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    Poor Boy RappersLow Rider RapSoul Jazz Records

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

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

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

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

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

    • Poor Boy Rappers – Low Rider Rap
    • Poor Boy Rappers – Low Rider Rap (Instrumental)
    Black Man's Pride 2 (Studio One)Soul Jazz Records

    This is the second installment of deep roots Rastafarian reggae at Studio One and features classic music from some of the most important figures in reggae music – Alton Ellis, The Heptones, Jackie Mittoo, The Gladiators – alongside a host of rarities and little-known recordings, such as a truly rare Mystic Revelation of Rastafari seven-inch single, Willie William’s first ever recording ‘Calling’ and Horace Andy’s righteous (and equally rare) masterpiece ‘Illiteracy.’

    Black Man’s Pride 2 extends the legacy of Studio One’s ground-breaking path in roots reggae which began at the end of the 1960s and continued throughout the 1970s. The album tells the story of how the rise of Studio One Records and the Rastafari movement were interconnected, through the adoption of the Rastafari faith by key reggae artists – everyone from the Skatalites and Wailers in the 1960s, major singers such as Alton Ellis and Horace Andy at the end of the decade, through to major roots artists such as The Gladiators in the 1970s – and how Clement Dodd consistently recorded this heavyweight roots music throughout Studio One’s history.

    The extensive sleeve-notes to this album also discuss the links between Rastafari and Studio One in time and place, noting how both the religion and Clement Dodd’s musical empire had their roots in the intense period of pre-independence Jamaica in Kingston, expanded in the 1960s following the visit of Haile Selassie in 1966, and how roots music then came to dominate reggae music in the early 1970s. Also discussed is how the outsider stance of both reggae music and the Rastafari movement relate back many hundreds of years to the original rebel stance of the Maroons, escaped slaves who set up self-sufficient enclaves in the hills of the Jamaican countryside.

    There is also a track-by-track history by the noted Studio One writer Rob Chapman (Never Grow Old). This new album comes as heavyweight gatefold double vinyl (+ download code), deluxe CD and digital album.

    REVIEWS of Black Man's Pride:

    "Soul Jazz’s albums are different: not only have they encouraged a new, younger audience, parallel to the one that enjoys rare funk and spiritual jazz, to appreciate this music, their records are coherent. They’re not just a heap of tunes that happen to be sharing a black vinyl apartment. They’re themed and meld musically. They have a reason to exist.
    In this instance, that reason is an exploration of 70s vocal roots reggae with a theme of black pride and dignity." Record Collector

    • Horace Andy – Illiteracy
    • The Heptones – Be A Man
    • The Manchesters – Natty Gone
    • The Gladiators – Down Town Rebel
    • Willie Williams – Calling
    • Roland Alphonso & Brentford All Stars – Sir D Special
    • Keith Wilson – God I God I Say
    • Alton Ellis – Almost Anything
    • Bobby Kalphat & The New Establishment – Adis A Wa Wa
    • Peter Broggs – Sing A New Song
    • Mystic Revelations Of Rastafari – Let Freedom Reign
    • Larry & Alvin – Free I Lord
    • Ernest Wilson & The Sound Dimension – Freedom Fighter
    • Jackie Mittoo – Happy People
    • Prince Lincoln – Daughters Of Zion
    • High Charles – Zion
    • Winston Jarrett – Love Jah Jah
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    Soul Jazz Records presents Nigeria Fuji MachineSynchro Sound System & PowerSoul Jazz Records

    ‘Synchro Sound System & Power’ features the music of Nigeria Fuji Machine, which includes some of Nigeria's finest ‘Fuji’ master drummers and singers, and is newly recorded by Soul Jazz Records in Lagos.

    Fuji is the heavily percussive and improvisational style of Nigerian popular music, at once modern and yet deeply rooted in the traditional Islamic Yoruba culture of Nigeria.

    Here on this album Nigeria Fuji Machine’s striking and powerful lead vocalist Taofik Yemi Fagbenro soars above a wild and energetic backdrop of polyrhythms played on traditional talking drums, trap drums, electronic and street percussion to create a powerful wall of intense sound.

