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Soul Jazz Records Presents Punk 45: I'm A Mess - 2022 Reissue

    Initially released in a deluxe vinyl-only edition (now totally sold out), Soul Jazz Records’ ‘Punk 45: I’m A Mess!’ is now released in standard double album vinyl (and for the first time on CD).

    Soul Jazz Records’ long lasting ‘Punk 45’ series are high quality editions of early punk 45s. While previous editions have focused on the early days of punk in Los Angeles, Cleveland, Akron, France, and proto-punk, this new edition focuses on mainly do-it-yourself, or self-released 45s, all made in the UK in the early days of punk.

    While only a handful of Punk 45s were released in 1976, the following two years produced an avalanche of them. Aside from the few punk bands who signed to major labels, many of these singles were self-released private press 45s or independent label 45s. With limited distribution and access to the media, many of these sunk without trace and were lost in history. This album features many of these independent punk 45 gems, lost nuggets of gold from the sea of time.

    The bands featured here come from all across the United Kingdom. Here you will find The Drive, Scotland’s answer to the New York Dolls, Dansette Damage from Newcastle, Stormtrooper from the Isle of Wight and many more - a snapshot of some of the finest private press 45s ever made. Other bands include Cybermen, The Exile and Neon, as well as the early punk incarnations Johnny and The Self-Abusers (who later became Simple Minds) and The Killjoys (led by Kevin Rowland, who later formed Dexy’s Midnight Runners).

    These are all one-off and super rare releases from bands that you have probably never heard of - totally hidden gems from the wastelands of the early days of punk. Totally in keeping with the spirit of the time, this is high octane and righteously independent.

    TRACK LISTING

    The Art Attacks - I Am A Dalek
    The Drive - Jerkin
    Johnny And The Self Abusers - Saints And Sinners
    Trash - Priorities
    The Carpettes - Help I'm Trapped
    Stormtrooper - I'm A Mess
    The Electric Chairs - So Many Ways
    Social Security - I Don't Want My Heart To Rule My Head
    Neon Hearts - Venus Eccentric
    The Cybermen - Cybernetic Surgery
    The Killjoys - Naive
    The Reducers - Things Go Wrong
    Johnny Moped - No One
    Neon - Bottles
    V2 - Speed Freak
    The Exile - Fascist DJ
    Lucy - Feel So Good
    Machines - True Life
    Dansette Damage - N.M.E.

    Various Artists

    Soul Jazz Records Presents 'Studio One Women' - Anniversary Edition

      Soul Jazz Records’ long out of print classic ‘Studio One Women’ collection is being re-released as a new 18th Anniversary edition.

      18 years on from its original release, ‘Studio One Women’ remains one of the ‘Studio One’ series’ most in demand titles and, like all the earlier special coloured editions, is sure to sell out fast.

      Ska, rocksteady, funky reggae, roots, dub mixes, disco mixes - they’re all here from the queens of the Jamaican music scene - ‘Studio One Women’ features a wide mix of classics and obscurities from the finest female voices in reggae.

      Until now most of these tracks have only ever been available as extremely hard to find Jamaican 7” and 12” singles, and even if you were lucky enough to find them, they’d cost you a small fortune.

      Marcia Griffiths and Rita Marley (here with her first group, The Soulettes, whose iconic image features on the cover) are two of Jamaica’s most famous female singers, hugely popular today. Both artists became internationally famous as The I - Threes (along with Judy Mowatt), Bob Marley’s backing singers alongside The Wailers. Also featured are Hortense Ellis, sister of Alton, who cut many smash hits on the island, and Jennifer Lara, a lady who had a long career with Studio One, singing on countless sides.

      ‘Studio One Women’ refers not just to the small selection of artists featured here but also to those who took integral roles throughout the Studio One empire, starting with Doris Darlington, mother of Clement Dodd. Sir Coxsone’s Downbeat Soundsystem, which ruled the dancehalls of Kingston throughout the 1950s and 60s, started off as the musical entertainment for customers of Mrs Darlington’s Nannys Bar.

      Clement Dodd often referred to his mother as ‘Jamaica’s first female DJ’, as she would play records at the bar whenever he was on trips to the US, hunting down R&B records. Other important women behind the scenes included Norma Dodd (wife of Clement), whose sleevenotes featured on many Studio One releases, and Enid Cumberland who, as well as being a successful artist (half of the duo Keith and Enid), taught harmony in the studio and ran the studio shop.

      It would also be impossible not to mention Sister Ignatius, who ran the infamous Alpha Boys School for over 50 years, encouraging students which included Tommy McCook, Johnny ‘Dizzy’ Moore, Lester Sterling and Don Drummond, Theo Beckford, Cedric Brooks, Johnny Osbourne and countless other musicians and artists to excel at music, and many of whom became integral to the success of Studio One.

      TRACK LISTING

      Claudette McLean - Give Love Another Try
      Jennifer Lara - My Man
      The Soulettes - A Deh Pon Dem
      Della Humphrey - Dream Land
      Jennifer Lara - Consider Me
      Denise Darlington - War No Right
      Hortense Ellis - I’m Just A Girl
      Angela Prince - No Bother With No Fuss
      Jerry Jones - There’s A Chance For Me
      The Soulettes - King Street
      Jennifer Lara - Tell Me Where
      The Tonettes - I’ll Give It To You
      Marcia Griffiths - Tell Me Now
      The Jay Tees - Come To Me
      Angela Prince - You A Fool Boy
      Jennifer Lara - I Am In Love

      Steve Reid

      Odyssey Of The Oblong Square - 2022 Reissue

        New special one-off pressing gold CD / gold vinyl edition of this deep spiritual jazz classic.

        Drummer legend extraordinaire, Vietnam conscientious objector, ex- Black Panther, Steve Reid has played with everyone from James Brown to Sun Ra, Fela Kuti and Miles Davis, was a friend of John Coltrane, worked at Motown and, in the latter part of his career, worked extensively with Kieran Hebden, following his path of a radical, revolutionary music up until his untimely death in 2010.

        Soul Jazz Records are re-releasing this rarest release of deep heavyweight jazz by Steve Reid and The Master Brotherhood, entitled ‘Odyssey of the Oblong Square’, first released over thirty five years ago on Steve Reid’s own Mustevic Sound record label (where it came out in an edition of 1000 copies) and has been a serious collector’s album ever since.

        Steve Reid became known worldwide for his radical collaborations with Kieran Hebden after they first recorded together on the Steve Reid Ensemble album, ‘Spirit Walk’, released on Soul Jazz in 2005, releasing five joint releases together in the following years.

        Steve Reid is steeped in musical history and a true pioneer of US deep leftfield jazz. He played in Sun Ra’s Arkestra, was a Motown session drummer and backed James Brown at the Apollo. He was a Black Panther, imprisoned during the Vietnam war as a conscientious objector and lived in Africa in the early 1970s. Reid worked with Freddie Hubbard, Gary Bartz, Ornette Coleman, Lester Bowie, Fela Kuti, Leon Thomas, Miles Davis and many more in his long illustrious and groundbreaking career.

        TRACK LISTING

        1. Odyssey Theme
        2. Deacon’s Son
        3. Odyssey Sweet
        4. Ginsameng

        Various Artists

        Soul Jazz Records Presents - Disco Reggae Rockers

          ‘Disco Reggae Rockers’ features wicked reggae disco versions of funk, soul and disco classics.

          This new album follows on from Soul Jazz Records’ earlier highly successful ‘Hustle: Disco Reggae’ and features reggae covers of classic songs by Earth, Wind and Fire, Michael Jackson, The Isley Brothers, Candi Staton, Curtis Mayfield and more, as performed by Derrick Harriott, Devon Russell, Hortense Ellis, Glen Adams, Dave Barker and others.

          The most straightforward definition of ‘Disco Reggae’ is to describe it as American disco and soul songs covered by reggae artists. But the relationship is binary – this is no mere subservient island appreciation of North American dominant culture but instead an example of the interweaving thread of Jamaican and American music that travels back and forth between the major cities of Kingston, London, Toronto, New York, Chicago and Philadelphia.

