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    Black RiotEarly Jungle, Rave and HardcoreSoul Jazz Records

    VINYL FACTORY COMPILATION OF THE YEAR 2020!!!

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    LIMITED EDITION COMES WITH FREE GRAPHIC STORY!

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

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

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

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

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


    • Rhythm For Reasons – The Smokers Rhythm
    • Babylon Timewarp – Durban Poison
    • The Terrorist – RK1
    • DJ Dubplate – Tings A Go On
    • Leviticus – Burial (Lovers Rock Mix)
    • The Freaky – Time and Age
    • Trip One – Snowball Remix
    • DJ Krome & Mr. Time – Ganja Man
    • New Vision – Way Of Life
    • DJ Dubplate – Original Rubadubstyle
    • Hi Fi Power – Chill Out (Raggafunks U)
    • Nu Jacks featuring Ivory Ranks – House Sensation
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    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
    Steve Reid Ensemble feat. Kieran Hebden - Spirit Walk (Special Limited Edition black vinyl RSD 2021)Record Store Day Exclusive #5Soul Jazz Records

    LONG OUT OF PRINT One-off RSD 2021 special limited edition black vinyl

    "Steve Reid played with Sun Ra, knew Coltrane, played at Motown. I mean this is a guy who at 19 was playing drums with Fela Kuti in Africa. He is a musical genius. It’s a creative joy and honour to work with him."Kieran Hebden (Fourtet) After a number of groundbreaking live shows between Kieran Hebden (Fourtet) and legendary New York drummer Steve Reid, these two artists have embarked on two amazing new recording projects.

    The first release is the Steve Reid Ensemble (featuring Kieran Hebden) "Spirit Walk". This will be followed by a second album by Kieran Hebden and Steve Reid which will be released by Domino Records at the beginning of 2006. Both albums blend electronic experimentation within the frame-work of Steve Reid’s musical heritage. Gilles Peterson will be touring the UK in November alongside The Steve Reid Ensemble. An ardent fan of the music, Peterson has contributed the sleeve-notes to "Spirit Walk" along with another long-time musical admirer Val Wilmer. Steve Reid is a true pioneer of boundary-breaking music.

    This latest project/collaboration is a continuation of a musical path that stretches back to the late 1960s. A self-taught master jazz drummer Steve Reid played in Sun Ra’s Arkestra as well as being a session musician at both Motown Records (he plays on for instance Martha and The Vandella’s "Heatwave") and in James Brown’s in-house band at the legendary Harlem Apollo. In the mid-60s Reid went to West Africa, playing and learning the music of Ghana, Nigeria (playing with Fela Kuti), Liberia, Sierra Leone, Senegal. On returning to New York he joined Sun Ra’s The Science Myth Solar Arkestra.

    In 1968 as a conscientious objector to the Vietnam war he was sentenced to 4 years in prison where he then taught a Black history course to his fellow inmates. In the 1970’s Reid formed the Legendary Master Brotherhood as well as running his own record company, Mustevic Sound, which released a series of his albums (2 of which have earlier been released by Soul Jazz Records). In a career now spanning over 40 years Steve Reid has worked with artists such as Lester Bowie, Miles Davis, Charles Tyler, Arthur Blythe, Ornette Coleman, Gary Bartz, Chief Bey, Archie Shepp, Sam Rivers, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Leon Thomas and more. This new project is the latest part in Steve Reid’s musical odyssey.

    "A truly phenomenal artist. This is the album we've all been waiting a long time for. Steve Reid is steeped in musical history and yet this album has a modernity all of it's own." Gilles Peterson.

    • Steve Reid Ensemble – Lugano
    • Steve Reid Ensemble – Bridget
    • Steve Reid Ensemble – For Coltrane
    • Steve Reid Ensemble – Blind Tom
    • Steve Reid Ensemble – Which One?
    • Steve Reid Ensemble – Lions Of Juda
    • Steve Reid Ensemble – It Cannot Be True
    • Steve Reid Ensemble – Unity
    • Steve Reid Ensemble – Drum Story
    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)
    Count Ossie & The Mystic Revelation Of RastafariTales Of MozambiqueSoul Jazz Records

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    * Bonus tracks

    REVIEWS

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

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

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

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

    • – Sam's Intro
    • – Tales Of Mozambique
    • – Selam Nna Wadada (Peace & Love)
    • – No Night In Zion
    • – I Am A Warrior
    • – Wicked Babylon
    • – Let Freedom Reign
    • – Lock, Stock And Barrel
    • – Nigerian Reggae
    • – Run One Mile
    • – Rasta Reggae*
    • – Samia*
    Soul Jazz Records presents Steve ReidRhythmatism (1976)Soul Jazz Records


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

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    ‘Steve Reid is one of the greatest drummers.