    Fuji is hi-energy street music, heavily percussive which evolved out of the Islamic celebration of Ramadan, which became a major event in mid-20th century Lagos. Groups of young men walked through Muslim neighbourhoods at night singing improvised ‘wéré’ music to the accompaniment of pots, pans, drums, bells and anything else available, waking believers for the early morning prayer. By the early 1970s this music had crossed-over into popular Nigerian culture where it came to be known as Fuji, first made popular by the artist Alhaji Sikiru Ayinde Barrister, as the music began to be performed commonly at parties and social events.

    In the 1970s and 1980s three Nigerian artists – King Sunny Adé, Chief Ebonezer Obey and Fela Kuti – all secured international major record deals bringing popularity to the Nigerian musical styles of Juju (Adé and Obey) and Afro-Beat (Fela Kuti’s unique mixture of highlife, funk and jazz) abroad, but in the process ignoring much of Nigeria’s rich musical landscape. Fuji is, alongside Highlife, Juju, Afro-Beat, Sakara, Afro-Reggae, Waka, Igbo rap, Apala and numerous others – one of these central styles of Nigerian music.

    The singer Barrister described the music as follows: ‘Fuji music is a combination of music consisting of Sakara, Apala, Juju, Aro, Afro, Gudugudu, and possibly Highlife.’ Juju performer King Sunny Adé described the difference between the two styles of Fuji and Juju somewhat competitively thus: ‘Fuji music is more or less like my music without guitars. It’s like I’m singing in a major key and they are singing in a minor. The music itself is the music of Juju music.’

    Today Fuji remains a powerful popular music with deep and powerful Islamic roots which continues to modernise and attract new generations of young Nigerians and Nigeria Fuji Machine’s ‘Syncho Sound System & Power’ is a powerful and intense musical experience.

    This album is released as a limited-edition heavyweight vinyl edition (+free download code), deluxe CD and digital format.

    • – Iba
    • – Orin Gidi
    • – Ilu
    • – Ẹyọ-Sẹsẹ
    • – Garaje
    • – Ọrọ Owe
    • – Ire
    The MajesticsClass A / Key To LoveSoul Jazz Records

    Unbelievably rare old-school party rap 45 single - recently sold for £600 on discogs!

    NEW LTD. edition of 300 copies.

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


    The Majestics were the first rap group ever to record out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin and the flipside shows off their funk/R&B roots with an incredible sweet soul tune.

    THIS 7-inch can ONLY be bought directly here from Soul Jazz Records or Sounds of the Universe websites and shop and you need to buy this 7" now!

    See all the EXCLUSIVE 45s titles only available here!

    • The Majestics – Class A
    • The Majestics – Key To Love
    • 7"£10.00
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    Soul Jazz Records presents Yoruba!Songs and Rhythms For The Yoruba Gods In NigeriaSoul Jazz Records

    Soul Jazz Records’ latest album ‘Yoruba! Songs and Rhythms for the Yoruba Gods in Nigeria’ is newly recorded in Lagos, Nigeria.

    The album is co-produced by Laolu Akins, founding member of the legendary 1970s Nigerian Afro-Funk/Rock group Blo, and Soul Jazz Records label head Stuart Baker.

    This album features songs honouring the Nigerian gods of the Yoruba traditional religion – Yemoja, Obatala, Ogun, Sango and others – as well as a selection of instrumental cuts focussing on the Bata and Dundun drums. The album comes complete with extensive text and photography (40-page outsize booklet in CD/ full text in gatefold double vinyl + inners) showing the influence of Yoruba culture throughout the world and the social and historical context for the music contained here.

    The enormous impact of Yoruba and West African music and culture is worldwide – from the first Afro-centric explorations of African-American jazz musicians in the 1950s such as Art Blakey, Randy Weston and Dizzy Gillespie, the explosion of Nu Yorican Latin music in New York City starting in the 1960s – Mambo, Boogaloo, Latin funk and soul - through to the sacred and powerful Afro-derived music of the religions of Santería in Cuba, Candomblé in Brazil and Voodoo in Haiti, which all came in to existence on account the Atlantic slave trade which began over 400 years ago. On a wider scale West African music remains the primary root of all African-American musical forms – from New Orleans jazz to Bronx rap, gospel, soul and more.

