Can You Dig It ? The Music and Politics of Black Action Films 1968 - 75

    Soul Jazz Records
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    • Roy Ayers – Coffy Is The Color
    • Gene Page – Blacula
    • Johnny Pate – Shaft In Africa
    • Willie Hutch – Brother's Gonna Work It Out
    • Don Costa – Charley - Main Theme
    • Marvin Gaye – 'T' Plays It Cool
    • Bobby Womack – Across 110th Street
    • J.J. Johnson – Willie Chase
    • James Brown – Down And Out In New York City
    • Quincy Jones – They Call Me MISTER Tibbs
    • Martha Reeves and J.J. Johnson – Keep On Movin' On
    • Dennis Coffey – Theme From Black Belt Jones
    • Curtis Mayfield – Freddie's Dead
    • The Blackbyrds – Wilford's Gone
    • Willie Hutch – Theme Of Foxy Brown
    • Isaac Hayes – Run Fay Run
    • Isaac Hayes – Shaft
    • Curtis Mayfield – Pusherman
    • Joe Simon – Theme From Cleopatra Jones
    • Johnny Pate – You Can't Even Walk In The Park
    • Brer Soul and Earth, Wind and Fire – Sweetback's Theme
    • James Brown – Make It Good To Yourself
    • Isaac Hayes – Pursuit Of The Pimpmobile
    • Grant Green – Travelling To Get To Doc
    • Booker T and the MG's – Time Is Tight
    • Roy Ayers – Aragon
    • Edwin Starr – Easin' In
    • Gordon Staples and The String Thing – Strung Out
    • Nat Dove and The Devils – Zombie March
    • The Impressions – Make A Resolution
    • Solomon Burke and Gene Page – The Bus
    • Jack Ashford – Las Vegas Strut
    • Don Julian – Lay It On Your Head
    • Galt MacDermot – Ed and Digger
    • 1. Roy Ayers – Coffy Is The Color
    • 2. Gene Page – Blacula
    • 3. Johnny Pate – Shaft In Africa
    • 4. Willie Hutch – Brother's Gonna Work It Out
    • 5. Don Costa – Charley - Main Theme
    • 6. Marvin Gaye – 'T' Plays It Cool
    • 7. Bobby Womack – Across 110th Street
    • 8. J.J. Johnson – Willie Chase
    • 9. James Brown – Down And Out In New York City
    • 10. Quincy Jones – They Call Me MISTER Tibbs
    • 11. Martha Reeves and J.J. Johnson – Keep On Movin' On
    • 12. Dennis Coffey – Theme From Black Belt Jones
    • 13. Curtis Mayfield – Freddie's Dead
    • 14. The Blackbyrds – Wilford's Gone
    • 15. Willie Hutch – Theme Of Foxy Brown
    • 16. Isaac Hayes – Run Fay Run
    • 17. Isaac Hayes – Shaft
    • 18. Curtis Mayfield – Pusherman
    • 19. Joe Simon – Theme From Cleopatra Jones
    • 20. Johnny Pate – You Can't Even Walk In The Park
    • 21. Brer Soul and Earth, Wind and Fire – Sweetback's Theme
    • 22. James Brown – Make It Good To Yourself
    • 23. Isaac Hayes – Pursuit Of The Pimpmobile
    • 24. Grant Green – Travelling To Get To Doc
    • 25. Booker T and the MG's – Time Is Tight
    • 26. Roy Ayers – Aragon
    • 27. Edwin Starr – Easin' In
    • 28. Gordon Staples and The String Thing – Strung Out
    • 29. Nat Dove and The Devils – Zombie March
    • 30. The Impressions – Make A Resolution
    • 31. Solomon Burke and Gene Page – The Bus
    • 32. Jack Ashford – Las Vegas Strut
    • 33. Don Julian – Lay It On Your Head
    • 34. Galt MacDermot – Ed and Digger

    ''Can You Dig It?' is as definitive as it gets, and treats its subject seriously, lovingly and with an attention to detail that makes it a necessary purchase. An exemplary collection that is near perfect.' WIRE MAGAZINE

    ‘Can You Dig It?’ charts the rise of ‘Black Action Films’ from 1970-75. It comes as a double-CD collection of the stunning music from these films. The vinyl is on two monster loud separate double albums.
    The Black Action Films
    of the early 1970s gave the Hollywood industry its first African-American cinema – actors, directors, cameramen, editors and writers. These films discussed aspects of the African-American experience in the form of entertainment. Storylines interwove post-civil rights revolution with action stories, many involving pimps, prostitutes, drug dealers or private detectives.

    The films also featured the finest funk and soul black music of the time as stars such as James Brown, Curtis Mayfield, Willie Hutch and Roy Ayers produced some of their finest work, with film budgets allowing for the addition of huge orchestral arrangements by jazz legends such as Quincy Jones, Johnny Pate and JJ Johnson. In the early 1970s, Black Action Films exploded into the cinema with three extremely successful films – ‘Shaft’, ‘Super Fly’ and ‘Sweet Sweetback’s Badasssss Song’. The most profound statement of these films was their actual existence – black actors and black directors entering the previously closed Hollywood film industry. Black Action Films were a representation of politically everything that had gone before and stylistically of everything that was current. Civil rights, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Black Power, Black Panthers, Vietnam sit alongside the criminal worlds of policemen, private investigators, bail bondsmen and the criminals, drug dealers, pimps and hustlers that they parole. ‘Can U Dig It?’ brings you everything you always wanted to know about black action films. This is an essential Soul Jazz Records release!


    VOLUME ONE OF VINYL is TRACKS 1-16
    VOLUME TWO OF VINYL is TRACKS 17-34


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    Cuba: Music and Revolution Vol.2 Compiled by Gilles Peterson and Stuart BakerSoul Jazz Records

    Cuba: Music and Revolution: Culture Clash in Havana: Experiments in Latin Music 1975-85 Vol. 2 is the new album compiled by Gilles Peterson and Stuart Baker (Soul Jazz Records) that takes off in exactly the same vein as the much-acclaimed Vol. 1 - exploring the many styles that came out of Cuba in the 1970s as Latin and Salsa mixed with heavy doses of Jazz, Funk, and Disco to create some of the most dancefloor-friendly music every made!

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

    Much of the music on this album is featured in the deluxe large format book ‘Cuba: Music and Revolution: Original Cover Art of Cuban Music: Record Sleeve Designs of Revolutionary Cuba 1959-90’, released by Soul Jazz Books and also compiled by Gilles Peterson and Stuart Baker (Soul Jazz Records), featuring the music and record designs of Cuba, made in the 30-year period following the Cuban Revolution.

    The music on this new album features a host of rarities from legendary Cuban artists such as Los Van Van, alongside Grupo De Experimentación, Farah Maria, Ricardo Eddy Martinez, Juan Pablo Torres, Grupo Sintesis and Orquesta Riverside, most of whose names remain largely unknown outside of Cuba but have long been favourite club tracks and secret-weapons in Gilles Peterson and Stuart Baker's record boxes!

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

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

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    REVIEWS of CUBA: Music and Revolution vol. 1:

    "We already have a strong contender for 'compilation of the year'. Put together by devout crate-diggers and Cuban music enthusiasts Gilles Peterson and Stuart Baker (founder of Soul Jazz Records)" JUNO

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

    "Priceless comp that goes far beyond Buena Vista!" UNCUT

    • Juan Pablo Torres Y Algo Nuevo – Y Que Bien
    • Orquesta Los Van Van – Por Que Lo Haces
    • Los Latinos – Quemando
    • Farah María – Amame y No Pienses Mas
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    • Tambores De Enrique Bonne – Como Arrullos De Palma
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    • Los Papines – Solo De Tumba y Bongo
    • Grupo Sintesis – Aqui Estamos
    • Los Van Van – Llegada
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    • Luis Carbonell – La Rumba
    • Orquesta Riverside – En Casa Del Trompo No Bailes
    • Juan Formel & Los Van Van – Llegue, Llegue
    • Grupo Los Yoyi – Tu No Me Puedes Conquistar
    • Los Papines – Para Que Niegas ?
    • Grupo De Experimentación Sonora Del ICAIC – ¡ Cuba Va !
    • Raul Gomez – Luces En La Pista
    • Los Brito – El 4-5-6
    • Leo Brouwer – Tema de El Rancheador De La Naturaleza
    • Ricardo Eddy Martinez – La 132
    • Los Reyes 73 – Finalizo Un Amor
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    Deutsche Elektronische Musik 2 - SPECIAL 4-LP BOX SET EDITIONSoul Jazz Records

    Out-of print since its initial release over 8 years ago and not reissued and it features a monster 2 and a half hours of music!

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    Very Limited Edition Super Deluxe Heavyweight Box Edition (includes 4 LP + Insert + 2 Art prints + individual inners + download) + excellent extensive sleevenotes (by David Stubbs, writer for Wire/Guardian and author of the definitive ‘Krautrock’ book) + lots of exclusive photos. This is a one-off pressing of 500 in UK/1,500 copies worldwide.

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    Includes seminal German groups: Can, Faust, Neu, Amon Duul II as well as a host of lesser known groups and artists such as Agitation Free, Broselmachine, Niagara and many more! And as well as the original pioneers, Deutsche Electronische Musik 2 also features many of the second wave of German electronic artists and groups from the late 70s and early 80s (DAF, Asmus Tietchens, Rolf Trostel) who successfully connected new wave, minimal synth and a European post-punk avant-gardism with the earlier more established Krautrock pioneers who began at the start of the 70s.

    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.

    Many German youth turning their back on mainstream society. From the opening of the first collective/cooperative in 1967, Commune 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 radical German bands including Amon Duul, Faust and Can.

    Many artists and musicians believed a complete rejection of everything musically that had gone before was also necessary in order to build a new identity for German culture. At this time German music meant ‘schlager’ music – insipid pop music that hardly confronted the country’s recent historical events.

    Holger Czukay and Irmin Scmidt of Can studied music under the radical avant-garde composer Karheinz Stockhausen and Conrad Schnitzler studied art under the conceptual artist Joseph Beuys. German rock groups were as interested in musique concrète and serial compostion as they were in the psychedelia of Pink Floyd or the rock, soul and jazz music played by resident American forces.

    From this beginning German rock music began an evolutionary journey of experimentation. Electronic music became a pathway to notions of space and the cosmos. Conversely, the emergence of communal living led to a number of musicians setting up live/work spaces in rural areas and developing a ‘pastoral’ outlook, with musical ideas engaged closely with nature.

    German electronic music, kosmische music, cosmic rock, space music. The objectives were to create new music, ‘free’ from the past. 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.


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    Deutsche Elektronische Musik:

    "A near-definitive guide to some of the world's most extraordinary music." ***** The Guardian

    • A.R. & Machines – Globus
    • Can – Halleluwah
    • Roedelius – Le Jardin
    • Michael Rother – Karussell
    • Michael Hoenig – Sun and Moon
    • Agitation Free – You Play for Us Today
    • DAF – Co Co Pino
    • Harald Grosskopf – Emphasis
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    • Broselmaschine – Nossa Bova
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    • Pyrolator – Danger Cruising
    • Sergius Golowin – Die Weisse Alm
    • You – Electric Day
    • Niagara – Gibli
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    • Electric Sandwich – China
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    Black RiotEarly Jungle, Rave and HardcoreSoul Jazz Records

    VINYL FACTORY COMPILATION OF THE YEAR 2020!!!

