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Delta Swamp Rock - Sounds From The South: At The Crossroads Of Rock, Country And Soul - 2024 Reissue

    Soul Jazz Records’ classic, ‘Delta Swamp Rock’, features a killer all-star line-up of seminal artists who first blended rock, soul and country together to create a stunning new sound of southern American music in the 1970s.

    Featuring the Allman Brothers, Dan Penn, Leon Russell, Tony Joe White, Johnny Cash, Bobbie Gentry, Big Star, Link Wray, Area Code 615 and loads more.

    This album comes as a classic black vinyl edition complete with extensive original sleevenotes, interviews and exclusive photography, all spread over a 12-page fullsize magazine and two bespoke inner sleeves.

    ‘Delta Swamp Rock’ is an interstate southern road trip through the United States of America where country, rock and soul met at the crossroads - an exploration of the musical and cultural links between the cities of Memphis, Muscle Shoals and Nashville in the 1960s and 70s.

    At the start of the 1970s, a new type of music emerged out of the southern states of Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, Mississippi and Florida. Southern rock, the creation of young blue-collar white Americans, blended rock, soul, country and blues music together to present a new vision of the south - a post-civil rights southern identity complete with a celebration of the regions natural landscape and its way of life.

    The Allman Brothers and Lynyrd Skynyrd epitomised the definitive southern rock groups - a mixture of blues-rock and country with a southern rebelliousness and attitude. Unfortunately, both The Allman Brothers and Lynyrd Skynyrd were to be struck by tragedy, which would affect the movement’s rise and fall.

    The backstory to southern rock is the fact that a number of the people involved in its creation had been central to the production of southern soul music in the 1960s mainly in Memphis, Tennessee, and the small town of Muscle Shoals (population around 10,000) deep within the Bible Belt, liquor-free, deeply segregated state of Alabama, creating 100s of R&B hits on an almost daily basis.

    Here in Muscle Shoals, with its proximity to Memphis and Nashville, an all-white group of in-house musicians, (famously referred to by Lynyrd Skynyrd in the song ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ as the ‘Swampers’), created countless classic soul records for the likes of Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, Etta James, Clarence Carter and more during the 1960s.

    This album charts the rise and fall of southern rock from its funky swamp roots in southern soul to its phenomenal success in the first half of the 1970s, including its influence on Nashville’s ‘outlaw’ country and tracing it right back to the arrival of rock and roll in the 1950s - the first meeting of black and white American music at the crossroads.

    TRACK LISTING

    1. Lynyrd Skynyrd - The Seasons
    2. Barefoot Jerry - Smokies
    3. Joe South - Hush
    4. Bobbie Gentry - Papa, Won’t You Let Me Go To Town With You
    5. Area Code 615 - Stone Fox Chase
    6. Cher - I Walk On Guilded Splinters
    7. Cowboy - Please Be With Me
    8. The Allman Brothers - Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More
    9. Link Wray - Be What You Want To
    10. Boz Scaggs - I’ll Be Long Gone
    11. Lynyrd Skynyrd - Comin’ Home
    12. Bobbie Gentry - Seasons Come, Seasons Go
    13. Leon Russell - Out In The Woods
    14. Tony Joe White - Polk Salad Annie
    15. Barefoot Jerry - Come To Me Tonight
    16. Dan Penn - If Love Was Money
    17. Linda Ronstadt - I Won’t Be Hangin’ ‘Round
    18. Waylon Jennings - Big D
    19. Big Star - Thirteen
    20. Bobbie Gentry - Mississippi Delta
    21. Travis Wammack - I Forgot To Remember To Forget
    22. Johnny Cash & June Carter - If I Were A Carpenter
    23. Billy Vera - I’m Leavin’ Here Tomorrow, Mama

    Various Artists

    Soul Jazz Records Presents: In The Beginning There Was Rhythm - 2024 Reissue

      Unavailable for over 20 years, ‘In The Beginning There Was Rhythm’ was Soul Jazz Records’ first foray into post-punk and punk-funk in the UK, capturing the groundbreaking, seminal groups that crossed the divide of punk and dance music for the first time.

      First released in 2001, this album is fully remastered, remade and presented once more in its entirety and features A Certain Ratio, Cabaret Voltaire, Throbbing Gristle, The Human League, The Pop Group, Gang of Four, The Slits, 23 Skidoo and This Heat.

      This album comes as a CD and as a double black vinyl edition with download code complete with two bespoke inner bags containing extensive sleevenotes and original photography.

      As Muzik magazine noted on its initial release, ‘In The Beginning There Was Rhythm’ is a choice selection from the fertile post-punk period when bands thought nothing of combining politics and philosophy with imported dance rhythms and edgy industrial angst.

      Most of the bands featured come from the then bleak postindustrial North of England - Manchester, Sheffield, Leeds as well as Bristol and London - and yet all show a fascination with Black American rhythms and an experimentation in sound that was completely unique at the time.

      TRACK LISTING

      1. A Certain Ratio - Shack Up
      2. 23 Skidoo - Coup
      3. Gang Of Four - To Hell With Poverty
      4. The Human League - Being Boiled
      5. The Slits - In The Beginning There Was Rhythm (Early Version)
      6. This Heat - 24 Track Loop
      7. Throbbing Gristle - 20 Jazz Funk Greats
      8. The Pop Group - She Is Beyond Good And Evil
      9. Cabaret Voltaire - Sluggin' Fer Jesus
      10. 23 Skidoo - Vegas El Bandito
      11. A Certain Ratio - Knife Slits Water

      Various Artists

      Soul Jazz Records Presents PUNK 45: Kill The Hippies! Kill Yourself! - The American Nation Destroys Its Young: Underground Punk In The United States Of America, 1973-1980 (RSD24 EDITION)

        THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2024 EXCLUSIVE AND WILL BE AVAILABLE INSTORE ON SATURDAY APRIL 20TH ON A FIRST COME FIRST SERVED BASIS, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

        IF THERE ARE ANY REMAINING COPIES THEY WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE ONLINE AT 8PM ON MONDAY APRIL 22ND.


        Soul Jazz Records’ new 10th anniversary one-off limited-edition heavyweight special-edition orange coloured vinyl pressing (+ download code) exclusively for Record Store Day 2024 of their long out of print ‘Punk 45: Kill the Hippies! Kill Yourself!’

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

        This album is fully remastered, relicensed with new tracks exclusively for RSD 24 and includes new tracks from Iggy & The Stooges, Nervous Eaters, Angry Samoans and more.

        The ‘Punk 45’ album features a collection of seminal, classic, obscure and rare punk and proto-punk 45 singles from the likes of Electric Eels, The Pagans, The Deadbeats, The Randoms, 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.

        Various Artists

        Soul Jazz Records Presents 300% DYNAMITE! Ska, Soul, Rocksteady, Funk And Dub In Jamaica (RSD24 EDITION)

          THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2024 EXCLUSIVE AND WILL BE AVAILABLE INSTORE ON SATURDAY APRIL 20TH ON A FIRST COME FIRST SERVED BASIS, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

          IF THERE ARE ANY REMAINING COPIES THEY WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE ONLINE AT 8PM ON MONDAY APRIL 22ND.

          Special new 25th anniversary edition of this most popular and highly-acclaimed of all Soul Jazz Records' Dynamite! series - 300% Dynamite is jam-packed with reggae tunes that crossedover to become dancefloor hits and are 100% guaranteed to rock any party.

          Out of print for the last 15 years, this new edition is being released in a one-off limited-edition heavyweight special-edition yellow coloured vinyl pressing + download code exclusively for Record Store Day 2024.

          This album is fully remastered, relicensed and with new tracks exclusively for RSD 24.

          Wayne Smith's booming anthem ‘Sleng Teng’, Althea & Donna's worldwide hit 'Uptown Top Ranking', Sister Nancy's classic ‘Bam Bam’, Augustus Pablo, Lee Perry - it's all here as ‘300% Dynamite’ joins the dots between reggae, jazz, funk, dub and soul.

          Various Artists

          Soul Jazz Records Presents STUDIO ONE RUDE BOY (RSD24 EDITION)

            THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2024 EXCLUSIVE AND WILL BE AVAILABLE INSTORE ON SATURDAY APRIL 20TH ON A FIRST COME FIRST SERVED BASIS, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

            IF THERE ARE ANY REMAINING COPIES THEY WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE ONLINE AT 8PM ON MONDAY APRIL 22ND.