    Yoruba! features an array of local master drummers led by Olatunji Samson Sotimirin and singers (featuring the lead vocals of Janet Olufanmilayo Abe) performing heavyweight Afro-rhythms, with talking drums, Bata and Dundun drums and a mass of percussion in these deep spiritual and sacred songs used to honour and worship the traditional and ancient Yoruba gods in Nigeria, West Africa.

    'Hypnotic, spiritual rhythms' FACT Magazine



    • – Homage To Yemoja
    • – Homage To Esu
    • – Sakara Instrumental Ensemble
    • – Homage To Obatala
    • – Eulogy To Amila
    • – Homage To Sango
    • – Agbe Gbe-Wadele
    • – Eulogy To Ori-Ola
    • – Bata Drums Ensemble
    • – Homage To Osun
    • – Eshere
    • – Dundun Instrumental Ensemble
    • – Homage To Ogun
    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
    Studio OneDub Plate Special RSD Box SetSoul Jazz Records

    SORRY SOLD OUT - You might be able to buy this from your friendly local record store if your quick!

    Soul Jazz Records are releasing this Limited Edition one-off pressing of Studio One Dub Plate Special 7" Box Set

    An exclusive Record Store Day collectors 7” box set featuring 10 amazing unreleased Studio One tracks, only ever released as extremely limited edition hand-etched one-sided dubplates (most of these sold out in less than 2 hours!).

    This box set brings together all 8 of these exclusive dubplate unreleased cuts, plus two more also never before released alternate cuts. Featuring Alton Ellis, Cedric Brooks, Brentford Road All Stars, Jacob Miller and more!

    If you missed out on any of the Studio One Dub Plate 12"s you have this one chance to catch up. If you have managed to collect all the 12" dub plates you have all the tracks. This will be deleted on day of release!

    • Alton & Cedric – Black People
    • Cedric Brooks – Soul Eye
    • The Officials – Distant Drums
    • Cedric Brooks – Power To The People
    • Soul Brothers – Skitting Day
    • Carey Johnson – Go Ahead
    • Alton & Zoot – Don't Know What You're Doing
    • Brentford All Stars – The World Is A Ghetto
    • Jacob Miller – Westbound Train (Alternate version)
    • George Philip – One One (Alternate version)
      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
      Soul Jazz Records presents Boombox 45 Box Set: Early Independent Hip Hop, Electro and Disco RapBOX SETSoul Jazz Records

      Soul Jazz Records’ fantastic new collection of early rap on this unique seven-inch box set comprises five independent, super-rare and collectors’ early hip-hop 45s housed together in bespoke thick card box, all fully re-mastered and presented in their own separate exact replica original artwork, complete with original B-sides for the first time ever.

      This is a stunning selection of old-school party rap meets disco from the early days of hip-hop. Artists include Lady B, Bransam, Manujhoti, TJ Swann, PeeWee Mel and Barry B.

      This box set is a one-off pressing exclusively for Record Store Day.


      • The Majestics – Class A
      • The Majestics – Key To Love
      • Lady B – To The Beat Y'all (Part 1)
      • Lady B – To The Beat Y'all (Part 2)
      • Bramsam – Move Your Body
      • Bramsam – Get Up And Dance Now
      • TJ Swann, Pee Wee Mel and Barry B – Are You Ready (Part 1)
      • TJ Swann, Pee Wee Mel and Barry B – Are You Ready (Part 2)
      • Manujothi – Shake Your Body
      • Manujothi – Shake Your Body (Instrumental)
      • 5×7" Boxset£35.00
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      Soul Jazz Records presents Studio One Showcase 45 Box SetRecord Store Day ExclusiveSoul Jazz Records

      SORRY SOLD OUT!!!

      This box set is a one-off pressing exclusively for Record Store Day.

