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    Riddim BoxSoul Jazz Records

    Soul Jazz Records new compilation of the UK Funky scene.


    ‘Riddim Box’ explores the most unique, left-field and innovative UK Funky releases of the recent past with loads of killer tracks and exclusives! UK Funky inhabits the space between dubstep and house mixing together elements of grime, dancehall and R'n' B with the percussive rhythms of Nigerian afrobeat and Caribbean soca to produce one of the UK’s most interesting recent musical developments.


    Following swiftly on from 'Future Bass', Soul Jazz continues its travels through contemporary UK underground dance music (Box of Dub, Steppers Delight, Future Bass).


    Lots of favourite names such as Zed Bias, MJ Cole, Lil’ Silva, Kode9, Crazy Cousins feature alongside exclusive new tracks from LV, Grievous Angel and more.


    With its roots in the UK Garage scene UK Funky continues the chronological musical line from the original sounds of jungle and drum & bass and dancehall through to contemporary sounds of grime, dubstep and 2-Step. Heavyweight!


    Deluxe double CD pack and two volumes of heavyweight double vinyl. 
    (Volume One vinyl is tracks 1-9, Volume Two is 10-19)

    • Altered Natives – Rass Out
    • MJ Cole – Volcano Riddim
    • NB Funky – Riddim Box
    • Tubby T – Ready She Ready (Seiji Remix)
    • Sunship feat Warrior Queen – Almighty Father (Solid Groove Underground Souljah Mix)
    • Zumen featuring Leafnuts & Aaron Phiri – Rolexxx
    • Hard House Banton – Sirens
    • Ghosts On Tape – Predator Mode (Roska Remix)
    • Donae'o – African Warrior (Instrumental)
    • Stereotyp meets Al Haca – Blaze 'n' Cook (Radioslave Remix)
    • Kode9 – Black Sun
    • Lil Silva – Pulse vs Flex
    • LV feat. Rubi Dan & Errol Bellot – Crossfire
    • Zed Bias & Omar – Dancing
    • D-Malice – Gabryelle (Refix)
    • Grievous Angel – Move Down Low (Dubplate Mix)
    • DVA – Natty
    • Shystie – Pull It (Ill Blu Instrumental)
    • Crazy Cousinz – Attract
    Future BassSoul Jazz Records

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

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

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

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

    Anarchic carnival street music from Haiti. Traces of New Orleans' Second Line jazz meets Cuban carnival Comparsas and Brazilian afro blocs and the ancient to modern spirit of Kinshasa's Konono no.1 meets the Art Ensemble of Chicago!

    To coincide with the release of the new Kanaval book on Soul Jazz Publishing, Soul Jazz Records are releasing this new CD, "Rara in Haiti: Street music of Haiti".

    Rara is the music played throughout Kanaval, an anarchic folk-meets-punk collision of drums, voices and bamboo sticks which all creates an exciting, energising soundtrack to Kanaval in Haiti. Rara bands tour the countryside for days at a time accosting people, car drivers and anyone in their way, demanding payment before they move on and the crowd of musicians and singers gets bigger all the time.

    This music was recorded by Soul Jazz Records in Port-au-Prince. CD comes with sleenotes by Richard Fleming (author of 'Walking to Guantanamo"), and stunning photography on the cover by Leah Gordon.

    Guardian Review:

    "Recorded in Port-au-Prince, featuring musicians who literally stop traffic in Haiti with their edgy, rousing and hypnotic dance music. Rara is both a distinctive style, with its roots in Africa's slavery days, and the name give to parades in which crowds dance through the streets following bands, in events that can be political or religious.

    This is DIY music at its best, with percussion instruments made from bottles, sticks or old car parts; konet horns, made from the flattened tin of food cans, and vaksins, constructed from lengths of bamboo or even plastic water pipes.