            Soul Jazz Records’ new 18th anniversary one-off limited-edition heavyweight special-edition red and cyan coloured vinyl pressing (+ download code) exclusively for Record Store Day 2024 of their long out of print classic release ‘Studio One Rude Boy’. This album is fully remastered and relicensed for RSD 24.

            From the early days of Bob Marley and The Wailers (whose striking sharp-suited Rude Boy style appears on the front cover) through to the classic 1970s Jamaican films ‘The Harder They Come’ and ‘Rockers’, Rude Boys have been synonymous with Jamaican Reggae culture.

            This Jamaican Rude Boy anti-establishment attitude and stylish attire was later adopted by bands such as The Clash (in the film Rude Boy) as well as The Specials, Madness, Selector and others in the Two-Tone era that swept across the UK at the end of the 1970s.

            The album features classic tracks from Studio One featuring Jamaica’s finest singers and groups such as The Wailers, John Holt, the Wailing Souls and Dennis Brown alongside super-rare hard-to-find tracks from artists such as Mr Foundation, Dudley Sibley and Jim Brown.

            Driving Ska and Rocksteady rhythms, classic singers, killer horn lines, great Rude Boy themed-songs, all recorded under Clement ‘Sir Coxsone’ Dodd’s supervision at the legendary Studio One.

            With musical backing comes from the legendary in-house bands – The Skatalites, The Sound Dimension, Soul Vendors and Soul Defenders – this is rightly one of the most in-demand Studio One releases that Soul Jazz Records have ever released.

            Nat King Cool & The Cool Runners

            Checking Out - 2024 Reissue

              A superb 12” slab of rare South London British Jazz-Funk, originally released in the UK in 1984 by Jamaican-born producer Tony Williams, the man behind the seminal Funk Masters’ jazz-funk masterpiece, ‘Love Money’.

              Nat King Cool’s stunning in-demand one-off single release ‘Checking Out’ sounds like a blend of MFSB’s ‘Mysteries of the World’ meets UK Brit- Funk, complete with very cool flip-side instrumental. Originally released on the tiny Tai Wan label, this track sounds fresh.

              An absolutely essential 1980s Brit-Funk 12” tune, fully remastered from tapes, bespoke exact reprolabels, pressed on pristine vinyl and housed in groovy Soul Jazz / Funk Masters house bag.

              TRACK LISTING

              1. Checking Out
              2. Checking Out (Instrumental)

              Various Artists

              Soul Jazz Records Presents PUNK 45: There’s No Such Thing As Society - 10th Anniversary Edition

                Soul Jazz Records’ new 10th anniversary edition of their long-out-of-print Punk 45: No Such Thing As Society. This is a one-off limited-edition heavyweight special-edition coloured vinyl pressing and download code.

                The album charts the rise of underground punk and post-punk in the UK from 1977-81.

                This new edition is fully remastered, repackaged and includes five new tracks from 23 Skidoo, Notsensibles, Pretty Boy Floyd, The Astronauts and The Impossible Dreamers.

                The album is a collection of seminal, classic, obscure and rare punk and post-punk singles from the likes of The Mekons, Johnny Moped, The Killjoys, The Rings and many more which all chart the rise of independent music and Do It Yourself culture that exploded in the wake of punk and during the years of Britain under Margaret Thatcher.

                The album comes complete with text, biographies on each of the bands, exclusive photos and original record artwork. Limited-edition super-loud, super-heavy double gatefold-sleeve vinyl edition complete with full sleeve-notes plus download.

                TRACK LISTING

                1. The Users - Sick Of You
                2. Johnny Moped - Incendiary Device
                3. The Astronauts - Everything Stops For Baby
                4. Pretty Boy Floyd And The Gems -
                5. Rough, Tough, Pretty Too
                6. 23 Skidoo - Last Words
                7. Notsensibles - I'm In Love With Margaret Thatcher
                8. The Rings - I Wanna Be Free
                9. The Now - Development Corporations
                10. The Killjoys - Johnny Won't Get To Heaven
                11. The Impossible Dreamers - Spin
                12. The Lines - White Night
                13. 'O' Level - East Sheen
                14. The Jermz - Power Cut
                15. Roses Are Red - Can't Understand
                16. Eric Random - 23 Skidoo
                17. The Nerves - TV Adverts
                18. The Mekons - 32 Weeks
                19. The Freeze - For J.P.S. (With Love And Loathing)
                20. The Scabs - Leave Me Alone
                21. The Cravats - You're Driving Me
                22. The Shapes - Wot's For Lunch Mum?
                23. The Cigarettes - They're Back Again, Here They Come
                24. Disturbed - I Don't Believe
                25. Puncture - Mucky Pup
                26. Josef K - Radio Drill Time

                Ripple

                Ripple (Black Friday 23 Edition)

                  THIS IS A BLACK FRIDAY 2023 EXCLUSIVE AND WILL BE AVAILABLE INSTORE ON FRIDAY NOVEMBER 24TH ON A FIRST COME FIRST SERVED BASIS, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                  IF THERE ARE ANY REMAINING COPIES THEY WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE ONLINE AT 8AM ON SATURDAY NOVEMBER 25TH).


                  Seminal rare groove funk and deep soul album originally released in 1973 on GRC Records now released 50 years later on Soul Jazz Records in this fully remastered edition of this CLASSIC album especially for RSD/Black Friday.

                  The album ‘Ripple’ contains the all-time classic ‘I Don’t know What It Is, But It Sure Is Funky’, one of the most memorable funk tunes of all time and sampled many times over.

                  Ripple’s unique blend of funk, soul, rock, proto-disco and more stood them alongside groups like Funkadelic, Brass Construction, Mandrill, Pleasure, Kool and the Gang and The Blackbyrds, who were all blending these styles while remaining firmly focused on the dancefloor. Like the group Funkadelic, Ripple hailed from Michigan and in 1976 opened for the group on their Parliament/Funkadelic Mothership Connection tour.

                  This classic album has been out of print for nearly 30 years on vinyl and is now fully remastered and presented here in its original artwork

                  Limited to 500 copies for the UK & Ireland.

                  TRACK LISTING

                  1. You Were Right On Time
                  2. Be My Friend
                  3. I Don't Know What It Is,
                  4. But It Sure Is Funky
                  5. I'll Be Right There Trying
                  6. Get Off
                  7. See The Light In The
                  8. Window
                  9. A Funky Song
                  10. Willie, Pass The Water
                  11. Dance, Lady Dance
                  12. Ripplin'

                  Various Artists

                  Soul Jazz Records Presents - Studio One Kings (Black Friday 23 Edition)

                    THIS IS A BLACK FRIDAY 2023 EXCLUSIVE AND WILL BE AVAILABLE INSTORE ON FRIDAY NOVEMBER 24TH ON A FIRST COME FIRST SERVED BASIS, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                    IF THERE ARE ANY REMAINING COPIES THEY WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE ONLINE AT 8AM ON SATURDAY NOVEMBER 25TH).


                    Soul Jazz Records’ new one-off limited-edition heavyweight special-edition coloured vinyl pressing + download code exclusively for Black Friday 2023 of Soul Jazz Records’ long out of print classic ‘Studio One Kings’.

                    Featuring a new striking alternative sleeve design (featuring the singer Freddie McKay) as well as a special yellow coloured vinyl pressing, ‘Studio One Kings’ is a 'who's who' of the world's greatest reggae artists.

                    Studio One’s list of singers launched at the famous label reads like a roll call of Jamaican music. Horace Andy, Alton Ellis, Ken Boothe, Freddie McGregor, Johnny Osbourne and more.

                    This album features classic and rare tracks that span the breadth of the legendary Studio One catalogue: Ska, Roots, Rocksteady, Lovers and more from the 1960s and 70s.

                    The album comes with sleeve-notes by the celebrated writer Chris Salewicz, author of Reggae Explosion, Rude Boy as well as notable books on Bob Marley, The Rolling Stones, Jimmy Page, Joe Strummer and more.

                    Limited to 1000 copies for the UK & Ireland.

