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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’.

    FORMAT INFORMATION

    3xLP Info: Triple vinyl LP with digital download, full and extensive text, exclusive photography with house inners.

    Deluxe CD Info: Deluxe CD with slipcase, 40-page outsize booklet and jewel case.

    Brown Sugar

    I’m In Love With A Dreadlocks: Brown Sugar And The Birth Of Lovers Rock 1977-80

      Soul Jazz Records release this first ever collection of the pioneering British reggae Lovers Rock group Brown Sugar including rare singles, dubs and extended mixes. The album comes with extensive sleevenotes and interviews with Dennis Bovell, Pauline Catlin, John Kpiaye and Winston Edwards (Studio 16).

      Brown Sugar were formed by three young teenage girls - Pauline Catlin, Caron Wheeler and Carol Simms in South London in 1976. In the short period of time 1976-1980, the group - working with Dennis Bovell on the mixing desk and John Kpiaye (‘Brownie T) in the studio - recorded barely a handful of singles on the new Lovers Rock label, a number of which went to the top of the UK reggae charts. But success stopped there and with no album release and no industry support the group broke up in the early 1980s.

      Following their split Caron Wheeler became the lead vocalist for the hugely successful group Soul II Soul, Carol Simms launched a solo career as Kofi (re-making a number of Brown Sugar songs with producer Mad Professor) and Pauline Catlin returned to education.

      Despite their relatively low-key mainstream public exposure Brown Sugar (and the label on which their first records appeared) announced to the world a new genre of reggae music, Lovers Rock, which spoke for the first time with the sensibility of a new segment of British society; that of first generation-born Black British female youth.

      And while Lovers Rock became synonymous with sweet love songs, Brown Sugar’s music in fact expressed far more; a righteous pride and consciousness in being Black and British, a political stance more often associated with UK roots groups like Black Slate, Aswad, Misty In Roots and other British reggae acts in the late 1970s. Brown Sugar were in fact their own genre of ‘conscious lovers rock’ - an expression of ideological black cultural pride.

      Brown Sugar’s handful of three-minute love songs (often plus extended dubs) somehow manage to encapsulate all the complexities of identity, sexual politics and youthful righteousness of Afro-Caribbean youth living in Britain in the 1970s. Songs such as ‘I’m In Love With A Dreadlocks’, ‘Our Reggae Music’, ‘Black Pride’ and ‘Dreaming Of Zion’ spoke with a straightforward righteousness and consciousness that few roots groups could hope to match. The fact that they were all teenagers is even more striking.

      Dennis Bovell comments, “For Lovers Rock we needed a pulpit, a way of saying ‘this is the style’. Sound systems were already saying ‘this is lovers,’ brandishing it in the dance. Our intention was to create a style of music that my generation could identify with - one that had a beat, and you could dance to with your partner in a sound system setting.”

      Dennis Bovell’s mixes for the group gave a further dimension to Brown Sugar records - a sound system mentality, adding sound effects and dub elements. ‘I’m In Love With A Dreadlocks’ was the debut release for both Brown Sugar and the Lovers Rock label, a fitting calling card for both. The record was a hit on many sound systems across the UK, reaching the top of the reggae charts.

      Although the career of Brown Sugar was short-lived, their legacy and influence remains significant and now, 40 years on from these first records, all of the members are still involved in music. Pauline Catlin has recently re-launched her career under a new moniker, Shezekiel; Carol Simms, aka Kofi, remains a successful solo artist, one of the queens of Lovers Rock; Caron Wheeler, after leaving Soul II Soul at the end of the 1980s, embarked on a solo career, before re-joining the soul super-group which she continues to front to this day.

      Long out of print re-release of this classic Sugar Minott album on Soul Jazz Records, bringing together the best of his classic material recorded at Studio One in the 1970s. Lincoln Sugar Minott was born in Kingston, Jamaica in 1956. He grew up in a poor area of West Kingston and from an early age developed a love of reggae music and the music of Studio One in particular. As a teenager, he became selector for Sound of Silence Keystone and Gathering of Youth local soundsystems. By the late 1970s Minott had risen to become one of the biggest stars in Jamaican music.

      Sugar Minott began his career at Studio One. After auditioning in front of Clement ‘Sir Coxsone’ Dodd in the early 1970s, he became the first artist to record new songs over classic rhythms, singing over original Studio One tapes - the significance of which led directly to the birth of dancehall, as Channel One, Joe Gibbs and hundreds of other Jamaican producers quickly began releasing their own material based on these same classic Studio One rhythms replayed by Sly and Robbie, The Aggrovators, Soul Syndicate, Roots Radics and many others.

      'I knew Studio One spiritually before I knew Studio One physically. You know I grew up beside a dancehall and Sir Coxsone’s sound used to play there from when I was a boy. So from that influence you know I used to love Studio One sound so much, I became a sound selector. So that was my first involvement with getting to know Studio One music like The Heptones, Alton Ellis, Ken Boothe, the whole works and that was my life from a youth.'

      After Sugar Minott’s debut many other artists followed suit at the label such as Freddie McGregor, Johnny Osbourne, Lone Ranger and Michigan & Smiley leading to one of the most creative periods for the label. This is the first retrospective of Sugar Minott at the label and most of these recordings have never been widely available outside Jamaica. Sugar Minott went on to a huge career in reggae and is today one of the biggest stars in Jamaican music. He set up his own Black Roots / Youth Promotions label releasing music by Barry Brown, Michael Palmer, Tenor Saw, Barrington Levy, Horace Andy, Garnett Silk, Junior Delgado, Yami Bolo, Junior Reid and many more.

      Sugar Minott went on to work for numerous Jamaican producers. His "Good Thing Going", produced by Donovan Germain, became a Number One hit in the UK and led to the rise of Lovers Rock. This album includes classic cuts as well as super-rare singles, all of which have been digitally re-mastered for this release.


      This is the second collection of music from Venezuela in the 1970s and beyond to be released on Soul Jazz Records. The album once again features innovative figures in the history of underground Venezuelan music, mostly unknown outside of their home country - their music a blending of progressive rock, jazz, experimental electronics and disco, created mainly in the 1970s - during a time when the country was both a cultural and economic powerhouse in Latin America.

      While much of 1960s Venezuelan rock music emulated British and USA styles and salsa dominated the dancefloors of Latin America, the 1970s saw the evolution of a new generation of creative local artists such as Vytas Brenner, Daniel Grau, Aldemaro Romero, Un Dos Tres Y Fuera who all explored the possibilities of mixing together rock with elements of electronica, funk, jazz, latin rhythms simultaneously exploring their links with Venezuelan roots music, creating a new sound which blended a multitude of new and old world influences, uniquely Venezuelan.

      Most of these artists featured on ‘Venezuela 70’ remain practically unknown outside of Venezuela’s borders and yet their progressive forward-thinking music is some of the most sophisticated in the world - a stunning ‘melting pot’ mix of sounds from the cosmic and psychedelic rock of Vytas Brenner to the Moroder-esque disco experimentation of Daniel Grau and the tropical funk of Un Dos Tres Y Fuera and beyond.

      Aside from the relatively known Vytas Brenner and Daniel Grau, most of the music on this album is incredibly rare (even in Venezuela).

      Art Ensemble Of Chicago

      Les Stances A Sophie

      As the legendary Art Ensemble Of Chicago celebrates its 50th anniversary, Soul Jazz Records release a new, fully re-mastered edition of the group’s seminal 1970 album ‘Les Stances à Sophie’, which features the great singer Fontella Bass on the opening track ‘Theme de Yoyo’, a stunning 9-min opus that continues to startle and compel new audiences today.

      Drawing upon the mutual soul and funk background of Bass and her then husband Lester Bowie with all the power of the Art Ensemble Of Chicago’s collective musicianship on board, ‘Theme de Yoyo’ is powerfully funky, soulful and free at the same time, a classic fusion of black music styles.

      The Art Ensemble explored many areas of popular black music during their career. For instance, their ‘Ancient to the Future: Tribute to the Masters’ album covered songs by artists such as James Brown, Fela Kuti and Jimi Hendrix. This however, remains a pinnacle moment in their exploration of black dance music.

      The Art Ensemble Of Chicago are one of the most important and radical jazz groups to come out of the USA.

      ‘Les Stances à Sophie’ was recorded in Paris in 1970 and features regular Art Ensemble members (Lester Bowie, Joseph Jarman, Roscoe Mitchell and Malachi Flavors) alongside newly recruited drummer Don Moye and guest Fontella Bass on vocals and piano.

      Fontella Bass already had a successful career as a soul singer - ‘Rescue Me’ was her biggest hit in the Sixties. She and Lester Bowie first met in St Louis while working with legendary rhythm and blues producer Oliver Sain. Vocals (and lyrics), alongside a constant drum and bass beat, were new elements to the music of the Art Ensemble at this time.

      Musicians such as Ornette Coleman and John Coltrane spearheaded the free jazz movement at the start of the 1960s. Far from simply defining a musical concept, they also began to redefine the concept of the African-American musician in society. A new period of self-respect and spirituality among musicians paralleled the Civil Rights Movement led by Martin Luther King and Malcolm X, encouraging self-determination and empowerment in every African-American musician.

      The Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) was formed in Chicago in 1965 by Muhal Richard Abrams with members including future Art Ensemble of Chicago members Bowie, Jarman, Mitchell and Flavors, as well as others including Anthony Braxton and Amina Claudine Myers. The AACM explored experimental music and began promoting concerts, teaching music and Black history and offering spiritual guidance to youngsters in the Chicago community.

      Out of this The Art Ensemble was formed in 1968 and in June 1969 the group headed for France. ‘Les Stances á Sophie’ was originally released on EMI France in 1970 and later in the US on Nessa Records. Soul Jazz Records first released the album in 2000. Now ten years out of print, they are releasing it once more in this new fully re-mastered edition.

      ‘Les Stances á Sophie’ came about when Israeli film director Moshe Misrahi befriended the group and asked them to record a soundtrack to a (then unmade) French New Wave film of the same name. During a two-year period in France the group recorded an astonishing amount of music - over fifteen albums recorded for various labels such as BYG, Freedom, Nessa, Arista and EMI - before returning to America in 1971 to continue their journey.

      The Art Ensemble Of Chicago’s musical soundtrack remains perhaps the definitive release from this period, a stunning exploration of radical jazz music and, with with the rare addition of vocalist Fontella Bass on ‘Theme De Yoyo’, an unashamedly powerful celebration of Great Black Music.

      Chris Bowden’s debut album ‘Time Capsule’ was first released on Soul Jazz Records in 1992 to widespread critical acclaim. Now 20 years on a new wave of current jazz artists led by the likes of Kamasi Washington in the USA and a host of British artists - Shabaka Hutchings / Sons of Kemet, The Ezra Collective, Moses Boyd, Nubya Garcia, Fourtet, Yussef Kamaal, Tenderlonious, Binker & Moses - have brought this original ground-breaking album into the limelight once more as a pivotal starting point, sharing many of the aesthetics of these current artists at work today.

      Musically all are inspired by the spiritual jazz of John Coltrane, Alice Coltrane, Pharoah Sanders, Archie Shepp, Don Cherry et al paired with a modern electronic music sensibility. Chris Bowden’s ‘Time Capsule’ has stood the test of time like few other albums (as the title of the album suggested), and remains a pivotal, wholly-successful and original experimental musical collage, a radical inspiration and forbearer to many of the best progressive jazz and electronic artists working today.

      FORMAT INFORMATION

      2xLP includes MP3 Download Code.

      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.


      FORMAT INFORMATION

      2xLP includes MP3 Download Code.

      First of two unbelievably rare 1982 West Coast electro-rap 12” singles. Originally released on Raina Records out of Phoenix, Arizona. Vocal and killer dubbed out instrumental arranged and conducted by the legendary Rich Cason.

      An original copy recently sold for over £1000 on Discogs.

      Very limited one-off pressing of 500 copies worldwide on Soul Jazz Records.


      This is the second installment of deep roots Rastafarian reggae at Studio One and features classic music from some of the most important figures in reggae music - Alton Ellis, The Heptones, Jackie Mittoo, The Gladiators - alongside a host of rarities and little-known recordings, such as a truly rare Mystic Revelation of Rastafari 7” single, Willie William’s first ever recording - ‘Calling’ - and Horace Andy’s righteous (and equally rare) masterpiece ‘Illiteracy.’

      ‘Black Man’s Pride 2’ extends the legacy of Studio One’s groundbreaking path in roots reggae which began at the end of the 1960s and continued throughout the 1970s. The album tells the story of how the rise of Studio One Records and the Rastafari movement were interconnected, through the adoption of the Rastafari faith by key reggae artists - everyone from the Skatalites and Wailers in the 1960s, major singers such as Alton Ellis and Horace Andy at the end of the decade, through to major roots artists such as The Gladiators in the 1970s - and how Clement Dodd consistently recorded this heavyweight roots music throughout Studio One’s history.

      The sleeve-notes to this album also discuss the links between Rastafari and Studio One in time and place, noting how both the religion and Clement Dodd’s musical empire had their roots in the intense period of pre-independence Jamaica in Kingston, expanded in the 1960s following the visit of Haile Selassie in 1966 and how roots music then came to dominate reggae music in the early 1970s. Also discussed is how the outsider stance of both reggae music and the Rastafari movement relate back many hundreds of years to the original rebel stance of the Maroons, escaped slaves who set up self-sufficient enclaves in the hills of the Jamaican countryside. There is also a track-by-track history by the noted Studio One writer Rob Chapman (‘Never Grow Old’).


      Nigeria Fuji Machine

      Synchro Sound System & Power

      ‘Synchro Sound System & Power’ features the music of Nigeria Fuji Machine, which includes some of the country’s finest ‘Fuji’ master drummers and singers and is newly recorded by Soul Jazz Records in Lagos, Nigeria.

      Fuji is the heavily percussive and improvisational style of Nigerian popular music, at once modern and yet deeply rooted in the traditional Islamic Yoruba culture of Nigeria.

      Here on this album Nigeria Fuji Machine’s striking and powerful lead vocalist Taofik Yemi Fagbenro soars above a wild and energetic backdrop of polyrhythms played on traditional talking drums, trap drums, electronic and street percussion to create a powerful wall of intense sound.

