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    Cuba: Music and Revolution - Compiled by Gilles Peterson and Stuart BakerSoul Jazz Records

    Cuba: Music and Revolution: Culture Clash in Havana: Experiments in Latin Music 1975-85 Vol. 1 is the new album compiled by Gilles Peterson and Stuart Baker (Soul Jazz Records) that explores the many new styles that emerged in Cuba in the 1970s as Jazz, Funk, Brazilian Tropicalia and even Disco mixed together with Latin and Salsa on the island as Cuban artists experimented with new musical forms created in the unique socialist state of Cuba.

    The album comes as a heavyweight 3xLP and deluxe 2xCD set, complete with extensive sleeve notes, and is jam-packed with heavy bass lines, synth and Wah-Wah guitar funk combined with the heavyweight percussion, powerful brass lines and the all-encompassing Latin rhythms of Cuban music known throughout the world.

    The album is released to coincide with the massive new deluxe large format book Cuba: Music and Revolution: Original Cover Art of Cuban Music: Record Sleeve Designs of Revolutionary Cuba 1959-90, published in November, which is also compiled by Gilles Peterson and Stuart Baker (Soul Jazz Records), and which features the music and record designs of Cuba, made in the 30-year period following the Cuban Revolution.

    The music on this album features legendary Cuban groups such as Irakere, Los Van Van and Pablo Milanés as well as a host of lesser known artists such as the radical Grupo De Experimentación, Juan Pablo Torres and Algo Nuevo, Grupo Monumental and Orquesta Ritmo Oriental, groups whose names remain largely unknown outside of Cuba owing to the now 60-year old US trade embargo which remains in place today and which prevents trade with Cuba – and thus most Cuban records were only ever available in Cuba or in ex-Soviet Union states.

    The music on this album reflects the most cutting-edge of Cuban groups that were recording in Cuba in the 1970s and 1980s – who were all searching for a new Cuban identity and new musical forms that reflected both the Afro-Cuban cultural heritage of a nation that gave birth to Latin music - and its new position as a socialist state. Most of the music featured on this album have never been heard outside of Cuba.

    Both Gilles Peterson and Stuart Baker have been involved in Cuban music for more than two decades – Gilles Peterson with his many Havana Cultura projects for his Brownswood label and Stuart Baker with a number of Soul Jazz Records albums recorded in Cuba. This Soul Jazz Records album is released in conjunction with Egrem, the Cuban state record company, and has been put together after the many crate-digging trips that both compilers have made on the streets of Havana and beyond in Cuba stretching over a 20-year period, searching out rare and elusive original Cuban vinyl records.

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    REVIEWS:

    "It may only be January, but we already have a strong contender for 'compilation of the year'. Put together by devout crate-diggers and Cuban music enthusiasts Gilles Peterson and Stuart Baker (founder of Soul Jazz Records)" JUNO

    "It's abundantly clear that these compilers are at the very top of their game. Everything here was previously unheard outside of Cuba, making this a feast for the curious" Vinyl District

    "Priceless comp goes beyond Buena Vista" UNCUT

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    *Please note the vinyl sticker of this album says "+download code" but it's a mistake! There is no download with this particular album due to legal reasons. Sorry for this error!

    • Grupo Irakere – Chequere Son
    • Conjunto Rumbavana – El Son Del Campeon
    • Juan Formell & Los Van Van – Mi Ritmo Caliente
    • Grupo Monumental – Mi Son Caridad
    • Grupo de Experimentación Sonora del ICAIC – Sondeando
    • Las D'Aida – Con Cadencia y Con Dulzura
    • Juan Formell & Los Van Van – Y No Le Conviene
    • Pablo Milanés – Te Quiero Porque Te Quiero
    • Emíliano Salvador – Luna Wanestain
    • Los Reyes 73 – Un Lamento Hecho Cancion
    • Eduardo Ramos – Vocación Revolución
    • Grupo Mounmental – Hasta Las Cuantas
    • Los 5 U 4 – Solo Esta Musica
    • Grupo de Experimentación Sonora del ICAIC – Canción Con Todos
    • Orquesta Los Van Van – Yo Se Que Van Van
    • Grupo Monumental – Nadie Se Siente Cansado
    • Orquesta Ritmo Oriental – Maria, Baila El Son
    • Juan Pablo Torres y Algo Nuevo – Rompe Cocorioco
    • Los Reyes 73 – Grandes Amigos
    • Paquito D'Rivera – La Patica
    • Grupo de Experimentación Sonora del ICAIC – Grifo
    • Raúl Gómez – Dacapo
    • Grupo Irakere – Juana 1600
    • 1. Grupo Irakere – Chequere Son
    • 2. Conjunto Rumbavana – El Son Del Campeon
    • 3. Juan Formell & Los Van Van – Mi Ritmo Caliente
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    Nigeria Soul Power 70 (Expanded Double LP Set)Soul Jazz Records