                    TRACK LISTING

                    1. Larry Marshall - I've Got To Make It
                    2. Horace Andy - Every Tongue Shall Tell
                    3. Alton Ellis - The Well Run Dry
                    4. Johnny Osbourne - Water More Than Flour
                    5. Anthony Rocky Ellis - I'm The Ruler
                    6. Cornell Campbell - Pretty Looks Isn't All
                    7. Alexander Henry - Please Be True
                    8. Burning Spear - Them A Come
                    9. Joe Higgs - Change Of Plan
                    10. Devon Russell - Roots Natty
                    11. Ken Boothe - Be Yourself
                    12. Freddie Mcgregor - I Shall Be Released
                    13. Freddie Mckay - Father Will Cut You Off
                    14. The Ethiopian - Locust
                    15. George Philip - One One
                    16. John Holt - I Don't Want To See You Cry
                    17. Delroy Wilson - Won't You Come Home

                    Sound Dimension

                    Jamaica Soul Shake Vol. 1 - 2023 Reissue

                      “The word timeless is applied way too often in music, but here it is entirely justified.” - Fact 

                      New one-off press silver coloured double vinyl edition of Soul Jazz Records’ long unavailable ‘Jamaica Soul Shake’ collection of tracks from The Sound Dimension, probably the funkiest reggae group to ever to exist on the planet. Features classic tracks recorded at Studio One.

                      This is the first ever collection of the music of The Sound Dimension - a mixture of classic tracks alongside super-rare singles only ever released in Jamaica.

                      Alongside The Skatalites, The Sound Dimension were perhaps the most important group in the history of reggae music. That they remain relatively unknown is explained by the fact that they mostly functioned as the in-house studio group at Studio One Records performing anonymously behind the stars of the day - the reggae equivalent of Motown’s Funk Brothers. In their relatively short-lived career, the group’s unique sound came to define reggae music.

                      During this period the group played on literally hundreds of hits with Jamaica’s finest vocalists - Alton Ellis, John Holt, Cornell Campbell, Dennis Brown, Horace Andy, The Heptones, Bob Andy, Marcia Griffiths, Freddie McGregor and many more.

                      Even more importantly, their countless addictive, super-tight, classic tracks at Studio One became the foundation rhythms of all reggae music, countlessly replayed in new forms by an endless list of Dancehall artists from the 1970s onwards, as producers such as Joe Gibbs, Sly & Robbie, Steely & Clevie re-interpreted these seminal tunes.

                      The group’s fluid line-up itself features a roll call of reggae legends - Jackie Mittoo, Leroy Sibbles, Cedric Brooks, Vin Gordon, Ernest Ranglin, Leroy Horsemouth Wallace and others.

                      TRACK LISTING

                      Heavy Beat
                      Federated Backdrop
                      Baby Face
                      Rathid
                      Bitter Blood
                      Love Land
                      Full Up
                      Upsetters Dream
                      Soul Shake
                      The Thing
                      My Heart In Rhythm
                      Man Pon Spot
                      Holy Moses
                      Doctor Sappa Too
                      Hail Don D
                      Solas

                      Various Artists

                      Soul Jazz Records Presents Studio One Scorcher - 2023 Reissue

                        “I think if a nuclear family could have a soundtrack, ours would be the Soul Jazz comp ‘Studio One Scorcher’. I wouldn’t say it’s the best record ever made, but if I heard it every single day for the rest of my life, I’d be 100% cool with it.” - DJ

                        New one-off press transparent orange coloured triple vinyl edition (with download code) of Soul Jazz Records’ long unavailable ‘Studio One Scorcher’, featuring a blistering collection of rare and classic cuts recorded at Studio One.

                        ‘Studio One Scorcher’ is one of the most important collections in Soul Jazz Records’ ‘Studio One’ series, bringing together an unmissable collection of stand-out cuts from many of the finest players ever in Jamaica and in reggae music.

                        Featuring The Skatalites, Jackie Mittoo, Tommy McCook, Cedric Brooks, Tommy McCook, The Sound Dimension, Don Drummond, Brentford Road All Stars and more. Heavy, heavy tunes from start to finish! All killer no filler! 

                        These tunes encompass ska, rocksteady, roots, dub and more. Studio One instrumentals are the foundation of reggae. They literally define reggae music. Many of these classic recordings became the basis for everything that followed in reggae music, replayed and versioned thousands of times. 

                        Here you will find Jackie Mittoo’s seminal ‘Sidewalk Doctor’, Don Drummond Jnr’s classic ‘Heavenless’, The Soul Vendors’ ‘Ringo Rock’ and the Sound Dimension’s ‘Heavy Rock’. All original artists and original classic tunes, all on one album. Not to mention a host of utterly superb rarities from the mighty vaults of Studio One.

                        TRACK LISTING

                        The Skatalites – Coconut Rock
                        Cedric Im Brooks & The Sound
                        Dimension – Mun-Dun-Go
                        Tommy Mccook, Richard Ace,
                        The Skatalites & Disco Height – Shockers Rock
                        Soul Vendors – Ringo Rock
                        Jackie Mittoo & Ernest Ranglin – Jericho Skank
                        New Establishment – The People Skanking
                        Karl Bryan & The Afrokats – Money Generator
                        Lester Sterling – Afrikaan Beat
                        Sound Dimension – Heavy Rock
                        Sugar Belly – In Cold Blood
                        Don Drummond & The Skatalites — Heavenless
                        Soul Bros. – Bugaloo
                        Vin Gordon – Red Blood
                        Pablove Black – Push Pull
                        Jackie Mittoo & Brentford Rockers – Sidewalk Doctor
                        Liberation Group – Namibia
                        Brentford Road All Stars – Last Call
                        Soul Defenders – Still Calling
                        Karl Bryan & Count Ossie – Black Up

                        Alien Starr

                        World Of Ecstasy

                          Superb slice of super-rare electro funk grooviness originally released as a one-off small-run private press 12” single out of Ohio, USA in 1985.

                          Complete with vocoders, slap bass, drum machine, hand claps and space vocals, this electro boogie funk rarity is the jam.

                          This is a one-off pressing, exact reproduction single, remastered and restored by Soul Jazz Records, and is taken from Soul Jazz Records’ recent ‘Space Funk 2 - Afro-Futurist Electro Funk In Space 1976-84’ compilation.

                          This 12” comes in four-colour black and white original sleeve design and features both an extended and short version of ‘Music-A-Lizer’ plus two extra tracks, ‘World Of Ecstasy’ and ‘Computer’.

                          TRACK LISTING

                          1. Music-A-Lizer (Short Version)
                          2. World Of Ecstasy
                          3. Music-A-Lizer (Long Verson)
                          4. Computer

                          Jackie Mittoo And The Soul Brothers

                          Last Train To Skaville - 2023 Edition

                            “Jackie Mittoo was one of the great names in Jamaican music, manning the keyboards for the Skatalites, the Soul Vendors, and Sound Dimension - three of the greatest house bands of the 60s (and I mean anywhere, not just in Jamaica).” - Pitchfork

                            New one-off press transparent green double vinyl edition of Soul Jazz Records’ classic Jackie Mittoo and The Soul Brothers ‘Last Train To Skaville’, featuring classic tracks recorded at Studio One.

                            Jackie Mittoo is one of the most important artists in the history of Jamaican music. As founding member of the legendary Skatalites, as in-house arranger / producer at Studio One and as a solo artist in his own right, leading groups such as The Soul Brothers, Sound Dimension and Soul Vendors.

                            These classic and rare recordings were made in the mid-1960s at Studio One. The Soul Brothers bridged the gap between Ska and the arrival of Rocksteady mixing it all up with Funk, Jazz and Latin styles.

                            The Soul Brothers recorded at Studio One between 1965-1967, the transitionary period between Ska and Rocksteady where the music was a mixture of Funk, Latin and Jazz sometimes with a reminder of Ska and the hint of Rocksteady.

                            The Soul Brothers were born in 1965 out of the ashes of the great Skatalites. The new group featured ex-Skatalites members Jackie Mittoo, Roland Alphonso, Johnny Moore and Lloyd Brevitt. By the end of the year the group were up and running, releasing countless addictively catchy singles and two albums, as well as becoming the new house band at Studio One, following the demise of The Skatalites.

