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    Tee MacNight Illusion (1980)Soul Jazz Records

    Soul Jazz Records’ are releasing Tee Mac’s ‘Night Illusion’, a lost classic Nigerian Afro soul meets disco boogie funk album originally released in Nigeria in 1980. Impossibly hard to find, the record remains practically unknown outside of Nigeria.

    Tee Mac Omatshola Iseli is a multi-instrumentalist, composer and arranger and features on Soul Jazz Records’ recent collection Nigeria Soul Fever – Afro Funk Disco and Boogie alongside Joni Haastrup, Christy Essien and others, as well as on a recent compilation ‘Nepa Oh Nepa’ (released on Hot Casa earlier this year). 

    The timelessness of this soulful, ground-breaking funk jazz lost masterpiece ‘Night Illusion’ leads to comparisons with James Mason’s legendary lost classic album Rhythm of Life, with his unique individualism and intensity hinting at the boogie funk of groups such as Mass Production and Slave so loved by artists such as Moodyman and Theo Parrish.  While Fela Kuti is now a cultural icon of Nigerian music throughout the world, the recent crossover success of William Onyeabor shows just how much undiscovered Nigerian music remains waiting to be explored outside of the country.

    Tee Mac was born in Lagos, the son of a Nigerian princess and a Swiss diplomat. He picked up the flute at age 7 and ten years later was studying classical musical in Switzerland under his uncle the composer J.J. Direndirger. Returning to Lagos, Nigeria in 1970 he formed the heavyweight afro rock group Tee Mac and Afro Collection (which included Johnny Haastrup on keyboards and The Lijadu Sisters on vocals). This band was famously joined by the legendary Cream drummer Ginger Baker who came to Nigeria to play with them in 1971 (captured in the film Ginger Baker in Africa).

    At age 24, Tee Mac moved to Germany where he co-wrote and recorded the European disco group Silver Convention (whose ‘Fly Robin Fly’ became number one in the USA charts). 

    Tee Mac continues to live in Lagos today and travels the world as a composer – one of whose pieces is The City of Mer Kailash (2009), a two-hour ballet featuring over 60 dancers and a 100+ piece orchestra.

    Soul Jazz Records are releasing this lost classic Nigerian album as a strictly limited-edition 1000 copies worldwide exact-replica artwork reproduction LP (+ sleevenotes + free download), CD and digital album.

    • – Living Everyday
    • – Struggle
    • – Talk To Me
    • – Hit Hit
    • – Night Illusion
    • – A Certain Way To Go
    • – Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo
    New Orleans Funk Box SetLtd. Edition Collectors Edition 7" Box SetSoul Jazz Records

    LAST COPIES!!! - GOING,GOING ...........

    Soul Jazz Records’  Exclusive Limited-Edition New Orleans Funk 7” Box Set comprising five classic New Orleans’ seven-inch singles reproduced here in exact replica bespoke label artwork and all digitally re-mastered. 

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

    The unique sound of New Orleans Funk, a product of the second line percussion of Mardi Gras Indians, Jazz Funeral Parades and Marching Bands in the city  was born in the mid-60s in the studio of Cosimo Matassa, an evolution from the rhythm and blues sounds of Fats Domino, Little Richard and the honky tonk and ragtime piano 'Professors' of the city's earlier musical history.

    Featuring Eddie Bo's productions from the seminal funk group Explosions and New Orleans singer Chuck Carbo, plus the heaviest of all Professor Longhair tunes, the superb female soul of Inell Young and the rarest of New Orleans funk singles - Salt's massive and very valuable Hung Up.

    This unique box-set edition is only available as a one-off pressing especially for Record Store Day 2016.

    • The Explosions – Garden Of Four Trees
    • The Explosions – Teach Me
    • Professor Longhair – Big Chief (Part 1)
    • Professor Longhair – Big Chief (Part 2)
    • Chuck Carbo – Can I Be Your Squeeze
    • Chuck Carbo – Take Care Your Homework Friend
    • Inell Young – What Do You See In Her
    • Inell Young – I Remember The Summer
    • Salt – Hung Up
    • Salt – I Can't Believe
    • 5×7" Boxset£35.00
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    Horace Andy / Jackie Mittoo Mr Bassie / Napoleon SoloSoul Jazz Records

    It's the bomb! Two massive Studio One cuts back to back.