    The result is a furious noise that sounds at times as if football fans were attempting psychedelic marching tunes on vuvuzelas, with lengthy passages of repeated riffs against drumming and chanting vocals. There are similarities with bands in present-day Kinshasa that use homemade instruments to create trance music." (Robin Denslow)

    • – Rara 1
    • – Rara 2
    • – Rara 3
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    KanavalVodou, Politics and Revolution on the Streets of Haiti by Leah GordonSoul Jazz Books

    Currently out of print

    “This book contains the most disturbing but exhilarating photographs you are ever likely to see" Bill Drummond

    Soul Jazz Records' new photography book release is a fascinating combination of stunning photographs (by Leah Gordon), cultural, historical and anthropological text (with essays by Madison Smartt Bell, Don Cosentino, Myron Beasley, Richard Fleming and Kathy Smith) and unique oral histories.

    Vodou, sex, death and revolution are key ingredients in the stunning themes and visual imagery of the street theatre of Kanaval in Jacmel, Haiti, where the men drag-up, wear diabolic cow horns, whip lassos and carry around dismembered doll parts. Light years away from the sanitized corporate-sponsored tourist parades of carnival throughout the world, this event is a vessel for everyday Haitians to shock and sexualize through masquerade, to mock local politicians, replay the slave revolt that gave birth to Haiti, the world’s first Black Republic, and to commune with the dead, with both personal and historical ancestors.

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    “After the devastation of the 2010 earthquake, Carnival was cancelled in Haiti — no one can remember the last time that happened,if ever. Thank the Lord and the Lwa that we have Leah Gordon’s astounding new book — which shows us all the beauty and awe

    of Haitian carnival and also teaches us, with its masterful photographs and prose, what that celebration means to Haiti and also to the human race.” Amy Wilentz (author of ‘The Rainy Season: Haiti Since Duvalier’)

    These photographs were taken in Haiti between 1995 -2009, the year before the recent devastating earthquake in Haiti. A percentage of the profit from this book will go to Ciné Institute, teaching video skills in Jacmel and Brand Aid, rebuilfding the artisanal community in Jacmel.

    “This book reveals a beautiful and strange worldJeremy Deller, Turner Prize Artist

    “This book is an adventure, full of horror, humour, sex, sensuality. The pictures have all the doubleness and capriciousness so typical of the Haitian psyche. Leah Gordon has been there again and again, year after year, digging almost forgotten details out, she has done her work. That’s what makes this book outstanding. Jorgen Leth, Filmmaker

    “This book contains the most disturbing but exhilarating photographs you are ever likely to see. One can only assume that Haiti is the most creative place on the globe. My advice is that you never go there in case you, in some small way, pollute their creativity with our bland western consumerist tastes. It is bad enough you are even holding the book. Buy it now and burn it before you have a chance to read it.” Bill Drummond

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    From Don Consentino's text (extract):

    "There’s a lot of weird shit going down during Kanaval in Jacmel, and not much of it has to do with Comus and Rex tossing “throw” to sequined revellers in New Orleans, or hot babes shaking their booties in Bahia, or all those belching, farting, goosing, pissing crowds Mikhail Bakhtin panted after on the Carnival streets of Renaissance Paris.   Forget all the conventional wisdom and all the conventional images of other peoples’ Carnivals to dig what’s happening way down south in Jacmel.  Make it a Naked Lunch moment.  Look at Leah Gordon’s photographs the way William Borroughs told you to look at the end of your fork before sliding that pronged sausage into your mouth.  See it in all its naked weirdness before you consume it."

    From Richard Fleming's text (extract):

    "In Jacmel, on Haiti’s south coast, an army of aggressive youths swagger down the street. Smeared from head to toe with a vile concoction of cane syrup and powdered charcoal, they dart at the crowd, snarling like wild, rabid animals. As if the throng lining the road hasn’t already recoiled enough at the fearful spectacle, they swing long hemp whips through the air in whistling arcs. Adorned with Beelzebub’s horns, these demonic metaphors for the experience of slavery look as if they have just emerged from the La Brea tar pits, or bathed in a fresh geyser of black crude oil. They are the lanceurs de corde, the “rope-throwers”." 