      Fuji is a hi-energy street music, heavily percussive which evolved out of the Islamic celebration of Ramadan, which became a major event in mid-20th century Lagos. Groups of young men walked through Muslim neighbourhoods at night singing improvised ‘wéré’ music to the accompaniment of pots, pans, drums, bells and anything else available, waking believers for the early morning prayer. By the early 1970s this music had crossed-over into popular Nigerian culture where it came to be known as Fuji, first made popular by the artist Alhaji Sikiru Ayinde Barrister, as the music began to be performed commonly at parties and social events.

      In the 1970s and 1980s three Nigerian artists - King Sunny Adé, Chief Ebonezer Obey and Fela Kuti - all secured international major record deals bringing popularity to the Nigerian musical styles of Juju (Adé and Obey) and Afro-Beat (Fela Kuti’s unique mixture of highlife, funk and jazz) abroad, but in the process ignoring much of Nigeria’s rich musical landscape. Fuji is - alongside Highlife, Juju, Afro-Beat, Sakara, Afro-Reggae, Waka, Igbo rap, Apala and numerous others - one of the central styles of Nigerian music.

      The singer Barrister described the music as follows: “Fuji music is a combination of music consisting of Sakara, Apala, Juju, Aro, Afro, Gudugudu, and possibly Highlife.” Juju performer King Sunny Adé described the difference between the two styles of Fuji and Juju somewhat competitively thus: “Fuji music is more or less like my music without guitars. It’s like I’m singing in a major key and they are singing in a minor. The music itself is the music of Juju music.”

      Today Fuji remains a powerful popular music with deep and powerful Islamic roots which continues to modernise and attract new generations of young Nigerians and Nigeria Fuji Machine’s ‘Synchro Sound System & Power’ is a powerful and intense musical experience.

      This new edition of Soul Jazz Records’ ‘The World Of Arthur Russell’, the seminal collection of Arthur Russell’s essential music, is released on heavy deluxe triple vinyl and deluxe tip-on Japanese style CD edition.
      This album brings together some of Russell’s best-loved and most accessible works including his wide-ranging music, both solo and in groups, including Dinosaur L (the essential ‘Go Bang’), Loose Joints (the equally classic ‘Is It All Over My Face’) as well as rarities such as the 7” only ‘Pop Your Funk’, Indian Ocean’s ‘Schoolbell / Treehouse’, Lola’s ‘Wax The Van’ and more.

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

      When Soul Jazz Records’ ‘The World Of Arthur Russell’ first came out in 2003, Russell’s music had slipped into near obscurity. Nearly 15 years later there are over a dozen releases of his music, reissues of his original albums and more. ‘The World Of Arthur Russell’ is the classic first collection of his work available once more.


      Various Artists

      Boombox 3 - Early Independent Hip Hop, Electro And Disco Rap 1979-83

        Soul Jazz Records’ new ‘Boombox 3’ continues their story of the first rap records to be put onto vinyl. It is a jam-packed collection of original independent old school hip hop, created with just one thing in mind - to get this party jumping.

        After the explosion of hip hop in the parks and clubs of The Bronx in the mid-1970s, it was in Harlem where the first rap records emerged at the end of 1979 - an avalanche of superb rap tracks released on small independent labels all trying to capitalize on the success of ‘Rapper’s Delight’.

        Like hip hop culture itself, these first rap singles are the product of their own unique set of aesthetics - exciting and innovative rap performed with Bronx block party B-Boy funk breaks, disco jams and Jamaican sound system culture.

        The extensive sleevenotes discuss hip hop’s trajectory from the first wave of Bronx creativity - the legendary DJs Kool Herc, Grandmaster Flash and Afrika Bambaataa - through to its arrival in Harlem via the entrepreneurism of old-school African-American rhythm and blues producers and émigré Jamaican producers all living in New York. Along the way the notes discuss everything from the New York power blackout of 1977, the Italian mafia involvement in the music industry, the links between rap and Jamaican dancehall and more besides.

        ‘Boombox 3’ features a line-up of stunning, near unknown New York rap artists, classic disco breaks (including Chic’s omnipotent ‘Good Times’, MFSB’s ‘Love Is The Message’, Queen’s ‘Another One Bites The Dust’), proto-electro and more. And by the early 1980s the first rap records outside New York began to emerge - Los Angeles, Houston, Milwaukee, Phoenix - and the first of these are also featured here in this new collection.

        FORMAT INFORMATION

        3xLP Info: Heavyweight triple vinyl (plus download code) with full notes.

        2xCD Info: Double CD pack with 44-page outsize booklet and slipcase.

        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.

        FORMAT INFORMATION

        CD Info: CD package includes 40 page booklet featuring text and photography.

        Various Artists

        Soul Jazz Records Presents Deutsche Elektronische Musik: Experimental German Rock And Electronic Music 1972-83

          Soul Jazz Records’ new 2018 edition of their long out of print classic first ‘Deutsche Elektronische Musik: Experimental German Rock And Electronic Music 1972-83’ is “a near-definitive guide to some of the world’s most extraordinary music” - The Guardian.

          The album features a stunning line up of groups including Cluster, Can, Faust, Popol Vuh, Neu!, Amon Düül, Harmonia, La Düsseldorf and Tangerine Dream, as well as a host of lesser known groups such as Kollectiv, Ibliss, Between and many more. This new edition is fully remastered and features all the original artwork and tracks.

          The first seeds of German rock and experimental electronic music were planted in 1968, as students and workers in Paris, Prague, Mexico and throughout the world demonstrated against mainstream society, the war in Vietnam, imperialism and bourgeois values. The birth of a counter-culture, drug experimentation and social change expanded musical worlds. Germany experienced its own cultural revolution fuelled by these worldwide student and worker revolts and by a generation’s desire to rid itself of the guilt of war.

          German rock and experimental electronic music grew out of this worldwide counter-cultural revolution of 1968. The objectives were to create new music, ‘free’ from the past, with many German youth turning their back on mainstream society. From the opening of the first collective / cooperative, Kommune 1, in Berlin, to the formation of the Baader-Meinhof terrorist group and the bombings, kidnappings and killings of the Revolutionary Armed Forces (RAF), young Germans sought out new values and a lifestyle outside of ‘the system’.

          These cooperative and communal experiences led to a number of new collective German bands forming, such as Amon Düül, Faust, Can (all featured here) and others and these ideals drove this new movement. A music that gave seed out of the cultural ‘nothingness’ that young Germans felt as a consequence of Germany’s role in the Second World War. A generation who grew up stifled by the recent history of Nazi atrocities, the guilt of their parents’ generation and their disillusionment at the reintegration of old Nazis into mainstream society.

          Influenced equally by the electronic experimentalism of Stockhausen, the progressive rock of Pink Floyd and the black American jazz and soul music played at the occupying armed forces bases, young German artists seamlessly created out of this a new unique music with its own unique identity.

          FORMAT INFORMATION

          2xLP 1 includes MP3 Download Code.

          2xLP 2 includes MP3 Download Code.

          New Jamal Moss album. ALWAYS a pleasure, never a chore. As always the revered Chicagoan treats us to glimpses of the future beamed back through his own spiritual synthology. This is his third album for Soul Jazz and his umpteenth album for us universal beings and I have to say without hyperbole, possibly some of his finest work to date. Opening with some typically Afrikans With Mainframes style dirg, "Youth Brainwashing And The Extremist Cults" instantly lets you know you're listening to a Jamal Moss record, no question or doubt. Soon though we're wallowing in the gentle caress of "The Melody Lingers", a beautiful, hang drum based piece that hints at the producer opening up his feminine side to us. Side A finishes with "The Seduction Syndrome", a squelchy stomper with unrelenting piano licks and fat-ass kick drum. "Awake And Energize" kicks off side B suspended on celestial pads and with star aligned keyboards. Simple house rhythms gentle permeate the fug refracting 25 years of history and lineage but never quite reaching their logical climax, keeping us hanging on tenterhooks. "Video Jazz" ensures one last dance before we have to change the disc, a frenetic glider not a million miles away from a K Hand production with its toy box perc and lazer bleep riffs. No HB LP would be complete without an interstellar epic, and he happily obliges on side B with the title track "The Red Notes". Obviously an ode to our closest planetary neighbor, the track simmers and bubbles with Marsian synths and space gloop, a true piece of alien sonic flora that begs you to get lost in. "The Emotional Listener" takes us deep into his hardware mechanics, Moss teasing out malfunctioning rhythms from the depths of his equipment, incarnating them with his own soul. Two tracks left, the equally space-age hymn of "The Red Notebook" and finally, just when you thought he'd forgotten you, some proper filthy acid squeal on "The Tone Bather". Honestly folks, I thought I had all the Jamal Moss records I needed by now but boy gone knocked this one out the park! So, so very good this shows just how a long playing electronically charged album should ride out; cruising through styles and flavours like a wormhole pilot. Fully endorsed!

          STAFF COMMENTS

          Matt says: Cosmic techno stalwart, Chicago dance archivist and general underground demigod Jamal Moss returns to Soul Jazz for some of his best work yet - serious!

          ‘Brasil’ was recorded in Rio de Janeiro in 1994 with a host of legendary Brazilian musicians including Sivuca, Raul de Souza and singer Joyce Moreno and has remained one of the key defining early releases from the Soul Jazz record label. Out-of-print for over 20 years, the album has now been fully digitally re-mastered for this new 2018 edition.

          The album was recorded at the height of the first wave of interest in Brazilian music in London in the 1990s. Joyce and a group led by husband, drummer Tutty Moreno, had just been brought to the UK for the first time ever by Gilles Peterson and Brazilian music obsessive Joe Davis (and future head of Far Out Records) to perform in front f over 2,000 new young fans.

          Singer-songwriter Joyce had been a living legend in her native Brazil ever since the Bossa Nova movement of the 1960s and had made her first record when she was just 20 and she was described by Antonio Carlos Jobim as “one of the greatest singers of all time.”

          Joyce Moreno agreed to be involved in the project to record an album in Brazil produced with a UK sensibility and Tutty Moreno’s group signed up as the house band for the project. Stuart Baker (founder of Soul Jazz Records) and Joe Davis then flew to Rio de Janeiro, searching out studios and rehearsal spaces.

          During this time in Brazil more artists signed up for the project, including legendary figureheads of the Brazilian music Sivuca (who brought his own group) and trombonist Raul de Souza. Other key figures included singer / guitarist Celia Vaz, who worked extensively as arranger with the legendary Quarteto Em Cy and drummer Dom Um Romao; Wanda Sá, who played in Sergio Mendes’ original seminal bossa nova group Brasil 65 (during which time she married the artist Edu Lobo) and legendary saxophone / flautist Teco Cardoso, whose bio reads like a who’s who of Brazilian music and includes work with Edu Lobo, Dori Caymmi, Baden Powell, Joao Donato, Carlos Lyra and others.

          The final piece to this Brazilian jigsaw was the addition of percussionist Pirulito, whose stunning display of self-made instruments allowed him to magically create the massive sound of Rio’s Samba Schools live inside the studio. The album was recorded over one hot summer, mixed in London and then released at the end of 1994.

          Various Artists

          Soul Jazz Records Presents: Deutsche Elektronische Musik 3

          This latest instalment in Soul Jazz Records’ successful ‘Deutsche Elektronische Musik’ series delves deeper into the German nation’s vaults to bring a fascinating new collection that again brings together a selection of classic German electronic and rock groups, including Neu!, Cluster, Popol Vuh, La Düsseldorf and Agitation Free, alongside a host of rare tracks by lesser known artists such as Michael Bundt, Bröselmaschine, Dronsz and Achim Reichel.

          The music of ‘Deutsche Elektronische Musik 3’ ranges from the introverted pastoralism of Hans Joachim Roedelius and Bröselmaschine to the angular and futuristic electronic experimentations of Klauss Weiss, Pyrolator, Deuter and Michael Bundt, to the proto-punk of La Düsseldorf and the heavy space, progressive and cosmic rock of Missus Beastly, Niagara and Dyzan.

          The music on ‘Deutsche Elektronische Musik 3’ was recorded in the 1970s up to the early 1980s, at a time when forward-thinking German electronic and rock groups were searching for a new musical identity in order to separate themselves from both the cultural legacy of post-World War II Germany as well the ‘cultural imperialism’ of USA and UK rock. In this process, German groups created some of the most unique and inspired music, the defining motorik beat alongside a host of ethno-musical influences from far afield - including Turkey, India, Brazil - as well as the musical and futurist possibilities of developments in electronics and technology itself.

          ‘Deutsche Elektronische Musik 3’ is released as a deluxe double CD pack, heavyweight triple LP and digital download album. The new extensive sleevenotes are by David Stubbs, who is the author of the acclaimed book ‘Future Days: Krautrock and the Building of Modern Germany’ (Faber & Faber).

          STAFF COMMENTS

          Barry says: Yet another superb outing for this already mindblowing string of releases on the ever-reliable Soul Jazz. Cosmic Krautrock, swirling synths and arpeggiated octaves, crackling filters and determined, marching percussion all round. If you've not heard of the 'Deutsche Elektronische Musik' series before, now is your chance. If you have, you already want this anyway.

          FORMAT INFORMATION

          3xLP includes MP3 Download Code.

          Various Artists

          Soul Jazz Records Presents - Dancehall: The Rise Of Jamaican Dancehall Culture

            Soul Jazz Records are releasing a new 2017 edition of their classic album ‘Dancehall: The Rise Of Jamaican Dancehall Culture’. This long-out-of-print collection is now available as a double CD and triple vinyl. The album is a lightning-flash collection of all-time classic and definitive dancehall classics as well as a stellar selection of more obscure tracks. Featuring Yellowman, Tenor Saw, Sister Nancy, Ini Kamoze, Chaka Demus & Pliers, Michigan & Smiley, Super Cat, Cutty Ranks, Eek-A-Mouse, Gregory Isaacs and more, this album features non-stop floor-filling party tune rockers throughout. ‘Dancehall’ is released to coincide with the new 2017 edition of the stunning 400+ photos deluxe coffee table book ‘Dancehall: The Rise Of Jamaican Dancehall Culture’, featuring Beth Lesser’s amazing ‘Dancehall’ photography (also newly published by Soul Jazz Records). This book has become the definitive cultural reference book for Jamaican dancehall and features hundreds of killer photographs, extensive text and interviews with many of the artists. 

