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    Studio One Ska FeverSoul Jazz Records

    A blistering collection of ska tunes from Clement 'Sir Coxsone' Dodd's legendary Studio One Records, Jamaica's foundation label of reggae music. Featuring  classic cuts from the originators of Ska - The Skatalites, The Wailers, Lee Perry -  alongside a heavy dose of superb rarities from the might vaults of 13 Brentford Road - pure Ska Fever !

    Soul Jazz Records new Studio One Ska Fever returns back to the early 1960s - when Ska was the soundtrack to Jamaica's Independence and Sir Coxsone ruled the land and The Skatalites and Studio One were creating history on a daily basis with an endless stream of blistering, scorching classic tunes.

    This album includes an incredible line-up of only the finest artists in reggae music, including Roland Alphonso, The Gaylads, The Ethiopians, Don Drummond, Jackie Opel and many more. An all-star cast from Studio One, as Chris Blackwell famously noted, the 'University of Reggae'.

    The accompanying booklet contains extensive sleeve-notes from Studio One historian Rob Chapman (author of Never Grow Old and Downbeat Special), with information on musicians, tracks, label scans and more.

    Soul Jazz Records' Studio One Ska Fever is released in CD- jewel case, 24-page booklet with card slipcase, as well as a heavyweight double-vinyl edition in deluxe strong gatefold sleeve (with full sleeve notes) and also as a digital download.

    • Hugh Godfrey – Mad World
    • Johnny Moore – Skavling Johnny
    • Bongo Man & The Skatalites – Marcus Garvey
    • The Clarendonians – Rudie Bam Bam
    • Jackie Opel – Old Rocking Chair
    • Bob Marley & The Wailers – Climb The Ladder
    • Jackie Mittoo – Jump For Joy
    • Lee Perry – Gumma
    • The Soul Brothers – Freedom Sounds
    • The Clarendonians – You Won't See Me
    • The Skatalites – Cleopatra
    • The Gaylads – Don't Try To Reach Me
    • The Skatalites – Ska Parisienne
    • Higgs & Wilson – There's A Reward
    • The Skatalites – Timothy
    • The Ethiopians – Live Good
    • Don Drummond – Green Island
    • Bob Marley & The Wailers – Mr. Talkative
    Venezuela 70 : Cosmic Visions Of A Latin American EarthSoul Jazz Records

    Soul Jazz Records’ new Venezuela 70 is the first-ever album of its kind to take a look at the groundbreaking experimental rock music made in Venezuela and created in the 1970s – during a time when the country was both a modern cultural and economic powerhouse in Latin America on account of wealth from its vast oil supplies. 

    Venezuela lies at the northern part of South America, with neighbouring Colombia to its west and Brazil to its south. The north coast borders the Caribbean.

    Whilst much of 1960s Venezuelan rock music emulated British and USA styles, the 1970s saw the evolution of a new generation of creative artists such as Vytas Brenner, Angel Rada, Pablo Schneider and Miguel Angel Fuster, who all explored the possibilities of mixing together rock with elements of electronica, funk, jazz, latin rhythms simultaneously exploring their links with Venezuelan roots music, creating a new sound which blended a multitude of new and old world influences, uniquely Venezuelan.

    These Venezuelan artists looked to the future while exploring their country’s own musical heritage to create a new cultural identity. Similarities can be drawn with then contemporary movements around the world such as the Trópicalia and post-Trópicalia 1970s scene in Brazil of Os Mutantes, Novos Baianos, Secos e Molhados (all of which feature on Soul Jazz Records’ earlier Brazil 70).

    A similar parallel can be made in Europe with the experimental German groups of the 1970s (Can, Amon Duul, Harmonia, Neu all featured on Soul Jazz Records’ Deutsche Electronische Musik) who deconstructed and reconstructed the links between rock music and electronics to define a new German cultural identity.

    Most of these artists featured on Venezuela 70 remain practically unknown outside of Venezuela’s borders and yet their progressive forward-thinking music is some of the most sophisticated in the world – a stunning ‘melting pot’ mix of underground rock, synthetic electronics, funk, jazz and Latin American rhythms all of which explored new sounds and broke down musical boundaries to create a distinct and unique Venezuelan music and cultural identity.

    • Vytas Brenner – Araguaney
    • Pablo Schneider – Amor En Llamas
    • Un Dos Tres y Fuera – Machu Picchu
    • Miguel Angel Fuster – Polvo Lunar
    • Angel Rada – Basheeba
    • Fernando Yvosky – Barcos De Papel
    • Un Dos Tres y Fuera – Son De Tambor y San Juan
    • Vytas Brenner – Bang-Going-Gone
    • Aldemaro Romero y Su Onda Nueva – Irene
    • Miguel Angel Fuster – Dame De Comer
    • Un Dos Tres y Fuera – San Juan, Tambor y Fuera
    • Ofrenda Vytas Brenner – Caracas Para Locos
    • Grupo C.I.M. – Joropo No. 1
    • Angel Rada – Panico a Las 5am
    • Apocalipsis – Ayudame a Encontrar Mi Camino
    • Miguel Angel Fuster – La Quema De Judas
    Delta Swamp Rock Volume 2More Sounds From The South 1968 - 75: At The Crossroads Of Rock, Country And SoulSoul Jazz Records

    New on Soul Jazz Records, the second volume of Delta Swamp Rock continues to journey into the heartland of the American south, exploring the musical links between country, rock and soul music in the 1960s and early 1970s.

     Southern rock rose up in the 1970s on the huge commercial success of southern-based groups The Allman Brothers, Marshall Tucker, Lynyrd Skynyrd and others. Like the twisted roots of rock and roll, southern rock put country, rock and black music into a melting pot to create a unique sound. This gave rise to a new identity for white southern working-class youth.

    The roots of this revolution were to be found in an obscure corner of Alabama, in the sleepy town of Muscle Shoals, where, in the previous decade, a group of white in-house studio musicians together with the greatest rhythm and blues vocalists of the day - Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, Etta James and many others - away from the segregated environment found just outside the studio walls.

    Delta Swamp Rock 2 contains extensive sleeve-notes in an accompanying deluxe large outsize book housed in double-backed card case, which also includes stunning photographs and new interviews with a number of the featured artists (including Tony Joe White) .