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    To coincide with the release of this book, Soul Jazz are also releasing a CD: "Rara in Haiti; Street Music of Haiti", recorded in Port au Prince by Soul Jazz Records. To accompany the riotous carnival sounds on this CD there is also excellent text by Richard Fleming (author of 'Walking to Guantanamo') and the striking photography of Leah Gordon. For more information or to buy this CD go here.

    Read reviews here:

    Daily Telegraph

    The Guardian

        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
        Steppas Delight 2Soul Jazz Records

        CD, 2 Volumes of Triple Vinyl and download available now.

        Second volume of Soul Jazz Records’ Steppers Delight series of killer dubstep tracks – a mixture of new exclusives alongside the cream of recent dubstep 12”s over the last year.
        Featuring monster tunes from the likes of Joker, Benga, Martyn, Ramadanman, Appleblim and Pangaea, as well as killer exclusives from King Midas Sound, LD, Cluekid, Kutz, Mr Lager feat. Alys Be and loads more.

        This release is a continuation of Soul Jazz Records’ prolific Dubstep releases such as the Box of Dub And Steppers Delight Vol 1 albums as well as the many singles from the likes of Digital Mystikz, Skream, Ramadanman, Cotti, Kode9, Ladybug, Warrior Queen and many more.

        Steppas’ Delight 2 is made up of important tracks from the originators of the scene, as well as current new wave producers and exclusive unreleased cuts. 100% Essential!

        Complete with extensive sleeve-notes, interviews and exclusive photographs, this album comes as a deluxe-double CD pack with booklet and two heavyweight tripe-vinyl LP editions.

        Please note:

        VOLUME ONE OF VINYL IS TRACKS 1-13

        VOLUME TWO OF VINYL IS TRACKS 14-26

        • Gemmy – Grime Baby
        • Shed – Another Wedged Chicken (Martyn Remix)
        • LD – Primal Instinct
        • Dusk – Focus
        • Benga – On The Edge
        • Mr. Lager feat. Alys Be – Tell Me
        • Untold – You Didn't Win The Holiday
        • Joker & Ginz – Purple City
        • Sully – Shanks (LD Remix)
        • Kutz – Hard Body
        • Brackles – Get A Job
        • Octa Push – Quebu Sabe
        • Pangaea – Router
        • Cluekid – '09 Lick
        • King Midas Sound – Crash 'n' Burn
        • Gemmy – Supligen
        • Von D feat. Phephe – Show Me
        • Cotti – Big It Up
        • Crazy Cousinz – Inflation
        • Jakes – Calypso
        • D1 – Ongie Bongie
        • Darkstar – Need You
        • James Blake – Air & Lack Thereof
        • Ramadanman & Appleblim – Sous Le Sable
        • Mr Gasparov – 1975
        • Dot Dot Dash – Relocate (Buraka Mix)
        SubwaySubway IISoul Jazz Records

        Amazing new album of krautrock-inspired beauty!

        Subway II, the debut album by Subway on Soul Jazz Records, is a startling cosmic marriage of influences – German electronic rock music from the 1970s (Cluster, Kraftwerk, Neu, Harmonia, Ash Ra Tempel), 80s Detroit science fiction techno (Carl Craig, Juan Atkins, Jeff Mills) and a hint of Italian and European disco (Danielle Baldelli meets Cerrone, Space, Moroder and Jean Michel Jarre).

        Subway are Michael Kirkman and Alan James and have been releasing music since 2000. Subway II was recorded at home in East London using a plethora of analog equipment and techniques t hat enabled them to create sound reflecting cityscapes such as Berlin, Dussseldorf, Detroit and Paris whilst at the same time creating a contemporary musical commentary of London in 2009.