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

    ‘A truly phenomenal artist.’ GILLES PETERSON

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

    • Steve Reid – Kai
    • Steve Reid – Rocks (for Cannonball)
    • Steve Reid – Center Of The Earth
    • Steve Reid – C You Around
    • Steve Reid – One Minute Please
    Airto de MoreiraSamba De Flora (1980)Soul Jazz Records

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    • Airto – Parana
    • Airto – Samba De Flora
    • Airto – La Puerta
    • Airto – Dedos
    • Airto – Yanah Amina
    • Airto – El Fiasco
    • Airto – Mulambo
    • Airto – Latin Woman
    Soul Jazz Records presents Eddie RussFresh Out (1974)Soul Jazz Records

    Soul Jazz Records are re-releasing keyboardist Eddie Russ’s seminal debut deep jazz LP Fresh Out (and the first album ever released on Soul Jazz Records!) in a new limited edition COLOURED vinyl 1000 copies worldwide (+ free download code) and new CD edition.

    Eddie Russ's Fresh Out was independently released in Detroit in 1974 and has remained a collector's item ever since. Russ was an important figure to emerge from the vibrant underground jazz scene that thrived in Detroit in the early 1970s, existing in the cultural and economic desolation of the city after the departure of Motown in the late 1960s.

    This scene included the musical collective Tribe (including members Wendell Harrison, Marcus Belgrave, Phil Ranelin, Harold McKinney and Doug Hammond) and Kenny Cox’s Strata Records. Eddie Russ’s Fresh Out was first released in 1974 on the independent Jazz Masters record label.

    As well as including the classic jazz dance cut The Lope Song, Eddie Russ’s Fresh Out featured the debut of the group The Mixed Bag who subsequently recorded for both Tribe and Strata Records. Eddie Russ released two further classic jazz funk albums in the late 1970s, See the Light and Take a Look at Yourself.

    • Eddie Russ – The Lope Song
    • Eddie Russ – All But Blind
    • Eddie Russ – Shamading
    • Eddie Russ – Hill Where The Lord Hides
    • Eddie Russ – You Are The Sunshine Of My Life
    • Eddie Russ – Watergate Blues
    Chris BowdenTime Capsule (1992)Soul Jazz Records

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

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

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

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

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


    A selection of original reviews:

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

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

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

    “A beautiful and mysterious record.” Mixmag

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

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

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

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

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

    “Supreme” NME

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

    • Chris Bowden – Natural Selection
    • Chris Bowden – Mother And Daughters Now Mothers
    • Chris Bowden – Forbidden Fruit
    • Chris Bowden – Epsilon Transmission
    • Chris Bowden – Epsilon
    • Chris Bowden – Love Lies Bleeding
    • Chris Bowden – Time Capsule
    • Chris Bowden – Mind And Matter
    • Chris Bowden – Retrospective
    • Chris Bowden – Solo
    • Chris Bowden – Extra Vehicular Activity (EVA)
    • Chris Bowden – Life Support
    • Chris Bowden – Telescopic One
    • Chris Bowden – Telescopic Two
    • Chris Bowden – Telescopic Three
    • Chris Bowden – Sane
    • Chris Bowden – Angel Falls
    • Chris Bowden – Mothers Too
    • Chris Bowden – Deaf Out
    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
    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
    • View full info and tracklisting
    Count Ossie & The Rasta FamilyMan From Higher HeightsSoul Jazz Records

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Also available:

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

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

    • – Africa We Want Fe Go
    • – Cruisng Down The Line
    • – Misfits
    • – Crossing River Jordan
    • – Mystic Memories
    • – Drums For Wise Man
    • – Chanting Higher Heights
    Venezuela 70 : Cosmic Visions Of A Latin American EarthSoul Jazz Records