                            TRACK LISTING

                            1. Jackie Mittoo & The Soul Brothers – Train To Skaville
                            2. Roland Alphonso & The Soul Brothers – James Bond
                            3. The Soul Brothers – Voodoo Moon
                            4. The Soul Brothers – Ska Shuffle
                            5. Jackie Mittoo & The Soul Brothers – Take Ten
                            6. The Soul Brothers – Chicken And Booze
                            7. The Soul Brothers – Honey Pot
                            8. The Soul Brothers – Mr Flint
                            9. Roland Alphonso & The Skatalites – Dr Ring Ding
                            10. The Soul Brothers – Got My Boogaloo
                            11. Roland Alphonso & The Studio One Orchestra – From Russia With Love
                            12. Roland Alphonso & The Soul Brothers – Ska-Culation
                            13. Jackie Mittoo & The Soul Brothers – Home Made
                            14. Roland Alphonso & The Soul Brothers – Sufferer's Choice
                            15. The Soul Brothers – One Stop
                            16. The Soul Brothers – Hot And Cold

                            Various Artists

                            Soul Jazz Records Presents - Studio One Roots 2 - 2023 Reissue

                              “Vol 1 was mighty fine, presenting rare and deep recordings from Studio One’s mid-70s heyday. Hard to believe the Vol 2 is even better… As with all Soul Jazz material, the vinyl is heavyweight, with fine packaging and good liner notes. Reggae music doesn’t get much better than this: buy immediately and play loud” - David Katz, FACT

                              New one-off press transparent green double vinyl edition of Soul Jazz Records’ long unavailable ‘Studio One Roots 2’, which features classic tracks recorded at Studio One.

                              ‘Studio One Roots 2’ delves deep into the vaults of the legendary Jamaican Reggae label and features rare and classic roots as well as an unprecedented seven unreleased tracks that up till now had never seen the light of day.

                              Roots and Rastafarian music was being recorded at Studio One by Clement ‘Sir Coxsone’ Dodd from the early 1960s onwards to the 1990s and this album reflects the depth and diversity of roots music at the label.

                              From the slow-ska of Dudley Sibbley, to the deep instrumental jazz cuts of Cedric Im Brooks over classic roots rhythms such as Satta Massagana to Winston Mathews stunning eerie version of Bob Marley and the Wailers’ ‘Sun Is Shining’. The Zion All Stars features the Burro Rastafarian drumming of Count Ossie and the Mystic Revelation of Rastafari.

                              This album features many of the classic Studio One artists - Willie Williams, Tommy McCook, Cedric Brooks, The Gladiators, Vin Gordon - as well as many less well known artists - all who produced classic roots music under the guidance of producer Clement ‘Sir Coxsone’ Dodd and recorded at the legendary Studio One Records.

                              TRACK LISTING

                              Willie Williams & The Sound Dimension – Jah Righteous Plan
                              Al Campbell – Take A Ride
                              Cedric 'Im' Brooks – Satta
                              Ken Boothe & Joe Higgs – A Message Of Old
                              Jackie Bernard – Jah Jah Way
                              Devon Russell – Jah Hold The Key
                              Zoot Sims – Small Garden
                              The Saints – Sleeping Trees
                              Larry Marshall – Run Babylon
                              Vin Gorden – Babylon Rock
                              The Gladiators – Talawah
                              Prince Francis – African Skank
                              Cedric 'Im' Brooks – Full Time
                              Prince Lincoln – True Experience
                              Joseph Hill – Behold The Land
                              Winston Matthews – Sun Is Shining
                              Karl Bryan – LK Strut Count Ossie & The Zion All
                              Stars – Holy Mount Zion Tommy McCook & The
                              Discosonics – Tenor On The Call

                              Various Artists

                              Soul Jazz Records Presents - Jackie Mittoo - The Keyboard King At Studio One - 2023 Reissue

                                Soul Jazz Records’ seminal double LP release, Jackie Mittoo - The Keyboard King at Studio On’, now available on black vinyl.

                                From forming The Skatalites at age 15, alongside Don Drummond, Roland Alphonso, Tommy McCook and others, to his work as writer, arranger, producer at Studio One records during the Sixties, writing and playing for artists such as Alton Ellis, Ken Boothe, Marcia Griffiths and The Heptones (to name a few), to his career as a solo artist as well as leader of bands such as The Soul Brothers, Soul Vendors and The Sound Dimension, Jackie Mittoo is at the heart of reggae music. He was one of the instigators of Ska, Rocksteady and Reggae. In the Seventies, DJ music and Dancehall were based upon classic rhythms of the sixties, many using the instrumental tracks that Jackie Mittoo created at Studio One at this time.

                                This compilation features the work of Jackie Mittoo at Studio One. It features music recorded as a solo artist (as opposed to the numerous singers that he accompanied). Most of these are taken from his recordings in the mid- Sixties where he was recording on an almost daily basis at Studio One’s Brentford Road studios, developing the funky reggae sound that was his trademark.

                                Jackie Mittoo is as much an icon of Reggae as he is to fans of Funk music. He is without doubt the funkiest keyboard player ever to come out of Jamaica.

                                TRACK LISTING

                                1. Get It Up And Get It
                                2. Black Organ
                                3. Stereo Freeze
                                4. Totally Together
                                5. Hot Tamale
                                6. Reggae Rock
                                7. Oboe
                                8. Juice Box
                                9. Summer Breeze
                                10. P. Cafe
                                11. Henry The Great
                                12. Killer Diller
                                13. Wall Street
                                14. Darker Shade Of Black

                                The Skatalites

                                Guns Of Navarone

                                  A seminal ska all-time anthem on new clean loud pressing, originally released in 1965 in Jamaica and the UK, The Skatalites insanely addictive ska tune always sounds fresh and fills any dancefloor. Check the stunning ska dancer tribute to Marcus on the flipside - killer. 100% essential!

                                  Various Artists

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

                                    Yo! Boombox is the new instalment of Soul Jazz Records’ Boombox series on the early days of hip-hop on vinyl and features some of the many innovative underground first-wave of early rap and disco rap records made in the USA in the period 1979-83.

                                    The album includes the first releases of seminal groups such as Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five and The Funky Four Plus One More through to a host of rarities and little-known obscurities such as the Carver Area High School band’s ‘Get Live 83’, an awesome record made at a Chicago high school.

                                    The album is released as a deluxe triple LP complete with 3x full inner sleeves of extensive sleeve notes, exclusive photography and original label artwork. There is also a very-limited one-pressing only special deluxe version that comes with an extra bonus super-rare 7” single of ‘Magic’s Rap’ by Magic’s Trick, aka ex-marine Magic Fraga, a record that was only ever available on US military bases! The album also comes as a deluxe double CD pack with 30-page booklet and slipcase.

                                    Yo! Boombox also features the stunning photography of Sophie Bramly, one of a very select group of photographers (alongside Henry Chalfant, Martha Cooper, and Joe Conzo) who were allowed full access to document the exciting early days of hip-hop in New York.

                                    These 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 first took place in the Bronx in the mid-1970s. Where the first DJs – 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 pre-sampling rap records were all made using live bands, often replaying then current disco tunes. As Chic’s ‘Good Times’ was to ‘Rappers’ Delight’, the songs here feature then-current dancefloor hits such as the Tom Tom Club’s ‘Genius of Love’, Cheryl Lynn’s ‘To Be Real’, MFSB’s ‘Love Is the Message’ while MCs rapped over the top, creating a unique new sound. In fact, the links between disco and rap date back earlier to the ‘party style’ MCing of figures such as the legendary DJ Hollywood or radio DJs like Frankie Crocker.

                                    This new Soul Jazz Records collection celebrates these first old-school rap records, bringing together rare, classic and obscure tracks released in the early days of rap.

