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Very limited New Orleans Funk Box Set!
New Orleans Funk Box SetWe have 100 copies left of this box set - if you want one you need to order now!One of two Soul Jazz Records 7" Box Set Specials only available from independent record stores on Record Store Day.Comprising five classic New Orleans’ seven-inch singles reproduced here in exact replica bespoke label artwork and all digitally re-mastered.Seriously rare, killer and classic party tunes from the Big Easy, brought together here in this unique one-off Record Store Day box-set edition. These singles have only ever ever been available exclusively direct from Soul Jazz Records' Soho shop in London and are available worldwide only for the RSD special release.Get down to you local store to make sure you get a copy! Obviously we will have loads at Sounds of the Universe this Sat 16th April.Sounds of the Universe7 Broadwick Street, Soho, London W1F 0DA
Very Limited Skatalites Box Set!
The Skatalites - Independence Ska & The Far East SoundWe have 100 copies left of this box set - if you want one you need to order now!One of two Soul Jazz Records 7" Box Set Specials only available from independent record stores on Record Store Day.
Don Cheadle working at Sounds of the Universe!
Don Cheadle talks about the new Miles Davis film at Sounds of the Universe for the BBC!Watch the feature piece here
New York Noise New Edition
Read Guardian newspaper new article on Soul Jazz Records' New York Noise versus the new HBO series Vinyl (New York Noise is better!). Read here
New York Noise 2016 Edition
New York Noise large feature in Pop Matters. Read here"Contrary to the somehow prevailing beliefs, reissue culture, as of this century, is not damaging per se. The notion that continuously digging the past and trawling history in search for something exciting, as in a cultural and anthropological exercise. Simon Reynolds’ fearmongering on the subject, mostly through the lens of his Retromania, has propagated a notion according to which our love for the past has obstructed somewhat a love for the new. It’s a daring theoretical construction that finds some obstacles, given the very own concept of what music usually stands for. Given the unprecedented access to music with which the internet has provided us, there is no need to fear a bright love and curiosity one could have for the past. The past can be, as we now know, a way of recontextualizing the new." In this context, British label Soul Jazz Records has, apart from its own original line of work, specialized in the field of unearthing music from very specific times and places, helping define particular soundscapes which, from the perspective of a somewhat untrained ear, might have sounded oppressively otherworldly. From a label which, at the time, was focusing on churning out various compilations, in 2003 the label released New York Noise, an album/collection parsing out the musical (and, in broader terms, artistic) scene from several New York avant-garde “movements”—more specifically, focusing on releases ranging from 1977 to 1982. As the title suggested back then, it didn’t possess a focus, something uniting the whole undertaking. Logically coinciding with the compilation’s initial and main motivation, the album set out to chronicle New York’s underground avant-garde scenario: the birth of no wave, the negation of punk rock and, most importantly, in such a short period of time, the unfolding of a culture which, by its own terms, wasn’t a “culture” according to those day’s requirements. No wave was, above all, the denial of culture.New York Noise had significant importance when it came out in 2003—precisely because, at that time, the city itself was experiencing a post-punk revival. A more commercially appealing one, but that period still expressed some longing from the rule-breaking experienced back then. New York Noise, because of just that, meant context and history. And now, incidentally, in contraposition to whatever Retromania has to say about this particular moment in time, context and history are fundamental to the understanding of a “movement”.No wave was, from the very beginning, to borrow from Marc Masters’ words on the subject, a “philosophy of negation”. It was ultimately predicated on negation. It denied commercial appeal, the New Wave music that sprouted at the end of the ‘70s (according to Masters, the name was coined in a response espoused by Lydia Lunch when answering a question on what her music sounded like: “Is it new Wave?” Response: “More like No Wave”.)That is a classic definition, mainly because no wave is deeply grounded on that word no. It resists categorizations and labels—pretty much, let’s say—just like the ‘70s culture itself. As a direct effect, in order to ultimately negate punk rock’s (or sometimes just rock itself) usual tropes in vogue at the time, no wave was based in experimentation. Funk, jazz, noise, foreign music: all was worthy of consideration.This is path tethered to New York Noise’s mission: it