    • Horace Andy – Mr. Bassie
    • Jackie Mittoo – Napoleon Solo
    Cold Wave # 2Soul Jazz Records

    Cold Wave #2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    This is a one-time only pressing of this 12" single and will be deleted on release. Two killer tracks that are not on the vinyl version of the Kaleidoscope album. Theon Cross's superb Candace of Meroe and Pokus' equally striking Pokus One

    • Theon Cross – Candace of Meroe
    • Pokus – Pokus One
    • Limited-edition one-off 12" single£12.99
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    Congo Revolution - Revolutionary and Evolutionary Sounds From The Two Congos 1955 - 62Soul Jazz Records

    This stunning new release looks at the explosion of music that came out of the Congo in the years leading up to independence in 1960. Congolese rumba, a wild combination of African, Jazz and Latin influences, created future stars of its now legendary creators – Franco, Grand Kalle, Tabu Ley, Dr. Nico, Papa Wemba - and all feature here in their ground-breaking early groups such as O.K.Jazz, Brazzos, Rock-A-Mambo, African Jazz and The Beguen Band.

    The Congo is in fact two countries – The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC, formerly Zaire) and the Republic of the Congo. Congo Revolution was first released as a sampler 7” box set for RSD, and this expanded release includes a 50-page booklet/double gatefold and inner sleeves containing extensive text explaining the evolution of the music and history of the two Congos, and how music, politics and popular culture intersected at the point of independence from the two Congos’ European colonisers – Belgium and France – through songs such as ‘Vive Patrice Lumumba,’ and ‘MNC Uhuru,’ which celebrated the Congolese independence leader prior to his political assassination.

    Also included is the stunning images of the Congolese photographer Jean Depara who documented the Congo’s vibrant nightlife in the period 1955-65 as well as being the official photographer for the superstar Congolese artist Franco up until his death in 1989. Depara also documents the rise of the Bills (Congolese teenagers who dressed as cowboys) and sharp-suited évolués (which later gave rise to the fashion-conscious phenomenon of the Congolese ‘Sapeurs’). These superb images are reproduced in collaboration with Revue Noire in France.

    This album comes as a deluxe heavyweight double vinyl with gatefold sleeve and individual inner sleeves, CD with slipcase and 50-page outsize booklet and as digital release.

    • Brazzos et OK Jazz – Cha Cha Cha Del Zombo
    • Brazzos Et OK Jazz – Tcha Tcha Tcha Mi Amor
    • Essous et Rock-A-Mambo – Baila
    • Edo et O.K. Jazz – Kumavula Tubakueto
    • O.K. Jazz – Sois Sage Amour
    • Nino & Rock-a-Mambo – Allegria
    • Bagette et Le Vedette Jazz Orchestre – Rhythmo Vedette Jazz
    • Franco et O.K. Jazz – Tokeyi Kobina Calypso
    • Essous et Orchestre Bantou – Luiza
    • Beguen Band – Yo Me Moera
    • African Jazz – Vive Patrice Lumumba
    • Dewayon & Conga Jazz – Na Lingi Na Ngai Kubala Te
    • Kongo Jazz – La Belle Lucie Botayi
    • Grupo O.K Jazz – Grupo O.K Jazz
    • Rock-A- Mambo – Cherie Nini
    • African Jazz – Flowers of Luckness
    • African Fiesta – Merengue Nico
    • Rock-a-Mambo – Les Voyous
    • Wendo Kolosoy with Beguen Band – Marie Louise
    • African Jazz – Ngonga Ebeti Independance
    • African Jazz – MNC Uhuru
    • 1. Brazzos et OK Jazz – Cha Cha Cha Del Zombo
    • 2. Brazzos Et OK Jazz – Tcha Tcha Tcha Mi Amor
    • 3. Essous et Rock-A-Mambo – Baila
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    • 2xLP + Download Code£23.00
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    • Deluxe CD with 48-page booklet and Slipcase£12.00
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    Poor Boy RappersLow Rider RapSoul Jazz Records

    NEW £1000+ KILLER LA low-rider electro rap groover.

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

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

    Limited edition, one-off pressing, ONLY AVAILABLE DIRECT FOR 2 MONTHS!

    This is one of two KILLER Poor Boy Rappers 12" - next one coming soon!

    • Poor Boy Rappers – Low Rider Rap
    • Poor Boy Rappers – Low Rider Rap (Instrumental)
    Blludd Relations Cold Like The BaronSounds Of The Universe / Soul Jazz Records

    WORLDWIDE EXCLUSIVE! Only available here, right now!

    Blludd Relations

    Sounds of The Universe Art+Sound 12” release no. 5!