                                    TRACK LISTING

                                    Vinyl Tracklisting:
                                    Side A:
                                    1. The Carver Area High School Seniors - Get Live '83 (7.43)
                                    2. Mike T - Do It Any Way You Wanna (6.53)
                                    Side B:
                                    1. Chapter III - Real Rocking Groove (Rap & Breaks) (6.34)
                                    2. Sinister Two - Rock It, Don't Stop It (7.59)
                                    Side C:
                                    1. Sangria - To The Beat Y'all (5.18)
                                    2. Funky Four Plus One More - Rappin' And Rocking The House (6.54)
                                    3. The Just Four - Girls Of The World (Genius Rap & Breaks) (7.07)
                                    Side D:
                                    1. Eye Beta Rock - Super Rock Body Shock (8.42)
                                    2. Funky Constellation - Street Talk (Madam Rapper) (9.49)
                                    Side E:
                                    1. Kool Kyle The Starchild - Do You Like That Funky Beat (Ahh Beat, Beat) (8.38)
                                    2. The Just Four - Jam To Remember (6.56)
                                    Side F:
                                    1. Grandmaster Flash And The Furious Five - Super Rappin' No. 2 (7.18)
                                    2. Silver Star - Eei Eei O (7.16)

                                    7" Single (comes With LP Format SJRLP530-7 Only)
                                    A. Magic's Trick - Magic's Rap (4.19) MONO VERSION
                                    AA. Magic's Trick - Magic's Rap (4.19) STEREO VERSION

                                    CD Tracklisting:
                                    CD1
                                    1. The Carver Area High School Seniors - Get Live '83 (The Senior Rap) (7.43)
                                    2. Mike T - Do It Any Way You Wanna (6.53) Click At 0.43
                                    3. Chapter III - Real Rocking Groove (Rap & Breaks) (6.34)
                                    4. Sinister Two - Rock It, Don't Stop It (7.59)
                                    5. Sangria - To The Beat Y'all (5.18)
                                    6. Funky Four Plus One More - Rappin' And Rocking The House (6.54)
                                    7. The Just Four - Girls Of The World (Genius Rap & Breaks) (7.07)
                                    CD2
                                    1. Eye Beta Rock - Super Rock Body Shock (8.42)
                                    2. Funky Constellation - Street Talk (Madam Rapper) (9.49)
                                    3. Kool Kyle The Starchild - Do You Like That Funky Beat (Ahh Beat, Beat) (8.38)
                                    4. The Just Four - Jam To Remember (6.56)
                                    5. Grandmaster Flash And The Furious Five - Super Rappin' No. 2 (7.18)
                                    6. Silver Star - Eei Eei O (7.16)
                                    7. Magic's Trick - Magic's Rap (4.19)

                                    Brown Spirits

                                    Solitary Transmissions

                                      Unbelievably killer and super, super heavy brand new Psychedelic Rock/Krautrock album coming out of nowhere from the group Brown Spirits, new on Soul Jazz Records!

                                      Brown Spirits are from Melbourne, Australia. Their stripped down and tight musical unit is a trio (think Cream or Hendrix!) of raw bass, drums and shared guitar/keyboards meets the D-I-Y attitude and punk/post-punk intensity giving them a unique hi-octane sound.

                                      With a range of influences that range from Neu! to Soft Machine, Gang of Four, Miles Davis, Hendrix, Argent, Lonnie Liston Smith, King Crimson and beyond, their powerfully progressive hard and hypnotic sound is truly unforgettable.

                                      After two exclusive 100-pressing white label 45s sold out in less 30-mins, Soul Jazz Records are now releasing this their first album for the label.

                                      Like their labelmates Trees Speak, Brown Spirits have a love all things Krautrock - mixed with an overwhelmingly powerful lo-fi psych and punk attitude. The album features super heavy and raw drums, tough basslines, heavy fuzzed-out wah and psyche guitar and analog moog synthesizers, all recorded on analogue ¼ inch tape.

                                      In short – they rock!


                                      TRACK LISTING

                                      1. Repeat Transmission
                                      2. Space Race
                                      3. Dead End Exits
                                      4. Ode To Dorothy
                                      5. Seven 8ths Of Madness
                                      6. Solar Kollektiv
                                      7. Who’s At The Door

                                      Various Artists

                                      Soul Jazz Records Presents Holy Church Of The Ecstatic Soul: A Higher Power: Gospel, Soul And Funk At The Crossroads 1971-83 (RSD23 EDITION)

                                        THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2023 EXCLUSIVE.


                                        Soul Jazz Records’ new Holy Church of the Ecstatic Soul: Gospel, Funk and Soul at the Crossroads 1971-83 is a one-off limited-edition heavyweight special-edition coloured vinyl pressing + download code exclusively for Record Store Day 2023.

                                        The album draws upon the extensive links between black American gospel music and soul music, showing how the sensibilities of gospel artists such as Shirley Caesar, Dorothy Norwood, Andraé Crouch and others crossed over into secular soul music during this period.

                                        Many of the most successful soul artists – from Aretha Franklin to Al Green, The Staple Singers to Sam Cooke – all drew upon their upbringing in the church for their musical inspiration. This album discusses how important the links between the black church and soul music were in creating soul music and spotlights some of the many important (and also little-known) gospel artists who walked this line between sacred music and soul, funk and disco in the 1970s and early 1980s.

                                        Holy Church of the Ecstatic Soul shows how sacred gospel music was at home with Stevie Wonder, Blaxploitation-style funk and produced music celebrated both in New York’s underground discos (The Paradise Garage, Studio 54, etc) and later sampled by the likes of Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg and Mary J Blige.

                                        TRACK LISTING

                                        A
                                        1. Andraé Crouch & The Disciples - Satisfied (3.07)
                                        2. Shirley Caesar - Jesus Children Of America (4.19)
                                        3. The Meditation Singers - Trouble's Brewin' (5.01)
                                        B
                                        1. The Clark Sisters - You Brought The Sunshine (5.49)
                                        2. Dorothy Norwood - Let Your Feet Down Easy (2.42)
                                        3. Shirley Caesar - Jesus Is Coming (3.50)
                                        4. Swan Silvertones - If You Believe Your God Is Dead (3.11)
                                        C
                                        1. The Alvin Darling Ensemble - Is There Anybody Here? (3.24)
                                        2. Roscoe Robinson - There's A Creator (3.10)
                                        3. Destiny - Nothing Can Stop Me Now (2.57)
                                        4. The Meditation Singers - Good Old Gospel Music (4.32)
                                        5. Keith Barrow - Everything Is Gonna Be Alright (3.07)
                                        D
                                        1. Roscoe Robinson - Elijah (2.33)
                                        2. Dyson's Faces - Till I've Got This Feelin' Of Love (3.45)
                                        3. The Violinaires - The Upper Way (3.24)
                                        4. Leomia Boyd And The Gospel Music Makers - Higher In Jesus' Love (2.53)
                                        5. Keith Barrow - The Right Road Now (3.06)

                                        Various Artists

                                        Soul Jazz Records Presents Studio One Ska 20th Anniversary Edition (RSD23 EDITION)

                                          THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2023 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                                          Soul Jazz Records’ new 20th anniversary one-off limited-edition heavyweight specialedition coloured vinyl pressing + download code exclusively for Record Store Day 2023 of Soul Jazz Records’ classic Studio One Ska. 

                                          A blistering collection of non-stop Ska classic 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 alongside a heavy dose of superb rarities from the mighty vaults of 13 Brentford Road - pure fire!

                                          Studio One Records and the seminal in-house band The Skatalites created and defined Ska in the process making Jamaican music famous throughout the world. This compilation features classic vocal and instrumental tracks from The Skatalites, Bob Marley and The Wailers, Delroy Wilson alongside super-rare tracks from the likes of Ken Boothe, The Maytals, Jackie Mittoo, Tommy McCook and many more.

                                          Clement ‘Sir Coxsone’ Dodd’s musical empire was founded on Ska, the first explosive and most exciting music to come out of the newly independent Jamaica, which soon spread across the world. This album is a celebration of the music of Studio One Records’ seminal Ska releases and features a who’s who of the most important artists and musicians in the history of reggae. Studio One is often described as both the University of Reggae and the Motown of Jamaica.