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    LIMITED EDITION COMES WITH FREE GRAPHIC STORY!

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    Expect super heavy basslines, equally heavy twisted Amen drum loops, even heavier ragga vocals! Original jungle style - roots and culture - from the earliest days of drum and bass.

    Included with the album is a free limited-edition graphic mini-novel “Black Riot: The Mysterons save Planet Earth from the Xatheroid Angels.” This is the third collaboration between Soul Jazz Records and writer/illustrator Paulo Parisi, the highly respected author of graphic books on Jean Michel Basquiat and John Coltrane.

    This new graphic story continues the story of black electronic dance music – this time set around the birth of Jungle and continues onwards from Soul Jazz’s earlier ‘Invasion of the Killer Mysterons’ (Jamaican electronic Dub, co-compiled by Kevin Martin (The Bug)) and Mysterons Invade the Jackin’ Zone (about Chicago Acid & Experimental House).


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    • Babylon Timewarp – Durban Poison
    • The Terrorist – RK1
    • DJ Dubplate – Tings A Go On
    • Leviticus – Burial (Lovers Rock Mix)
    • The Freaky – Time and Age
    • Trip One – Snowball Remix
    • DJ Krome & Mr. Time – Ganja Man
    • New Vision – Way Of Life
    • DJ Dubplate – Original Rubadubstyle
    • Hi Fi Power – Chill Out (Raggafunks U)
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    Lloyd McNeill QuartetWashington Suite (1970)Soul Jazz Records

    Soul Jazz Records’ new ox-blood red coloured vinyl limited-edition 1000-copies worldwide LP (+ download code) issue of this very rare deep spiritual jazz album first released as a private-press album in 1970 on flautist Lloyd McNeill’s own Asha Record label in Washington, DC.

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    CLASSIC! DEEP Jazz includes the wicked 'Home Rule'

    Lloyd McNeill is an African-American flautist, painter, poet, and photographer born in Washington, D.C., in 1935. His multi-disciplinary creative life led to encounters and friendships with Nina Simone, Picasso, Eric Dolphy, Nana Vasconceles and other legendary cultural figures. Lloyd McNeill’s hypnotic ‘Washington Suite’ was originally commissioned as a piece of music for the Capital Ballet Company, in Washington, DC.

    McNeill grew up through the era of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s and his life and work is a reflection of those ideals. In the mid-1960s he moved to France where he became friends with Picasso, working with a number of émigré-jazz musicians whilst living in Paris. In the late 1960s he taught jazz and painting workshops at the New Thing Art and Architecture Center in Washington. In the 1970s he travelled throughout Brazil and West Africa studying music and taught music anthropology in the US.


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    The WinstonsAmen Brother / Color Him FatherSoul Jazz Records

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    WORLD EXCLUSIVE limited edition seven-inch 45 ONLY AVAILABLE to customers at Soul Jazz Records and Sounds of the Universe!

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    Not only that but the flip-side Color Him Father is a superb Curtis Mayfield-esque ANTHEMIC soul tune - as essential as the A-side.

    WORLD EXCLUSIVE limited edition seven-inch 45 ONLY AVAILABLE to customers at Soul Jazz Records and Sounds of the Universe!

    THIS RECORD IS 100% ESSENTIAL and ONLY available HERE - DO NOT MISS OUT!


    • The Winstons – Amen Brother
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    Fire Over Babylon: Dread, Peace and Conscious Sounds at Studio OneSoul Jazz Records

    Soul Jazz Records’ new Studio One collection ‘Fire Over Babylon: Dread, Peace and Conscious Sounds at Studio One’ features a stellar selection of 70s roots music – classic and rare tracks recorded at Clement Dodd’s musical empire at 13 Brentford Road in the 1970s.

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    Rastafarian-inspired Roots music was an ever-important aspect of Studio One’s output from the start of the 1970s onwards and this album features many of the ground-breaking groups and artists that established the sound of Jamaica during this decade and beyond.

    Featured here are seminal artists such as Freddie McGregor, The Wailing Souls, The Gladiators, Horace Andy, Devon Russell, Cedric Brooks, Count Ossie, Judah Eskender Tafari alongside a host of lesser-known rare cuts made at Studio One from artists such as The Prospectors, Viceroys and Pablove Black.

    Studio One and founder Clement Dodd’s connection with Rastafarianism dates back to the early 1960s, with Dodd accompanying members of the Skatalites up to the hills of Kingston to listen to the music of the Rastafarianism Count Ossie and his drummers. The album sleevenotes discuss how Clement Dodd’s musical links, as well as his role in heading the most important record label in Reggae, are in many ways linked to the beliefs of Rastafarianism.

    This album is released as a heavyweight black vinyl double-album with gatefold sleeve, full notes and download code, deluxe CD with full booklet and slipcase and digital album.

    • Freddie McGregor – I Am a Revolutionist
    • The Silvertones – Burning In My Soul
    • Wailing Souls – Without You
    • Devon Russell – Jah Jah Fire
    • Trevor Clarke – Sufferation
    • The Gladiators – Sonia
    • Judah Eskender Tafari – Always Trying
    • The Viceroys – Ya Ho
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    • The Prospectors – Glory For I
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    • The Gladiators – Peace
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    • Wailing Souls – Rock But Don't Fall
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    • The Viceroys – So Many Problems
    Brentford All StarsGreedy G / Granny Scratch ScratchSoul Jazz Records

    These are very limited Studio One 12" pressings (worldwide 1000) that sell out on the day they are released. So don't miss out here!

    BRAND NEW LTD. EDN. 12" All-time Studio One party ANTHEM. 100% ESSENTIAL MONSTER TUNE - ROCKS ANY DANCEFLOOR!

    'Greedy G’ is the ultimate reggae/funk/hip-hop party tune.

    The all-time epic sample for Boogie Down Productions’ seminal ‘Jack of Spades’ based on James Brown’s funk bomb ‘Get on the Good Foot’.

    The flipside is another Brentford Road All Stars essential cut, ‘Granny Scratch Scratch’, the heaviest, funkiest dub monster ever with bass to shake more speakers than a juggernaut lorry!

    Boom!


    • – Greedy G
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    Lloyd McNeillToriSoul Jazz Records

    Soul Jazz Records’ limited-edition black vinyl 1000-copies worldwide LP (+ download code), (as well as CD and digital) issue of this very rare deep spiritual jazz meets Brazilian and Latin album first released as a private-press album in 1978 on flautist Lloyd McNeill’s own Baobob Record label in Washington, DC. The album has been out-of-print for 43 years and is lovingly remastered by Soul Jazz Records.

    Tori is a stunning album that blends Brazilian and Latin flavours with deep Spiritual Jazz, recorded in 1978. The album features an unbelievably strong line-up which includes legendary Brazilian figures like Dom Um Romao, Nana Vasconcelos and Dom Salvador alongside jazz heavyweights such as Buster Williams, Howard Johnson, John La Barbera and more. These A-team musicians were all regulars in McNeill’s long-running and highly successfull resident live group in New York all set up to blend deep jazz, Brazilian and Latin music together.

    Lloyd McNeill is an African-American flautist, painter, poet, and photographer born in Washington, D.C., in 1935. His multi-disciplinary creative life led to encounters and friendships with Nina Simone, Picasso, Eric Dolphy, Nana Vasconceles and other legendary cultural figures. Lloyd McNeill’s hypnotic ‘Washington Suite’ was originally commissioned as a piece of music for the Capital Ballet Company, in Washington, DC.

    McNeill grew up through the era of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s and his life and work is a reflection of those ideals. In the mid-1960s he moved to France where he became friends with Picasso, working with a number of émigré-jazz musicians whilst living in Paris. In the late 1960s he taught jazz and painting workshops at the New Thing Art and Architecture Center in Washington. In the 1970s he travelled throughout Brazil and West Africa studying music and taught music anthropology in the US.

    • Lloyd McNeill – O Mercado (Brazilian Market)
    • Lloyd McNeill – Tori (Segment One)
    • Lloyd McNeill – Tzigane
    • Lloyd McNeill – Tori (Segment Two)
    • Lloyd McNeill – Sambinha
    • Lloyd McNeill – Time Still / Passaro - Pifaro (Flute Bird)
    • Lloyd McNeill – Tori (Segment Three)
    • Lloyd McNeill – Tranquil
    Trees SpeakPostHumanSoul Jazz Records

    This is incredibly Trees Speak’s third album on Soul Jazz Records to be released in the space of one year – and it’s amazing!

    Trees Speak’s new album ‘Post-Human’ once again blends 1970s German electronic and ‘motorik’ Krautrock instrumentals (think Harmonia, Can, Cluster, Popul Vuh, Neu!), haunting and powerful 1960s & 1970s soundtracks (think Italian prog-rock Goblin and John Carpenter horror movies, Morricone and existential John Barry spy movies), together with a New York No Wave electronic synth and guitar analogue DIY-ness (think Suicide, anything on Soul Jazz’s New York Noise series or Eno's New York No Wave)!

    The new album ‘Post-Human’ draws further upon German krautrock high-concept albums from the likes of Tangerine Dream and Klaus Schulze from the 1970s, as Trees Speak create their own powerful new landscapes of sound that manage to be at once contemporary as well as both timeless and with a sense of science-fiction futurism.

    Trees Speak’ seamlessly segue together all these musical elements into ‘Post-Human,’ a conceptually expansive album which follows on from their critically-acclaimed debut LP ‘Ohms,’ and the follow-up ‘Shadow Forms’ released on Soul Jazz Records less than six months ago.

    This powerful new album is a high-concept collage of retro-futurist science-fiction music, which is fantastically illustrated by a specially commissioned cover design by the artist Eric Lee, a dramatic vision of life after humanity.

    Trees Speak are Daniel Martin Diaz and Damian Diaz from Tucson, Arizona and their music often draws on the cosmic night-time magic of Arizona’s natural desert landscapes. ‘Trees Speak’ relates to the idea of future technologies storing information and data in trees and plants - using them as hard drives – and the idea that Trees communicate collectively.

    The album includes an INDIES ONLY exclusive bonus 45 single with two extra tracks ‘Machine Vision’ and ‘Seventh Mirror’ available with the vinyl edition of this amazing and ground-breaking new album.

    With ‘Post-Human,’ Trees Speak take the listener deep into their unique musical world of unknown visions of the past and the future.

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    About Ohms:

    “This might well be the Dark Side of the Moon of the XXI century” Discogs


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    • Trees Speak – Glass
    • Trees Speak – Chamber of Frequencies
    • Trees Speak – Divided Light
    • Trees Speak – Elements of Matter
    • Trees Speak – Magic Transistor
    • Trees Speak – Scheinwelt
    • Trees Speak – PostHuman
    • Trees Speak – Synthesis
    • Trees Speak – X Zeit
    • Trees Speak – Incandescent Sun
    • Trees Speak – Healing Rods
    • Trees Speak – Steckdose
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    Trees SpeakShadow FormsSoul Jazz Records

    Super-limited new 1000 copies special ox-blood red vinyl edition!

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    It's a big one ... Absolutely stunning second album from Trees Speak new on Soul Jazz Records.

