 3 in 1
    Donald Alexander Strachan and The Freedom EnsembleSoul Translation: A Spiritual SuiteUniversal Sound

    Soul Jazz Records/Universal Sound are releasing “Soul Translation: A Spiritual Suite" a superb lost USA deep jazz independent private-press album originally self-published by Donald Alexander Strachan and the Freedom Ensemble on Triad Music Concepts in 1975.

    This great soulful/spiritual jazz album was the only album that Strachan released and consequently has become a lost rarity -  a must for fans of Tribe, Strata-East and other conscious jazz from the 1970s and features in Gilles Peterson/Soul Jazz Records' Freedom, Rhythm and Sound book.

    Donald Alexander Strachan is composer, conductor, guitarist, vocalist and more leading a large 11-piece line-up that includes Jay Hoggard on vibes.

    Strachan studied in New York City in the 1970s with composer/saxophonist Sam Rivers and Ghanaian Drum-master Abraham Adzenyah as well as avant-garde guitarist/composer Bruce Johnson all of who helped shape his unique sound.

    In the 1980s Strachan entered into the collaborative world of cinema by composing musical scores and has been involved in cinema ever since both musically, as a scriptwriter and director. Donald Alexander Strachan and the Freedom Ensemble’s “Soul Translation: A Spiritual Suite" is a unique product of Strachan’s multicultural and African-American heritage and aesthetic - polyrhythmically complex and spiritually intense.

    This is a bespoke high quality hardback-cased Japanese thick card CD edition with exact-reproduction artwork from the original album.

    The 180-gram vinyl thick card exact-reproduction artwork is strictly limted to 1000 copies wordwide. 

    • – Temptation
    • – The Word
    • – Song of Searching
    • – Spiritual Travelers
    • – Masters of The Bourchakoun
    • – Silent Jubilation
    • – Tenth Door
    • – Aquarian Voices
    • – Soul Release
    An England StoryThe Culture of the MC in the UK 1984-2008Soul Jazz Records

    The development of Black music in the United Kingdom owes much to the influence of Jamaican and US music on each succesive generation of Carribean immigrants to the UK - from Windrush to the present day. UK based MC’s take these influences, mix them up with local references and styles thus creating an identity of Black British culture. This is constantly evolving not just musically but also in terms of each subsequent generation’s relationship to British society. As Tricky put it in Massive Attack's Blue Lines, of "English upbringing, background Caribbean” An England Story shows the links and musical path from the arrival of UK Dancehall and Soundsystems in the early 1980s, through successive musical movements such as Jungle, UK Hip-Hop, up to today’s Garage, Grime and Dubstep. The global pre-eminence of American hip hop means that music like grime and UK hip hop is often seen as a form of rap, whereas it owes as much to reggae music and culture as it does to any American influence. Black music in Britain has fashioned its own identity in contrast to that of America, Africa, or elsewhere, by drawing on the unique relationship that the UK has with the Caribbean. As Rodney P (of celebrated 80s UK Hip-Hop group London Posse) says: "This is a UK thing, it's hip hop and it's reggae and we do reggae - and those Americans don't know about that". Since the evolution of the 'fast chat' dancehall style of the early 80s, the influence of reggae music and culture has been crucial to the development of urban music in Britain: from the heavy sampling of Jamaican vocals/instrumentals employed by jungle, hardcore and garage, to grime's London take on the soundclash, the riddim version and patois-inflected rhymes. The importance of the Jamaican soundsystem concept and its dubplates, specials, clashes and heavy, heavy bass is a constant throughout these different stylistic mutations “An essential primer for your head, hips and feet.” The Wire “Two-disc CD celebrating the history of the MC. Crank this up!” DJ “Soul Jazz records’ excellent new compilation says more about cultural integration than any number of Mobo awards” The Guardian Read the full review Here “England Story is a vital reminder of the power of the voice. Essential” Observer Music Monthly. Read the Full Review Here “The electrifying creativity on An England Story hints at how great the future could be. Bigots of all colours will hate it.” New Statesman. Read the full review Here “As much a history lesson as a compilation” Q Please note: Tracklist for LP Vol.1 is tracks 1-11 Tracklist for LP Vol.2 is tracks 12-21

