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    New Orleans FunkSoul Jazz Records

    Album features Ernie K Doe’s ‘Here Come The Girls’, The Meters, Eddie Bo, Professor Longhair, Lee Dorsey, Wild Magnolias and more.


    This is the definitive collection of New Orleans Funk featuring acknowledged masters next to some of the earlier artists who shaped the meaning of funk. The album is also filled with many rare, sought after and undiscovered funk tracks. It covers the period from the emergence of New Orleans Funk in the early 1960's through to the mid-seventies.


    The record is an essential part of anyone in any way interested in Funk's record collection. It has some vital ingredients in it that you can't find elsewhere. With the sound of the New Orleans Funeral March Bands, Mardi Gras Indian Tribes and Saturday Night Fish Fries all as inspiration New Orleans Funk developed into a unique sound. 


    New Orleans is a port town. Originally owned by the French, this was where many slaves were brought from the West Indies. Many of these slaves came from Haiti and brought with them the religion of Voodoo and its drums and music. It became one of the first parts of America to develop a strong African-American culture leading to the invention of Jazz in the early 1900s. 


    A main feature of Jazz in New Orleans were the Jazz Funeral Marching bands. Solemn Brass bands accompanying a coffin would, on burial, be joined by a second line of drummers and dancers which would turn the event into a celebration of the spirit cutting free from earth. This African tradition is strong in New Orleans and still goes on to this day. The backline drums play a syncopated style that is neither on the beat nor the off-beat. It is these rhythms that are the basis of New Orleans Funk. 


    The album comes with a booklet presenting a historical explanation to how and why this music came about, and with lots of information about the people involved.


    Reviews:
    "A Perfect Primer For Funk Fans" Q (Top 5 albums of the year)
    "Probably the finest compilation that Soul Jazz has released. Essential" Time Out

    • The Explosions – Hip Drop
    • Lee Dorsey – Who's Gonna Help Brother Get Further
    • Gentleman June Gardner – It's Gonna Rain
    • Eddie Bo – Check Your Bucket
    • Professor Longhair – Big Chief
    • Huey "Piano" Smith & His Clowns – Free, Single And Disengaged
    • Chuck Carbo – Can I Be Your Squeeze
    • Aaron Neville – Hercules
    • Mary Jane Hooper – I've Got Reasons
    • The Gaturs – Gator Bait
    • Allen Toussaint – Get Out Of My Life Woman
    • Cyril Neville – Tell Me What's On Your Mind
    • Bo Dollis & The Wild Magnolia Mardi Gras Indian Band – Handa Wanda
    • Lee Dorsey & Betty Harris – Love Lots Of Lovin
    • The Explosions – Garden Of Four Trees
    • Ernie & The Top Notes – Dap Walk
    • The Meters – Just Kissed My Baby
    • Marilyn Barbarin – Reborn
    • Dr. John – Mama Roux
    • Danny White – Natural Soul Brother
    • Eddie Bo – Hook 'N' Sling, Pt. 2
    • Ernie K. Doe – Here Come The Girls
    • Robert Parker – Hip-Huggin
    • The Meters – Handclapping Song
    • 2. The Explosions – Hip Drop
    • 3. Lee Dorsey – Who's Gonna Help Brother Get Further
    • 4. Gentleman June Gardner – It's Gonna Rain
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    Deutsche Elektronische MusikSoul Jazz Records

    AVAILABLE AGAIN! Soul Jazz Records new 2018 edition of their long out of print classic first “Deutsche Elektronische Musik – Experimental German Rock and Electronic Music 1972-83” is ‘a near-definitive guide to some of the world’s most extraordinary music’ (The Guardian).


    Featuring a stunning line-up of groups including Cluster, Can, Faust, Popol Vuh, Neu!, Amon Düül, Harmonia, La Düsseldorf and Tangerine Dream as well as a host of lesser known groups such as Kollectiv, Ibliss, Between and many more. This new edition is fully re-mastered and features all the original artwork and tracks.


    The first seeds of German rock and experimental electronic music were planted in 1968, as students and workers in Paris, Prague, Mexico and throughout the world demonstrated against mainstream society, the war in Vietnam, imperialism and bourgeois values. The birth of a counter-culture, drug experimentation and social change expanded musical worlds. Germany experienced its own cultural revolution fuelled by these worldwide student and worker revolts and by a generation’s desire to rid itself of the guilt of war.


    German rock and experimental electronic music grew out of this worldwide counter-cultural revolution of 1968. The objectives were to create new music, ‘free’ from the past, many German youth turning their back on mainstream society. From the opening of the first collective/cooperative, Kommune 1, in Berlin, to the formation of the Baader-Meinhof terrorist group and the bombings, kidnappings and killings of the Revolutionary Armed Forces (RAF), young Germans sought out new values and a lifestyle outside of ‘the system’.


    These cooperative and communal experiences led to a number of new collective German bands forming such as Amon Düül, Faust, Can (all featured here) and others and these ideals drove this new movement. A music that gave seed out of the cultural ‘nothingness’ that young Germans felt as a consequence of Germany’s role in the Second World War. A generation who grew up stifled by the recent history of Nazi atrocities, the guilt of their parents’ generation and their disillusionment at the reintegration of old Nazis into mainstream society.



    Influenced equally by the electronic experimentalism of Stockhausen, the progressive rock of Pink Floyd and the black American jazz and soul music played at the occupying armed forces bases, young German artists seamlessly created out of this a new unique music with its own unique identity.


    Double CD pack with large 36-page outsize booklet encased in slipcase. The vinyl edition is made up of TWO separate volume heavyweight loud gatefold double albums (now + free download codes) featuring all sleevenotes and text.

    Double Vinyl Record A is tracks 1-13 (+ Download Code)

    Double Vinyl Record B is tracks 14 - 24 (+ Download Code)

    Digital download does not include track 3 and 23 which are physical only

    REVIEWS:

    ***** GUARDIAN REVIEW (John Savage)

    ***** GUARDIAN REVIEW (Dave Simpson)

    2x LP Record A/CD1:

    1. Can – A Spectacle
    2. Between – Devotion
    3. Harmonia – Dino
    4. Gila – This Morning
    5. Kollektiv – Rambo Zambo
    6. Michael Bundt – La Chasse Aux Microbes
    7. E.M.A.K. – Filmmuzik
    8. Popol Vuh – Morgengruss
    9. Conrad Schnitzler – Auf Dem Schwarzen Kanal
    10. La Düsseldorf – Rheinita
    11. Harmonia – Veterano
    12. Faust – It's A Rainy Day, Sunshine Girl
    13. Neu! – Hallo Gallo

    2x LP Record B/CD2:

    1. Cluster – Heisse Lippen
    2. Ibliss – High Life
    3. Moebius – Hasenheide
    4. Amon Düül II – Fly United
    5. Popol Vuh – Aguirre 1
    6. Ash Ra Tempel – Daydream
    7. Tangerine Dream – No Man's Land
    8. Amon Düül II – Wie Der Wind Am Ende Einer Strasse
    9. Roedelius – Geradewohl
    10. Can – I Want More
    11. Deuter – Soham

    • Can – Aspectacle
    • Between – Devotion
    • Harmonia – Dino
    • Gila – This Morning
    • Kollectiv – Rambo Zambo
    • Michael Bundt – La Chasse Aux Microbes
    • E.M.A.K – Filmmusik
    • Popol Vuh – Morgengruss
    • Conrad Schnitzler – Auf Dem Schwarzen Kanal
    • La Düsseldorf – Rheinita
    • Harmonia – Veterano
    • Faust – It's A Rainy Day, Sunshine Girl
    • Neu! – Hallo Gallo
    • Cluster – Heisse Lippen
    • Ibliss – Hi Life
    • Dieter Moebius – Hasenheide
    • Amon Duul II – Fly United
    • Popol Vuh – Aguirre 1
    • Ash Ra Tempel – Daydream
    • Tangerine Dream – No Man's Land
    • Amon Duul II – Wie Der Wind Am Ende Einer Strasse
    • Roedelius – Geradewohl
    • Can – I Want More
    • Deuter – Soham
    New Orleans Funk 2: The Original Sound of FunkSoul Jazz Records

    This is Soul Jazz Records’ new journey into the heart of New Orleans and a guide to the city’s finest Funk music produced in the late 1960s and early 1970s.’ Featuring everyone from The Meters to Eddie Bo, Lee Dorsey to Betty Harris, this is a who’s who of the Crescent City’s most famous and most funky! 