    Seriously rare, killer and classic Nigerian 70s Afro-Funk, Afro-Disco & Afro-Rock tunes bought together.

    Originally released as a now-long-out-of-print collectors’ 7” RSD box, this fully expanded album release now also includes extra tracks from Sonny Okosuns, Wings, Chief Kollington Ayinla and more.

    Soul Jazz Records’ Nigeria Soul Power 70 album showcases the influence of funk, rock and disco on Nigerian music during the 1970s

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    While for many people the fusion of funk and jazz music with Nigerian rhythms and aesthetics began with Fela Kuti and his afro-beat sound, in fact this can be traced further back to the phenomena of the 1960s Nigerian artists and house bands in nightclubs and hotels who interpreted US soul and pop music with a local flavour and none more so than Geraldo Pino, the ‘African James Brown’ who features heavily in this collection. Other similarly inspired Nigerian funk and soul artists featured here included Tony Grey and his Ozimba Messengers and Don Bruce and The Angels.

    Nigeria Soul Power 70 includes a number of tracks from the group Wings originally known as BAF (Biafran Air Force) Wings, an army band formed during the Biafran civil war in Nigeria. The groups’ heavy mixture of funk, rock and African styles was popular among many Nigerian groups at the time.

    Beneath the shadow of the few Nigerian artists who signed international recording deals in the 1970s – Fela Kuti, King Sunny Ade, Chief Ebenezer Obey – lies a vast wealth of largely undiscovered musical transmutation and cultural cross-pollination, and included here are heavy afro-funk/rock and disco tracks from artists such as the legendary Sonny Okosuns as well as rare cuts from little-known outside of Nigeria - groups such as Colomach and MFB. Most of these obscure artists signed to major labels in Nigeria in the commercial slipstream that opened up as Philips, Decca and EMI tried to emulate the international success of the big three international Nigerian artists.

    Finally featured here is Kollington Ayinla, one of the co-founders of Nigerian Fuji music, who gives us perhaps the heaviest of all tracks on this album. Ayinla is the great moderniser of the Fuji sound and in the late 1970s began adding Bata drums and synthesizers to his authentic music to create a powerful and heavy new fusion of traditional and modernist aesthetics, embracing both new technology and experimentation while rooted firmly in Nigerian historical lineage.

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    Nigeria Soul Power 70 is released as a heavyweight gatefold double vinyl LP (+ free download code), deluxe slipcase CD and digital album.

    • Geraldo Pino – Shake Hands
    • Sonny Okosuns Ozziddi – Dance Of The Elephants
    • The Wings – We'll Get Home
    • Alhaji (Chief) Prof. Kollington Ayinla – E Ye Ika Se
    • Colomach – Kassa Kpa Sama Kpa
    • Geraldo Pino – Heavy Heavy Heavy
    • MFB – Beware
    • Tony Grey and The Ozimba Messengers – You Are The One
    • Sonny Okosuns Ozziddi – Oba Erediauwa I
    • The Wings – Single Boy
    • Geraldo Pino – Power To The People
    • Original Wings – Igba Alusi
    • Don Bruce and The Angels – Sugar Baby
    • Geraldo Pino – Africans Must Unite
    Congo Revolution Box SetSoul Jazz Records

    This unique box-set edition is only available as a one-off pressing seven-inch box set which brings together a stunning five-single/ ten track selection of mind-blowingly groovy selection of African, Latin, Jazz and Funk music from the Congo.