    • YT – England Story
    • Suncycle – Somebody
    • Doctor & Davinche – Gotta Man
    • Ty & Roots Manuva – So U Want More (Refix)
    • Papa Levi – My God My King
    • Tenor Fly – Bump and Grind
    • Skibadee – Tika Toc
    • Riko – Ice Rink Riddim
    • Jakes & TC – Deep
    • Jah Screechy – Walk And Skank
    • Top Cat – Love Mi Ses
    • Warrior Queen & The Heatwave – Things Change
    • Glamma Kid – Fashion Magazine
    • General Levy – Champagne Body
    • London Posse – Money Mad
    • Navigator & The Freestylers – Ruffneck
    • Stush – Dollar Sign
    • Tubby T – Ready She Ready
    • Blak Twang – Red Letters
    • Est'elle & Joni Rewind – Uptown Top Rankin
    • Tippa Irie – Complain Neighbour
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    BellSeven Types Of SixSoul Jazz Records

    This is the second album from Bell and is a mix of robotic funk electro, funked up twisted disco and classic 808 acid. Bell give us analog synthesizers and digital techniques to bring us robotic arcade-system electro. Deeply complex electronic material, deep basslines, superb production, ranging from unremittingly catchy to dark, creating truly a formidable electronic album. Bell are Dan Crouch and Adrian Stephens from London and supporters of Bell range from Andy Weatherall to Carl Craig.

    • Bell – File One
    • Bell – Rist IIA4
    • Bell – Rhythm Machine
    • Bell – Daylight Burn
    • Bell – Slide Out Wide
    • Bell – Winning Signal
    • Bell – Mode 3
    • Bell – Black Helicopters
    • Bell – Two Voices
    • Bell – N
    • Bell – Kathy
    • Bell – Mazar
    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
    Black Fire ! New Spirits !Soul Jazz Records

    Soul Jazz Records’ new release Black Fire! New Spirits! is a deluxe double CD (and limited triple LP) exploring deep, radical and spiritual jazz in the USA in the period 1957-1975.

    In the 1960s and into the 1970s jazz music in the USA was in an almost constant state of revolution, with the music and lives of African-American artists radicalised by the advent of the civil rights movement, Black Power, and a new spiritual awakening.

    For over 20 years now Soul Jazz Records have been exploring this rich area of deep and spiritual jazz music with an array of albums such as Freedom, Rhythm and Sound, Universal Sounds of America, New Thing, Soul Jazz Love Strata East and more. Soul Jazz Records have also released a steady stream of reissues of lost and classic deep jazz releases over the years from artists such as Art Ensemble of Chicago, Steve Reid, Pharaoh Sanders and others.

    This new album features groundbreaking and revolutionary artists such as Don Cherry, Archie Shepp, The Last Poets and Yusef Lateef as well as many rare and deep lost tracks from lesser known artists such as Creative Artists Ensemble, Granchan Moncur, Lloyd McNeill, Tyrone Washington and others.

    This album coincides with the recent ‘Black Fire! New Spirits! Images of A Revolution: Radical Jazz in the USA 1960-75’ book, published by Soul Jazz Books, which as well as including pioneering artists such as John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Roland Kirk and Alice Coltrane also features many of the artists included in this album. 