                                          “Utterly brilliant collection of Ska music. Essential stuff” - Q 

                                          "There are a million ska compilations around, but this selection outshines them - yet another blinder from Soul Jazz“ - Wallpaper 

                                          "This shows the Soul Jazz Records vault digger’s gold standard of quality” - Mojo

                                          “Every side collected here is a classic” - All Music

                                          TRACK LISTING

                                          A
                                          1. Jackie Mittoo – El Bang Bang
                                          2. Ken Boothe & Stranger Cole – Arte Bella
                                          3. The Wailers – (I'm Gonna) Put It On
                                          4. The Skatalites – Addis Ababa
                                          B
                                          1. Roland Alphonso – President Kennedy
                                          2. Joe Higgs – (I'm The) Song My Enemies Sing
                                          3. The Skatalites – Beardsman Ska
                                          4. Delroy Wilson – I Want Justice
                                          C
                                          1. Tommy McCook's Orchestra – Sampson
                                          2. The Ethiopians – I'm Gonna Take Over
                                          3. Tommy McCook – Freedom Sounds
                                          4. The Maytals – Marching On
                                          D
                                          1. The Skatalites – Exodus
                                          2. Roland Alphonso – Look Away Ska
                                          3. Don Drummond – Don Cosmic
                                          4. Roland Alphonso – Scambalena
                                          5. Andy & Joey – You're Wondering Now

                                          Various Artists

                                          Soul Jazz Records Presents Gipsy Rhumba: The Original Rhythm Of Gipsy Rhumba In Spain 1965 - 1974 (RSD23 EDITION)

                                            THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2023 EXCLUSIVE AND WILL BE AVAILABLE INSTORE ON SATURDAY APRIL 22ND ON A FIRST COME FIRST SERVED BASIS, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.



                                            IF THERE ARE ANY REMAINING COPIES THEY WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE ONLINE AT 8PM ON MONDAY APRIL 24TH).






                                            New one-off limited-edition heavyweight special-edition coloured vinyl pressing + 28-page booklet insert + download code exclusively for Record Store Day 2023 of Soul Jazz Records’ ‘Gipsy Rhumba: The Original Rhythm of Gipsy Rhumba in Spain 1965 – 1974’.



                                            Soul Jazz Records’ Gipsy Rhumba is the first album ever outside of Spain to focus on one of the most exciting musical culture clashes ever that first took place in the early 1960s.



                                            Primarily known as the creators of Flamenco, Gypsies from the Catalan region of Spain came up with a fascinating hybrid style – Gipsy Rhumba – which blended together Latin and Rhumba music of Cuba and the Caribbean together with their own Flamenco, as well as the emerging Rock and Roll from America.



                                            The extensive booklet contains definitive sleevenotes by the musicologist Jose Manuel Gómez, record designs and stunning photography from the celebrated photographer Jacques Leonard.



                                            “A capsule of supercharged clapping and joyous vocals’” - The Guardian



                                            “Must-have’ ‘You all know Gipsy Kings’ blend of flamenco and Latin rhythms … but where did this convergence of Latin music styles occur? This compilation demonstrates how mid-1960’s Barcelona hot-housed gypsy musicians who employed the rumba rhythm… Gipsy Rhumba unearths a forgotten corner of Europop” - The Sunday Times



                                            “Musicologists aren’t the only ones who will enjoy pulling at the threads that bind this particular sound clash … Messing with the traditional form is daring at any time, but the result was something quite fantastic, potent and intriguing, full of marvellous grooves and compelling rhythms” - Irish Times

                                            TRACK LISTING

                                            A
                                            1. Rabbit Rumba – Nuestro Ayer
                                            2. El Noi – Labios Morenos
                                            3. Los Gitanos Polinais – En El Fondo Del Mar De Lima
                                            4. Antonio González – Sarandonga
                                            5. Peret – La Fiesta No Es Para Feos
                                            B
                                            1. El Gitano Portugués – Fui A Bahía
                                            2. Maruja Garrido – Ché Camino
                                            3. Juncal Y Sus Calistros – Tequila
                                            4. Moncho Y Su Wawankó Gitano – Orisa
                                            5. Peret – Voy, Voy
                                            C
                                            1. Dolores Vargas "La Terremoto" – Anana Hip
                                            2. Chango – El Guapo
                                            3. Ramonet Y Sus Rumberos – Bacalao Salao
                                            4. Lola Flores Y Antonio González – Meneíto Men
                                            5. Dolores Vargas "La Terremoto" – A-Chi-Li-Pú
                                            D
                                            1. El Noy – El Loco
                                            2. El Noi – Sí, Compay
                                            3. Chacho Y Sus Rumbas – El Pan Y Los Dientes
                                            4. Maruja Garrido – Amanecí En Tus Brazos
                                            5. Antonio González – Levántate

                                            Various Artists

                                            Soul Jazz Records Presents Studio One Space-Age Dub Special

                                              ‘Studio One Space-Age Dub Special’ is a brand new Studio One release on Soul Jazz Records which draws on more rare and classic dubs taken from the mighty vaults of Studio One Records.

                                              Most of these tracks are taken from Studio One’s superb long out-of-print series of dub albums released between 1974 and 1980, such as ‘Zodiac Sounds’, ‘Ital Sounds and System’, ‘Roots Dub’, ‘Dub Store Special’, ‘Juks Incorporation’ and others. Many of these classic dub albums were originally released only in Jamaica in shortrun pressings with special silk-screen printed sleeves, all with striking minimal designs, and which now fetch many, many hundreds of pounds.

                                              These tracks, credited to the Dub Specialist, use the original music tracks to seminal Studio One rhythms, which are broken down, reconstructed, and manipulated using the studio mixing desk as an instrument. With these albums, producer Clement Dodd and engineer Sylvan Morris helped create some of the finest dubs ever known.

                                              The cover shows Clement ‘Sir Coxsone’ Dodd in orbit, an image inspired by DJ Lone Ranger‘s 1982 ‘Badda Dan Dem’ album for Studio One, the cover of which portrays Sir Coxsone at the controls of a spaceship with the DJ in space.

                                              The tracks on ‘Studio One Space-Age Dub Special’ are mainly instrumental cuts with occasional snippets of original vocals brought into the mix. Lone Ranger’s complete vocals feature on ‘A Lie Gal A Tell’, a superb six minutes plus dubbed out piece of musical madness. Also included are a selection of rare dub versions that only ever appeared on rare singles.

                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                              Martin says: Intriguing release (all new releases), credited to Dub Specialist yet mining the wealth of Studio One-released source material to create shimmering new dubscapes that refract the past through a space echo and a reverb. Dub heads will need no convincing on this one!

                                              TRACK LISTING

                                              1. Dub Specialist - Red Neck
                                              2. Dub Specialist - Marcus Dub
                                              3. Dub Specialist - Accra
                                              4. Dub Specialist - A Lie Gal A Tell
                                              5. Dub Specialist - Squash Dub
                                              6. Dub Specialist - Pick Up The Version
                                              7. Dub Specialist - Saucy Perila
                                              8. Dub Specialist - RoaringReggae
                                              9. Dub Specialist - Still Water Version
                                              10. Dub Specialist - My Man (Part 2)
                                              11. Dub Specialist - Disco Dub
                                              12. Dub Specialist - Tricky
                                              13. Dub Specialist - Illiteracy Version
                                              14. Dub Specialist - Wailing Sounds
                                              15. Dub Specialist - Juk’s Inc.
                                              16. Dub Specialist - Barb Wire Version
                                              17. Dub Specialist - Queen Of The Rub
                                              18. Dub Specialist - I A See I

                                              Brown Sugar

                                              I’m In Love With A Dreadlocks

                                                A stone-cold classic conscious Lovers Rock tune from the seminal British reggae group Brown Sugar. ‘I’m In Love With A Dreadlocks’ was originally released in 1977, and is now pressed loud for the first ever time on this new one-off press edition 12” on Soul Jazz Records.

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

                                                I’m In Love With A Dreadlocks’ was originally released on the Lovers Rock label, a fledgling reggae label formed by Dennis Bovell, John Kpiaye and producer Dennis Harris.

                                                Brown Sugar were unique - not only were they one of the most important of the first wave of lovers rock groups, they were the only group who managed to successfully blend together a reggae roots consciousness with a lovers rock sensibility.

                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                Matt says: One of two loud-cut Soul Jazz reggae twelves this week. The lover's rock classic by Brown Sugar has become of the most enduring tracks of this homegrown sub-genre. Complete with dub version there's simply no better pressing of this currently available!

                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                1. I’m In Love With A Dreadlocks
                                                2. I’m In Love With A Dreadlocks (Version)

                                                Hieroglyphic Being’s third solo album on Soul Jazz Records, a resolute and powerful statement of Jamal Moss’s raw, vital, pioneering, Afro-Futurist electronic (dance) music.

                                                On his new album, Moss once again draws upon the vast scope of experimentation that has defined Chicago’s musical universe over the last half a century - from the birth of house music with the pioneers Ron Hardy, Marshall Jefferson, Lil Louis and others to the radical avant-garde jazz legacy of the city, The Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, The Art Ensemble of Chicago and Sun Ra.