    Trees Speak’s new album ‘Shadow Forms’ is a blend of 1970s German electronic and ‘motorik’ Krautrock instrumentals (think Harmonia, Can, Cluster, Popul Vuh, Neu!), haunting and powerful 1960s & 1970s soundtracks (think Italian prog-rock Goblin and John Carpenter horror movies, Morricone and existential John Barry spy movies), together with a New Nork no wave electronic synth and guitar analogue DIY-ness (think Suicide, anything on Soul Jazz’s New York Noise series or Eno's New York No Wave)!

    Trees Speak’ segue together all these elements into ‘Shadow Forms,’ which follows on from their critically-acclaimed debut LP ‘Ohms,’ released on Soul Jazz Records less than six months ago.

    Trees Speak are Daniel Martin Diaz and Damian Diaz from Tucson, Arizona and their music often draws on the cosmic night-time magic of Arizona’s natural desert landscapes. ‘Trees Speak’ relates to the idea of future technologies storing information and data in trees and plants - using them as hard drives – and the idea that Trees communicate collectively.

    Trees Speak - Shadow Forms:

    Records of the week-Drift/Album of the week-Resident/Album of the week-Norman/Records of the Year-South/Albums of the Year-Concrete Island/Albums of the month-Reveal/Albums of the Year-Piccadilly/Albums of the Year-Buzzsaw

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    • Trees Speak – Tear Kisser
    • Trees Speak – Those Who Know
    • Trees Speak – Transforming
    • Trees Speak – Automat
    • Trees Speak – False Ego
    • Trees Speak – Communication
    • Trees Speak – Crystal System
    • Trees Speak – Agonize Signal
    • Trees Speak – Magick Knives
    • Trees Speak – Shadow Forms
    • Trees Speak – Outtake 3
    • Trees Speak – Transmitter
    Cold Wave # 2Soul Jazz Records

    Cold Wave #2

    Ltd. Edn. Dayglo sleeve + PURPLE VINYL 2xLP, + mini-fanzine/ Ltd. Edn. Dayglo sleeve + BLACK VINYL 2xLP, + mini-fanzine/ Dayglo CD + Slipcase + Booklet

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    Soul Jazz Records new ‘Cold Wave’ is a new collection of current electronic artists who have all been shaped by the early European cold wave artists of the late 70s and early 80s.

    This is the second release of Soul Jazz Records’ new Cold Wave overview.

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    This second edition Cold Wave #2 comes in two vinyl editions – a one-off pressing purple coloured vinyl edition and a black vinyl edition. Both come as heavyweight double vinyl housed in bespoke individual inner sleeves and the limited edition first pressing of this album comes with its own free pull-out fanzine on the groups featured. The CD edition comes with artist booklet/fanzine and slipcase. All editions are printed in special dayglo colour finish.

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    These first artists created new electronic musical landscapes as well as pursuing a stubborn D-I-Y aesthetic, often releasing material on cassette and pioneering use of lo-fi technology, primitive drum machines and home-recording techniques. As part of this continued evolution today many of the artists featured here also self-release their own material, run labels, publish fanzines, or are part of wider musical collectives.

    Aside from the first electronic, no wave, and post-punk artists cited as influences –Suicide, Patrick Cowley, The Normal, Martin Hannett, Laurie Anderson, Public Image – this new generation of artists also show an exquisitely open source of electronic and disparate influences, everything from Underground Resistance to Purcell, from Scientist to New Beat and more besides.

    Most of the featured artists are based in Europe and include Krikor from France, Beta Evers and L.F.T. from Germany, Lena Willikens, Job Siffre and De Ambassade from the Netherlands, Toulouse Low Trax from Germany, Dave I.D. and Broken English Club from the UK, and V.C.V.S from Georgia

    All of the bands featured here make distinctive contemporary music out of the 80s roots of the first cold wave movement.

    • Lena Willikens – Howlin Lupus
    • Beta Evers – Hiding
    • L.F.T. – Stay Away From The Light
    • Job Sifre – At Least We Try
    • De Ambassade – Niet Van Mij
    • Toulouse Low Trax – Rushing Into Water
    • V.C.V.S. – Hum
    • Dave I.D. – Help Starts
    • Broken English Club – Vacant Cars
    • Krikor Kouchian – Deserver Dub
    Marcia GriffithsFeel Like Jumping / Part 2Soul Jazz Records

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    • Marcia Griffiths – Feel Like Jumping
    • Dub Specialist – Feel Like Jumping Part 2
    Cold WaveSoul Jazz Records

    Ltd. Edn. Dayglo sleeve + ORANGE VINYL 2xLP, + mini-fanzine/ Ltd. Edn. Dayglo sleeve + BLACK VINYL 2xLP, + mini-fanzine/ Dayglo CD + Slipcase + Booklet

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    Soul Jazz Records new ‘Cold Wave’ is a new collection of current electronic artists who have all been shaped by the early European cold wave artists of the late 70s and early 80s.

    This is the first release of Soul Jazz Records’ new Cold Wave overview and a second volume will be released just four weeks later.

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    This first edition of Cold Wave comes in two vinyl editions – a one-off pressing orange coloured vinyl edition and a black vinyl edition. Both come as heavyweight double vinyl housed in bespoke individual inner sleeves and the limited edition first pressing of this album comes with its own free pull-out fanzine on the groups featured. The CD edition comes with artist booklet/fanzine and slipcase. All editions are printed in special dayglo colour finish.

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    These first artists created new electronic musical landscapes as well as pursuing a stubborn D-I-Y aesthetic, often releasing material on cassette and pioneering use of lo-fi technology, primitive drum machines and home-recording techniques. As part of this continued evolution today many of the artists featured here also self-release their own material, run labels, publish fanzines, or are part of wider musical collectives.

    Aside from the first electronic, no wave, and post-punk artists cited as influences –Suicide, Patrick Cowley, The Normal, Martin Hannett, Laurie Anderson, Public Image – this new generation of artists also show an exquisitely open source of electronic and disparate influences, everything from Underground Resistance to Purcell, from Scientist to New Beat and more besides.

    Most of the featured artists are based in Europe and include Krikor, Dissemblance and VQOA from France, De Ambassade from the Netherlands, Moisture from Sweden, Kriedler from Germany, Céline Gillain and Carcass Identity from Belgium. One exception is FIT Siegel out of Detroit, connecting the electronic pathways of Europe to the Motor City.

    All of the bands featured here make distinctive contemporary music out of the 80s roots of the first cold wave movement.


    • Dissemblance – Capture
    • Carcass Identity – Reflexion Ocean
    • FIT Siegel – Wayne County Stomp
    • De Ambassade – Standhouden
    • Wang Inc – Approdo
    • Krikor Kouchian – Niños Matadores
    • Céline Gillain – Fight or Flight
    • Kreidler – Kannibal
    • Moisture – Gammut
    • Violent Quand On Aime – Of Course I'm A Liar
    Studio One Rocksteady Got SoulSoul Jazz Records

    Back in stock!

    Soul Jazz Records new Studio One release Rocksteady Got Soul is a collection of uplifting and superb rocksteady and soulful reggae from the late 1960s and early 1970s. Studio One is the number one label in the history of reggae and he album features - as ever with Studio One - an impeccable and unbeatable line-up of reggae superstars all soaring at the height of their creative powers. Alton Ellis, John Holt, The Heptones, Jackie Mittoo, The Ethiopians, Lee Perry and more.

    The album is a mix of classic tunes and rhythms alongside super-rarities that were released in a dazzlingly complex web of Studio One labels and issues, deftly navigated with new sleevenotes from author and Studio One authority Rob Chapman. But enough with the chatter, just spin the platter - these tunes rule the town, hands down!


    This Soul Jazz/Studio One album is released as deluxe gatefold double-vinyl + house inners + download code. Also as jewel case CD housed in card slipcase. Both formats come with full sleeve notes/discography and exclusive photography. (The album is also available digitally on day of release onwards)

    • Alton Ellis – It's True
    • The Heptones – You Turned Away
    • The Gladiators – Mr Sweet
    • The Jail Breakers – Work It Up
    • Lee Perry & The Gaylads – Run Rudie Run
    • The Heptones – Young Generation
    • Jackie Mittoo – Good Feeling
    • C. Marshall – I Need Your Loving
    • Alton Ellis – I'll Be Waiting
    • The Clarendonians – The Tables Gonna Turn
    • Ken Parker – When You're Gone
    • Sound Dimension – Traveling Home
    • Errol Dunkley – Get Up Now
    • John Holt – My Heart Is Gone
    • Freedom Singers and Larry Marshall – Monkey Man
    • The Ethiopians – Let The Light Shine
    • Im and David – Money Maker
    • The Viceroys – Lose and Gain
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    Steve Reid Ensemble feat. Kieran Hebden - Spirit Walk (Special Limited Edition black vinyl RSD 2021)Soul Jazz Records


    "Steve Reid played with Sun Ra, knew Coltrane, played at Motown. I mean this is a guy who at 19 was playing drums with Fela Kuti in Africa. He is a musical genius. It’s a creative joy and honour to work with him."Kieran Hebden (Fourtet) After a number of groundbreaking live shows between Kieran Hebden (Fourtet) and legendary New York drummer Steve Reid, these two artists have embarked on two amazing new recording projects.

    The first release is the Steve Reid Ensemble (featuring Kieran Hebden) "Spirit Walk". This will be followed by a second album by Kieran Hebden and Steve Reid which will be released by Domino Records at the beginning of 2006. Both albums blend electronic experimentation within the frame-work of Steve Reid’s musical heritage. Gilles Peterson will be touring the UK in November alongside The Steve Reid Ensemble. An ardent fan of the music, Peterson has contributed the sleeve-notes to "Spirit Walk" along with another long-time musical admirer Val Wilmer. Steve Reid is a true pioneer of boundary-breaking music.

    This latest project/collaboration is a continuation of a musical path that stretches back to the late 1960s. A self-taught master jazz drummer Steve Reid played in Sun Ra’s Arkestra as well as being a session musician at both Motown Records (he plays on for instance Martha and The Vandella’s "Heatwave") and in James Brown’s in-house band at the legendary Harlem Apollo. In the mid-60s Reid went to West Africa, playing and learning the music of Ghana, Nigeria (playing with Fela Kuti), Liberia, Sierra Leone, Senegal. On returning to New York he joined Sun Ra’s The Science Myth Solar Arkestra.

    In 1968 as a conscientious objector to the Vietnam war he was sentenced to 4 years in prison where he then taught a Black history course to his fellow inmates. In the 1970’s Reid formed the Legendary Master Brotherhood as well as running his own record company, Mustevic Sound, which released a series of his albums (2 of which have earlier been released by Soul Jazz Records). In a career now spanning over 40 years Steve Reid has worked with artists such as Lester Bowie, Miles Davis, Charles Tyler, Arthur Blythe, Ornette Coleman, Gary Bartz, Chief Bey, Archie Shepp, Sam Rivers, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Leon Thomas and more. This new project is the latest part in Steve Reid’s musical odyssey.

    "A truly phenomenal artist. This is the album we've all been waiting a long time for. Steve Reid is steeped in musical history and yet this album has a modernity all of it's own." Gilles Peterson.