    The city of New Orleans has deep musical roots that stretch back to Africa. New Orleans first gave birth to Jazz music, a Black musical form centred on rhythm, improvisation, freedom and collectivity at the turn of the century. Similarly in the late 1960s New Orleans Funk came to define a unique sound, mixing Caribbean rhythms, New Orleans second-line syncopation and rhythm and blues, all played by the Big Easy’s finest musicians. 


    Whilst Jazz and Funk music spread throughout the world, many African-American musical traditions remained within the city limits such as Mardi Gras and Carnival, Saturday Night Fish Fries, Funeral Marching bands and much more which partly explains why New Orleans music is so unique. 


    The album comes with extensive sleeve-notes, exclusive photography and more, and is an essential guide to the musical landscape of New Orleans and - together with Soul Jazz Records’ earlier New Orleans’ releases - presents the definitive story of New Orleans Funk.
    Although on the mainland coast, New Orleans is also surrounded by lakes giving the city an island feel. Similarly its proximity to Puerto Rico, Cuba, Haiti and the other West Indian Isles means that Latin and Caribbean musical influences are in its veins as much as American musical traditions. The upside of this city’s isolation is that New Orleans musical traditions flourished away from those of the rest of America. A thriving city full of artists, musicians, singers, producers, record companies, studios (well one studio actually) led to a 24-hour, 7-day a week musical life, playing in clubs, bars, brothels, carnivals and parades. 


    The downside of the cities isolation from the rest of the US was that the city never developed a solid music industry to back up the creative over-supply. Whilst New York had Atlantic, Detroit had Motown, Memphis had Stax, Chicago had Chess, Los Angeles had Modern, New Orleans had a multitude of small businesses fighting for space - and often each other. Without the marketing, promotional weight, business nouse and financial clout, New Orleans labels found it hard to get the nationwide distribution necessary to fill the million-odd jukeboxes throughout the country. So whilst every family in America knows the music of Gladys Knight or Smokey Robinson few could tell you about – let alone hum a tune from - Benny Spellman, Inell Young, Warren Lee….This is far from being a reflection of the artists creativity or musicality - as anyone can tell you New Orleans melodies are the catchiest of all - more it is a reflection of the limitations of the local music industry. Some New Orleans artists became successful throughout the US such as Fats Domino in the 1950s and in the late 1960s The Meters and Lee Dorsey, but many artists remained within the city limits. 
    This makes for a fascinating goldmine of music released by a complex myriad of small labels run mainly by New Orleans producers, promoters and artists themselves. New Orleans Funk 2 brings together many of these artists along with text, sleeve-notes and photographs that gives social and historical context to the incredibly funky music of New Orleans.

    • Cyril Neville – Gossip
    • Eddie Bo – If It's Good To You (It's Good For You)
    • Ray J – Right Place Wrong Time
    • The Meters – Chicken Strut
    • Allen Toussaint – Tequila
    • The Prime Mates – Hot Tamales
    • Betty Harris – Show It
    • Lee Dorsey – Four Corners
    • Bonnie and Sheila – You Keep Me Hanging On
    • The Gaturs – Yeah You're Right, You Know You're Right
    • Danny White – The Twitch
    • Inell Young – What Do You See In Her
    • Earl King – Street Parade
    • Eddie Bo & The Soul Finders – The Rubber Band
    • Benny Spellman – Fortune Teller
    • Warren Lee – Mama Said We Can't Get Married
    • Betty Harris – 12 Red Roses
    • Joe Chopper & The Swinging 7 Soul Band – Soul Pusher
    • Eddie Bo – Hey Bo
    • Johnny Moore – Haven't I Been Good To You
    • Jimmy Hicks – I'm Mr Big Stuff
    • Warren Lee – Funky Belly
    • G. Davis and R. Tyler – Hold On Help Is On The Way
    • Art Neville – Bo Diddley
    • Porgy Jones – Dap
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    Invasion Of The Mysteron Killer Sounds in 3-DSoul Jazz Records

    Kevin Martin (aka The Bug) and Stuart Baker (Soul Jazz Records) have collaborated on a unique project bringing together new, exclusive and in-demand cutting-edge digital music by electronic futurists such Harmonic 313, Diplo, Roots Manuva, South Rakkas Crew and The Bug alongside music from the pioneering electronic scientific dub and radical producers of the Jamaican digital dancehall revolution in music - King Jammy, Steely and Clevie, Sly Dunbar, Prince Jazzbo, King Tubby, Dave Kelly, Firehouse Crew and many more.


    Like the music of The Bug himself (whose seminal ‘London Zoo’ album is an apocalyptic mixture of dancehall, dubstep and grime), the new digital producers featured here all create work that is contemporary (whether dubstep, acid, hip-hop, electronic) and yet linked in some way back to Jamaican dancehall - especially the new digital styles that exploded out of Kingston in the 1980s with King Jammy’s revolutionary computer-based sounds.


    Producer King Jammy learnt his trade under the greatest of all dub producers King Tubby, and this music constantly references back to the origins of dub - but whereas Tubby’s revolution used echo-chambers and analogue tape-splicing, the Jamaican producers featured here were the first to use and embrace computer technology.


    The double album comes in limited edition heavyweight deluxe hardcover 2-CD card-casing complete with a limited-edition graphic novel by Italian comic book designer Paolo Parisi (whose books include subjects as diverse as John Coltrane and Chernobyl). This specially commissioned graphic novel is a science-fiction vision of the future of digital music, featuring King Tubby, Steely and Clevie, Jammy, Jazzbo, complete with Alien Sound Lord Abductors, Aural Freedom Fighters and Digi-Dub Voyagers!


    There are also two super-heavy, super-loud, deluxe gatefold double-vinyl editions (with the first copies also including a limited edition graphic-novel in volume 1 and a free poster in volume 2).
    Invasion of the Killer Mysteron Sounds brings together the most exciting electronic producers in Jamaica with current sound artists in the UK and beyond who all create music based on revolutionary sounds in 3D – Dancehall, Digital and Dub.


     PITCHFORK REVIEW HERE

    • Steely & Clevie – Street Sweeper
    • Lenky & Sly – Now Thing
    • Roots Manuva – Doogoo Dub
    • Dave Kelly – The Return
    • Harvel 'Gadaffi' Hart – Summer Bounce
    • Federation Sound – Flatlands (Brooklyn Dub Mix)
    • Steven 'Lenky' Marsden – Diwali
    • Matt Shadetek – Yoga Rhythm
    • Stereotyp ft. Alleycat – Modern Times
    • Da Grynch and Tippa Irie – Agony
    • Fresh Ear Productions – Hummer
    • Diplo – Diplo Rhythm
    • Harmonic 313 – Bazooka Riddim
    • Marlon Williams – Pitbull
    • Redlight – MDMA
    • The Bug – Aktion
    • Fat Eyes – Clothes Pin
    • Steven Ventura – Throw Your Hands Up
    • Sly Dunbar and Christopher Birch – Corners Boy
    • David Jahson – King of Kings
    • Fat Eyes – Steel Plate
    • South Rakkas Crew – Red Alert
    • Parara and McCoy – Them Can't Hold Yuh Girl
    • King Tubby – Fat Thing Version
    • World Beat – Goldmine
    • Andre 'Suku' Gray – Sign
    • Henfield and Shadowman – Babatunde
    • Firehouse Crew – No False Hair
    • Computer Paul – World Talk
    • Fat Eyes – Overdose
    • Prince Jazzbo – Great Dub
    • Kickin' Productions – What You Gonna Do
    • Pliers – I'm Your Man Dub
    • Wiz Kidz Team – In My Heart Version
    • Jammys Jam2 James – Peenie Peenie
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    Lloyd McNeill QuartetWashington Suite (1970)Soul Jazz Records

    Soul Jazz Records’ new ox-blood red coloured vinyl limited-edition 1000-copies worldwide LP (+ download code) issue of this very rare deep spiritual jazz album first released as a private-press album in 1970 on flautist Lloyd McNeill’s own Asha Record label in Washington, DC.