    REMEMBER – these 12”s all sell out VERY, VERY quickly.

    Hypnotic and hip Bludd Relations NYC-style-Arthur Russell meets Afro-pop bomb 12”!

    Only ever 300 copies. Only available at Sounds of the Universe or Soul Jazz. All unique art-pieces. Instant collector’s items!

    EXCLUSIVE new tracks from Blludd Relations specially recorded on our Sounds Of The Universe label on this very limited and worldwide exclusive 12”.

    This single is part of our Art+Sound 12” series, pressed on 180gm vinyl, with hand-etched vinyl artwork on one-side designed by sculptor Bill Hackett. 

    The 12" single also comes with exclusive free download code (you cannot buy the download on it's own).

    This record is ONLY available direct from Sounds of the Universe record store and Soul Jazz Record/Sounds of the Universe websites.

    Blludd Relations is Jesse Hackett (Owiny Sigoma Band/Elmore Judd/Gorillaz) and Nathan Jenkins (AKA Bullion).

    ALL SOLD OUT: Kassem Mosse, Hieroglyphic Being, Andres, Tevo Howard!

    • – Cold like the baron
      The TrapsHigher / Higher Version

      RARE CUTS! Very Limited edition bespoke Studio One Collector's 45
      ONLY AVAILABLE DIRECT FROM SOUL JAZZ RECORDS & SOUNDS OF THE UNIVERSE

      • – Higher
      • – Higher Version
      Hu VibrationalUniversal MotherSoul Jazz Records

      Hu Vibrational's new album mixes deep percussive African rhythms and Afro- Jazz with elements of hip-hop and electronica recorded in Los Angeles, California. This is the second album by Hu Vibrational to be released on Soul Jazz Records and for those of you bought the first release this will not disappoint! Produced by West Coast left-field hip-hop/electronic/jazz artist Carlos Nino A/K/A Ammon Contact, the album features Adam Rudolph, Hamid Drake and Brahim Fribgane as well as special guest and deep jazz legend Yusef Lateef. Adam Rudolph and Hamid Drake have between them played and recorded with Pharoah Sanders, Herbie Hancock, Bill Laswell, Jah Wobble, Don Cherry and many more. With previous releases on Soul Jazz Records (Beautiful) and Scott Heren’s (Prefuse 73) Eastern developments label, Hu Vibrational’s deep spiritual music draws on the links between Africa, Jazz music and avant-garde Hip-Hop. Adam Rudolph co-founded the Mandingo Griot Society and has been working together for over recent years as musical partner to the great Yusef Lateef. He also runs the Go:Organic Orchestra a 22 piece percussion group. Carlos Nino A/K/A Ammon Contact has had releases on Ninja, Soul Jazz Records, Eastern Development and Plug Research. As well as being an integral part of Hu Vibrational he has also produced Dwight Trible and The Life Force Trio, Build An Ark and the Go;Organic Orchestra.

      • Hu Vibrational – Twins
      • Hu Vibrational – Luna
      • Hu Vibrational – We Call To Her
      • Hu Vibrational – Amma
      • Hu Vibrational – Meta M'Bulu
      • Hu Vibrational – Hakuna
      • Hu Vibrational – Nammu
      • Hu Vibrational – Her Dream Of Peace
      • Hu Vibrational – Born Form The Sea
      • Hu Vibrational – Mandala
      • Hu Vibrational – M'Bip
      • Hu Vibrational – Ninety-Six Lotus Blossoms
      • Hu Vibrational – Red Ochre Cowrie
      • Hu Vibrational – In The Field Featuring Yusef Lateef
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      The Wailing SoulsTrouble Maker / Run My PeopleSoul Jazz Records

      Seminal, uplifting, righteous, soulful roots anthem!

      • The Wailing Souls – Trouble Maker
      • The Wailing Souls – Run My People
      Soul Jazz Records presents Brasil featuring Sivuca, Joyce, Raul de Souza and moreRecorded in Rio de Janeiro, BrazilSoul Jazz Records

      Brand new edition of Soul Jazz Records’ Brasil album recorded in Rio de Janeiro in 1994 with a host of legendary Brazilian musicians including Sivuca, Raul de Souza and singer Joyce Moreno – which has remained one of the key defining early releases from the record label. Out-of-print for over 20 years (!!!) the album has now been fully digitally re-mastered for this new 2018 edition.