        This album is a cosmic progression of post-dance music, focused more on meditative thought and space than one made for the dancefloor, yet still encompassing the rhythm and constant beat at the heart.

        Their most recent appearance is on Soul Jazz Records Singles 2008-9 alongside Kode9, Digital Mystikz, Tetine, Secondo, Ramadanman and other forward thinking electronic pioneers.

        With three previous sell-out singles on Soul Jazz Records (Simplex, Satellites and 4410), an album ‘Empty Head’ (released in 2005) as well as a string of one-off projects, the group are currently name-checked by everyone from Hot Chip to DFA, Prinz Thomas to Carl Craig, with good reason.

        ‘Subway II’ is a fitting conceptual statement of their current sound. Cosmic, post-dance, organic, meditative and hypnotic.

        Here's  a great interview and online mix:

        FACT MAGAZINE

        • Subway – Persuasion
        • Subway – Lowlife
        • Subway – Simplex
        • Subway – Harmonia
        • Subway – Jupiter
        • Subway – Monochrome
        • Subway – Horizons
        • Subway – Delta II
        • Subway – Xam
        Carnival Music Of Eastern CubaConga De Los HoyosSoul Jazz Records

        CONGA DE LOS HOYOS, founded in 1902, is one of the oldest and best-known carnival groups in Santiago, Cuba today. Group members are exclusively from the Los Hoyos neighbourhood of Santiago and feature over 50 percussionists and singers who play everything from car brake drums, hubcaps and frying pans to the distinctive Chinese trumpet – a sound unique to eastern Cuba’s carnival groups. This CD comes with accompanying text, booklet and exclusive photography.

        • – Un Solo Golpe
        • – Apertura
        • – Ahora Si !
        • – Vereda Tropical (Version 1)
        • – La Invacion / Viene El Cocoye
        • – Hasta Santiago A Pie
        • – Vereda Tropical (Version 2)
        • – Recordando Viejos Tiempos
        Dub Echoes DVD (2009)Directed by Bruno Natal

        'Dub Echoes' DVD out now on Soul Jazz Records!!!!!! 'Dub Echoes' is a newly produced film about Dub, featuring an incredible array of artists, both original Jamaican artists - U Roy, King Jammy, Lee Perry, Sly Dunbar, Bunny Lee (to name a few), alongside a similarly awe-inspiring array of artists who have been taken Dub into new directions in electronic dance music - Kode9, Roots Manuva, Howie B, Adrian Sherwood and many more. Directed by Bruno Natal over a three year period, this is a killer film to be watched over and over again! covering Dub in all its different guises. The DVD comes with loads of extra features, dub mixes and more. Essential!

        NB. REGION FREE DOUBLE-SIDED PAL/NTSC COMPATIBLE !!!

        REVIEWS

        The Guardian

          Dub Echoes - AlbumSonic Excursions In Dub and BeyondSoul Jazz Records

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


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


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

          REVIEWS
          The Times 

          • Roots Manuva – Witness (Walworth Road Rockers Dub)
          • Rebel MC / Congo Natty – Creation Rebel
          • Disrupt – Sega Beats
          • Dub Syndicate – Forever More
          • Harmonic 313 – Dirtbox
          • King Tubby – Psalms of Drums
          • Kode9 and Spaceape – Sine Of The Dub
          • Andre 'Suku' Gray – Sign Rhythm
          • U Roy and Francois K – Rootsman
          • King Tubby – Ruffer Version
          • LV featuring Dandelion – CCTV
          • Rhythm & Sound with Cornell Campbell – King In My Empire
          • King Tubby – Jah Jah Jehovah Version
          • Digital Dubs vs. Dubiterian – Deb Dub
          • The Congos – Congo Man Chant
          • Cotti – Run Tings
          • The Upsetters – Rejoicing Skank
          Soul Jazz Records Singles2008–2009Soul Jazz Records

          Featuring exclusive Soul Jazz Records singles spanning 2008-9 for the first time on this monster 32 track double CD all for the price of a single CD !