    REVIEWS

    "This double-disc set is the companion soundtrack to Soul Jazz's book of the same name. It documents 14 wide-ranging tracks by well-known foundational artists and those who followed the New Thing path to other realms during a fertile period during and after the Civil Rights Era. Soul Jazz has always done an admirable job both in curation and presentation." All Music

    Read full All Music review here

    • Yusef Lateef – Chang, Chang, Chang
    • The Last Poets – It's A Trip
    • Don Cherry – Utopia and Visions
    • Richard Davis – Dealin'
    • Archie Shepp and Jeanne Lee – Blase
    • Harold McKinney and The Creative Profile – In The Moog
    • Grachan Moncur III and The Jazz Composers Orchestra – Angela's Angel
    • Creative Arts Ensemble – Flashback Of Time
    • David Lee Jr – Second Line March
    • Lloyd McNeill and Marshall Hawkins – The Banjo Lesson
    • Tyrone Washington – Universal Spiritual Revolt
    • Pheeroan Ak Laff – Tzaddi Vau (Part 1)
    • Joe Henderson – Black Narcissus
    • Doug Hammond – Spaces and Things
    Black Man's PrideSoul Jazz Records

    While the righteousness of blackness is at the heart of the Rastafarian faith, this collection illustrates how black pride remained a central theme, if not the defining essence, at the very core of all the music created at Studio One Records.

    Black Man’s Pride is the striking new Studio One collection of deep heavyweight reggae featuring Horace Andy, Alton Ellis, The Gladiators, Sugar Minott, The Heptones, Freddie McGregor, Cedric Brooks & more.

    In order to understand the centrality of black identity in the music created at Studio One, we need look no further than Clement ‘Sir Coxsone’ Dodd who, who created the first black-owned record company in Jamaica.

    In similar fashion Alton Ellis’s defining ‘Black Man’s Pride’ brings up emotions that are at the heart of many of these uplifting songs. Alton Ellis’ birthplace was the Trench Town ghetto of Kingston, also the birthplace of The Wailers, Ken Boothe and many other Studio One luminaries.

    Clement Dodd established a musical empire firmly rooted by the core musicians working at Studio One many of whom came out of the Alpha School for Wayward Boys, run by Roman Catholic nuns, whose luminaries include Don Drummond, Johnny Moore, Leroy ‘Horsemouth’ Wallace, Cedric Brooks, Vin Gordon, Tommy McCook & more.

    Many of the songs featured here come from the transitory phase in reggae at the start of the 1970s. After the exhilaration of Ska and following the cooling down of Rocksteady. While reggae awaited the arrival of roots, Studio One’s vocalists were already producing some of the moodiest music imaginable! Here are 18 heavyweight tunes, both classic cuts and super-rare tunes!

    This new album is released as a heavyweight gatefold double-LP edition (+ download code), CD and digital with full text.

    REVIEW

    "The bottomless pit that is Coxsone Dodd’s Studio One label(s) yields more gems. Soul Jazz and before it, Heartbeat in the US, United Artists, Bamboo and various other labels in the UK have released numerous collections, yet the catalogue remains largely under-exploited, despite the late Mr Dodd’s tireless efforts to wring every last cent from it in unlikely ways. Little wonder that some reggae fans, spoilt by knowledge and racks of original vinyl, can be inclined to shrug when another comp emerges: there have been so many. However, 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 (mostly) 70s vocal roots reggae with a theme of black pride and dignity. This music was recorded as a cultural statement, if not a cry, from the roots; strong stuff, deep, dark and heavy. But don’t mistake that for leaden. It may have bass frequencies that drive your neighbour’s dog under the sofa, thinking it’s 5 November all over again, but this is no gloomy exercise in musical storm clouds. Right from Alton Ellis’s title-donating opening tune, there are aspects of Black Man’s Pride that will have you skipping around the room, literally or mentally, and thanking Jah that you didn’t spend the money it cost you on a pizza, dough balls and Diet Coke meal deal. This is not musical junk food, it’s a keeper fit to lift the heart whenever needed.