    Absolutely killer and essential tracks (mostly unknown) from the masters of the vibrant Congo scene in the 1960s – featuring the groups Franco & OK Jazz, Rock-A-Mambo, African Jazz, African Fiesta and more.

    Roots African meets Cal Tjader, James Brown, Ray Barretto & more. The bomb!



    • Rock-A-Mambo – Baila
    • Beguen Band – Yo Me Moera
    • Bantous De La Capitale – Watchiwara
    • African Fiesta – Mambo Hawaienne
    • O.K. Jazz – Sois Sage Amour
    • African Jazz – Merengue Fafa
    • African Fiesta Sukisa – I Got The Feelin'
    • O.K. Jazz – Kiwita Kumunani
    • Ryco Jazz – La Juventud
    • Trio Madjesi & Sosoliso – Matshatsha
    135 Grand Street, New York, 1979DVD - Dir. by Ericka BeckmanSoul Jazz Records

    Available now on DVD (and separate bargain-priced CD soundtrack with bonus tracks).

    “135 Grand Street, New York, 1979 is invaluable. No Wave music and cinema didn’t just share a name. They were perhaps more intimately related than any other concurrent movements in the history of those two media.”

    “Ericka Beckman’s film finds these ensembles deconstructing rock with unpretentious vitality and uncompromised vision. … Remarkably kinetic performances.” Marc Masters (Author of ‘No Wave’) THE WIRE

    Ericka Beckman’s film captures the driving energy and posturing of early No Wave bands’ performing live in a sparse downtown loft. Featured bands include Theoretical Girls, UT, A Band, Rhys Chatham, Chinese Puzzle, The Static, Morales, Youth in Asia, Morales, Steven Piccolo and Jill Kroesen.

    ‘135 Grand Street, New York, 1979’ is a unique film capturing both the aural and visual aesthetics of New York’s No Wave scene in its ascendant. Punk rock and non-musicianship fight it out with art world attitude. Garage band line-ups in varying degrees of musical destruction sit alongside post-everything poetry and experimental noise terrorists. Ericka Beckman’s film matches the rawness, minimalism and radicalism of the music - a fitting document and visual statement of new forms created out of New York’s anti-everything musical nihilism, circa 1979.

    ‘135 Grand Street, New York, 1979’ is history. It includes the only known footage of the Theoretical Girls, The Static and a number of other No Wave bands of the period. This is a film about bands filled with painters, filmmakers, actors - and occasionally musicians - thriving and thrashing in the pulsating, vibrant post-punk world of New York where high art met low culture, where Glenn Branca, Rhys Chatham, Wharton Tiers, Taro Suzuki and the others featured here made the connections between John Cage and Joey Ramone, between the questioning of art and ? and the Mysterians.

    The film is currently showing as part of Sonic Youth’s ‘Sensational Fix’ touring art exhibition as well as being screened before Glenn Branca’s most recent shows in New York City (Sep 2009).

    "If you wanna see what the Soho side of No Wave looked like this is the only place you're ever gonna find it" Glenn Branca

    • Theoretical Girls – Glazened Eyes
    • Theoretical Girls – Contrary Motion
    • Ut – Sharp's Loose
    • A Band – Sand and Sea
    • A Band – Mirror, Mirror
    • Rhys Chatham – Guitar Trio
    • Chinese Puzzle – Great Wall Of Prague
    • The Static – Spectacular Commodity
    • The Static – My Relationship (CD only bonus track)
    • Morales – Gay Girl In a Gay Bar
    • Youth in Asia – Talking Heads pt.1
    • Youth in Asia – Amnesia
    • Steve Piccolo – Superior Genes
    • Steve Piccolo – It's Hard to Be in Love in Times Like These (CD only bonus track)
    • Jill Kroesen – Fay Shism Blues (CD only bonus track)
    135 Grand Street, New York, 1979CD AlbumSoul Jazz Records

    This is the soundtrack to 135 Grand Street, New York, 1979 also released by Soul Jazz Records on DVD. The CD includes all the bands featured in the film ( and comes with bonus tracks not in the film). Wild, raw No Wave meets garage band meets post-punk. Glenn Branca, Rhys Chatham, Evan Lurie (Lounge Lizards), visual artists Frank Schneider and Robert Longo, Wharton TIers are just some of the people in the bands. Check out this bargain price CD!