    As well as the deluxe slipcase CD edition there is also a similarly deluxe limited edition heavyweight double gatefold vinyl edition complete with full sleeve-notes and super-loud pressing.

    • Area Code 615 – Ruby
    • Captain Beyond – Sufficiently Breathless
    • Bobbie Gentry – Touch 'Em With Love
    • Cowboy – Houston
    • Marshall Tucker Band – Fire On The Mountain
    • Cher – For What It's Worth
    • Bobby Lance – Somewhere In Between
    • Tony Joe White – Who's Making Love
    • Barefoot Jerry – The Minstrel Is Free At Last
    • Gregg Allman – Midnight Rider
    • Bobbie Gentry – Something In The Way He Moves
    • Area Code 615 – Devil Weed and Me
    • Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed – Tennessee Stud
    • Joe South – No Fence Around Me
    • Cowboy – Road Gravy Chase
    • Lynyrd Skynyrd – Free Bird
    • Grinderswitch – Let The South Wind Blow
    • Captain Beyond – Thousand Days Of Yesterdays
    • The Box Tops – Deep In Kentucky
    • Earl Scruggs – Lonesome and a Long Way From Home
    Betty HarrisThe Lost Queen Of New Orleans SoulSoul Jazz Records

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

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

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

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

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

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

    • Betty Harris – There's A Break In The Road
    • Betty Harris – 12 Red Roses
    • Betty Harris – Mean Man
    • Betty Harris – I'm Gonna Git Ya
    • Betty Harris – Ride Your Pony
    • Betty Harris – Show It
    • Betty Harris – I Don't Wanna Hear It
    • Betty Harris – Bad Luck
    • Betty Harris – Hook, Line 'n' Sinker
    • Betty Harris – Lonely Hearts
    • Betty Harris – What A Sad Feeling
    • Betty Harris – What'd I Do Wrong
    • Betty Harris – Trouble With My Lover
    • Betty Harris – Sometime
    • Betty Harris – I'm Evil Tonight
    • Betty Harris – Nearer To You
    • Betty Harris – All I Want Is You
    Lijadu SistersAfro-Beat Soul Sisters: The Lijadu Sisters at Afrodisia, Nigeria, 1976-79.Soul Jazz

    Killer new female Afro-Beat Funk from Nigeria in the 1970s.

    The Lijadu Sisters released a series of albums in the 1970s in Nigeria that blended heavyweight Afro-Beat with psychedelic Afro-Rock, High-Life, Disco and Soul in a truly unique combination. These albums are impossibly rare to find and this collection brings together the best of those recordings.

    The Lijadu Sisters were the most successful female group in Nigeria in the 1970s and managed to overturn many stereotypes and attitudes as they carved out a unique space for themselves in a predominantly male arena.

    Their influences ranged from female soul singers such as Aretha Franklin, The Pointer Sisters and Miriam Makeba to the afro-beat of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti as well as the juju music of I.K. Dairo and the highlife of Victor Olaiya.

    The Lijadu Sisters, identical twins Taiwo and Kehinde Lijadu, grew up in Ibadan, Nigeria. They recorded their debut albumfor Decca Records in 1969. At the start of the 1970s the two singers joined ex-Cream drummer Ginger Baker’s short-lived all-African group Salt (which also included future members of the Afro-Rock group Blo).

    In recent years, Lijadu Sisters have featured on releases on the Soundway and Strut labels. This album brings together the best of their tracks from the four albums recorded for the Afrodisia label in Nigeria – Danger (1976), Mother Africa (1977), Sunshine (1978) and Horizon Unlimited (1979). 

    Read Guardian newspaper feature and review here.

    Licensed from Afodisia, Nigeria.

    Digital availabe outside USA only.


    • – Danger
    • – Orere - Elejigbo
    • – Erora
    • – Bayi L'ense
    • – Sunshine
    • – Life's Gone Down Low
    • – Gbowo Mi
    • – Come and Dance
    • – Osupa
    • – Cashing In
    • – Amebo
    • – Gbalo - Alogbalo
    • – Not Any Longer
    Soul Jazz Records presents Steve ReidRhythmatism (1976)Soul Jazz Records


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

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    ‘Steve Reid is one of the greatest drummers.

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

    ‘A truly phenomenal artist.’ GILLES PETERSON

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


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

    As a radical jazz artist, Steve Reid played with an extraordinary group of artists – including Miles Davis, Sun Ra, Fela Kuti, James Brown, Ornette Coleman, Lester Bowie, Freddie Hubbard, Jackie McLean, Dionne Warwick, Archie Shepp, Chief Bey, Olatunji, Arthur Blythe, , Dextor Gordon, Gary Bartz, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Sam Rivers, Leon Thomas, Lonnie Smith and Horace Silver!

    Reid was born in the South Bronx, and grew up in Queens, New York. He played in the house band at Harlem's Apollo Theatre, accompanying James Brown, as well as playing in Sun Ra's Arkestra. He lived next to John Coltrane, worked in a department store with Ornette Coleman, had a son who played drums with NWA. He began his career as a teenager in the 1960s as a drummer at Motown when he played on Martha and The Vandellas "Heatwave" (aged 14).

    At the end of the 1960s Reid was sentenced to four years in jail as a conscientious objector of the Vietnam war. On his release from prison in 1974, he formed the Legendary Master Brotherhood and started the independent record label, Mustevic Sound, to release his debut LP in 1976. Rhythmatism is released in its entirety and with full original cover art here and is one of a series of stunning independent records he released in the 1970s.

    At the start of the 21st century, his career took a new twist when Steve Reid began a successful collaboration with Kieran Hebden (Four Tet). Hebden referred to Reid as his ‘musical soul mate’, resulting in a number of joint albums.

    Steve Reid died in New York in 2010. Subsequently the Steve Reid Foundation was set up in his name, to help aspiring musicians and artists.