            STAFF COMMENTS

            Patrick says: Soul Jazz can always be relied upon to pack a comp full of heat, and this dancehall collection has all the greats on here. Yellowman, Sister Nancy, Ini Kamoze, Super Cat – you name ‘em, they’re on here. Plus, we get “Murder She Wrote”. Mega!

            ‘Black Man’s Pride’ is the striking new Studio One collection of deep righteous reggae, featuring Horace Andy, Alton Ellis, The Gladiators, Sugar Minott, The Heptones, Freddie McGregor, Cedric Brooks & more.

            While the righteousness of blackness is at the heart of the Rastafarian faith, this collection illustrates how black pride remained a central theme, if not the defining essence, at the very core of all the music created at Studio One Records under the direction of Clement ‘Sir Coxsone’ Dodd.

            In order to understand the centrality of black identity in the music created at Studio One, we need look no further than Clement ‘Sir Coxsone’ Dodd who created the first black-owned record company in Jamaica.

            In similar fashion Alton Ellis’s defining ‘Black Man’s Pride’ brings up emotions that are at the heart of many of these uplifting songs. Alton Ellis’ birthplace was the Trench Town ghetto of Kingston, also the birthplace of The Wailers, Ken Boothe and many other Studio One luminaries.

            Clement Dodd established a musical empire firmly rooted by the core musicians working at Studio One, many of whom came out of the Alpha School for Wayward Boys, essentially an orphanage run by Roman Catholic nuns, whose luminaries include Don Drummond, Johnny Moore, Leroy ‘Horsemouth’ Wallace, Cedric Brooks, Vin Gordon, Tommy McCook & more.

            Many of the songs featured here come from the transitory phase in reggae at the start of the 1970s, after the exhilaration of Ska and following the cooling down of Rocksteady.

            While reggae awaited the arrival of roots, Studio One’s vocalists were already producing some of the moodiest music imaginable.

            Here are 18 heavyweight tunes, both classic cuts and super-rare tunes.

            Soul Jazz Records’ new release ‘Soul Of A Nation: Afro-Centric Visions In The Age Of Black Power - Underground Jazz, Street Funk & The Roots Of Rap 1968-79’ is released in conjunction with a major worldwide art exhibition, ‘Soul Of A Nation: Art In The The Age Of Black Power’, which takes place at the Tate Modern, London, UK (July-Oct 2017) and The Brooklyn Museum, New York, USA.

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

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

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

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

            Stuart Baker (founder of Soul Jazz Records) will appear on the panel for a ‘Soul Of A Nation: Art In The Age Of Black Power’ discussion at the gallery as part of the show.

            STAFF COMMENTS

            Barry says: This really is a fascinating and varied look into the start of an international appreciation of hip-hop, soul and funk. With more mellow afrobeat pieces segueing beautifully into more traditional fare, and even including some highly politically charged spoken-word accompaniments, this is yet another win for the Soul Jazz camp.

            FORMAT INFORMATION

            2xLP Info: Double gatefold vinyl album format comes with full colour inners and bonus download code and full sleevenotes / photography.

            CD Info: CD comes with extensive sleevenotes and exclusive photography in a large 36-page outsize booklet and slipcase.

            Soul Jazz Records’ ‘Boombox 2’ is a new selection of early rap music from the period 1979 - 83, with barely a household name in sight. Featured here are some the earliest hip hop records that came out of New York City following the enormous commercial success of the first ever rap record, ‘Rapper’s Delight’ by the Sugarhill Gang, in September 1979. Artists and producers alike tried to jump aboard the new commercial possibilities of hip hop. By the end of the year there were 30 hip hop singles, all released by independent New York labels. The following year there were over 100 more and so on.

            ‘Boombox 2’ tells the story of how hip hop went from its evolutionary roots in the Bronx through DJs Kool Herc, Grandmaster Flash and Afrika Bambaataa through to its second phase where veteran music producers - Paul Winley, Peter Brown, Joe Robinson and others - all based in Harlem, began to put rap on vinyl for the first time.

            Harlem is also where the separate worlds of disco and hip hop met through the styles and influence of earlier ‘uptown’ DJs - DJ Hollywood and Eddie Cheba. In similar fashion these veteran Harlem-based producers instinctively tapped into a long lineage of African-American rhythm and blues, soul and disco.

            STAFF COMMENTS

            Patrick says: "Well I went to the hat store today and I bought myself a hat! Ha ha ha ha!" Soul Jazz take us to Harlem with a second survey of the nascent hip hop scene. It's lino time!

            Skatalites

            Soul Jazz Records Present: Original Ska Sounds FromThe Skatalites 1963-65: Independence Ska And The Far East Sound

            The Skatalites brought the sound of Jamaica to the world. At the start of the 1960s, in the space of just a couple of years Don Drummond, Tommy McCook, Jackie Mittoo, Ernest Ranglin, Johnny ‘Dizzy’ Moore, Lloyd Knibbs, Lloyd Brevett and others defined the exciting beat of ‘Ska’ as the sound of newly independent Jamaica.
            As the house band at Clement ‘Sir Coxsone’ Dodd’s newly launched Studio One Records at 13 Brentford Road, the group comprising the finest jazz musicians on the island played on literally 1000s of recordings – Bob Marley and The Wailers, Toots and The Maytals, Delroy Wilson, Ken Boothe, Alton Ellis and many, many more.
            During their existence (1963-65) The Skatalites also recorded 100s of their own songs, released either under their own name, or The Studio One Orchestra, or that of band members Drummond, McCook etc.
            This is the first collection on Soul Jazz Records to bring you some of their finest material – from classics such as ‘Guns of Navarone’, ‘El Pussy Cat Ska’, ‘Christine Keeler’ through to some serious rarities such as Dizzy Johnny and The Studio One Orchestra’s ‘Sudden Destruction’ and Don Drummond’s ‘Coolie Boy’.
            The Skatalites’ ska sound brought together aspects of jazz, latin, rhythm and blues, proto-Rastafarianism (tracks such as ‘Full Dread’, ‘Beardsman Ska’) and more. The intensity and energy of their sound was matched by the experimentation of the troubled genius of Don Drummond whose ‘far east’ modal trombone sound added a complex melancholy to the music of the Skatalites (the group split-up after Drummond was charged with murdering his wife, dancer Margarita Mahfood). This album was originally released as a limited-edition Record Store Day collectors 7-inch box set (now deleted) and is now available for the first time as a double LP edition, CD and digital release complete with 10 extra bonus tracks and new extensive sleeve notes.

            New edition of this very rare deep spiritual jazz album first released as a private-press album in 1969 on flautist Lloyd McNeill’s own Asha Record label in Washington, DC. First reissued on Soul Jazz Records’ Universal Sound sub-label in 2011 (long deleted) and now available remastered on Soul Jazz Records main label in a limited edition of 1000 copies worldwide. Lloyd McNeill is an African-American flautist, painter, poet, and photographer born in Washington, D.C., in 1935. His multi-disciplinary creative life led to encounters and friendships with Nina Simone, Picasso, Eric Dolphy, Nana Vasconceles and other legendary cultural figures. McNeill grew up through the era of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s and his life and work is a reflection of those ideals. ‘Asha’ was the debut album by the Lloyd McNeill Quartet released on his own private-press record label, echoing the Civil Rights and African-American themes of the era - black economic empowerment and self-sufficiency – as well as a beautiful spirituality to the music. In the mid-1960s he moved to France where he became friends with Picasso, working with a number of émigré-jazz musicians whilst living in Paris. In the late 1960s he taught jazz and painting workshops at the New Thing Art and Architecture Center in Washington. In the 1970s he travelled throughout Brazil and West Africa studying music and taught music anthropology in the US.

            - Stunning flute-led spiritual jazz album with piano and upright bass. Bit more accessible than the deranged Pyramids but with just as much raw energy. Breathtaking interplay between musicians and some really gorgeous arrangements. A beauty!


            Various Artists

            Soul Jazz Records Presents: Nigeria Soul Power 70

              THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2017 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

              Soul Jazz Records’ Record Store Day exclusive 7” box set comprising five heavyweight 70s Afro- Funk, Afro-Disco and Afro-Rock 7” singles with unique bespoke label artwork and all digitally remastered.

              Seriously rare, killer and classic Nigerian 70s Afro- Funk, Afro-Disco and Afro-Rock tunes bought together here in this unique one off Record Store Day box set edition.

              Various Artists

              Soul Jazz Records Presents: Soul 70

                THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2017 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                Soul Jazz Records’ Record Store Day exclusive 7” box set comprising five fantastic 70s soul 7” singles reproduced here in exact replica bespoke label artwork and all digitally re-mastered.

                Seriously rare, killer and classic soul tunes brought together here in this unique one off Record Store Day box set edition.

                Various Artists

                Soul Jazz Records Presents: Studio One Hi-Fi Special

                  THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2017 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                  Unique Soul Jazz Records Record Store Day 7” collector’s box set comprising five separate singles featuring ten killer rare tracks from Studio One Records, featuring ska, roots, rocksteady, dub and more from the greatest reggae label of all time.

                  Seminal, rare and classic tunes collected together here for the first time ever.

                  Soul Jazz Records finally give all the collectors a break and reissuer their long-out-of-print album "Hustle! Reggae Disco" in a new expanded 2017 edition which now features five extra tracks. This ground-breaking album features non-stop killer reggae versions of original funk and soul classics in a disco style. Reggae disco updates of seminal classics by Anita Ward (‘Ring My Bell’), Chaka Khan (‘I’m Every Woman’), Michael Jackson (‘Don’t Stop ‘til You Get Enough’), Sugarhill Gang (‘Rappers Delight’, here performed by Derrick Laro and Trinity for producer Joe Gibbs) and more, all showing the hidden but inseparable link between the dance floors of New York, Kingston and London.  New bonus tracks to this collection include Derrick Harriott’s funky take on Eddie Drennon’s "Do It Nice & Easy", the classic disco reggae of Risco Connection’s take on McFadden and Whitehead’s ‘Ain’t No Stopping Us Now’ (Loft classic alert!) and the London rare groove lovers rock take on Barbara Acklin’s soul classic ‘Am I The Same Girl’. "Hustle! Reggae Disco" has been one of Soul Jazz Records’ bestselling releases since its first release 15 years ago (and subsequently featured heavily in the early Grand Theft Auto games). This new fully re-mastered and expanded edition now comes as triple vinyl album (with digital download code), CD and digital album.

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

                  STAFF COMMENTS

                  Patrick says: It's time to thank all your respective Gods or rabbits feet, Soul Jazz have reissued their long out of print reggae disco selection in expanded form. Alongside the fly versions of the likes of "Ring My Bell" and "I'm Every Woman", we now get a nice hi-fi pressing of Risco Connection's "Ain't No Stopping Us Now" along with another 4 new killers. Ace!

                  Laraaji

                  Celestial Vibration

                  Originally released in 1978 under the name Edward Larry Gordon, "Celestial Vibration", the debut album from Laraaji was first reissued by Soul Jazz in 2010. Re-entering the collective musical consciousness around the same time that Iasos and Ariel Kalma beamed back through our dream catchers, that reissue prompted a widescale re-evaluation of all things new age and ambient. Now Soul Jazz remaster and re-release this hypnotic piece once again, this time on both formats (CD & vinyl) as a fullscale Laraaji release. "Celestial Vibration" is a cosmic journey which sounded unlike anything else when it was first released in 1978. Laraaji’s album was first issued in New York as a private-pressing record with only very minimal distribution. His distinctive use of the harp-like open-stringed zither and kalimba creates a hypnotic trance like musical landscape. Laraaji first came to fame in the 1980s as a worldwide ambient artist working with Brian Eno on EG Records. At this time Laraaji worked with a wide range of experimental musicians - Jon Hassell, Harold Budd, Michael Brook, Bill Nelson, Roger Eno, Nana Vasconcelos and Bill Laswell.  Today Gordon continues his unique musical and spiritual path, performing his music mainly for meditation at yoga global retreats. He runs his own Therapeutic Laughter Workshop where he coaches people in the mindful use of laughing for its health benefits.

                  STAFF COMMENTS

                  Barry says: New-age ambient maestro Laraaji comes back in this week with a reissue of his long-out-of-print debut album 'Celestial Vibration'. Swooning ambience, swirling pads and two tracks of epic proportions. Listened to in full, it's a trip you'll never forget.

                  Various Artists

                  Soul Jazz Records Presents: Studio One Rocksteady Volume 2: The Soul Of Young Jamaica

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

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

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

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

                  Artists such as Alton Ellis, Delroy Wilson and Owen Gray defined the era - a slowed down beat as Jamaican political and social heat slowly increased when the 1960s progressed into the start of the 1970s - and the music evolved further from Rocksteady into Roots Reggae.

                  Soul Jazz Records’ latest crate digging excursion into the Crescent City vaults delves deep into the roots and history of the voodoo world of New Orleans funk and as ever features a stellar selection of killer rare funk and soul. The album is jam packed 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', groovily illustrated by Clifton Chenier, 'The King Of Zydeco', 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 interrelated. 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 hardcore 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 are 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.

                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                  2xLP includes MP3 Download Code.

                  Betty Harris

                  The Lost Queen Of New Orleans Soul

                  Betty Harris’ ‘The Lost Queen Of New Orleans Soul’ collects together the steady stream of amazing soul and funk singles issued by Betty Harris from 1964 to 1969, under the musical guidance of legendary composer, musician and producer extraordinaire Allen Toussaint, a collection which truly captures the heart and soul of the city of New Orleans during this era.
                   
                  Betty Harris’s powerful, fiery soulful vocals found a perfect accompaniment with the New Orleans’ players that Toussaint put together to back her which, by the time of her funk classic ‘There’s A Break In The Road’, were the legendary super tight, super funk New Orleans group The Meters. With the extraordinary songwriting skills of Allen Toussaint alongside the powerful, soaring, confident and emotive singer and the groove of The Meters, you have an unbeatable combination. That Harris never in fact lived in New Orleans (she flew in from Florida for all her sessions with Toussaint’s local in-house players) seems almost an irrelevance, a geographical aside to the defining New Orleans sound captured on the recordings featured here. 