    • Theoretical Girls – Glazened Eyes
    • UT – Sharp's Loose
    • A Band – Sand and Sea
    • A Band – Mirror Mirror
    • Rhys Chatham – Guitar Trio
    • Chinese Puzzle – Great Wall Of Prague
    • The Static – The Spectacular Commodity
    • Morales – Gay Girl In A Gay Bar
    • Youth In Asia – Talking Heads (Part 1)
    • Youth In Asia – Amnesia
    • Steve Piccolo – Superior Genes
    • Chinese Puzzle – Chinese Funk (CD bonus track)
    • Jill Kroesen – Fay Shism Blues (CD bonus track)
    • Steve Piccolo – It's Hard To Be In Love In Times Like These (CD bonus track)
    • The Static – My Relationship (CD bonus track)
    • Theoretical Girls – Contrary Motion
    1977PosterSoul Jazz Records

    A fantastic poster from the night. Trip back to 1977 held in March 2002 featuring an all star line up. A Certain Ratio, Richard H. Kirk, Andy Weatherall, Jerry Dammers, Trevor Jackson and more.

    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.


      • Poster Freepost£3.00
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      • Poster+Tube£7.50
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      90 Degrees Of ShadeSoul Jazz Records

      Soul Jazz Records’ new album 90 Degrees of Shade features the music of the Caribbean – Mambo, Calypso, Mento, Merengue, Latin Jazz and much more. The music of Cuba, Jamaica, Haiti, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and more all feature in this lightning journey through the many island sounds.

      This is the sound of independence, righteous and hot jump-up sounds from the 1950s and 60s, an exciting period of endless new musical styles that would travel across the world – Mento, the Jamaican precursor to reggae; mambos and descargas from Cuba, Dominican merengue, Haitian compas – and more.

      This album coincides with the release of Soul Jazz Records’ massive new deluxe large format hardback book 90 Degrees of Shade: 100 Years of Photography In The Caribbean (with foreward by Paul Gilroy) featuring hundreds of fascinating and unique photographs spanning one hundred years of Caribbean history.

      The new album comes as a deluxe two-CD pack complete with large outsize booklet, packed full of info and original artwork. There are also two limited edition separate heavyweight double LP vinyl editions, each one housed in gatefold sleeves complete with insert, full text and free download code. Also comes as a worldwide digital release.

      • The Eloise Trio – Come To The Caribbean
      • Cachao – Trombon Criollo
      • Duke Of Iron – Bambouche
      • Lucho Azcarraga – Tamboritos Panamenos
      • Alfredito – Timbales
      • King Scratch – Christmas Time In Nassau
      • Guy De Rosier Orchestra – Panono M'Tombe
      • Noro Morales Orchestra – Mississippi Mambo
      • Peanuts Taylor – Nassau Blues
      • Katherine Dunham Ensemble – Nago
      • Hubert Porter – Rum and Coconut Water
      • The Bay Street Boys – Donkey Wants Water
      • Guy Du Rosier Orchestra – Anatole
      • Sonny Burke Orchestra – West Indies
      • Dioris Valladares – Los Dos Merengues
      • Julio Gutierrez – Theme For Conga
      • Hubert Porter – Mary's Lamb
      • Count Lasha – Perseverance
      • Tito Puente – Swingin' Mambo
      • The Duke Of Iron – Fifty Cents
      • Katherine Dunham Presents The Singing Gods – Maiz
      • Fajardo y sus Estrellas – El Aguardiente
      • The Eloise Trio – Anna Macao
      • Lord Fly – Whai, Whai, Whai
      • Gina Martin – Omo Belli
      • Billo's Caracas Boys – Bombele
      • King Scratch – Liza See Me Hear
      • Cortijo – Con La Punta Del Pie Teresa
      • The Calypso Steel-O-Rama Band – Java
      • Super Ensemble Nemours Jean-Baptiste – Rinmin Ce Folie
      • Lord Lebby – Dr. Kinsey Report
      • Celia Cruz – Yembe Laroco
      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.

