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None indeed. Soul Jazz Records have re-released so many great records from the Studio One archives over the past God-knows-how-many years, but even by their standards the label’s recent Black Man’s Pride series has seen them unearth some gems. The third instalment in the run, None Shall Escape The Judgement Of The Almighty, is another stonking collection of Rasta classics. Features cuts from Horace Andy, Sugar Minott, Freddie McGregor and many more.
- Vinyl Double LP (SJRLP421)
Steve Reid featuring the Master Brotherhood
Steve Reid is a jazz drummer of some repute. Some would say he’s the BEST drummer full stop. After starting his career drumming on Motown records he went on to play with a stellar cast of Jazz, soul and world musicians. Miles Davis, Sun Ra, James Brown and Fela Kuti are just some of the names who have benefited from his beats. In the mid-2000s he collaborated with Kieran Hebden, AKA Four Tet. He died in 2010. Nova was his debut album. Reissue LP and CD on Soul Jazz.
Eddie Russ played piano with some jazz greats in the ’60s such as Sarah Vaughan, Stan Getz and Dizzy Gillespie. In the late ‘60s he moved into jazz fusion territory and was a major figure in the Detroit jazz underground. Deep Jazz classic, Fresh Out, was his debut solo LP. Reissue LP and CD on Soul Jazz Records.
Soul Of A Nation: Jazz Is The Teacher, Funk Is The Preacher is the companion compilation to Art In The Age Of Black Power, an exhibition held at the Tate Modern in 2017. Both celebrate the work of the 60s and 70s African American avant-garde. These artists influenced and were influenced by the Black Power movement and so represent a key musical moment in history. Features Funkadelic, The Art Ensemble of Chicago and more. On Soul Jazz.
- Vinyl Triple LP (SJRLP423)
While their mammoth Studio One reissues project remains the jewel in Soul Jazz Records crown, the label have also done a decent job of shining new light on some lost classics of British reggae. Their latest release is a compilation of tracks by pioneering lovers rock group Brown Sugar. With the help of Dennis Bovell this South London trio - who included one Carol Simms - topped the charts in the late 1970’s with singles like the eponymous ‘I’m In Love With A Dreadlocks’. This album brings together some of their hits, dubs and extended mixes with interviews with Bovell, group member Pauline Catlin and others. I’m In Love With A Dreadlocks is another fine bit of excavation from Soul Jazz.
- Vinyl Double LP (SJRLP420)
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Reissue of Soul Jazz’s 2005 Sugar Minott compilation here. Minott’s name alone should be enough to get you going if you have even a passing interest in Jamaican music, but for the cheap seats - the late Minott is a legend of reggae who, among the many other things he achieved in a career that spanned over four decades, was a key player in the early years of both the dancehall and Lovers Rock styles. Sugar Minott At Studio One collates some of the fine tunes he cut for Studio One Records back in the 1970s.
- Vinyl Double LP (SJRLP104)
A potent selection of music from 1970’s Venezuela that you probably haven’t heard before unless you are a collector or a Venezuelan. Subtitled Cosmic Visions Of A Latin American Earth, this splendidly curated suite features really out-there joy music in the forms of prog, avant-disco, funk, jazz-rock and more besides, most of it very rare indeed.
- Vinyl Double LP (SJRLP419)
The Graveyard and the Ballroom was the very first album released by A Certain Ratio. It was recorded by legendary producer Martin Hannett and shows the band in their beginning stages, starting to perfect the danceable post-punk that yielded true rewards on their follow up opus To Each. Re-issue on Mute.
- Vinyl LP (LSTUMM406)
- Coloured vinyl
The noble tradition of Lovers Rock has been given relatively little attention by Soul Jazz Records during the label’s excellent Studio One reissue series. This compilation of some classic lights-down-low reggae goes some way to righting the balance. We’ve an excellent selection of tunes here - cuts from heavyweight talents such as Marcia Griffiths and Horace Andy sit alongside rare gems like The Invaders’ coveted ‘Sweet Soul Rocking’. Liner notes are provided by Lloyd Bradley.
- Vinyl Double LP (SJRLP422)
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Originally released in 1996, Time Capsule by Chris Bowden is truly an album that has easily withstood the test of time. Some 22 years later, its influence and legacy are still being heard in the music of a new generation of UK jazzers: Shabaka Hutchings, Yussef Kamaal and Nubya Garcia being but a few. The record was a result of listening to the spiritual and avant-garde sounds of jazz in the late '60s and '70s: Alice Coltrane, Pharoah Sanders, Don Cherry -- mixed with the modern classical -- Stravinsky, Glass, Reich. High quality music given a high-spec remaster for 2018. On gatefold double LP and slipcase CD on Soul Jazz records.