    • Steve Reid – Kai
    • Steve Reid – Rocks (for Cannonball)
    • Steve Reid – Center Of The Earth
    • Steve Reid – C You Around
    • Steve Reid – One Minute Please
    PUNK 45: Burn Rubber City Burn!Soul Jazz Records

    Soul Jazz Records' new 'Punk 45' album Burn, Rubber City Burn charts the rise of the music scene in the mid-west city of Akron, Ohio at a time when the city and the rubber industry it was associated with was in deep decline.
    Featuring a fantastic collection of Akron groups including Devo, The Bizarros, Rubber City Rebels, Jane Aire, Chi-Pig, The Waitresses and more.
    The album comes complete with extensive text as well as exclusive photos and original record artwork. CD comes with large booklet and thick slipcase. Vinyl edition is on deluxe gatefold double-vinyl with free download code.
    The album follows on from Soul Jazz Records' earlier Punk 45 albums about USA and British punk (Kill The Hippies! Kill Yourself! and There Is No Such Thing As Society) as well as the cover art book Punk 45.
    Burn, Rubber City Burn, coincides with the release of as a second album about Ohio’s early punk scene, Extermination Nights in the Sixth City – featuring the music scene of nearby Cleveland.
    REVIEWS:
     “Soul Jazz Records’ story of American punk opens up a whole 1970s history that is still underexposed.” The Guardian
    Read PITCHFORK piece on the album here.
    Read Quietus feature here

    • The Bizarros – I Bizarro
    • The Waitresses – The Comb
    • Hammer Damage – Laugh
    • Devo – Mechanical Man
    • Tin Huey – Squirm You Worm
    • The Bizarros – Lady Doubonette
    • Chi-Pig – Ring Around The Collar
    • Devo – Auto Modown
    • Rubber City Rebels – Kidnapped
    • Denis DeFrange and Mark Frazier – The Manikin Shuffle
    • Jane Aire and The Belvederes – When I Was Young
    • Tin Huey – Puppet Wipes
    • Chi-Pig – Apu Api
    • The Bizarros – Nova
    • Rubber City Rebels – Such A Fool
    • Denis DeFrange – Sector Wars
    • Ralph Carney – Closet Bears
    • 15 60 75 Numbers Band – Narrow Road
    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
    Count Ossie & The Mystic Revelation Of RastafariTales Of MozambiqueSoul Jazz Records

    Soul Jazz Records are releasing Count Ossie and The Mystic Revelation’s seminal 1975 album Tales of Mozambique in an expanded double album/single CD/digital format, fully remastered and with the inclusion of two bonus rare single-only tracks, full sleevenotes, exclusive photographs and interview.

    Count Ossie is the central character in the development of Rastafarian roots music, nowadays an almost mythical and iconic figure. His importance in bringing Rastafarian music to a populist audience is matched only by Bob Marley’s promotion of the faith internationally in the 1970s.

    Count Ossie’s drummers performed on the first commercially released single to integrate Rastafarian traditional music with popular music: the vocal group The Folkes Brothers’ groundbreaking song ‘Oh Carolina’, recorded for producer Prince Buster in 1959. In 1966 his drummers greeted the momentous arrival of Haile Selassie at Kingston airport.

    His legendary jam sessions up in his Rastafarian compound in the hills of Wareika, Kingston, are famous for the many Jamaican musicians who attended including The Skatalites players – Roland Alphonso, Don Drummond, Johnny Moore, Lloyd Knibbs – and many others.

    The Mystic Revelation of Rastafari formed in Kingston, Jamaica, in 1970, a union of Count Ossie’s Rastafarian drummers – variously known as his African Drums, Wareikas or his Afro-Combo – and the saxophonist Cedric Im Brooks’ horns group, The Mystics.

    The Mystic Revelation of Rastafari are the defining group in bringing authentic Rastafarian rhythms into the collective consciousness of popular music, their unique music is at once rooted in the deep traditions and rituals of traditional drumming and chanting alongside a forward-thinking, even avant-garde, artistry influenced by the likes of John Coltrane, Sun Ra, Pharoah Sanders and other pioneering African-American jazz artists radicalised and charged by the civil rights movement of the 1960s.

    Tales of Mozambique is a truly unique and fascinating ground-breaking album.

    Count Ossie and The Mystic Revelation of Rastafari are the central group featured on Soul Jazz Records recent "Rastafari - The Dreads Enter Babylon” a collection showing the influence of Rastafari in Reggae and Jamaican popular culture.

    Soul Jazz Records will also be releasing Count Ossie and The Rasta Family 'Man From Higher Heights’ in the near future.

    * Bonus tracks

    REVIEWS

    " All roads in Rastafarian roots music lead to Count Ossie.He’s the lead character in this compelling subplot, the musician who was one of the first to put Rasta tenets into the heart of popular music.

    He did so from his camp in the hills above Kingston, Count Ossie and his drummers casting a spell on the musicians who gathered to check him out and then went on to spread the word about the powerful nyabinghi rhythms and mesmerising percussion.

    This is a reissue of the 1975 album Count Ossie made with his Rastafarian drummers and saxaphonist Cedric ‘Im’ Brooks’s group The Mystics.

    It’s a groundbreaking, majestic work, by turns righteous in tone and joyous in execution. It’s the sound of Ossie and his ensemble narrating a history lesson and you’d be daft not to want to find out more."  IRISH TIMES

    • – Sam's Intro
    • – Tales Of Mozambique
    • – Selam Nna Wadada (Peace & Love)
    • – No Night In Zion
    • – I Am A Warrior
    • – Wicked Babylon
    • – Let Freedom Reign
    • – Lock, Stock And Barrel
    • – Nigerian Reggae
    • – Run One Mile
    • – Rasta Reggae*
    • – Samia*
    SubwaySubway IISoul Jazz Records

    Amazing new album of krautrock-inspired beauty!

    Subway II, the debut album by Subway on Soul Jazz Records, is a startling cosmic marriage of influences – German electronic rock music from the 1970s (Cluster, Kraftwerk, Neu, Harmonia, Ash Ra Tempel), 80s Detroit science fiction techno (Carl Craig, Juan Atkins, Jeff Mills) and a hint of Italian and European disco (Danielle Baldelli meets Cerrone, Space, Moroder and Jean Michel Jarre).

    Subway are Michael Kirkman and Alan James and have been releasing music since 2000. Subway II was recorded at home in East London using a plethora of analog equipment and techniques t hat enabled them to create sound reflecting cityscapes such as Berlin, Dussseldorf, Detroit and Paris whilst at the same time creating a contemporary musical commentary of London in 2009.

    This album is a cosmic progression of post-dance music, focused more on meditative thought and space than one made for the dancefloor, yet still encompassing the rhythm and constant beat at the heart.

    Their most recent appearance is on Soul Jazz Records Singles 2008-9 alongside Kode9, Digital Mystikz, Tetine, Secondo, Ramadanman and other forward thinking electronic pioneers.