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    CLASSIC! DEEP Jazz includes the wicked 'Home Rule'

    Lloyd McNeill is an African-American flautist, painter, poet, and photographer born in Washington, D.C., in 1935. His multi-disciplinary creative life led to encounters and friendships with Nina Simone, Picasso, Eric Dolphy, Nana Vasconceles and other legendary cultural figures. Lloyd McNeill’s hypnotic ‘Washington Suite’ was originally commissioned as a piece of music for the Capital Ballet Company, in Washington, DC.

    McNeill grew up through the era of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s and his life and work is a reflection of those ideals. In the mid-1960s he moved to France where he became friends with Picasso, working with a number of émigré-jazz musicians whilst living in Paris. In the late 1960s he taught jazz and painting workshops at the New Thing Art and Architecture Center in Washington. In the 1970s he travelled throughout Brazil and West Africa studying music and taught music anthropology in the US.


    • – Home Rule
    • – Just 71% Moor
    • – 2504 Cliffbourne Pl.
    • – Fountain In The Circle
    • – City Tryptych
    • – Fountain In The Circle
    Arthur RussellThe World Of Arthur RussellSoul Jazz Records

    New fully remastered re-release of Soul Jazz Records’ ‘The World of Arthur Russell’, the seminal collection of Arthur Russell’s essential music back in print on awesome limited-edition heavy deluxe triple vinyl and deluxe CD edition.

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    This album brings together some of Russell’s best-loved and most accessible works including his wide-ranging music both solo and in groups including Dinosaur L (the essential ‘Go Bang’), Loose Joints (the equally classic ‘Is It All Over My Face’) as well as rarities such as the 7” only ‘Pop Your Funk’, Indian Ocean’s ‘Schoolbell/Treehouse’, Lola’s ‘Wax The Van’ and more.

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    “Arthur Russell fused the avant-garde with disco and sounds like nothing else on earth.” The GUARDIAN

    “Russell is the great enigma of the New York music scene” THE WIRE

    “Simply one of the best compilations of this or any year.” RECORD COLLECTOR

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    Arthur Russell’s music effortlessly crossed musical boundaries making it timeless. His dance music credentials are faultless and this collection features mixes from Larry Levan, Françcois Kervorkian and Walter Gibbons. Similarly, his song-writing, musicality and performance skills are equally cherished as composer Philip Glass wrote, ‘this was a guy who could sit down with a cello and sing with it in a way that no one on earth has ever done before or will do again.’

    When Soul Jazz Records’ The World of Arthur Russell first came out in 2003, Russell’s music had slipped into near obscurity. Nearly 18 years later there are over a dozen releases of his music, reissues of his original albums and more. ‘The World of Arthur Russell’ is the classic first collection of his work available once more.

    • Dinosuar L – Go Bang (Francois K Mix)
    • Lola – Wax The Van
    • Loose Joints – Is It All Over My Face (Larry Levan Mix)
    • Arthur Russell – Keeping Up
    • Arthur Russell – In The Light Of The Miracle
    • Arthur Russell – A Little Lost
    • Loose Joints – Pop Your Funk
    • Arthur Russell – Lets Go Swimming (Walter Gibbons Mix)
    • Dinosuar L – In The Cornbelt (Larry Levan Mix)
    • Arthur Russell – Treehouse
    • Indian Ocean – Schoolbell/Treehouse (Walter Gibbons Mix)
    Soul of A Nation: Afro-Centric Visions in the Age of Black PowerSoul Jazz Records

    This album coincides with the massive new exhibition Soul of A Nation - Art in the Age of Black Power at Tate Modern, London.


    Watch Channel 4 news piece here

    Read Guardian feature here

    The album shows how the ideals of the civil rights movement, black power and black nationalism influenced the evolvement of radical African-American music in the United States of America in the intensely political and revolutionary period at the end of the 1960s following the assassinations of Malcolm X, Martin Luther King and the rise of the Black Panther party.

    Featuring groundbreaking artists such as Gil Scott-Heron, Roy Ayers, Don Cherry, Oneness of Juju, Sarah Webster Fabio, Horace Tapscott, Phil Ranelin and many others, Soul of A Nation shows how political themes led to the rise of ‘conscious’ black music as new afro-centric styles combined the musical radicalism and spirituality of John Coltrane and radical avant-garde jazz music alongside the intense funk and soul of James Brown and Aretha Franklin and the urban poetry and proto-rap of the streets.

    The Soul of a Nation exhibition draws on the links between Black art forms – art, music, poetry - and how they came together during the civil rights and black power era as part of the wider black arts movement across the United States.

    Iconic African-Amercian revolutionary figures such as Martin Luther King, Malcolm X and Angela Davis, John Coltrane, Muhammad Ali all appear in the radical artworks of Barkley L. Hendricks, Romare Bearden, Norman Lewis, Lorraine O’Grady and Betye Saar.

    Stuart Baker (founder of Soul Jazz Records) will appear with the curators on the panel of Jazz for Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power discussion at the gallery as part of the show. You can book a ticket for this event here

    The Soul of a Nation album comes with extensive sleeve-notes and exclusive photography in a large 36-page outsize booklet and slipcase. Double gatefold vinyl album edition comes with full colour inners + bonus download code and includes full sleeve-notes/photography.

    Read More Reviews of the Soul of A Nation Exhibition:

    Independent

    Time Out

    The Telegraph

    Frieze

    BBC News

    • Gil Scott-Heron – The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
    • Mandingo Griot Society with Don Cherry – Sounds From The Bush
    • Roy Ayers Ubiquity – Red, Black and Green
    • Philip Cohran and The Artistic Heritage Ensemble – Malcolm X
    • Sarah Webster Fabio – Sweet Songs
    • Phil Ranelin – Vibes From The Tribe
    • Horace Tapscott with the Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra – Desert Fairy Princess
    • David McKnight – Strong Men
    • Joe Henderson – Black Narcissus
    • Oneness Of Juju – African Rhythms
    • Doug Carn – Suratal Ihklas
    • Duke Edwards and The Young Ones – Is It Too Late ?
    • Carlos Garnett – Mother Of The Future
    • 1. Gil Scott-Heron – The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
    • 2. Mandingo Griot Society with Don Cherry – Sounds From The Bush
    • 3. Roy Ayers Ubiquity – Red, Black and Green
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    BoomboxSoul Jazz Records

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


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


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


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


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


    REVIEWS:

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

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

     ROLLING STONE Best Rap Albums of 2016

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

    Soul Jazz Records' journey into Dub and beyond, released to coincide with the new DVD film. Featuring an array of both legendary and current artists and producers connected to Dub.


    This monster double CD / triple LP is a lightning journey through Dub featuring Jamaican originators such as King Tubby, Lee Perry, Prince Jammy and Bunny Lee, alongside electronic futurists and Dubstep artists such as Kode9, Harmonic 313 (Warp) and LV (Hyperdub), as well as hip hop pioneer Roots Manuva and original junglist Congo Natty. Musical worlds collide as Francois Kervorkian meets Jamaican DJ legend U-Roy, and German techno giants Rhythm & Sound meet Cornell Campbell.


    This album is a celebration of all things Dub and related, featuring rare classics alongside new tracks from the pioneers and futurists of this electronic musical form.

    REVIEWS
    The Times 

    • Roots Manuva – Witness (Walworth Road Rockers Dub)
    • Rebel MC / Congo Natty – Creation Rebel
    • Disrupt – Sega Beats
    • Dub Syndicate – Forever More
    • Harmonic 313 – Dirtbox
    • King Tubby – Psalms of Drums
    • Kode9 and Spaceape – Sine Of The Dub
    • Andre 'Suku' Gray – Sign Rhythm
    • U Roy and Francois K – Rootsman
    • King Tubby – Ruffer Version
    • LV featuring Dandelion – CCTV
    • Rhythm & Sound with Cornell Campbell – King In My Empire
    • King Tubby – Jah Jah Jehovah Version
    • Digital Dubs vs. Dubiterian – Deb Dub
    • The Congos – Congo Man Chant
    • Cotti – Run Tings
    • The Upsetters – Rejoicing Skank
    Hustle! Reggae Disco (Expanded Edition)Soul Jazz Records

    Expanded edition which now features five extra tracks!

    This ground-breaking album features non-stop killer reggae versions of original funk and soul classics in a disco style. Reggae disco updates of seminal classics by Anita Ward (‘Ring My Bell’), Chaka Khan (‘I’m Every Woman’), Michael Jackson ‘Don’t Stop ‘til You Get Enough,’ Sugarhill Gang (‘Rappers Delight’ here performed by Derrick Laro & Trinity for producer Joe Gibbs) and more, all showing the hidden but inseparable link between the dance floors of New York, Kingston and London.