                  All of these singles featured here were released on Allen Toussaint and his business partner Marshal Sehorn’s local New Orleans label Sansu, widely distributed in the Southern city but in only limited quantities elsewhere. As a consequence, Betty Harris’ music failed to achieve the commercial success of other New Orleans artists such as Lee Dorsey (who she recorded with) and The Meters (who backed her). At the end of the decade she stopped recording and retired from the music business to raise her family in Florida. This is no reflection of the stunning musical quality of all these songs which encompass everything from southern soul, heavy funk, deep soul ballads and Northern Soul.

                  Betty Harris has been a cornerstone of Soul Jazz Records’ ‘New Orleans Funk’ and ‘New Orleans Soul’ compilations. Always soulful and always funky, Betty Harris’ music contains the essence of New Orleans music. This collection is released on CD, heavyweight gatefolddouble LP vinyl (with digital download code) and digital download album and comes complete with full biography, original label artwork. 

                  Soul Jazz Records release Tee Mac’s ‘Night Illusion’, a lost classic Nigerian Afro-soul meets disco-boogie-funk album originally released in Nigeria in 1980 as a private press release of 1000 copies on the enigmatic artist’s own label. Impossibly hard to find, the record remains practically unknown outside of Nigeria. Tee Mac Omatshola Iseli is a multi-instrumentalist, composer and arranger and features on Soul Jazz Records’ recent collection "Nigeria Soul Fever: Afro Funk Disco & Boogie" alongside Joni Haastrup, Christy Essien and others, as well as on a recent compilation "Nepa Oh Nepa" released on Hot Casa earlier this year). The timelessness of this soulful, ground-breaking funk jazz lost masterpiece "Night Illusion" leads to comparisons with James Mason’s legendary lost classic album "Rhythm Of Life", with his unique individualism and intensity hinting at the boogie funk of groups such as Mass Production and Slave, so loved by artists such as Moodyman and Theo Parrish.
                  While Fela Kuti is now a cultural icon of Nigerian music throughout the world, the recent crossover success of William Onyeabor shows just how much undiscovered Nigerian music remains waiting to be explored outside of the country. Tee Mac was born in Lagos, the son of a Nigerian princess and a Swiss diplomat. He picked up the flute at age seven and ten years later was studying classical musical in Switzerland under his uncle the composer J.J. Direndirger. Returning to Lagos, Nigeria in 1970 he formed the heavyweight afro rock group Tee Mac & Afro Collection (which included Johnny Haastrup on keyboards and The Lijadu Sisters on vocals). This band were famously joined by the legendary Cream drummer Ginger Baker, who came to Nigeria to play with them in 1971 (captured in the film ‘Ginger Baker In Africa’). At age 24, Tee Mac moved to Germany where he co-wrote and recorded with the European disco group Silver Convention (whose ‘Fly Robin Fly’ became number one in the USA charts). This enabled him to return to Nigeria where he formed his own label SKJ Records to release his self-financed ‘Night Illusion’ album, as well as buying two nightclubs and also investing in a number of mineral mining companies. Tee Mac continues to live in Lagos today and travels the world as a composer – one of whose pieces is ‘The City Of Mer Kailash’ (2009), a two-hour ballet featuring over 60 dancers and a 100+ piece orchestra.
                  Soul Jazz Records are releasing this lost classic Nigerian album as an exact replica artwork reproduction LP (plus sleeve notes and digital download code), CD and digital album 


                  STAFF COMMENTS

                  Patrick says: Holy Smokes! After featuring the one and only Tee Mac on their recent "Nigeria Soul Fever" release, Soul Jazz go back in with a full scale reissue of his 1980 LP, thankfully reproduced with replica artwork!

                  Brentford All Stars / Im & The Sound Dimension

                  Greedy G / Love Jah

                  Digitally remastered classic essential recordings from the greatest reggae label in the world.

                  This is the first in the next Soul Jazz series of seminal reggae releases on 7” vinyl from the iconic Studio One Records. Here we get the super-funky all time B-boy / B-girl breaks classic, 'Greedy G' by the Studio One in-house band Brentford Road All-Stars (Vin Morgan, Leroy "Horsemouth" Wallace, Bagga Walker, Cedric Brooks, Pablove Black etc). Flip for the 1972 rootical offering by Cedric 'Im' Brooks & The Sound Dimension, 'Love Jah'.


                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                  7" Info: Just found a couple of copies of this!

                  Soul Jazz Records’ new ‘Venezuela 70’ is the first ever album of its kind to take a look at the ground breaking experimental rock music made in Venezuela and created in the 1970s, during a time when the country was both a modern cultural and economic powerhouse in Latin America on account of wealth from its vast oil supplies. Venezuela lies at the northern part of South America, with neighbouring Colombia to its west and Brazil to its south. The north coast borders the Caribbean.

                  Whilst much of 1960s Venezuelan rock music emulated British and USA styles, the 1970s saw the evolution of a new generation of creative artists such as Vytas Brenner, Angel Rada, Pablo Schneider and Miguel Angel Fuster, who all explored the possibilities of mixing together rock with elements of electronica, funk, jazz and Latin rhythms simultaneously exploring their links with Venezuelan roots music.

                  These Venezuelan artists looked to the future while exploring their country’s own musical heritage to create a new cultural identity. Similarities can be drawn with then contemporary movements around the world, such as the Trópicalia and post-Trópicalia 1970s scene in Brazil of Os Mutantes, Novos Baianos, Secos e Molhados (all of which feature on Soul Jazz Records’ earlier ‘Brazil 70’).

                  A similar parallel can be made in Europe with the experimental German groups of the 1970s (Can, Amon Duul, Harmonia, Neu, all featured on Soul Jazz Records’ ‘Deutsche Electronische Musik’), who deconstructed and reconstructed the links between rock music and electronics to define a new German cultural identity.

                  Most of the artists featured on ‘Venezuela 70’ remain practically unknown outside of Venezuela’s borders and yet their progressive, forward-thinking music is some of the most sophisticated in the world - a stunning ‘melting pot’ mix of underground rock, synthetic electronics, funk, jazz and Latin American rhythms, all of which explored new sounds and broke down musical boundaries to create a distinct and unique Venezuelan music and cultural identity.

                  Various Artists

                  Studio One Dub Fire Special

                  Soul Jazz Records’ new ‘Studio One Dub Fire Special’ brings together 18 heavyweight dub cuts, all recorded at 13 Brentford Road in the 1970s.

                  Featuring a stellar selection of dub cuts to classic and foundation songs recorded at Studio One with music from the legendary in-house bands - The Sound Dimension, New Establishment, Soul Defenders and Brentford All-Stars, featuring the likes of reggae’s finest musicians - Jackie Mittoo, Leroy Sibbles, Cedric Brooks, Freddie McGregor and more.

                  These fresh dub sounds employed the mighty mixing desk skills of The Dub Specialist aka Clement ‘Sir Coxsone’ Dodd, Sylvan Morris and Scientist to full effect.

                  ‘Studio One Dub Fire Special’ features the latest chapter of raw, stripped-down bass and drum sounds direct from Studio One, ‘The University Of Reggae’.

                  Released as CD with slipcase or heavyweight double vinyl with free download code.

                  Soul Jazz Records' new 'Boombox' features some of the many innovative underground first-wave of rap records made in New York in the period 1979-82, all released on small, independent, of ten family-concern record companies, at a time when hip-hop music still remained under the radar. This first exuberant wave of innocent, upbeat,'party on the block' rap records were the first to try and create the sounds heard in community centres, block parties and street jams that initially took place in the Bronx in the mid-1970s. But where Flash, Kool Herc and Bambaataa were back-spinning, mixing and scratching together now classic breakbeat records like The Incredible Bongo Band's 'Apache' or Babe Ruth's 'The Mexican', these first rap records were all made using live bands, often replaying then current disco tunes, whilst MCs rapped over the top, creating a unique sound that later became known derisively as 'oldschool'. And while hip-hop started in the Bronx, rap on vinyl began in Harlem where long-time established rhythm and blues producer-owned record companies such as Joe Robinson's Enjoy Records, Paul Winley's Winley Records, Delmar Donnel's Delmar International and Jack 'Fatman' Taylor's Rojac and Tayster were the first off the mark to realise the commercial potential of rap music-releasing early ground-breaking records that all quickly followed in the wake of the first rap record, The Sugarhill Gang's 'Rappers Delight', a million-selling worldwide hit. This collection celebrates these first old-school rap records, bringing together rare, classic and obscure tracks released in the early days of rap.

                  Deluxe double CD-pack comes with slipcase, 40-page outsize perfect-bound booklet,extensive notes, exclusive photography and original label artwork. Triple heavy weight vinyl includes full artwork, text and notes as well as free download code.

                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                  3xLP includes MP3 Download Code.

                  Various Artists

                  Soul Jazz Records Presents New Orleans Fun - New Orleans: The Original Sound Of Funk

                    THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2016 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.




                    The Skatalites

                    Soul Jazz Records Present: Original Ska Sounds FromThe Skatalites 1963-65: Independence Ska And The Far East Sound

                      THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2016 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                      Unique Soul Jazz Records’ Record Store Day seven-inch box set comprising five separate singles featuring ten killer tracks from the first and greatest ska and reggae band of all time.

                      Seminal, rare and classic tunes collected together here for the first time ever.

                      Limited to 500 copies.

                      Jackie Mittoo / Horace Andy

                      One Step Beyond / See A Man’s Face

                      Four brand new Studio One 45s from Soul Jazz Records. Digitally remastered classic, essential, in-demand recordings from the greatest reggae label in the world. These are the second four in Soul Jazz Records’ new series of seminal reggae releases from the iconic Studio One Records, - back to back classic and rare tracks from Horace Andy, The Gaylads, Dub Specialist, Denise Darlington, Jackie Mittoo, Alton Ellis, Sound Dimension and more.

                      On side one Jackie Mittoo is joined by The Soul Vendors (the original Studio One house band) for the classic instrumental 'One Step Beyond', lifted from his 1968 album 'Evening Time'. I don't think Horace Andy has ever made a duff track, but anything from his 1972 album 'Skylarking' is double double good - 'See A Man’s Face' has Sleepy at the top of his game.


                      Denise Darlington / Tyrone Taylor

                      Feel So Good / Rightful Rebel

                      Four brand new Studio One 45s from Soul Jazz Records. Digitally remastered classic, essential, in-demand recordings from the greatest reggae label in the world. These are the second four in Soul Jazz Records’ new series of seminal reggae releases from the iconic Studio One Records, back to back classic and rare tracks from Horace Andy, The Gaylads, Dub Specialist, Denise Darlington, Jackie Mittoo, Alton Ellis, Sound Dimension and more.

                      On this 45 we have another rarity from Denise Darlington, the sweet 1960s rocksteady song 'Feel So Good'. This is backed by the altogether more rootical 70s 'Rightful Rebel' by Tyrone Taylor.

                      Various Artists

                      New York Noise - Dance Music From The New York Underground 1977-82

                      This is the new 2015 edition of Soul Jazz Records’ long out of print first ‘New York Noise’ collection, subtitled ‘Dance Music From The New York Underground 1977-82’.

                      ‘New York Noise’ is the story of the intersection between experimental dance music and art in downtown New York. This ground-breaking release gave rise to a series of three albums featuring the likes of Snatch, Glenn Branca, Rhys Chatham, Sonic Youth, Ut, Jim Jarmusch and many more downtown figures as well as a deluxe photography book that featured everyone from David Byrne to Madonna (now out-of-print).

                      This new 2015 edition features classic New York post-punk, punk-funk, disco-not-disco and no wave tracks from Arthur Russell / Dinosaur L, James White & The Contortions, The Theoretical Girls, Mars, Konk, Material, Bush Tetras, Lizzy Mecrier Descloux as well as new tracks by Alan Vega (Suicide), Chain Gang and ImpLOG.

                      Count Ossie And The Mystic Revelation Of Rastafari

                      Tales Of Mozambique

                      Soul Jazz Records release Count Ossie and The Mystic Revelation’s seminal 1975 album 'Tales of Mozambique' in an expanded double album format, fully remastered and with the inclusion of two bonus rare single-only tracks, full sleevenotes, exclusive photographs and interview.

                      Count Ossie is the central character in the development of Rastafarian roots music, nowadays an almost mythical and iconic figure. His importance in bringing Rastafarian music to a populist audience is matched only by Bob Marley’s promotion of the faith internationally in the 1970s. Count Ossie’s drummers performed on the first commercially released single to integrate Rastafarian traditional music with popular music: the vocal group The Folkes Brothers’ groundbreaking song ‘Oh Carolina’, recorded for producer Prince Buster in 1959. In 1966 his drummers greeted the momentous arrival of Haile Selassie at Kingston airport. His legendary jam sessions in his Rastafarian compound up in the hills of Wareika, Kingston, are famous for the many Jamaican musicians who attended including The Skatalites players - Roland Alphonso, Don Drummond, Johnny Moore, Lloyd Knibbs - and many others. The Mystic Revelation of Rastafari formed in Kingston, Jamaica, in 1970, a union of Count Ossie’s Rastafarian drummers - variously known as his African Drums, Wareikas or his Afro-Combo - and the saxophonist Cedric Im Brooks’ horns group, The Mystics.

                      The Mystic Revelation of Rastafari are the defining group in bringing authentic Rastafarian rhythms into the collective consciousness of popular music, their unique music is at once rooted in the deep traditions and rituals of traditional drumming alongside a forward-thinking, even avant-garde, artistry influenced by the likes of John Coltrane, Sun Ra, Pharoah Sanders and other pioneering African-American jazz artists radicalised and charged by the civil rights movement of the 1960s. Tales of Mozambique is a truly unique and fascinating ground-breaking album.

                      ‘Studio One Showcase’, subtitled ‘The Sound Of Studio One In The 1970s’, brings together a new fine selection of classic tracks from Horace Andy, Freddy McGregor, Johnny Osbourne, Lone Ranger, Sugar Minott, The Heptones, Wailing Souls and other seminal reggae artists all recorded at Studio One in the 1970s.

                      By the start of the 1970s, Clement Dodd’s Studio One record label was at a crossroads. The previous two decades had given the producer and record label more success than most aspired to in a lifetime. From the mid-1950s on, the Downbeat Soundsystem had conquered all opponents - from Duke Reid to Prince Buster - and shaped and led the musical landscape of the dancehall. In the 1960s the establishment of Studio One Records at 13 Brentford Road in Kingston, Jamaica, had led to a Ford Motors-esque production line of hits that similarly defined reggae music.