aims to represent, to paint a comprehensive picture of no wave, yet paying tribute to the eclectic nature of New York—that is, there was more going on with New York’s underground scenes. It’s a difficult job with which this (or every) compilation is tasked. Yet, it succeeds marvelously.New York Noise is broad in scope. Its appeal goes from the Dance’s “Do Dada” (opener), a considerably more pop release, to the experimental nature of Mars’ “Helen Fordsdale”, whose guitar riff and dissonance might or might have not contributed as (in)direct influence to Sonic Youth’s “Teenage Riot”. Which is to say that, while it might be hard to categorize the music carried in the compilation—besides the vague terminology contained in expressions such as “post-punk” and “no wave”, and the fact this music was made all during the same period and in the same location—it doesn’t mean its influence can’t be traced. Despite the notion that people had lost sight of no wave as the ‘80s went by.There are a few curious appearances in New York Noise. Arthur Russell, who, at that time, released music under his Dinosaur L moniker, is still here: “Clean on Your Bean” is one of the compilation’s most exquisite and rewarding tracks, precisely because one is able to trace the transcendental nature of the music under comment here. No wave might have not lasted long enough in order to leave a mark in the public’s collective imagination, but as a whole, its influence is immeasurable. That’s not just because of an incessant revival which took place more than ten years ago and this compilation helped spark, but also because of the music itself, a sprawling collection of art made during a very specific time. A confluence of negation of authority, traditional punk tropes and artistic values.As it happens with every compilation with a Herculean task in mind, one should suspect of New York Noise’s intentions. When looking for an introduction to the music of that era—the underground’s post-punk vein—the listener will go as far as the compilation offers them to go. Yet, New York Noise’s scope is wide. Awkwardly enough, it’s wider than, let’s face it, No New York, the seminal album which serves as the basic narrative for said period.The new 2016 edition adds material from impLOG, a collaborative project comprising Don Christensen and Jody Harris, little after their involvement with James Chance of the Contortions (“Contort Yourself” is, as expected, featured in the compilation). “Breakfast” is a perfect closing for the album. Above all, because it condenses the very own nature of the music made in such period. With is calming, jazzy overtones, the songs seems like a displaced commercial for the American way of life. It ends in laughs, as it is supposed to do. It’s also supposed to sound ironic.The additions in the 2016 version don’t impact that much, which is, in all honesty, something to be overlooked when you consider for how much time the compilation has stayed out of print, which is something that only reaffirms the archival nature of this 2016. Given its original release in 2003, it suffices to say this album has already done (well, it’s good to state) its job of conferring context to a particular moment in the aughts. New York Noise is no encyclopedia, and it doesn’t have to be one. It’s supposed to make trawling the history of a very brief and particular (and important and seminal) “movement” considerably easier. And as for those who fear, in 2016, that reissue culture is a signal for the end of times when it comes to the art of discovery, well, there is nothing wrong with taking a shortcut. As long, of course, as you get anywhere. And there is no better shortcut than New York Noise for at least ten years." Daniel Bortolli, Pop Matters, 17 Mar 2016You can also see the article here:
Soul Jazz Sound System in full effect in South London April 14-15th.INFO/TICKETS here
New York Noise
Read new interview in Vice magazine/Thump with Stuart Baker, who runs Soul Jazz, talking about our new 2016 issue of New York Noise - Dance Music From The New York Underground 1977-82Read here
Chris Bowden Time Capsule
20 years after Chris Bowden's ground-breaking Time Capsule album was released on Soul Jazz Records, he talks to UKVibe in an in-depth interview about his music. Read here: bit.ly/1TdqE4o
Soul Jazz Sound System in Barcelona 2 Apr 2016
Soul Jazz Sound System DJs landing in Barcelona, 2 Apr 2016 at the Lapsus festival.
Interview & DJ set recorded in Port au Prince, Haiti, with Soul Jazz Records' founder Stuart Baker
Listen hereAn hour-long interview & DJ set recorded at Radyo Shak, a temporary radio station that set up in downtown Port au Prince as part of the Ghetto Biennale art festival.The interview is presented by Richard Fleming for NYC's Clocktower Radio.
New Soul Jazz Records Website
Welcome to the new Soul Jazz Records website. Lots of new functions for you to explore including no more putting in your card details each time and more! Let us know what you think, any problems with the new site or any suggestions here.