    New bonus tracks to this collection include Derrick Harriott’s funky take on Eddie Drennon’s ‘Do It Nice and Easy’, the classic disco reggae of Risco Connection’s performing McFadden and Whitehead’s ‘Ain’t No Stopping Us Now’ and the London rare groove lovers rock of Charmaine Burnett singing Barbara Acklin’s soul classic ‘Am I The Same Girl’.

    ‘Hustle! Reggae Disco’ has been one of Soul Jazz Records’ best-selling releases since its first release 15 years ago (and subsequently featured heavily in the early Grand Theft Auto games!). This new edition comes complete fully re-mastered and with all original titles plus new tracks. This new expanded edition now comes as a triple album (+ download code), CD and digital album.

    ‘The effect of American R&B and soul music on Jamaican reggae is well documented, but the story doesn't stop there, for disco (and more so now for rap and hip-hop) have also been subsumed into the reggae mix, and while one might suspect that the resulting hybrid would die of its own implausibility, the feral mix of disco with reggae rhythms is so darn infectious that it hardly matters. Once you take your brain out of the frame and just let your feet go, this collection is a dancer's delight all done up in full-blown disco style, but with huge dub-style rhythm tracks … if you're looking for an impossibly infectious dance collection, this is it.’ All Music

    • Blood Sisters – Ring My Bell
    • Derrick Laro and Trinity – Don't Stop Til You Get Enough
    • Chariot Riders – Do It Nice & Easy
    • Black Harmony – Don't Let It Go To Your Head
    • Latisha – I'm Every Woman
    • Ernest Ranglin – In The Rain
    • Family Choice – Reggae Beat Goes On
    • Risco Connection – Ain't No Stopping Us Now
    • Xanadu and Sweet Lady – Rappers Delight
    • Sharon Forrester – Love Don't Live Here Any More
    • Carol Cool – Upside Down
    • One Blood – Be Thankful For What You've Got
    • Charmaine Burnett – Am I The Same Girl
    • 1. Blood Sisters – Ring My Bell
    • 2. Derrick Laro and Trinity – Don't Stop Til You Get Enough
    • 3. Chariot Riders – Do It Nice & Easy
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    Rumble in the JungleSoul Jazz Records

     Soul Jazz Records latest journey features all-time classic jungle anthems such as General Levy’s ‘Incredible’ and UK Apachi and Shy FX’s ‘Original Nuttah’ alongside some serious Ragga heavyweight tunes like Cutty Ranks ‘Limb By Limb’ and Congo Natty’s classic re-make of Barrington Levy’s Under Me Sensi’. The album tells the story of how Jungle developed out of acid house but with its roots in the UK Dancehall scene of the 1980s and comes with extensive sleevenotes, exclusive interviews and photography.

    ** Bonus CD track only not on vinyl. ---------------------------------------------------

    "Blimey, this had us wiping the mists of time from our rheumy eyes, soul jazz cross swords with the phenomenon of original ragga jungle. With a few honourable exceptions, they're all here - yes, Cutty Ranks 'Limb by limb', M Beat and General Levy "Incredible", Ragga Twins, SUAD, Shy FX, DJ Zinc in a previous lifetime - since remembering and finding original copies of these records in random second hand shops, albeit tanned but still even playable, let alone hearing them inna dance at the right moment is akin to a religious experience. Run these to an up for it mixed crowd and watch things really go off big style! Zinc's "Super sharp shooter" is nearly the latest joint here, a record so hype it disappeared immediately back in the day, all the hip hop headz were buying two copies for the cut up opportunities. When it all fell to pieces, manchester club ceilings were riddled with holes as locals attempted to duplicate the vibe of outdoors yard parties - but the audio damage was done, an unrepeatable period, reflecting the adrenaline of rave, the suss of breaks kids and the sheer joy of orginal ja and uk dancehall vocalists pon microphone. Lick a shot - Walther ppk saturday night special y'hear. Awesome." BOOMKAT

    • Asher Senator – One Bible
    • Ninjaman, Bounty Killer, Beenie Man and Ninja Ford – Bad Boy Lick A New Shot
    • M Beat With General Levy – Incredible
    • Barrington Levy & Beenie Man – Under Mi Sensi (X Project Remix)
    • Ragga Twins – Ragga Trip
    • Poison Chang – Press The Trigger
    • Shut Up And Dance – No Doubt
    • UK Apachi & Shy FX – Original Nuttah
    • Ragga Twins – Illegal Gunshot
    • Ben Intellect With Ragga G – Oh Jungle
    • Cutty Ranks – Limb By Limb
    • Ragga Twins – Tan So Back
    • 1. Asher Senator – One Bible
    • 2. Ninjaman, Bounty Killer, Beenie Man and Ninja Ford – Bad Boy Lick A New Shot
    • 3. M Beat With General Levy – Incredible
    • View full info and tracklisting
    Arnold BlairTrying To Get Next To YouSoul Jazz Records

    NEW LTD. FIRST EDITION 300 copies. Only available EXCLUSIVELY to customers at Soul Jazz Records/Sounds of the Universe.

    Stone-cold CLASSIC monster soul anthem! Sounds wicked!

    THIS 7-inch can ONLY be bought directly here from Soul Jazz Records or Sounds of the Universe websites and shop.  

    See all the EXCLUSIVE 45s titles only available here!


    • – Trying To Get Next To You
    • – I Won The Big Deal
    New Orleans Funk Vol. 3: The Original Sound of FunkSoul Jazz Records

    This new instalment of New Orleans Funk subtitled 'Two-Way-Pocky-Way, Gumbo Ya Ya and the Mardi Gras Mambo' features more classic New Orleans funk in all its forms.


    The syncopated percussion beat of the second line jazz parade bands, the secret language and dances of the Mardi Gras Indians, the mambo and latin rhythms of Professor Longhair and the city’s many piano players help make New Orleans a unique musical melting pot.


    New Orleans long musical heritage begins at Congo Square with the creation of jazz, the original creole culture clash of African heritage and European instrumentation.


    In the 1960s and into the early 1970s add to this the creative powerhouses of Allen Toussaint, The Meters, Eddie Bo and others alongside the famous musical families of the city – the Nevilles, the Marsalis’s, the Lasties – and we find ourselves at the birthplace of the original sound of funk - New Orleans Funk.


    A seemingly endless line of amazing singers - Lee Dorsey, Betty Harris, Willie West, Eldridge Holmes – released a constant stream of stunning 45s, backed by the super-funk Meters and produced by Allen Toussaint. The multi-talented Eddie Bo, similarly wrote and produced for an elite set of artists including The Explosions, Chuck Carbo and others.


    But limited local record distribution meant that most of these artists remained unknown outside of the city borders and as a consequence many of these records are serious collectors items today.


    Add to this the syncopated poly-rhythm funk of Mardi Gras Indians with a rare version of the carnival classic Two-Way-Pock-A-Way, and the parade band jazz of the Rebirth Jazz Band (with their twisted take on the Blackbyrd’s rare groove classic Do It Fluid) and you have the latest instalment in Soul Jazz Records’ New Orleans Funk series.


    Read Quietus large feature here


    REVIEWS:
    "The hallmark of a great Soul Jazz compilation is the balance between the stone cold classic and the well selected deep cut, and this compilation serves up both well." Quietus
    **** 

     "The Soul Jazz label’s long-running curation of New Orleans’s funky past has already yielded several premier league collections for hungry musical gumbo fans. The latest catch from the Nola freak scene... doesn’t disappoint with its swaggering and swinging line of classic cuts."  The Irish Times


    “Every New Orleans Funk release confirms that Soul Jazz Records should keep a triple A in the genre of Soul/Funk.” 90BPM

    • Willie West w/ The Meters – Fairchild
    • Professor Longhair – Go To The Mardi Gras
    • Betty Harris – Trouble With My Lover
    • Tony Owens – Got A Get My Baby Back Home
    • Lee Dorsey – Little Baby
    • The Dixie Cups – Two Way Poc A Way
    • Eldridge Holmes – If I Were A Carpenter
    • Dirty Dozen Brass Band – Do It Fluid
    • Lee Dorsey w/ The Meters – What You Want
    • The Explosions – Jockey Ride (Parts 1 & 2)
    • Allen Toussaint – We The People
    • Chuck Carbo – Take Care Your Homework Friend
    • Betty Harris – What'd I Do Wrong
    • Eldridge Holmes w/The Meters – The Book
    • The Deacons – Fagged Out
    • Diamond Joe – Gossip Gossip
    • Professor Longhair – Big Chief Part 2
    • The Rubaiyats – Omar Khayyam
    • 1. Willie West w/ The Meters – Fairchild
    • 2. Professor Longhair – Go To The Mardi Gras
    • 3. Betty Harris – Trouble With My Lover
    • View full info and tracklisting
    TV Sound and ImageSoul Jazz Records

    The 36 track 2CD album comes with 50-page book featuring text, biographies and photography. It also comes in a limited run two volume double-vinyl super-loud super-heavy gatefold sleeve editions. Compiled by Stuart Baker (Soul Jazz Records) and sleevenotes biographies by Jonny Trunk (Trunk Records).