        Acid - Can You Jack?Soul Jazz Records

        Following on from our new Acid-Mysterons Invade The Jackin' Zone, 

        Soul Jazz Records are re-releasing theis long out of print classic album Acid – Can You Jack? Chicago Acid and Experimental House 1985-95.

        Double CD set with 48-page outsize booklet and slipcase. Two separate volume of super-loud heavyweight 180gm double vinyl (each with free download codes) housed in heavyweight sleeves. Also now available here as an exclusive to this site  digital download for the first time.

        The extensive sleevenotes to this release charting the phenomenal rise of Chicago house and acid music are written by Tim Lawrence, author or the the definitive book on dance music ‘Love Saves The Day’, as well as the Arthur Russell biography Hold On To Your Dreams: Arthur Russell and the Downtown Music Scene 1973-92.  Lawrence also wrote the text for Voguing and The House Ballroom Scene of New York, 1989-92, also published by Soul Jazz Records/Books.

        The album features all-time classic full-length 12" tracks such as Phuture’s ‘Acid Trax’ and Sleezy D’s ‘I’ve Lost Control’, Jamie Principle’s ‘Baby Wants to Ride’ alongside many rare and experimental tracks including , Marshall Jefferson’s “Go Wild Rhythm Tracks”, Virgo's 'Take Me Higher' and many more.

        The large booklet also contains exclusive photos and interviews with a number of the key players in the birth and rise of Chicago’s original house music scene from originators like Jefferson, DJ Pierre and Adonis to second wave artists like Cajmere and Roy Davis Jnr.

        Killer!

        Reviews of Acid - Can You Jack?:

        'Impeccably timed compilation from Soul Jazz Records' Pitchfork

        'Soul Jazz can do no wrong in terms of compiling in my eyes' Resident Advisor

        'Suitably comprehensive, featuring many of the touchstone works now widely considered classics'XLR8R


        • Maurice – This Is Acid
        • The Sweat Boyz – Do You Want To Perculate
        • Virgo – Go Wild Rhythm Track
        • Mr Fingers – Beyond The Clouds
        • Tyree – Acid Crash
        • Phuture – Phuture Jacks
        • Fresh – Dum Dum Part 2
        • Roy Davis Jnr – Acid Bass
        • Sleezy D – I've Lost Control
        • Virgo Four – Take Me Higher
        • DJ Pierre – Box Energy
        • Frankie Knuckles featuring Jamie Principle – Baby Wants To Ride
        • Tyree – Acid Over
        • Green Velvet – Explorer
        • Two Of A Kind – Like This
        • Armando – Downfall
        • Phuture – Acid Tracks
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        Add N To X - On The Wires Of Our Nerves (Special Limited Edition RSD 2021 silver vinyl)Record Store Day Exclusive #4Soul Jazz Records

        Super special 20th anniversary SILVER vinyl!

        Incredibly inspired electronic retro-futurists who were so ahead of their time that they eventually imploded. This is a classic album!

        In the space of five short years (and as many albums) at the end of the 20th century Add N To X caused havoc with their unique retro-futurist electronic music. Add N To X’s musical intensity proved too much for the group who split up in 2002. Their album On The Wires of Our Nerves, complete with its classic cover image, recorded on Soul Jazz Records’ then new offshoot label Satellite Records, launched them into the spotlight and included two NME Singles of the Week ‘Black Regent’ and ‘King Wasp’. Over twenty years since it was first released and long out of print the album 'On The Wires of Our Nerves’ stands up one of the most forward-looking electronic albums of then and now.