      New limited edition exclusive Record Store Day release on Soul Jazz Records - A bespoke collectors seven-inch box set comprising a superb set of singles from the mighty vaults of Studio One, the most important reggae label ever.

      Studio One Showcase 45 Box Set features 10 amazing and super-rare Studio One tracks, each single newly remastered and reproduced here in their own original label art and separate inner sleeves.

      Seminal Ska, Dub, Roots and DJ from Jackie Mittoo, Freddie McGregor, The Skatalites, Count Ossie, Delroy Wilson and more all recorded by Clement ‘Sir Coxsone’ Dodd at Studio One.

      Housed in thick card box containing 10 amazing and super-rare Studio One tracks, all produced here in their original label art each with separate inner sleeves. Seminal Ska, Dub, Roots and DJ from Jackie Mittoo, Freddie McGregor, The Skatalites, Count Ossie, Delroy Wilson and more all recorded by Clement ‘Sir Coxsone’ Dodd at Studio One!

      This box set is a one-off pressing exclusively for Record Store Day.

      • Jackie Mittoo and the Soul Brothers – James Bond
      • Sound Dimension – Baby Face
      • Freddie McGregor – Beat Down Babylon
      • Im & Count Ossie – Right On Rasta
      • Judah Eskender Tafari – Danger In Your Eyes
      • Judah Eskender Tafari & The Sound Dimension – Danger In Version
      • The Skatalites – Sudden Destruction
      • The Soulettes – Opportunity
      • Liberation Group – Namibia
      • Liberation Group – Namibia Version
      • 5×7" Boxset£35.00
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      • MP3 Release£7.99
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      Deutsche Elektronische MusikSoul Jazz Records

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


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


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


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


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



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


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

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

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

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

      REVIEWS:

      ***** GUARDIAN REVIEW (John Savage)

      ***** GUARDIAN REVIEW (Dave Simpson)

      2x LP Record A/CD1:

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

      2x LP Record B/CD2:

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

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

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

      "Album of the week" BLEEP

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Read full review here

      • Hieroglyphic Being – Youth Brainwashing and The Extremist Cults
      • Hieroglyphic Being – The Melody Lingers
      • Hieroglyphic Being – The Seduction Syndrome
      • Hieroglyphic Being – Awake and Energize
      • Hieroglyphic Being – Video Jazz
      • Hieroglyphic Being – The Red Notes (Original)
      • Hieroglyphic Being – The Emotional Listener
      • Hieroglyphic Being – The Red Notebook
      • Hieroglyphic Being – The Tone Bather
      • 1. Hieroglyphic Being – Youth Brainwashing and The Extremist Cults
      • 2. Hieroglyphic Being – The Melody Lingers
      • 3. Hieroglyphic Being – The Seduction Syndrome
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      Soul Jazz Records presents Brasil featuring Sivuca, Joyce, Raul de Souza and moreRecorded in Rio de Janeiro, BrazilSoul Jazz Records

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


      • Pirulito – Introduction
      • Pirulito – Batucada No.1
      • Celia Vaz & Wanda Sa – Zanzibar
      • Celia Vaz & Wanda Sa – Amazon River
      • Tutti Moreno & Group – Berimbau
      • Pirulito – Capoeira
      • Joyce – Magica
      • Sivuca – Forro
      • Tutti Moreno & Group – Misturada
      • Pirulito & Raul De Souza – Batucada No.2
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      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.

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      • Joe Bataan – Aftershower Funk
      • Joe Bataan – Fin
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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.

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      • Joe Bataan – Latin Strut
      • Joe Bataan – Peace, Friendship and Solidarity
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      Hieroglyphic BeingThe Seduction Syndrome / Black FMSoul Jazz Records

      VERY, VERY LIMITED 250 copies only!

      Hieroglyphic Being throws down a massive new v.ltd. 12” from his current new album ‘The Red Notes’ on Soul Jazz Records. This EXCLUSIVE 12” includes BLACK FM - new track NOT on the album!!

      Like post-house basement Chicago traxx meets Rhythim is Rhythim's Strings of Life fused with live instruments and Herbie Hancock and John Coltrane with Chicago Acid thrown in! This tune is heavy!