- Vinyl Double LP (SJRLP410)
Old-school hip-hop single, back when rap was still straightforward. With a tight electro beat, The D.J. Rap is something of an early shout-out to the West-Coast G-funk, more than a decade prior. Poor Boy Rappers only released 2 singles in their day, each going for around a 1000 quid--until this reissue, of course.
When your original 1982 pressing is going for a grand on Discogs, it may well be time to consider a repress. Thus, for a limited time only, Poor Boy Rapper is no longer only available to Rich Boy Record Collectors. The track itself is a nice, LCR-mixed gem of 1980s narrative rap, with that classic, funky b-boy/girl rhythm.
- Vinyl 12" (SJR417-12)
- Limited edition
Another month, another fab Studio One compilation on Soul Jazz. This one focuses on the label’s successes in the 1960’s, a period when Clement ‘Sir Coxsone’ Dodd helmed an operation that was the Jamaican equivalent of Motown. The tunes they were cutting were just as hot as the Motor City label's, too, something evidenced by the A-grade list of artists on Studio One Freedom Sounds. Bob Marley & The Wailers, Alton Ellis, Peter Tosh, Jackie Mittoo, we could go on and on...
- Vinyl Double LP (SJRLP415)
- Vinyl 7" box set (SJR408)
- Limited edition
Soul Jazz have picked out ten fiery classics from the Studio One archives. And rather than putting them all on CD, they’ve elected to simulate the original 45 single experience by spreading the tracks over five 7”s. Thought sold-out in the Record Store Day 2015 rush, we’ve found just a few more copies, so hurry if you fancy it!
Soul Jazz Records with yet another compilation of gems from the Studio One archives. The second record in their Black Man’s Pride series once again focuses on the cream of Clement ‘Sir Coxsone’ Dodd’s roots reggae crop. Righteous Are The Sons And Daughters Of Jah features classics by the likes of Alton Ellis and Jackie Mittoo as well as crucial rarities from Horace Andy and Willie William. The extensive sleeve notes are worth a read too.
- Vinyl Double LP (SJRLP414)
Nigeria Fuji Machine is a grouping of high-powered drummers and singers in Lagos, performing the popular Yoruba Nigerian music named Fuji. Fuji is a thrilling, super-percussive sound, that is highly popular in Nigeria but somewhat overlooked in the West in favour of highlife and the like. Correct this now, with Synchro Sound System & Power, a newly recorded set on Soul Jazz.
- Vinyl LP (SJRLP412)
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And so Soul Jazz move swiftly on, to the third volume in their ongoing BOOMBOX series; they have unearthed even more early indie hip-hop and electro gems here. Boombox 3 features a string of amazing, near-unknown New York rap artists, classic breaks, proto-electro and more. Reaching the early 1980s and now the first rap tunes outside New York emerge: Los Angeles, Houston and Milwaukee are all represented. Presented as a double CD pack with 44-page outsize booklet and slipcase, or as a heavyweight triple vinyl (plus download code) with extensive sleeve-notes.
- Vinyl Triple LP (SJRLP411)
Soul Jazz have always excelled at putting together super-strong compilations of the finest old sounds, especially when it comes to reggae and dancehall. But sometimes you want to be able to spin the tunes old-school: one track per 12” side, all ready for DJing. This one will serve you well come the festive season, with Jackie Mittoo’s After Christmas riding alongside Don Drummond’s Heavenless.
The latest epic from Soul Jazz, Yoruba! Songs & Rhythms For The Yoruba Gods In Nigeria was newly recorded in Lagos, Nigeria by Konkere Beats. The record sees an assemblage of master drummers and singers performing polyrhythms; a heap of percussion -- Dundun Bata drums -- and deeply spiritual, sacred songs honouring traditional and ancient Yoruba gods. Complete with a 40-page booklet / gatefold 2LP vinyl set with extensive text and photos on the inners.
