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Brazil Funk Power - Brazilian Funk & Samba Soul

Soul Jazz are really going for it with the 7" box sets this year and the latest is this celebration of Brazilian Funk and Samba Soul. There are ten hypnotic samba, boogie and funk track from the likes of Jorge Ben, Azymuth, Donato, Tim Maia, Novos Baianos and Cassiano all remastered and presented in a heavyweight box. 
  • Vinyl 7" box set (SJR454)
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Theon Cross / Pokus
Candace of Meroe / Pokus One

Kaleidoscope is an album on the Soul Jazz label, showcasing the wealth of talent in the burgeoning new UK jazz scene. Here we have a one-off pressing of a 12” released alongside the album featuring a track each by tuba player and composer, Theon Cross and Pokus who feature members of Ill Considered and Dave De Rose of Agile Experiment. .

Kaleidoscope - New Spirits Known and Unknown

You can always trust a Soul Jazz compilation and Kaleidoscope – New Spirits Known and Unknown is no different. You may be forgiven for think that jazz was invented in London in about 2017 such is the excitement over a treasure trove of new artists in recent years. This compilation seeks to present to you the best bits from deep jazz cuts to wilful experimentation to deep soul. Comes with extensive liner notes and photos. A good as any a place to begin your discovery. 

Black Riot: Early Jungle, Rave and Hardcore

Black Riot: Early Jungle, Rave and Hardcore is a new compilation from Soul Jazz Records. It brings together a bunch of seriously dark and heavy ragga-infused hardcore jungle tracks from the start of the 1990s. Acts such as Levictus and Krome & Time, Babylon Timewarp, Trip One and Rhythm for Reason feature. Initial copies come with a mini graphic novel (be quick if you want one of those).

Trees Speak

Do trees speak? They kind of whisper I suppose. Trees Speak are that rarest of things  - a new band on Soul Jazz. The label has impeccable taste though so we should trust them on this especially as the contents are said to resemble a cross between Can and Liquid Liquid. In fact the band blend Krautrock, post-punk, kosmische and jazz  influences into a seamless new brew that is sure to win them a host of new fans.  

Kollington Ayinla and His Fuji '78 Organisation

The first in a new series of re-issues from Soul Jazz Records specifically of Afrobeat records previously only released in Nigeria. Blessing, originally released in 1978 by Kollington Ayinla and His Fuji '78 Organisation, is a brilliant example of the country’s Fuji style, giving the sub-genre a contemporary twist with the use of synths and guitars to make something amazingly danceable. A real lost diamond. 

APALA: Apala Groups in Nigeria 1967-70

Apala is the music of Nigeria’s Yourba people. Apala: Apala Groups in Nigeria 1967-70 is the first time a compilation of Apala music has been released outside of Nigeria. The music’s main characteristics are the hypnotic rhythms brought about by the powerful drumming, nasal singing and the Agdigbo, or thumb piano. Other African musical styles are more well known in the West such as Fuji, Highlife, Juju and Afrobeat, but Apala is regarded as more of a roots or neo-traditional form of music. On Soul Jazz.

Alton Ellis / Soul Vendors
I'm Still In Love / Just A Bit Of Soul

You'll know Alton Ellis' I'm Still In Love With You as it is one of the most famous Jamaican songs in its rich history and forms the basis of Althea and Donna’s 1997 smash Uptown Top Ranking. Here you get the original 7" version cut loud onto 12" and backed by Soul Vendors’ Just A Bit Of Soul which features none other than Jackie Mitoo. Two choice cuts from the good people at Soul Jazz.  

SPACE FUNK - Afro-Futurist Electro Funk in Space 1976-84

Technology fuses with funk on this incredible compilation from Soul Jazz Records - SPACE FUNK - Afro-Futurist Electro Funk in Space 1976-84 collects all manner of rare slices of rampaging future-funk from tiny independent labels. Indies-only 2xLP version comes with a bonus four-track 7” single. 

Horace Andy / Im and The Agg
Fever / The Flue

Fever by Jamaican roots reggae legend Horace Andy was originally released in 1973. This version of the classic party starter also features a remix, known as The Flue, by late jamaican saxophonist Cedric Im Brooks. Apart from being a legend in his own right, Horace Andy found new fans through his work with Massive Attack in the 1990s and 2000s.