    With three previous sell-out singles on Soul Jazz Records (Simplex, Satellites and 4410), an album ‘Empty Head’ (released in 2005) as well as a string of one-off projects, the group are currently name-checked by everyone from Hot Chip to DFA, Prinz Thomas to Carl Craig, with good reason.

    ‘Subway II’ is a fitting conceptual statement of their current sound. Cosmic, post-dance, organic, meditative and hypnotic.

    Here's  a great interview and online mix:

    FACT MAGAZINE

    • Subway – Persuasion
    • Subway – Lowlife
    • Subway – Simplex
    • Subway – Harmonia
    • Subway – Jupiter
    • Subway – Monochrome
    • Subway – Horizons
    • Subway – Delta II
    • Subway – Xam
    PUNK 45: Les Punks - The French ConnectionSoul Jazz Records

    Soul Jazz Records’ new Punk 45 release documents the first radical underground punk bands to come out of France including Metal Urbain (the first group ever to be signed to Rough Trade Records), Marie et Les Garçons, Asphalt Jungle, through to the earliest experimental cold wave/minimal wave electronic groups such as Kas Product, Charles de Goal and A3 Dans le WC who emerged at the start of the 1980s.

    The accompanying large 44-page outsize booklet shows how punk in France emerged out of the country’s history of rebellion and revolution (from Serge Gainsbourg to the Paris ‘68 riots) as well as a love for American punk and proto bands like The New York Dolls and The Stooges, and was kick-started by witnessing the first UK punk bands (including the Sex Pistols who played in Paris in Sep 1976).

    It also explains how French revolutionary, artistic and intellectual ideas influenced the birth of punk in both New York (Dadaism and Surrealism, Rimbaud and Voltaire) and in Britain (Situationism), how Paris based art collective Bazooka influenced the work of Jamie Reid and The Sex Pistols, and more besides. 

    The booklet features extensive text, exclusive photography as well as interviews with key French figures in the movement including Marc Zermati (Skydog Records), Patrick Eudeline (Asphalt Jungle), Michel Esteban (Ze Records) and Eric Debris (Metal Urbain).

    Soul Jazz Records’ new Punk 45 album comes as a heavyweight double vinyl LP with gatefold sleeve, inserts, full sleeve notes + download code and also as a deluxe CD pack + 50-page outsize booklet and as a digital album.

    This is the latest in Soul Jazz Records’ Punk 45 series which documents punk around the world, following on from earlier releases Punk 45: Kill The Hippies (USA punk), Punk 45: There Is No Such Thing As Society (UK punk and post-punk), Punk 45: Sick on You (proto-punk), Punk 45: Burn, Rubber City Punk (Akron), Punk 45: Extermination Nights in The Sixth City (Cleveland) and Punk 45: Chaos in the City of Angels and Devils (Los Angeles) as well as the book Punk 45: Singles Cover Art of Punk with Jon Savage

    REVIEWS

    Read PITCHFORK article here

    • Marie et Les Garçons – Rien A Dire
    • Metal Boys – Sweet Marylin
    • Fantomes – I Wanna Be Your Dog
    • Gazoline – Sally
    • A3 Dans Les WC – Photo Couleur
    • Asphalt Jungle – Planté Comme Un Privé
    • Warm Gun – Broken Windows
    • Metal Urbain – Paris Maquis
    • Electric Callas – Kill Me Two Times
    • KaS Product – Mind
    • 84 Flesh – Salted City
    • Les Olivensteins – Euthanasie
    • Angel Face – Wolf City Blues
    • Guilty Razors – Hurts and Noises
    • Dogs – Here Comes My Baby
    • Charles De Goal – Dans Le Labyrinthe
    • Guilty Razors – I Don't Wanna Be A Rich
    • Marie et Les Garçons – A Bout De Souffle
    • Calcinator – Électrifié
    PUNK 45: Extermination Nights In The Sixth CitySoul Jazz Records

    Soul Jazz Records' new 'Punk 45' album charts the rise of underground punk in the mid-west city of Cleveland, Ohio, which for many people is the true birthplace of punk music in the mid-1970s.
    Featuring a fantastic collection of punk 45 singles from Cleveland groups including Pere Ubu, electric eels, The Pagans, Rockets From The Tomb, Mirrors, X–X and more.
    The album comes complete with extensive text written by Jon Savage as well as exclusive photos and original record artwork. CD comes with large booklet and thick slipcase. Vinyl edition is on deluxe gatefold double-vinyl complete with with free download code.
    The album follows on from Soul Jazz Records' earlier Punk 45 albums about USA and British punk (Kill The Hippies! Kill Yourself! and There Is No Such Thing As Society), pre-punk (Sick On You! One Way Spit!) as well as the deluxe cover art book Punk 45.
    Extermination Nights in the Sixth City coincides with the release of as a second album about Ohio’s early punk scene, Burn, Rubber City, Burn – featuring the music scene of nearby Akron.
    REVIEWS:
    “Soul Jazz Records’ story of American punk opens up a whole 1970s history that is still underexposed.”  The Guardian
    Read PITCHFORK piece on the album here.
    Read Quietus feature here

    • The Pagans – Street Where Nobody Lives
    • Jazz Destroyers – Love Meant To Die
    • Pere Ubu – Final Solution
    • The Broncs – Tele-K-Killing
    • electric eels – Splittery Splat
    • The Pagans – Dead End America
    • X-X – Approaching The Minimal With Spray Guns
    • The Defnics – 51%
    • Pere Ubu – Heart Of Darkness
    • The Human Switchboard – No !
    • X-X – A
    • Pressler Morgan – You're Gonna Watch Me
    • The Pagans – I Juvenile
    • Poli Styrene Jazz Band – Drano In Your Veins
    • The Mirrors – Hands In My Pockets
    • electric eels – Bunnies
    • Styrene Money – Everything Near Me
    • Rocket From The Tombs – Life Stinks
    New York Noise 2016 EditionSoul Jazz Records

    This is the new edition of Soul Jazz Records’ long out of print first New York Noise collection, Dance Music From The New York Underground 1978-82.

    This new 2016 edition features classic New York post-punk, punk funk and no wave tracks from Arthur Russell/Dinosaur L, James White and the Contortions, The Theoretical Girls, Mars, Konk, Material, Bush Tetras, Lizzy Mercier Descloux as well as new tracks by Alan Vega (Suicide), Chain Gang and Implog.