          TRACK LISTING

          Devon Russell - Move On Up
          Crashers - Flight To Jamaica
          Valerie Harrison - Fool’s Paradise
          Bill Campbell - For The Love Of You
          Risco Connection - It’s My House
          Dave Barker - Glow Of Love
          Derrick Harriott - Caught You In A Lie
          Hortense Ellis - Young Hearts Run Free
          Ed Watson And Brass Circle - Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’
          Devon Russell - We The People Who Are Darker Than Blue
          Seventh Extension - Reasons
          Derrick Harriott - Brown Baby
          Ed Watson And Brass Circle - Let’s Groove
          Pete Campbell & The Sunshine Girls - Don’t Let Love Get You Down
          Webby Jay - In The Rain
          Glen Adams Affair - Just A Groove

          The Mystic Revelation Of Rastafari

          Grounation - 2022 Reissue

            Like Sun Ra’s Arkestra and John Coltrane are to jazz, the Mystic Revelation of Rastafari are to reggae - the ultimate expression of roots music and Rastafarian ideology in reggae music, music functioning at a high level of spiritual consciousness combined with an equally avantgarde and forward-looking approach to sound.

            The group’s stunning, unique and groundbreaking 1973 album, ‘Grounation’, a mighty conceptual triple album (the first ever reggae triple) is, similar to Marvin Gaye’s ‘What’s Going On’, a definitive all-encompassing cultural statement of its time and place. A sprawling album of raw and unique cultural expression that combined Rastafari consciousness with deep spiritual jazz music - an absolute and essential classic of Reggae music.

            The Mystic Revelation of Rastafari group came into existence at the start of 1970s, the union of two artists (and groups) of equal repute - Count Ossie and his African Drums and saxophonist Cedric ‘Im’ Brooks’ and his group, The Mystics. Both Ossie and Brooks were alumni from the great Studio One Records.

            Master drummer Count Ossie and his collective of Rastafarian drummers performed for Haile Selassie on his momentous visit to Jamaica in 1966. Cedric Brooks came out of the Alpha Boys School - the fertile breeding ground of musicians who dominated the Jamaican music scene from the 1960s onwards: Tommy McCook, Don Drummond, Johnny Moore, Headley Bennett, Johnny Osbourne, Yellowman, Leroy Smart, Bobby Ellis, Joe Harriott, Eddie Thornton, Vin Gordon, Rico Rodriguez, Owen Gray, Leroy ‘Horsemouth’ Wallace and more.

            The Mystic Revelation of Rastafari’s ‘Grounation’ is a massive opus, a work of profound musical genius that tells the story of Jamaica through music and words. The album is a cornerstone in the history of reggae, a unique and other-worldly album the like of which has never been made since.

            TRACK LISTING

            2CD / 3LP
            Bongo Man
            Narration
            Narration Continued
            Mabrat (Passin Thru)
            Poem
            Four Hundred Years
            Poem II
            Song
            Lumba
            Way Back Home
            Ethiopian Serenade
            Oh Carolina
            So Long
            Grounation
            Grounation Continued
            Bonus 7” Single (With Box Set Version Only)
            Blacker Black
            Grounation

            Krikor

            Biceps Brachii / Epicranial Aponeurosis

            Our favourite industrial-dancehall machine tweaker, Krikor rolls out a bass flexing mutant dancehall rhythm on the A side with some deep hypnosis synth action on the flip. Stupendously limited, full flex action on Soul Jazz. Krikor's one of a kind. If you know you know - big tip! 




            TRACK LISTING

            Biceps Brachii
            Epicranial Aponeurosis

            Fast Eddie

            Shake A Tail Feather

              Collection of the lost recordings of Fast Eddie, one of the most exciting live bands of the early 1980s Rhythm ‘n’ Soul-fuelled Mod Revival.

              From Billericay, the band followed in the wake of Thames Delta Blues pioneers Dr. Feelgood, originally playing raw, authentic R&B before expanding their sound to incorporate club soul and a broader palette of influences and sounds.

              Originally produced and managed by legendary label man and broadcaster Eddie Piller, founder of Acid Jazz, who released their first single on his first own Well Suspect marque in 1982.

              An exciting collection of Mod-Revival-era tunes, and an important document of the wider Mod Revival and Acid Jazz Records story.

              TRACK LISTING

              Shake A Tail Feather
              I Don’t Need No Doctor
              Sugar Coated Love
              Sweet Sensation
              Turn On Your Love Light
              Vicinity
              My Babe
              Ninety-Nine & A Half
              Out Of Sight
              Fever
              Keep Your Hands Off It
              Teenie Bit Of Your Love *
              Barefootin’
              Hit The Road Jack
              36-22-36
              Homework
              Treat Her Right *
              Land Of 1000 Dances *
              Little Suzy (Instrumental) *
              Help Me *
              * = CD Only Track

              Various Artists

              Soul Jazz Records Presents Studio One Music Lab

                This new Studio collection on Soul Jazz Records delves deep into a melting pot world of reggae and funk and dub created at the music laboratory of 13 Brentford Road, Kingston in the 1970s - an intense collaboration of crack musicians, singers, DJs and engineers under the guidance of producer Clement ‘Coxsone’ Dodd.

                Here you will find some of the deepest and rawest cuts to emanate out the Studio One factory - truly hypnotic rhythms, powerful funk guitar and bass, soaring horns and more interspersed with occasional vocals and toasting as musicians reach for the highest heights and deepest roots of reggae music.

                Some of these tunes here are rare and classic versions to seminal Studio One vocal cuts from the likes of Horace Andy and Hortense Ellis. There is also a wealth of cuts from simply the greatest musicians ever to come out of Jamaica (let alone Studio One). These include Jackie Mittoo, Roland Alphonso, Cedric Brooks, Ernest Ranglin and the Brentford All-Stars. You’ll find straight up funk bombs such as Lennie Hibbert’s mindblowing ‘Go For Yourself’ (sounding like The Meters meets James Brown), the Brentford All-Stars covering War’s classic ‘The World is a Ghetto’, and Jackie Mittoo showing how to make Cream’s ‘Sunshine of Your Love’ into a reggae funk bomb.

                All of these sit beside super-deep roots and dub cuts that exemplify together how Studio One was unique in Clement Dodd’s pioneering vision of reggae, the music created functioning with a continuous level of experimentation that blurred the lines between genres and pushed the outer limits of reggae music at all times. This album is deep.

                The album comes with extensive sleeve notes by Steve Barker

                TRACK LISTING

                Hortense And The Sound Dimension -
                People Make The World Go Round Version
                Leroy Wallace And The New Establishment -
                Far Beyond Version
                Sound Dimension - Face Man Version
                Fabian & The Vibes - Mother And Child (Part
                2)
                Lennie Hibbert - Go For Yourself
                Dub Specialist - Chainey Roots
                Brentford All Stars - The World Is A Ghetto
                The Jay Tees And Brentford Rockers -
                Forward To Jah (Part 2)
                Roy Richards - Summertime
                Lennie Hibbert - Snow Bird
                Pablov Black - Dread Head
                Cedric Im Brooks - Glory To Sound
                Jackie Mittoo - Lazy Bones
                Dub Specialist - Message From Dub
                Jackie Mittoo - Sunshine Of Your Love
                Roland Alphonso - Tenor Man Trip
                Ernest And The Sound Dimension - Surfin’

                Various Artists

                Soul Jazz Records Presents: Deutsche Elektronische Musik 2 - Part B

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

                  Soul Jazz Records’ ‘Deutsche Elektronische Music Volume 2’ is now available as two separate double LPs for the first time in over 10 years.

                  ‘Deutsche Elektronische Musik 2’ is the second voyage into the world of Krautrock and German electronic music from the 1970s and early 1980s.