          Some of the finest artists around have chosen to work with Soul Jazz Records in the last two years and we are proud to present these exclusive tracks here. As well as featuring once again the cream of the UK’s Dubstep master producers such as Kode 9, Digital Mystikz and Cult of the 13th Hour (Kevin Martin AKA The Bug and Space Ape), this CD also features many second-generation artists such as Pinch, Cotti, Ramadanman, Kutz and more.

          Soul Jazz also continue to release the very best in new forward-thinking electronic music – be it glitchy house, baile funk, italo-disco and more - by the likes of Subway, Matias Aguayo, Tetine (with a killer remix by CSS), Secondo and more - and these all also feature here.

          This album brings together all the exclusive 12” vinyl releases on Soul Jazz Records over the last two-years!

          • Ramadanman – Carla
          • Tetine – I Go To The Doctor
          • Kalbata Ft. Clapper Priest – Solution
          • Cotti – The Search
          • Subway – Simplex (Gato Fritto Mix)
          • Warrior Queen & Heatwave – Things Change
          • Kutz – Drumz Of No Return
          • Bulgari – Everything Is Changing
          • Kode 9 – Stung
          • Ramadanman – Core
          • Cult Of The 13th Hour – Wickedness (Version)
          • Matias Aguayo – Rita
          • Tayo – Style and Trend
          • Secondo – Kuwait
          • Kalbata Ft. Warrior Queen – Shooting Range
          • Goth Trad – Genesis
          • Ramadanman – Dayrider
          • Cult Of The 13th Hour – Wickedness
          • Pinch – Fighting Talk
          • Bulgari – The Laws Of Physics
          • Kutz – Travelling
          • Tetine – I Go To The Doctor (CSS Remix)
          • Silkie – Dam 4
          • Cotti – The Truth Hurts
          • Secondo – Macula
          • Matias Aguayo – 99 Seconds
          • Digital Mystikz – Thief In The Night
          • Tayo – Choppa Riddim
          • Kalbata ft. Clapper Priest – Saxon Londinium
          • Pinch – Chamber Dub
          • Subway – Hal
          • Cotti vs. Chefal – Latest Technology
          Fly Girls!Soul Jazz Records

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

          "Soul Jazz provide the ultimate sourcebook" TIME OUT

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

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

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

          French Reviews:

          LES INROCKS

          TELERAMA

          The Vinyl is in two double-album editions:

          VOLUME 1 - Tracks 1-10

          VOLUME 2 - Tracks 11-20

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

          Soul Jazz Records are pleased to introduce to you, Kutz!!!!!!!

          Some of you may not be familiar with the sound of fresh new talent, Kutz hailing from CROYDON aka the dubstep mecca!!, has been a busy bee deep in the studio producing tunes for some years now, some of which have been co-produced alongside his buddies Skream and Benga. Kutz' track 'Twilight Zone' featured on Skream's latest mix CD, 'Watch The Ride!' which became one of the highlights of the mix. Kutz also recently guested on Skream's infamous radio show 'The Stella Sessions' on Rinse FM to roaring success. Kutz also co-produced the 'Ill Kut Ya' with Benga, which has been blowing up dances on the underground dubstep scene for some time now and appears on Benga's latest offering for Tempa 'Benga!'

          This is the SECOND of two 12" from Kutz on Soul Jazz Records. 'Travelling' is a massive party banger with a heavy rolling hypnotic bassline, this bad bwoy will be rolling through your mind all day-catchy as hell!!! But wait!.... don't forget the B side- "Static' is not one to be overlooked, massive shuddering bass bin trembler!!!!

          If you haven't guessed already - This is Highly Recommended!!!!

          • – Travelling
          • – Static
          Cotti Vs ChefalEat Dirt / Latest TechnologySoul Jazz Records

          Second of four killer Dubstep 12”s (two of which are by Cotti) released on the same day on Soul Jazz Records.