Steve Reid

Soul Jazz do the decent thing and re-issue Rhythmatism, the second album from drummer extraordinaire Steve Reid. You may know him from his later work with Kieran Hebden (Four Tet) but Steve Reid has worked with everyone from Sun Ra to Miles Davis to Fela Kuti *and* he's ben in jail? Have you? Actually don't answer that question. Also in a clever twist Soul Jazz just about describes the contents of this 1976 era album.  

Nigeria Soul Power 70 - Afro-Funk, Afro-Rock, Afro-Disco

Originally released as a 7” singles box set, Nigeria Soul Power 70 finally gets a re-issue that’s befitting of the legendary status that the original release has among fans. Concentrating on the funk, rock and disco scenes in Nigeria during the Seventies, particularly focussing on the output of the group known as Wings / BAF Wings, an army band that formed during the Biafran Civil War, it’s an expanded re-issue delivered by Soul Jazz on deluxe slipcase CD or double vinyl. 

Congo Revolution – Revolutionary and Evolutionary Sounds from the Two Congos 1955-62

With political revolution etched into the soul of this heavyweight vinyl, 'Congo Revolution...' focusses on the eruption of music that occurred in the run up to independence in 1960. Just as mouthwatering is the 50-page booklet included, which contextualises the interwoven nature of the social and musical zeitgeist during this time.

Willie Williams
Armagideon Time (Disco Mix)

A special 12” re-issue of Willie Williams’ 1979 classic ‘Armagideon Time’ - the rarely seen extended Disco Mix, no less - on Soul Jazz Records. Famously sampled by rapper KRS One and covered by The Clash as the B-side to ‘London Calling’, this Coxsone Dodd-produced rager is a roots reggae staple. 

Lloyd McNeill

Soul Jazz Records’ run of Lloyd McNeill reissues bears more fruit with a remastered edition of 1980’s Elegia. A private-press LP that has been out of print for close to four decades, Elegia is another elegant set of spiritual jazz from the underrated McNeill. Some tracks show off Brazilian and Latin influences, while album centrepiece ‘Elegiac Suite For Elizabeth’ is a gorgeous blend of Claude Debussy, John Coltrane and Nina Simone.

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.

Samba De Flora

Airto is one of the most revered Brazilian percussionists having worked with everyone up to and including Miles Davis. Samba De Flora is his 1988 album that fuses Brazilian samba and bossa nova with jazz. Despite being incredibly well regarded it had been out of print until Soul Jazz Records intervened.

Airto Moreira, Flora Purim & Sergio Mendes
Brazil USA 70: Brazilian Music in the USA in the 1970s

Reissues of music by Brazilian or Brazilian-diaspora artists are quite in vogue at the moment, but no genre revival is truly complete until Soul Jazz Records have got in on the act. Their hat-in-the-ring is a compilation of tracks made by Brazilians who emigrated the United States in the 1970’s, as the title Brazil USA 70: Brazilian Music in the USA in the 1970s should make clear. Sergio Mendes, Milton Nascimento and Flora Purim are among the featured artists.

Lloyd McNeill

Soul Jazz Records reissue another LP from the notable Lloyd McNeill. After putting out new editions of Asha, Tanner Suite and Washington Suite the label now dusts off 1976’s private press album Treasures. This is ebullient, flowing music that incorporates elements of various jazzes - spiritual, Latin and soul being the most prominent. McNeill’s glorious flute playing ties the thing together. Treasures is one to file next to those recent Horace Tapscott reissue that we got so excited about a few weeks back.

Keith Haring: The World of Keith Haring

Keith Haring’s influence on popular culture is so profound that it’s strange to think that, at one point, he was just some dude in New York City with a few cans of paint. That NYC is captured in The World Of Keith Haring, another fabulous compilation from Soul Jazz Records. All the sounds of Haring’s city are represented here, from the house of Paradise Garage to the Mudd Club’s no-wave and the electro/hip-hop sound that was all over the streets. Sylvester, Talking Heads (CD only) and Yoko Ono are but three of the artists featured on The World Of Keith Haring.

Fashion Records: Style & Fashion

A celebration of the legendary Fashion Records on who else but Soul Jazz. Fashion were almost unique among reggae labels, their sights being set squarely on the UK and not Jamaica. The compilation features legends like General Levy and Cutty Ranks. There's also a fewer smaller names on here, but the suffice to say, it all rules.

Horace Tapscott with the Pan-Afrikan Peoples Arkestra
Horace Tapscott with the Pan-Afrikan Peoples Arkestra Live At I.U.C.C.

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Bunny Lee: Dreads Enter the Gates with Praise – The Mighty Striker Shoots the Hits!