    TV Sound and Image features British composers who worked in television, film and music libraries the second half of the 20th century. 

    Aside from John Barry, whose work on the James Bond films made him a household name, or Tony Hatch and Laurie Johnson, the majority of composers featured here - Simon Park, Keith Mansfield, Reg Tilsley, Syd Dale, Keith Papworth – remain relatively unknown. And yet ironically they have created some of the most recognisable songs in British popular culture, their music widely disseminated on television.

    A quick role call of these would include Neil Richardson (who composed the theme tune to Mastermind) and Barry Stoller (who wrote Match of the Day). The Simon Park Orchestra’s Eye Level, theme song to the BBC series Van der Valk, reached number one in 1973. CCS’s cover of Led Zeppelin’s Whole Lotta Love was the theme tune to Top of the Pops. And so on.

    This album is not however a stroll through the TV memories of the mind, but an exploration of the serious contribution that these creative musicians have on the landscape of popular music in Britain.

    Here then is a guide to the amazing music of many of the composers (both well-known and obscure) responsible for some of the most widely known music ever to come out of Britain in the second-half of the 20th century.

    Reviews:

    Quietus

    Der Spiegel: "spannende Klänge ...  die oft funky und immer lässig klingen"

    "thrilling sounds.... often funky and always chilled"

    New Zealand Herald: ***** "Every track is a killer... This is more than just music to mooch too."

    Irish Times: **** "downright funky"

    Volkskrant: "Ze leverden spanning op maat, die onbekende makers van fenomenale Britse film en tv-muziek. Door de cd TV Sound and Image opnieuw in de aandacht"

    Evening Standard: "deeply funky"

    Uncut Magazine "excellent 36 track set ... welcome additions to your collection"

    Q Magazine: ****

    • Barry Stoller – Condition Red
    • Pentangle – Light Flight
    • Geoff Love – Three Days Of The Condor
    • The Tony Hatch Sound – Man Alive
    • Richard Denton and Martin Cook – Tomorrow's World
    • Brian Fahey – At The Sign Of The Swinging Cymbal
    • Bullet – The Contract Man
    • Syd Dale – Man Friday
    • The Laurie Johnson Orchestra – Echo Four Two
    • Keith Papworth – Hard Hitter
    • John Barry – The Persuaders
    • Roy Budd – Getting Nowhere In A Hurry
    • The Simon Park Orchestra – Dawn to Dusk
    • The Marylebone Orchestra – Fiesta Numero Uno
    • Birds 'n' Brass – Sort of Soul
    • Johnny Gregory and his Orchestra – The Avengers
    • Johnny Harris – Fragment of Fear
    • Roy Budd – Get Carter
    • Neil Richardson – Guide Path
    • Brian Bennett – Canvas
    • Wil Malone – Death Line
    • Syd Dale – Huckleberry Fine
    • The Harry Roche Constellation – Spiral
    • The Ivor and Basil Kirchin Band – Jungle Fire Dance
    • The Laurie Johnson Orchestra – The New Avengers Theme
    • James Clarke – Folk Song
    • The Reg Tilsley Orchestra – Strike Rich
    • The Barry Gray Orchestra – Joe 90
    • Keith Mansfield – Soul Thing
    • CCS – Whole Lotta Love
    • Syd Dale – Artful Dodger
    • John Gregory – Jaguar
    • Nick Ingman – Down Home
    • Barbara Moore – Steam Heat
    • Alan Parker – Angels
    • Alan Moorhouse – Face Up
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    Fly Girls!Soul Jazz Records

    ‘Fly Girls!’ celebrates the 30th anniversary of female rap on record

    This double-CD (and limited edition two volumes of super-loud double-vinyl) narrates the story of female rap from its birth in the tenement block parties in New York City’s outer boroughs through to the dizzying career heights of Queen Latifah, Missy Elliott and other modern day power brokers. ‘Fly Girls!’ also discusses the influence of an earlier generation of black female poets whose ideals (both in their art and how they established career paths) helped lay the foundations for birth of the genre.

    The history of female rap on record begins in 1979 in New York City as the clamour of the city’s artists, record companies and producers strove to make it onto vinyl in the wake of The Sugarhill Gang’s squillion-selling hit, ‘Rappers Delight’ – released that year on the former soul singer Sylvia Robinson’s Sugarhill Records. It would be the Winley family - comprising sisters Tanya, Paulette - who made the first female rap record produced by their mother Ann and released on their father’s label, Paul Winley Records.

    Aside from the singing/rap styles that earlier soul artists such as Aretha Franklin, Shirley Ellis, Millie Jackson and Laura Lee would occasionally adopt in their songs, female rap (like rap itself) had its antecedents in the groundbreaking black poetry of the 60s and 70s with radical, free-thinking poets such as Nikki Giovanni, Camille Yarborough and Sarah Webster Fabio - all of whom are included here – vocalising hitherto unheard expressions of female and black self-determination in their work. These strong, educated, political women not only led the way stylistically but also helped define how a female artist could make their own career path - weaving creativity, politics and family in a way that Missy Elliott, Queen Latifah and others have since followed - establishing the boundary-breaking career paths of many female artists in rap. Hip-hop is a culture of which music is only a part; nowadays (and to an extent from the very beginning) the most successful female hip-hop artist is often singer, DJ, actress, manager, political and social agitator and more in multiple combinations.

    Hip-hop’s story begins in the tenement blocks and community centres of the South Bronx. In the first three years-or-so history of hip-hop (1976-9) - before the first rap records were made - aspiring female artists could watch onstage the early female MC role models of Sha-Rock (the first female MC in the group The Funky Four plus One) or the Mercedes Ladies (the first female MC and DJ crew). With Tanya and Paulette Winley’s ‘Rappin and Rhymin’ on vinyl by 1979 it would not be until the following year that the first all-female crew made it onto vinyl when Sequence (featuring a then unknown Angie Stone) was astutely signed, once again, by Sylvia Robinson to Sugarhill Records.

    Robinson was not the only woman on the business side of hip-hop. There was Kool Lady Blue who first brought rap out of the Bronx and into downtown NYC at the Roxy nightclub and also later managed The Rocksteady Crew. Monica Lynch who rose to head of A and R and president of Tommy Boy Records, and later vice-president of Warners, comments that because hip-hop was new it did not have the hierarchy of the traditional music industry and women were thus able to move more easily into executive roles. Later, as we shall see, many of the artists moved into the business themselves taking control of their careers and aiding others.

    Roxanne Shante is certainly the first female rapper to make a career out of her music. Shante and fellow Queens-resident and producer Marley Marl fought their corner for both their borough (taking on Boogie Down Productions and the Bronx) and anyone else who dared call themselves ‘Roxanne’ in a slanging-match known as ‘The Roxanne Wars’. This verbal jousting had its antecedents dating back to the ‘dozens’ of the playground and tower-block (‘Your mother is a …’, ‘No, your mother is a …’) and to the Griot storytellers of Africa. Roxanne Shante, and many others here, effortlessly subverted this - and many other - male-dominated traditions to create and re-write new histories.


    Female rap is thirty years old (yes, thirty) and it just don’t stop. Here is a snapshot of that history. The album includes so many firsts – first solo record, first crew on record, first number one, first grammy winner, that it would be easier to list the few records featured here that are not historical landmarks in the ongoing tale of female hip-hop.