      The album was recorded at the height of the first wave of interest in Brazilian music in London in the 1990s. Joyce and a group led by husband drummer Tutty Moreno had just been brought to the UK for the first time ever by Gilles Peterson and Brazilian music obsessive Joe Davis (and future head of Far Out Records) and performing to over 2,000 new young fans.

      Singer-songwriter Joyce has been a living legend in her native Brazil ever since the Bossa Nova movement of the 1960s and had made her first record when she was just 20, and described by Antonio Carlos Jobim as ‘one of the greatest singers of all time.’

      Joyce Moreno agreed to be involved in the project to record an album in Brazil produced with a UK sensibility and Tutty Moreno’s group signed up as the house-band for the project. Stuart Baker (founder of Soul Jazz Records) and Joe Davis then flew to Rio de Janeiro, searching out studios and rehearsal spaces.

      During this time in Brazil more artists signed up for the project including legendary figureheads of the Brazilian music Sivuca (who brought his own group) and trombonist Raul de Souza. Other key figures included singer/guitarist Celia Vaz who worked extensively as arranger with the legendary Quarteto Em Cy and drummer Dom Um Romao); Wanda Sá, who played in Sergio Mendes’ original seminal bossa nova group Brasil 65 (during which time she married the artist Edu Lobo); and legendary saxophone/flautist Teco Cardoso whose bio reads like a who’s who of Brazilian music and includes work with Edu Lobo, Dori Caymmi, Baden Powell, Joao Donato, Carlos Lyra and others.

      The final piece to this Brazilian jigsaw was the addition of percussionist Pirulito – whose stunning display of self-made instruments allowed him to magically create the massive sound of Rio’s Samba Schools live inside the studio. The album was recorded over one hot summer, mixed in London and then released at the end of 1994.

      Over 20 years on and Soul Jazz records’ Brasil album manages to capture both an important cross-cultural musical moment in time between Brazil and London while at the same time sounding as fresh as if it was recorded today! Following the original success of this album Soul Jazz Records’ continued its love affair with Brazil and went on to release a host of Brazilian albums including classics such as Tropicalia, Brazil 70, Bossa Nova, a Bossa Nova cover art deluxe book with Gilles Peterson and releases by Sergio Mendes, Baden Powell, Edu Lobo and more

      This new edition album is released with full original artwork and now comes as limited edition remastered vinyl edition (+ free download), limited edition Japanese heavy card CD edition and digital album.


      • Pirulito – Introduction
      • Pirulito – Batucada No.1
      • Celia Vaz & Wanda Sa – Zanzibar
      • Celia Vaz & Wanda Sa – Amazon River
      • Tutti Moreno & Group – Berimbau
      • Pirulito – Capoeira
      • Joyce – Magica
      • Sivuca – Forro
      • Tutti Moreno & Group – Misturada
      • Pirulito & Raul De Souza – Batucada No.2
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      Oliver LakeNtu: Point From Which Creation Begins (1971)Universal Sound

      VINYL COMES WITH FREE DIGITAL DOWNLOAD VOUCHER FROM OUR WEBSITE ONLY!

      Soul Jazz Records/Universal Sound are reissuing jazz composer Oliver Lake's Ntu: The Point From Which Creation Begins, his stunning rhythmical Afro-centric deep spiritual jazz debut album originally recorded in 1971. This classic spiritual deep jazz album digitally remastered and cased in bespoke original artwork exact reproduction on hardboard Jap-style box case CD and a very limited (1000 worldwide) heavyweight 180gm audiophile vinyl edition.

      This album features in Gilles Peterson/Soul Jazz Records’ own Freedom, Rhythm and Sound large-format book of revolutionary jazz.

      Saxophonist Oliver Lake’s unique career path includes working with Lou Reed, A Tribe Called Quest, Bjork, composing for the Brooklyn Philharmonic and as long time member of the avant-garde jazz group World Saxophone Quartet. This genre-defying, wide-ranging and cross-pollinating creativity is a consequence of Lake’s musical roots in the radical Black Arts Movement of 1960s Afro-America.

      Oliver Lake’s career began in a creatively charged time and place. In the late 1960s, Lake alongside Julius Hemphill and Charles ‘Bobo’ Shaw, co-founded The Black Artists Group (BAG), the St Louis-based equivalent to Chicago’s Art Ensemble of Chicago/Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians collective.

      Out of this BAG collective came many other variant groups and arts projects which included The Human Arts Ensemble, Red Black & Green Solidarity Unit, Onawali Dancers, Malinque Rhythm Tribe, BAG Drama Dept., Great Black Music Orchestra of St. Louis, Fire-Earth-Air-Water, Me We & Them and the Julius Hemphill Quartet.