                      The 1970s were to be Clement ‘Sir Coxsone’ Dodd’s most challenging and yet ultimately most creative decade of all. Like the most zealous and resourceful of pioneers, Studio One was about to embark on a stunning era of reinvention, adaptation, stripping down and versioning, each step of which marked new musical developments in reggae music - roots reggae, deejay, dancehall, rub a dub and more.

                      This album presents an overview of this exciting and ground-breaking decade of the 1970s at Studio One, during an era where, despite challenges from new producers, political turmoil and almost constant musical and technological innovations in reggae, Clement ‘Sir Coxsone’ Dodd was able to maintain his position as the pioneering leader in reggae music and to maintain Studio One as the number one sound in reggae music.

                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                      2xLP includes MP3 Download Code.

                      Horace Andy / Jackie Mittoo

                      Mr Bassie / Napoleon Solo

                      The first of four killer Studio One 45s from Soul Jazz Records. Digitally remastered classic essential recordings from the greatest reggae label in the world.

                      These are the first in a new series of seminal reggae releases from the iconic Studio One Records, starting with four monster singles.

                      Back to back classics from The Skatalites, Johnny Osbourne, Horace Andy, Prince Jazzbo, The Heptones, Jackie Mittoo and more.

                      On side A we get Horace Andy's 'Mr Bassie', a Studio One classic from 1972, featuring a sweet vibrato from Andy and instantly recognisable horn riff. On side B Jackie Mittoo and The Soul Vendors get all Man From UNCLE with 1968 rocksteady cut 'Napoleon Solo', lifted from their 'Evening Time' LP.

                      Johnny Osbourne / Prince Jazzbo

                      Truth & Rights / Crabwalking

                      The final edition of four killer Studio One 45s from Soul Jazz Records. Digitally remastered classic essential recordings from the greatest reggae label in the world.

                      These are the first in a new series of seminal reggae releases from the iconic Studio One Records, starting with four monster singles.

                      Back to back classics from The Skatalites, Johnny Osbourne, Horace Andy, Prince Jazzbo, The Heptones, Jackie Mittoo and more.

                      This 45 features Johnny Osbourne's sublime 1979 roots anthem 'Truth & Rights' (the original Studio One album it's taken from will set you back £30+). On the flip we get Prince Jazzbo's 1972 cut 'Crabwalking', which has Jazzbo adding deejay rap to a dub of Horace Andy's 'Skylarking', with live studio drop outs etc. Superb.

                      The Skatalites / Dub Specialist

                      Man In The Street / Banana Walk

                      The penultimate edition of four killer Studio One 45s from Soul Jazz Records. Digitally remastered classic essential recordings from the greatest reggae label in the world.

                      These are the first in a new series of seminal reggae releases from the iconic Studio One Records, starting with four monster singles.

                      Back to back classics from The Skatalites, Johnny Osbourne, Horace Andy, Prince Jazzbo, The Heptones, Jackie Mittoo and more.

                      On this 45 we're treated to The Skatalites' 'Man In The Street', a 1965 ska essential with Don Drummond taking the lead with his trombone. On the flip we get Dub Specialist's superb dub cut 'Banana Walk', taken from the 1975 LP 'Better Dub'. Dub Specialist is a name used for a series of dub LP releases from Studio One throughout the 70s. These limited edition albums were mixed down by a number of engineers over the decade, including Sylvan Morris, Syd Bucknor & Overton "Scientist" Brown, all under the auspices of legendary producer, sound system pioneer and music entrepeneur, Clement "Coxsone" Dodd.

                      Various Artists

                      Coxsone's Music - The First Recordings Of Sir Coxsone The Downbeat 1960-63

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

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

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

                      Before Studio One, Clement Dodd released this music on a variety of his early record labels such as Worldisc, All Stars, Coxsone, D Darling (named after Coxsone’s mother, who received a production credit on the label), Muzik City (named after Dodd’s record store on East Queen’s Street), Port O Jam, Supreme and Sensational.

                      Sleevenotes to this collection are by Studio One authority Rob Chapman, author of the Never Grow Old and Downbeat Special books cataloguing the many recordings of the label.

                      Various Artists

                      100% Dynamite! Ska, Soul, Rocksteady & Funk In Jamaica (Remastered Edition)

                      This is the new digitally remastered 2015 expanded edition of Soul Jazz Records’ biggest ever selling release, ‘100% Dynamite! Ska, Soul, Rocksteady & Funk In Jamaica’.

                      Since the album’s original release nearly 20 years ago, ‘100% Dynamite’ has become a cornerstone of reggae: 18 killer tracks that show the influence that American jazz, funk and soul music had on Jamaican reggae.

                      The proximity of the West Indies to the USA meant that many Jamaican musicians were influenced by American styles of music whilst at the same time defining new styles of their own such as ska, rocksteady and dub.

                      ‘100% Dynamite’ features some serious Jamaican funk by Jackie Mittoo, The Upsetters and Toots & The Maytals, the cream of Jamaica's jazz musicians such as Tommy McCook, Cedric Brooks and Lennie Hibbert. Also included here are heavyweight reggae versions to soul classics by Marlena Shaw’s ‘Woman Of The Ghetto’, Aretha Franklin’s ‘Rocksteady’, Syl Johnson’s ‘Is It Because I’m Black’, William DeVaughan’s seminal ‘Be Thankful’ and more.

                      ‘100% Dynamite’ also features revolutionary tunes such as Johnny Osbourne’s ‘We Need Love’, Sound Dimension’s ‘Drum Song’ and Lloyd Robinson’s ‘Cuss Cuss’, songs that helped define a unique sound for Jamaican music in the 60s and 70s.

                      These influences went both ways - check Brentford All Stars’ massive ‘Greedy G’, the basis for Boogie Down Productions’ ‘Jack of Spades’, or Willie Williams’ ‘Armageddon Time’, later covered by The Clash.

                      This new expanded edition features seminal tracks from the greatest Jamaican producers - Clement Dodd, Lee Perry, Winston Riley (Techniques) and many more.

                      STAFF COMMENTS

                      Philippa says: From vibrant ska and funky breakers to slower rocksteady and soulful roots reggae, this Soul Jazz collection is just jam(aica)-packed with Caribbean goodness!

                      This is a second selection of independent disco records featuring rare and classic tracks originally released in the USA between the halcyon years of 1977 and 1985.

                      This release features only the finest disco, modern soul and boogie and is compiled by Disco Patrick who last year put together the mighty ‘Disco: An Encyclopedic Guide To The Cover Art Of Disco Records’ 400+ page deluxe book for Soul Jazz Records, as well as the first installment of ‘Disco: A Fine Selection Of Independent Disco, Modern Soul And Boogie.’

                      This album is released as a double CD and two separate double vinyl LPs (plus free download codes).

                      This album features rare, classic and in demand tracks from the mighty vaults of labels such as New York’s Salsoul and Miami’s TK Records - which, during the main disco era, became the main competitors to the major established record industry - through to killer virtually unknown tracks released on tiny bespoke one-off labels now impossible to find either in the history books or record shops of the world.

                      Before its mainstream consumption in the late 1970s, disco first emerged from independent record companies run by lovers of this new sound: Patrick Adams and Peter Brown, the powerhouse musical partnership based up in Harlem, New York; Henry Stone at TK, a man with a 30-year old career distributing black music; or the Cayre brothers at Salsoul, linking Latin roots with the deep, soulful music emerging from Philadelphia and New York.

                      In fact, as we can see on this album, Harlem was to prove a fertile ground of nascent independent disco with numerous young producers, alongside leaders of the pack Patrick Adams and Peter Brown, hustling to release oneoff or a couple of singles on their own independent labels.

                      All the music on this album has been sonically and digitally remastered with love and is presented complete with sleevenotes, original label artwork and full length extended disco editions.

                      Disco Patrick & Patrick Vog

                      Disco: An Encyclopaedic Guide To The Cover Art Of Disco Records

                        This 360 page deluxe hardback book - a massive 12x12” - features the amazing artwork of thousands of disco record cover designs from the 1970s up to the mid-1980s. The record cover designs amount to a unique visual history of disco culture. Featuring over 2,000 album cover designs
                        (including many full-size covers) as well as over 700 12” sleeves, this book is truly an encyclopaedic document of disco music and its industry.

                        As well as being a comprehensive visual document on the era, the book comes complete with interviews of a number of important disco figures, histories, biographies and discographies of all the major disco record companies. Sections on Roller Disco sleeves, Disco Instruction albums, 12” sleeves and a scrapbook of disco ads are all brought together in one stunning and stylish package.

                        Artists featured include Chic, Grace Jones, Salsoul Orchestra, Musique, Cerrone, The Blackbyrds, Giorgio Moroder and thousands more. Interviews and label profiles include Ken Cayre (Salsoul Records), Henry Stone (TK Records), Casablanca Records, Marvin Schlacter (Prelude Records) and Mel Cheren (West End Records).

                        Editors Disco Patrick and Patrick Vogt have previously put together the book ‘Disco Patrick Presents: The Bootleg Guide To Disco Acetates, Funk, Rap And Disco Medleys’.

                        Paul Gilroy / Stuart Baker

                        90 Degrees Of Shade: Image And Identity In The West Indies - 100 Years Of Photography In The Caribbean

                          Calypso, Voodoo, Sunshine, Communism, Reggae, Colonialism, The Slave Trade, Rum, Revolution, Industry and Tourism 100 years of the Caribbean image and identity is captured in this deluxe new hardback photography book. The image of the Caribbean is as much a creation of the outsider as it is the complex identity of its people a melting pot of races created out of the participants in the 400 year slave trade enforced Africans, indigenous Americans and their colonisers French, Spanish, German, Dutch, English. The identity of the Caribbean stands at this intersection of tourism, the detritus of the slave trade, colonialism and tropicality. The regions politics span a hot bed of ideas and radicalism from Castros Cuba, communist thorn in the side of North America, to the violent right-wing dictatorship of Haitis Papa Doc in the 1960s; from Manleys Jamaica in the 1970s to Eric Williams Trinidad in the 1960s. This book is a deluxe large format hardback book featuring 100s of fascinating and unique photographs that span one hundred years of Caribbean history, culture, industry and more as well as the subsequent diaspora of its people to America, England and elsewhere. The photographs show the many ways in which the region is portrayed from luscious and tropical backdrop of tourism and hedonism, to colonial outpost and revolutionary threat within North Americas own backyard.

                          Soul Jazz Records’ new release ‘Black Fire! New Spirits!’ is a deluxe double CD / triple LP album exploring deep, radical and spiritual jazz in the USA from 1957 - 1982.

                          In the 1960s and into the 1970s jazz music in the USA was in an almost constant state of revolution, with the music and lives of African-American artists radicalised by the advent of the civil rights movement, Black Power and a new spiritual awakening.

                          For over 20 years now Soul Jazz Records have been exploring this rich area of deep and spiritual jazz music with an array of albums such as ‘Freedom, Rhythm And Sound’, ‘Universal Sounds Of America’, ‘New Thing’, ‘Soul Jazz Love Strata East’ and more. Soul Jazz Records have also released a steady stream of reissues of lost and classic deep jazz releases over the years from artists such as Art Ensemble of Chicago, Steve Reid, Pharaoh Sanders and others.

                          This new album features groundbreaking and revolutionary artists such as Don Cherry, Archie Shepp, The Last Poets and Yusef Lateef, as well as many rare and deep lost tracks from lesser known artists such as Creative Artists Ensemble, Granchan Moncur, Lloyd McNeill and Tyrone Washington.

                          This album coincides with the recent ‘Black Fire! New Spirits! Images of A Revolution: Radical Jazz in the USA 1960-75’ book, published by Soul Jazz Books, which as well as including pioneering artists such as John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Roland Kirk and Alice Coltrane also features many of the artists included in this album.

                          • Fantastically in-depth sleevenotes
                          • Band interviews
                          • Exclusive photographs
                          • All tracks sonically remastered.

                          Initially a marginalised phenomenon, the underground grunge scene of Washington had barely a handful of adherents, strung out in isolated towns across the vast state of Washington. In those early days bands who showed an allegiance to their roots of punk risked social ostracism and worse. And yet this community of outsiders produced the biggest band in the world in 1991. The unforeseen success of Nirvana turned the record label Sub Pop from an underground phenomenon into the key backstory of mainstream music's must-read tales of the 90s: it became a new Motown: substituting Seattle for Detroit. Kurt Cobain's death froze this saga into musical history forever more.

                          While taking nothing away from Nirvana or from Sub Pop, this release presents the complexity of the music scene of the North-West in its most infamous era. Rather than celebrating the (undeniable) talent of one band, one label, one city, this release ravels up the simple thread of music history and takes pleasure in its more tangled knots. In the late 80s and early 90s, the musical fire raging in Seattle burned so bright that no one could see pinpricks of light dotting the entire state of Washington. Beyond Seattle, the North-West skies were similarly ablaze with music and creativity.

                          This compilation features some of the divergent bands emerging out of the North-West during this era. Intensely researched and documented, it features bands who have now disappeared from history, after releasing maybe just a couple of singles, or an album, or never even making it onto vinyl - alongside bands who continue to this day.

                          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.

                          Various Artists

                          Black Fire! New Spirits! Images Of A Revolution: Radical Jazz In The USA 1960-75

                            At the start of the 1960s, jazz entered a unique new period of revolution as African-American musicians redefined the art form in the context of the civil rights movement, afro-centric rhythm and thought and an ideology of black economic empowerment. John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, Sun Ra, Pharoah Sanders, Albert Ayler and others developed a new cosmology of sound that was as revolutionary as the social and political changes that took place in America throughout the decade. From the musical explorations of John Coltrane, Cecil Taylor and Ornette Coleman, to the collective and community concerns of Chicagos Advancement for Creative Musicians and the black science fiction of Sun Ra, the new jazz musicians created a musical and cultural landscape from which jazz music never looked back. This large-format deluxe hardback book features hundreds of stunning photographs of the new jazz musicians in the USA throughout the 1960s presented with introductory essay and biographies on the many artists included in the book.

                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                            Hardback Book Info: 208 pages.