                                                Chicago’s musical universe continues to push-further forward today with artists such as Hieroglyphic Being, Angel Bat Dawid, Makaya McCraven, and labels such as International Anthem and Hieroglyphic Being’s own Mathematics, all continuing to explore radical new music while drawing upon the city’s decidedly Afro-futurist lineage.

                                                Jamal Moss remains at all-times a radical one-off musical explorer, a resolute pioneer of an avant-garde dance music aesthetic taking lineage from the founding fathers of acid house such as Ron Hardy and Adonis, and pushing the musical form to its own limits, adding his own harder almost industrial edge to this unique sound, which Moss sometimes describes as ‘Outsider House’ or, referencing the earlier avant-garde musical resident and pioneer, Sun Ra, ‘Rhythmic Cubism’ and ‘Cosmic Be-Bop’.

                                                Hieroglyphic Being’s music crosses many boundaries and has led to remixes of a wide and diverse list of artists, from St Vincent to Hans-Joachim Roedelius (the pioneering German electronic composer and member of Cluster), King Gizzard and the Lizard Gizzard to Adonis and many more. In similar fashion, his music has appeared on Ghostly / Spectral, Warp, Ninja, Axis and his own Mathematics Recordings.


                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                Matt says: Our favourite sonic shaman returns! For new devotees expect - emotive acid, pointillist drum workouts, fried electrics, warped atmospheres and a total merger of machine and mind - taking cues from jazz, industrial and house music along the way. There's no-one else like him, yet he somehow manages to reflect 30+ years of dance music experimentation back at us through his own interplanetary lens. A feast for the ears, one of his best for a while - both a wonderful entry point for newcomers and a completely essential purchase for his existing cult fanbase.

                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                1.  Communion Of The Highest Order
                                                2.  We Are The Light Vessels
                                                3.  When Situations Get 2 Deep
                                                4.  Look Over There 9 O'Clock
                                                5.  Beyond The Outrage
                                                6.  Frantic Moments
                                                7.  Mephisto's Pulpit Of Stank
                                                8.  Deconstructing The Path
                                                9.  Nights Under The Nubian Sky
                                                10.  Dark Acidic Organs From The Void
                                                11.  Private Runner
                                                12.  Let Me Know How U Really Feel
                                                13.  There Is No Acid In This House (Just Emotions Remix)
                                                14.  Dogs Don't Wear Pants

                                                Michigan & Smiley

                                                Nice Up The Dance

                                                  Michigan and Smiley’s all-time Studio One anthem,the latest in the series of all-time classic Studio One party bombs available on super loud 12”. Michigan and Smiley’s ‘Nice Up the Dance’ issimply one of the biggest, wickedest dancehalltunes ever made.

                                                  Originally released in 1979, Michigan and Smiley’sclassic rhyming over the seminal ‘Real Rock’ has proved one of the most enduring tunes in reggaeever. 100% essential monster tunes that rock anydancefloor.

                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                  Matt says: Soul Jazz return to their loud-cut 12" classics series, giving another run to the dancehall staple, "Nice Up The Dance". You know the riddim - but doubt you'll have heard it this crisp n bassy! Update your scratchy 7" with this full fidelity 12" version! Niiiice up!

                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                  A1. Nice Up The Dance
                                                  B1. Michigan & Smiley & Sound Dimension - Nice Up The Dance (version)

                                                  Trees Speak

                                                  Vertigo Of Flaws: Emancipation Of The Dissonance And Temperaments In Irrational Waveforms

                                                    This new release is a vast leap into an ocean of space and sound, a quantum leap into cybernetics, biology, anti-gravity, time travel, dream speech and transfiguration. A seriously next step release! Showing no signs of slowing down their rapid creative pace – incredibly this is their fourth album in the space of just over one year – ‘Vertigo of Flaws’ is a mighty 29 tracks, one and a half hours of music across one double album that is surely going to be a defining point in their musical career, a giant leap into the sonic unknown, an epic exploration of intensity and sound.

                                                    Alongside their now trademark German krautrock motoric-beat rhythms, angular New York post-punk attitude, trippedout 60s spy soundtrack, psyche-rock, and 70s synthesizers and vocoders, here you will also hear a new cosmic spacial awareness (both personal inner space and galactic outer space) and a truly wilful pushing of sonic boundaries - as police sirens, static noise, alarms, radio signals, avant-garde voices, and orchestral string quartets, all collide to add beautiful dissonance to uber-powerful, intense, addictive and propulsive rhythms - in the process creating a truly unique soundscape that Trees Speak have made wholly their own.

                                                    If you ever wanted to hear Can, Hawkwind, Destroy All Monsters, Pere Ubu, electric eels, John Cage, Liquid Liquid, Tangerine Dream, Suicide, Neu!, Laurie Spiegel, Art Ensemble of Chicago, John Barry, Mother Mallard’s Portable Masterpiece Company, Sun Ra, Stockhausen, John Carpenter, Electro-Acoustic and Musique Concrete and Mars in one band - then this is it! Trees Speak are Daniel Martin Diaz and Damian Diaz from Tucson, Arizona and their music often draws on the cosmic night-time magic of Arizona’s natural desert landscapes.

                                                    ‘Trees Speak’ relates to the idea of future technologies storing information and data in trees and plants - using them as hard drives - and the idea that Trees communicate collectively. Special guests from the hyper-creative hub of the Tucson music scene on this release are Gabriel Sullivan, Ben Nisbet, Saul Millan, Stephani Guilmette, and Davis Jones. The album Vertigo of Flaws was recorded in Brooklyn, New York, and Tucson, Arizona during the plague of 2021.

                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                    Barry says: Ridiculously prolific Arizona natives Trees Speak come out with their 4th album in just over a year, and it has all of the cosmic heft and swooning arpeggiated bliss of the previous (very well regarded) LP's. This time though, we get a little more grit, turning otherwise upbeat pieces into slightly more avant-ambient-jazz territory. A sound all of their own, but one they do perfectly.

                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                    1. Seventh Mirror (3.23)
                                                    2. Cybernetic Dreams (4.07)
                                                    3. Interference (3.40)
                                                    4. Computer Garden (0.46)
                                                    5. Pyramid (2.34)
                                                    6. Halide Crystals (2.08)
                                                    7. Integratron (4.20)
                                                    8. Imaginary Forces (3.26)
                                                    9. Phantom LFO (3.13)
                                                    10. Opticks (2.56)
                                                    11. Mannequin (2.17)
                                                    12. Mind In Light (3.10)
                                                    13. Palantír (1.28)
                                                    14. Vertigo Of Flaws (3.15)
                                                    15. Exit Syndrome (1.11)
                                                    16. Stasi (5.35)
                                                    17. Atomic Voyage (3.11)
                                                    18. Ultraviolet (2.51)
                                                    19. Violence Cascades (3.27)
                                                    20. Traumsprache (3.51)
                                                    21. Zeitgeber (2.04)
                                                    22. Prism (3.03)
                                                    23. Threnody (2.56)
                                                    24. Mind Oscillation (3.19)
                                                    25. Hidden Machine (3.00)
                                                    26. Transhuman (1.01)
                                                    27. Ionization (3.12)
                                                    28. Cloud Chamber (3.16)
                                                    29. Harmonic Oscillator (1.19)

                                                    Limited Bonus 7” (LP Format Only)

                                                    A. Transfiguration (3.34)
                                                    B. Urzeit (2.37)

                                                    Add N To X

                                                    On The Wires Of Our Nerves (RSD21 EDITION)

                                                      THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2021 EXCLUSIVE AND WILL BE AVAILABLE INSTORE ON SATURDAY JULY 17TH ON A FIRST COME FIRST SERVED BASIS, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                                                      IF THERE ARE ANY REMAINING COPIES THEY WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE ONLINE AT 6PM ON THE SAME DAY (SATURDAY JULY 17TH).