      The first recordings from Oliver Lake and the Black Artist Group collective, true to keeping with the era’s radicalism, self-definition and economical empowerment value system, kept a wide birth from the mainstream music industry and were released on the private pressing record label, Universal Justice, self-distributed at concerts and events.

      In 1971, after appearing on two collective projects by The Human Art Ensemble and Children of The Sun, Oliver Lake recorded his own debut album Ntu: The Point From Which Creation Begins, self-financed for release on his own Passin Thru’ record company. However, shortly afterwards the tape of this album was put in storage, as Lake and the other BAG members headed off to Europe in the path of The Art Ensemble of Chicago and other free jazz African-American musicians, many of whom were finding a new open-minded audience across the Atlantic.

      Ntu: The Point From Which Creation Begins remained unreleased until 1976 when an association with major label Arista/Freedom issued a number of Lake and the Black Artists Group’s early releases and unreleased tapes. Long unavailable, this album has now itself become a rarity.

      Heavily progressive, rhythmical and intense, the album features Lake alongside an all-star cast of St. Louis’s finest radical, avant-garde and deep jazz musicians which includes Joe Bowie (Lester’s brother, who also later formed Defunkt and worked with James White and The Blacks), Don Moye (on loan from the Art Ensemble of Chicago), and regulars such as Charles Bobo Shaw.

      Lake returned from Europe to live in New York in the second-half of the 1970s to firmly ensconce himself in the emerging Loft Jazz scene, which soon became the dominant avant-garde movement of this era, and Lake an intrinsic member. At this time Lake also formed the World Saxophone Quartet alongside Julius Hemphill, Hamiet Bluiett and David Murray, which continues it’s own radical path to this day.

      • – Africa
      • – Tse'lane
      • – Electric Freedom Colors
      • – Eriee
      • – Zip
      Tevo Howard / Kutmah, Art+Sound 12"Summer RomanceSounds Of The Universe / Soul Jazz Records

      Limited 12” (300 copies worldwide) and ONLY AVAILABLE exclusively from Sounds of the Universe record store and Soul Jazz Records.

      This unique Art+Sound 180 gram vinyl only is the second release on our own Sounds of the Universe label and features music from Tevo Howard on one side and exclusive hand-etched art engraving by graphic artist Kutmah on the other side.

      New generation Chicago house artist and DJ, Tevo Howard, is also the son of legendary bluesman Rick 'Poppa' Howard. ‘Summer Romance’ is the new exclusive track made for our new Sounds Of The Universe label, launched by Soul Jazz Records.

      Tevo's sound incorporates drum machines, melancholic melodies which reference Detroit alongside the deep warm sound of New York. But above all it is a sound matured at home in the heart of house music, Chicago.

      Graphic artist Kutmah is the California-raised illustrator and DJ who has worked with many of the Los Angeles underground electronic hip-hop community - Gaslamp Killer, Flying Lotus, Gonjasufi and Dabrye - through his affiliation with the Dublab collective and the groundbreaking electronic/hip-hop club 'Low End Theory'.

      Check also the video by KORKUSUZ, filmmaking twins hailing from Turkey via Eastern Europe.


      • – Summer Romance
      RekidMade In MenorcaSoul Jazz Records

      Rekid is the alter-ego of Matt Edwards A/K/A Radio Slave, one half of the mighty Quiet Village, and remixer to the stars and dance music’s man of the moment whose work with DJ Hell, Kylie Minogue (where he famously mixed Kylie with New Order’s ‘Blue Monday’), Carl Craig, Talking Heads, Chicken Lips, Pet Shop Boys and even Kate Bush has made him currently one of the most in-demand remixers working today.

      Rekid is the pseudonym he uses for his more serious/underground work and "Made in Menorca" is his first album released under the Rekid moniker and released on Soul Jazz Records. With numerous recording projects (Rekid, Radio Slave, Quiet Village, Mathew E, Sea Devils) under his belt, Matt Edwards’ music breaks down the traditional barriers of dance music – house, broken beat, techno, electro, hip-hop, disco cut-ups – and influences from Walter Gibbons to Andy Weatherall to DJ Harvey to create a truly unique sound.

      After two extremely well received singles Rekid’s  full-length debut "Made in Menorca" is already getting support from the likes of Lindstrom, DJ Hell, Tiga, Trevor Jackson and Carl Craig ‘Made In Menorca’ is quite literally the most refreshing piece of electronic dance music we reckon you’ll hear all year.