        This classic album is released in a very limited one-off pressing transparent vinyl edition as an Record Store Day exclusive title

        • Add N To X – The Black Regent
        • Add N To X – Planet Munich
        • Add N To X – Nevermind
        • Add N To X – We Are Add N To X
        • Add N To X – Murmur One
        • Add N To X – Sound Of Accelerating Concrete
        • Add N To X – Gentle Germans
        • Add N To X – King Wasp
        • Add N To X – Orgy Of Bubastus
        • Add N To X – Grey Body, Green Gun
        • Add N To X – On The Wire Of Our Nerves
        • Add N To X – Hit Me
        • Add N To X – Sir Ape
        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
        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
        AliveSkindo Le LeSoul Jazz Records

        NEW SUPER LTD. first edition of 300 copies. Only available EXCLUSIVELY to customers at Soul Jazz Records/Sounds of the Universe.

        Alive's massive jazz dance/ latin/brazilian bomb 'Skindo Le Le' originally featured on Soul Jazz Records' London Jazz Classics. 

        A firm favourite at Gilles Peterson and Patrick Forge's Dingwalls (our first shop was originally above the club) we are now - 25 years on! -  releasing this monster jazz dance anthem as a very limited 300 edition collectors 45 single.. 

        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!



        • – Skindo Le Le
        • – City Life
        • 7"£9.99
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        Marilyn Barbarin and The Soul FindersRebornSoul Jazz Records

        Last seen on Popsike in 2014 where it sold for $462!

        EXCLUSIVE 45

        Unbelieveably heavyweight New Orleans funk monster!


        Produced by the imcomparible Eddie Bo and originally released in 1970 on Eddie's own Bo Sound.

        It's a bomb! Exact replica reproduction, wicked sound, killer funk 7" 45!

        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 our EXCLUSIVE unique 45s here

        • – Reborn
        • – Believe Me
        • 7"£9.99
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        Joe BataanLatin Strut / Peace, Friendship and SolidaritySoul Jazz Records


        100% Nu Yorican LATIN FUNK masterpiece out now!

        NEW SUPER LTD. first edition of 300 copies. Only available EXCLUSIVELY to customers at Soul Jazz Records/Sounds of the Universe.

        This is perhaps the toughest latin funk tune ever recorded - heavyweight percussion, blistering horns, wah-wah guitar - it's all here!

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

        See all the EXCLUSIVE 45s titles only available here!

        • Joe Bataan – Latin Strut
        • Joe Bataan – Peace, Friendship and Solidarity
        • 7"£9.99
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        Joe BataanAftershower Funk / FinSoul Jazz Records

        NEW EXCLUSIVE SUPER LTD. edition of 300 copies. Only available EXCLUSIVELY to customers at Soul Jazz Records/Sounds of the Universe.

        KILLER, KILLER 100% Nu Yorican LATIN FUNK masterpiece just landed! Alongside 'Latin Strut' (also available on a ltd. edition 7") this is one of the toughest latin/funk tunes ever recorded in New York in 1974. THE BOMB!

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

        See all the EXCLUSIVE 45s titles only available here!

        • Joe Bataan – Aftershower Funk
        • Joe Bataan – Fin
        • 7"£9.99
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        BellSeven Types Of SixSoul Jazz Records

        This is the second album from Bell and is a mix of robotic funk electro, funked up twisted disco and classic 808 acid. Bell give us analog synthesizers and digital techniques to bring us robotic arcade-system electro. Deeply complex electronic material, deep basslines, superb production, ranging from unremittingly catchy to dark, creating truly a formidable electronic album. Bell are Dan Crouch and Adrian Stephens from London and supporters of Bell range from Andy Weatherall to Carl Craig.

        • Bell – File One
        • Bell – Rist IIA4
        • Bell – Rhythm Machine
        • Bell – Daylight Burn
        • Bell – Slide Out Wide
        • Bell – Winning Signal
        • Bell – Mode 3
        • Bell – Black Helicopters
        • Bell – Two Voices
        • Bell – N
        • Bell – Kathy
        • Bell – Mazar
        BellNumbersSoul Jazz Records

        Amazingly sophisticated and incredibly naïve electro from UK duo Bell who are Dan Crouch and Adrian Stephens. After this debut in 2000 the group recorded a second album on Soul Jazz Records main label in 2003.