    One reason for this is the sequencing. Glen Miller (not that one) may have a light, soulful voice but the rhythm track he’s riding on Love And Understanding is a minor chord churner, as sad as a wet Sunday. But it’s held up on either side by Sugar Minott (and an uncredited Gladiators) floating through Woman Shadow (as sung by The Meditations as Woman Is Like A Shadow), and The Nightingales’ gorgeously swinging Rasta Is Calling, a glorious take on Delroy Wilson’s Cool Operator rhythm that’s a sod to find on 45. The Heptones make a rational case for Equal Rights in a manner that ought to have been perky enough to win them at least an audition for a CBBC presenter’s role. Their lead singer Leroy Sibbles pops up uncredited on John Holt’s heart-lifting yet cool Let’s Build Our Dreams. Heavy 70s roots is gloomy? Nope. Jamaica’s ghettos were suffering; they didn’t need more misery.

    There’s also judicious joining up of vocals and their dubwise 45 flipsides: The Gladiators’ Roots Natty is one such. I heard the vocal, and immediately wished it was the devastatingly moving dub cut. Compiler Stuart Baker evidently thought likewise, so it extends to the version. For variety, there’s a lone sax instrumental to wreck things up too: Cedric Brooks’ melodic Why Can’t I.

    There’s room for the unique, deep and breathy voice of Larry Marshall. More “international” stars Horace Andy and Dennis Brown are here too, recorded as youths, as is a teenage Freddie McGregor on a rootsy rewrite of Cat Stevens’ Wild World – with what sounds like JS Bach on synth! The set shuts with Johnny Osbourne’s sophisticated and spiritually openhearted Forgive Them.

    With an informative, eminently enjoyable sleeve note about the growth of roots reggae and its place in Rastafarianism and black awareness, fittingly Black Man’s Pride lacks nothing." Ian McCann, RECORD COLLECTOR

    • Alton Ellis – Black Man's Pride
    • Horace Andy – Child Of The Ghetto
    • Dennis Brown – Created By The Father
    • The Gladiators – Roots Natty
    • The Classics – Got To Be Cool
    • The Nightingales – Rasta Is Calling
    • Glen Miller – Love & Understanding
    • Sugar Minott – Woman Shadow
    • Lloyd Jones & The Supernatural Six – Red In A Babylon
    • Dudley Sibley & The Soul Gang – Love In Our Nation
    • The Heptones – Equal Rights
    • Glen Miller – You Must Be Love
    • Winston Jarrett – Up Park No Mans Land
    • Cedric Im Brooks – Why Can't I
    • Larry Marshall – Let's Make It Up
    • Freddie McGregor – Children Listen To The Wise Words
    • John Holt – Build Our Dreams
    • Johnny Osbourne – Forgive Them
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    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
    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
    Black RiotEarly Jungle, Rave and HardcoreSoul Jazz Records

    VINYL FACTORY COMPILATION OF THE YEAR 2020!!!

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    LIMITED EDITION COMES WITH FREE GRAPHIC STORY!

    Soul Jazz Records’ new Black Riot: Early Jungle, Rave and Hardcore is a brand new collection of heavyweight ragga-influenced hardcore jungle tracks from the early 1990s. Dark and heavy!

    Featuring classic and seminal tracks from the likes of Levictus and Krome &Time, alongside a host of rare and little-known ragga & junglist hardcore tunes from the likes of Babylon Timewarp’s hypnotic Durban Poison, Rhythm for Reasons’ mad ‘The Smokers Rhythm’, The Freaky rave-y breakbeat sound of ‘Time and Age,’ Trip One’s super dark ‘Snowball’ and loads more!

    Expect super heavy basslines, equally heavy twisted Amen drum loops, even heavier ragga vocals! Original jungle style - roots and culture - from the earliest days of drum and bass.

    Included with the album is a free limited-edition graphic mini-novel “Black Riot: The Mysterons save Planet Earth from the Xatheroid Angels.” This is the third collaboration between Soul Jazz Records and writer/illustrator Paulo Parisi, the highly respected author of graphic books on Jean Michel Basquiat and John Coltrane.