      Moving between stark cold European machine music, sophisticated electronic disco to the futuristic hip hop of the late J-Dilla and the abstract house music of Theo Parrish ‘Made In Menorca’ is a journey in 21st century electronica in Matt’s slick accomplished style.

      • Rekid – Intro
      • Rekid – Lost Star 6
      • Rekid – Diamond Black
      • Rekid – 85 Space
      • Rekid – Kidbeats
      • Rekid – Retro Active
      • Rekid – Priya
      • Rekid – Arp
      • Rekid – Tranzit
      • Rekid – Nite
      • Rekid – Klaws
      • Rekid – Spiders
      • Rekid – Cairo
      • Rekid – Legend
      Hieroglyphic BeingThe Red NotesSoul Jazz Records

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

      "Album of the week" BLEEP

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Read full review here

      • Hieroglyphic Being – Youth Brainwashing and The Extremist Cults
      • Hieroglyphic Being – The Melody Lingers
      • Hieroglyphic Being – The Seduction Syndrome
      • Hieroglyphic Being – Awake and Energize
      • Hieroglyphic Being – Video Jazz
      • Hieroglyphic Being – The Red Notes (Original)
      • Hieroglyphic Being – The Emotional Listener
      • Hieroglyphic Being – The Red Notebook
      • Hieroglyphic Being – The Tone Bather
      • 1. Hieroglyphic Being – Youth Brainwashing and The Extremist Cults
      • 2. Hieroglyphic Being – The Melody Lingers
      • 3. Hieroglyphic Being – The Seduction Syndrome
      • View full info and tracklisting
      Alton EllisI'm Still In LoveSoul Jazz Records

      It's the bomb!
      Out today in all good record shops or direct from us right now here!

      STONE COLD CLASSIC STUDIO ONE ANTHEM ALERT !

      Alton Ellis's original 1967 Studio One version of 'I'm Still In Love' is one of the most well known tracks in Jamaican music history, based on an incredibly catchy rhythm that has seen countless versions over the years, most famously for Althea and Donna's huge worldwide smash 'Uptown Top Ranking' in 1977 and Sean Paul and Sasha's cover version that was a chart hit in the UK and numerous other countries in 2002

      Here we present the original 7" version cut super loud and fat on a 12" single

      On the B side there's a funky slice of JA Soul grooviness, the Soul Vendors 'Just A Bit Of Soul', featuring the one and only Jackie Mittoo

      Housed in a heavyweight card Studio One sleeve these won't be around for long ! Very Limited edition 1000 copies worldwide 12” pressing

      • Alton Ellis – I'm Still In Love
      • The Soul Vendors – Just A Bit Of Soul
      • 12"£12.00
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      Horace Andy/Jackie MittooSee A Man's Face/One Step BeyondSoul Jazz Records

      Brand new - limited edition two killer Studio One cuts back-to-back

      • Horace Andy – See A Man's Face
      • Jackie Mittoo – One Step Beyond
      • 7"£9.99
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      Lloyd McNeill and Marshall HawkinsTanner SuiteUniversal Sound

      Soul Jazz Records/Universal Sound are releasing here the third album from deep jazz flautist and composer Lloyd McNeill (alongside the earlier ‘Asha’ and ‘Washington Suite’ - both now sold out).

      Tanner Suite is one of the most beautiful and by far the rarest of all of McNeill’s records, a unique piece of music especially commissioned by the Smithsonian National Gallery Of Art in the late 1960s to accompany an exhibition of the work of Henry Ossawa Tanner, the first African-American painter ever to gain international success.

      Tanner Suite was originally released in 1969 as a private individually numbered pressing of 1000 copies on McNeill’s own Asha Record company and has never been issued since. Soul Jazz Records new pressing of this album is also limited to 1000 copies each on vinyl and CD. Both editions come in heavyweight exact-replica hard tip-on USA card sleeve original artwork.

      This beautiful and intense set of pieces based around improvisation was the soundscape to the significant exhibition of Tanner's work, created at an important point in post-civil rights African-American self-definition. The music is both profound and spiritual.

      Lloyd McNeill is flautist, composer and painter. As musician he studied with Eric Dolphy, played with Nina Simone, Mulatu Astatke, Nana Vasconceles, Ron Carter, Dom um Romao and Sabu Martinez. In the mid-1960s McNeill headed to Paris and became friends with Pablo Picasso. 