                            Soul Jazz Records new release 'Inner City Beat! Detective Themes, Spy Music and Imaginary Thrillers 1967-1975' is a CD / 2LP release that comes with an exclusive limited-edition specially created 60-page graphic novel (by the mysterious cult 1960s pulp fiction writer Mark 'Badly' Antringham).

                            The music on the album is a killer selection of funky, deep, rare, exciting and dancefloor heavyweight 'spy themes', 'detective music' and thrillers from the 1960s and 1970s. The music spans heavyweight break-beat funk, deep and heavy jazz, super-catchy mod themes, imaginary super-charged orchestral soundtracks and more.

                            These tracks are put together from British library music companies (DeWolfe, KPM, Conroy, Amphonic), all of whom supplied music regularly to television and films around the world during this period, often for use in detective and spy programmes, series and films. Many were never broadcast and have thus remained unheard, stored in the vaults for many years.

                            To accompany this unique album, Soul Jazz have also commissioned the creation of a special 60-page graphic novel which features the stunning artwork of the elusive illustrator John C. Patterson in partnership with the celebrated 1960s pulp fiction cult novelist Mark 'Badly' Antringham. The graphic novel is set in the imaginary seedy streets of East London in the 1960s in a world full of corrupt police, political intrigue and violent sadistic criminals. This unique limited-edition graphic novel comes free with the initial run of the album Inner City Beat.

                            As well as the CD release this album also comes as a heavyweight deluxe gatefold super-loud double vinyl release. This vinyl album also includes the full graphic novel

                            Various Artists

                            Soul Jazz Records Presents Punk 45: There Is No Such Thing As Society

                            Soul Jazz Records’ new album ‘Punk 45: There Is No Such Thing As Society’ is the second volume in their ‘Punk 45’ series, released to follow on from Soul Jazz Records’ recent massive deluxe 400 page ‘Punk 45s’ cover art book edited and compiled by Jon Savage (author of the seminal book on punk, ‘England’s Dreaming’) and Stuart Baker (founder of Soul Jazz Records). While the first album in this series, ‘Punk 45: Kill The Hippies! Kill Yourself!’, focused on underground punk in America, this album charts the rise of punk and post-punk in Britain in the years 1977-81.

                            This new ‘Punk 45’ album features a collection of seminal, classic, obscure and rare punk and post-punk singles from the likes of The Art Attacks, The Mekons, TV Personalities, Swell Maps, and many more, charting the rise of independent music and Do It Yourself culture that exploded in Britain in the wake of punk.

                            The album comes complete with text, biographies on each of the bands, exclusive photos and original record artwork.

                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                            CD Info: The album is released on CD with outsize large booklet
                            and thick slipcase.

                            Soul Jazz Records’ new ‘Punk 45’ album charts the rise of underground punk across the United States in the years 1973- 1980.

                            The album coincides with the release of Soul Jazz Records’ massive new deluxe 400 page ‘Punk 45s’ cover art book edited and compiled by Jon Savage (author of the seminal book on punk, ‘England’s Dreaming’) and Stuart Baker (founder of Soul Jazz Records). The book includes text by Jon Savage, numerous interviews and articles from the likes of Richard Hell, Seymour Stein (Sire Records), Geoff Travis (Rough Trade), and Peter Saville (Factory), as well as exhaustive biographies, band lineups and more on the many hundreds of bands who feature in the book.

                            ‘Punk 45: Kill The Hippies! Kill Yourself! The American Nation Destroys Its Young - Underground Punk In The United States Of America’ is the first in Soul Jazz Records’ ‘Punk 45’ series of album releases coinciding with the new book and will be followed at the start of next year by ‘Punk 45 Vol. 2 Underground Punk In The UK’.

                            The ‘Punk 45’ album features a collection of seminal, classic, obscure and rare punk and proto-punk 45 singles from the likes of Pere Ubu, The Zeros, The Randoms, Electric Eels, The Pagans, The Deadbeats, The Lewd and many more - a lightning rod journey across the states of America - Cleveland, Detroit, Los Angeles, Akron, New Orleans, Philadelphia - tracing the rise of punk music in these various towns and cities. The album comes complete with extensive text, biographies on each of the bands, exclusive photos and original record artwork.

                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                            CD Info: CD with outsize large booklet and thick slipcase.

                            Jon Savage & Stuart Baker

                            Punk 45: The Singles Cover Art Of Punk 1976-80

                              Soul Jazz Records’ massive new deluxe 400-page punk 45s cover art book edited and compiled by Jon Savage (author of the seminal book on punk, ‘England’s Dreaming’) and Stuart Baker (founder of Soul Jazz Records).

                              Punk 45 is a revelatory guide to hundreds and hundreds of original seven-inch record cover sleeve designs--visual artifacts found at the heart of the most radical and anarchistic musical movement of the twentieth century. Spurred by the Desperate Bicycles' rallying cry "It was easy, it was cheap--go and do it!" and Mark Perry's "Here are three chords. Now form a band," thousands of new groups emerged in the wake of the Pistols, between 1976 and 1980. This politicized do-it-yourself ethic was applied to design as much as it was to music, and these lo-fi record sleeves declared politics ranging from anarchism to socialism, anticonsumerism, feminism and more. Spanning pre-punk to postpunk, Punk 45 is introduced and co-compiled by Jon Savage, author of the acclaimed, definitive history of the Sex Pistols and punk music, England's Dreaming, and the period's most pre-eminent historian. It features sleeves from bands such as the Adverts, Cabaret Voltaire, Crass, Dead Kennedys, Electric Eels, The Flamin' Groovies, The Human League, Joy Division, Pere Ubu, Plastic Bertrand, The Residents, X-Ray Spex and many, many others. As well as original artwork, the book also includes interviews and articles on designers such as Peter Saville, Jamie Reid, Malcolm Garrett and Gee Voucher, and interviews with record label founders such as Geoff Travis (Rough Trade), printing pressers and more. Punk 45 is an exhaustive, thorough and exciting celebration of the stunning artwork of punk music, including everything from the most celebrated and iconic designs through to the stark beauty of the cheapest do-it-yourself lo-fi obscurities.

                              To coincide in with the book, Soul Jazz Records are also releasing a series of ‘Punk 45’ compilation albums starting with ‘Punk 45: Kill The Hippies! Kill Yourself! The American Nation Destroys Its Young - Underground Punk In The United States 1973-80’, featuring tracks by Electric Eels, Pere Ubu, Flaming Groovies, Theoretical Girls, The Normals, The Urinals and many more.

                              Soul Jazz Records returns with their most successful series to date, ‘New Orleans Funk’. This new instalment, subtitled ‘Two-Way-Pocky-Way, Gumbo Ya Ya & The Mardi Gras Mambo’ features more classic New Orleans funk in all its forms.

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

                              New Orleans long musical heritage begins at Congo Square with the creation of jazz, the original Creole culture clash of African heritage and European instrumentation. In the 1960s and into the early 1970s add to this the creative powerhouses of Allen Toussaint, The Meters, Eddie Bo and others alongside the famous musical families of the city - the Nevilles, the Marsalis, the Lasties - and we find ourselves at the birthplace of the original sound of funk.

                              A seemingly endless line of amazing singers - Lee Dorsey, Betty Harris, Willie West and Eldridge Holmes, amongst many others - released a constant stream of stunning 45s, backed by the super funk Meters and produced by Allen Toussaint. The multi-talented Eddie Bo, similarly wrote and produced for an elite set of artists including The Explosions, Chuck Carbo and others. Limited local record distribution meant that most of these artists remained unknown outside of the city borders and as a consequence many of these records are serious collector’s items today.

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

                              A blistering collection of ska tunes from Clement ‘Sir Coxsone’ Dodd’s legendary Studio One Records, Jamaica’s foundation label of reggae music.

                              Featuring classic cuts from the originators of ska - The Skatalites, The Wailers, Lee Perry - alongside a heavy dose of superb rarities from the mighty vaults of 13 Brentford Road.

                              Soul Jazz Records’ new ‘Studio One Ska Fever’ goes back to the early 1960s, when Ska was the soundtrack to Jamaica’s independence, Sir Coxsone ruled the land, and The Skatalites and Studio One were creating history on a daily basis with an endless stream of blistering, scorching classic tunes.

                              This album includes an incredible line up of only the finest artists in reggae music, including Roland Alphonso, The Gaylads, The Ethiopians, Don Drummond, Jackie Opel and many more.

                              The accompanying booklet contains extensive sleevenotes from Studio One historian Rob Chapman (author of ‘Never Grow Old’ and ‘Downbeat Special’), with information on musicians, tracks, label scans and more.

                              Soul Jazz Records’ ‘Studio One Ska Fever’ is released as a CD jewelcase with 24-page booklet in a card slipcase, as well as a heavyweight double vinyl edition in deluxe strong gatefold sleeve with full sleevenotes.

                              Various Artists

                              Acid: Can You Jack? - Chicago Acid And Experimental House 1985 - 1995 LP 2

                              Soul Jazz Records re-release "Acid: Can You Jack?", a double CD and two DJ-friendly super loud vinyl double packs presenting the definitive guide to the evolution of house and acid in Chicago. The album traces how the sound developed as clubs like Ron Hardy's legendary Music Box and Frankie Knuckles' Warehouse, along with radio mixes by the Hot Mix Five, put Chicago on the map. The album features all-time classic tracks such as Phuture's epic 12 minute "Acid Trax" and Sleezy D's "I've Lost Control" alongside many rare and experimental tracks such as Lil Louis's "Video Clash" and Marshall Jefferson's "Go Wild Rhythm Tracks". With sleevenotes by Tim Lawrence (who wrote "Love Saves The Day"), exclusive photos and interviews with Marshall Jefferson, Adonis, Tyree and more, the album shows how Chicago's unique culture and artists led to some of the most important music ever made.

                              Soul Jazz Records re-release "Acid: Can You Jack?", a double CD and two DJ-friendly super loud vinyl double packs presenting the definitive guide to the evolution of house and acid in Chicago. The album traces how the sound developed as clubs like Ron Hardy's legendary Music Box and Frankie Knuckles' Warehouse, along with radio mixes by the Hot Mix Five, put Chicago on the map. The album features all-time classic tracks such as Phuture's epic 12 minute "Acid Trax" and Sleezy D's "I've Lost Control" alongside many rare and experimental tracks such as Lil Louis's "Video Clash" and Marshall Jefferson's "Go Wild Rhythm Tracks". With sleevenotes by Tim Lawrence (who wrote "Love Saves The Day"), exclusive photos and interviews with Marshall Jefferson, Adonis, Tyree and more, the album shows how Chicago's unique culture and artists led to some of the most important music ever made.

                              Various Artists

                              Acid: Can You Jack? - Chicago Acid And Experimental House 1985 - 1995 LP1

                              Soul Jazz Records re-release "Acid: Can You Jack?", a double CD and two DJ-friendly super loud vinyl double packs presenting the definitive guide to the evolution of house and acid in Chicago. The album traces how the sound developed as clubs like Ron Hardy's legendary Music Box and Frankie Knuckles' Warehouse, along with radio mixes by the Hot Mix Five, put Chicago on the map. The album features all-time classic tracks such as Phuture's epic 12 minute "Acid Trax" and Sleezy D's "I've Lost Control" alongside many rare and experimental tracks such as Lil Louis's "Video Clash" and Marshall Jefferson's "Go Wild Rhythm Tracks". With sleevenotes by Tim Lawrence (who wrote "Love Saves The Day"), exclusive photos and interviews with Marshall Jefferson, Adonis, Tyree and more, the album shows how Chicago's unique culture and artists led to some of the most important music ever made.

                              Various Artists

                              Deutsche Elektronische Musik - Experimental German Rock And Electronic Music 1972-83 - Part 2

                              Soul Jazz Records’ new ‘Deutsche Electronische Musik 2’ is their second voyage into the world of Krautrock and German electronic music from the 1970s and early 1980s.

                              The double CD pack (with over 2½ hours of amazing music) features a stunning line-up of seminal German groups, including Can, Faust, Popul Vuh, Neu, Cluster, Amon Duul II, La Dusseldorf, as well as a host of lesser known and more obscure groups and artists such as Agitation Free, Broselmachine, Niagara and many more.

                              As well as the original pioneers, ‘Deutsche Electronische Musik 2’ also features many of the second wave of German electronic artists and groups from the late 70s and early 80s (DAF, Asmus Tietchens, Rolf Trostel), who successfully connected new wave, minimal synth and a European post punk avant-gardism with the earlier more established Krautrock pioneers who began at the start of the 70s.

                              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.

                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                              2xCD Info: The double CD pack comes in a unique box edition with large booklet and excellent extensive new sleevenotes by David Stubbs, as well as lots of exclusive photos.

                              Steve Barrow & Stuart Baker

                              Reggae 45 Soundsystem: The Label Art Of Reggae Singles

                                A new stunning deluxe 500 page flexibound book that features over 1000 full size record label 45rpm single designs that span the history of reggae music.

                                The book is compiled by the renowned author and reggae expert Steve Barrow (‘Rough Guide To Reggae’ / Blood and Fire Records) and Stuart Baker (Soul Jazz Records). Text by Steve Barrow and Noel Hawks.

                                As well as the stunning full-size 45 designs, this book is ram-jam filled with text on many of the records, artists, producers and record companies featured in the book.

                                The 45rpm 7” single is at the heart of reggae music, the main tool in which reggae music has been communicated to the public by the deejays in the dancehalls of Kingston, through to its dissemination worldwide, over the last 50+ years.

                                These unique label designs give us a hidden history of design that is raw, innovative and hip. Ever since the birth of the Jamaican music industry through to the present day, these idiosyncratic label designs have helped illustrate, signify and energise the music that they accompany.

                                Steve Barrow & Stuart Baker

                                Reggae Soundsystem: Original Reggae Album Cover Art

                                  A new deluxe 200 page hardback 12”x12” book featuring hundreds of stunning full size record cover designs that span the history of reggae music.

                                  The book is compiled by the celebrated author and reggae expert Steve Barrow (‘Rough Guide To Reggae’ / Blood & Fire Records) and Stuart Baker (Soul Jazz Records).

                                  Beginning in the 1950s, Jamaican music developed into one of the most important and influential music industries in the world. From its early Mento (Jamaican Calypso) beginnings through to the invention of Ska, Rocksteady, Roots, Dub and Dancehall, Jamaican music is also one of the richest and innovative veins in popular music.