    • Steve Reid Ensemble – Lugano
    • Steve Reid Ensemble – Bridget
    • Steve Reid Ensemble – For Coltrane
    • Steve Reid Ensemble – Blind Tom
    • Steve Reid Ensemble – Which One?
    • Steve Reid Ensemble – Lions Of Juda
    • Steve Reid Ensemble – It Cannot Be True
    • Steve Reid Ensemble – Unity
    • Steve Reid Ensemble – Drum Story
    Add N To X - On The Wires Of Our Nerves (Special Limited Edition RSD 2021 silver vinyl)Soul Jazz Records

    Super special 20th anniversary SILVER vinyl!

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

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

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

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

    LAST COPIES!

    This is the new 20th anniversary edition of one of Soul Jazz Records’ classic Studio One releases now available as a one-off pressing special blue vinyl very limited-edition pressing ( 2000 copies worldwide).

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    Studio One Roots set the standard for Soul Jazz Records’ long-standing series of Studio One collections and features many of the classic artists from Clement 'Sir Coxsone’ Dodd’s mighty roster of reggae.

    This album includes Freddie McGregor, Willie Williams, Cornell Campbell, Alton Ellis, Devon Russell alongside some of the defining crack-session men groups of Jamaican reggae history - The Sound Dimension, Brentford All-Stars, The Skatalites, New Establishment and more. As ever the album is filled with a mixture of seminal cuts and super-rarities from the vast vaults of 13 Brentford Road.

    Stand-out tracks include Alton Ellis’s Blackish White, a surreal and powerful Afro-centric dream, Count Ossie Nyabinghi and Rastafarian drummers genre-defying interpretation of Booker T and The MGs ‘Meditation’, Willie Williams awe-inspiring versioning of the Skatalites' seminal Rastafari anthem Addis Ababa and many, many more.

    This album has been fully digitally remastered, analog cut and packaged complete with the following: Original sleevenotes by Lloyd Bradley (author of When Reggae Was King), compiled by Mark Ainley (Honest Jons), high-quality Soul Jazz mastering, wicked images of Count Ossie and the Mystic Revelation of Rastafari on the cover, and a rare image of Clement Dodd and musicians inside the studio at Studio One on the full colour inner sleeves.

    REVIEWS:

    "Having established himself as one of Jamaica's top producers the day Studio One opened its doors in the early '60s, Clement "Coxsone" Dodd was unable to maintain his status during the roots era of the subsequent decade. This can be attributed to a couple of factors. One was Dodd's apparent reluctance to record the new, overtly Rasta-inspired music. The other was an infusion of new blood into the Jamaican music business. Eager to make a name for themselves, producers like Joe Gibbs, Bunny Lee, Lee "Scratch" Perry, and Winston "Niney" Holness managed to supplant the island's "big three" (Dodd, Duke Reid, and Prince Buster) in the process, driving the music's evolution in the '70s.

    There isn't a weak number across these 16 tracks, from the Gaylads' ode to "Africa" and Devon Russell's version of the heavyweight "Drum Song" rhythm, to a trio of stunning instrumentals: Jackie Mittoo and the Cyclones with nyahbinghi drummer Count Ossie on "Meditation," Lenny Hibbert's sparkling vibe work over Mittoo's "Ghetto Organ" ("More Creation"), and Sound Dimension's "Congo Rock."

    The music of this compilation is of a rare, rare beauty and is essential to anyone's reggae collection." All Music

    • The Cyclones With Count Ossie – Meditation
    • Cornell Campbell & The Brentford Rockers – Natty Don't Go
    • Freddy Mcgregor With The Sound Dimension – Africa Here I Come
    • Bunny & Skitter – Lumumbo
    • Willie Williams & The All Stars – Addis A Baba
    • L.Crosdale With Drummond Bago & the Rebel Group – Set Me Free
    • Leroy Wallace & The New Establishment – Far Beyond
    • Lennie Hibbert – More Creation
    • Alton Ellis & The Sound Dimension – Blackish White
    • Winston Jarrett & The Sound Dimension – Fear Not
    • Devon Russell – Drum Song
    • The Gaylads – Africa
    • Black Brothers & The New Establishment – School Children
    • Linton Cooper & The Brentford Disco Set – You'll Get Your Pay
    • Sound Dimension – Congo Rock
    • Zoot Simms – African Challenge
    • 1. The Cyclones With Count Ossie – Meditation
    • 2. Cornell Campbell & The Brentford Rockers – Natty Don't Go
    • 3. Freddy Mcgregor With The Sound Dimension – Africa Here I Come
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    Steve ReidNova (1976)Soul Jazz Records

    New edition of this seminal album available as a 1000 copies edition only on new premium RED vinyl!

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    'A truly phenomenal artist.' GILLES PETERSON

    'Steve Reid is one of the greatest drummers. He is a musical genius' KIERAN HEBDEN (Four Tet)

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    As a radical jazz artist, Steve Reid played with an extraordinary group of artists – including Miles Davis, Sun Ra, Fela Kuti, James Brown, Ornette Coleman, Lester Bowie, Freddie Hubbard, Jackie McLean, Dionne Warwick, Archie Shepp, Chief Bey, Olatunji, Arthur Blythe, , Dextor Gordon, Gary Bartz, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Sam Rivers, Leon Thomas, Lonnie Smith and Horace Silver!

    Reid was born in the South Bronx, and grew up in Queens, New York. He played in the house band at Harlem's Apollo Theatre, accompanying James Brown, as well as playing in Sun Ra's Arkestra. He lived next to John Coltrane, worked in a department store with Ornette Coleman, had a son who played drums with NWA. He began his career as a teenager in the 1960s as a drummer at Motown when he played on Martha and The Vandellas "Heatwave" (aged 14).

    At the end of the 1960s Reid was sentenced to four years in jail as a conscientious objector of the Vietnam war. On his release from prison in 1974, he formed the Legendary Master Brotherhood and started the independent record label, Mustevic Sound, to release his debut LP Nova in 1976. This album is released in its entirety and with full original cover art here. Nova was the first in a series of stunning independent records he released in the 1970s.

    At the start of the 21st century, his career took a new twist when Steve Reid began a successful collaboration with Kieran Hebden (Four Tet). Hebden referred to Reid as his ‘musical soul mate’, resulting in a number of joint albums.

    Steve Reid died in New York in 2010. Subsequently the Steve Reid Foundation was set up in his name, to help aspiring musicians and artists.

    • Steve Reid – Nova
    • Steve Reid – Lions Of Juda
    • Steve Reid – Free Spirits-Unknown
    • Steve Reid – Long Time Black
    • Steve Reid – Sixth House
    Arthur RussellThe World Of Arthur RussellSoul Jazz Records

    New fully remastered re-release of Soul Jazz Records’ ‘The World of Arthur Russell’, the seminal collection of Arthur Russell’s essential music back in print on awesome limited-edition heavy deluxe triple vinyl and deluxe CD edition.

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    This album brings together some of Russell’s best-loved and most accessible works including his wide-ranging music both solo and in groups including Dinosaur L (the essential ‘Go Bang’), Loose Joints (the equally classic ‘Is It All Over My Face’) as well as rarities such as the 7” only ‘Pop Your Funk’, Indian Ocean’s ‘Schoolbell/Treehouse’, Lola’s ‘Wax The Van’ and more.

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    “Arthur Russell fused the avant-garde with disco and sounds like nothing else on earth.” The GUARDIAN

    “Russell is the great enigma of the New York music scene” THE WIRE

    “Simply one of the best compilations of this or any year.” RECORD COLLECTOR

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    Arthur Russell’s music effortlessly crossed musical boundaries making it timeless. His dance music credentials are faultless and this collection features mixes from Larry Levan, Françcois Kervorkian and Walter Gibbons. Similarly, his song-writing, musicality and performance skills are equally cherished as composer Philip Glass wrote, ‘this was a guy who could sit down with a cello and sing with it in a way that no one on earth has ever done before or will do again.’

    When Soul Jazz Records’ The World of Arthur Russell first came out in 2003, Russell’s music had slipped into near obscurity. Nearly 18 years later there are over a dozen releases of his music, reissues of his original albums and more. ‘The World of Arthur Russell’ is the classic first collection of his work available once more.

    • Dinosuar L – Go Bang (Francois K Mix)
    • Lola – Wax The Van
    • Loose Joints – Is It All Over My Face (Larry Levan Mix)
    • Arthur Russell – Keeping Up
    • Arthur Russell – In The Light Of The Miracle
    • Arthur Russell – A Little Lost
    • Loose Joints – Pop Your Funk
    • Arthur Russell – Lets Go Swimming (Walter Gibbons Mix)
    • Dinosuar L – In The Cornbelt (Larry Levan Mix)
    • Arthur Russell – Treehouse
    • Indian Ocean – Schoolbell/Treehouse (Walter Gibbons Mix)
    Two Synths, A Guitar (And) A Drum Machine - Soul Jazz Records #1 Post Punk DanceSoul Jazz Records

    OUT NOW!

    Soul Jazz Records new ‘Two Synths, A Guitar (and) A Drum Machine’ is a new collection of current D-I-Y post-punk bands shaped by the mutant sounds of no wave, punk funk and New York Noise bands from the late 70s and early 80s that collided with the world of underground dance music found at the Paradise Garage, Mudd Club in New York City (ESG, Arthur Russell, Bush Tetras, Talking Heads, Suicide, Liquid Liquid).

    Other influences cited here include Manchester and Sheffield’s industrial post-punk sounds of the 1980s (Joy Division, Cabaret Voltaire, Gang of Four) as well as the 1970s German electronic experimentalism of Cluster, Neu!, Harmonia and Can.

    Featured artists from around the globe include Los Angeles D-I-Y band Automatic, New Fries from Toronto, artist/music collaborators Toresch from Germany, Susumu Makai from Japan/UK, Vex Ruffin from the Phillipines/California and Madmadmad, Gramme, Tom of England and other UK groups

    That all the bands featured here manage to make distinctive contemporary music out of these 80s roots is testament to the wide range of other musics that are seamlessly absorbed into a modern melting pot of sound – hip-hop, the electronic European avant-garde, rave culture, and more.

    The double vinyl comes in two editions:

    1) Limited edition indies EXCLUSIVE heavyweight green double vinyl housed in bespoke individual inner sleeves with its own free pull-out fanzine on the groups featured.

    2) Limited edition heavyweight black double vinyl housed in bespoke individual inner sleeves with its own free pull-out fanzine on the groups featured.

    The album is also available as a CD and digital release

    • Automatic – Too Much Money
    • Zongamin – Underwater Paramid
    • New Fries – Lily
    • Vex Ruffin & Fab 5 Freddy – The Balance
    • Ixna – Somebody Said
    • Leroy Duncann – Dream River
    • Tom Of England – Neon Green
    • Toresch – Tocar
    • Becker & Mukai – La Rivière des Perles
    • Gramme – Discolovers
    • Niagara – Ida
    • Charles Manier – Sift Through Art Collecting People
    • Black Deer – Baseball Shorts
    • Madmadmad – Hot Disco
    • Wino D – Untitled
    Cuba: Music and Revolution - Compiled by Gilles Peterson and Stuart BakerSoul Jazz Records

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    REVIEWS:

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

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

    "Priceless comp goes beyond Buena Vista" UNCUT

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

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

    Owned and founded by Clement "Coxsone" Dodd, Studio One's output serves as a comprehensive guide to the history of Reggae music. The music on Studio One Rockers covers all areas of Reggae such as Ska, Rocksteady, Roots and Dancehall, all areas in which Studio One led the field.