                  Two double LPs (with over 2½ hours of amazing music) featuring a stunning line-up of seminal German groups, including Can, Faust, Popul Vuh, Neu!, Cluster, Amon Düül II and La Düsseldorf, as well as a host of lesser known and more obscure groups and artists, such as Agitation Free, Bröselmaschine, Niagara and many more.

                  As well as the original pioneers, ‘Deutsche Elektronische 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.

                  Influenced as much by the electronic experimentalism of Stockhausen as the progressive rock of USA and UK underground rock, young German artists seamlessly created a new music with its own unique identity, which they ironically entitled Krautrock. By the end of the 1970s, with the arrival of new wave synthetics and complex drum machines, this music had mutated once again into new electronic visions reflecting a new Germany.

                  The vinyl edition comes in two volumes of heavyweight, superloud vinyl double LPs, featuring full sleevenotes and text.

                  TRACK LISTING

                  A.R. & Machines - Als Hätt Ich
                  Das Alles Schon Mal Gesehen
                  Gila - Sundance Chant
                  Neu! - Isi
                  Pyrolator - Danger Cruising
                  Sergius Golowin - Die Weisse Alm
                  You - Electric Day
                  Niagara - Gibli
                  Rolf Trostel - Der Prophet
                  Electric Sandwich - China
                  Asmus Tietchens - Zeebrugge
                  Faust - Krautrock

                  Various Artists

                  Soul Jazz Records Presents: Deutsche Elektronische Musik 2 - Part A

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

                    Soul Jazz Records’ ‘Deutsche Elektronische Music Volume 2’ is now available as two separate double LPs for the first time in over 10 years.

                    ‘Deutsche Elektronische Musik 2’ is the second voyage into the world of Krautrock and German electronic music from the 1970s and early 1980s.

                    Two double LPs (with over 2½ hours of amazing music) featuring a stunning line-up of seminal German groups, including Can, Faust, Popul Vuh, Neu!, Cluster, Amon Düül II and La Düsseldorf, as well as a host of lesser known and more obscure groups and artists, such as Agitation Free, Bröselmaschine, Niagara and many more.

                    As well as the original pioneers, ‘Deutsche Elektronische 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.

                    Influenced as much by the electronic experimentalism of Stockhausen as the progressive rock of USA and UK underground rock, young German artists seamlessly created a new music with its own unique identity, which they ironically entitled Krautrock. By the end of the 1970s, with the arrival of new wave synthetics and complex drum machines, this music had mutated once again into new electronic visions reflecting a new Germany.

                    The vinyl edition comes in two volumes of heavyweight, superloud vinyl double LPs, featuring full sleevenotes and text.

                    TRACK LISTING

                    A.R. & Machines - Globus Im Selben Boot
                    Can - Halleluwah
                    Roedelius - Le Jardin
                    Michael Rother - Karussell
                    Michael Hoenig - Sun And Moon
                    Agitation Free - You Play For Us Today
                    D.A.F. - Co Co Pino
                    Harald Grosskopf - Emphasis
                    Amon Düül II - A Morning Excuse
                    Conrad Schnitzler And Wolf Sequenza - Fata Morgana
                    Bröselmaschine - Nossa Bova
                    Eno, Moebius And Roedelius - Base & Apex
                    Gila - In A Sacred Manner
                    Wolfgang Riechmann - Himmelblau

                    Various Artists

                    Soul Jazz Records Presents: Deutsche Elektronische Musik 2

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

                      ‘Deutsche Elektronische Musik 2’ is the second voyage into the world of Krautrock and German electronic music from the 1970s and early 1980s.

                      Two double LPs (with over 2½ hours of amazing music) featuring a stunning line-up of seminal German groups, including Can, Faust, Popul Vuh, Neu!, Cluster, Amon Düül II and La Düsseldorf, as well as a host of lesser known and more obscure groups and artists, such as Agitation Free, Bröselmaschine, Niagara and many more.

                      As well as the original pioneers, ‘Deutsche Elektronische 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.

                      Influenced as much by the electronic experimentalism of Stockhausen as the progressive rock of USA and UK underground rock, young German artists seamlessly created a new music with its own unique identity, which they ironically entitled Krautrock. By the end of the 1970s, with the arrival of new wave synthetics and complex drum machines, this music had mutated once again into new electronic visions reflecting a new Germany.

                      TRACK LISTING

                      Disc 1
                      A.R. & Machines - Globus Im Selben Boot
                      Can - Halleluwah
                      Roedelius - Le Jardin
                      Michael Rother - Karussell
                      Michael Hoenig - Sun And Moon
                      Agitation Free - You Play For Us Today
                      D.A.F. - Co Co Pino
                      Harald Grosskopf - Emphasis
                      Amon Düül II - A Morning Excuse
                      Conrad Schnitzler And Wolf
                      Sequenza - Fata Morgana
                      Bröselmaschine - Nossa Bova
                      Eno, Moebius And Roedelius - Base & Apex
                      Gila - In A Sacred Manner
                      Wolfgang Riechmann - Himmelblau

                      Disc 2
                      A.R. & Machines - Als Hätt Ich
                      Das Alles Schon Mal Gesehen
                      Gila - Sundance Chant
                      Neu! - Isi
                      Pyrolator - Danger Cruising
                      Sergius Golowin - Die Weisse Alm
                      You - Electric Day
                      Niagara - Gibli
                      Rolf Trostel - Der Prophet
                      Electric Sandwich - China
                      Asmus Tietchens - Zeebrugge
                      Faust - Krautrock

                      Inell Young

                      The Next Ball Game

                        One of three monster New Orleans Funk 45s rereleased by Soul Jazz Records.

                        Only ever exclusively available on the Soul Jazz Records site and long out of print, these new 45s are pristine loud dancefloor fillers housed in a Soul Jazz recycled card house bag.

                        Inell Young’s searing vocal performance backed by the unbelievably funky James Black’s seriously awesome second-line syncopated drumming. The three funkiest drummers in the world are the Meters’ Zigaboo Modeliste, James Brown’s Clyde Stubblefield, and James Black.

                        An awesome Eddie Bo arrangement and production. 100% essential.

                        TRACK LISTING

                        The Next Ball Game
                        Part Of The Game

                        Inell Young

                        What Do You See In Her

                          One of three monster New Orleans Funk 45s rereleased by Soul Jazz Records.

                          Only ever exclusively available on the Soul Jazz Records site and long out of print, these new 45s are pristine loud dancefloor fillers housed in a Soul Jazz recycled card house bag.

                          A stone-cold classic tune. Simply one of the most soulful New Orleans tunes ever to come out on record from Eddie Bo vocalist Inell Young.

                          Rare New Orleans bullet. Original pressings go up to £900 if you ever see one.

                          TRACK LISTING

                          What Do You See In Her
                          I Remember The Summer

                          Various Artists

                          Studio One Rockers - 2022 Reissue

                            Soul Jazz do it again with this awesome Studio One compilation that follows Jamaican music from ska, via rocksteady, reggae, deejay and dub to early dancehall. 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. Absolutely essential.

                            TRACK LISTING

                            1. Sound Dimension - Real Rock
                            2. Marcia Griffiths - Feel Like Jumping
                            3. Freddy Mcgregor - Bobby Babylon
                            4. Horace Andy - Skylarking
                            5. Lennie Hibbert - Village Soul
                            6. Brentford All-Stars - Greedy G
                            7. Johnny Osbourne - Truth And Rights
                            8. Ernest Ranglin - Surfin
                            9. Michigan & Smiley - Eye Of Danger
                            10. Dawn Penn - No, No, No
                            11. The Skatalites - Phoenix City
                            12. Prince Jazzbo - Crabwalking
                            13. Jackie Mittoo - Hot Milk
                            14. Lone Ranger - Badder Dan Dem
                            15. Cedric Brooks - Ethiopia

                            Brown Sugar

                            Black Pride

                              ‘Black Pride’ is the seminal Lovers Rock tune from Brown Sugar, pressed loud for the first ever time on this new one-off press edition 12” on Soul Jazz Records.