- Vinyl Double LP (SJRLP399)
- Vinyl 7" box set (SJR407)
- Limited edition
- Vinyl Double LP (SJRLP409-B)
- Vinyl Double LP (SJRLP409-A)
Prolific producer and DJ Jamal Moss puts out another record under his primary Hieroglyphic Being alias. He expanded his horizons with a collaborative album We Are Not the First in 2015, learning from and working directly with Marshall Allen and JITU Ahn-Sahm-Buhl. He follows it up with a record orbiting the same world: The Red Notes plugs in to the legend and legacy of Blue Note, in particular its hardest shredders Thelonius Monk and John Coltrane, marrying their innovations with Chicago house.
- Vinyl Double LP (SJRLP394)
A snapshot of a time and place of relative obscurity before globalised communication brought geographically disparate musical worlds together. 20 years after it was recorded, 'Brasil' is back on a repress, an essential document featuring a host of incredible musicians eking out the sound of a most vibrant nation.
- Vinyl LP (SJRLP405)
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The third in Soul Jazz Records’ series of compilations exploring multifarious delights in the fertile world of 70s and early 80s German experimental rock, pop and electronic music.
Several familiar names here - Popul Vuh, Cluster, Roedelius, Neu!, La Düsseldorf, Harmonia, and Agitation Free. However this volume delves even further than before into the outer reaches of Krautrock and Kosmische related activity with tracks from A.r. & Machines, Michael Bundt, Achim Reichel, Pyrolator and many more. Triple LP or double CD. Klasse!
- Vinyl Triple LP (SJRLP402)
- Vinyl Triple LP (SJRLP401)
Soul Jazz take another fruitful dip into the amazing archives of Studio One, this time with black pride on their mind. What we have here is premium reggae, with artists like Alton Ellis, Horace Andy and The Heptones all represented, with both fan favourites and obscure cuts included. CD and LP editions with a booklet of context.
- Vinyl Double LP (SJRLP398)
Two names synonymous with vintage Jamaican quality, Soul Jazz and Studio One, unite again for another smash hit compilation. Studio One Supreme: Maximum 70s and 80s Early Dancehall Sounds shows off some of the amazing music created when vocalists like Horace Andy and Alton Ellis converted old rhythms to exciting new purposes with the help of the latest 70’s technology. CD and triple LP editions on Soul Jazz
- Vinyl Triple LP (SJRLP396)
Released in conjunction with a an art exhibition taking place at the Tate and Brooklyn Museum - Soul Of A Nation: Art In The The Age Of Black Power, linking the civil rights movement and the artists that personified it. Compilation including tracks from Gil Scott-Heron, Roy Ayers, David Mcknight, Joe Henderson and many more. Comes with pictures and extensive notes. LP comes with download code.
- Vinyl Double LP (SJRLP393)
Soul Jazz present a carefully-curated selection of forward-pushing experimental electronics from the years 1961 to 1988. Space, Energy & Light, which features music from the likes of Laurie Spiegel, Tod Dockstader and Carl Matthews, is focused on new age, musique concrete, and DIY cassette sound cultures, and is packed with rare gems. Triple LP or single CD on Soul Jazz.
- Vinyl Triple LP (SJRLP392)
Soul Jazz are already known and loved for their authoritative compilation reissues, especially the ones that mine the rich seams of the legendary Studio One Records’ archives. Now they are picking out a few classic cuts and giving them proper 45’ 7” single releases, just like back in the day. This edition in the series is by rocksteady heroes Carlton & The Shoes, featuring their songs Love Me Forever and Never Let Go. Digitally remastered.
Soul Jazz are already known and loved for their authoritative compilation reissues, especially the ones that mine the rich seams of the legendary Studio One Records’ archives. Now they are picking out a few classic cuts and giving them proper 45’ 7” single releases, just like back in the day. This one’s got remastered versions of Freddie McGregor’s Bobby Bobylon and Dub Specialist’s Hi Fashion Dub, both sounding wonderful.
Soul Jazz are already known and loved for their authoritative compilation reissues, especially the ones that mine the rich seams of the legendary Studio One Records’ archives. Now they are picking out a few classic cuts and giving them proper 45’ 7” single releases, just like back in the day. A vocal version of Keep On Moving by Lord Tanamo is here paired with Jackie Mittoo’s Totally Together for a very fine funky disc.
Soul Jazz are already known and loved for their authoritative compilation reissues, especially the ones that mine the rich seams of the legendary Studio One Records’ archives. Now they are picking out a few classic cuts and giving them proper 45’ 7” single releases, just like back in the day. Here we’ve got Sound Dimension’s sweetly soulful cover versions of Soulful Strut and Time Is Tight, by Young Holt and Booker T and The MG’s respectively.