Studio One Showcase: The Sound of Studio One in The 1970s
Buy/listen here The new Soul Jazz/Studio One album is available to buy right now. Featuring killer tunes from Horace Andy, Lone Ranger, The Heptones, Freddie McGregor, Michigan & Smiley, Prince Jazzbo and more this is the latest instalment from the University of Reggae. Buy the vinyl album now and get a very limited Studio One poster + download code FREE!
Soul Jazz Records NYE Party in Italy
On New Year's Eve we'll be DJing at The Santeria Social Club in Milan, Italy, playing a Funk and Soul set alongside Selton, all the way from Brazil, and Milan's finest Soul Finger. Come and say hello! Info here
Soul Jazz Records Gift Vouchers!
Order your gift vouchers here redeemable at our Soho, London retail shop. Sounds of the Universe 7 Broadwick Street, Soho, London W1F 0DA
Quietus Studio One/Soul Jazz feature
Check out this vintage Quietus feature on Studio One/Soul Jazz Records here
Punk 45 Book BACK IN PRINT!
Buy here. Back in print! Get your brand new copy now and get £5 off! Soul Jazz Records’ massive deluxe 400-page Punk 45s cover art book edited and compiled by Jon Savage (author of the seminal book on punk, England’s Dreaming) and Stuart Baker (founder of Soul Jazz Records) is back in print. This book has now given rise to five different Punk 45 compilation albums - all of which you can also buy here
Hieroglyphic Being - The Acid Documents
Hieroglyphic Being - The Acid Documents Available now on Soul Jazz Records on V.Ltd. 2xColoured Vinyl LP/ Jap-style hardcase CD and Digital. Buy/listen/info here.
Coxsone's Music: The First Recordings of Sir Coxsone The Downbeat 1960-63
Buy here Available worldwide now on 3CD/ Two seperate double LPs/Digital - Over two and a half hours of music! Info/tracklisting here
100% Dynamite! 2015 New Edition!
Buy/listen here New tracklisting here This is the new digitally remastered 2015 expanded edition of Soul Jazz Records’ biggest ever selling reggae release, 100% Dynamite: Ska, Soul, Rocksteady and Funk in Jamaica. If you didn't get it the first time now's your chance. If you did and wore it out get it now with bonus tracks and free download code!
100% Dynamite @ Ritzy Brixton Sun 20 Feb 7-12pm
Hold tight - there are a few tickets for the 100%Dynamite! party upstairs at the Ritzy Brixton. If you want to go to this event you can buy £5 tickets now!! HERE
All New Groovy Soul Jazz Bags
Get down with the get down! Fantastic new season colours in Soul Jazz Records' classic 12" & 7" Record Bags (holds about 30 LPs/50 7s). Fantastic for DJing, impressing your stylish friends or just 'carrying stuff'. As well as the classic blue bag with white strap and stripes these are now available in limited edition red, green, cyan and more with matching straps - 'nuff colours! See them all here
Soul Jazz Film Event @ Ritzy Cinema Sun 20th Sep 4-12pm
Very special one-off Soul Jazz special @ Ritzy Cinema, Brixton, 4pm Sun 20th Sep, 2015 Soul Jazz Records' Mirror To The Soul - A documentary film about British Pathé in the Caribbean 1920-72. Rare screening.+ 100%Dynamite after film party+ Paul Gilroy discussion! Very Limited Tkts: HERE More info here
This Wed 19th Aug Rolling Stones' Sympathy For The Devil + John Cassavettes' Shadows
TONITE!Wednesday 19th Aug is the final evening of Soul Jazz Records' film screenings at the Regent Street Cinema. Come along and join us! Book your tickets now for these classic films HERE. John Cassavettes' Shadows (1959) Music by Charlie Mingus. CLASSIC jazz beat film. (6.30pm Wed Aug 19th Aug) Jean-Luc Godard's Sympathy For The Devil (1968) Music by (& starring) The Rolling Stones. Stones, Godard, Black Power, Marxism & Revolution. What more could u ask for? INSANE film! Soul Jazz Sound System also play! See you there!