          Cotti’s numerous white label heavyweight Dubstep releases (“I Don’t Give A Dub”, “Calm Down” “Sensi Dub”), his appearances on Soul Jazz Records’ seminal ‘Box of Dub’ albums have made him one of most in-demand producers of the moment.


          This time joined by Chef, one of the most-important backstage names in Dubstep – engineer, dj, record cutter making his debut with this some pure, unadulterated rough dubstep/two-step single.


          Killer!


          Heavy club and radio support from Digital Mystikz, Benga, Skream, Mary Anne Hobbs and more.

          • Cotti – Eat Dirt
          • Cotti Vs Chefal – Lastest Technology
          Cotti VS King SolyTruth Hurts/Bass Changed My LifeSoul Jazz Records

          One of four killer Dubstep 12”s (two of which are by Cotti) released on the same day on Soul Jazz Records.
          Cotti’s numerous white label heavyweight Dubstep releases (“I Don’t Give A Dub”, “Calm Down” “Sensi Dub”), his appearances on Soul Jazz Records’ seminal ‘Box of Dub’ albums have made him one of most in-demand producers of the moment.


          These 2 new exclusive cuts are heavy, two-step-digi-steppas dark dub-influenced cuts with plenty of sound effects and killer bass-lines.


          Heavy club and radio support from Digital Mystikz, Benga, Skream, Mary Anne Hobbs and more.

          • Cotti – Truth Hurts
          • King Soly – Bass Changed My Life
          Soul Jazz Records & Sounds of the Universe £10 VoucherVoucherSoul Jazz Records

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            Soul Jazz Records & Sounds of the Universe £20 VoucherVoucherSoul Jazz Records

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              Soul Jazz Records & Sounds of the Universe £50 VoucherVoucherSoul Jazz Records

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                Soul Jazz Records & Sounds of the Universe £100 VoucherVoucherSoul Jazz Records

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                  SecondoA Matter Of ScaleSoul Jazz Records

                  Soul Jazz Records release Secondo’s first album of super-funky micro cut-up disco and electronic music. Secondo is Italian/Serbian producer Radovan Scasascia. Born in Zurich in 1975, his super-funky minimal discofied electronic dance music has been appearing sporadically on Soul Jazz Records since 2003 and on his own minimal electronic label, Dreck Records since 2000, where he also releases the music of artists such as AM/PM, Antonelli and Strategy. His most recent appearance was on the Soul Jazz Singles CD alongside Rekid (AKA Radio Slave and one half of Quiet Village), Kode9, Subway, DJ Rupture and other similarly like-minded electronic pioneers.

                  Secondo’s love of disco and minimal European electronic music produces a unique funky-electronic cut up style that shows his close links with the micro-house sound of Germany’s Kompakt label as much as that of the New York Disco labels of the late 70s and early 80s. This led to earlier releases such as his celebrated Tom Tom Club cut-up a few years back.

                  Secondo’s music features thousands of micro-samples and on “A Matter of Scale”, his first album on Soul Jazz Records, the music successfully reflects his aim of reconstructing these minute sonic fragments into new compositions that somehow maintain the atmosphere of the originals as well as creating new worlds. As much at home with his own material as other peoples, his remixes have appeared on a diverse set of European and American electronic artists – Felix da Housecat, Richie Hawtin, Harrison Crump, James Din A4, Kammerflimmer Kollektief and many more.