                              Brown Sugar formed in London in 1976, made up of teenagers Pauline Catlin, Caron Wheeler and Carol Simms. After Brown Sugar, Caron Wheeler became known worldwide as the vocalist in Soul II Soul, and Carol Simms launched a successful solo career under the name Kofi. 

                              ‘Black Pride’ was originally released on the Lovers Rock label, a fledgling reggae label formed by musicians Dennis Bovell and John Kpiaye and producer Dennis Harris. Brown Sugar were unique - not only were they one of the most important of the first wave of lovers rock groups, they were also the only group who managed to successfully blend together a reggae roots consciousness with a lovers rock sensibility. The classic ‘Black Pride’ perfectly reflects this unique sound.

                              STAFF COMMENTS

                              Martin says: As lover's rock fever takes over one of the seminal hits of the genre is given a timely repress from the good folks at Soul Jazz

                              TRACK LISTING

                              A. Black Pride
                              B. Proud

                              Various Artists

                              Soul Jazz Records Presents Studio One Women Vol. 2

                                Soul Jazz Records follows up one of their most popular Studio One releases with a brand new selection of rare and classic releases by women in reggae. Featuring legendary artists such as Marcia Griffiths, Rita Marley and Hortense Ellis (with a guest appearance by her brother Alton), alongside a host of rarities from lesser-known names such as Nina Soul, Nana Mclean, Denise Darlington, Myrna Hague and also Doreen Schaeffer, a vocalist who was a founding member of The Skatalites.

                                There are notable covers, from Tyrone Davis’ soul classic ‘Can I Change My Mind’ to The Band’s 60s psychedelic classic ‘Turn Turn Turn’ in a rub-a-dub style. Doreen Schaeffer reversions Alton Ellis’s seminal ‘I’m Still In Love With You’, Nina Soul reversions the slack rocksteady anthem ‘Barb Wire’. A number of these tracks are almost impossible to find, and many have never been issued ever since their initial release.

                                The music on the album is of course 100% killer and features backing from all of the seminal groups at 13 Brentford Road, including The Skatalites, Sound Dimension, Soul Brothers and the Brentford All Stars, and ranges from ska, rocksteady, roots, lovers and more from the 60s, 70s and 80s. All produced by Clement ‘Sir Coxsone’ Dodd at Studio One Records, the number one sound in reggae music.

                                TRACK LISTING

                                Hortense Ellis - Can I Change My Mind
                                Marcia Griffiths- Melody Life
                                Myrna Hague - New World
                                Marcia Griffiths - Shimmering Star
                                Nora Dean - Heartaches
                                The Jay Tees - Buck Town Corner
                                Jennifer Lara - Turn Turn Turn
                                Doreen & Alton - I’m Still In Love
                                Doreen Schaeffer - Sugar Sugar
                                Denise Darlington - Feel So Good
                                Angela Prince - My Man Is Gone
                                Nana McLean - Till I Kissed You
                                Nina Soul - Barb Wire
                                Jackie And Doreen - Welcome You Back Home
                                Nina Soul - Sleeping Trees
                                Rita Marley - Friends And Lovers
                                Hortense Ellis - Secretly
                                Marcia Griffiths - You’re No Good

                                Dawn Penn

                                No, No, No

                                  Stone-cold classic - the ultimate Studio One tune and the ultimate rhythm & blues / soul to reggae cut, as Dawn Penn vamps on Bo Diddley and Willie Cobbs. Floorshaking, speaker-busting seminal tune.

                                  First time ever on 12”.

                                  Cut super loud, and with a killer dub version on the flip.

                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                  Matt says: THE ORIGINAL RIDDIM!!! Depending on your age and however you got to this tune (there are many covers, but I'm sure The Fugees might be one of the most recognized) you may not have heard Dub Specialist's monumental (and earth shaking) dub. A timeless and as powerful a slice of dub as anything the genre has produced. It's one of those, every-home-needs-one records.

                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  Dawn Penn - No, No, No
                                  Dub Specialist - Creator Version (No, No, No Dub)

                                  Various Artists

                                  Soul Jazz Records Presents 'Studio One Dub' - 18th Anniversary Edition

                                    18 years on from its original release, ‘Studio One Dub’ remains superhard hitting, featuring classic and rare dub tracks from Studio One, many available on vinyl for the first time in over thirty years.

                                    ‘Studio One Dub’ includes the dubs of many classic tracks, such as Horace Andy’s ‘Skylarkin’, Johnny Osbourne’s ‘Truth and Rights’, John Holt’s ‘Hooligan’ and Freddie McGregor’s ‘Bobby Bobylon’, plus many more rare tracks.

                                    The album also comes with two rare interviews - one with Clement ‘Sir Coxsone’ Dodd about dub and dubplates and one with the sound engineer Sylvan Morris, talking about his ground breaking period at Studio One and the many innovations that he evolved there. In short, this is a 100% essential album.

                                    “Soul Jazz’s ‘Studio One Dub’ collection cannot help but to serve as loving tribute to Sir Coxsone Dodd. This giant of a man not only defined popular music for the isle of Jamaica, but for the world over, his innovations laying the foundations for hip-hop, dance and postrock […] Dodd's dubs drew on such a fertile ground of classic Jamaican rhythms that he rarely missed. As such, it's difficult to find fault with the versions presented here and many of these cuts are ridiculously rare […] This burning set celebrates Dodd's extraordinary life by mashing time and space until it's joyfully suspended. What better tribute could there be?” - Pitchfork

                                    TRACK LISTING

                                    Dub Specialist - Bionic Dub
                                    Dub Specialist - Take A Ride Version
                                    Dub Specialist - Sky Rhythm
                                    Dub Specialist - Taurus Dub 2
                                    Dub Specialist - Hooligan
                                    Dub Specialist - Dub Rock
                                    Dub Specialist - Rastaman Version
                                    Dub Specialist - Jah Jah Version
                                    Dub Specialist - Creator Version
                                    Dub Specialist - Running Dub
                                    Dub Specialist - Hi Fashion Dub
                                    Dub Specialist - Pretty Version
                                    Dub Specialist - Race Track Version
                                    Dub Specialist - Spawning
                                    Dub Specialist - In Cold Blood Version
                                    Dub Specialist - Chase Them Version
                                    Dub Specialist - Feel The Dub

                                    The Winstons

                                    Color Him Father

                                      What do Tyler the Creator, Mantronix, Stetsasonic, DJ Shadow, Eric B and Rakim, Brand Nubian, Jay-Z and N.W.A. have in common? How about UK Apachi and Shy FX, DJ Zinc, Bukem, Ganja Kru, Lemon D Ice, Dillinga, Photek, 4-Hero, Congo Natty, Krome and Time, Roni Size, Skream and Shut Up and Dance? Not to mention The Prodigy, Squarepusher, Leftfield, Oasis, Aphex Twin, Calvin Harris, Dua Lipa, David Bowie, Primal Scream, Lady Gaga and Dizzee Rascal?

                                      Answer: They have all sampled The Winstons’ ‘Amen, Brother’, the most sampled drum break in the history of music (over 5000+ according to whosampled.com), it has shaped the history of electronic music ever since its creation in 1969.

                                      This is the official release of the Winston’s ‘Color Him Father’ album, out of print for fifty years on vinyl, a glorious, break-heavy album of soul, funk and gospel featuring the tracks ‘Color Him Father’, ‘Amen, Brother’ and loads more.

                                      The fully remastered album is housed in exact-reproduction original sleeve and design and comes with 4 extra bonus tracks that the group released only as singles. There is also a very special one-off, first pressing only of this album that comes with an exclusive one-sided dubplate special 12” of ‘Amen, Brother’ featuring a specially extended break mix of the classic tune.

                                      The Winstons’ ‘Amen, Brother’ was originally the B-side to ‘Color Him Father’, a superb soul tune released by a multi-racial group from Washington, DC, in 1969. The drum break was played by George GC Coleman, and the song was based on a Curtis Mayfield guitar riff. The soul connection was no coincidence. The Winstons were formed from the backing groups to both Otis Redding and Curtis Mayfield and the Impressions before they came into their own spotlight. The Winstons signed to Mayfield’s Curtom Records in Chicago in 1968. Drummer extraordinaire GC Coleman had already played with The Marvelettes, Otis Redding and Curtis Mayfield (and in the 1970s would play with the funk group Brick).