Soul Jazz are already known and loved for their authoritative compilation reissues, especially the ones that mine the rich seams of the legendary Studio One Records’ archives. Now they are picking out a few classic cuts and giving them proper 45’ 7” single releases, just like back in the day. On this particular 45’ we’ve got The Abyssinians’ essential tune Declaration Of Rights, present in both original and Version versions.
Soul Jazz’s superlative catalogue of archival compilations goes deep and wide, but their Studio One series, documenting the musics of the renowned Jamaican label of the same name, remain some of their finest sets. Here we have a reissue of Studio One Groups, focusing on some of the amazing combos that passed through the Studio One doors over the years, including The Maytals, The Heptones and The Gaylads. Double LP reissue.
- Vinyl Double LP (SJRLP151)
- Limited edition
Soul Jazz’s superlative catalogue of archival compilations goes deep and wide, but their Studio One series, documenting the musics of the renowned Jamaican label of the same name, remain some of their finest sets. Reissued here is Studio One Kings, which features blinding tracks from Burning Spear, Alton Ellis, Horace Andy… Double LP reissue with remastered audio.
- Vinyl Double LP (SJRLP156)
- Limited edition
Soul Jazz’s superlative catalogue of archival compilations goes deep and wide, but their Studio One series, documenting the reggae-derived musics of the renowned Jamaican label of the same name, remain some of their finest sets. Reissued here is Studio One Scorcher, a hot suite of instrumentals from the likes of Jackie Mittoo and The Soul Vendors. Triple LP reissue.
- Vinyl Triple LP (SJRLP067)
- Limited edition
Soul Jazz’s superlative catalogue of archival compilations goes deep and wide, but their Studio One series, documenting the music of the renowned Jamaican label of the same name, remain some of their finest sets. Here we have a reissue of Studio One Soul 2, digging into the sweet and soulful corners of that fine fine archives. Think Horace Andy, Prince Jazzbo, and Hortense Ellis. Double LP reissue.
- Vinyl Double LP (SJRLP128)
- Limited edition
Soul Jazz Records knock Record Store Day out of the park with this box of 7”s. 5 different artists, two tracks a piece, remastered and reissued in full glory. Tracks from Arnold Blair, Brief Encounter, Johnny Adams, Norma Jean, and Richard Brown. Some incredible rare and long out of print 70s soul for your soothing.
- Vinyl 7" box set (SJR378)
- Limited edition
Soul Jazz delve into the buzzing world of early hip-hop, choosing records from the period 1979 to 1983 for your present day delectation. BOOMBOX 2: Early Independent Hip Hop, Electro And Disco Rap is full of funky-fresh delights from the likes of Harlem World Crew, Busy Bee and MC Rock Lovely. 2CD and 3CD editions on Soul Jazz.
- Vinyl Triple LP (SJRLP370)
- Vinyl Double LP (SJRLP173)
- Limited edition
The Lloyd McNeill Quartet
Soul Jazz follow up on the 1996 album Vodou Drums In Haiti 1, with a new instalment, recorded in Port-Au-Prince with the same ensemble, the Drummers of the Société Absolument Guinin. The intensely interweaved patterns make for a very special listen, whether or not you are familiar with the underlying rituals. The Living Gods Of Haiti - 21st Century Ritual Drums & Spirit Possession is available in CD and double LP editions.
- Vinyl Double LP (SJRLP371)
Here's a real favourite from the remarkable compilations catalogue of Soul Jazz: a set of funk & soul classics reimagined as reggae disco cuts. Some of the tracks on HUSTLE! Reggae Disco - Kingston, London, New York might be familiar to habitual Grand Theft Auto players, but this is music that makes an immediate impact. This 2017 reissue has been expanded to include five extra tracks! CD / triple LP on Soul Jazz.
- Vinyl Triple LP (SJRLP368)
The endearing and inspiring Laraaji started glowing with Celestial Vibration, his first record, which was originally released on the edge of the '70s under his other name, Edward Larry Gordon. It's a stunning show of his early innovations, which have now been basked in as the crowning achievement of a new age renaissance -- his use of arpeggiated zither, circular percussive rhythms and trickling ambience pretty much exists unto no other musician.
Soul Jazz present this compilation made up from early recordings of French experimental synth group KaS Product. Early EPs covering 1980 to 1983, many agree that the duo were leaders of the coldwave genre movement. Expect distorted and speedy drum machines, snarling synths and punk lyricism with riot calling delivery. FFO Suicide, Kleenex and Cabaret Voltaire.