    REVIEWS:
    "An incredibly entertaining selection of trailblazers that consistently hits the right note" OBSERVER

    "Soul Jazz provide the ultimate sourcebook" TIME OUT

    "It's not easy to imagine a more enjoyable survey of female MCs" THE GUARDIAN

    "An excellent album that is quite simply tons of fun" THE WIRE

    "This is the sort of thing Soul Jazz does best: a history of an under-anthologised corner of the musical world. 'Fly Girls!' collects many of the major names from the first wave of female rappers. INDEPENDENT

    French Reviews:

    LES INROCKS

    TELERAMA

    The Vinyl is in two double-album editions:

    VOLUME 1 - Tracks 1-10

    VOLUME 2 - Tracks 11-20

    • JJ Fad – Ya Goin' Down
    • Princess MC – Pump Up The Funk
    • Tanya Winley – Vicious Rap
    • Sweet Tee – I Got Da Feelin'
    • Nikki Giovanni – Ego Tripping
    • MC Lyte – Cha Cha Cha
    • Two Sisters – B-Boys Beware
    • Cookie Crew – Secrets of Success
    • Sequence – Simon Says
    • Bahamadia – Paper Thin
    • Sparky D – I Can't Stop
    • Queen Latifah Featuring Monie Love – Ladies First
    • Lady B – To The Beat Y'All
    • Camille Yarbrough – Take Yo' Praise
    • Missy Elliot – The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)
    • Dimples D – Sucker DJ
    • She Rockers – Give It A Rest
    • Sarah Webster Fabio – Glimpses
    • The Kryptic Krew featuring Tina B – Jazzy Sensation
    • Roxanne Shanté – Bite This
    100% Dynamite (New Edition)Soul Jazz Records

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    ORIGINAL REVIEWS

    "Compilation of the month" MUZIK

    "Brilliant" TIME OUT

    "Album of the week" MIXMAG

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

    "Buy this excellent compilation immediately" MOJO

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

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

    Future Bass! Post-Dubstep, post-House, post everything! Four Tet, Mala, Untold, Black Chow (Kevin Martin/The Bug’s latest project), Coki and loads more all-exclusive new tracks on this new album for Soul Jazz Records.

    Soul Jazz Records have brought together some of the UKs most pioneering producers of the day to create an album that can only be defined as future music. All new exclusive tracks from a set of artists all at the height of their respective careers alongside heavyweight new-wave producers. From the off-kilter hypnotic post-House bass music of Four Tet (one of the most hyped tracks of late) to the boundary pushing genre busting post-Dubstep of Mala and Coki (the two halves of Digital Mystikz), Untold and more alongside truly uniques tracks such as Kevin Martin/The Bug’s latest incarnation, Black Chow. Future music! Future Bass!

    ‘Future Bass’ is packaged in a limited-edition deluxe plastic casing with set of free postcards and vinyl comes on super-loud, super-heavyweight triple vinyl, mastered at Transition.

    • Mala – Don't Let Me Go
    • Four Tet – Nothing To See
    • Untold – Fly Girls
    • Coki – Ransom
    • Ramadanman – Bass Drums
    • Black Chow – Air
    • LD – Mastermind
    • V.I.V.E.K – Talking Shadows
    • Randomer – Puzzled
    • Ginz – Boss
    • Harry Craze – Gone
    • Distal – Grape Donut
    • Sub Version – Free To Funk
    Black RiotEarly Jungle, Rave and HardcoreSoul Jazz Records

    VINYL FACTORY COMPILATION OF THE YEAR 2020!!!

    See chart here

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    LIMITED EDITION COMES WITH FREE GRAPHIC STORY!

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

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

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

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

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


    • Rhythm For Reasons – The Smokers Rhythm
    • Babylon Timewarp – Durban Poison
    • The Terrorist – RK1
    • DJ Dubplate – Tings A Go On
    • Leviticus – Burial (Lovers Rock Mix)
    • The Freaky – Time and Age
    • Trip One – Snowball Remix
    • DJ Krome & Mr. Time – Ganja Man
    • New Vision – Way Of Life
    • DJ Dubplate – Original Rubadubstyle
    • Hi Fi Power – Chill Out (Raggafunks U)
    • Nu Jacks featuring Ivory Ranks – House Sensation
    • New 2×LP + Download Code + Limited Edition Graphic story£24.00
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    The ExplosionsGarden Of Four TreesSoul Jazz Records

    NEW LTD. 300 copies (2nd Press, black label)

    Only available EXCLUSIVELY to customers at Soul Jazz Records/Sounds of the Universe.

    Hold tight for the first on Soul Jazz Records' set of KILLER New Orleans Funk 45s! 

    FANTASTIC UNBELIEVEABLY SUPER-RARE £150+ FUNK BOMB 

    Seminal New Orleans Eddie Bo production from the near legendary Explosions (who made the party classic Hip Drop).

    This single is nearly impossible to find and features the previously unreleased deep soul ballad Teach Me on the B-side.

    It is the first in a set of exact-replica bespoke New Orleans funk 45s to go alongside our New Orleans Funk (and forthcoming New Orleans Funk) set of album releases.

    THIS 7-inch can ONLY be bought directly here from Soul Jazz Records or Sounds of the Universe websites and shop.

    • – Garden Of Four Trees
    • – Teach Me
    Steppas' Delight 1Dubstep Present To FutureSoul Jazz Records

    Steppas’ Delight tells the story of Dubstep – from its South London roots up to its present status as the most vibrant musical sub-culture in the UK - and its subsequent virus-like growth throughout the world. The album is made up of exclusive new tracks alongside some choice tracks from Dubstep’s recent history and features many of the original groundbreaking names alongside the current underground new wave of Dubstep producers. In the early 2000s Dubstep was a marginal music made by a handful of young producers in the concrete-coated suburbs of South-West London. Using free PC software like Fruity Loops or PlayStation’s music-making software Music 2000 and making their own left-field versions of dark garage records: Fast forward eight years and Dubstep is easily the most vibrant scene in the UK with many of the original Dubstep artists now the most in-demand producers, remixers, DJs and label-owners in the UK today. Steppas’ Delight traces the musical journey of Dubstep from these small beginnings to the current new wave of young artists and producers on the scene today. This release is both a snapshot of the present and future and an essential guide to Dubstep, and tells the story of the music – the artists, labels, clubs, radio stations, cutting houses and more. This release is a continuation of Soul Jazz Records’ prolific Dubstep releases such as the Box of Dub albums and singles from the likes of Digital Mystikz, Skream, Ramadanman, Cotti, Kode9, Ladybug, Warrior Queen and many more … Complete with extensive sleeve-notes, interviews and exclusive photographs the album comes as deluxe-double CD pack with booklet and two heavyweight double-vinyl LP editions. Check out the Guardian review Here STEPPAS' DELIGHT LP VOLUME 1 TRACKLISTING: Kode9 - 9 Samurai Benga - Evolution Search & Destroy - Candy Floss (Loefah Remix) Plastician Feat. Skepta - Intensive Snare Uncle Sam - Round The World Girls (Tes La Rok Mix) The Bug Feat. Warrior Queen - Poison Dart Goth Trad - Genisis Seventeen Evergreen - Ensonique (Bi-Polar man Mix) STEPPAS' DELIGHT LP VOLUME 2 TRACKLISITING: TRG - Broken Heart Quest - Hardfood Silkie - Dam 4 Geiom Feat. Marita - Reminissin Shonx - Canton Gatekeeper Feat. Grizzla - Shade Darker Martyn - Broken Shackleton - Blood On My Hands

    • Kode 9 – 9 Samurai
    • Benga – Evolution
    • Search And Destroy – Candy Floss (Loefah Remix)
    • Plastician Feat Skepta – Intensive Snare
    • Uncle Sam – Around The World Girls (Tes La Rok Mix)
    • The Bug And Warrior Queen – Poison Dart
    • Goth Trad – Genesis
    • Seventeen Evergreen – Ensonique (Bi-Polar Man Mix)
    • Martyn – Broken
    • Shackleton – Blood On My Hands
    • TRG – Broken Heart
    • Joker – Gullybrook Lane (Instrumental)
    • Quest – Hardfood
    • Ikonika – Please
    • Silkie – Dam 4
    • Geiom Feat Marita – Reminissin'
    • Shonx – Canton
    • Gatekeeper Feat Grizla – Shade Darker
    • Peverelist – Roll With The Punches
    Nigeria Soul Fever - Afro Funk, Disco and BoogieSoul Jazz Records

    Soul Jazz Records’ new Nigeria Soul Fever is their first release to explore the vast wealth of Nigerian music recorded in the 1970s. The new album comes with introductory sleevenotes by Bill Brewster (author of Last Night A DJ Saved My Life).