                                      ‘Color Him Father’ became a million-selling Number 1 R&B hit single in the US and the following year The Winstons released their debut (and only) album, also entitled ‘Color Him Father’, on Metromedia Records, featuring both sides of the single alongside nine other excellent soul, funk, gospel and R&B cuts. Unfortunately, the group split up the following year, citing difficulties in touring the southern US due to their inter-racial line-up, and their sole album has long-since sunk into obscurity.

                                      Fast forward nearly 20 years and the ‘Amen, Brother’ break was discovered by hip-hop producers after the song appeared on the seminal ‘Ultimate Breaks & Beats’ series of original breaks (alongside ground-breaking tracks such as James Brown’s ‘Funky Drummer’, The Incredible Bongo Band’s ‘Apache’ and Herman Kelly’s ‘Dance to the Drummers Beat’) in 1986. The track became the staple of hip-hop, with countless songs based on George GC Coleman’s epic six-second drum break.

                                      Fast forward once more, this time to the UK at the start of the 1990s, and 100s of drum and bass producers began sampling and speeding up the ‘Amen, Brother’ break, adding reggae bass lines to create first jungle and then drum and bass, and by the 1990s the ‘Amen’ drum break dominated this new musical genre.

                                      The Winstons’ ‘Color Him Father’ is a superb rare slice of soul, funk and gospel music that has changed the course of music over the last fifty years.

                                      TRACK LISTING

                                      CD / LP
                                      Color Him Father
                                      I’ve Gotta Be Me
                                      The Chokin’ Kind
                                      The Greatest Love
                                      A Handful Of Friends
                                      Everyday People
                                      Love Of The Common People
                                      Wheel Of Fortune
                                      The Days Of Sand And Shovels
                                      Birds Of A Feather
                                      Only The Strong Survive
                                      Traces
                                      Amen, Brother
                                      Say Goodbye To Daddy
                                      Mama’s Song

                                      Bonus 12” (SJRLP497 only)
                                      Amen Brother (Extended Mix)

                                      Various Artists

                                      Soul Jazz Records Presents - Life Between Islands - Soundsystem Culture: Black Musical Expression In The UK 1973-2006

                                      Soul Jazz Records’ new ‘Life Between Islands’ collection is inspired by the launch of Tate Britain’s exhibition of the same name. This landmark exhibition explores the links between Caribbean and British art and culture from the 1950s to now. ‘Soundsystem Culture: Black Musical Expression in the UK 1973-2006’, focuses on the most important Black British musical styles to emerge out of the distinctly Caribbean world of sound systems. The album features an all-star line-up including Dennis Bovell, Shut Up and Dance, Cymande, Digital Mystikz, Brown Sugar, Funk Masters, Janet Kay, Ragga Twins and more.

                                      The album is a lightning-rod journey across Roots Reggae, Jungle , Jazz- Funk, Lovers Rock, Jazz, Dubstep and more. Much of Soul Jazz Records’ catalogue comes out of these genres and this album is partly an overview of some of Soul Jazz’s earlier releases (including Digital Mystikz’ long-deleted groundbreaking and now highly collectible single ‘Misty Winter’) alongside some choice rare and classic tunes that span over 30 years of sound system culture.

                                      Many of the tracks represent how Black British artists defined their own identity, with songs such as Brown Sugar’s righteous ‘Black Pride’, ‘I’m In Love with A Dreadlocks’ and Tabby Cat Kelly’s powerful ‘Don’t Call Us Immigrants’. Aside from being musically rooted in the distinctly Jamaican-born phenomenon of the sound system, much of this identity is also shaped by the triangular relationship of being British-born, of Caribbean heritage, and with an equal love of African-American Jazz, Funk and Soul, as evidenced with many Lovers Rock reggae covers of American soul tunes (such as those of Jean Carn, William de Vaughan and Rose Royce featured here). This stateside influence can also be heard in groups such as the Funk Masters, a group formed by reggae radio DJ Tony Williams, whose jazz-funk music successfully crossed over into New York’s clubland, as well as the great Cymande, whose unique street-funk became staple material for numerous US hip-hop artists in the years that followed.

                                      In the early 1990s, jungle and drum and bass artists took the essence of reggae’s soundsystem culture - MCs, dubplates, crews - and applied them to their own music, applying heavy reggae bass lines to intense double-speed drum breakbeats. At the forefront of this new movement were the duo Shut Up and Dance, working closely with The Ragga Twins, aka Deman Rocker and Flinty Badman, both MCs for North London’s infamous Unity reggae soundsytem. In the early 2000s, dubstep, spearheaded by Digital Mystikz, became the latest instalment in this ever evolving soundsystem culture.

                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                      Matt says: Dang this is good! Skilfully joining the dots of sound system culture from its very beginning till now would seem like a daunting task for anyone. But guided by the Black identity of the majority of Sounds, Soul Jazz offer up a catch-all release that takes us from roots reggae and soul to jungle and dubstep without ever losing sight of the subwoofer. A phenomenal collection which, by way of a few choicely licensed joints ("Misty Winter", "RK1" especially), should be a instant-buy for anyone with a penchant for UK dance music.

                                      TRACK LISTING

                                      Black Slate - Sticks Man
                                      Dee Sharp - Rising To The Top
                                      Asher Senator - One Bible 
                                      Cymande - Fug
                                      Digital Mystikz - Misty Winter
                                      Winston Curtis - Be Thankful For What You’ve Got
                                      Trevor Hartley - It Must Be Love
                                      Shut Up And Dance featuring The Ragga Twins - Java Bass
                                      Brown Sugar - Black Pride
                                      The Terrorist - RK1
                                      Black Harmony - Don’t Let It Go To Your Head
                                      Pebbles - Positive Vibrations
                                      The Ragga Twins - Ragga Trip
                                      Janet Kay And Alton Ellis - Still In Love
                                      Funk Masters - Love Money
                                      Cosmic Idren - Compelled
                                      Harry Beckett - No Time For Hello
                                      Sandra Reid - Ooh Boy
                                      Tabby Cat Kelly - Don’t Call Us Immigrants
                                      Brown Sugar - I’m In Love With A Dreadlocks

                                      Marilyn Barbarin

                                      Reborn / Believe Me

                                      Official repress of two Marilyn Barbarin singles here via Soul Jazz whih have previously commanded high figures on the 2nd hand scene.

                                      No-one quite knows when these two rare soul cuts originate from. Written by Edwin J. Bocage and produced by Eddie Bo they've become holy grails of record collectors, dancers and DJs alike - with originals often fetching well above £300!




                                      TRACK LISTING

                                      Reborn 
                                      Believe Me

                                      Various Artists

                                      Soul Jazz Records Presents: CUBA: Music And Revolution: Culture Clash In Havana: Experiments In Latin Music 1975-85 Vol. 2

                                      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 ever 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’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 has 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. 

                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                      Martin says: Though I've travelled extensively, I've not yet made it to Cuba, but with this great set of Latin grooves I feel it might be my next hunting ground.