    • The Dance – Do Dada
    • The Contortions – Contort Yourself
    • Theoretical Girls – You Got Me
    • Konk – Elephant
    • Mars – Helen Fordsdale
    • Dinoaur L – Clean On Your Bean #1
    • Chain Gang – Son Of Sam
    • Arto / Neto – Pini, Pini
    • Bush Tetras – Too Many Creeps
    • Alan Vega – Bye Bye Bayou
    • Mars – 3E
    • Konk – Baby Dee
    • Lizzy Mercier Descloux – Wawa
    • Material – Reduction
    • Bush Tetras – Can't Be Funky
    • impLOG – Breakfast
    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
    Soul Jazz Records Singles2008–2009Soul Jazz Records

    Featuring exclusive Soul Jazz Records singles spanning 2008-9 for the first time on this monster 32 track double CD all for the price of a single CD !

    Some of the finest artists around have chosen to work with Soul Jazz Records in the last two years and we are proud to present these exclusive tracks here. As well as featuring once again the cream of the UK’s Dubstep master producers such as Kode 9, Digital Mystikz and Cult of the 13th Hour (Kevin Martin AKA The Bug and Space Ape), this CD also features many second-generation artists such as Pinch, Cotti, Ramadanman, Kutz and more.

    Soul Jazz also continue to release the very best in new forward-thinking electronic music – be it glitchy house, baile funk, italo-disco and more - by the likes of Subway, Matias Aguayo, Tetine (with a killer remix by CSS), Secondo and more - and these all also feature here.

    This album brings together all the exclusive 12” vinyl releases on Soul Jazz Records over the last two-years!

    • Ramadanman – Carla
    • Tetine – I Go To The Doctor
    • Kalbata Ft. Clapper Priest – Solution
    • Cotti – The Search
    • Subway – Simplex (Gato Fritto Mix)
    • Warrior Queen & Heatwave – Things Change
    • Kutz – Drumz Of No Return
    • Bulgari – Everything Is Changing
    • Kode 9 – Stung
    • Ramadanman – Core
    • Cult Of The 13th Hour – Wickedness (Version)
    • Matias Aguayo – Rita
    • Tayo – Style and Trend
    • Secondo – Kuwait
    • Kalbata Ft. Warrior Queen – Shooting Range
    • Goth Trad – Genesis
    • Ramadanman – Dayrider
    • Cult Of The 13th Hour – Wickedness
    • Pinch – Fighting Talk
    • Bulgari – The Laws Of Physics
    • Kutz – Travelling
    • Tetine – I Go To The Doctor (CSS Remix)
    • Silkie – Dam 4
    • Cotti – The Truth Hurts
    • Secondo – Macula
    • Matias Aguayo – 99 Seconds
    • Digital Mystikz – Thief In The Night
    • Tayo – Choppa Riddim
    • Kalbata ft. Clapper Priest – Saxon Londinium
    • Pinch – Chamber Dub
    • Subway – Hal
    • Cotti vs. Chefal – Latest Technology
    Sounds Of The UniverseSoul Jazz Records

    "Soul Jazz Records set Sounds of the Universe: Art + Sound 2012-15 features some of the heaviest Afrofuturistic producers out there:"  PITCHFORK

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    Soul Jazz Records new Sounds of the Universe: Art + Sound 2012-15 is a new double album CD (and two separate volumes of double-vinyl) featuring a line-up of some of the most forward-thinking and progressive artists and producers working with electronic music around the world today.

    This lovingly compiled collection features a stunning array of contemporary artists: Chicago’s Afro-futurist genius Hieroglyphic Being; Kaseem Mosse (aka Gunnar Wendell/Siege of Troy), one of the most talked-about, respected artists in underground house and techno; out of Detroit’s Moodyman stable comes Andres; also featured is Los Angeles-based Ras G, associated with the Brainfeeder label established by fellow producer Flying Lotus; and many more!

    This new collection features a first CD of tracks recorded exclusively for Soul Jazz Record’s bespoke Sounds of the Universe label. These were originally issued under their Art + Sound series between 2012 and 2015 as unique hand-etched and original commissioned art pieces (reproduced here) collectors’ 12” singles - all pressed in micro-editions of 250 copies for each artist’s release that were only ever available exclusively from Soul Jazz Records’ boutique Sounds of the Universe shop in Soho, London.

    The second CD features a fantastic set of all brand new exclusive tracks from the likes of Seven Davis Jr, Drexciya collaborator DJ Stingray, deep house virtuoso Mike Huckaby, Glaswegian noise-punk six-piece Golden Teacher, and lots more – all created and commissioned especially for this release. These songs are not available anywhere else in the world.

    Together these 2CDs comprise an amazing selection of new progressive electronic music.

    This album is released as double CD pack with slipcase and booklet. It is also available as two separate limited edition double vinyl editions in heavyweight vinyl and gatefold sleeves with full artwork + free download codes, and as a worldwide digital release.

    CD ONE/ RECORD A tr. 1-8

    CD TWO/RECORD B tr. 9-16

    NB

    The 3 Ras G tracks are CD only


    • Hieroglyphic Being – Shikaakwa
    • Tevo Howard – Summer Romance
    • Kassem Mosse – Staat Aus Glas
    • Andres – Ribena
    • Blludd Relations – Cold Like The Baron
    • AYBEE – Return To The Underground
    • Heatsick – Snakes and Ladders
    • Tenderlonious – Caramel
    • DJ Stingray – Cytokines
    • Mike Huckaby – Circles
    • Seven Davis Jr – Come and Go
    • Golden Teacher – Maladroit
    • Reginald Omas Mamode IV – Rare Love
    • Africans With Mainframes – Vibrations From The Serengeti II
    • Capracara – Hard Ticket To Hawaii
    • Lord Tusk – Average Cats
    • Ras G – Deep Space Nine
    • Ras G – Gloom Steez
    • Ras G – Taste This
    PUNK 45 : Chaos In The City Of Angels and DevilsSoul Jazz Records