    Studio One Rockers features many legendary Studio One tracks brought together for the first time by Soul Jazz Records. From the beginning of Reggae, when the Skatalites developed a new sound of Ska in 1962 up until today, Studio One has been the number one innovator in Jamaican music.


    Included in this compilation are classic Ska tracks ("Phoenix City"), Rocksteady ("Feel Like Jumping"), Roots music ("Truth and Rights"), Dancehall (Freddy McGregor, Michigan and Smiley) and many more.


    Featured here are many of the classic tracks from Studio One. From Dawn Penn's legendary "No, No, No" to classics such as Horace Andy's "Skylarking" and Marcia Griffith's "Feel Like Jumping".


    The Coxsone Soundsystem in the early 60s was one of the three main soundsystems operating in Jamaica alongside his competitors, Prince Buster and Duke Reid. The Studio One catalogue is possibly the largest in Jamaican music and this release is the first in a series of Studio One compilations on Soul Jazz Records.


    This album comes with an in depth interview with Mr C.S. Dodd, about how he set up and ran his record label in the 1960s and 1970s.


    "Compilation of the month. 100% Essential" SEVEN "Compilation of the month. A compilation of unbelievable quality. Awesome" MUZIK "A who's who of Jamaican music" MUSICWEEK "An essential slice of musical history" WAX "The most credible compilation of reggae you can 

    • Sound Dimension – Real Rock
    • Marcia Griffiths – Feel Like Jumping
    • Freddy Mcgregor – Bobby Babylon
    • Horace Andy – Skylarking
    • Lennie Hibbert – Village Soul
    • Brentford All-Stars – Greedy G
    • Johnny Osbourne – Truth And Rights
    • Ernest Ranglin – Surfin
    • Michigan & Smiley – Eye Of Danger
    • Dawn Penn – No, No, No
    • The Skatalites – Phoenix City
    • Prince Jazzbo – Crabwalking
    • Jackie Mittoo – Hot Milk
    • Lone Ranger – Badder Dan Dem
    • Cedric Brooks – Ethiopia
    Deutsche Elektronische Musik 4Soul Jazz Records

    This is the new instalment of Soul Jazz Records’ ground-breaking Deutsche Elektronische Musik series, ‘A near-definitive guide to some of the world's most extraordinary music’ (The Guardian).

    This latest edition features many of the classic German electronic and Krautrock groups from the 1970s & 80s – including Can, Amon Duul II, Harmonia, Conrad Schnitzler, Agitiation Free, Roedelius – as well as a host of lesser known artists such as Dzyan, Klauss Weiss, Gruppe Between and many more.

    Deutsche Elektronische rarities unearthed on the album include Kalacakra (whose fan-base included the great Moondog!) and their superb ‘Nearby Shiras,’ taken from their super-rare spiritual/psychedelic private press concept album Crawling to Lhasa, from 1972.

    Deutsche Elektronische 4 includes a wealth of German electronic experimental artists – the seminal pioneering group Harmonia (Roedelius, Moebius and Michael Rother), avant-garde guru Conrad Schnitzler as well as lesser known synthetic artists such as Klauss Weiss, Deutsche Wertarbeit, E.M.A.K. (Electronische Musik Aus Koln), Gunter Schickert and others.

    Finally, the album also features an array of heavy and progressive German cosmic rock groups – Dzyan, Virus and the amazing Turkish/German tripped out sound of Alex’s ‘Patella Black’, recorded at Can’s Inner Space in 1973, produced by Holger Czukay and Jackie Liebezeit.

    Deutsche Elektronische 4 comes with extensive newly commissioned sleevenotes by David Stubbs, author of the seminal books ‘Future Days: Krautrock and the building of Modern Germany’, ‘Mars By 1980: The story of Electronic Music’, and ‘Krautrock: Cosmic Rock and its Legacy’.

    This album comes as a heavyweight triple vinyl edition with full colour inner sleeves, as well as a deluxe double CD edition with outsize booklet and slipcase. Both formats include full liner notes and extensive rare photography.

    • Alex – Patella Black
    • Klaus Weiss – Driving Sequences
    • Can – I'm So Green
    • Agitation Free – Laila, Part II
    • Deutsche Wertarbeit – Guten Abend, Leute
    • Amon Düül II – Wolf City
    • Michael Rother – Flammende Herzen
    • Klaus Weiss – Pink Sails
    • Virus – My Strand-Eyed Girl
    • Conrad Schnitzler – Ballet Statique
    • Kalacakra – Nearby Shiras
    • EMAK – Tanz In Den Himmel
    • Et Cetera – Mellodrama 2a
    • Between – Triumphzug Kaiser Maximilian I
    • Roedelius – Halmharfe
    • Dzyan – Dragonsong
    • Harmonia – Deluxe (Immer Wieder)
    • Günter Schickert – Suleika
    • Witthüser & Westrupp – Schöpfung (1. Mose 1)
    Enrique Rodriguez and The Negra Chiway BandFase LiminalSoul Jazz Records

    Powerful new spiritual jazz from Chile on Soul Jazz Records!

    This album comes as a very limited one-off unique pressing of 1000-edition vinyl, limited editon CD and digital release.

    Enrique Rodríguez and the Negra Chiway Band group have an instantly powerful and unique sound that is reminiscent of the ensembles of Sun Ra and his Arkestra as well as Horace Tapscott and his Pan-Afrikan Peoples Arkestra, one that channels the righteous spirits of Alice Coltrane, John Coltrane, Pharoah Sanders, Archie Shepp and McCoy Tyner together with a stunning Latin rhythmical and new consciousness and percussive energy. Added to this are elements of the Samurai film soundtracks of Akira Kurosawa, Popol Vuh’s musical spirituality (especially their work with film director Werner Herzog), Tibetan Buddhism and over-blowing chants, that all combine to give a truly unique new sound.

    Enrique Rodríguez is a composer, percussionist, keyboardist, and producer from Santiago, Chile, whose work shows many similarities with the music featured on Soul Jazz Records’ recent collection ‘Kaleidoscope - New Spirts Known and Unknown’, featuring new forward-looking jazz artists including Mathew Halsall, Theon Cross, Emma-Jean Thackray and Makaya McCraven.

    Like all these artists, Rodríguez’s work is a progressive and experimental fusion of earlier influences that combine into a new and definitely 21st century ground-breaking sound that, on account of its South American setting, give the group its truly unique feeling. Hypnotic modal piano riffs, powerful brass and flutes, an army of Latin percussion instruments, and addictive vocal chants all combine in this powerful mix of radical 60s Afro-centric jazz, eastern spirituality and cosmology, and Latin American rhythmical movement.

    Awesome!

    • Enrique Rodriquez and The Negra Chiway Band – Dónde ?
    • Enrique Rodriquez and The Negra Chiway Band – Descenso
    • Enrique Rodriquez and The Negra Chiway Band – Vindakalla-Welukan (Autoconfrontación)
    • Enrique Rodriquez and The Negra Chiway Band – No Quiero Seguir Así
    • Enrique Rodriquez and The Negra Chiway Band – Acabar de Conocerse
    • Enrique Rodriquez and The Negra Chiway Band – Paso Firme
    • Enrique Rodriquez and The Negra Chiway Band – Dónde ? (Alternate Take)
    • 1. Enrique Rodriquez and The Negra Chiway Band – Dónde ?
    • 2. Enrique Rodriquez and The Negra Chiway Band – Descenso
    • 3. Enrique Rodriquez and The Negra Chiway Band – Vindakalla-Welukan (Autoconfrontación)
    • View full info and tracklisting
    KaleidoscopeSoul Jazz Records

    Soul Jazz Records’ new album ‘Kaleidoscope – New Spirits Known and Unknown’ brings together many of the ground-breaking artists involved in the new jazz scene that has developed in the UK over the last few years. Featured artists include Matthew Halsall, Yazmin Lacey, Ill Considered, Tenderlonious, Theon Cross, Emma-Jean Thackray and many, many more in this ground-breaking release.

    As well as sharing a pioneering spirit in these new artists’ approach to frontier-crossing musical boundaries, a further theme of this album is that many also share a determination to independent practices - and most of these artists’ recordings featured here are either self-published or released on independent labels. While the attention of this new wave of jazz artists has up until now has been London-based, this album shows how this movement is spread across the whole of Britain (and indeed beyond).

    ‘Kaleidoscope – New Spirits Known and Unknown’ shows that while there is commonality in these artists approach to music, there is a wide variety of styles – from deep spiritual jazz, electronic experimentalisation, punk-edged funk, uplifting modal righteousness, deep soulful vocals and much more.

    Soul Jazz Records’ new release comes as a superb one-off pressing special deluxe triple album edition which comes with a bonus limited-edition one-off pressing 7" single, a standard triple album, and a deluxe double CD pack. This album also comes with extensive sleevenotes, artist interviews and exclusive photography.

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    Soul Jazz records are also releasing an exclusive one-off pressing double-headed 12” single featuring Theon Cross and Pokus released on the same day as the ‘Kaleidoscope’ album release. These two tracks do not feature on the vinyl edition of the album - this 12" single will will also be deleted on day of release.

    • Matthew Halsall & The Gondwana Orchestra – When The World Was One
    • Yazmin Lacey – 90 Degrees
    • Hector Plimmer – Communication Control
    • Ill Considered – Long Way Home (Live At The Crypt)
    • The Expansions – Mosaic
    • Chip Wickham – Red Planet
    • Levitation Orchestra – Odyssey
    • Emma-Jean Thackray – Walrus
    • Tenderlonious and The 22archestra – The Shakedown
    • Pokus – Pokus One
    • Theon Cross – Candace Of Meroe
    • Joe Armon-Jones & Maxwell Owin – Tanner's Tango
    • Collocutor – Gozo
    • Makaya McCraven – Untitled
    • Nat Birchall – Ancient World
    • Ruby Rushton – Moonlight Woman
    • Ebi Soda – Dimmsdale
    • The Cromagnon Band – Thunder Perfect
    • SEED Ensemble – Mirrors
    • Ishmael Ensemble – Kito's Theme
    • Vels Trio – Yellow Ochre (Part 1)
    • 1. Matthew Halsall & The Gondwana Orchestra – When The World Was One
    • 2. Yazmin Lacey – 90 Degrees
    • 3. Hector Plimmer – Communication Control
    • View full info and tracklisting

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    Expanded edition which now features five extra tracks!

    This ground-breaking album features non-stop killer reggae versions of original funk and soul classics in a disco style. Reggae disco updates of seminal classics by Anita Ward (‘Ring My Bell’), Chaka Khan (‘I’m Every Woman’), Michael Jackson ‘Don’t Stop ‘til You Get Enough,’ Sugarhill Gang (‘Rappers Delight’ here performed by Derrick Laro & Trinity for producer Joe Gibbs) and more, all showing the hidden but inseparable link between the dance floors of New York, Kingston and London.

    New bonus tracks to this collection include Derrick Harriott’s funky take on Eddie Drennon’s ‘Do It Nice and Easy’, the classic disco reggae of Risco Connection’s performing McFadden and Whitehead’s ‘Ain’t No Stopping Us Now’ and the London rare groove lovers rock of Charmaine Burnett singing Barbara Acklin’s soul classic ‘Am I The Same Girl’.