                                      TRACK LISTING

                                      CD1
                                      1. Juan Pablo Torres Y Algo Nuevo - Y Que Bien (4.24)
                                      2. Orquesta Los Van Van - Por Que Lo Haces? (4.10)
                                      3. Los Latinos - Quemando (2.46)
                                      4. Farah María - Amame Y No Pienses Mas (4.13)
                                      5. FA 5 - Muevete Con Las Fuerzas Del Corazon (5.53)
                                      6. Tambores De Enrique Bonne - Como Arrullos De Palma (2.47)
                                      7. Ricardo Eddy Martinez - Expresso Ritmico (4.11)
                                      8. Los Papines - Solo De Tumba Y Bongo (5.31)
                                      9. Grupo Sintesis - Aqui Estamos (2.31)
                                      10. Los Van Van - Llegada (2.08)
                                      11. Grupo Raices Nuevas - Baila Mi Guaguancó (5.02)

                                      CD2
                                      1. Luis Carbonell - La Rumba (3.53)
                                      2. Orquesta Riverside - En Casa Del Trompo No Bailes (3.02)
                                      3. Juan Formel & Los Van Van - Llegue, Llegue (5.51)
                                      4. Grupo Los Yoyi - Tu No Me Puedes Conquistar (3.09)
                                      5. Los Papines - Para Que Niegas? (4.23)
                                      6. Grupo De Experimentación Sonora Del ICAIC - Cuba Va! (3.06)
                                      7. Raul Gomez - Luces En La Pista (4.40)
                                      8. Los Brito - El 4-5-6 (2.50)
                                      9. Leo Brouwer - Tema De El Rancheador De La Naturaleza (1.37)
                                      10. Ricardo Eddy Martinez - La 132 (4.23)
                                      11. Los Reyes 73 - Finalizo Un Amor (3.37)

                                      A
                                      1. Juan Pablo Torres Y Algo Nuevo - Y Que Bien (4.24)
                                      2. Orquesta Los Van Van - Por Que Lo Haces? (4.10)
                                      3. Los Latinos - Quemando (2.46)
                                      4. Farah María - Amame Y No Pienses Mas (4.13)

                                      B
                                      1. FA 5 - Muevete Con Las Fuerzas Del Corazon (5.53)
                                      2. Tambores De Enrique Bonne - Como Arrullos De Palma (2.47)
                                      3. Ricardo Eddy Martinez - Expresso Ritmico (4.11)

                                      C
                                      1. Los Papines - Solo De Tumba Y Bongo (5.31)
                                      2. Grupo Sintesis - Aqui Estamos (2.31)
                                      3. Los Van Van - Llegada (2.08)
                                      4. Grupo Raices Nuevas - Baila Mi Guaguancó (5.02)

                                      D
                                      1. Luis Carbonell - La Rumba (3.53)
                                      2. Orquesta Riverside - En Casa Del Trompo No Bailes (3.02)
                                      3. Juan Formel & Los Van Van - Llegue, Llegue (5.51)

                                      E
                                      1. Grupo Los Yoyi - Tu No Me Puedes Conquistar (3.09)
                                      2. Los Papines - Para Que Niegas? (4.23)
                                      3. Grupo De Experimentación Sonora Del ICAIC - Cuba Va! (3.06)
                                      4. Raul Gomez - Luces En La Pista (4.40)

                                      F
                                      1. Los Brito - El 4-5-6 (2.50)
                                      2. Leo Brouwer - Tema De El Rancheador De La Naturaleza (1.37)
                                      3. Ricardo Eddy Martinez - La 132 (4.23)
                                      4. Los Reyes 73 - Finalizo Un Amor (3.37)

                                      Soul Jazz Records new ‘Cold Wave #2’ 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.

                                      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 Sifre 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.


                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                      Patrick says: If you've been paying attention to the fringe shit Matt and I have been pushing for the last five or so years, you should be well acquainted with the cuts on this killer Soul Jazz comp. Part 2 is just as its twin, boasted certified bangers from Lena, Tolouse Low Trax. De Ambassade and Job Sifre.

                                      TRACK LISTING

                                      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
                                      Tolouse Low Trax - Rushing Into Water
                                      V.C.V.S. - Hum
                                      Dave I.D. - Help Starts
                                      Broken English Club - Vacant Cars
                                      Krikor Kouchian - Deserver Dub

                                      Trees Speak

                                      Shadow Forms

                                        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’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 and 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 ‘No New York’). Trees Speak segue together all these elements into ‘Shadow Forms’, which follows on from their critically acclaimed debut album ‘Ohms,’ released on Soul Jazz Records less than six months ago.


                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                        Barry says: 'Shadow Forms' is a perfectly balanced juxtaposition of grooving, angular kosmische and haunty, soundtrack sort of business. We get little bursts of jazzy instrumentation and smooth-flowing psychedelia, all brought together with a deftness of touch and a keen ear for melody.

                                        TRACK LISTING

                                        ‘Shadow Forms’
                                        Large Array
                                        Tear Kisser
                                        Those Who Know
                                        Transforming
                                        Automat
                                        False Ego
                                        Communication
                                        Crystal System
                                        Agonize Signal
                                        Magick Knives

                                        Bonus 7” (SJRLP457)
                                        Outtake
                                        Transmitter

                                        Theon Cross / Pokus

                                        Candace Of Meroe / Pokus One

                                          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.

                                          Soul Jazz Records release an exclusive one-off pressing double-headed 12” single featuring Theon Cross and Pokus on the same day as the ‘Kaleidoscope’ album release.

                                          Exclusive to independent retailers.

                                          TRACK LISTING

                                          Theon Cross - Candace Of Meroe
                                          Pokus - Pokus One

                                          Soul Jazz Records’ new album ‘Kaleidoscope – New Spirits Known and Unknown’ brings together many of the groundbreaking 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 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.

                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                          Emily says: It’s been a breathless few years for British jazz, with essential new artists appearing by the day on a plethora of labels up and down the country. Thankfully Soul Jazz are here to help us keep track, taking stock of the scene on this bumper triple vinyl collection.

                                          TRACK LISTING

                                          A
                                          1. Matthew Halsall & The Gondwana Orchestra - When The World Was One (7.38)
                                          2. Yazmin Lacey - 90 Degrees (4.16)
                                          3. Hector Plimmer - Communication Control (3.04)

                                          B
                                          1. Ill Considered - Long Way Home (Live At The Crypt) (8.03)
                                          2. The Expansions - Mosaic (6.58)
                                          3. Chip Wickham - Red Planet (5.44)

                                          C
                                          1. Levitation Orchestra - Odyssey (9.26)
                                          2. Emma-Jean Thackray’s WALRUS - Walrus (2.47)
                                          3. Tenderlonious And The 22a Arkestra - The Shakedown (6.18)

                                          D
                                          1. Joe Armon-Jones & Maxwell Owin Featuring Nubya Garcia - Tanner's Tango (4.48)
                                          2. Collocutor - Gozo (6.02)
                                          3. Makaya McCraven - Untitled (3.14)

                                          E
                                          1. Nat Birchall - Ancient World (9.50)
                                          2. Ruby Rushton - Moonlight Woman (9.05)

                                          F
                                          1. Ebi Soda - Dimmsdale (3.11)
                                          2. The Cromagnon Band - Thunder Perfect (5.12)
                                          3. SEED Ensemble - Mirrors (7.38)

                                          BONUS 7" SINGLE (With Indies Exclusive Vinyl Only)
                                          A. Vels Trio - Yellow Ochre (Part 1) (3.04)
                                          AA. Ishmael Ensemble - Kito's Theme (4.15)

                                          ‘Apala: Apala Groups in Nigeria 1967-70’ is the first ever collection of Apala music to be released outside of Nigeria. The album focusses on a wide selection of recordings made in Nigeria in the 1960s, a time when Apala music was at the height of its popularity. Apala is a deeply rhythmical, hypnotic and powerful musical style that combines the striking nasal-style vocals and traditions of Islamic music, the Agidigbo (thumb piano) and the equally powerful drumming and percussion rhythms and techniques of the Yoruba of Nigeria.

                                          The most significant figure in Apala music is undoubtedly Haruna Ishola, who features throughout this album. Ishola holds an almost mythological status in his role as populariser of Apala music in Nigeria. Ishola’s singing was believed to be so powerful that, without proper restraint, it could kill the recipient of his music. Apala is a popular music that also functioned as a form of cultural resistance - Apala music involved no western instrumentation and is sung in the Yoruba language, its aesthetic an implicit cultural rejection of the British Empire’s colonial rule over Nigeria which lasted from 1901 until independence in 1960.