Sound + Image film season
TONIGHT! WED AUG 12th with 'Nothing But A Man' (6.30pm) (Malcolm X's favourite film) and the killer documentary Black Power Mixtape (8.30pm) (Music by Questlove)! NOTHING BUT A MAN - Wed August 12th BLACK POWER MIX TAPE - Wed August 12th SHADOWS - Wed August 19th SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL - Wed August 19th More info/book tickets now HERE Soul Jazz Records are at the new Regent Street Cinema, London wednesdays throughout August 2015!The new Regent Street Cinema is 2 minutes from Oxford Circus tube. See details here --------------------------------------------- Soul Jazz Records curates this season of music-related films – from Motown and Civil Rights Jazz to Reggae, Brazilian Bossa Nova, Jean-Luc Godard's groundbreaking Rolling Stones documentary and more. All of these films rely heavily on the relationship between music, film, politics and society. More importantly - they're all wicked! Soul Jazz Records' founder Stuart Baker will introduce each of the films and Soul Jazz Records’ Soundsystem DJ’s in the bar before and after each screening!
Rastafari - The Dreads Enter Babylon
Buy/info/audio/download now here Soul Jazz Records new album Rastafari: The Dreads Enter Babylon 1955-83 charts the many links between reggae music and the Rastafarian religion. Spanning nearly 30 years of revolutionary music and featuring the music of Count Ossie, Johnny Clarke, The Mystic Revelation of Rastafari, Ras Michael and The Sons of Negus, Bongo Herman, Roy Ashanti (The Congos), Earth & Stone, Mutabaruka and many more, this is an in-depth look at some of the most unique and righteous music ever made and comes complete with a 40+ page outsize booklet, containing exclusive photography and extensive historical and contextual sleevenotes. Read Pitchfork feature here
Iron in the Soul
Read Leah Gordon talking about her new Haiti DVD Iron In The Soul out now on Soul Jazz Records to Jocks and Nerds here
Save yourself $2,590 dollars and get 18 more killer tracks at the same time! Our new album Disco 2 is out now with all-killer tracks! Buy/listen/download here
Disco 2 out now!
KILLER EXCLUSIVE FUNK & SOUL 45s!!
Onyl available here! Inell Young, Salt, Brief Encounter, The Explosions, Professor Longhair, Chuck Carbo, Marilyn Barbarin, Wild Magnolias & more. See all our WORLDWIDE EXCLUSIVE unique 45s here!
Iron In The Soul DVD - The Haiti Documentary Films of Leah Gordon
Buy DVD now here on Soul Jazz Films/Records! This is a fantastic new DVD collection of Leah Gordon's stunning Haiti documentaries filmed over a 15 year period including the feature'length film A Pig's Tale. Check out trailor for one of the films, Bound pa Bounda, here: Sun Ra meets Voodoo rhythms in drag - killer!!
New! Sounds of the Universe - Art + Sound 2012-15
Buy/listen here "It's doubtful you'll hear a better compilation of contemporary electronic sounds this year." QUIETUS "Soul Jazz Records set Sounds of the Universe: Art + Sound 2012-15 features some of the heaviest Afrofuturistic producers out there:" PITCHFORK Our new Soul Jazz Records/Sounds of the Universe album is now available to buy!
NEW Ras G Exclusive Collectors Vinyl Etched 12" V. LTD. 300 COPIES
Buy/listen here now! As a prelude to our massive new double album (2CD, Two volumes of 2xLP) Sounds of The Universe: Art + Sound 2012-2015 released next week on Sounds of the Universe/Soul Jazz Records We bring you this WORLDWIDE EXCLUSIVE VINYL ETCHED RAS G 12" EP to customers of Sounds Of The Universe/Soul Jazz Records. You can only buy this direct from us here at Soul Jazz Records or Sounds of the Universe. These three tracks will be appearing on the 2CD but NOT on the LPs - this is your only chance to buy these tracks on vinyl! This single is the new extremely limited 300 copies 180-gm vinyl the tenth in our unique and highly sought-after and collectible Art +Sound 12" set of releases. INSTANT COLLECTORS ITEMS - these sell out fast! ALL PREVIOUS Art + Sound 12"S ARE SOLD OUT & DELETED! You can also pre-order the massive forthcoming Sounds of the Universe album now here
Nu Yorica! 20th Anniversary Expanded Edition Out Now on Soul Jazz Records!