      REVIEWS

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

      "Album of the week" BLEEP

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

      • Hieroglyphic Being – The Seduction Syndrome
      • Hieroglyphic Being – Black FM
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      Soul Jazz Records Tote BagTote BagsSoul Jazz Records

      It's a Soul Jazz Records Tote Bag! Will fit your 12" vinyl, CD's, vegetables, baby, a stranded kitten and more....

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        Deutsche Elektronische Musik 3Soul Jazz Records

        This latest instalment in Soul Jazz Records’ successful Deutsche Elektronische Musik series delves deeper into the German nation’s vaults to bring a fascinating new collection that again brings together a selection of classic German electronic and rock groups, including Neu!, Cluster, Popol Vuh, La Düsseldorf, Agitation Free, alongside a host of rare tracks by lesser known artists which includes Michael Bundt, Bröselmaschine, Dronsz, Achim Reichel and others.

        The music of Deutsche Elektronische Musik 3 ranges from the introverted pastoralism of Hans Joachim Roedelius and Bröselmaschine, to the angular and futuristic electronic experimentations of Klauss Weiss, Pyrolator, Deuter, Michael Bundt and others, to the proto-punk of La Düsseldorf and the heavy space, progressive and cosmic rock of Missus Beastly, Niagara and Dyzan.

        The music on Deutsche Elektronische Musik 3 was all recorded in the 1970s up to the early 1980s, at a time when forward-thinking German electronic and rock groups were searching for a new musical identity in order to separate themselves from both the cultural legacy of post-world war two Germany as well the ‘cultural imperialism’ of USA and UK rock. In this process German groups created some of the most unique and inspired music, the defining motorik beat alongside a host of ethno-musical influences from far afield – including Turkey, India, Brazil – as well as the musical and futurist possibilities of developments in electronics and technology itself.

        Deutsche Elektronische Musik 3 is released as a heavyweight 3xLP, deluxe double CD pack and digital release. The new extensive sleevenotes are by David Stubbs, who is the author of the acclaimed book, ‘Future Days: Krautrock and the Building of Modern Germany’ (Faber & Faber).

        “A near-definitive guide to some of the world’s most extraordinary music’’ ***** The Guardian

        "There are many potential futures contained within this exemplary Soul Jazz compilation" The Quietus

        • Klaus Weiss – Wide Open Space Motion
        • A.R. & Machines – I'll Be Your Singer, You'll Be My Song
        • Deutsche Wertarbeit – Deutscher Wald
        • Dzyan – Khali
        • Missus Beastly – Geisha
        • Alex – Derulé
        • Agitation Free – In The Silence Of the Morning Sunrise
        • Georg Deuter – Pearls
        • Michael Bundt – The Brain Of Oskar Panizza
        • Popol Vuh – Ja, Deine Liebe Ist Sußer Als Wein
        • Novalis – Dronsz
        • Bröselmaschine – Schmetterling
        • Neu! – Neuschnee
        • Between – And The Waters Opened
        • La Düsseldorf – White Overalls
        • Klauss Weiss – Constellation
        • Achim Reichel – Tanz Der Vögel In Den Winden
        • Roedelius – Lustwandel
        • Pyrolator – Die Haut Der Frau
        • Cluster – Hollywood
        • Streetmark – Passage
        • Niagara – Rhythm Go
        • Michael Bundt – Neon
        • 1. Klaus Weiss – Wide Open Space Motion
        • 2. A.R. & Machines – I'll Be Your Singer, You'll Be My Song
        • 3. Deutsche Wertarbeit – Deutscher Wald
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        DancehallPOSTERSoul Jazz Records

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          Freedom, Rhythm and SoundPOSTERSoul Jazz Records

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            Boombox 3POSTERSoul Jazz Records

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              Space FunkPOSTERSoul Jazz Records

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                Deutsche Elektronische Musik 3POSTERSoul Jazz Records

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                  Dancehall (2017 edition)Soul Jazz Records

                  Soul Jazz Records are releasing this new 10th anniversary 2017 edition of their classic album  ‘Dancehall – The Rise of Jamaican Dancehall Culture’. This long-out-of-print collection is now available as a triple-vinyl edition and double CD pack.