      • – Black Expatriate
      • – Tanner Blue
      • – Daniel In The Lion's Den
      • – The Banjo Lesson
      • Reissue LP£24.00
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      • CD£12.00
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      • MP3 Release£7.99
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      The Skatalites at Studio One Collectors 7" Box SetIndependence Ska and The Far East SoundSoul Jazz Records

      LAST COPIES!!!!! - GOING,GOING ........

      Unique new Soul Jazz Records’ Collectors Limited-Edition  7-inch box set special edition release  from the greatest ska band of all time!

      Ten stone-cold classic, killer tracks from Studio One, brought together here on this one-off pressing limited-edition box set containing five mighty seven-inch singles which bring together seminal, rare and classic tunes collected together here for the first time ever.

      The Skatalites were the definitive Jamaican group, who first came together in Kingston in the late 1950s and featured the acknowledged finest musicians in the country - Tommy McCook Rolando Alphonso Lester Sterling, Lloyd Brevett Lloyd Knibb, Don Drummond, Jah Jerry Haynes, Jackie Mittoo, Johnny Moore and Jackie Opel. 

      In 1963 they became the house band at Clement 'Sir Cosxone' Dodd's newly opened Studio One at 13 Brentford Road. The group played on every song cut at the studio, backing the greatest singers of the day - Bob Marley & The Wailers, Ken Boothe, Toots and The Maytals - as well as recording some of the finest instrumental music ever made under their own name.

      Here is a selection of some of their finest and hardest-to-find cuts made at Studio One between 1963-65. 

      This unique box-set edition is only available as a one-off pressing especially for Record Store Day 2016.

      • The Skatalites – Guns Of Navarone
      • The Skatalites – Suavito
      • The Skatalites – Russian Ska Fever
      • The Skatalites – El Pussycat
      • The Skatalites – Coolie Boy
      • The Skatalites – Surplus
      • The Wailers – Tell Them Lord
      • The Skatalites – Further East
      • The Skatalites – Independent Anniversary Ska
      • The Skatalites – King Solomon
      • 5×7" Boxset£30.00
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      Horace AndyFeverSoul Jazz Records

      Horace Andy's KILLER classic Studio One cut 'Fever' on a super-loud 12" single for the first time ever!

      A killer track originally released on the legendary Studio One label in 1973, with the Cedric Im Brooks instrumental version on the B side

      Horace Andy is one of Reggae's best known vocalists who has had mainstream success with Massive Attack after appearing on all five of their albums

      A party dancefloor devastator, these won't be around for long !

      • Horace Andy – Fever
      • Im & The Agg – The Flu
      • 12"£12.00
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      SecondoA Matter Of ScaleSoul Jazz Records

      Soul Jazz Records release Secondo’s first album of super-funky micro cut-up disco and electronic music. Secondo is Italian/Serbian producer Radovan Scasascia. Born in Zurich in 1975, his super-funky minimal discofied electronic dance music has been appearing sporadically on Soul Jazz Records since 2003 and on his own minimal electronic label, Dreck Records since 2000, where he also releases the music of artists such as AM/PM, Antonelli and Strategy. His most recent appearance was on the Soul Jazz Singles CD alongside Rekid (AKA Radio Slave and one half of Quiet Village), Kode9, Subway, DJ Rupture and other similarly like-minded electronic pioneers.

      Secondo’s love of disco and minimal European electronic music produces a unique funky-electronic cut up style that shows his close links with the micro-house sound of Germany’s Kompakt label as much as that of the New York Disco labels of the late 70s and early 80s. This led to earlier releases such as his celebrated Tom Tom Club cut-up a few years back.

      Secondo’s music features thousands of micro-samples and on “A Matter of Scale”, his first album on Soul Jazz Records, the music successfully reflects his aim of reconstructing these minute sonic fragments into new compositions that somehow maintain the atmosphere of the originals as well as creating new worlds. As much at home with his own material as other peoples, his remixes have appeared on a diverse set of European and American electronic artists – Felix da Housecat, Richie Hawtin, Harrison Crump, James Din A4, Kammerflimmer Kollektief and many more.

      • Secondo – Ought To Say
      • Secondo – Macula
      • Secondo – Kuwait
      • Secondo – Wait For It To Come
      • Secondo – Distrails
      • Secondo – Quantum Lady
      • Secondo – AZ201
      • Secondo – Burns Me Up
      • Secondo – Solstice
      • Secondo – Fine Primo Tempo
      Downbeat Special Studio One Collectors 7" Box Set Soul Jazz Records

      Studio One Downbeat Special Box Set:

      Limited edition - order now!