    ‘Hustle! Reggae Disco’ has been one of Soul Jazz Records’ best-selling releases since its first release 15 years ago (and subsequently featured heavily in the early Grand Theft Auto games!). This new edition comes complete fully re-mastered and with all original titles plus new tracks. This new expanded edition now comes as a triple album (+ download code), CD and digital album.

    ‘The effect of American R&B and soul music on Jamaican reggae is well documented, but the story doesn't stop there, for disco (and more so now for rap and hip-hop) have also been subsumed into the reggae mix, and while one might suspect that the resulting hybrid would die of its own implausibility, the feral mix of disco with reggae rhythms is so darn infectious that it hardly matters. Once you take your brain out of the frame and just let your feet go, this collection is a dancer's delight all done up in full-blown disco style, but with huge dub-style rhythm tracks … if you're looking for an impossibly infectious dance collection, this is it.’ All Music

    • Blood Sisters – Ring My Bell
    • Derrick Laro and Trinity – Don't Stop Til You Get Enough
    • Chariot Riders – Do It Nice & Easy
    • Black Harmony – Don't Let It Go To Your Head
    • Latisha – I'm Every Woman
    • Ernest Ranglin – In The Rain
    • Family Choice – Reggae Beat Goes On
    • Risco Connection – Ain't No Stopping Us Now
    • Xanadu and Sweet Lady – Rappers Delight
    • Sharon Forrester – Love Don't Live Here Any More
    • Carol Cool – Upside Down
    • One Blood – Be Thankful For What You've Got
    • Charmaine Burnett – Am I The Same Girl
    • 1. Blood Sisters – Ring My Bell
    • 2. Derrick Laro and Trinity – Don't Stop Til You Get Enough
    • 3. Chariot Riders – Do It Nice & Easy
    • View full info and tracklisting
    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.
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    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
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    Soul of A Nation: Afro-Centric Visions in the Age of Black PowerSoul Jazz Records

    This album coincides with the massive new exhibition Soul of A Nation - Art in the Age of Black Power at Tate Modern, London.


    Watch Channel 4 news piece here

    Read Guardian feature here

    The album shows how the ideals of the civil rights movement, black power and black nationalism influenced the evolvement of radical African-American music in the United States of America in the intensely political and revolutionary period at the end of the 1960s following the assassinations of Malcolm X, Martin Luther King and the rise of the Black Panther party.

    Featuring groundbreaking artists such as Gil Scott-Heron, Roy Ayers, Don Cherry, Oneness of Juju, Sarah Webster Fabio, Horace Tapscott, Phil Ranelin and many others, Soul of A Nation shows how political themes led to the rise of ‘conscious’ black music as new afro-centric styles combined the musical radicalism and spirituality of John Coltrane and radical avant-garde jazz music alongside the intense funk and soul of James Brown and Aretha Franklin and the urban poetry and proto-rap of the streets.

    The Soul of a Nation exhibition draws on the links between Black art forms – art, music, poetry - and how they came together during the civil rights and black power era as part of the wider black arts movement across the United States.

    Iconic African-Amercian revolutionary figures such as Martin Luther King, Malcolm X and Angela Davis, John Coltrane, Muhammad Ali all appear in the radical artworks of Barkley L. Hendricks, Romare Bearden, Norman Lewis, Lorraine O’Grady and Betye Saar.

    Stuart Baker (founder of Soul Jazz Records) will appear with the curators on the panel of Jazz for Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power discussion at the gallery as part of the show. You can book a ticket for this event here

    The Soul of a Nation album comes with extensive sleeve-notes and exclusive photography in a large 36-page outsize booklet and slipcase. Double gatefold vinyl album edition comes with full colour inners + bonus download code and includes full sleeve-notes/photography.

    Read More Reviews of the Soul of A Nation Exhibition:

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    • Gil Scott-Heron – The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
    • Mandingo Griot Society with Don Cherry – Sounds From The Bush
    • Roy Ayers Ubiquity – Red, Black and Green
    • Philip Cohran and The Artistic Heritage Ensemble – Malcolm X
    • Sarah Webster Fabio – Sweet Songs
    • Phil Ranelin – Vibes From The Tribe
    • Horace Tapscott with the Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra – Desert Fairy Princess
    • David McKnight – Strong Men
    • Joe Henderson – Black Narcissus
    • Oneness Of Juju – African Rhythms
    • Doug Carn – Suratal Ihklas
    • Duke Edwards and The Young Ones – Is It Too Late ?
    • Carlos Garnett – Mother Of The Future
    • 1. Gil Scott-Heron – The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
    • 2. Mandingo Griot Society with Don Cherry – Sounds From The Bush
    • 3. Roy Ayers Ubiquity – Red, Black and Green
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    Packed to the brim with serious break-heavy, heavyweight funk tunes from classic New Orleans artists including Eddie Bo, Betty Harris, Dave Bartholomew, Johnny Adams and Eldridge Holmes (with the ever-present Allen Toussaint and The Meters as always behind the scenes). There is also a host of rare cuts from a number of lesser-known second line New Orleans artists, whose fame rarely reached past the walls of the city, including Gus ‘The Groove’ Lewis, James K-Nine, Norma Jean, Bob French, Chuck Colbert, Zilla Mayes and Joe Haywood.

    In the 1960s the syncopated beat of New Orleans Funk developed out of a gumbo mix of New Orleans local flavours – rhythm and blues, Mardi Gras Indians, the street percussion Second Line of the Jazz Funeral and Marching bands, Caribbean rhumba and mambo rhythms – all of which are in full effect. Even Zydeco, the rhythm and blues offspring of Louisiana Cajun music, had the funk as the King of Zydeco, Clifton Chenier, shows us here. 

    New Orleans music and Voodoo both have their roots in the African-American free black and slave gatherings held at Congo Square from the 18th century onwards. Here Voodoo king Doctor John (the original one!) and Voodoo queen Marie Levaux held court over their followers, and here also could be heard the first sounds of New Orleans jazz music. Soul Jazz Records’ latest album describes how these two cultural forms are inextricably inter-related. 

    The album traces the path of funk from the very first glimpses of the style – Dave Bartholomew’s super-tight ‘The Monkey’ (recorded in 1957) and James Waynes’ junkie jailbird anthem ‘Junco Partner’ (1951, later covered by Dr John, Professor Longhair, James Booker, and The Clash) through to the 1970s heavyweight boogie funk of Chocolate Milk’s rare groove classic Action Speak Louder Than Words and The Baron’s ‘Making It Better’. 

    Also featured is a selection of hard-core classic funk productions from the legendary Eddie Bo (James K-Nine, David Robinson) and the genius of Allen Toussaint (Eldridge Holmes, Gus ‘The Groove’ Lewis, Lou Johnson). There also a number of super-rare independent New Orleans’ one-off 45 single funk productions from the likes of Chick Colbert and Bob French. And lastly, New Orleans Funk female vocalists are in full effect with tracks by Betty Harris (whose ‘Lost Queen of New Orleans Soul’ has just come out on Soul Jazz Records), Zilla Mayes and Norma Jean. 

    This album is released as a heavyweight double gatefold vinyl (+ download code), CD pack and digital album, and comes with extensive long-form sleeve-notes and stunning photography from the Ralston Crawford New Orleans collection and Hogan Jazz Archives at Tulane University, New Orleans.

    Recent related Soul Jazz Records release: Betty Harris 'The Queen of New Orleans Soul' (SJR LP/CD/D345).

    Digital album includes all tracks. Tracks 4,7,11,12 not available individually (only as bundle).

    • Eldridge Holmes – Pop, Popcorn Children
    • Gus 'The Groove' Lewis – Let The Groove Move You
    • Dave Bartholomew – The Monkey
    • Chocolate Milk – Action Speaks Louder Than Words
    • James K-Nine – Live It Up
    • Lou Johnson – Frisco Here I Come
    • Norma Jean – No Competition
    • James Waynes – Junco Partner
    • David Robinson – I'm A Carpenter (Part 1)
    • The Barons Ltd – Making It Better
    • Johnny Adams – You Make A New Man Out Of Me
    • Clifton Chenier – Party Down
    • Eddie Bo – Can You Handle It
    • Bob French's Storyville Jazz Band – Y'er Comes The Funky Man
    • Joe Haywood – Play Me A Cornbread Song
    • Betty Harris – I'm Gonna Git Ya
    • Chuck Colbert & Viewpoint – Stay
    • Zilla Mayes – All I Want Is You
    • 1. Eldridge Holmes – Pop, Popcorn Children
    • 2. Gus 'The Groove' Lewis – Let The Groove Move You
    • 3. Dave Bartholomew – The Monkey
    • View full info and tracklisting
    New Orleans Funk Vol. 3: The Original Sound of FunkSoul Jazz Records

    This new instalment of New Orleans Funk subtitled 'Two-Way-Pocky-Way, Gumbo Ya Ya and the Mardi Gras Mambo' features more classic New Orleans funk in all its forms.


    The syncopated percussion beat of the second line jazz parade bands, the secret language and dances of the Mardi Gras Indians, the mambo and latin rhythms of Professor Longhair and the city’s many piano players help make New Orleans a unique musical melting pot.


    New Orleans long musical heritage begins at Congo Square with the creation of jazz, the original creole culture clash of African heritage and European instrumentation.


    In the 1960s and into the early 1970s add to this the creative powerhouses of Allen Toussaint, The Meters, Eddie Bo and others alongside the famous musical families of the city – the Nevilles, the Marsalis’s, the Lasties – and we find ourselves at the birthplace of the original sound of funk - New Orleans Funk.


    A seemingly endless line of amazing singers - Lee Dorsey, Betty Harris, Willie West, Eldridge Holmes – released a constant stream of stunning 45s, backed by the super-funk Meters and produced by Allen Toussaint. The multi-talented Eddie Bo, similarly wrote and produced for an elite set of artists including The Explosions, Chuck Carbo and others.


    But limited local record distribution meant that most of these artists remained unknown outside of the city borders and as a consequence many of these records are serious collectors items today.


    Add to this the syncopated poly-rhythm funk of Mardi Gras Indians with a rare version of the carnival classic Two-Way-Pock-A-Way, and the parade band jazz of the Rebirth Jazz Band (with their twisted take on the Blackbyrd’s rare groove classic Do It Fluid) and you have the latest instalment in Soul Jazz Records’ New Orleans Funk series.