NU YORICA! Culture Clash in New York City. Experiments in Latin Music 1970-77 20th Anniversary Expanded Edition out now on Soul Jazz Records on double CD, two seperate volumes of double vinyl (+ download code) and worldwide digital album! " Soul Jazz Records was among the first systematic, thoughtful explorers of a musical past. It's clear that Nu Yorica is still one of the best collections that has ever been put together. It remains now, as it was then, an electrifying glimpse into a pulsing, sonically radical musical world, one that had never been presented in such coherent overview, and has not been since. Expertly conceived and selected this collection is tightly focussed on the explosively original and fiercely funky musical intersection that was 1970s Afro-Latin New York. Everything that sounded fresh 20 years ago still sounds that way." The Wire May 2015 Buy/listen here
Six Studio One Vinyl Re-presses in stock now!
Six long out of print Studio One/Soul Jazz albums back in print! Now with free download code. Back in print vinyl titles are: Studio One Discomix Studio One Rub A Dub Studio One Rude Boy Studio One Dub 2 Studio One Sound Studio One Story (now as stand alone album)
'Downbeat Special' Studio One Collectors 7" Box Set
Buy/info/tracklisting now here. Studio One Downbeat Special Box Set: Ten stone-cold classic, killer tracks from Studio One, brought together here on this one-off pressing limited-edition box set containing five mighty seven-inch singles. These are some of the heaviest, most in-demand legendary tunes ever to be recorded from the likes of Willie Williams, The Skatalites, Dawn Penn, Jackie Mittoo, Bob Marley & The Wailers and more, all fully-remastered and presented here in this deluxe package.
New Orleans Funk EXCLUSIVE 45!
Buy/listen now here. Last seen on Popsike in 2014 where it sold for $462! EXCLUSIVE 45 Unbelieveably heavyweight New Orleans funk monster! Produced by the imcomparible Eddie Bo and originally released in 1970 on Eddie's own Bo Sound. It's a bomb! Exact replica reproduction, wicked sound, killer funk 7" 45 on Soul Jazz Records! THIS 7-inch can ONLY be bought directly here from Soul Jazz Records or Sounds of the Universe websites and shop. It is a very limited 500-copies pressing and you need to buy it now! Buy/listen to all our exclusive funk and soul 45s here
Record Store Day Street Party 2015
This is the view outside Sounds of the Universe/Soul Jazz in Soho on Record Store Day this year! Thanks to everyone who came and hope you enjoyed the party!
Lloyd McNeill - Tanner Suite
Lloyd McNeill - Tanner Suite (Universal Sond) Originally released in 1969 as a private individually numbered pressing of 1000 copies on McNeill’s own Asha Record company and has never been issued since. Soul Jazz Records new pressing of this album is also limited to 1000 copies each on vinyl and CD. Both editions come in heavyweight exact-replica hard tip-on USA card sleeve original artwork. Buy/listen here
Popol Vuh - Kailash: Pilgrimage to the Throne of the Gods
Popol Vuh - Kailash: Pilgrimage to the Throne of the Gods Buy/info/audio here now! Super-deluxe collectors very limited edition Popol Vuh box set vinyl + DVD and 2CD + DVD new on Soul Jazz Records. "A Loving tribute ... a comprehensive package" Pitchfork Read full Pitchfork feature review here.
EXCLUSIVE New Orleans Funk 45 - Chuck Carbo & The Soul Finders
Buy/listen here MASSIVE double-sider funk bomb produced by Eddie Bo! This is the latest EXCLUSIVE release of rare and killer New Orleans Funk 45s - one of the heaviest you will ever find! Boom tunes! THIS 7-inch can ONLY be bought directly here from Soul Jazz Records or Sounds of the Universe websites and shop. It is a very limited 500-copies pressing and you need to buy it now! See all the EXCLUSIVE 45s titles only available here!