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

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

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

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

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

    • The Middle Class – Out Of Vogue
    • X – We're Desperate
    • The Flesh Eaters – Disintegration Nation
    • The Weirdos – A Life Of Crime
    • The Urinals – I'm White and Middle Class
    • Iggy & The Stooges – I Got A Right
    • The Germs – Forming
    • Agent Orange – Bloodstains
    • Black Randy & The Metrosquad – Trouble At The Cup
    • The Urinals – Ack Ack Ack Ack
    • The Zeros – Don't Push Me Around
    • The Randoms – ABCD
    • Circle Jerks – What's Your Problem
    • The Bags – Survive
    • The Adolescents – Amoeba
    • The Dils – Class War
    • The Deadbeats – Brainless
    • The Simpletones – I Like Drugs
    • T.S.O.L. – World War 3
    • Eyes – TAQN
    • The Hollywood Squares – Hollywood Square
    • The Deadbeats – Final Ride
    Nigeria Freedom Sounds ! Popular Music and The Birth Of Independent Nigeria 1960-63Soul Jazz Records

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

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

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

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

    Read GUARDIAN newspaper review here

    'Soul Jazz Records set is pure listening pleasure and a perfect jumping off point for listeners curious about popular music beyond Europe and North America.' POP MATTERS

    • I.K. Dairo and his Blue Spots – E Ma Mobun Saya
    • Chris Ajilo and his Cubanos – Ariwo
    • I.K. Dairo and his Blue Spots – Aye Wa Kael
    • Charles Iwegbue and his Archibogs – Baby I Tire
    • Haruna Ishola and his Group – Iba Awon Agba
    • E.C. Arinze – Chukwu Fulum Nanya
    • Victor Ola-Iya and his Cool Cats – Cool Cats Invitation
    • Ganiyu Kale and his Guinea Mambo Orchestra – Iyawo-Ile
    • E.C. Arinze – Freedom Highlife
    • I.K. Dairo and his Blue Spots – Bonfo
    • Haruna Ishola and his Group – Owo Ni Fari
    • Apolos Empire Rhythm Orchestra – Cut your Coat According To Your Size
    • E.C. Arinze – Lumumba Calypso
    • Sammy Akpabot and his All Stars – Save For A Rainy Day
    • Ishie Brothers – Onyeoma Rosa
    • Godwin Omobuwa and his Soundmakers – Look, Look, Look
    • E.C. Arinze – Saturday Night
    • J.O. Araba and his Rhythm Blues – Iyawo Ma Pa Mi
    • Godwin Omobuwa and his Soundmakers – You Cheat Me
    • E.C. Arinze – Ozo Emena
    • Tes Dandies Dance Band – Obo Mi Ebe Mi
    • J.O. Araba and his Rhythm Blues – Olowofuja Sawa
    • I.K. Dairo and his Blue Spots – Omo Alara
    • 1. I.K. Dairo and his Blue Spots – E Ma Mobun Saya
    • 2. Chris Ajilo and his Cubanos – Ariwo
    • 3. I.K. Dairo and his Blue Spots – Aye Wa Kael
    • View full info and tracklisting
    No SeattleSoul Jazz Records

    Soul Jazz Records new release takes us on a serious road trip into the North-West region of the USA, 1986-97, to explore the amazing lost and forgotten sounds of the Grunge era.
    This Deluxe massive 28-track Double CD with 44 page outsize booklet features extensive text, band features and interviews, exclusive photos.+ Also Worldwide digital release + Also Ltd.Edition Two seperate double-vinyl albums with full notes and free download code.

    The underground music scene of the North-west of America arose from the early 1980s, strung out in isolated towns across the vast state of Washington. In its early days bands who showed an allegiance to their roots of punk. Yet, by 1991,Nirvana, the biggest band in the world, had been born from this community of outsiders.


    This compilation features some of the many divergent bands who emerged out of the North-west during this era. Intensely researched and documented this album features many bands who have now disappeared from history after releasing maybe just a couple of singles, or an album, or even never making it onto vinyl – alongside some bands that continue to this day.
    Perhaps most fascinating is the wide-ranging styles that these grunge bands  incorporated - from punk to metal, experimental and more.


    All Roads lead to Nirvana: 17 of the bands featured here played alongside Nirvana in the period 1987-93. All 23 bands featured feature members who shared a stage with Nirvana. Jack Endino (The Ones) produced 37 Nirvana songs. Dave Foster (Helltrout) was Nirvana's 3rd drummer. Bundle of Hiss became TAD who played more gigs with Nirvana than any other band.
    With fantastically in-depth sleevenotes, interviews with most of the bands, exclusive photography and all sonically remastered tracks this is a comprehensive double CD (and 2 volumes of 2xLP vinyl releases) bringing together the hidden, lost and forgotten sounds of the North-west grunge era.


    Reviews & Articles:
    Seattle Times feature here.
    Irish Times here.
    Read article by compiler Nick Soulsby in Nirvana Legacy here 
    Read second article by the compiler here.
    Read article about the artwork here.

    • Starfish – This Town
    • Vampire Lezbos – Stop Killing The Seals
    • Nubbin – Windyyy
    • Saucer – Jail Ain't Stopping Us
    • Machine – Blind Man's Holiday
    • Medelicious – Beverly
    • Hitting Birth – Same 18
    • Nubbin – Wonderama
    • Crunchbird – Woodstock Unvisited
    • The Ones – Talk To Me
    • Pod – 123
    • Thrillhammer – Alice's Palace
    • Yellow Snow – Take Me For A Ride
    • Helltrout – Precious Hyde
    • Bundle Of Hiss – Wench
    • Starfish – Run Around
    • Thrillhammer – Bleed
    • Chemistry Set – Fields
    • My Name – Voice Of A Generation Gap
    • Small Stars – It's Getting Late
    • Shug – AM FM
    • Treehouse – Debbie Had A Dream
    • My Name – Why I Fight
    • Soylent Green – It Smiles
    • Kill Sybil – Best
    • Calamity Jane – Magdalena
    • Saucer – Chicky Chicky Frown
    • Attica – The System
    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
    Punk 45: Sick on You ! One Way Spit !Soul Jazz Records

    This new Punk 45 album is a collection of tracks of twisted, raw and energized proto-punk music from the early 1970s, ahead-of-its-time music which led the way for the birth of punk in the second-half of the 1970s.

    This new album is compiled and has extensive sleeve-notes by Jon Savage.