                                  This stunning hardback deluxe book is a timely look at the endless visually creativity of reggae record cover designs, iconic, classic, rare and unique artwork spanning sixty years of Jamaican sounds.

                                  The book includes a fascinating introductory essay on the history of reggae by Steve Barrow and the book is edited by Stuart Baker (founder of Soul Jazz Records and editor of the book ‘Dancehall’, and cover art books on Bossa Nova, Freedom, Rhythm & Sound and Studio One Records).

                                  Soul Jazz Records continue their journey into the vaults of the mighty Studio One with this next instalment, featuring everything from classic ska and rocksteady to the deepest roots, heaviest dub and dancehall roots.

                                  As ever, the album includes incredible reggae artists such as The Heptones, Ken Boothe, The Skatalites, Johnny Osbourne and Wailing Souls, all of whom launched their careers at Studio One, 13 Brentford Road, under the guidance of Clement ‘Sir Coxsone’ Dodd.

                                  This album features some of the most in-demand and collectible Studio One tracks over the years, all digitally remastered. The sleevenotes are by Rob Chapman, author of the celebrated books about Studio One Records, ‘Never Grow Old’ and ‘Downbeat The Ruler’.


                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                  Philippa says: Soul Jazz Records continue their journey into the vaults of the mighty Studio One with this next instalment, featuring everything from classic ska and rocksteady to the deepest roots, heaviest dub and dancehall roots.

                                  The Lijadu Sisters

                                  Afro-Beat Soul Sisters

                                  The Lijadu Sisters released a series of albums in the 1970s in Nigeria that blended heavyweight Afro-beat with psychedelic Afro-rock, high-life, disco and soul in a truly unique combination. These albums are impossibly rare to find and this collection brings together the best of those recordings.

                                  The Lijadu Sisters were the most successful female group in Nigeria in the 1970s and managed to overturn many stereotypes and attitudes as they carved out a unique space for themselves in a predominantly male arena. Their influences ranged from female soul singers such as Aretha Franklin, The Pointer Sisters and Miriam Makeba to the Afro-beat of Fela Anikulapo Kuti as well as the juju music of IK Dairo and the highlife of Victor Olaiya.

                                  The Lijadu Sisters - identical twins Taiwo and Kehinde Lijadu - grew up in Ibadan, Nigeria. They recorded their debut album for Decca Records in 1969. At the start of the 1970s the two singers joined ex-Cream drummer Ginger Baker’s short-lived all-African group Salt (which also included future members of the Afro-Rock group Blo). This album brings together the best of their tracks from the four albums recorded for the Afrodisia label in Nigeria - ‘Danger’ (1976), ‘Mother Africa’ (1977), ‘Sunshine’ (1978) and ‘Horizon Unlimited’ (1979).


                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                  Philippa says: Fuzz guitars, talking drums, funky rhythms and African vocal harmonies... What more could you want?!

                                  Chantal Regnault

                                  Voguing And The House Ballroom Scene Of New York City 1989-92

                                    At the end of the 1980s, Voguing suddenly entered the mainstream when featured in Madonnas Vogue video, Malcolm McClarens Deep in Vogue single and the 1990 documentary Paris is Burning won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. Photographer Chantal Regnault spent many years capturing the emergent underground gay ballroom scene in Harlem at the end of the 1980s, from where Voguing emerged. A riot of fashion, image, poly-sexuality and a radical subversion of style, sexuality and race is vividly captured in the hundreds of amazing, never before seen, photographs in this deluxe book. The book also features interviews with key figures from the movement, essays, flyers and documents from this momentous era.


                                    Various Artists

                                    The Cover Art Of Studio One Records

                                      Studio One is the legendary Jamaican reggae label that launched onto the world Bob Marley and theWailers. As iconic as Motown was to soul, or Blue Note for Jazz, Studio One was the creation of one great figurehead Clement Sir Coxsone Dodd. This deluxe hard-back book is the first ever to tell the story of Studio One and the many artists that it produced. The book features hundreds of stunning full size record cover designs of Studio One and original artwork as well as rare and exclusive photographs, original flyers and artist interviews. In the 1950s Clement Dodds Downbeat Soundsystem was the most important sound system in downtown Kingstons burgeoning dancehall scene, fighting off the competition of Duke Reid, Tom the Great Sebastian and others. Dodd began producing his own records in the late 1950s and in 1963, the year after Jamaican Independence, he launched Studio One. Described by Chris Blackwell as the University of Reggae, Studio One is by far the most important record label in the history of Reggae music, an A-Z of Jamaican music. It is where Bob Marley and theWailers, Horace Andy, Alton Ellis, Freddie McGregor, The Skatalites, Marcia Griffiths, Burning Spear, The Heptones, Toots and the Maytals and many more artists became stars. As Jamaica approaches the 50th anniversary of independence, this stunning deluxe book is a timely look at Reggae musics legendary record label and the artists and musicians that it made famous.

                                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                                      Hardback Book Info: Studio One is the legendary Jamaican reggae label that launched onto the world Bob Marley and theWailers. As iconic as Motown was to soul, or Blue Note for Jazz, Studio One was the creation of one great figurehead Clement Sir Coxsone Dodd. This deluxe hard-back book is the first ever to tell the story of Studio One and the many artists that it produced. The book features hundreds of stunning full size record cover designs of Studio One and original artwork as well as rare and exclusive photograp

                                      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.


                                      Various Artists

                                      Bossa Nova And The Rise Of Brazilian Music In The 1960s - LP1

                                      This album is a definitive study of the birth and rise of bossa nova in Brazil in the 1960s. Light years away from the cocktail-sipping tropical image that it would later become, bossa nova’s origins are that of a stunning modernist and revolutionary music that reflected the radical and exciting idealism of Brazil at the start of the 1960s. As Brazil developed into an urban society, with ‘apartment living’ and consumer goods, bossa nova projected an image that was modern, sophisticated and cool. João Gilberto, Tom Jobim, Vinicius de Moraes, Elis Regina, Gilberto Gil and Baden Powell are just some of the many Brazilian artists who launched their careers during this amazing period. An unbelievable guide to the music, the album comes with extensive sleevenotes, biographies and exclusive photography. This release comes as a super-loud double vinyl pressing.

                                      Gilles Peterson And Stuart Baker

                                      Bossa Nova And The Rise Of Brazilian Music In The 1960s

                                        To coincide with the CD and album release of "Bossa Nova And The Rise Of Brazilian Music In The 1960s", Soul Jazz have published a book featuring a collection of bossa nova record cover artwork, including stunning modernist and revolutionary designs that reflect the radical and exciting idealism of Brazil at the start of the 1960s. This book is a unique collection of the cover art of Brazilian bossa nova music, containing hundreds of record covers complete with a history of bossa nova, biographies and essays on many of the artists involved in the movement.

                                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                                        Hardback Book Info: Deluxe 12”x12” large-format hardbook book.

                                        Future music, future bass, post-dubstep, post-house, post everything! As the dubstep umbrella gets caught in the wind and turns inside out, dropping a myriad sub-genres on the floor, Soul Jazz Records have brought together some of the UKs most pioneering producers of the day to create an album that can only be defined as 'future music'. All new exclusive tracks from a set of artists all at the height of their respective careers alongside heavyweight new-wave producers. From the off-kilter hypnotic post-house bass music of Four Tet ("Nothing To See" is one of the most hyped tracks of late) to the boundary-pushing genre busting post-dub of VIVEK, Mala and Coki (the two halves of Digital Mystikz), complex beats by Untold and Ramadanman,  alongside truly uniques tracks such as Kevin Martin / The Bug’s latest incarnation, Black Chow. Future music! Future beats! Future bass!


                                        Various Artists

                                        Kanaval - Vodou, Politics And Revolution On The Streets Of Haiti

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

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

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


                                          Various Artists

                                          Spirits Of Life: Music Of Haiti - Haitian Vodou

                                          "Spirits Of Life" features voodoo music recorded by Soul Jazz Records in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The music of voodoo features intense, complex African drum rhythms alongside chanted vocals and is used to bring spirits into the body of worshippers who become possessed. Voodoo was brought to Haiti by slaves and is the lifeline of it's society, later bringing about the revolution that made Haiti the first republic run by Afro-Caribbeans. Haiti is next to Cuba, Jamaica and Puerto Rico in the West Indies and consequently the music is a mixture of heavy African rhythms alongside latin and Jamaican music.

                                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                                          CD Info: The CD comes with sleeve-notes, photos and a short film of the music recorded in Haiti.

                                          Various Artists

                                          Deutsche Elektronische Musik - Experimental German Rock And Electronic Musik 1972-83 - Part 1

                                          The objectives of German experimental rock and electronic music in the 1970s were to create a new music, ‘free’ from the past. A music that gave seed out of the cultural ‘nothingness’ that young Germans felt as a consequence of Germany’s role in the Second World War. A generation who grew up stifled by the recent history of Nazi atrocities, the guilt of their parents’ generation and their disillusionment at the reintegration of old Nazis into mainstream society.

                                          The first seeds of German rock and experimental electronic music were planted in 1968, as students and workers in Paris, Prague, Mexico and throughout the world demonstrated against mainstream society, the war in Vietnam, imperialism and bourgeois values. The birth of a counter-culture, drug experimentation and social change expanded musical worlds. Germany experienced its own cultural revolution fuelled by these worldwide student and worker revolts and by a generation’s desire to rid itself of the guilt of war.

                                          Many German youth turned their back on mainstream society. From the opening of the first collective / cooperative in 1967, Commune 1, in Berlin, to the formation of the Baader-Meinhof terrorist group and the bombings, kidnappings and killings of the Revolutionary Armed Forces (RAF), young Germans sought out new values and a lifestyle outside of ‘the system’. These cooperative and communal experiences led to a number of new radical German bands including Amon Düül, Faust and Can.

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

                                          The first recordings of groups such as Kluster (later Cluster) were extreme experiments with sound; un-music, anti-melody and anti-rhythm - attempts to destroy any musical links with the past. Holger Czukay and Irmin Schmidt of Can studied music under the radical avant-garde composer Karlheinz Stockhausen and Conrad Schnitzler studied art under the conceptual artist Joseph Beuys. German rock groups were as interested in musique concrète and serial composition as they were in the psychedelia of Pink Floyd or the rock, soul and jazz music played by resident American forces.

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

                                          And despite an aversion to the politics of American society, German rock bands were nevertheless fascinated by the emerging stateside counter-culture of psychedelic music and drug experimentation. A band such as Ash Ra Tempel even recording an album with drug guru/theoretician Timothy Leary ("Seven Up", 1973).

                                          And whilst some of the bands featured here slipped by the wayside over the years, others such as Faust, Cluster, Can, Tangerine Dream are now well into their fourth decade having firmly established that which they set out to achieve – a new German music.

                                          Gilles Peterson & Stuart Baker

                                          Freedom, Rhythm & Sound - Revolutionary Jazz In The USA 1965-80

                                            This heavyweight deluxe hardback book is a unique collection of cover artwork of revolutionary jazz music between 1965-83, compiled by Gilles Peterson & Stuart Baker, founder of Soul Jazz Records. Martin Luther King, Malcolm X and the civil rights movement of the 1960s loom large as self-determination, economic power and musical freedom led to revolutionary jazz artists finding new paths – both musical and economic. Concurrent with the emergence of the counter culture and underground rock movement in the 1960s and years before the DIY cultural revolution of punk in the 1970s, Sun Ra, John Coltrane, Pharoah Sanders, Don Cherry, Ornette Coleman, The Art Ensemble Of Chicago and others 'took control' of their own work by recording, releasing and distributing their own music themselves. The record sleeves of this era are as iconic and historically unique as the music itself and a striking reflection of the time; pre-desktop publishing, pre-internet, these small-run (sometimes as low as 500 copies), self-made sleeves are graphically bold and radical. 'Freedom, Rhythm & Sound: Revolutionary Jazz Original Cover Art 1965-83' is the first ever collection of this fascinating goldmine of album art, which represents the first wave of inspired independent production within popular music. The book includes a large introduction contextualising the music and artwork as well as features on many of the people involved. Alongside the musicians mentioned above these include Rashied Ali, Steve Reid, Mary Lou Williams, Horace Tapscott, Lloyd McNeil, Tribe, The Last Poets, The Pharoahs, Philip Cohran, Black Artists Group and many others.

                                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                                            Paperback Book Info: a new flexibound paperback edition of their long out of print ground-breaking deluxe art book.

                                            Various Artists

                                            Can You Dig It? - The Music And Politics Of Black Action Films 1969-75

                                            The Black Action Films of the early 1970s gave Hollywood its first African-American cinema – actors, directors, cameramen, editors and writers. These films discussed aspects of the African-American experience in the form of entertainment. Storylines interwove post-civil rights revolution with action stories, many involving pimps, prostitutes, drug dealers or private detectives. The films also featured the finest funk and soul black music of the time as stars such as James Brown, Curtis Mayfield, Willie Hutch and Roy Ayers produced some of their finest work, with film budgets allowing for the addition of huge orchestral arrangements by jazz legends such as Quincy Jones, Johnny Pate and JJ Johnson. "Can You Dig It?" presents the best of the killer musical soundtracks to these films alongside analysis of the social and political conditions that helped create the films.

                                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                                            2xCD Info: Deluxe double CD comes packaged with a 100-page full colour booklet, mini-film poster postcards and stickers.

                                            The new wave of New York art/rock groups under the DFA umbrella, or The Strokes, The Liars or Radio 4 all have their roots in the city's late 70s / early 80s no wave/post-punk scene. This is Soul Jazz's second look at the music from that era, and delves deeper than before. The music here ranges from the guitar-driven experimentation of Sonic Youth, Red Transistor and minimalism of composers Rhys Chatham and Glenn Branca to the dubbed-out disco of Arthur Russell and Nicky Siano's Felix project and all female Pulsallama. This all sits alongside a healthy amount of punk-funk and disco-not-disco from the likes of Y Pants, Glorious Strangers, Mofungo, Vortex or proto-electro from Clandestine.