‘New Orleans Soul: The Original Sound of New Orleans Soul 1960-76’ chronologically captures the various sounds of New Orleans soul covering 1960-76. The compilation has been ten years in the making, and features an expansive collection of music: ranging from the deep, gospel soul of Aaron Neville, Willie Tee and Robert Parker, the uptempo infectiousness of Northern Soul to Crescent City’s finest soul sisters - Irma Thomas, Betty Harris, Jean Knight, Inell Young to name but a few. Also features extraordinary lost and rare tracks from this golden era of soul, from artists such as Eddie Bo, Jean Knight, Jimmy Hicks and Francine King.
Presented as a deluxe CD which includes a slipcase and outsize booklet, or as a limited-edition vinyl album with download code, both of which feature extensive liner notes and rare, never before seen photography. Digital download also available.
Another authoritative compilation from Soul Jazz, digging once again into the vaults of the seminal Studio One. Rocksteady 2: The Soul Of Young Jamaica collects the crucial cuts that defined rocksteady and the early reggae sound in the 60’s and early 70’s. Artists include Delroy Wilson, The Heptones, Alton Ellis… CD and double vinyl editions available.
- Vinyl Double LP (SJRLP367)
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Including an array of bands spearheading their scene, such as Marie et Les Garcons, Metal Boys and Fantomes, this offering is a glorious celebration of the first wave of French punk. Brought to you by UK label Soul Jazz Records, the record truly captures the zeitgeist during an anarchic and feral time in music.
- Vinyl Double LP (SJRLP354)
Soul Jazz have always excelled at putting together super-strong compilations of the finest old sounds, especially when it comes to reggae and dancehall. But sometimes you want to be able to spin the tunes old-school: one track per 12” side, all ready for DJing. In which case, good news! A whole set of 12” reissues are landing, including We Need Love / I’ll Be Around by Johnny Osbourne and Otis Gayle respectively.
Soul Jazz always excel at putting together super-strong compilations of the finest old sounds, especially when it comes to reggae and dancehall. But sometimes you want to be able to spin the tunes old-school: one track per 12” side, cut extra deep for full DJ potential. In which case, good news! A whole set of 12” reissues are landing, including this one from Michigan & Smiley on the A, Brentford Disco Set on the B.
The Soul Jazz team head to New Orleans for their latest high-grade compilation of rare old records. Volume 4 of the New Orleans Funk series takes in the period 1951 to 1975, when funky producers like Allen Toussaint and Eddie Bo were in their prime. Excellent music and a history lesson to boot. Voodoo Fire In New Orleans is released as a CD or double LP set.
- Vinyl Double LP (SJRLP355)
Soul Jazz have always excelled at assembling super-strong compilations of the finest old sounds, especially when it comes to reggae and dancehall. But sometimes you want the tracks to stand proudly on their own, on DJ-friendly 12”s. Enter this series of remastered 12” singles! Two great cuts from Johnny Osbourne and Heptones & The Sound Dimension.
Despite working with some of the greatest on the New Orleans scene including Lee Dorsey, The Meters, and Allen Toussaint, Betty Harris never broke through commercially. She retired in 1970 and re-emerged in 2005, here we have a collection of her singles made and released 1964 to 1969. Fiery and soulful funk at it’s very best.
- Vinyl Double LP (SJRLP345)
Soul Jazz were given access to the back catalogue of Studio One Records for this series of reissued 45’s: so that’s highlights of one of the best reggae labels ever, picked out by some of the best selectors. Skylarking / Sky Rhythm is a beautiful classic, featuring the angelic vocals of Horace Andy. Digitally remastered too! 7” on Soul Jazz.
Tee Mac featuring Marjorie Barnes
Originally released in 1980, 'Night Illusion' is an Afro soul classic that's ventured deeper into obscurity over the years, and still remains relatively unknown outside of Nigeria. Once impossibly hard to find - thanks to Soul Jazz Records, the enigmatic Tee Mac and the lost 'Night Illusion' sees the light of day once more for those who missed it first time around.
The weight of fantastic 1970’s Nigerian music being discovered in recent years by non-Nigerians (much of this music was never exported at all) has grown so great that authoritative compilers Soul Jazz have had to step in with this hefty set. Nigeria Soul Fever - Afro Funk, Disco And Boogie: West African Disco Mayhem! delivers on the title’s promise in absolute spades, with killer material spread across 2 CDs or 3 LPs.