                  The album is a lightning-flash collection of all-time classic and definitive dancehall classics as well as a stellar selection of more obscure tracks. Featuring Yellowman, Tenor Saw, Sister Nancy, Ini Kamoze, Chaka Demus & Pliers, Michigan & Smiley, Super Cat, Cutty Ranks, Eek-A-Mouse, Gregory Isaacs and more, this album features non-stop floor-filling party tune rockers throughout!

                  Dancehall is released to coincide with the new 2017 edition of the stunning 400+ photos deluxe coffee table book ‘Dancehall – The Rise of Jamaican Dancehall Culture’, featuring Beth Lesser’s amazing Dancehall photography (also newly published by Soul Jazz Records). This book has become the definitive cultural reference book for Jamaican dancehall and features hundreds of killer photographs, extensive text and interviews with many of the artists.

                  ‘A vibrant anthology of all that mattered: the sound systems, studios, producers, singers and deejays.’  The Guardian

                  • Yellowman – Bam Bam
                  • Tenor Saw – Pumpkin Belly
                  • Reggie Stepper – Cu Oonuh
                  • Chaka Demus and Pliers – Murder She Wrote
                  • Pinchers – Agony
                  • Michigan & Smiley – Diseases
                  • Ini Kamoze – World A Music
                  • Junior Murvin – Cool Out Son
                  • General Echo – Arleen
                  • Cornel Campbell – Boxing
                  • Cutty Ranks – Chop Chop
                  • Lone Ranger – M16
                  • Super Cat – Trash and Ready
                  • Gregory Isaacs – Soon Forward
                  • Jacob Miller & Trinity – I'm Just A Dread / One Shot
                  • Eek A Mouse – Wa Do Dem
                  • Sister Nancy – Only Woman DJ With Degree
                  • Trinity – Uptown Girl
                  • General Echo – Track Shoes
                  • Cornel Campbell – Mash You Down
                  • Horace Ferguson – Sensi Addict
                  • Clint Eastwood – Jump and Pawn
                  Black Man's PrideSoul Jazz Records

                  While the righteousness of blackness is at the heart of the Rastafarian faith, this collection illustrates how black pride remained a central theme, if not the defining essence, at the very core of all the music created at Studio One Records.

                  Black Man’s Pride is the striking new Studio One collection of deep heavyweight reggae featuring Horace Andy, Alton Ellis, The Gladiators, Sugar Minott, The Heptones, Freddie McGregor, Cedric Brooks & more.

                  In order to understand the centrality of black identity in the music created at Studio One, we need look no further than Clement ‘Sir Coxsone’ Dodd who, who created the first black-owned record company in Jamaica.

                  In similar fashion Alton Ellis’s defining ‘Black Man’s Pride’ brings up emotions that are at the heart of many of these uplifting songs. Alton Ellis’ birthplace was the Trench Town ghetto of Kingston, also the birthplace of The Wailers, Ken Boothe and many other Studio One luminaries.

                  Clement Dodd established a musical empire firmly rooted by the core musicians working at Studio One many of whom came out of the Alpha School for Wayward Boys, run by Roman Catholic nuns, whose luminaries include Don Drummond, Johnny Moore, Leroy ‘Horsemouth’ Wallace, Cedric Brooks, Vin Gordon, Tommy McCook & more.

                  Many of the songs featured here come from the transitory phase in reggae at the start of the 1970s. After the exhilaration of Ska and following the cooling down of Rocksteady. While reggae awaited the arrival of roots, Studio One’s vocalists were already producing some of the moodiest music imaginable! Here are 18 heavyweight tunes, both classic cuts and super-rare tunes!

                  This new album is released as a heavyweight gatefold double-LP edition (+ download code), CD and digital with full text.