    This new graphic story continues the story of black electronic dance music – this time set around the birth of Jungle and continues onwards from Soul Jazz’s earlier ‘Invasion of the Killer Mysterons’ (Jamaican electronic Dub, co-compiled by Kevin Martin (The Bug)) and Mysterons Invade the Jackin’ Zone (about Chicago Acid & Experimental House).


    • Rhythm For Reasons – The Smokers Rhythm
    • Babylon Timewarp – Durban Poison
    • The Terrorist – RK1
    • DJ Dubplate – Tings A Go On
    • Leviticus – Burial (Lovers Rock Mix)
    • The Freaky – Time and Age
    • Trip One – Snowball Remix
    • DJ Krome & Mr. Time – Ganja Man
    • New Vision – Way Of Life
    • DJ Dubplate – Original Rubadubstyle
    • Hi Fi Power – Chill Out (Raggafunks U)
    • Nu Jacks featuring Ivory Ranks – House Sensation
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    BoomboxSoul Jazz Records

    Soul Jazz Records’ new Boombox features some of the many innovative underground first-wave of rap records made in New York in the period 1979-82, all released on small, independent, often family-concern record companies, at a time when hip-hop music still remained under the radar.


    This first exuberant wave of innocent, upbeat, party on the block rap records were the first to try and create the sounds heard in community centres, block parties and street jams that first took place in the Bronx in the mid-1970s. But where Flash, Kool Herc and Bambaataa were back-spinning, mixing and scratching together now classic breakbeat records like The Incredible Bongo Band’s Apache or Babe Ruth’s The Mexican, these first rap records were all made using live bands, often replaying then current disco tunes, whilst MCs rapped over the top, creating a unique sound that later became known derisively as old school.


    And while hip-hop started in the Bronx, rap on vinyl began in Harlem where long-time established rhythm and blues producer-owned record companies such as Joe Robinson’s Enjoy Records, Paul Winley’s Winley Records, Delmar Donnel’s Delmar International and Jack Fatman Taylor’s Rojac and Tayster were the first off the mark to realise the commercial potential of rap music - releasing early ground-breaking records that all quickly followed in the wake of the first rap record, The Sugarhill Gang’s Rappers Delight, a million-selling worldwide hit.


    This collection celebrates these first old-school rap records, bringing together rare, classic and obscure tracks released in the early days of rap.


    Deluxe double CD-pack comes with slipcase, 40-page outsize perfect-bound booklet, extensive notes, exclusive photography and original label artwork. Triple-vinyl heavyweight vinyl includes full artwork, text and notes as well as free download code.


    REVIEWS:

    Soul Jazz has a reputation for top-notch compilations that offer crash courses in a variety of styles and genres both beloved and obscure; they are, in essence, the K-Tel of the millennial generation.

    This is one of the best Soul Jazz sets in ages, a legitimate party in a box, overflowing with underground deep cuts that have seldom — if ever — been spotted on other collections - FACT

     ROLLING STONE Best Rap Albums of 2016

    • Mr Sweety G – At The Place To Be
    • Love Bug Star-Ski and The Harlem World Crew – Positive Life
    • Neil B – Body Rock
    • Super 3 – Philosophy Rappin' Spree
    • Bramsam – Move Your Body
    • Black Bird & Kevski – On The Go
    • Count Coolout – Rhythm Rap Rock (CD only)
    • Harlem World Crew – Rappers Convention
    • Willie Wood & The Willie Wood Crew – Willie Rap
    • Bon-Rock & The Rhythm Rebellion – Searching Rap
    • Sugar Daddy – One More Time
    • Spoonie Gee and The Treacherous Three – The New Rap Language
    • TJ Swan – And You Know That
    • Portable Patrol – Cop Bop
    • Master Jay – We Are People Too
    • Sweet G – Boogie Feelin' Rap
    • Mistafide – Equidity Funk
    Boombox 2Soul Jazz Records

    Soul Jazz Records’ new Boombox 2 is a new selection of early rap music from the period 1979-83, with barely a household name in sight. Featured here are some the earliest hip-hop records that came out of New York City following the enormous commercial success of the first ever rap record, ‘Rapper’s Delight’ by the Sugarhill Gang, in September 1979. Artists and producers alike tried to jump aboard the new commercial possibilities of hip-hop. By the end of the year there were 30 hip-hop singles, all released by independent New York labels. The following year there were over 100 more, and so on.