    Read Quietus large feature here


    REVIEWS:
    "The hallmark of a great Soul Jazz compilation is the balance between the stone cold classic and the well selected deep cut, and this compilation serves up both well." Quietus
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     "The Soul Jazz label’s long-running curation of New Orleans’s funky past has already yielded several premier league collections for hungry musical gumbo fans. The latest catch from the Nola freak scene... doesn’t disappoint with its swaggering and swinging line of classic cuts."  The Irish Times


    “Every New Orleans Funk release confirms that Soul Jazz Records should keep a triple A in the genre of Soul/Funk.” 90BPM

    • Willie West w/ The Meters – Fairchild
    • Professor Longhair – Go To The Mardi Gras
    • Betty Harris – Trouble With My Lover
    • Tony Owens – Got A Get My Baby Back Home
    • Lee Dorsey – Little Baby
    • The Dixie Cups – Two Way Poc A Way
    • Eldridge Holmes – If I Were A Carpenter
    • Dirty Dozen Brass Band – Do It Fluid
    • Lee Dorsey w/ The Meters – What You Want
    • The Explosions – Jockey Ride (Parts 1 & 2)
    • Allen Toussaint – We The People
    • Chuck Carbo – Take Care Your Homework Friend
    • Betty Harris – What'd I Do Wrong
    • Eldridge Holmes w/The Meters – The Book
    • The Deacons – Fagged Out
    • Diamond Joe – Gossip Gossip
    • Professor Longhair – Big Chief Part 2
    • The Rubaiyats – Omar Khayyam
    • 1. Willie West w/ The Meters – Fairchild
    • 2. Professor Longhair – Go To The Mardi Gras
    • 3. Betty Harris – Trouble With My Lover
    • View full info and tracklisting
    Arthur RussellThe World Of Arthur RussellSoul Jazz Records

    New fully remastered re-release of Soul Jazz Records’ ‘The World of Arthur Russell’, the seminal collection of Arthur Russell’s essential music back in print on awesome limited-edition heavy deluxe triple vinyl and deluxe CD edition.

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    This album brings together some of Russell’s best-loved and most accessible works including his wide-ranging music both solo and in groups including Dinosaur L (the essential ‘Go Bang’), Loose Joints (the equally classic ‘Is It All Over My Face’) as well as rarities such as the 7” only ‘Pop Your Funk’, Indian Ocean’s ‘Schoolbell/Treehouse’, Lola’s ‘Wax The Van’ and more.

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    “Arthur Russell fused the avant-garde with disco and sounds like nothing else on earth.” The GUARDIAN

    “Russell is the great enigma of the New York music scene” THE WIRE

    “Simply one of the best compilations of this or any year.” RECORD COLLECTOR

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    Arthur Russell’s music effortlessly crossed musical boundaries making it timeless. His dance music credentials are faultless and this collection features mixes from Larry Levan, Françcois Kervorkian and Walter Gibbons. Similarly, his song-writing, musicality and performance skills are equally cherished as composer Philip Glass wrote, ‘this was a guy who could sit down with a cello and sing with it in a way that no one on earth has ever done before or will do again.’

    When Soul Jazz Records’ The World of Arthur Russell first came out in 2003, Russell’s music had slipped into near obscurity. Nearly 18 years later there are over a dozen releases of his music, reissues of his original albums and more. ‘The World of Arthur Russell’ is the classic first collection of his work available once more.

    • Dinosuar L – Go Bang (Francois K Mix)
    • Lola – Wax The Van
    • Loose Joints – Is It All Over My Face (Larry Levan Mix)
    • Arthur Russell – Keeping Up
    • Arthur Russell – In The Light Of The Miracle
    • Arthur Russell – A Little Lost
    • Loose Joints – Pop Your Funk
    • Arthur Russell – Lets Go Swimming (Walter Gibbons Mix)
    • Dinosuar L – In The Cornbelt (Larry Levan Mix)
    • Arthur Russell – Treehouse
    • Indian Ocean – Schoolbell/Treehouse (Walter Gibbons Mix)
    Harmony, Melody & StyleLovers Rock In The UK 1975-1992Soul Jazz Records

    A definitive 2-CD/Two Vol 2xLP compilation album of Lovers Rock.

    Double-CD (and two separate volumes of 2xLP) pack includes stunning 34-page booklet telling the story of Lovers Rock including interviews and features and exclusive photography.

    Featuring Dennis Bovell, Carroll Thompson, Louisa Mark and many more.

    Harmony, Melody and Style tells the story of lovers rock – from its sound system beginnings, through its commercial explosion at the start of the 1980s and its underground continuance into the next decade as the founding UK producers of Lovers Rock absorbed and mutated Jamaican reggae and American soul styles into a distinctly British reggae sensibility.

    REVIEWS/FEATURES

    “Hard to fault the collection. Soul Jazz has released a number of excellent collections-- helping to illustrate narratives in particular types of music by providing valuably comprehensive and illuminating context. Harmony is no exception.

    There's over 40 pages of liner notes penned by label boss Stuart Baker, complete with interviews and photos that reach back to the 50s, setting the stage and moving through to the mid 80s. Each page illustrates elements of the rise of lovers rock in sound system culture while at the same time discussing the realities of racism in Britain." PITCHFORK

    “Lovers Rock remains one of our few homegrown authentic musical hybrids, combining elements of American soul, Jamaican reggae and UK female attitude. As ever with Soul Jazz, it is packaged epically.” THE INDEPENDENT

    Read Full PITCHFORK (8.0) piece here 

    Two seperate Vinyl Editions:

    2xLP Volume 1 includes tracks 1-13

    2xLP Volume 2 includes tracks 14-25

    • La Famille – All Night Long
    • Louisa Marks – Caught You In A Lie
    • Sandra Reid – Don't Tell Me Tell Her
    • Carroll Thompson – Sing Me A Love Song
    • Winston Curtis – Be Thankful For What You've Got
    • Janet Kay – Feel No Way
    • Paulette Tajah – Stop, Look, Listen
    • Eva Sharp – Upside Down
    • Valerie Harrison – You're No Good
    • Anthony Brightly – I Love You
    • Charmaine Burnett – Make It With You
    • Sister C.C. – Stop Hurting Me
    • Kofi – Black Pride
    • Full Wood – Stop And Think It Over
    • Christine White – Caught By Love
    • Jean Adebambo – Paradise
    • Trevor Hartley – It Must Be Love
    • Blood Sisters – My Love Don't Come Easy
    • Yvonne Archer – Ain't Nobody
    • Louisa Marks – Even Though You're Gone
    • The Cool Notes – People Make The World Go Round
    • Legato – I Cares
    • Candy McKenzie – Thinking of You
    • Wendy Walker – We've Got One
    • The Sadonians – Goodbye My Love
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    Coxsone's MusicSoul Jazz Records

    Coxsone's Music is a stunning new 3-CD/two separate double LP (+ free download) collection featuring over two and half hours of early Jamaican proto-ska, rhythm and blues, jazz, rastafari and gospel music - charting the earliest recordings produced by Clement Dodd, in the years before he launched the mighty Studio One Records, brought together here for the first time ever. 

    Clement Dodd's Sir Coxsone The Downbeat Soundsystem ruled Kingston's dancehalls during this era and these recordings strongly reflect the influences of American rhythm and blues and jump jazz on Jamaican music fans. By the time the new record company formed in Brentford Road, Kingston in 1963, the young Clement 'Sir Coxsone' Dodd had already managed to release an incredible wealth of recordings by the talented musicians and artists on the island of Jamaica and this collection reflects just that:

    Featuring Don Drummond, Roland Alphonso, Derrick Harriott, Owen Gray, Clancy Eccles, Count Ossie, Monty Alexander, The Blues Busters, Ernest Ranglin, Rico Rodriguez and many, many more all captured here in their formative early years. 

    Before Studio One, Clement Dodd released this music on a variety of his early record labels such as Worldisc, All Stars, Coxsone, D Darling (named after Coxsone's mother, who received a production credit on the label), Muzik City (named after Dodd's record store on East Queen's Street), Port O Jam, Supreme and Sensational. Sleevenotes to this collection are by Studio One authority Rob Chapman, author of the Never Grow Old and Downbeat Special books cataloguing the many recordings of the label.

    (Vinyl Double Record A is tracks 1-24, Vinyl Double Record B is tracks 25-46)

    • Don Drummond – Roll On Sweet Don
    • Derrick Harriott – Answer Me
    • Aubrey Adams – Do Du Wap
    • Busty & Cool – What A World
    • Roland Alphonso – Counter Punch
    • Owen & Millie – Do You Know
    • Workshop Musicians – Calypso Jazz
    • Don Drummond – Elevation Rock
    • The Blues Busters – There's Always Sunshine
    • Clue J and his Blues Blasters – Unkown Shuffle Blues
    • The Jiving Juniors – Darling Don't Leave Me
    • The Mellow Larks – Time To Pray
    • Owen Gray – Twisting My Baby
    • Cecil Loyd Quintet – What Is The Thing Called Love
    • Theo Beckford – That's Me
    • Simms & Robinson – White Christmas
    • Cecil Lloyd Quintet – Sometimes I'm Happy
    • Owen Gray – Best Twist
    • The Blues Busters – Tell Me Why
    • Don Drummond – Dew Drops
    • Clancy Eccles – River Jordan
    • Workshop Musicians – Serenade In Sound
    • Owen Gray – Young Lover
    • The City Slickers – Oceans 11
    • The Blues Busters – You Had It All Wrong
    • Clue J and his Blues Blasters – Salt Lane Shuffle
    • Lascelles Perkins – Real Gone Clown
    • Don Drummond – Reload
    • Clancy Eccles – Freedom
    • Clue J and his Blues Blasters – Pine Juice
    • The Jiving Juniors – Over The River
    • Don Drummond – Schooling The Duke
    • The Mellow Cats & Count Ossie – Rock A Man Soul
    • Monty & The Cyclones – Summertime
    • The Mellowlarks – No More Wedding
    • Roland Alphonso & Carol McLaughlin – Just Cool
    • Owen & Millie – Sugar Plum
    • Clue J and his Blues Blasters – Silky
    • Basil Gabbidon – Independent Blues
    • Don Drummond and The City Slickers – That Man Is Back
    • Simms & Robinson – Searching
    • The Shinners – Romantic Shuffle
    • Cecil Lloyd Quintet – Grooving With The Beat
    • Neville Esson – I Do
    • Workshop Musicians – Burnie's Tune
    • Owen & Millie – Sit and Cry
    Merrilee RushAngel Of The MorningBell Records

    Classic 1968 album featuring the hit - "Angel Of The Morning" 

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      The Doors The DoorsElektra (1967)

      Debut album. 100% essential to everyone. Absolutely a classic - every tune is a monster including of course Light My Fire and the epic The End.

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        Studio One Rude BoySoul Jazz Records

        Rude Boys are synonymous with Jamaican Dancehall culture from the present day going back to the very early days of Sir Coxsone Dodd and Duke Reid’s first sound-clashes in Kingston . Studio One Rude Boy features artists and songs about rude boys and rude boy culture from all periods of Studio One’s history.

        The album features Ska, Rocksteady, DJs, Roots and Dub The album features classic tracks from Jamaica’s finest singers and groups such as The Wailers, John Holt, the Wailing Souls, Dennis Brown alongside super-rare tracks from artists such as Mr Foundation, Dudley Sibbley and The Soul Brothers all recorded under Clement ‘Sir Coxsone’ Dodd’s supervision at the legendary recording studio and record label. Musical backing comes from the legendary in-house bands – The Skatalites, The Sound Dimension, Soul Vendors and Soul Defenders – who provide the classic Studio One rhythms so influential in the history of Reggae.