    Packed-full with Afro-Funk, Disco and Boogie all from Nigeria, this triple album/double CD set brings together a stunning collection of diverse West African sounds. Whilst a small handful of the artists featured (Joni Haastrup, Tee Mac, Christy Essien) have seen the light of day outside Africa, this is essentially a collection of killer tracks by an array of artists completely unknown outside of Nigeria. 

    Artists such as Don Bruce & The Angels, Akin Richards & The Executives, Angela Starr, Jimmy Sherry & The Music Agents. It’s no surprise that these records are extremely rare and expensive to buy individually so this album will save you going broke trying to find them.

    These recordings were made at a time when Nigeria’s trade restrictions banned imported records. Whilst new musical trends (such as American soul, funk, disco etc) entered and influenced the country, the local music scene remained just that – local. Consequently, these recordings remain practically unknown to anyone outside of the country.

    Nigeria Soul Fever is released as triple-album vinyl + download, double-CD digi-pack and digital download. This album follows on from Soul Jazz Records’ 1960s collection Nigeria Freedom Sounds, released last month, and will be followed by the reissue of the incredibly rare and groovy Nigerian 1980 disco boogie funk album Tee Mac’s Night Illusion.

    "Excellent new soul jazz compilation Nigeria Soul Fever: Afrofunk, Disco And Boogie: West African Disco Mayhem!" THE GUARDIAN

    READ Guardian top 10 Nigerian Disco full feature here


    • Joni Haastrup – Free My People
    • Christy Essien – You Can't Change A Man
    • Akin Richards & The Executives – Afrikana Disco
    • Tee Mac – Nam Myoho Renge Kyo
    • Joni Haastrup – Greetings
    • Don Bruce and The Angels – Ocheche (Happy Song)
    • Benis Cletin – Get Up and Dance
    • Colomach – Enoviyin
    • Joni Haastrup – Do The Funkro
    • Tee Mac featuring Marjorie Barnes – Living Everyday
    • Arakatula – Mr Been To
    • Angela Starr – Disco Dancing
    • Joni Haastrup – Wake Up Your Mind
    • Jimmy Sherry & The Musik Agents – Nwaeze
    • Benis Cletin – Soul Fever
    • Arakatula – Wake Up Africa
    • 1. Joni Haastrup – Free My People
    • 2. Christy Essien – You Can't Change A Man
    • 3. Akin Richards & The Executives – Afrikana Disco
    • View full info and tracklisting
    New Orleans Funk Vol. 4Soul Jazz Records

    Soul Jazz Records’ latest excursion into the Crescent City vaults delves deep into the roots and history of the Voodoo world of New Orleans Funk.

    Packed to the brim with serious break-heavy, heavyweight funk tunes from classic New Orleans artists including Eddie Bo, Betty Harris, Dave Bartholomew, Johnny Adams and Eldridge Holmes (with the ever-present Allen Toussaint and The Meters as always behind the scenes). There is also a host of rare cuts from a number of lesser-known second line New Orleans artists, whose fame rarely reached past the walls of the city, including Gus ‘The Groove’ Lewis, James K-Nine, Norma Jean, Bob French, Chuck Colbert, Zilla Mayes and Joe Haywood.

    In the 1960s the syncopated beat of New Orleans Funk developed out of a gumbo mix of New Orleans local flavours – rhythm and blues, Mardi Gras Indians, the street percussion Second Line of the Jazz Funeral and Marching bands, Caribbean rhumba and mambo rhythms – all of which are in full effect. Even Zydeco, the rhythm and blues offspring of Louisiana Cajun music, had the funk as the King of Zydeco, Clifton Chenier, shows us here. 

    New Orleans music and Voodoo both have their roots in the African-American free black and slave gatherings held at Congo Square from the 18th century onwards. Here Voodoo king Doctor John (the original one!) and Voodoo queen Marie Levaux held court over their followers, and here also could be heard the first sounds of New Orleans jazz music. Soul Jazz Records’ latest album describes how these two cultural forms are inextricably inter-related. 

    The album traces the path of funk from the very first glimpses of the style – Dave Bartholomew’s super-tight ‘The Monkey’ (recorded in 1957) and James Waynes’ junkie jailbird anthem ‘Junco Partner’ (1951, later covered by Dr John, Professor Longhair, James Booker, and The Clash) through to the 1970s heavyweight boogie funk of Chocolate Milk’s rare groove classic Action Speak Louder Than Words and The Baron’s ‘Making It Better’. 

    Also featured is a selection of hard-core classic funk productions from the legendary Eddie Bo (James K-Nine, David Robinson) and the genius of Allen Toussaint (Eldridge Holmes, Gus ‘The Groove’ Lewis, Lou Johnson). There also a number of super-rare independent New Orleans’ one-off 45 single funk productions from the likes of Chick Colbert and Bob French. And lastly, New Orleans Funk female vocalists are in full effect with tracks by Betty Harris (whose ‘Lost Queen of New Orleans Soul’ has just come out on Soul Jazz Records), Zilla Mayes and Norma Jean. 

    This album is released as a heavyweight double gatefold vinyl (+ download code), CD pack and digital album, and comes with extensive long-form sleeve-notes and stunning photography from the Ralston Crawford New Orleans collection and Hogan Jazz Archives at Tulane University, New Orleans.

    Recent related Soul Jazz Records release: Betty Harris 'The Queen of New Orleans Soul' (SJR LP/CD/D345).

    Digital album includes all tracks. Tracks 4,7,11,12 not available individually (only as bundle).

    • Eldridge Holmes – Pop, Popcorn Children
    • Gus 'The Groove' Lewis – Let The Groove Move You
    • Dave Bartholomew – The Monkey
    • Chocolate Milk – Action Speaks Louder Than Words
    • James K-Nine – Live It Up
    • Lou Johnson – Frisco Here I Come
    • Norma Jean – No Competition
    • James Waynes – Junco Partner
    • David Robinson – I'm A Carpenter (Part 1)
    • The Barons Ltd – Making It Better
    • Johnny Adams – You Make A New Man Out Of Me
    • Clifton Chenier – Party Down
    • Eddie Bo – Can You Handle It
    • Bob French's Storyville Jazz Band – Y'er Comes The Funky Man
    • Joe Haywood – Play Me A Cornbread Song
    • Betty Harris – I'm Gonna Git Ya
    • Chuck Colbert & Viewpoint – Stay
    • Zilla Mayes – All I Want Is You
    • 1. Eldridge Holmes – Pop, Popcorn Children
    • 2. Gus 'The Groove' Lewis – Let The Groove Move You
    • 3. Dave Bartholomew – The Monkey
    • View full info and tracklisting
    RastafariSoul Jazz Records

    Soul Jazz Records new album Rastafari: The Dreads Enter Babylon 1955-83 charts the many links between reggae music and the Rastafarian religion.

    Spanning nearly 30 years of revolutionary music and featuring the music of Count Ossie, Johnny Clarke, The Mystic Revelation of Rastafari, Ras Michael and The Sons of Negus, Bongo Herman, Roy Ashanti (The Congos), Earth & Stone, Mutabaruka and many more, this is an in-depth look at some of the most unique and righteous music ever made and comes complete with a 40+ page outsize booklet, containing exclusive photography and extensive historical and contextual sleevenotes.

    The new religion of Rastafari emerged in Jamaica during a time of intense political and social change in the 1930s. The first stirrings of anti-colonialism and workers’ rights were in motion, while Marcus Garvey’s Back-to-Africa movement was beginning to wane. But the pivotal catalyst to the birth of the Rastafari faith was the crowning of a black king in Africa in 1930.

    One of the earliest mentions of Ethiopia in Jamaican music can be found on mento singer Lord Lebby and the Jamaican Calpysonians’ 1955 recording ‘Etheopia’. In the song Noel Williams, aka Lord Lebby, discusses Ethiopianism, the political movement that calls for a return to Africa for black people.