    Punk 45: Sick on You! One Way Spit! After the Love & Before the Revolution: Proto-Punk 1969-77 is the third volume in this series, following on from the two earlier albums as well as the massive 400-page Punk 45s cover art book published last year.

    While the first in the series, Punk 45: Kill The Hippies! Kill Yourself!, focused on the rise of underground punk in America, and the second album, Punk 45: There is No Such Thing as Society did the same for punk and post-punk in Britain, this album draws upon some of the stripped-down hard garage and post-glam sounds of mainly obscure bands that existed in the early 1970s - that were to prove the template for the forthcoming punk movement.

    This is a unique and fascinating collection of proto-punk tracks from across the USA - Cleveland’s Electric Eels, San Francisco’s Crime, Los Angeles’ Zolar X, Baltimore’s George Brigman and more – as well as from the UK –  with Joe Strummer’s pre-Clash 101ers, the speed- induced r’n’b of the Count Bishops and others also included.

    As usual the album comes complete with text, biographies on each of the bands, exclusive photos and original record artwork.

    The album is released on CD with outsize large booklet and thick slipcase and limited-edition super-loud, super-heavy double vinyl edition complete with full sleeve-notes and free download code. These Punk 45 releases are also the first that Soul Jazz Records are making available as worldwide digital releases.

    'Top 50 best reissues of 2014" Rolling Stone magazine

    • Debris – One Way Spit
    • George Brigman – Jungle Rot
    • Death – Politicians In My Eyes
    • The Hammersmith Gorillas – You Really Got Me
    • Crime – Hot Wire My Heart
    • Mirrors – She Smiled Wild
    • The Hollywood Brats – Sick On You
    • Pastiche – Derelict Boulevard
    • Cabaret Voltaire – Makes Your Mouth Go Funny
    • Jack Ruby – Hit & Run
    • Victoria Vein and The Thunderpunks – Rear Guard Action
    • Electric Eels – Cyclotron
    • The Count Bishops – Ain't Got You
    • Rob Jo Star Band – Acid Revolution
    • The 101ers – Keys To Your Heart
    • The Killer Kane Band – Mr Cool
    • Simply Saucer – Here Come The Cyborgs Part 2
    • Zolar X – Space Age Love
    • Hector – Wired Up
    • Stavely Makepeace – I Wanna Love You Like A Mad Dog
    • Radio Pete – Just A Patsy
    LaraajiCelestial VibrationSoul Jazz Records

    This is the stunning debut album from Laraaji. ‘Celestial Vibrations’ was originally released in 1978 under the name Edward Larry Gordon, and then first issued by Soul Jazz Records/Universal Sound in 2010.

    Soul Jazz Records are now issuing this hypnotic piece newly re-mastered album once again in a very limited vinyl edition of 1000 and new CD as a full Laraaji release.

    ‘Celestial Vibrations’ is a cosmic ambient journey sounding unlike anything else when it was first released in 1978 - and sounding utterly unique today.

    Laraaji’s album was first issued in New York as a private-pressing record with only very minimal distribution. His distinctive use of the harp-like open-stringed zither and kalimba creates a hypnotic trance like musical landscape.

    Laraaji first came to fame in the 1980s as a worldwide ambient artist working with Brian Eno on EG Records. At this time Laraaji worked with a wide range of experimental musicians - Jon Hassell, Harold Budd, Michael Brook, Bill Nelson, Roger Eno, Nana Vasconcelos and Bill Laswell.

    Since Soul Jazz Records/Universal Sound first released ‘Celestial Vibrations’ seven years ago (now long deleted), Laraaji’s career has had a renaissance, releasing a string of new albums including a fascinating collaboration with Blues Control for the FRKYWS label, as well as reissues of earlier albums including a three-album cassette only release last year.

    Today Gordon continues his unique musical and spiritual path - performing his music mainly for meditation at yoga global retreats. He runs his own ‘Therapeutic Laughter Workshop’ where he coaches people in the mindful use of laughing for its health benefits.

    The album is issued as a limited-edition deluxe vinyl and CD edition. (previously released as Edward Larry Gordon ‘Celestial Vibration’)

    • – All Pervading
    • – Bethlehem
    Count Ossie & The Rasta FamilyMan From Higher HeightsSoul Jazz Records

    This album is a strictly 1000-copies only worldwide digitally remastered exact repro LP+ download code. Also available as a very limited Japanese card sleeve edition CD - first copies only! Also digital album.

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    Soul Jazz Records are releasing Count Ossie and The Rasta Family’s long lost reggae album ‘Man From Higher Heights’ (originally released in 1983), digitally remastered and with full original artwork.

    This release follows on from the earlier release of Count Ossie and The Mystic Revelation of Rastafari ‘Tales of Mozambique’ (1975) also by Soul Jazz Records.

    Recorded in Kingston, Jamaica, somewhere between the last Mystic Revelation album and the 1983 official release of ‘Man From Higher Heights’ it remains unclear whether this album is a mixture of original recordings overlayed with additional players, or Ossie’s post-Mystic Revelation players remaining true to the spirit of Count Ossie (who had died in a car crash in 1976).

    Either way it is a fascinating and successful blend of heavyweight Rastafarian roots rhythms and drumming alongside deep jazz improvisation and tripped out psychedelic fuzz guitar.

    The album was first released in 1983 on the British label VIsta Sounds with no mention of the line-up of the group. It has been out of print for over 30 years and remains one of the most mysterious of all releases relating to Count Ossie and the Mystic Revelation of Rastafari.

    Count Ossie is the central character in the development of Rastafarian roots music, an almost mythical and iconic figure. His importance in bringing Rastafarian music to a populist audience is matched only by Bob Marley’s promotion of the faith internationally in the 1970s.

    Count Ossie’s drummers made the first ever song to integrate Rastafarian traditional music into popular music - The Folkes Brothers’ song ‘Oh Carolina’, recorded for producer Prince Buster in 1959. In 1966 his drummers greeted the arrival of Haile Selassie at Kingston airport. His Rastafarian compound in the hills of Wareika, Kingston, hosted jam sessions between his drummers and Jamaica’s finest musicians, Roland Alphonso, Don Drummond, Johnny Moore and others.

    Count Ossie and the Group’s Man From Higher Heights remains one of the most elusive of his highly progressive Rastafarian inspired recordings, the final release in Count Ossie’s career.