The latest compilation to be spawned by the long, fruitful union of Studio One and Soul Jazz Records is a set that focuses on the great Bunny Lee. Along with his band The Aggrovators, the ‘Striker’ has cut more than 2,000 records over the course of his career. Dreads Enter The Gates With Praise - The Mighty Striker Shoots The Hits! showcases a handful of Lee’s early successes. Featuring artists such as Johnny Clarke, King Tubby and Prince Jazzbo, Dreads Enter The Gates… also includes extensive sleeve notes and an interview with the man himself.

Eddie Russ
Fresh Out

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.

Black Man's Pride 3: None Shall Escape The Judgement Of The Almighty

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.

Soul of a Nation: Jazz is the Teacher, Funk is the Preacher - Afro-Centric Jazz, Street Funk and the Roots of Rap in the Black Power Era 1969-75

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.

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

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.

Sugar Minott
Sugar Minott at Studio One

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.

Venezuela 70 Volume 2: Cosmic Visions Of A Latin American Earth

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.

A Certain Ratio
The Graveyard and The Ballroom

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Studio One: Lovers Rock

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.

Chris Bowden
Time Capsule

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.

Poor Boy Rappers
The D.J. Rap

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.

Poor Boy Rappers
Low Rider Rap

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.

Studio One Freedom Sounds: Studio One In The 1960s

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...

Black Man's Pride 2: Righteous Are The Sons And Daughters Of Jah

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.

Nigeria Fuji Machine
Synchro Sound System & Power

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.

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

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.

Konkere Beats
Yoruba! Songs & Rhythms For The Yoruba Gods In Nigeria

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. 

Hieroglyphic Being
The Red Notes

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.


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.

Deutsche Elektronische Musik 3: Experimental German Rock And Electronic Music 1971-81

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!

Calypso: Musical Poetry In The Caribbean 1955-69

Some sunny rhythms on Calypso: Musical Poetry In The Caribbean 1955 - 69. This compilation charts some of the genres most successful artists and groups. With all the effortless swinging grooves, funky brass, playful percussion and good time vocals you could want. This has been loving put together by the revivalists down at Soul Jazz records onto vinyl LP and CD, so there's no excuses.

Dancehall: The Rise Of Jamaican Dancehall Culture

Dancehall: The Rise of Jamaican Dancehall Culture is a pretty definitive jog through the history of Dancehall spread across three LPs or 2 CDs.. Artists include Yellowman, Tenor Saw, Sister Nancy, Ini Kamoze, Chaka Demus & Pliers, Michigan & Smiley, Super Cat, Cutty Ranks, Eek-A- Mouse, Gregory Isaacs and a load more. See what I mean about definitive? Good. On Soul Jazz.

Studio One: Black Man's Pride

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.

STUDIO ONE Supreme: Maximum 70s and 80s Early Dancehall Sounds

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

Soul Of A Nation: Afro-Centric Visions in the Age of Black Power - Underground Jazz, Street Funk & The Roots of Rap 1968-79

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.

Space, Energy & Light: Experimental Electronic And Acoustic Soundscapes 1961-88

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.

Freddie McGregor / Dub Specialist
Bobby Bobylon / Hi Fashion Dub

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.

Sound Dimension
Soulful Strut / Time Is Tight

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.

The Abyssinians
Declaration Of Rights / Declaration Of Rights (Version)

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.

Studio One Scorcher

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.

Studio One Soul 2

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.

BOOMBOX 2: Early Independent Hip Hop, Electro And Disco Rap 1979-83

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.

Vodou Drums in Haiti 2: The Living Gods of Haiti – 21st Century Ritual Drums & Spirit Possession

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.

HUSTLE! Reggae Disco - Kingston, London, New York

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.

Celestial Vibration

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. 

KaS Product
Black & Noir - Mutant Synth-Punk from France 1980-83

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

‘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. 

STUDIO ONE Rocksteady 2: The Soul Of Young Jamaica - Rocksteady, Soul And Early Reggae At Studio One

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.

Betty Harris
The Lost Queen Of New Orleans Soul

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.

Tee Mac featuring Marjorie Barnes
Night Illusion

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. 

NIGERIA SOUL FEVER - Afro Funk, Disco And Boogie: West African Disco Mayhem!

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.

Nigeria Freedom Sounds! Calypso, Highlife, Juju & Apala: Popular Music and The Birth of Independent Nigeria 1960-63

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.

Coxsone's Music 2: The Sound Of Young Jamaica - More Early Cuts From The Vaults Of Studio One 1959-63

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. 

