Various Artists Soul Jazz Records Presents... Brazilian Funk Power - Brazilian Funk & Samba Soul [RSD20] Soul Jazz Records 7" Pre-Order
Various Artists Soul Jazz Records Presents Studio One Rockers [RSD20] Soul Jazz Records LP Pre-Order
Various Artists Soul Jazz Records Presents Studio One 007 - Licenced to Ska [RSD20] Soul Jazz Records 7" Pre-Order
Kollington Ayinla and His Fuji '78 Organisation Blessing This is the first in Soul Jazz Records’ new series of one-off pressings of limited-edition 1000 copies vinyl-only releases of Afro-funk/Afro-beat exact-replica, super-rare albums that were previously only ever released in Nigeria. The series starts with Kollington Ayinla’s celebrated 1978 album ‘Blessing,’ a rare lost classic of Nigerian Fuji music, featuring Ayinla’s sharp political lyrics together with his new band Fuji ’78. ‘Blessing’ blends the heavily percussive style of Fuji music with a stunning array of modern instruments, including synthesizers, Bata drums and guitars, to create one of the most forward-thinking and heavily danceable sounds ever to come out of Nigeria – a highly successful mixture of profound Fuji rhythms and Fela Kuti-style Afrobeat. Kollington Ayinla ranks alongside his friend and competitor Ayinde Barrister as the two most important artists to dominate Fuji music from its inception in the 1970s through to the 1990s by which time it had grown to become one of the most popular dance genres in Nigeria. At the start of the 1980s Ayinla started his own record company, Kollington Records, to release his music and remains to this day an extremely prolific artist, having recorded over 50 albums, most of which have never been released outside of Nigeria. Soul Jazz Records LP
Jackie Mittoo Oboe / Wall Street Two highly sought-after tracks from Jackie Mittoo’s legendary Showcase album, originally released on Studio One in 1980. Hypnotic, blissed-out funky reggae from Jamaica's finest - Bagga Walker on bass, Leroy ‘Horsemouth’ Wallace on drums, Ernest Ranglin on guitar and, of course, the inimitable Jackie Mittoo on keyboards. Cut super loud, it’s almost impossible to find a copy of this album and if you did it would set you back hundreds of pounds. Housed in a heavyweight card Studio One sleeve, these won’t be around for long. Soul Jazz Records
Soul Jazz Records presents BLACK RIOT: Early Jungle, Rave and Hardcore Soul Jazz Records Presents Soul Jazz Records’ ‘Black Riot: Early Jungle, Rave and Hardcore’ is a brand new collection of heavyweight raggainfluenced hardcore jungle tracks from the early 1990s. Dark and heavy. Featuring classic and seminal tracks from the likes of Levictus and Krome & Time alongside a host of rare and little-known ragga and junglist hardcore tunes, featuring the likes of Babylon Timewarp’s hypnotic ‘Durban Poison’, Rhythm For Reasons’ mad ‘The Smokers Rhythm’, The Freaky rave-y breakbeat sound of ‘Time and Age’, Trip One’s super dark ‘Snowball’ and loads more. Expect super heavy basslines, equally heavy twisted ‘Amen’ drum loops, even heavier ragga vocals. Original jungle style - roots and culture - from the earliest days of drum and bass. Included with the first edition of the ‘Black Riot’ vinyl and CD is a free graphic mini-novel ‘Black Riot: The Mysterons save Planet Earth from the Xatheroid Angels’. This is the third collaboration between writer Paulo Parisi and Soul Jazz Records. This new graphic story continues the story of black electronic dance music - this time set in London circa 1992 - from Soul Jazz’s earlier ‘Invasion of the Killer Mysterons’ (Jamaican electronic dub, co-compiled by Kevin Martin (The Bug)) and ‘Mysterons Invade the Jackin’ Zone’ (about Chicago acid and experimental house 1986-93). Soul Jazz Records CD | LP Pre-Order
Alton Ellis / Soul Vendors I'm Still In Love / Just A Bit Of Soul Alton Ellis’s original 1967 Studio One version of ‘I’m Still In Love (With You)’ is one of the most well-known tracks in Jamaican music history, based on an incredibly catchy rhythm that has seen countless versions over the years, most famously for Althea and Donna’s huge worldwide smash ‘Uptown Top Ranking’ in 1977 and Sean Paul and Sasha’s cover version that was a chart hit in the UK and numerous other countries in 2002. Here Soul Jazz Records present the original 7” version cut super loud and fat on a 12” single. On the B-side there’s a funky slice of JA Soul grooviness, the Soul Vendors’ ‘Just A Bit Of Soul’, featuring the one and only Jackie Mittoo. Soul Jazz Records 12"
Soul Jazz Records presents CONGO REVOLUTION Revolutionary and Evolutionary Sounds from the Two Congos 1955-62 Soul Jazz Records Presents Soul Jazz Records CD | LP
Steve Reid Rhythmatism Soul Jazz Records reissue the second album from the legendary Steve Reid in a new edition. Drummer and composer extraordinaire Steve Reid’s ‘Rhythmatism’ is one of his deepest and most radical of albums of all time and features some of the heaviest jazz players - Arthur Blythe AKA Black Arthur, Charles Tyler, David Wertman and others. The album was originally released on Reid’s own Mustevic Sound label in 1976. As a radical jazz artist, Steve Reid played with an extraordinary group of artists, including Miles Davis, Sun Ra, Fela Kuti, James Brown, Ornette Coleman, Lester Bowie, Freddie Hubbard, Jackie McLean, Dionne Warwick, Archie Shepp, Chief Bey, Olatunji, Arthur Blythe, Dextor Gordon, Gary Bartz, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Sam Rivers, Leon Thomas, Lonnie Smith and Horace Silver. Reid was born in the South Bronx and grew up in Queens, New York. He played in the house band at Harlem's Apollo Theatre, accompanying James Brown as well as playing in Sun Ra’s Arkestra. He lived next to John Coltrane, worked in a department store with Ornette Coleman and had a son who played drums with NWA. He began his career as a teenager in the 1960s as a drummer at Motown when he played on Martha and The Vandellas’ ‘Heatwave’ (aged 14). At the end of the 1960s Reid was sentenced to four years in jail as a conscientious objector of the Vietnam war. On his release from prison in 1974 he formed the Legendary Master Brotherhood and started the independent record label Mustevic Sound to release his debut LP, ‘Nova’, in 1976. This album is released in its entirety and with full original cover art. ‘Rhythmatism’ is the second in a series of stunning independent records he released in the 1970s. At the start of the 21st Century his career took a new twist when Steve Reid began a successful collaboration with Kieran Hebden (Four Tet). Hebden referred to Reid as his “musical soul mate,” resulting in a number of joint albums. Steve Reid died in New York in 2010. Subsequently, the Steve Reid Foundation was set up in his name, to help aspiring musicians and artists. Soul Jazz Records CD | LP
Horace Andy Fever / The Flue Horace Andy’s classic Studio One cut ‘Fever’ on a super-loud 12” single for the first time ever. A killer track originally released on the legendary Studio One label in 1973, with the Cedric Im Brooks instrumental version on the B side. Horace Andy is one of Reggae’s best known vocalists who has had mainstream success with Massive Attack after appearing on all five of their albums. A party dancefloor devastator, these won’t be around for long. Soul Jazz Records 12"