    Also available:

    Count Ossie and The Mystic Revelation of Rastafari – Tales of Mozambique (SJR LP/CD235)

    Rastafari – The Dreads Enter Babylon 1955-83 (SJR LP/CD312)

    • – Africa We Want Fe Go
    • – Cruisng Down The Line
    • – Misfits
    • – Crossing River Jordan
    • – Mystic Memories
    • – Drums For Wise Man
    • – Chanting Higher Heights
    Microsolutions To MegaproblemsMicrosolutions 1Soul Jazz Records

    Soul Jazz Records subsiduary electronic label Microsolutions to Megaproblems celebrates two years of releases with this new album. Microsolutions to Megaproblems brings together many of the finest experimental electronic artists working in their respective fields today – whether it be electronica, avant hip-hop, twisted disco, deep jazz and more. This album features tracks from all the earlier12" releases plus unique exclusives for this album. Established electronic-pioneers such as Kit Clayton, Kid 606 and Sutekh are present alongside West-coast left-field hip-hop/beat-heads Daedelus and Ammon Contact. From the UK, underground remixer to the stars Radio Slave, A/K/A Rekid (Kylie Minogue, Paul Macartney!), tech-disco artist Secondo (with a unique to this album acid mix), A.Greenman are featured alongside exclusive new music from Tim Exile. The album also features deep electronic left-field jazz remixes from pioneers Hu Vibrational and Chicago’s finest Telefon Tel Aviv. Most of the artists on this album not only have recorded earlier material for other labels, many in fact run their own labels. They include Kit Clayton who owns and runs Orthlorng Musork, KID 606 who runs Tigerbeat 6, Sutekh with Context, Secondo with Dreck, Hu Vibrational with Metamusic and so on. Between them they have recorded with labels as diverse as Force Inc, Moving Shadow, Hefty, Ninja, Planet Mu, Classic and many more. Microsolutions to Megaproblems and Soul Jazz Records have been cataloguing the expansion of this new type of electronic artist who remain in control of their music and are happy to defy traditional concepts moving in and out of musical styles whilst still remaining "electronic". This is the first CD/LP to be released on Microsolutions to Megaproblems.

    • Kit Clayton – Humbaba
    • Secondo – We Got It 303 (Live Edit)
    • Rekid – Tranzit
    • Ammoncontact – Bbq Plate (Telefon Tel Aviv Mix)
    • A. Greenman – Discoethique
    • Sutekh – Mouth Party
    • Ammoncontact – On Bellflower (Smyglyssna Mix)
    • Hu Vibrational – Sunkissed (Daedelus Mix)
    • Kid606 – Batmen
    • A. Greenman – Sunday Kind Of Love
    • Kit Clayton – Enkidu
    • Sutekh – Boulez Toes
    • Hu Vibrational – Friends And Gardens (Corker Conboy Mix)
    • Tim Exile – Body Ginger
    • Kid606 – Banana Peel
    Country Soul Sisters Volume 2Women In Country Music 1956-79Soul Jazz Records

    Country Soul Sisters is a second guide to the great female country singers who helped define a musical genre as artists such as Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette attained staggering commercial success in the previously male-dominated musical world of country music.

    As well as extensive sleeve-notes the accompanying large outsize booklet also includes stunning photography from the Getty picture archive.  The album features a stunning line-up of classic female country artists – Tammy Wynette, Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, Bobbie Gentry, Kitty Wells, Wanda Jackson and many more.

    Female country artists fought hard for equal rights for women in their songs, their careers and their personal lives. Whilst groundbreaking artists such as Kitty Wells and Patsy Cline paved the way for female empowerment in the 1950s, it was in the 1960s that artists such as Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, Jeannie C Riley and Tammy Wynette first achieved great commercial success – a moment in time coinciding with the rise of both the women’s liberation and the civil rights movements.

    At the same time these female artists also in many cases broke down musical barriers and consequently this album showcases some of country music’s many colours. From the Nashville Sound of Patsy Cline and the Appalachian roots and authenticity of Dolly Parton, Tammy Wynette and Loretta Lynn through to the country soul of Diana Trask and Jody Miller, the rockabilly stylings of Wanda Jackson, the west coast pop and rock sound of Bobby Gentry, Linda Rondstadt and Cher, as well as the often maligned crossover modern soul of Barbara Mandrell.

    Here you will also find Kitty Wells - the first solo female career recording artist - singing her stunning version of Bob Dylan’s Forever Young, joined by an all star-group of Allman Brothers alumni, as well as African-American country singer Linda Martell’s incredible version of the Winston’s 60s soul classic Color Him Father. In fact the links between country and soul music feature throughout and also included are songs by Aretha Franklin, Luther Ingram and more.

    As well as the slipcase CD edition there is also a limited edition heavyweight double gatefold vinyl edition complete with full sleeve-notes and super-loud pressing.

    Reviews of Country Soul Sisters 1:

    “This superbly presented collection of songs by female pioneers in country music is a celebration of feminism.” The Times

    “Illuminating. Prior to any collective theoretical consensus of feminism these women were already doing it on their own terms.” The Guardian

    “A superb compendium of honky-tonk women” Q

    “An unsurprisingly excellent emission from the imperious Soul Jazz stable.” Clash

    • Jeannie C. Riley – Little Town Square
    • Linda Martell – Color Him Father
    • Dolly Parton – The Bargain Store
    • Diana Trask – Don't Let It Get Away
    • Wanda Jackson – My Baby Walked Right Out On Me
    • Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty – Working Girl
    • Cher – Chastity's Song
    • Dolly Parton – Jolene
    • Tammy Wynette – Baby Come Home
    • Vikki Carr – Living On A Prayer, a Hope and a Hand Me Down
    • Jody Miller – Don't Throw Your Love To The Wind
    • Jeannie C. Riley – The Rib
    • Bobbie Gentry – Okolona River Bottom Band
    • Joan Harris – Fact of Life
    • Linda Ronstadt – Baby You've Been On My Mind
    • Jody Miller – Natural Woman
    • Jean Shepard – I'm Alone
    • Barbara Mandrell – If Loving You Is Wrong
    • Lynn Anderson – Stay There Til I Get There
    • Kitty Wells – Forever Young
    • Jan Howard – Your Ole Handy Man
    • Patsy Cline – Come On In
    • Barbara Mandrell – I Never Said I Love You
    • Lynn Anderson – If I Can't Be Your Woman