                  REVIEW

                  "The bottomless pit that is Coxsone Dodd’s Studio One label(s) yields more gems. Soul Jazz and before it, Heartbeat in the US, United Artists, Bamboo and various other labels in the UK have released numerous collections, yet the catalogue remains largely under-exploited, despite the late Mr Dodd’s tireless efforts to wring every last cent from it in unlikely ways. Little wonder that some reggae fans, spoilt by knowledge and racks of original vinyl, can be inclined to shrug when another comp emerges: there have been so many. However, Soul Jazz’s albums are different: not only have they encouraged a new, younger audience, parallel to the one that enjoys rare funk and spiritual jazz, to appreciate this music, their records are coherent. They’re not just a heap of tunes that happen to be sharing a black vinyl apartment. They’re themed and meld musically. They have a reason to exist.

                  In this instance, that reason is an exploration of (mostly) 70s vocal roots reggae with a theme of black pride and dignity. This music was recorded as a cultural statement, if not a cry, from the roots; strong stuff, deep, dark and heavy. But don’t mistake that for leaden. It may have bass frequencies that drive your neighbour’s dog under the sofa, thinking it’s 5 November all over again, but this is no gloomy exercise in musical storm clouds. Right from Alton Ellis’s title-donating opening tune, there are aspects of Black Man’s Pride that will have you skipping around the room, literally or mentally, and thanking Jah that you didn’t spend the money it cost you on a pizza, dough balls and Diet Coke meal deal. This is not musical junk food, it’s a keeper fit to lift the heart whenever needed.

                  One reason for this is the sequencing. Glen Miller (not that one) may have a light, soulful voice but the rhythm track he’s riding on Love And Understanding is a minor chord churner, as sad as a wet Sunday. But it’s held up on either side by Sugar Minott (and an uncredited Gladiators) floating through Woman Shadow (as sung by The Meditations as Woman Is Like A Shadow), and The Nightingales’ gorgeously swinging Rasta Is Calling, a glorious take on Delroy Wilson’s Cool Operator rhythm that’s a sod to find on 45. The Heptones make a rational case for Equal Rights in a manner that ought to have been perky enough to win them at least an audition for a CBBC presenter’s role. Their lead singer Leroy Sibbles pops up uncredited on John Holt’s heart-lifting yet cool Let’s Build Our Dreams. Heavy 70s roots is gloomy? Nope. Jamaica’s ghettos were suffering; they didn’t need more misery.

                  There’s also judicious joining up of vocals and their dubwise 45 flipsides: The Gladiators’ Roots Natty is one such. I heard the vocal, and immediately wished it was the devastatingly moving dub cut. Compiler Stuart Baker evidently thought likewise, so it extends to the version. For variety, there’s a lone sax instrumental to wreck things up too: Cedric Brooks’ melodic Why Can’t I.

                  There’s room for the unique, deep and breathy voice of Larry Marshall. More “international” stars Horace Andy and Dennis Brown are here too, recorded as youths, as is a teenage Freddie McGregor on a rootsy rewrite of Cat Stevens’ Wild World – with what sounds like JS Bach on synth! The set shuts with Johnny Osbourne’s sophisticated and spiritually openhearted Forgive Them.

                  With an informative, eminently enjoyable sleeve note about the growth of roots reggae and its place in Rastafarianism and black awareness, fittingly Black Man’s Pride lacks nothing." Ian McCann, RECORD COLLECTOR

                  • Alton Ellis – Black Man's Pride
                  • Horace Andy – Child Of The Ghetto
                  • Dennis Brown – Created By The Father
                  • The Gladiators – Roots Natty
                  • The Classics – Got To Be Cool
                  • The Nightingales – Rasta Is Calling
                  • Glen Miller – Love & Understanding
                  • Sugar Minott – Woman Shadow
                  • Lloyd Jones & The Supernatural Six – Red In A Babylon
                  • Dudley Sibley & The Soul Gang – Love In Our Nation
                  • The Heptones – Equal Rights
                  • Glen Miller – You Must Be Love
                  • Winston Jarrett – Up Park No Mans Land
                  • Cedric Im Brooks – Why Can't I
                  • Larry Marshall – Let's Make It Up
                  • Freddie McGregor – Children Listen To The Wise Words
                  • John Holt – Build Our Dreams
                  • Johnny Osbourne – Forgive Them