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    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)
    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
    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
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    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
    • View full info and tracklisting
    Nigeria Freedom Sounds ! Popular Music and The Birth Of Independent Nigeria 1960-63Soul Jazz Records

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

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

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

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

    Read GUARDIAN newspaper review here

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

    • I.K. Dairo and his Blue Spots – E Ma Mobun Saya
    • Chris Ajilo and his Cubanos – Ariwo
    • I.K. Dairo and his Blue Spots – Aye Wa Kael
    • Charles Iwegbue and his Archibogs – Baby I Tire
    • Haruna Ishola and his Group – Iba Awon Agba
    • E.C. Arinze – Chukwu Fulum Nanya
    • Victor Ola-Iya and his Cool Cats – Cool Cats Invitation
    • Ganiyu Kale and his Guinea Mambo Orchestra – Iyawo-Ile
    • E.C. Arinze – Freedom Highlife
    • I.K. Dairo and his Blue Spots – Bonfo
    • Haruna Ishola and his Group – Owo Ni Fari
    • Apolos Empire Rhythm Orchestra – Cut your Coat According To Your Size
    • E.C. Arinze – Lumumba Calypso
    • Sammy Akpabot and his All Stars – Save For A Rainy Day
    • Ishie Brothers – Onyeoma Rosa
    • Godwin Omobuwa and his Soundmakers – Look, Look, Look
    • E.C. Arinze – Saturday Night
    • J.O. Araba and his Rhythm Blues – Iyawo Ma Pa Mi
    • Godwin Omobuwa and his Soundmakers – You Cheat Me
    • E.C. Arinze – Ozo Emena
    • Tes Dandies Dance Band – Obo Mi Ebe Mi
    • J.O. Araba and his Rhythm Blues – Olowofuja Sawa
    • I.K. Dairo and his Blue Spots – Omo Alara
    • 1. I.K. Dairo and his Blue Spots – E Ma Mobun Saya
    • 2. Chris Ajilo and his Cubanos – Ariwo
    • 3. I.K. Dairo and his Blue Spots – Aye Wa Kael
    • View full info and tracklisting
    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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    Boombox Early Independent Hip Hop, Electro and Disco Rap 79 - 82PosterSoul Jazz Records

    Oh yes! 50 x 70cm KILLER poster!!

    Choose "Poster Freepost" if you want this poster sent with any other vinyl order item (LP/12" vinyl only) at NO extra postage charge (poster will be folded into six parts)

    Choose "Poster+Tube" if you want the poster rolled up and sent in a customised, protective tube (more expensive to cover postage)

    THIS ALSO means if you want more than one poster then you should only put 'Poster+Tube' for one of the posters and select 'Poster freepost' for any others as the rest will be free shipping.

      90 Degrees of Shade – Over 100 Years of Photography in the CaribbeanPosterSoul Jazz Records

      Oh yes! 50 x 70cm KILLER poster!!

      Choose "Poster Freepost" if you want this poster sent with any other vinyl order item (LP/12" vinyl only) at NO extra postage charge (poster will be folded into six parts)

      Choose "Poster+Tube" if you want the poster rolled up and sent in a customised, protective tube (more expensive to cover postage)

      THIS ALSO means if you want more than one poster then you should only put 'Poster+Tube' for one of the posters and select 'Poster freepost' for any others as the rest will be free shipping.

        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
        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
        PUNK 45: Les Punks - The French ConnectionSoul Jazz Records

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

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

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

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

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

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

        REVIEWS

        Read PITCHFORK article here

        • Marie et Les Garçons – Rien A Dire
        • Metal Boys – Sweet Marylin
        • Fantomes – I Wanna Be Your Dog
        • Gazoline – Sally
        • A3 Dans Les WC – Photo Couleur
        • Asphalt Jungle – Planté Comme Un Privé
        • Warm Gun – Broken Windows
        • Metal Urbain – Paris Maquis
        • Electric Callas – Kill Me Two Times
        • KaS Product – Mind
        • 84 Flesh – Salted City
        • Les Olivensteins – Euthanasie
        • Angel Face – Wolf City Blues
        • Guilty Razors – Hurts and Noises
        • Dogs – Here Comes My Baby
        • Charles De Goal – Dans Le Labyrinthe
        • Guilty Razors – I Don't Wanna Be A Rich
        • Marie et Les Garçons – A Bout De Souffle
        • Calcinator – Électrifié
        Untouchable Machine ShopMachine Shop Part 1 / Part 2Soul Jazz Records

        EXCLUSIVE NEW 45rpm - ONLY available direct from Soul Jazz Records or Sounds of the Universe.

        KILLER rare groove funk bomb! This is a monster HEAVY FUNK double-sider!

        THIS 7-inch can ONLY be bought directly here from Soul Jazz Records or Sounds of the Universe websites and shop. It is a very limited 500-copies pressing and you need to buy it now!

        See all the EXCLUSIVE Funk and Soul 45s titles only available here

        See all the EXCLUSIVE Reggae 45s titles only available here

        • – Machine Shop Part 1
        • – Machine Shop Part 2
        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
        Richard BrownSweet and Kind / Don't Listen To The GrapevineSoul Jazz Records

        CHECK THIS OUT!!! SUPERB sweet, sweet rare uplifting soul 45!

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

         Richard Brown's Sweet and Kind was originally released and distributed locally in Gary, Indiana, in the mid-west of USA on the tiny Steeltown Inc Records, a label which despite it's size was nonetheless the first ever to sign the Jackson Five (pre-Motown) in 1968, the same year as this little-known gem.

        Soul Jazz Records/Sounds of the Universe continues its SOUL 7-inch series in fine style with this FANTASTIC cut following on from Brief Encounter, Arnold Blair, Johnny Adams & other earlier exclusive soul 45.

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


        • – Sweet and Kind
        • – Don't Listen To The Grapevine
        Betty HarrisThere's A Break In The RoadSoul Jazz Records

        EXCLUSIVE NEW 45rpm - ONLY available direct from Soul Jazz Records or Sounds of the Universe.

        All time-killer New Orleans heavyweight funk bomb on loud 7" single!

        Betty Harris's seminal vocals, The Meters’ Leo Nocentelli and George Porter Jr + the incredible James Black on drums. They don't get much better than this!

        THIS 7-inch can ONLY be bought directly here from Soul Jazz Records or Sounds of the Universe websites and shop. It is a very limited 500-copies pressing and you need to buy it now!

        See all the EXCLUSIVE 45s titles only available here!

        • – There's A Break In The Road
        • – Show It