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

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

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

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

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

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

    • Vytas Brenner – Araguaney
    • Pablo Schneider – Amor En Llamas
    • Un Dos Tres y Fuera – Machu Picchu
    • Miguel Angel Fuster – Polvo Lunar
    • Angel Rada – Basheeba
    • Fernando Yvosky – Barcos De Papel
    • Un Dos Tres y Fuera – Son De Tambor y San Juan
    • Vytas Brenner – Bang-Going-Gone
    • Aldemaro Romero y Su Onda Nueva – Irene
    • Miguel Angel Fuster – Dame De Comer
    • Un Dos Tres y Fuera – San Juan, Tambor y Fuera
    • Ofrenda Vytas Brenner – Caracas Para Locos
    • Grupo C.I.M. – Joropo No. 1
    • Angel Rada – Panico a Las 5am
    • Apocalipsis – Ayudame a Encontrar Mi Camino
    • Miguel Angel Fuster – La Quema De Judas
    Betty HarrisThe Lost Queen Of New Orleans SoulSoul Jazz Records

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

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

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

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

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

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

    • Betty Harris – There's A Break In The Road
    • Betty Harris – 12 Red Roses
    • Betty Harris – Mean Man
    • Betty Harris – I'm Gonna Git Ya
    • Betty Harris – Ride Your Pony
    • Betty Harris – Show It
    • Betty Harris – I Don't Wanna Hear It
    • Betty Harris – Bad Luck
    • Betty Harris – Hook, Line 'n' Sinker
    • Betty Harris – Lonely Hearts
    • Betty Harris – What A Sad Feeling
    • Betty Harris – What'd I Do Wrong
    • Betty Harris – Trouble With My Lover
    • Betty Harris – Sometime
    • Betty Harris – I'm Evil Tonight
    • Betty Harris – Nearer To You
    • Betty Harris – All I Want Is You
    New York Noise 2016 EditionSoul Jazz Records

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

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

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

    Soul Jazz Records’ new Space, Energy and Light is a collection of music by early electronic and synthesizer pioneers (from the 1960s through the 1970s), mid-1970s proto-new age gurus and 1980s guerrilla D-I-Y cassette-era electronic artists, spanning in total over a near 30-year time frame. All of these artists used electronic advancements in music technology as a means of exploring not only space and the idea of the future, but also of looking inwards to the soul and of creating music in harmony with the natural world.

    From computer software and hardware experimentalists and sound pioneers such as Laurie Spiegel and Kevin Braheny, as well as Mother Mallard’s Portable Masterpiece Company – the first synthesizer ensemble created in collaboration with Robert Moog – through to musique concrète experimentation, the album shows how technological advancements and creative artistic expression often went hand in hand.

    In the mid-1970s artists Steven Halpern and Iaxos were instrumental in creating proto-new age music, experimenting in both the healing properties of sound and its relationship with the natural world. These artists also pioneered a new self-contained and underground D-I-Y approach to music, creating their own record labels, forming new distribution networks (with albums sold in meditation centres, health food stores and ashrams) far away from the commercialism of the mainstream music industry. In the early 1980s after the revolution of punk, these D-I-Y attitudes and ideas appeared once more in the growth of the distinctly anti-commercial and underground cassette-only careers of artists such as Germany’s Stratis and Carl Matthews in Britain.

    This album is available as a heavyweight triple vinyl album (plus download code), CD and digital release. Artwork includes some of the earliest photography of the Plieades star cluster dating from the 1880s.

    • J.B. Banfi – Gang (For The Rock Industry)
    • Michael Garrison – To The Other Side Of The Sky
    • Iasos – Lueena Coast
    • Carl Matthews – As Above, So Below
    • Tim Blake – Midnight
    • Stratis – By Water
    • Laurie Spiegel – Improvisation On A 'Concerto Generator'
    • Mother Mallard's Portable Masterpiece Company – Ceres Motion
    • Michael Stearns – In The Beginning
    • Beverly Glenn-Copeland – Ever New
    • Richard Pinhas – Variations VII Sur Le Thème Des Bene Gesserit
    • Tod Dockstader – Piece #1
    • Kevin Braheny – Ancient Stars
    • Steven Halpern – Starborn Suite (Part 1)
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    Africans With Mainframes (Hieroglyphic Being and Noleian Reusse)K.M.T.Soul Jazz Records

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

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

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    Jamal Moss, aka Hieroglyphic Being, returns for a new second album on Soul Jazz Records, after last year’s debut The Acid Documents. this time under the name Africans with Mainframes.