    The 1960s saw the emergence of the first Rastafarian music on record with Count Ossie’s Rastafarian drummers. The visit of Haile Selassie to Kingston in 1966 was like an electric current throughout Kingston’s music scene – many of who had become adherents to the Rastafari faith.  By the 1970s Rastafarianism become practically synonymous with reggae, as many roots reggae artists became known throughout the world, led by the success of Bob Marley and The Wailers.

    At the source of the music of Rastafari is the figurehead master drummer and leader Count Ossie, who first bought the deeply spiritual nyabinghi and burro rhythms heard and played at sacred Rastafarian grounation (reasoning) sessions into popular Jamaican music through his many collaborations and performances with artists – from The Skatalites to The Folks Brothers - and producers – including Clement Dodd, Prince Buster and Harry Mudie.

    At the start of the 1970s Count Ossie formed the Mystic Revelation of Rastafari with saxophonist Cedric Brooks, which immediately became the most significant group of the Rastafari faith, bringing together authentic rasta nyabinghi drumming together with spiritual and avant-garde jazz influences of Sun Ra, John Coltrane and Albert Ayler into a truly unique and groundbreaking sound.

    As ‘roots reggae’ artists in the 1970s continued to spread the word of Jah (God) in their music, Rastafari reggae became the ultimate rebel sound throughout the world.

    This album comes in three separate formats: Deluxe CD with slipcase and 40-page outsize booklet featuring stunning photography plus text, deluxe limited-edition heavyweight gatefold-vinyl edition + free download code (w/full sleeve notes etc) and as a worldwide digital release.

    REVIEWS/FEATURES:

    "This may be the most righteous compilation to come from the Soul Jazz stable to date, as they focus on links between the Rastafarian religion and reggae music." IRISH TIMES

    "Soul Jazz's most recent in a line of high-quality compilations" PITCHFORK

     "Ambitious but incredibly informative compendium from Soul Jazz Records" BLEEP

    "Outstanding compilation from the masters, Soul Jazz"  HOT SALVATION

    "Fascinating compilation of deep Rastafari themed music" DUB VENDOR 

    Read full Pitchfork feature here

    • Count Ossie & The Rasta Family – Africa We Want Fe Go
    • Johnny Clarke – None Shall Escape The Judgement
    • Laurel Aitken – Haile Selassie
    • Count Ossie & The Mystic Revelation of Rastafari – Tales of Mozambique
    • Ras Michael – Booma Yeah
    • Mutabaruka – Say
    • Bongo Herman & Jah Lloyd – African Drums
    • Ashanti Roy – Hail The Words Of Jah
    • Count Ossie & The Mystic Revelation of Rastafari – Sam's Intro
    • Bongo Herman, Les and Bunny – Salaam
    • Winston and Ansell – Zion I
    • Techniques All Stars – Zion I Version
    • Lord Lebby & The Jamaican Calypsonians – Ethiopia
    • Count Ossie and Leslie Butler – Soul Drums
    • The Heaven Singers – Rasta Dreadlocks
    • Rod Taylor – His imperial Majesty
    • QQ – Betta Must Come
    • Earth and Stone – Jah Will Cut You Down
    • Count Ossie & The Mystic Revelation of Rastafari – Narration
    • Ronald Downer & Count Ossie – A Ju Ju Wa
    • 1. Count Ossie & The Rasta Family – Africa We Want Fe Go
    • 2. Johnny Clarke – None Shall Escape The Judgement
    • 3. Laurel Aitken – Haile Selassie
    • View full info and tracklisting
    Disco 2Soul Jazz Records

    This is a second selection of independent disco records featuring rare and classic tracks originally released in the USA between the halcyon years of 1977 and 1985.


    This release features only the finest disco, modern soul and boogie and is compiled by Disco Patrick who put together for Soul Jazz Records the mighty 'Disco - An Encyclopedic Guide to the Cover Art of Disco Records' 400+ page deluxe book, as well as the first installment of 'Disco - A Fine Selection of Independent Disco, Modern Soul and Boogie.'


    This album is released as a double CD, as well as two separate volumes of double vinyl (plus free download codes) and a worldwide digital release.


    Rare, classic and in-demand tracks from the mighty vaults of labels such as New York's Salsoul and Miami's TK Records - which during the main disco era became the main competitors to the major established record industry - through to killer virtually unknown tracks released on tiny bespoke one-off labels, now impossible to find either in the history books or record shops of the world.


    All the music on this album has been sonically and digitally remastered with love and is presented complete with sleevenotes, original label artwork and full-length extended disco editions.

    • Stevo – Pay The Price
    • High Frequency – Summertime
    • Dunn Pearson Jr. – Groove On Down
    • Mad Dog Fire Department – Cosmic Funk
    • Needa – Rock-A-Freak
    • Cream De Coco – Disco Strut
    • Anita Maldonado – What Can I Do To Make You Dance
    • The Shades Of Love – Come Inside
    • Skip Jackson – Micro Wave Boogie
    • Jahneen – Everybody's Dancin'
    • Montego Joe – Freestyle
    • Timmy Thomas – Africano
    • Paper Doll – Get Down Boy
    • Jazz – I Feel Like Love
    • Paco & Flaco & Coco – He's Here
    • Ripple – Victorious
    • Universal Love – Moon Ride
    • Panache – Jam On
    • Otis Brown's Grade A – Strut On
    New Orleans SoulSoul Jazz Records

    For more than ten years Soul Jazz Records have been exploring and documenting the sound of New Orleans Funk. Now we turn their attention to the flipside of this musical coin - New Orleans Soul.


    These two musical forms share a lineage that begins with the city’s enormous rhythm and blues explosion in the post-war 1940s and 1950s. New Orleans Soul incorporated the soulful vocals of the gospel church, the driving beat of rhythm and blues, as well as traces of the second-line parade bands and the latinized rhythms of the city. Here you will find New Orleans soul in all its glorious variations – from the deep, deep soul of singers Aaron Neville, Willie Tee and Robert Parker to the storming northern soul of Maurice Williams and Eldridge Holmes, the funky soul of Eddie Bo, Lionel Robinson and Ernie K-Doe all alongside the Crescent City’s finest soul sisters – Irma Thomas, Betty Harris, Jean Knight, Inell Young and more! 

    The main force behind New Orleans Soul is Allen Toussaint, a virtual one-man hit-making machine in the 1960s, writing, arranging and producing hit after hit for an unending list of unbelievably talented local singers such as Eldridge Holmes, Maurice Williams, Betty Harris, Ernie K Doe and Diamond Joe all of whom are featured. New Orleans is also a city of great musical families. Vocalist Aaron Neville was the brother of Art Neville (who formed The Meters) and later in the 1970s joined with brother Cyril to form The Neville Brothers. Soul vocalist supreme Willie Tee is also known as Wilson Turbinton, who alongside brother Earl, formed the super-heavy funk band The Gaturs and backed the Mardi Gras Indian group The Wild Magnolias. Also included here are rare, lost and killer soulful tracks from New Orleans artists Eddie Bo (and protégée vocalist Inell Young), Jean Knight, Jimmy Hicks, Francine King and more! 

    This album tells the story of New Orleans Soul and comes complete with extensive sleevenotes, exclusive photography, supreme sound quality and comes as deluxe CD with slipcase, booklet, and super-heavy, super-loud limited-edition double vinyl album + download code.

    • Robert Parker – Caught You In A Lie
    • Willie Tee – First Taste Of Hurt
    • Curley Moore – Don't Pity Me
    • Lionel Robinson – Steppin' Out
    • Irma Thomas – What's So Wrong With You Loving Me
    • Aaron Neville – You Can Give But You Can't Take
    • Maurice Williams – Being Without You
    • Jean Knight – What One Man Won't Do Another Man Will
    • Eldridge Holmes – Worried Over You
    • Barbara West – Congratulations Baby
    • Ernie K Doe – Back Street Lover
    • Betty Harris – I Don't Wanna Hear It
    • Aaron Neville – She's On My Mind
    • Irma Thomas – She'll Never Be Your Wife
    • Eldridge Holmes – Lovely Woman
    • Jimmy Hicks – Tell Her That I Love You
    • Diamond Joe – The ABC Song
    • Eldridge Holmes – Gone, Gone, Gone
    • Francine King – Two Fools
    • Eddie Bo – Don't Turn Me Loose
    • Aaron Neville – A Hard Nut To Crack
    • Inell Young – I've Never Considered