VENEZUELA 70: Cosmic Visions Of A Latin American Earth - Venezuelan Experimental Rock In The 1970s

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.

Studio One Dub Fire Special

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!

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.

BOOMBOX: Early Independent Hip Hop, Electro and Disco Rap 1979-82

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.

PUNK 45: Chaos In The City Of Angels And Devils - Hollywood From X To Zero & Hardcore On The Beaches: Punk In Los Angeles 1977-81

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.

Dub Specialist / Alton Ellis
Dub Creation / Alton's Groove

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.

New York Noise: Dance Music From The New York Underground 1977-1982

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.

Leroy Sibbles / Norma Frazier
Express Yourself / Respect

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.  

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

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.

100% Dynamite! Ska, Soul, Rocksteady and Funk in Jamaica

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.

Rastafari: The Dreads Enter Babylon 1955-83 - From Nyabinghi, Burro and Grounation to Roots and Revelation

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.

Sounds Of The Universe: Art + Sound

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.

Nu Yorica! Culture Clash In New York City: Experiments In Latin Music 1970-77

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.

Popol Vuh

‘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.

PUNK 45: Burn, Rubber City, Burn - Akron, Ohio: Punk and the Decline of the Mid-West 1975-80

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.

PUNK 45: Extermination Nights in the Sixth City - Cleveland, Ohio: Punk and the Decline of the Mid-West 1975-82

While the first two Punk 45 collections concentrated on ‘America’ and ‘Britain’ respectively, this release is one of two that burrow down deep into the punk of a specific city at a specific time. Here, we have 7 years in the punk-life of Cleveland, Ohio. With bands you know (Pere Ubu), and plenty you don’t, this is a real insight.

90 Degrees of Shade: Hot Jump-Up Island Sounds From The Caribbean - Mambo, Calypso, Goombay, Mento, Merengue, Cult and Compas Music

Compilation of various Caribbean musical styles and flavours from the 50s and 60s, brought to you by Soul Jazz records. Featuring artists from Cuba, Haiti, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and Jamaica, and an impressively ecclectic mix of Calypso, Mento (early Jamaican reggae), mambo and more. Available on heavyweight double vinyl gatefold or CD. 

Soul Jazz Records Present
90 Degrees of Shade: Image and Identity in the West Indies: Over 100 Years of Photography in the Caribbean

'90 Degrees Of Shade: Image and Identity In The West Indies' encompasses a century of Caribbean history in an extensive collection of photography that attempts to show the region in every little and significant detail, from its political and colonial fractures to its independence. The book was compiled by Paul Gilroy.

Tradisyon Ka
Soul Jazz Records Presents Gwo Ka: Music Of Guadeloupe, West Indies

Soul Jazz continue their study of classic Caribbean sounds here with an LP from Tradisyon Ka, a contemporary example of the Gwo Ka music of Guadeloupe. In a region populated largely by the ancestors of forcibly relocated African slaves, Guadeloupe is unusual in that it is still a Euro-spending, croissant-eating department of France, and the Gwo Ka style mixes African polyrhythms and call-and-response vocals with elements of the French chanson style.

No Seattle: Forgotten Sounds Of The North-West Grunge Era 1986-97

If you're a grunge fanatic and feel like learning everything you could possibly learn about the North-West scene that graced the world from the late 80s right through to the decline of the 90s, you should probably listen to 'No Seattle: Forgotten Sounds Of The North-West Grunge Era 1986-97'. This massive collection brings together and maps the bands that played in Washington and places them in history, featuring interviews and profiles on artists as well as their songs.

Black Fire! New Spirits! Images of A Revolution - Radical Jazz in the USA 1960-75

This beautiful Soul Jazz book documents a time of furious change within African-American culture, in which radical politics, spirituality and new-found artistic freedom converged to create some of the most astonishing music ever performed. Among its hundreds of photographs from the late 1960s and early 1970s are iconic images of Ornette Coleman, Alice Coltrane, Pharoah Sanders, Cecil Taylor and more. A fascinating look at an unrepeatable era. 192pp large format deluxe hardback.

Arthur Russell
The World Of Arthur Russell

The World of Arthur Russell is the 2004 compilation which captures the breadth of Russell’s musical capabilities. From the banging New York disco cuts, to his more introspective and experimental cello-centric songs, Soul Jazz have created something for both long-time fans and interested beginners.

Travelling / Static

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Come Away With ESG

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Opal Rush

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