    Hieroglyphic Being and fellow Chicago producer Noleian Reusse have been releasing music under the name Africans with Mainframes for over 15 years now, ever since their debut on Hieroglyphic Being’s own Mathematics Recordings label in 2005. ‘K.M.T.’ is the debut album from the group, a collage of apocalyptic Chicago acid meets industrial and transcendental post-house machine funk. 

    Both intense and unique, the album of forward-thinking, experimental, boundary-pushing Afro-futurist electronic music shows why Hieroglyphic Being is regarded as one of the most serious purveyors of experimental black music today. You can't stop the prophet!

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

    Similarly his relationship to Chicago’s original acid house pioneers of the late 80s is no hyperbole. Originally mentored by artist/producers Adonis and Steve Pointdexter, Moss also now runs his own Mathematics label which has released music by foundation acid house pioneers Lil’ Louis, Adonis and many others. To quote Moss, ‘I am the last of the line of producers directly influenced by Ron Hardy (the pioneering acid house DJ) at the Music Box.’

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

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

    • – Anachronistic
    • – Hierachical
    • – Book Of Gatis
    • – Negroid Spinx
    • – Qustal Artifacts
    • – Naqada
    • – K.M.T.
    • – Meroitic Script
    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
    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
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    Lloyd McNeill QuartetAsha (1969)Soul Jazz Records

    New edition of this very rare deep spiritual jazz album, the debut release from flautist Lloyd McNeill released on his private-press Asha Record label and recorded in Washington, DC in 1969 (originally only 500 copies were ever made).  First reissued on Soul Jazz Records’ Universal Sound sub-label in 2011 (long deleted) and now available newly digitally remastered on Soul Jazz Records main label.

    Lloyd McNeill is a multidisciplinary artist – a painter who lived in Paris in 1965 and was a friend of Picasso, a musician who has worked with Nina Simone, Nana Vasconceles, Ron Carter, Cecil McBee and many more and a music anthropologist, poet and teacher.

    In the 1960s he was involved in the civil-rights movement and produced music for ballet, paintings and installations. His music mixes jazz with Latin, Brazilian and African rhythms that McNeill learnt was studying anthropology in his travels through much of Africa and Brazil (where he joined with Dom Salvador, Paulinho da Viola, Paulo Maura and Martinho da Vila).

    The album comes with extensive sleevenotes and interview with Lloyd McNeill as well as exclusive photos and text. Vinyl is heavyweight vinyl pressing + download code limited to 1000 worldwide.

    Lloyd McNeill features on two earlier Soul Jazz releases, 'New Thing' and 'Freedom, Rhythm and Sound". Soul Jazz Records have also recently reissued Lloyd McNeill's stunning 'Washington Suite' album recorded in 1970.

    • – Asha
    • – As A Matter Of Fact
    • – Two Thirds Pleasure
    • – Dig Where Dat's At
    • – St. Margaret's Church
    • – Effervescence
    • – Warmth Of A Sunny Day
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    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
    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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    KaS ProductBlack & Noir: Mutant Synth-Punk from France 1980-83Soul Jazz Records

    Soul Jazz Records are releasing a collection of lost recordings by French mutant experimental synth group Kas Product, all originally recorded in the period 1980 – 83. 

    Kas Product formed in 1980 in Nancy, France, as an electronic duo comprising ex-psychiatric nurse Spatsz on electronics and rhythm machines and Mona Soyoc on vocals and guitars.

    Kas Product feature on Soul Jazz Records’ recent 'Punk 45 – Les Punks: The French Connection'. Mainly recorded on early tape, synth and drum machines Kas Product’s mixture of Spatsz’ hypnotic, electronic and angular hard-edged beats matched to the spiky vocals and guitar work of Soyoc led to comparisons with Suicide, Liliput/Kleenex, Cabaret Voltaire as well as to the group being forerunners of the cold wave/ synth wave movement. Perhaps closer still is the Industrial sound of bands such as Throbbing Gristle and Einsturzende Neubaten. At the start of the decade Kas Product's 'So Young But So Cold' was also the title track of a defining collection of rare underground electronic French coldwave/synthwave bands on the Tigersushi label.