- Vinyl Triple LP (SJRLP344)
Brentford All Stars / IM & The Sound Dimension
Greedy G / Love Jah
Soul Jazz were given access to the back catalogue of Studio One Records for this series of reissued 45’s: so that’s highlights of one of the best reggae labels ever, picked out by some of the best selectors. Here, 2 crews face off in friendly competition on different sides of the vinyl: Brentford All Stars field the plenty-sampled breaks of Greedy G, and IM & The Sound Dimension deploy the flute-laden Love Jah. We are all the winners.
Soul Jazz were given access to the back catalogue of Studio One Records for this series of reissued 45’s: so that’s highlights of one of the best reggae labels ever, picked out by some of the best selectors. Here, Dawn Penn’s No, No, No is paired with Ghetto Organ by Jackie Mittoo: both tunes are well worthy of their classic status, and its a treat to have them served up (remastered!) on new vinyl.
Soul Jazz were given access to the back catalogue of Studio One Records for this series of reissued 45’s: so that’s highlights of one of the best reggae labels ever, picked out by some of the best selectors. Feel Like Jumping, presented here in parts one and two, is a lovely laid-back skanking classic from Marcia Griffiths. Digitally remastered reggae goodness.
Soul Jazz were given access to the back catalogue of Studio One Records for this series of reissued 45’s: so that’s highlights of one of the best reggae labels ever, picked out by some of the best selectors. This one is a dubby version of the Chic disco banger I Want Your Love, lovingly performed by Norma White. Digitally remastered too!
After independence came in 1960, Nigeria’s music scene immediately flourished in numerous directions. Nigeria Freedom Sounds! Calypso, Highlife, Juju & Apala: Popular Music and The Birth of Independent Nigeria 1960-63 is one of those reliably stellar Soul Jazz compilations, surveying the period with an expert eye. The double LP vinyl is a beautiful thing, and the CD edition is paired with an informative 48-page book about the music.
- Vinyl Double LP (SJRLP341)
An eclectic compilation showcasing a huge array of musical styles, from jazz and gospel to Jamaican R& B and Rastafarian, 'The Sound of Young Jamaica' is a collection of legendary producer Clement Dodd's early recording work in the 50s and early 60s. Featuring early performances from Bob Marley and the Wailers, plus many more. Out on triple vinyl.
- Vinyl Triple LP (SJRLP332)
Featuring artists not much known outside of the country(Soul Jazz doing what they do best), such as Vytas Brenner, Angel Rada, Pablo Schneider and Miguel Angel Fuster, who through the 70s brought Venezuelan experimental rock to the forefront of experimental by incorporating elements of electronica, funk and jazz. Mirroring the growth in german experimentation at the time, these artists defined Venezuela’s musical mark.
- Vinyl Double LP (SJRLP335)
You know your dub reggae? Then you’ll know about Studio One, one of the true homes of the genre. Studio One Dub Fire Special trawls the studio archives for sterling examples by Brentford All-Stars and Leroy Sibbles, all filtered through the reverbed minds of producers like Scientist. Majestic dub beauty all round. Thanks Soul Jazz!
- Vinyl Double LP (SJRLP324)
Africans With Mainframes
Africans With Mainframes is the pairing of Jamal Moss (aka Hieroglyphic Being) and his Chicago buddy Noleian Reusse. After stacks of quality 12”s over the last decade, 2016 sees the release of their first full-length album, K.M.T., and what a blast it is. The highest grade of experimental acid house, no doubt about it. Out on Soul Jazz.
Soul Jazz continue to do what they do best. BoomBox compiles a load of the small independent beat makers that made up the first wave of hip hop between 1979-1982. This is the sound most will know as Old School. Featuring the likes of Master Jay, Portable Patrole, The Willie Wood Crew, Count Coolout, and Bramsam.
- Vinyl Triple LP (SJRLP334)
Count Ossie died in 1976, but that didn’t stop his Rasta Family from releasing this album in 1983. The exact provenance of the recordings presented on Man From Higher Heights is not entirely clear, but either way, this slab of rhythm-heavy roots music has the Rastafari spirit of the Count firmly intact. Remastered reissue from Soul Jazz.
Disco 2: A Further Fine Selection of Independent Disco, Modern Soul and Boogie 1976-80, to give it its lovely full title, is a premium collection of just that, compiled by the good sorts at Soul Jazz. Plenty of gorgeous material you might not have heard here. Released as two separate double LPs, or as a double CD set.