                  • Secondo – Ought To Say
                  • Secondo – Macula
                  • Secondo – Kuwait
                  • Secondo – Wait For It To Come
                  • Secondo – Distrails
                  • Secondo – Quantum Lady
                  • Secondo – AZ201
                  • Secondo – Burns Me Up
                  • Secondo – Solstice
                  • Secondo – Fine Primo Tempo
                  Steppas' Delight 1Dubstep Present To FutureSoul Jazz Records

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

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

                  Whilst Tetine may appear to be the most recent addition to the growing Brazilian Post-Punk/Baile Funk scene that includes the groups C.S.S. and Bonde do Role, the group have actually been in existence the longest, and have an infamy in the Sao Paulo scene that they helped create: "Tetine was my first inspiration in terms of intellect, presence and their amazing performances. It was right there in front of me but it made such a strong impression and I never forgot that was what real music is about: freedom and purity and, of course, in many different ways, FUN! I've never seen something like that coming from Brazil, or actually, anywhere!" Lovefoxx – singer of CSS 

                  Bruno Verner and Eliete Mejorado formed the group, Tetine, in Sao Paulo in 1995. The pair now spend their time between London and their hometown and whilst “Let Your X’s Be Y’s” is their first album to be released in the UK, it is in fact their eighth release in Brazil. A wild mix-up of Punk-Funk/New Wave/Post-Punk/Baile-Bass, Tetine’s music is a mixture of raw punky energy and attitude mixed with bass-heavy dance music. Tetine have carved an unusual musical path constantly exploring the boundaries between music, art, video and performance and their infamous live events range from rock gigs to gallery installations; from opening last year’s ‘Tropicalia – A Revolution in Brazilian Culture’ festival at the Barbican Centre in London to numerous performances for galleries, art spaces and festivals from Paris (Palais de Tokyo), to Chicago (The Wire’s Adventures in Modern Music Festival) and Sonar in Spain. As celebrated producers and DJs from the US and UK such as Diplo and Sinden are bringing this new punk/funk/bass/dance music from Brazil to a new audience, Tetine - who have played alongside everyone from Dizzie Rascal to Deize Tigrona - have a serious set of artists as fans from around the world; "Tetine are Feminists, un-followers and inventors of their own scene; an uncut diamond. If Art is really dead, then Tetine belong to a "nameless" genre - the makers of something wild, something alive." Chicks On Speed Aside from their own music, Tetine have also been instrumental in bringing the Brazilian underground music scene to the attention of the UK for a number of years. They compiled and presented the first ever album of Baile Funk outside of Brazil (Funk Carioca, 2005) as well as an essential primer to early-80s Post-Punk from Sao Paulo (Sexual Life of The Savages, released on Soul Jazz Records in 2007). Both these albums have influenced a new generation of DJs and beat-makers in the UK and US. “Let Your X’s Be Y’s” is Tetine’s first album to be released in the UK. It includes their two previous singles on Soul Jazz Records, “A Historia da Garca” and their most recent “I Go To The Doctor”. This album also comes with a limited edition bonus track – the CSS remix of “I Go To The Doctor”. www.tetine.net www.myspace.com/tetine

                  • Tetine – I Go To The Doctor
                  • Tetine – Eu To Aberta
                  • Tetine – Let The X Be X
                  • Tetine – Melo Do Carrao
                  • Tetine – You're The One
                  • Tetine – Everything Must Die
                  • Tetine – A Historia Da Garca
                  • Tetine – Men In Uniform
                  • Tetine – Entertainment No 249
                  • Tetine – Ai Amor / Me So Horny
                  • Tetine – Olha Ela De Novo
                  • Tetine – What A Gift To Get
                  • Tetine – Russian Roulette
                  • Tetine – Mata Hari Voodoo
                  • Tetine – I Go To The Doctor (CSS Remix)
                  Cult Of The 13th HourWickednessSoul Jazz Records

                  Cult of the 13th Hour is the pseudonym of two of the biggest names in Dubstep at the moment. “Wickedness” first appeared on Soul Jazz Records’ “Box of Dub” alongside Digital Mystikz, Ramadanman, Skream, Cotti and more. This new mix and exclusive heavyweight dub version adds elements of 2-step, Reggae and Dancehall to the equation to give us one of the heaviest sounds around!

                  • – Wickedness (Original)
                  • – Wickedness (Version)
                  New Orleans Funk 2: The Original Sound of FunkSoul Jazz Records

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


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


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


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


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

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