EXCLUSIVE New Orleans Funk 45 - The Wild Magnolias
Buy/listen here This is the first ever single from The Wild Magnolias - a massive, massive slice of super-percussive New Orleans second line funk meets Mardi Gras Indian chants and rhymes. Two killer tunes on this amazing exact replica EXCLUSIVE V.LTD. 45 THIS 7-inch can ONLY be bought directly here from Soul Jazz Records or Sounds of the Universe websites and shop. It is a very limited 500-copies pressing and you need to buy it now! See all the EXCLUSIVE 45s titles only available here!
NEW Studio One Jump-Up: The Birth Of A Sound
Out now! Buy here Info/audio here Featuring The Skatalites, Bob Marley and The Wailers, Derrick Morgan, Lord Creator, The Maytals, Lester Sterling, Clue J and The Blues Blasters, Count Ossie, Lascelles Perkins and more! Excellent New Studio One release featuring loads of killer early tunes. Includes booklet text and lots of nice pix!
EXCLUSIVE New Orleans Funk £1500 Single SALT - HUNG UP
Buy/listen here. FACT mag. no. 6 BEST FUNK RECORD EVER MADE! Soul Jazz Records' latest EXCLUSIVE New Orleans Funk bomb: SALT - HUNG UP Last original copy sold on EBAY for £1450. Has not turned up in the last 8 years! And for those of you who have never heard the B-side - it's also a killer SUPER HEAVY FUNK/PSYCH WORKOUT. Two killer tunes on this amazing exact replica EXCLUSIVE V.LTD. 45 THIS 7-inch can ONLY be bought directly here from Soul Jazz Records or Sounds of the Universe websites and shop. It is a very limited 500-copies pressing and you need to buy it now! See all the EXCLUSIVE 45s titles here!
Two new PUNK 45 albums out now on Soul Jazz Records!
Two killer new PUNK 45 albums out now! Read PITCHFORK piece on the albums here. Read Quietus feature here PUNK 45: Extermination Nights in the Sixth City Cleveland, Ohio: Punk and the Decline of the Mid-West 1975-82 Buy/info/audio here PUNK 45: Burn, Rubber City Burn! Akron, Ohio: Punk and the Decline of the Mid-West 1975-82 Buy/info/audio here
Soul Jazz Records Bestsellers
Not sure where to start? Here is a list of our top ten best-selling Soul Jazz Records albums - all of which are, of course, wicked! 1. Disco 2. Tropicalia - A Brazilian Revolution in Sound 3. Studio One Rockers 4. Delta Swamp Rock 5. Deutsche Electronische Muzik 6. Bossa Nova 7. Black Fire! New Spirits! 8. Jackie Mittoo 9. New Orleans Funk 10. Punk 45
Don't know what to get.... Buy them for your friends (or yourself!). Come in £10, £20, £30, £50 vouchers Buy here
100% Dynamite Xmas Party 20 Dec 2104
TONIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (SATURDAY) TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE ON THE DOOR! OPENS 9PM Sat 20 Dec 2014 9-3am Electrowerkz, London. Soul Jazz Records/Sounds of the Universe/100%Dynamite xmas party. Hold tight! 100% Dynamite returns for one night only! Massive reggae, funk, dancehall tunes and beyond all night long at this rammed killer party!!! Tickets ordered online and not picked up are held at Electrowerkz door in envelope with your name on. C U there!
New Orleans Funk Party Bomb!
Buy/listen here. New on Soul Jazz Records - the all time party classic KILLER New Orleans Funk 45 - Professor Longhair's massive Big Chief. Exact-replica bespoke New Orleans funk 45 BOMB. THIS 7-inch can ONLY be bought directly here from Soul Jazz Records or Sounds of the Universe websites and shop. It is a very limited 500-copies pressing and you need to buy it now!
Disco: An Encyclopedic guide to the cover art of disco records
OUT NOW! New 400-page 12"x12" deluxe heavyweight book on Soul Jazz Records/Books. Buy HERE Foreword by Tom Moulton and Nicky Siano. Presented by Disco Patrick and Patrick Vogt. This large-format deluxe hardback book features the amazing artwork of two thousand disco record cover designs from the 1970s up to the mid-1980s. See Independent newspaper four-page feature/gallery here. You can also now buy the album released to coincide with this book: Buy album here.
Disco album out now!
Buy/listen here! Check out disco sampler mix here now!