      Ten stone-cold classic, killer tracks from Studio One, brought together here on this one-off pressing limited-edition box set containing five mighty seven-inch singles. These are some of the heaviest, most in-demand legendary  tunes ever to be recorded from the likes of Willie Williams, The Skatalites, Dawn Penn, Jackie Mittoo, Bob Marley & The Wailers and more, all fully-remastered and presented here in this deluxe package.

      Tracklisting:

      1. Willie Williams - Armagideon Time

      2. Marcia Griffiths - Feel Like Jumping 

      3. The Skatalites - Addis Ababa 

      4. The Eternals - Queen Of The Minstrels 

      5. Dawn Penn - No No No 

      6. Dub Specialist - Hooligan (Dub)

      7. The Mad Lads - Ten To One 

      8. Jackie Mittoo - Totally Together 

      9.  Michigan and Smiley - Nice Up The Dance  

      10. The Wailers - Simmer Down  

      • Willie Williams – Armagideon Time
      • Marcia Griffiths – Feel Like Jumping
      • The Skatalites – Addis Ababa
      • The Eternals – Queen Of The Minstrels
      • Dawn Penn – No No No (Original Version)
      • Dub Specialist – Hooligan
      • The Mad Lads – Ten To One
      • Jackie Mittoo – Totally Together
      • Michigan and Smiley – Nice Up The Dance
      • The Wailers – Simmer Down
      • MP3 Release£7.99
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      • 7" Boxset£35.00
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      Johnny Osbourne / Otis GayleWe Need Love / I'll Be AroundSoul Jazz Records

      Killer Studio One 12" bomb!

      • Johnny Osbourne – We Need Love
      • Otis Gayle – I'll Be Around
      • 12"£12.99
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      Louisa 'Markswoman' MarkBreakoutUniversal Sound

      Louisa Markswoman Mark’s debut album, Breakout, is a landmark in the history of British reggae music, a seminal album that defined the new genre of Lovers Rock.

      This seminal album is released in its original design and comes with three bonus tracks – two rare single-only DJ cuts with Mark (including the legendary Trinity) and a superb rare dub. 

      This CD is a limited-edition deluxe hardback-cased edition of this seminal album with exact-reproduction artwork from the original album.

      There is also a very collectable deluxe limited edition (1000 worldwide –  with free digital download voucher) exact-reproduction expanded double-vinyl edition on heavyweight 180 gm vinyl pressing.

      In 1978, Mark was voted top female vocalist in the influential Black Echoes magazine. A few years earlier, her debut single, ‘Caught You in A Lie’, produced by legendary UK soundsystem operator Lloyd Coxsone and featuring music by the great Dennis Bovell had launched a new style of reggae in Britain, Lovers Rock. 

      After her debut the fourteen-year singer from West London came under the wing of Clem Bushay, then in-house producer and A&R for Trojan Records, who, starting with the classic ‘Even Though You’re Gone’, released a steady stream of hit singles on his independent Bushay label. 

      The young Mark became an iconic figure for young British black female singers, paving the way for Janet Kay, Caroll Thompson and the many other young lovers rock singers who soon followed in her path. 

      As the original sleevenotes to the album succinctly put it on her reggae success – ‘five number one songs out of five, all classics and at the tender age of 20’.

      For her debut album, Breakout, Louisa Mark and the well-connected producer Bushay brought together some of reggae music’s finest musicians from both the UK and Jamaica. These included superstar guests such as The Heptones, Dave Barker, Owen Gray and The In Crowd as well as relocated legends like Rico Rodriguez and Vin Gordon and the ever-present Dennis Bovell.

      Louisa Mark’s young success was short-lived and this album was to be her sole release. She died in Gambia in 2009.

      Thirty years on, the rare album stands out as one of the most important reggae albums of its time – a groundbreaking release, which helped define British reggae for a new generation of black British youth.

      • – People In Love
      • – Moving Target
      • – 6 Six Street
      • – Baby Simone
      • – Even Though You're Gone
      • – Funny Guys
      • – Keep It Like It Is
      • – Dance And Feel Free
      • – Reunited
      • – He Used To Be My Man
      • – Natty Go Dey Voluntarily
      • – Step It Brother Clem
      • – Gone Out
      • CD£12.00
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      • 2×LP£14.99
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      • MP3 Release£7.99
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