Ras G / BARKA Deep Space Nine / Gloom Steez / Taste This

    Sounds Of The Universe/Soul Jazz Records
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    • Ras G / BARKA – deep space nine
    • Ras G / BARKA – gloom steez
    • Ras G / BARKA – taste this
    • 1. deep space nine
    • 2. gloom steez
    • 3. taste this

    As a prelude to our massive new double album (2CD, Two volumes of 2xLP) Sounds of The Universe: Art + Sound 2012-2015

    released next week on Soul Jazz Records

    We bring you this WORLDWIDE EXCLUSIVE VINYL ETCHED RAS G 12" EP to customers of Sounds Of The Universe/Soul Jazz Records. You can only buy this direct from us here at Soul Jazz Records or Sounds of the Universe.

    These three tracks will be appearing on the 2CD but NOT on the LPs - this is your only chance to buy these tracks on vinyl!  This single is the new extremely limited 300 copies 180-gm vinyl the tenth in our unique and highly sought-after and collectible Art +Sound 12" set of releases.

    INSTANT COLLECTORS ITEMS - these sell out fast!

    ALL PREVIOUS Art + Sound 12"S ARE SOLD OUT & DELETED!

    We welcome Los Angeles's Ras G to our 'Art + Sound' series, who weighs in with a trio of low-slung, pneumatic beat instrumentals!

    Opening, 'Deep Space Nine' drips sci-fi FX over a buzzing moog and a lumbering rhythm. The choral 'Gloom Steez' follows with ultramarine, hymnal swirls around some more of Ras G's trademark boom-bap; while the dense, jazzy, blue-notes of 'Taste This' close this killer 12".

    The single features beautiful etched, afro-egyptological theme from London based artist, BARKA. 

    You can also pre-order the massive forthcoming Sounds of the Universe album now here

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        New Orleans Funk Vol. 4Soul Jazz Records

        Soul Jazz Records’ latest excursion into the Crescent City vaults delves deep into the roots and history of the Voodoo world of New Orleans Funk.

        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
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