        • Bell – Potential Analogue Dependency
        • Bell – 500 Horses
        • Bell – Hotel November
        • Bell – New World Order
        • Bell – Circumstances Surrounding The Mysterious Death Of Harold Kenrick
        • Bell – Computer
        • Bell – King Monkey
        • Bell – Disco Belle
        • Bell – Dance To The Beat
        • Bell – S-Pulse
        Betty HarrisMean Man / I'm Gonna Git YaSoul Jazz Records

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

        This is our second Betty Harris single in our series of New Orleans essential Funk 45s.

        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!

        • Betty Harris – Mean Man
        • Betty Harris – I'm Gonna Git Ya
        • 7"£9.99
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        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
        Bo Dollis & The Wild Magnolias Mardi Gras Indian BandHanda Wanda (Pts. 1 & 2)Soul Jazz Records


        This is the first ever single from The Wild Magnolias - a massive, massive slice of super-percussive New Orleans second line funk meets Mardi Gras Indian chants and rhymes.

        Originally issued on the tiny independent Crescent City label in New Orleans in 1970. This was the only ever release on this bespoke label and is issued here on Soul Jazz Records with original label art and loud pressing.

        The B-side is if anything even HEAVIER than the A-side - and has never been available or issued since.

        Two killer tunes on this amazing exact replica EXCLUSIVE V.LTD. 45

        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!

        • – Handa Wanda (pt.1)
        • – Handa Wanda (pt.2)
        BoomboxSoul Jazz Records

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


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


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


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


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


        REVIEWS:

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

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

         ROLLING STONE Best Rap Albums of 2016

        • Mr Sweety G – At The Place To Be
        • Love Bug Star-Ski and The Harlem World Crew – Positive Life
        • Neil B – Body Rock
        • Super 3 – Philosophy Rappin' Spree
        • Bramsam – Move Your Body
        • Black Bird & Kevski – On The Go
        • Count Coolout – Rhythm Rap Rock (CD only)
        • Harlem World Crew – Rappers Convention
        • Willie Wood & The Willie Wood Crew – Willie Rap
        • Bon-Rock & The Rhythm Rebellion – Searching Rap
        • Sugar Daddy – One More Time
        • Spoonie Gee and The Treacherous Three – The New Rap Language
        • TJ Swan – And You Know That
        • Portable Patrol – Cop Bop
        • Master Jay – We Are People Too
        • Sweet G – Boogie Feelin' Rap
        • Mistafide – Equidity Funk
        Boombox 2Soul Jazz Records

        Soul Jazz Records’ new Boombox 2 is a new selection of early rap music from the period 1979-83, with barely a household name in sight. Featured here are some the earliest hip-hop records that came out of New York City following the enormous commercial success of the first ever rap record, ‘Rapper’s Delight’ by the Sugarhill Gang, in September 1979. Artists and producers alike tried to jump aboard the new commercial possibilities of hip-hop. By the end of the year there were 30 hip-hop singles, all released by independent New York labels. The following year there were over 100 more, and so on.

        Boombox 2 tells the story of how hip-hop went from its evolutionary roots in the Bronx through DJs Kool Herc, Grandmaster Flash and Afrika Bambaataa through to this second phase where veteran music producers – Paul Winley, Peter Brown, Joe Robinson and others – all based in Harlem, began to put rap on vinyl for the first time.

        Harlem is also where the separate worlds of disco and hip-hop met through the styles and influence of earlier ‘uptown’ DJs - DJ Hollywood and Eddie Cheba. In similar fashion these veteran Harlem-based producers instinctively tapped into a long lineage of African-American rhythm and blues, soul and disco.

        The album features many early and rare cuts from the first generation of early rap artists including Lovebug Starski (as Little Starsky), Busy Bee, Eddie Cheba, Kool DJ AJ as well as many other little known artists.

        Boombox 2 is a triple-vinyl set (+ download code) LP and double CD pack that features extensive text, exclusive interviews and stunning photography by Jamel Shabazz, Martha Cooper and others.