    Boombox 2 tells the story of how hip-hop went from its evolutionary roots in the Bronx through DJs Kool Herc, Grandmaster Flash and Afrika Bambaataa through to this second phase where veteran music producers – Paul Winley, Peter Brown, Joe Robinson and others – all based in Harlem, began to put rap on vinyl for the first time.

    Harlem is also where the separate worlds of disco and hip-hop met through the styles and influence of earlier ‘uptown’ DJs - DJ Hollywood and Eddie Cheba. In similar fashion these veteran Harlem-based producers instinctively tapped into a long lineage of African-American rhythm and blues, soul and disco.

    The album features many early and rare cuts from the first generation of early rap artists including Lovebug Starski (as Little Starsky), Busy Bee, Eddie Cheba, Kool DJ AJ as well as many other little known artists.

    Boombox 2 is a triple-vinyl set (+ download code) LP and double CD pack that features extensive text, exclusive interviews and stunning photography by Jamel Shabazz, Martha Cooper and others.

    Reviews of Boombox 1:

    ‘The vital launch pad between hip-hop’s birth and its worldwide impact’   THE WIRE

    ‘This compilation of early rap is a legit party in a box, one of the best Soul Jazz Records releases in years.’   FACT

    ‘A brilliant compilation of first wave underground rap records made in New York circa 1979-83'   TWISTED SOUL

    • Harlem World – Let's Rock
    • Lonnie Love – Young Ladies
    • Kool DJ A.J. – Ah, That's The Joint
    • Terry Lewis and Wild Flower – The Peoples Message Take Two
    • Rappers Rapp Group – Rappin' Partee Groove (Club Version)
    • Eddie Cheba – Lookin' Good
    • MC Rock Lovely – One Time Two Time Blow Your Mind
    • Little Starsky – Dancin' Party People
    • Manujothi – Shake Your Body
    • Busy Bee – School Days
    • TJ Swann, Pee Wee Mel and Swann Controllers – Maximus Party
    • Margo's Kool Out Crew – Death Rap
    • Grand Master Chilly T and Stevie G – Rock The Message Rap
    • Zoot II – Dr. Ice Rap
    Boombox 3Soul Jazz Records

    Soul Jazz Records’ new Boombox 3 continues the story of the first rap records to be put onto vinyl. It is a jam-packed collection of original independent ‘old-school’ hip-hop, created with just one thing in mind – to get this party jumping!

    After the explosion of hip hop in the parks and clubs of The Bronx in the mid-1970s, it was in Harlem where the first rap records emerged at the end of 1979 - an avalanche of superb rap tracks released on small independent labels all trying to capitalise on the success of ‘Rappers Delight.’

    Like hip hop culture itself, these first rap singles are the product of their own unique set of aesthetics – exciting and innovative rap performed with Bronx block party B-Boy funk breaks, disco jams and Jamaican sound system culture.

    The extensive sleevenotes discuss hip-hop’s trajectory from the first wave of Bronx creativity – the legendary DJs Kool Herc, Grandmaster Flash and Afrika Bambaataa – through to its arrival in Harlem via the entrepreneurism of old-school African-American rhythm and blues producers and émigré Jamaican producers all living in New York. Along the way the notes discuss everything from the New York power blackout of 1977, the Italian mafia involvement in the music industry, the links between rap and Jamaican dancehall and more besides!