        • Jackie Opel – You're Too Bad
        • Johnny Osbourne – Murderer
        • John Holt – Hooligan
        • Keith McCarthy – Everybody Rude Now
        • Owen Gray – Ballistic Affair
        • Roy Richards – Get Smart
        • Dillinger – Stop The War
        • Jim Brown – Love In The Dance
        • Desmond Baker And The Clarendonians – Rude Boy Gone A Jail
        • The Wailers – Good Good Rudie
        • Dennis Brown – Make It Easy On Yourself
        • Wailing Souls – Don't Fight It
        • Dub Specialist – Peace Theme
        • Mr Foundation – See Them A Come
        • Dudley Sibley – Run Boy Run
        • Dennis Brown – Johnny Too Bad
        • Bob Andy – Crime Don?t Pay
        • Soul Brothers – Mr Kiss A Bang Bang
        FruitFruitAthens Of The North

        Fruit's fleeting existence was only recently revealed by the discovery of a few unsold copies of their sole 1978 single "Say It" - a cult showpiece for savvy DJs and collectors. Athens of the North reach out and reissue their complete album of the group's stylish, dancefloor-smashing funk and deep disco on tape, unreleased for over 30 years. Essential! 

        • – If You Feel It, Say Yeah
        • – Space Lady
        • – Life Is a Challenge
        • – I Lost the Love I Thought I Had
        • – Say It (2 Track Live Demo)
        • – Fruit of the Universe
        • – Say It
        • – What You Gonna Do
        • – Spring
        • – I Lost the Love I Thought I Had (2 Track Live Demo)
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        MC5Kick Out The JamsElektra (1969)

        First released in 1969 this album was years ahead of its time. From the blistering opening track Ramblin Rose to the esquisite Kick Out the Jams this album is a must for anyone with the slightest interest in 'Rock' music. Powerful, raw and rockin are just a few words which sum up a master piece of an album.

        Don't buy anything else until this is in your collection.

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          Studio One Rocksteady Volume 2 : Rocksteady, Soul and Early Reggae at Studio OneSoul Jazz Records

          Soul Jazz Records’ new journey into the mighty vaults of Clement Dodd’s Studio One steps once more into the fertile musical environment of Jamaican music in the late 1960s and early 1970s, from the sweet harmony vocals of seminal 1960s Rocksteady right up to the nascent birth of Reggae and Roots music at the start of the 1970s.

          Sleevenotes to this album are by Steve Barrow, author of ‘Rough Guide to Reggae’ as well as Soul Jazz Records’ own ‘Reggae Soundsystem Cover Art’ books.

          While Ska at the start of the 1960s had taken American rhythm and blues as its main influence, Rocksteady focused on the emergence of American Soul music – with Jamaican vocal harmony groups such as The Gaylads, John Holt & The Paragons, Carlton & The Shoes showing a particular fascination with the close harmonies of Curtis Mayfield and The Impressions and other US soul acts. Here The Heptones even feature with a cover of Bob Dylan’s ‘I Shall Be Released’.

          The influence of Soul music on Jamaican rock steady and reggae is almost palpable, so much so that one wonders how much more successful singers like Delroy Wilson, Alton Ellis, Slim Smith and John Holt would have been had they been born in Chicago, Detroit or Memphis

          Artists such as Alton Ellis, Delroy Wilson and Owen Gray defined the era – a slowed down beat as Jamaican political and social heat slowly increased as the 1960s progressed into the start of the 1970s –  and the music evolved further from rock steady into roots reggae.

          Wicked tunes!

          Double vinyl + download code, Deluxe CD, Digital album.

          Reviews:

          "Every tune is a bonaflide classic" Pitchfork

          Read full Pitchfork article here

          • Hortense Ellis – Sitting In The Park
          • The Termites – Rub Up Push Up
          • Carlton and The Shoes – Never Let Go
          • Alton Ellis – I'm Still In Love With You
          • Owen Gray – Give Me A Little Sign
          • The Bassies – Big Mistake
          • Hortense and Alton Ellis – Breaking Up Is Hard To Do
          • Slim Smith – Born To Love
          • Cannon and The Soul Vendors – Bad Treatment
          • John Holt – Strange Things
          • The Actions – Giddy Up
          • Larry Marshall – It Makes Me Feel
          • The Paragons – Change Your Style
          • Jerry Jones – Trying Times
          • The Heptones – I Shall Be Released
          • The Gaylads – The Soul Beat
          • Delroy Wilson – Run Run
          • The Soul Two – Puppy Love
          • Delroy Wilson – Riding For A Fall
          John Armstrong presents: Afrobeat BrasilBBE

          The African beats always been essential to Brazil's music. But now the new generation of musicians, singers and rappers are tweaking the basics of Fela's funk to fit with samba swing, bossa tempo and nordestino nous. John Armstrong's new compilation Afrobeat Brasil features 14 blazing tracks from 2011 to 2017 that nod towards Nigeria, Ethiopia, Mali and beyond – with feet firmly in Brazil. Recommended!

          • Andre Abujamra – Origem
          • BNegao – Bass Do Tambo (feat Os Seletores De Frequencia)
          • Camarao Orkestra – Afoxe (feat Agathe Iracema)
          • Bixiga 70 – 5 Esquinas
          • Thiago Franca – Etiopia
          • Tassia Reis – Desapegada
          • Rodrigo Campos – Sou De Salvador
          • Andre Sampaiao – Wababa (feat Os Afromandinga)
          • Trabalhos Espaciais Manuais – Farofa De Banana
          • IFA – Salva Dor
          • Otto Nasca – Democracia E Seus Demonios
          • Meta Meta – Logun
          • Ellen Oleria – Afrofuturo (Nave Beatz remix)
          • 1. Andre Abujamra – Origem
          • 2. BNegao – Bass Do Tambo (feat Os Seletores De Frequencia)
          • 3. Camarao Orkestra – Afoxe (feat Agathe Iracema)
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          Rewind Vol.6Ubiquity

          Sixth volume in Ubiquity's excellent, and very popular, 'Rewind' series! Feat. tracks from the likes of Shawn Lee, Monophonics, The Lions, The Echocentrics and more! 

          • Monophonics – Bang Bang
          • Shawn Lee's Incredible Tabla Band – Apache
          • Black Randy – Give It Up Or Turn It Loose [clip]
          • The Echocentrics – Party People
          • Johnny Frigo – Day Tripper (Album Exclusive)
          • Bei Bei & Shawn Lee – East
          • 1. Monophonics – Bang Bang
          • 2. Shawn Lee's Incredible Tabla Band – Apache
          • 3. Black Randy – Give It Up Or Turn It Loose [clip]
          • View full info and tracklisting
          • LP£18.99 £9.99
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          Studio One RocksteadySoul Jazz Records

          Out now!

          Get ready .. 

          With excellent sleevenotes by Lloyd Bradley (author of the classic book Bass Culture - When Reggae Was King (Penguin)) this album is dedicated to rocksteady at Studio One as well as covering reggae soul and the birth of reggae.

          Featuring an all-star selection of artists: Ken Boothe, Marcia Griffiths, Jackie Mittoo, The Heptones, John Holt, Alton Ellis, Dennis Brown and more.

          Soul Jazz Records' Studio One Rocksteady is released in CD- jewel case, 16-page booklet with card slipcase, as well as a heavyweight double-vinyl edition in deluxe strong gatefold sleeve (with full sleeve notes and free download code) and also as a digital download.

          "A Superb choice of songs, an essential selection" David Rodigan

          REVIEWS:

          "Soul Jazz’s excellent collection… even without the history, the importance, and the ins and outs, this music isn’t as much of an intellectual pursuit as it is a pleasure in every note… tremendously tight vocal arrangements… just chock full of creativity, developing a unique sound in every single." Pitchfork

          "This stunning compile… perfectly articulates rocksteady's correlation with sweet, sweet soul music… Heart-warming, life-affirming stuff." Stack Magazine, Australia 

          "Songs of love and lust had never channelled such a rich slice of cultural and social life as here" Wire Magazine

          “Splendid anthology” Rock & Folk, France

          "First class compilation for connoisseurs.” SKUG Magazine, Austria

          • The Eternals – Stars
          • John Holt – Fancy Make Up
          • Cecille Campbell – Whisper To Me
          • The Heptones – Party Time
          • The Gaylads – Joy In The Morning
          • Marcia Griffiths – My Ambition
          • The Heptones – Love Won't Come Easy
          • Alton Ellis – Hurting Me
          • The Wailing Souls – Row Fisherman Row
          • Ken Boothe – Home Home Home
          • Jackie Mittoo – Our Thing
          • Ken Boothe – When I Fall In Love
          • Larry & Alvin – Throw Me Corn
          • Duke Morgan – Lick It Back
          • Carlton and The Shoes – Me and You
          • Dennis Brown – Easy Take It Easy
          • The Classics – Pack Up
          • Ken Boothe – Moving Away
          • 2×LP£23.00
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          Leroy HutsonThe Man! (1973)Curtom

          Seminal rare groove debut album from the legendary Leroy Hutson released on Curtis Mayfield's Curtom label in 1973. Killer

            • Reissue LP£17.00
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            Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66Herb Alpert Presents...(1966)A&M

            Their first album on A&M, an absolute classic example of 60's Brazillian music, every track a winner. Includes "Mas Que Nada", "Agua De Beber", "Berimbau" and many more!


            • – MAs Que Nada
            • – Berimbau
            • LP£20.99
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            • Original LP£15.00
              Vinyl condition: VG+Sleeve condition: VG+Original = Original USA Vinyl

              100% Guarantee on this and all Original Vinyl at Sounds Of The Universe - 'if you're not happy we're not happy' or your money back!
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            Miguel de DeusBlack Soul BrothersGroovie

            Psychedelic Brazilian, soul/funk classic reissued for the first time since its initial release in 1977! Sought after by many for years this is a must for fans of Brazilian soul and psychedelia. It's raw rock-funk-psychedelic-tropicalia! 

            Limited to 500 copies worldwide!


            • – Cinco Anos
            • – Pedacos
            • – Mister Funk
            • – Flaca Louca
            • – Black Soul Brothers
            • – Lua Cheia
            • – Pode Se Queimar
            • – Fabrica De Papeis
            • LP£23.99
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            Brazilian Guitar Fuzz Bananas: Tropicalia Psychedelic Masterpieces 1967-1976World Psychedelic Funk Classics

            Super heavy compilation featuring super duper rare fuzz-funk psych 45's from Brazil!

            Following on from the huge success of 'Psych-Funk 101' Now-Again boss Egon presents Joel Stones' Brazilian Guitar, Fuzz Bananas. This compilation delves deep into funky heavy psychedelic wonders from Brazil's Tropicalia movement! Mixing psychedelic rock, avant-garde musique concrete, samba, funk and soul giving the music an infectious energy!

            Non of the songs on here have EVER been reissued, and have been restored from the best source possible and remastered for near-perfect sound quality. The Enhanced CD comes with a 48 page full colour booklet and contains a wealth of imagery and detailed annotation and liner notes in both English and Portuguese.

            The documentary contained on the CD – What Are Fuzz Bananas – details the making of this anthology and sources interviews from Rio de Janeiro to Los Angeles with the likes of the compilation’s Marisa Rossi and Cut Chemist, Egon and Elijah Wood. The gatefold 2LP comes with an oversized 12x12” full color booklet with all of the liner notes and photos from the CD and contains original artwork on the inside (3D glasses included in the first pressing).

            • the youngsters – i wanna be your man
            • fabio – lindo sonho delirante
            • 14 bis – god save the queen
            • com os falcoes reals – ele seculo xx
            • 2xLP + Download Code£23.99
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            The Watts ProphetsRappin Black In A White WorldALA

            Super rare stuff from LA's answer to The Last Poets. Heavyweight early proto-rap. Wicked.

              • Reissue LP£16.00
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