                                          Apala music was popular and widely accepted in Nigeria due to its philosophical and profound lyrical content alongside the complex rhythmic patterns of this heavily percussive style, which highlighted many of the percussion instruments of south-west Nigeria. Apala is one of a number of popular urban styles of music that came out of Nigeria in the 20th Century and sits alongside the more well-known (in the West) styles of Fuji, Highlife, Juju and Afrobeat. Of these modern forms Apala remains perhaps the most ‘roots’ style (sometimes described as ‘neotraditional’) due to the authenticity of its sound. It has similar Islamic roots to other neo-traditional styles of Nigeria - including Waka and Sakara - examples of which are also included on this collection contextualising the music of Apala. These recordings were originally made and released locally by Decca and EMI Records as well as a variety of independent labe

                                          TRACK LISTING

                                          Haruna Ishola And His Apala Group - Ewure Ile Komoyi Ode
                                          Adebukonla Ajao And Her Group - Aboyin Ile
                                          Rapheal Ajide And His Apala Group - Adura Fun Osiwowo
                                          Haruna Ishola And His Apala Group - Orin To Mo Gbon Wa
                                          R.A. Tikalosoro And His Group - Agilinti Lomu
                                          Adebukonla Ajao And Her Group - A.B.D. Alawiye
                                          Haruna Ishola And His Apala Group - Asa Ko Gbodo Wole Gbeiyele
                                          Adeleke Aremu & His Group - Egbe Arowolo
                                          Haruna Ishola And His Apala Group - Rufai Baolgun
                                          R.A. Tikalosoro And His Group - Kiniun Kuro Leran Amu Sere
                                          Haruna Ishola And His Apala Group - S. Aka
                                          Adebukonla Ajao And Her Group - Lekele Bale
                                          Kasumu Adio And His Apala Group - Odale Ore
                                          Ayisatu Alabi And Her Group - Oko Lolomo Jimoh Agbejo Bo Ogun And His Group - Oriki Ibeji
                                          Ayisatu Alabi And Her Group - Omo Olobi
                                          Rapheal Ajide And His Apala Group - Orin Aje
                                          Adebukonla Ajao And Her Group - Sunday Babayemi

                                          Various Artists

                                          Soul Jazz Records Presents Soul Of A Nation: Jazz Is The Teacher, Funk Is The Preacher

                                            ‘Soul Of A Nation: Jazz Is The Teacher, Funk Is The Preacher’ is a powerful new collection of radical jazz, street funk and proto-rap made in the era of Black Power (1969-75).

                                            This is the second ‘Soul Of A Nation’ album released by Soul Jazz Records to coincide with the exhibition ‘Soul Of A Nation - Art In The Age Of Black Power’, critically acclaimed and enormously successful when it opened at the Tate Modern in London last year (as was Soul Jazz Records’ accompanying first album ‘Soul Of A Nation: Afro-Centric Visions In The Age Of Black Power 1968- 79’). The blockbuster international exhibition is now at the Brooklyn Museum, New York, travelling to Los Angeles in 2019.

                                            This new album features a number of important and ground-breaking African-American artists - The Art Ensemble Of Chicago, Don Cherry, Funkadelic, Gil Scott-Heron and more - alongside a host of lesser-known artists all of whom in the early 1970s were exploring new Afrocentric poly-rhythmical styles of music - radical jazz, street funk and proto-rap - while at the same time exploring the Black Power and civil-rights inspired notions of self-definition, self-respect and self-empowerment in their own lives.

                                            During this era African-American jazz musicians ripped up traditional definitions - rejecting the term ‘entertainer’ to redefine themselves instead as ‘artists’. They worked outside of the mainstream music industry perceiving this artistic relationship to be fundamentally exploitative and politically flawed. Artists instead formed their own pan-arts community-centric collectives, set up their own record labels, ran concerts in alternative performance spaces - art galleries, parks, lofts, community centres - all as a way of taking control of their own creative destinies.

                                            At the start of 1960s jazz musicians had embarked on an intense period of musical experimentation as artists John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman and Don Cherry sought to dismantle the traditional definitions of jazz by creating new music that broke free from its establishment shackles. By the end of the 1960s, forward-thinking African-American jazz musicians had absorbed the ideas of this radical and avant-garde path but also began to introduce many new elements - not just civil rights concepts of freedom but also black power ideas of self-respect, righteousness and anger.

                                            Their music developed into a radical and intense Afrocentric mix of jazz, funk, soul and street poetry, all in search of a new musical language that could better represent artistic African-American cultural expression.

                                            All of the featured artists here were involved in this search in different ways; A shared sense of Afrocentric collectivism joined the dots between the deep avant-garde experimentalism of The Art Ensemble Of Chicago (here featuring soul singer Fontella Bass singing the powerful ‘Theme de Yoyo’) to the hyper funk psychedelia of George Clinton’s Funkadelic.

                                            The poetry of Gil Scott-Heron and Sarah Webster Fabio performed with a backdrop of street funk and heavyweight percussion laid down the template for the birth of rap. The Har-You Percussion Group, a group of young Harlem teenagers, showed how government-sponsored social initiatives helped create great art and music. Gary Bartz and The Oneness of Juju offer spirituality and cosmology. Collectives like The Pharaohs and Detroit’s Tribe add deep jazz and street funk in equal measures.

                                            Influenced and radicalised by Black Power and civil rights, all these artists were involved in creating - in the words of the Art Ensemble Of Chicago - ‘Great Black Music: Ancient To Future’.

                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                            Millie says: This compilation has collected all the best tunes from the funk/soul genre from Gil Scott-Heron to Baby Huey. Spread over three LP's, this is a feast for the ears!

                                            TRACK LISTING

                                            Art Ensemble Of Chicago - Theme De Yoyo
                                            The Har-You Percussion Group - Welcome To The Party
                                            The Pharaohs - Damballa
                                            Baby Huey - Hard Times
                                            James Mason - Sweet Power, Your Embrace
                                            Byron Morris And Unity - Kitty Bey
                                            Funkadelic - Nappy Dugout
                                            Rashied Ali & Frank Lowe - Exchange Part 2 (II)
                                            Gary Bartz NTU Troop - Celestial Blues
                                            Oneness Of Juju - Space Jungle Funk
                                            Sarah Webster Fabio - Work It Out
                                            Tribe (Wendell Harrison & Phillip Ranelin) - Beneficent
                                            Gil Scott-Heron - Whitey On The Moon
                                            Don Cherry - Brown Rice

                                            Various Artists

                                            Soul Jazz Records Presents - Studio One Freedom Sounds: Studio One In The 1960s

                                            "Studio One Freedom Sounds" is the new collection from the nation's favourite one-stop shop, focusing on the intense period in the second half of the 1960s when Studio One’s vast and unbeatable output of ska, soul, rock steady and reggae made it literally one of the hottest musical empires in the world.

                                            During this highly successful period, Clement ‘Sir Coxsone’ Dodd released hundreds and hundreds of superlative singles seemingly on an almost daily basis, in the process making huge stars out of Jamaican singers such as Alton Ellis, Delroy Wilson, The Wailers, Slim Smith, Jackie Opel and many more.

                                            Powered by the finest in-house musicians working in Jamaica, whether it was The Skatalites, Jackie Mittoo’s Soul Brothers, The Sounds Dimension or The Soul Vendors, Studio One functioned as hit factory on the scale of Motown in the USA, shaping and defining reggae music for decades to come.

                                            Singlehandedly Studio One’s founder Clement Dodd was able to create the most successful vertically-integrated record company that Jamaica had ever known with pressing plant, printers, studio, shops and sound systems all running at once, with over 50 employees and hundreds of artists working with Studio One during this time.

                                            "Studio One Freedom Sounds" tells the story of Studio One in the 1960s with a stunning set of ska, soul, rock steady and reggae killer tunes as well as informative sleevenotes and track-by-track info by Noel Hawks.