- Vinyl Double LP (SJRLP311-B)
- Vinyl Double LP (SJRLP311-A)
Another buy-on-sight Soul Jazz compilation. The team have turned their curator’s eye to the explosion of daring, noisy and DIY L.A. hardcore punk music. Between 1977 and 1981 underground punk in Los Angeles thrived, but was ignored by major labels. Not that this stopped any of the groups, including The Flesh Eaters, The Urinals and of course Iggy and the Stooges. PUNK 45: Chaos In The City Of Angels And Devils is an essential introduction to this obscure period.
- Vinyl Double LP (SJRLP329)
The Skatalites were the house band for Studio One Records, which means that they turn up on most of your favourite reggae and ska records whether you know it or not. Independence Ska and the Far East Sound compiles some of the tracks they recorded in their own right, exploring Don Drummond’s ‘far east’ trombone approach. Superlative stuff. Double LP and CD editions on Soul Jazz.
- Vinyl 7" box set (SJR330)
- Limited edition
- Vinyl Double LP (SJRLP375)
Not satisfied with gathering up the finest old singles for their essential compilations, Soul Jazz are now straight-up reissuing the 45’s themselves on 7” vinyl. This selection from the vault of the classic Studio One label includes one sun-bleached cut each from Denise Darlington and Tyrone Taylor. Newly-remastered audio.
Not satisfied with gathering up the finest old singles for their essential CD / vinyl compilations, Soul Jazz are now straight-up reissuing the 45’s themselves, in the same format on which they were originally released. Here’s a pair of classic Studio One reggae cuts, from Dub Specialist and Alton Ellis. 7” vinyl, with newly-remastered audio.
Not satisfied with gathering up the finest old singles for their essential compilations, Soul Jazz are now straight-up reissuing the 45’s themselves on 7” vinyl. This selection from the Studio One vault includes one cut each from Jackie Mittoo and Massive Attack collaborator Horace Andy. Newly-remastered audio.
Not satisfied with gathering up the finest old singles for their essential CD / vinyl compilations, Soul Jazz are now straight-up reissuing the 45’s themselves, on the 7” format they were born for. The Gaylads’ Africa and The Sound Dimension’s Congo Rock are both firm favourites from the historic Studio One Records. Newly-remastered audio.
Count Ossie & The Mystic Revelation Of Rastafari
Tales of Mozambique
Soul Jazz records return with another impeccably curated, designed and pressed package of spiritual reggae and roots music. Tales of Mozambique by Count Ossie & The Mystic Revelation Of Rastafari is a long out of print and groundbreaking set of Rastafarian traditional music that helped lay the foundation for a musical culture. Both CD and double vinyl LP were specially expanded and remastered and come with the usual incredible notes and photos.
Essential reggae / dub / dancehall compiling from Soul Jazz, as you should expect. Studio One Showcase: The Sound Of Studio One in the 1970’s does just that, with artists like Horace Andy, Lone Ranger, The Heptones and plenty more captured at the peak of their powers in the best studio in town. CD or 2LP on Soul Jazz
- Vinyl Double LP (SJRLP326)
Reissue of Soul Jazz’s classic compilation New York Noise: Dance Music From The New York Underground 1977-1982. As the subtitle should signal to you, this is some sharp groovy action, from incredible artists including Theoretical Girls, Dinosaur L and Alan Vega. New tracklist for this reissue, on double LP and on CD.
Some great reggae/dancehall reissues from the great Studio One label, remastered here by the great Soul Jazz Records. Sounds great! Here we have Mr Bassie by Horace Andy backed with Napoleon Solo by Jackie Mittoo. Some classic chilled reggae with head-bobbing organ. Horace Andy's distinctive vocals come to the fore on the track while Mittoo's sound is just perfect for a cocktail down at the sands.
Some great reggae/dancehall reissues from the great Studio One label, remastered here by the great Soul Jazz Records. Sounds great! Here we have Truth & Rights from Johnny Osbourne and Crabwalking from Prince Jazzbo. Truth & Rights is a soulful reggae single with some nice backing vocals and some woozy organ while Crabwalking is an upbeat, fun dancefloor filler.
Some great reggae/dancehall reissues from the great Studio One label, remastered here by the great Soul Jazz Records. Sounds great! Here we have Express Yourself by Leroy Sibbles backed with Respect from Norma Frazier. Leroy Sibbles’ reggae take on the classic tune from Charles Wright & The Watts is an up-beat reggae tune which is a dead cert for dancefloor fun. Norma Frazier’s take on Respect is equally fantastic, with Frazier’s soulful vocals and the perfect reggae instrumentation.