    Boombox 3 features a line-up of stunning, near unknown New York rap artists, classic disco breaks (including Chic’s omnipotent Good Times, MFSB’s Love Is the Message, Queen’s Another One Bites The Dust etc.), proto-electro and more. And by the early 1980s the first rap records outside New York began to emerge – Los Angeles, Houston, Milwaukee, Phoenix – and the first of these are also featured here in this new collection.

    This Soul Jazz Records album is released on heavyweight triple vinyl (+ download code) with full notes, double CD pack with 44-page outsize booklet and slipcase, and digital album.

    Reviews of Boombox series:

    ‘The vital launch pad between hip-hop’s birth and its worldwide impact’ THE WIRE

    ‘This compilation of early rap is a legit party in a box, one of the best Soul Jazz Records releases in years.’ FACT

    • Majestics – Class A
    • Brother's Disco – Thumpin'
    • Mifflin Ensemble – On The Move
    • Sherod – Schooling (Put Your Mind To The Message)
    • Sugar Daddy – Another One Bites The Dust
    • Family Four – Rap Attack
    • She – Ms D.J. Rap It Up !
    • The Caution Crew – Rhythm Rock (Part 1)
    • Poor Boy Rappers – The DJ Rap
    • Family – Family Rap
    • Bobby Deemo – Bugs-B-Skate Rap
    • Teen-Machine – Teen-Machine Rap
    • T.J. Swann & Company – Get Fly
    • Poor Boy Rappers – Low Rider Rap
    • Sicle Cell & Rhapazooty – Rhapazooty In Blue
    • Mr. Fox – Smooth Talk
    • Solid C, Bobby D & Kool Drop – Wack Rap
    • Disco Daddy & Capt. Rapp – The Gigolo Rapp
    Chris BowdenTime Capsule (1992)Soul Jazz Records

    The stunning and ground-breaking album from the composer and saxophonist Chris Bowden back in print 20 years on!

    “This is the album that connected it all.” Gilles Peterson 2018

    Chris Bowden’s debut album Time Capsule was first released on Soul Jazz Records in 1992 to universal and widespread critical acclaim. Now 20 years on a new wave of current jazz artists led by the likes of Kamasi Washington in the USA and a host of British artists - Shabaka Hutchings /Sons of Kemet, The Ezra Collective, Moses Boyd, Nubya Garcia, Fourtet, Yussef Kamaal, Tenderlonious, Binker & Moses - have brought this original ground-breaking album into the limelight once more as a pivotal starting point, sharing many of the aesthetics of these current artists at work today.

    Musically all are inspired by the spiritual jazz of John Coltrane, Alice Coltrane, Pharoah Sanders, Archie Shepp, Don Cherry et al paired with a modern electronic music sensibility. Chris Bowden’s Time Capsule has stood the test of time like few other albums (as the title of the album suggested), and remains a pivotal, wholly-successful and original experimental musical collage, a radical inspiration and forebearer to many of the best progressive jazz and electronic artists working today.

    The album has been fully hi-spec re-mastered and is available as a limited-edition heavyweight double-vinyl release with gatefold sleeve (+ free download code), slipcase CD and digital album.


    A selection of original reviews:

    “Lush strings and woodwind with a powerful combination of dub beats and classical orchestration. True future music.” The Face

    “A divine soundtrack that Miles Davis would rise from his grave for. Heaven-sent laid back lusciousness.” Muzik

    “Reminiscent of Miles Davis, Stravinsky and Star trek. Drop dead gorgeous.” True

    “A beautiful and mysterious record.” Mixmag

    “Out on the left field, past the edge of the solar system, music exploring new territory, forging new alliances with outer space and the future.” DJ

    “A vibrant filmic quality. Bowden is out on his own. Essential.” Straight No Chaser

    “True futurism: Satie, Webern and attitude creating a serious listening experience.” Echoes