        Reviews of Boombox 1:

        ‘The vital launch pad between hip-hop’s birth and its worldwide impact’   THE WIRE

        ‘This compilation of early rap is a legit party in a box, one of the best Soul Jazz Records releases in years.’   FACT

        ‘A brilliant compilation of first wave underground rap records made in New York circa 1979-83'   TWISTED SOUL

        • Harlem World – Let's Rock
        • Lonnie Love – Young Ladies
        • Kool DJ A.J. – Ah, That's The Joint
        • Terry Lewis and Wild Flower – The Peoples Message Take Two
        • Rappers Rapp Group – Rappin' Partee Groove (Club Version)
        • Eddie Cheba – Lookin' Good
        • MC Rock Lovely – One Time Two Time Blow Your Mind
        • Little Starsky – Dancin' Party People
        • Manujothi – Shake Your Body
        • Busy Bee – School Days
        • TJ Swann, Pee Wee Mel and Swann Controllers – Maximus Party
        • Margo's Kool Out Crew – Death Rap
        • Grand Master Chilly T and Stevie G – Rock The Message Rap
        • Zoot II – Dr. Ice Rap
        Boombox 3Soul Jazz Records

        Limited Edition first copies bought directly from us here only come with free poster (with 3x LP edition) + free badge and sticker (with Deluxe 2xCD edition )!!!!

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        Soul Jazz Records’ new Boombox 3 continues the story of the first rap records to be put onto vinyl. It is a jam-packed collection of original independent ‘old-school’ hip-hop, created with just one thing in mind – to get this party jumping!

        After the explosion of hip hop in the parks and clubs of The Bronx in the mid-1970s, it was in Harlem where the first rap records emerged at the end of 1979 - an avalanche of superb rap tracks released on small independent labels all trying to capitalise on the success of ‘Rappers Delight.’

        Like hip hop culture itself, these first rap singles are the product of their own unique set of aesthetics – exciting and innovative rap performed with Bronx block party B-Boy funk breaks, disco jams and Jamaican sound system culture.

        The extensive sleevenotes discuss hip-hop’s trajectory from the first wave of Bronx creativity – the legendary DJs Kool Herc, Grandmaster Flash and Afrika Bambaataa – through to its arrival in Harlem via the entrepreneurism of old-school African-American rhythm and blues producers and émigré Jamaican producers all living in New York. Along the way the notes discuss everything from the New York power blackout of 1977, the Italian mafia involvement in the music industry, the links between rap and Jamaican dancehall and more besides!

        Boombox 3 features a line-up of stunning, near unknown New York rap artists, classic disco breaks (including Chic’s omnipotent Good Times, MFSB’s Love Is the Message, Queen’s Another One Bites The Dust etc.), proto-electro and more. And by the early 1980s the first rap records outside New York began to emerge – Los Angeles, Houston, Milwaukee, Phoenix – and the first of these are also featured here in this new collection.

        This Soul Jazz Records album is released on heavyweight triple vinyl (+ download code) with full notes, double CD pack with 44-page outsize booklet and slipcase, and digital album.

        Reviews of Boombox series:

        ‘The vital launch pad between hip-hop’s birth and its worldwide impact’ THE WIRE

        ‘This compilation of early rap is a legit party in a box, one of the best Soul Jazz Records releases in years.’ FACT

        • Majestics – Class A
        • Brother's Disco – Thumpin'
        • Mifflin Ensemble – On The Move
        • Sherod – Schooling (Put Your Mind To The Message)
        • Sugar Daddy – Another One Bites The Dust
        • Family Four – Rap Attack
        • She – Ms D.J. Rap It Up !
        • The Caution Crew – Rhythm Rock (Part 1)
        • Poor Boy Rappers – The DJ Rap
        • Family – Family Rap
        • Bobby Deemo – Bugs-B-Skate Rap
        • Teen-Machine – Teen-Machine Rap
        • T.J. Swann & Company – Get Fly
        • Poor Boy Rappers – Low Rider Rap
        • Sicle Cell & Rhapazooty – Rhapazooty In Blue
        • Mr. Fox – Smooth Talk
        • Solid C, Bobby D & Kool Drop – Wack Rap
        • Disco Daddy & Capt. Rapp – The Gigolo Rapp
        Boombox 3POSTERSoul 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.