Some great reggae/dancehall reissues from the great Studio One label, remastered here by the great Soul Jazz Records. Sounds great! Here we have Man in the Street by The Skatalites backed with Banana Walk by Dub Specialists. Man in the Street is a brass heavy dancefloor filler, made for knee-bobbing with a bottle of something chilled in ya hand. Banana Walk is a chilled reggae groove with some killer organ.
Previously only available as a CD of only 100 copies, the fantastic Soul Jazz Records bring us The Acid Documents by Hieroglyphic Being on coloured double vinyl LP limited to 1000 copies. The music is a collection of odd-ball, DIY-electronica with echoes of Frankie Knuckles and Sun Ra. Strange, pulsating and enthralling electro.
Coxsone’s Music: The First Recordings of Sir Coxsone the Downbeat 1960-63 is a new compilation that gathers together Jamaican proto-ska, R&B, Jazz, Rastafari and Gospel recorded by Clement Dodd before he founded the legendary Studio One Records. Sir Coxsone The Downbeat was the name of Dodd’s sound system that dominated the jamaican dancehalls in the early ‘60s. This collection shows the influence that American Jazz and R&B had on Jamaican youth. Featuring early recordings by Don Drummond, Roland Alphonso, Derrick Harriott, Owen Gray, Clancy Eccles, Count Ossie, Monty Alexander, The Blues Busters, Ernest Ranglin, Rico Rodriguez and more. Available on two separate double vinyl LPs - part 1 and part 2 and as a 3 CD box set.
- Vinyl Double LP (SJRLP323-B)
- Vinyl Double LP (SJRLP323-A)
100% Dynamite: Ska, Soul, Rocksteady and Funk in Jamaica is apparently the best-selling release on the illustrious Soul Jazz roster, and stands as the seminal example of classic American-influenced Jamaican music. This reissue is specially expanded to include a few extra tracks. Crucial material on CD or double LP.
- Vinyl Double LP (SJRLP321)
Soul Jazz, true pros of the art of the compilation, turn their attention to Rastafari music with Rastafari: The Dreads Enter Babylon 1955-83 - From Nyabinghi, Burro and Grounation to Roots and Revelation. Some fantastic material here: plenty of reggae-originating sounds, but cosmic afro-jazz and other stuff turns up as well.
- Vinyl Double LP (SJRLP312)
The legendary Soul Jazz label here releases two different sets of exclusive tracks: one load from editions formerly limited only to their Sounds of The Universe record store, one load brand new. Major players here: Heatsick, Hieroglyphic Being, Kassem Mosse… Available as a double CD set or as two separate double records.
- Vinyl Double LP (SJRLP307B)
- Vinyl Double LP (SJRLP307A)
Featuring a raft of seminal latin artists such as Eddie Palmieri, Joe Bataan and Machito, Nu Yorica! Culture Clash In New York City: Experiments In Latin Music 1970-77 gets a 20th anniversary reissue in all its fiesty glory. One of the most critically acclaimed releases from the Soul Jazz label, it’s a thoroughly enjoyable romp from a wide range of artists. Out on deluxe 2CD or Vol. 1 & Vol. 2 separate vinyl from Soul Jazz.
‘Kailash’ is a collection of compositions by Florian Fricke of German seventies krautrock band Popol Vuh, who wrote the soundtracks to several cult classic Werner Herzog films including ‘Aguirre The Wrath Of God’, ‘Nosferatu’ and ‘Fitzcaraldo’. The album includes previously unreleased compilation of Fricke’s favourite piano recordings.
Whereas the first two Punk 45 collections focused on categories as broad as ‘America’ and ‘Britain’, this release is one of two that closely document specific scenes: here, we have 5 years in the punk-life of Akron, Ohio. Typically lovely Soul Jazz cover art and liner notes, and a whole host of amazing music, including Devo.
- Vinyl Double LP (SJRLP299)
Another sterling compilation from Soul Jazz, this one delving into rocksteady, soul, and early forms of reggae. You know that these guys can curate a comp, and sure enough Studio One Rocksteady is fully stocked with classic sounds, from the likes of Alton Ellis, John Holt, and The Heptones. Great as an intro, or for the hardcore.
- Vinyl Double LP (SJRLP277)
- Vinyl Double LP (SJRLP248)