    “An ambitious and adventurous excursion. A deep, complex and ever-changing piece that makes the competition look half-baked.” Observer

    “Sounding like a Michael Nyman tune that took a wrong turn and bumped into a Miles Davis record.” (Album of the week) The Guardian

    “Supreme” NME

    “Astro-jazz, luxurious strings and psycho-acoustic electronica. A journey to the centre of the head” ID

    • Chris Bowden – Natural Selection
    • Chris Bowden – Mother And Daughters Now Mothers
    • Chris Bowden – Forbidden Fruit
    • Chris Bowden – Epsilon Transmission
    • Chris Bowden – Epsilon
    • Chris Bowden – Love Lies Bleeding
    • Chris Bowden – Time Capsule
    • Chris Bowden – Mind And Matter
    • Chris Bowden – Retrospective
    • Chris Bowden – Solo
    • Chris Bowden – Extra Vehicular Activity (EVA)
    • Chris Bowden – Life Support
    • Chris Bowden – Telescopic One
    • Chris Bowden – Telescopic Two
    • Chris Bowden – Telescopic Three
    • Chris Bowden – Sane
    • Chris Bowden – Angel Falls
    • Chris Bowden – Mothers Too
    • Chris Bowden – Deaf Out
    Brazil Bossa Beat!Bossa Nova And The Story Of Elenco Records, BrazilSoul Jazz Records

    Following on from our Bossa Nova album and deluxe book (compiled by Gilles Peterson and Stuart Baker) comes this incredible collection of bossa nova tracks from Brazil’s infamous Elenco Records, the legendary record label  whose releases represent a who’s who of bossa nova artists in Brazil in the 1960s – Vinicius de Moraes, Edu Lobo, Baden Powell, Nara Leao and many, many more.

    This deluxe CD-pack comes with a massive 75-page book (and superb limited double heavyweight gatefold vinyl edition) containing extensive text on the music of Elenco Records and the story of the label, whose iconic output represented the pinnacle of Bossa Nova music in Brazil during this celebrated era.

    The best artists, the best designs, the best music, the best everything! – Elenco is the definitive Bossa Nova label (the equivalent of Studio One in Reggae, Blue Note in Jazz etc).

    None of these tracks have ever before been released outside of Brazil, and have over the years Elenco releases have become the holy grail for fans and collectors alike of Brazilian music.

    Elenco’s superb, high quality output featured all the bossa nova major artists and defined everything that was great in bossa nova and Brazilian music with stunning graphics and sophisticated sound.

    The booklet comes complete with a gallery section featuring the iconic designs of Cesar G. Villela whose covers defined bossa nova – stylish, cool and hip.

    Essential for anyone interested in Bossa Nova and the music of Brazil!

    Watch out for two more Brazilian album compilation releases on Soul Jazz to follow in the future – Jazz Bossa! and Brazil Funk

    Feature in the Economist

    Review in LA Weekly here.

    • Edu Lobo – Resolucao
    • Baden Powell – Consolacao
    • Quarteto Em Cy – Canto de Ossanha
    • Sergio Ricardo – A Fabrica
    • Edu Lobo – Zanzibar
    • Vinicius and Odette – Berimbau
    • MPB-4 – Beco Do Mota
    • Roberto Menescal – Cinco Por Oito
    • Nara Leao – Maria Moita
    • Sergio Ricardo – Enquanto a Tristeza Nao Vem
    • Edu Lobo – Upa Neguinho
    • Nara Leao – Nana
    • Baden Powell – Candomble
    • Edu Lobo – Reza
    • Quarteto Em Cy – Amaralina
    • Lennie Dale – Sambar de Mudar
    • Nara Leao – Consolacao
    • MPB-4 – Cravo E Canela
    • Lucio Alves – Negro
    • Baden Powell – Coisa No. 1
    • Roberto Menescal – Adriana
    • Sylvia Telles – Samba De Uma Nota So
    • MPB-4 – Sentinela
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