                                                      In the space of five short years (and as many albums) at the end of the 20th century, Add N To X caused havoc with their unique retro-futurist electronic music. Add N To Xís musical intensity proved too much for the group who split up in 2002. Their album On The Wires of Our Nerves, complete with its classic cover image, recorded on Soul Jazz Recordsí then new offshoot label Satellite Records, launched them into the spotlight and included two NME Singles of the Week ëBlack Regentí and ëKing Waspí. Over twenty years since it was first released and long out of print the album 'On The Wires of Our Nervesí stands up one of the most forward-looking electronic albums of then and now. This classic album is released in a very limited one-off pressing silver coloured vinyl edition as a Record Store Day exclusive title. A 1. The Black Regent 2. Planet Munich 3. Nevermind B 1. We Are Add N To X 2. Murmur One 3. Sound Of Accelerating Concrete 4. Gentle Germans C 1. King Wasp 2. Orgy Of Bubastus 3. Grey Body, Green Gun D 1. On The Wires Of Our Nerves 2. Hit Me 3. Sir Ape

                                                      Trees Speak

                                                      PostHuman

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

                                                        The new album Post-Human draws further upon German krautrock high-concept albums from the likes of Tangerine Dream and Klaus Schulze from the 1970s, as Trees Speak create their own powerful new landscapes of sound that manage to be at once contemporary as well as both timeless and with a sense of science-fiction futurism. Trees Speak’ seamlessly segue together all these musical elements into Post-Human, a conceptually expansive album which follows on from their critically-acclaimed debut LP Ohms, and the follow-up Shadow Forms released on Soul Jazz Records less than six months ago. This powerful new album is a high-concept collage of retro-futurist science-fiction music, which is fantastically illustrated by a specially commissioned cover design by the artist Eric Lee, a dramatic vision of life after humanity. Trees Speak are Daniel Martin Diaz and Damian Diaz from Tucson, Arizona and their music often draws on the cosmic night-time magic of Arizona’s natural desert landscapes. ‘Trees Speak’ relates to the idea of future technologies storing information and data in trees and plants - using them as hard drives – and the idea that Trees communicate collectively.

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

                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                        Barry says: Trees Speak manage to forge the most intricate, spacey German inspired electronica I've heard in a long time. With echoes of Neu and Harmonia, but with a more languid, dusty folk influence. It's a heady and intoxicating combination and PostHuman is a great development of their tried and tested formula. Really lovely stuff.

                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                        1. Double Slit
                                                        2. Glass
                                                        3. Chamber Of Frequencies
                                                        4. Divided Light
                                                        5. Elements Of Matter
                                                        6. Magic Transistor
                                                        7. Scheinwelt
                                                        8. PostHuman
                                                        9. Synthesis
                                                        10. X Zeit
                                                        11. Incandescent Sun
                                                        12. Healing Rods
                                                        13. Steckdose
                                                        14. Amnesia Transmitter
                                                        15. Quantize Humanize
                                                        16. Gläserner Mensch

                                                        Various Artists

                                                        Soul Jazz Records Presents Cold Wave #1

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

                                                          This is the first release of Soul Jazz Records’ new Cold Wave overview and a second volume will follow.

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

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

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

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

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

                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                          Patrick says: Not content with rocking our Piccadilly socks with the angular energy of their contemporary post punk round up, Soul Jazz now take a tour through the modern age of Cold Wave, picking out former Piccadilly records of the week from Krikor, Wang Inc., De Ambassade, Celine Gillain and Krikor. As a result, this whole comp comes most highly recommended from your favourite vinyl hustlers.

                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                          1. Dissemblance – Capture
                                                          2. Carcass Identity – Reflexion Ocean
                                                          3. FIT Siegel – Wayne County Stomp
                                                          4. De Ambassade – Standhouden
                                                          5. Wang Inc. – Approdo
                                                          6. Krikor Kouchian – Niños Matadores
                                                          7. Céline Gillain – Fight Or Flight
                                                          8. Kreidler – Kannibal
                                                          9. Moisture – Gammut
                                                          10. Violent Quand On Aime – Of Course I’m A Liar

                                                          Marcia Griffiths

                                                          Feel Like Jumping

                                                            First in a brand-new series of all-time Studio One party bombs which is now available for the first time ever on loud 12”. Marcia Griffiths’ "Feel Like Jumping" is a stone cold classic, one of the best reggae songs ever made.100% essential monster tune that rocks any dancefloor!

                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                            1. Marcia Griffiths - Feel Like Jumping
                                                            2. Dub Specialist - Feel Like Jumping Part 2

                                                            Various Artists

                                                            Soul Jazz Records Presents: Deutsche Elektronische Musik 4: Experimental German Rock And Electronic Music 1971-83

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

                                                              This new Soul Jazz release features many of the classic German electronic and Krautrock groups from the 1970s and 1980s, including Can, Amon Düül II, Harmonia, Conrad Schnitzler, Agitation Free and Roedelius, as well as a host of lesser known artists such as Dzyan, Klaus Weiss, Gruppe Between and many more.

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

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

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

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

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

                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                              Barry says: I really can't get enough of these compilations. Superb, unheard of gems mixed in with some undeniable classics, and presented beautifully in true Soul Jazz style. Unsurprisingly brilliant.

                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                              1. Alex – Patella Black
                                                              2. Klaus Weiss – Driving Sequences
                                                              3. Can – I'm So Green
                                                              4. Agitation Free – Laila, Part II
                                                              5. Deutsche Wertarbeit – Guten Abend, Leute
                                                              6. Amon Düül II – Wolf City
                                                              7. Michael Rother – Flammende Herzen
                                                              8. Klaus Weiss – Pink Sails
                                                              9. Virus – My Strand-Eyed Girl
                                                              10. Conrad Schnitzler – Ballet Statique
                                                              11. Kalacakra – Nearby Shiras
                                                              12. EMAK – Tanz In Den Himmel
                                                              13. Et Cetera – Mellodrama 2a
                                                              14. Between – Triumphzug Kaiser Maximilian I
                                                              15. Roedelius – Halmharfe
                                                              16. Dzyan – Dragonsong
                                                              17. Harmonia – Deluxe (Immer Wieder)
                                                              18. Günter Schickert – Suleika
                                                              19. Witthüser & Westrupp – Schöpfung (1. Mose 1)

                                                              Inell Young

                                                              The Next Ball Game (Love Record Stores Edition)

                                                                Love Record Stores Edition available from 9am on Saturday June 20th.
                                                                Limited to one per person.


                                                                Here is our 2nd Killer New Orleans Funk £200+ Bomb!

                                                                Featuring Inell Young's searing vocal performance

                                                                + James Black's seriously awesome drumming

                                                                + Eddie Bo arrangement and production!

                                                                100% Essential!

                                                                Lloyd McNeill

                                                                Elegia

                                                                  Soul Jazz Records release flautist Lloyd McNeill’s album ‘Elegia’ (1980). Originally released on the artists’ own private press Baobab label in New York, the album is a serious collector’s piece, a heavyweight and fascinating fusion of deep spiritual jazz with Brazilian and rhythms and melodies. The album has been out of print for nearly 40 years.

                                                                  This groundbreaking album is the culmination of Lloyd McNeill’s many years involved with Brazilian musicians and features the great percussionist Nana Vasconcelos alongside fellow Brazilian’s Portinho and Dom Salvador alongside US jazz musicians including bassist Cecil McBee.

                                                                  In a 50-year musical career, McNeill has worked with many artists including Nina Simone, Eric Dolphy, Mulatu Asatke and Sabu Martinez.

                                                                  McNeill grew up during the era of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s and his life and work is a reflection of those ideals. All of his music was only ever 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 - and there is a beautiful spirituality in all his music.

                                                                  In the late 1960s McNeill became a teacher of both jazz and painting at the New Thing Art and Architecture Center in Washington and in 1969 was the first African-American professor hired to teach African-American Music History, at Rutgers University.

                                                                  This is the fifth Lloyd McNeill album that Soul Jazz Records have released and follows on from the recent release of ‘Treasures’ (1976) and the earlier albums ‘Asha’ (1969), ‘Tanner Suite’ (1969) and ‘Washington Suite’ (1970), all of which are being re-pressed to coincide with this new release.

                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                  Samba For The Animals
                                                                  Behind The Wind (Flute Solo)
                                                                  Asha II
                                                                  Elegiac Suite For Elizabeth
                                                                  A) Time
                                                                  B) The Mighty River
                                                                  C) The Wind
                                                                  Striped Pants (With Cadenza)
                                                                  Memory Cycle


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