                                            This album is a unique project for Soul Jazz Records, featuring all-newly recorded exclusive tracks of future dub and dubstep from key artists in the scene. After two killer Digital Mystikz singles on the label last year and an amazing amount of publicity around the dubstep movement, this album clearly shows the influence of original electronic dub pioneers like King Tubby, Scientist and King Jammy on this new generation of artists and producers. Emerging out of south London, dubstep has grown from its roots in the grime and drum and bass scenes to create a whole new movement of artists - including Digital Mystikz, Skream, Scuba Kode 9 and Burial - all influenced by soundsystem culture as well as technology. With heavy basslines and complex drum patterns, this is dance music that also works for the mind, being both progressive and innovative.

                                            Various Artists

                                            Dub Echoes DVD

                                              This film marks both the 40th anniversary of the invention of dub and the 20th anniversary of the death of King Tubby, the genius legend of this far-reaching musical revolution. "Dub Echoes" is an amazing newly produced documentary about dub and its influence on the development of contemporary electronic music worldwide. Three years in the making and featuring an incredible array of artists – both Jamaican legends (U Roy, King Jammy, Lee Perry, Sly and Robbie, Bunny Lee, to name a few), alongside a similarly awe-inspiring array of artists who have taken dub into new directions in electronic dance music in the 21st Century (Kode9, Roots Manuva, Howie B, Adrian Sherwood) and many more. Directed by Bruno Natal and released on Soul Jazz Records, this film has already received many awards throughout the world and is hotly anticipated – a killer film that can be watched again and again.

                                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                                              DVD Info: The DVD comes with loads of extras and a limited-edition free poster in first 1000 copies.

                                              More ace ska, rocksteady, reggae, dub and dancehall from the vaults, brought to us by those people who know a thing about reggae dancefloor fillers, Soul Jazz. "400% Dynamite" originally hit the shelves in 2000, and includes must-have tracks by King Tubby, U-Roy, Paris Connection, Barrington Levy ("Under Me Sensi"), The Cimarons, Prince Buster, Tener Saw & Buju Banton ("Ring The Alarm Quick"), Toots & The Maytals ("54-46 Was My Number"), General Degree and many more (15 tracks in all), taking in reggae, ska, rocksteady, dub, roots and dancehall.

                                              Tracklisting
                                              1. Bongo Herman – Chairman Of The Board
                                              2. Tenor Saw And Buju Banton – Ring The Alarm Quick
                                              3. Prince Buster – Girl, Why Don't You Answer Me
                                              4. Barrington Levy – Under Me Sensi
                                              5. Cimarons – We Are Not The Same
                                              6. Lloyd Robinson – Cuss Cuss
                                              7. King Tubby – King Tubby Dub
                                              8. Honey Boy Martin – Dreader Than Dread
                                              9. Dennis Alcapone – Cassius Clay
                                              10. Toots & The Maytals – 54-46 Was My Number
                                              11. General Degree – Pot Cover
                                              12. Paris Connection – Who's That Lady
                                              13. Granville Williams – Hi-Life
                                              14. Lynn Taitt – Soul Food
                                              15. U Roy – Stick Together

                                              Beth Lesser

                                              Dancehall - The Rise Of Jamaican Dancehall Culture

                                                Dancehall is at the centre of Jamaican musical and cultural life. From its roots in Kingston in the 1950s to its heyday in the 1980s, dancehall has conquered the globe, spreading to the USA, the UK, Canada, Japan and beyond. This is its definitive story. The book features hundreds of exclusive photographs and accompanying text that capture a previously unseen era of musical culture, fashion and lifestyle. Dancehall is a culture that encompasses music, fashion, drugs, guns, art, community, technology and more. Born in the 1950s out of the neighbourhood jams of Kingston, dancehall grew to its height in the 1980s before a massive influx of drugs and guns made the scene too dangerous for many. Beth Lessers book tells this story from its roots to its heights. Living in Jamaica in the late 1970s / early 1980s, she photographed and documented a cultural explosion as producers, singers, DJs and soundmen made a living out of the slums of Kingston. In the early 1980s, as Jamaica was in the throes of political and gang violence, Beth Lesser ventured where few others dared and this book is a never-before-seen record of the exciting, dangerous and vibrant world of Dancehall.

                                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                Hardback Book Info: Full colour 216 page flexi-bound 12" x 12" (and inch thick) book.

                                                Various Artists

                                                Dancehall - The Rise Of Jamaican Dancehall Culture LP 2

                                                100% essential jam-packed monster dancehall double-pack compilation on Soul Jazz Records released to coincide with Beth Lesser's amazing dancehall book also published by Soul Jazz Records. This is an A-Z of dancehall's finest moments. A heavyweight double-album vinyl featuring killer tracks back-to-back from the finest dancehall artists ever. Includes Lady Ann, Sister Nancy, Brigadier Jerry, General Echo, Eek-a-Mouse, Clint Eastwood, Half Pint, Reggie Stepper, Jacob Miller & Trinity, Toyan, Frankie Paul, Lone Ranger and many more. As well as the stellar line-up and track-listing, the album comes complete with a selection Beth Lesser's amazing, unique, never seen before photos as well as concise newly written sleeve notes.

                                                Bogdan Irkuk Aka Bulgari

                                                Everything Is Changing / The Laws Of Physics

                                                Following a tasty handful of twelves and remixes on Rollerboys, Bogdan Irkuk joins the Soul Jazz imprint for his latest musical offering. This 12" offers up top quality nu-disco sounds with a hint of Italo and a Morgan Geist edge. "Everything Is Changing" features a simple driving beat, lush key washes, catchy key lines and a great vocodered vocal. "The Laws Of Physics" has a more melancholic edge to it and a real 80s feel - imagine a disco version of the Pet Shop Boys, but with vocodered vocals (and not Neil Tenant singing!).

                                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                12" Info: 500 copies only!

                                                Secondo is Italian / Serbian producer Radovan Scasascia. Born in Zurich in 1975, his super-funky minimal discofied electronic dance music has been appearing sporadically on Soul Jazz Records since 2003 and on his own minimal electronic label Dreck Records since 2000, where he also releases the music of artists such as AM/PM, Antonelli and Strategy. Secondo's love of disco and minimal European electronic music produces a unique funky-electronic cut up style that shows his close links with the micro-house sound of Germany's Kompakt label as much his love of the New York disco labels of the late 70s and early 80s.

                                                Cult Of The 13th Hour

                                                Wickedness Remix

                                                Soul Jazz bring us another of their three-pronged dubstep 12" assaults. Cult Of The 13th Hour is the pseudonym of two of the biggest names in dubstep at the moment (answers on a postcard please!). One of the standout tracks on the "Box Of Dub 2" compilation, "Wickedness" is joined on this 12" by a new mix and exclusive heavyweight dub version that adds elements of 2-step, reggae and dancehall to the equation to give us one of the heaviest sounds around.

                                                Various Artists

                                                New York Noise - Art And Music From The New York Underground 1978 - 1988

                                                  "New York Noise" features amazing photographs of the New York music and art scene during the late 70s to late 80s alongside text from some of the most important musicians and artists of the period. With hundreds of stunning photographs of everyone from Andy Warhol, Africa Bambaataa, Martin Rev, Richard Hell, Lou Reed, Keith Haring, Patti Smith, John Cage, Michael Stipe, Liquid Liquid, Julian Schnabel, Futura 2000, Madonna, Jean Michel Basquiat, ESG and many more, the book is a who's who of New York's downtown scene during this period. The book shows how hip hop, punk, no wave, free jazz, underground dance and experimental music scenes collided with the art world over a ten-year period, and attempts to capture the vibrancy of this era when everyone in a band was also an artist, every artist was also a film-maker and every film-maker was in a band. Accompanying text is by the likes of David Byrne, Laurie Anderson, Cindy Sherman, Suicide, Liquid Liquid and many others brilliantly evoke the vibrant New York scene in its heyday and makes this a unique product of great beauty and unlike anything else you have seen. With over 400 images, most of them previously unpublished, this is an essential document of a fascinating era in New York's music and art scene.

                                                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                  Hardback Book Info: Limited edition deluxe 25cm x 32cm 206 page book.

                                                  30 years on from their youthful inception as a genre-defining punk-funk outfit, New York's ESG return to Soul Jazz with a brand new album, their first in five years. As the title suggests, the sisters (now complemented by their own daughters!) haven't been content to rest on their laurels, and serve up a new tighter, stripped-down sound under-pinned by what sounds suspiciously like a drum machine. Fans of their original 1980s work might be shocked on first the listen but repeated plays show that this new minimal edge suits the band well - just think of them as a whole new discovery!

                                                  Funk music as a style began to emerge out of rhythm and blues in the mid 60s. As James Brown pioneered this new style in New york, other groups from round the US emerged with their own slant on the sound, none more so than in New Orleans. This southern city's already unique fusion of traditional African ritual music with jazz was then assimilated into the new funk sound. Originally released in 2000, Soul Jazz reissue this definitive collection of New Orleans funk featuring acknowledged masters of the genre (The Meters, Eddie Bo, Professor Longhair) next to some of the earlier artists who shaped the meaning of the word funk. The album is also filled with many rare, sought after and undiscovered tracks. It covers the period from the emergence of New Orleans funk in the early 1960s through to the mid 1970s. For those in any way interested in funk this record is an essential part of anyone's record collection.

                                                  Grupo Oba-Ilu

                                                  Drums Of Cuba - Santaria, Abakua, Arara - Ritual Drum Rhythms

                                                  This album features the many Afro-Cuban rhythms associated with the various religious cults existing in Cuba today. Bata drums, conga drums, bongos and eribos are used to bring spirits and gods (Orishas) into the body of worshippers who are then possessed. Originating from Africa, this ritual music spread into the new world through the movement of slaves. Following on from Soul Jazz' projects in Haiti ("Voodoo Drums", "Spirits of Life") and Brazil, these new recordings from Cuba feature heavyweight complex rhythms played by some of Cuba's finest master drummers, all of whom are initiated in the cults including members of the secret Masonic-type Abakua faith.

                                                  Soul Jazz Records bring together 25 tracks from singles they released between 2006 and 2007. There's acid house from Capracara, dubstep from Kode9, Digital Mystikz and Skream, minimal / tech-house from Subway, Rekid, Tetine and Matias Aguayo, punk-funk from ESG, raggaclash by Ladybug and house from JBP, plus lots more.

                                                  Soul Jazz Records follow up to their incredibly successful "Tropicalia: A Revolution In Sound" compilation by focussing on what happened to the scene in the 1970s. "Brasil 70" follows Brazilian music in the aftermath of Tropicalia and as the country's dictatorship entered its most oppressive phase. Musicians and artists from the Tropicalia period of the late-60s such as Gilberto Gil, Rita Lee (Os Mutantes lead-singer) and Gal Costa entered a new phase mixing rock, funk, samba and soul alongside a wealth of like-minded new artists such as Novos Baianos, Raul Seixas, Nelson Angelo and Joyce and more. With the constant threat of imprisonment, artists nevertheless managed to produce radical music that, like Tropicalia before it, managed to deal with questions of identity, sexuality and society in a revolutionary manner.

                                                  Private Lives is an acid-house tinged Italo-disco-tech joint project between UK electro gurus Ed DMX (DMX Krew) and Chris Jeffs (Cylob) for Soul Jazz Records. Both artists have a love of instrumental electro, synth-pop and techno made on vintage equipment and this unique collaboration is a new musical development for the pair, who continue to regularly perform and record separately on various labels. This twelve includes extended mix, radio edit and remix.

                                                  This album collects some of the finest dubs of tracks like Marcia Griffiths "Feel Like Jumping", The Gladiators "Watch Out", Otis Gayle's "I'll Be Around" and many more alongside super-rare dub outings and classic versions. From the late 60s Sir Clement Coxsone Dodd began including an instrumental version on the flip-side of Studio One 45s, enabling soundsystem deejays to toast over original rhythms. Incorporating dub, echo, reverb and heavy on the bass and drums, these versions have come to be as collectible as many of the original tunes. At the start of the 1970s Coxsone Dodd (and sound engineer Sylvan Morris) also released a series of classic dub albums, featuring innovative dub and mixing techniques. These albums were originally released with very-limited special silk-screen covers, again making them treasured collectors' items. "Studio One Dub 2" brings together the best tracks from both these original albums plus many rare and classic versions from Studio One's original 45's.

                                                  This ace Soul Jazz compilation shows how the ragga-jungle sound of the early - mid 90s was more than just a short-lived phase in the development of drum and bass, but actually part of the long-running reggae sound system movement in the UK. Starting off on straight-up reggae systems like Unity, Saxon and Sir Coxsone, MCs like Asher Senator and The Ragga Twins joined the emerging underground rave scene in the late 90s, forging a link between reggae and hardcore and creating a whole new sound. When the rave scene split into happy hardcore and dark breaks, the faster, reggae-influenced jungle sound emerged as well. Featuring all-time classic jungle anthems such as General Levy's "Incredible" and UK Apachi & Shy FX's "Original Nuttah" alongside some serious heavyweight ragga tunes like Cutty Ranks "Limb By Limb" and Congo Natty's classic re-make of Barrington Levy's "Under Me Sensi" this album also includes interviews, text and original photos of the artists.

                                                  Various Artists

                                                  DIY - Do It Yourself - The Rise Of The Independent Music Industry After Punk

                                                  "Do It Yourself" charts the rise of the independent music industry after punk. As well as new record labels such as Rough Trade, Factory, Small Wonder, Step Forward, many bands simply got on with it themselves, pressing small runs of their own records and selling them to shops or through new distribution networks. Alongside the new bands and labels – distributors, manufacturers, shops, studios, DJs and journalists all played a part in this new movement and an independent music industry was born. This album features classic bands alongside lesser known groups and comes with interviews with and photos of bands, labels, pressing plants, printers, distributors and others who contributed to this new DIY ethic.

                                                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                  CD Info: CD comes with a 36 page booklet featuring band info, interviews, photos etc.

                                                  Influenced by the New york no wave / post-punk / punk-funk scene of groups like Sonic Youth, Liquid Liquid, ESG, Swans and Glenn Branca this new record by Sand has produced one of their heaviest records yet. This new album brings in a number of guest vocalists – Norwegian experimentalist artist / singer Maja Solveig Kjelstrup Ratkje as well as Austrian cabaret singer Louie Austen (Kitty Yo Records) who provides a chilling vocal on the Patrick Pulsinger produced "Doctor Crop".


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