    The recordings here are taken from their early releases on the local Punk label from Nancy, France at the start of the 1980s, mostly recorded on a 2-track recorder in their bedroom, which led to them signing to RCA in 1982. These songs were first put together on CD by the French Fan Club label in 1990.  Essentially the group split-up in 1988 but Kas Product still come together to perform live today most recently in Paris, New York and Los Angeles. In 2012 their major label debut album was re-released in France.

    Soul Jazz Records are releasing this album on limited-edition 1000-copies worldwide vinyl LP (with download), CD and worldwide digital.

    Reviews and Articles:

    Read large feature in Noisey (in French) here

    • – Mind
    • – Black & Noir
    • – Seven
    • – Take Me Tonight
    • – In Need
    • – Malena
    • – Crash
    • – Mezzo
    • – Electric
    • – Party
    • – Doctor Insane
    Nu Yorica ! Culture Clash in New York CitySoul Jazz Records

    This is the 20th anniversary expanded edition of one of Soul Jazz Records earliest definitive releases: ‘Nu Yorica : Culture Clash In New York City – Experiments in Latin Music 1970-77’, a stunning and ground-breaking collection of music bringing together Latin, Soul, Jazz, Funk and more from the melting pot of New York City in the 1970s.

    Out-of-print for more than ten years this new edition has been fully digitally remastered with new tracks, additional photography and is released as a deluxe 2CD pack + large outsize booklet, as well as a new edition of two super-loud super-heavy separate volumes of double vinyl. The album is also available for the first time as a worldwide digital release.

    Nu Yorica! is one of Soul Jazz Records most critically acclaimed albums of all time.

    The album features seminal Latin artists such as Eddie Palmieri, Joe Bataan, Machito, Ocho, Grupo Folklorico, Cortijo, Ricardo Marrero, Cachao and many more.

    Reviews:

    "Latin music never sounded so good. Ever.

    Some compilations are so influential and universally loved that they become classic albums in their own right – Harry Smith’s Anthology Of American Folk Music, for example. And just as Smith cemented forever the underground sound of the US between the wars, so did the then young Soul Jazz imprint immortalise the Latin music emerging from 70s New York with Nu Yorica!, originally released 20 years ago." Record Collector

    “A brilliant introduction to some of the most energising & misunderstood music ever” Wire

    “A truly inspired selection. If ever a CD was worth buying, this is it” The Guardian (CD of the week)

    “A percussive colossus. Mighty and frightening.” Q

    “If you buy one CD this week buy Nu Yorica!” The Observer

    “Soul Jazz go beyond dancefloor trends and explore the political agendas’ of their musical idols with this brave and diverse album” Maxim

    “From gritty funk to free-form experimentation, Soul Jazz’s selection of Latin-influenced dance music is sterling” The Face

    “A challenging and revelatory compilation of pure quality” Music Week

    “Positively throbs with energy.” NME

    “This music has influenced everything from Salsoul Disco to the Masters at Work”DJ

    “An excellent document of a key phase in musical history. Every single one of these tracks is superb. An absolute f***ing blinder” Echoes

    “Genre defying madness” Select

    “An utterly brilliant and well documented snapshot of the musical culture clash in 70’s New York” Muzik

    “Miraculous” Time Out, New York

    Tracklisting: CD1/LPA: Tracks 1-9, CD2/LPB: Tracks 10-18


    • Charlie Palmieri – Las Negritas De Carnaval
    • Cortijo – Gumbo
    • Cachao – La Trompeta Y La Flauta
    • Ricardo Marrero – Babalonia
    • Stone Alliance – Amigos
    • Joe Bataan – Latin Strut
    • Grupo Folklorico – Anabacoa
    • Tempo 70 – El Galleton
    • Eddie Palmieri – Un Dia Bonita
    • Eddie Palmieri – Condiciones Que Existen
    • Cortijo – Carnaval
    • Ocho – Tornado
    • Bobby Vince Paunetto – Little Rico's Theme
    • Joe Bataan – Aftershower Funk
    • Ocho – Mamey Colorao
    • Ricardo Marrero – My Friend
    • Machito Orchestra – Macho
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    LaraajiCelestial VibrationSoul Jazz Records

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    • – All Pervading
    • – Bethlehem