                                            TRACK LISTING

                                            Don Drummond & The Skatalites - Rain Or Shine
                                            The Gaylads - Morning Sun
                                            Delroy Wilson - Just Because Of You
                                            Alton Ellis - Sunday Coming
                                            Jackie Opel - I Am What I Am
                                            Peter Tosh - I Am The Toughest
                                            Delroy Wilson - Get Ready
                                            Mr. Foundation - Timo-Oh
                                            Roland Alphonso & The Soul Brothers - Provocation
                                            Leroy & Rocky - Love Me Girl
                                            Slim & Delroy - Look Who Is Back Again
                                            The Skatalites - Spread Satin
                                            Barrington Spence - Contemplating Mind
                                            Ernest Ranglin - Psychedelic Rock
                                            Bob Marley & The Wailers - Destiny
                                            Roland Alphonso - Reggae In The Grass
                                            Zoot Simms - We Can Talk It Over
                                            Jackie Mittoo - Hi Jack

                                            Konkere Beats

                                            Yoruba! Songs & Rhythms For The Yoruba Gods In Nigeria

                                            Soul Jazz Records’ latest album ‘Yoruba! Songs & Rhythms For The Yoruba Gods In Nigeria’ is newly recorded in Lagos, Nigeria. The album is co-produced by Soul Jazz Records label head Stuart Baker and Laolu Akins (founding member of the legendary 1970s Nigerian Afro-Funk/Rock group Blo).

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

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

                                            This album features songs honouring the Nigerian gods of the Yoruba traditional religion - Yemoja, Obatala, Ogun, Sango and others - as well as a selection of instrumental cuts focusing on the Bata and Dundun drums.

                                            The album comes complete with extensive text and photography. 40- page outsize booklet / gatefold double vinyl and inners showing the influence of Yoruba culture throughout the world and the social and historical context for the music contained here.

                                            TRACK LISTING

                                            Homage To Yemoja
                                            Homage To Esu
                                            Sakara Instrumental
                                            Ensemble
                                            Homage To Obatala
                                            Eulogy To Amila
                                            Homage To Sango
                                            Agbe Gbe-Wadele
                                            Eulogy To Ori-Ola
                                            Bata Drums Ensemble
                                            Homage To Osun
                                            Eshere
                                            Dundun Instrumental
                                            Ensemble
                                            Homage To Ogun

                                            Featured here is a new collection spanning Studio One’s dancehall period - singers and deejays on classic Studio One rhythms, studio and electronic wizardry from the Brentford Road headquarters, lots of rare 12” singles, all effortlessly brought together to nice up the dance.

                                            When Clement ‘Sir Coxsone’ Dodd first ruled the dancehalls of Kingston in the 1950s, fighting off the soundsystem competition of Duke Reid, King Edwards and others, few could imagine how far the reign of Studio One would last. However, the emergence of dancehall as a distinct style of reggae at the end of the 1970s, as upstart competing producers began recording vocalists and deejays performing over replayed classic Studio One rhythms, in many ways made the influence of Clement Dodd’s vision more omnipotent than ever before (and lasting to this day).

                                            Not surprisingly, Clement Dodd’s creativity and business acumen made him quick to respond to this musical phenomenon - he soon began voicing the new stable of Studio One singers and deejays, such as Sugar Minott and Lone Ranger, over original classic Studio One rhythms recorded in the late 1960s - by producing some of the most innovative, time-bending and creative music of his career.

                                            This album comes as CD with slipcase, super-loud, super-heavy triple vinyl with free download code.

                                            TRACK LISTING

                                            Ernest Wilson - Why Oh Why
                                            Johnny Osbourne - Lend Me The Sixteen
                                            Windel Haye - Haunted House
                                            Green Tea & Chassy - Ghetto Girl
                                            Johnny Osbourne - Time A Run Out
                                            Lone Ranger - Noah In The Ark
                                            Devon Russell - Thanks And Praise
                                            Brentford Disco Set - Rebel Disco
                                            Doreen Schaffer - I Don’t Know Why
                                            Slim Smith - Lonely Lover
                                            Field Marshall Haye - Roots And Herb Style
                                            DJ Dawn & The Ranking Queens - Peace Truce Thing
                                            Jim Brown - Cure For The Fever
                                            Sugar Minott - Peace Treaty Style
                                            Lloyd Robinson - It Deep
                                            Barry Brown - Far East
                                            Windel Haye & Captain
                                            Morgan - Flood Victim
                                            Ernest Wilson - Pick Them Up

                                            Various Artists

                                            Invasion Of The Mysteron Killer Sounds

                                              Kevin Martin (aka The Bug / King Midas Sound) and Stuart Baker (Soul Jazz Records) have put together a unique project bringing together new, exclusive and in demand digital music by electronic futurists Harmonic 313, Diplo, Roots Manuva, South Rakkas Crew,The Bug and more, alongside a killer selection of Jamaican digital and electronic scientific dub and dancehall. Exclusive new tracks and mixes by Harmonic 313, Stereotyp, Federation; in demand tracks from the likes of Roots Manuva, Diplo and South Rakkas Crew; the toughest digital and twisted rhythms from legendary producers King Jammy, Steely and Clevie, Sly Dunbar, Prince Jazzbo, King Tubby, Firehouse Crew and more all feature on this unique release.

                                              The double album comes in special edition heavyweight deluxe hardcover 2CD card casing complete with a deluxe graphic novel by Italian comic book designer Paolo Parisi (whose books include subjects as diverse as John Coltrane and Chernobyl). This specially commissioned graphic novel is a science fiction vision of the future of digital music, featuring King Tubby, Steely & Clevie, Jammy, Jazzbo, complete with Alien Sound Lord Abductors, Aural Freedom Fighters and Digi-Dub Voyagers.


                                              TRACK LISTING

                                              CD ONE:
                                              1. Steely & Clevie ‘Streetsweeper’
                                              2. Lenky & Sly ‘Now Thing’
                                              3. Ricky Ranking Ft. Roots Manuva ‘Doogoo Dub’
                                              4. Dave Kelly ‘The Return’
                                              5. Annex Crew ‘Summerbounce’
                                              6. Federation Sound ‘Flatlands (Brooklyn Dub Mix)’
                                              7. Lenky ‘Diwali Riddim’
                                              8. Team Shadatek ‘Yoga Riddim’
                                              9. Stereotyp Ft. Alley Cat ‘Modern Times’
                                              10. The Grynch Ft. Tippa Irie ‘Electro Agony In Dub’
                                              11. Fira ‘Hummer Version’
                                              12. Diplo ‘Diplo Rhythm’
                                              13. Harmonic 313 ‘Bazooka Riddim’
                                              14. Ward 21 Productions ‘Pit Bull’
                                              15. Redlight ‘M.D.M.A’.
                                              16. The Bug ‘Aktion Dub’

                                              CD TWO:
                                              1. Fat Eyes ‘Clothes Pin Rhythm’
                                              2. Steven Ventura 4 Kings Of Kings ‘Throw Your Hands Up Version’
                                              3. Sly Dunbar And Christopher Birch ‘Corners Boy’
                                              4. David Jahson ‘King Of Kings Dub’
                                              5. Fat Eyes ‘Steel Plate’
                                              6. South Rakkas Crew ‘Red Alert’
                                              7. Parara And McCoy ‘Them Can’t Hold Yuh Gal Version’
                                              8. King Tubby ‘Fat Thing Version’
                                              9. World Beat ‘Gold Mine’
                                              10. Andre ‘Suku’ Gray (Jammys) ‘Sign Rhythm’
                                              11. Henfield And Shadowman ‘Babatunde’
                                              12. Firehouse Crew ‘No False Hair’
                                              13. Computer Paul ‘World Talk’
                                              14. Fat Eyes ‘Overdose’
                                              15. Prince Jazzbo ‘Great Stone Version’
                                              16. Kickin’ Productions ‘What You Gonna Do’
                                              17. Pliers (Bonner Productions)’ I’m Your Man Dub’
                                              18. Wiz Kidz ‘Team In My Heart Version’
                                              19. Jammys ‘Jam 2’ James (Jammys) ‘Peenie Peenie’


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