I read the other day that Prince went into Sounds Of The Universe to buy a few DVD’s in his lunch break (true that) and there probably isn’t a better record store in London for him to visit. Nicole from the shop, who served him, said ‘I was a bit shocked. I thought he might be a lookalike and when he came towards me I saw it was Prince. He was very low key, just with another guy. He bought four DVDs, including The Gospel according to Al Green, Curtis Mayfield and the Impressions, and the night James Brown played Boston. They are quite hard to get in London. He didn’t really say much, he just wanted some concert CDs. He was just wearing black, very polite, looked nice, said please and thank you, I was just very pleased to see him.’

See, how sweet is that? Anyway, Soul Jazz, the label of the shop, have a new compilation out called ‘Invasion Of The Mysterons’ which is a collection of version excursions in a modern stylee accompanied by a comic by Paolo Parisi. Its compiled by Stuart from the label and The Bug – both people that know their onions – and you can see the track listing above. All we need now is that Heatwave back again.

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Lovely day out today in Soho for me and the child (seen below rocking the New Era) at the Independent Label Market. This one was conceived by our friend Katy from Bang On PR (she’s the one doing the thumbs up at the bottom), and a friend, to celebrate independent record labels. The idea was that the labels themselves took stalls in Soho’s Berwick Street Market (with the odd florist and fish stall placed in between which was great) selling their own music. Labels taking part were Rough Trade, Heavenly, Peace Frog (soon celebrating their 20th anniversary), Moshi Moshi, Domino (who even even had a credit card machine), Mute, R&S, Wall Of Sound, Soul Jazz, Bella Union and XL.

Apparently at 10am the collectors were out in force and this carried on throughout the day. Mute’s stall was one of the best with great cakes, Daniel Miller signing copies of The Normal’s ‘Warm Leatherette’ and a coveted Mute synth (£50 to you guvnor) which one of our mates picked up. It was great to be able to buy a record from XL boss Richard Russell, Daniel Miller of Mute or Jeff Barrett from Heavenly and in general it showed a nice demand for the UK’s independently released music. Fair play to Katy and co for getting it together and fingers crossed it’s on next year.

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Happy to welcome Pete Reilly of the Soul Jazz Soundsystem back with a mix of his favourite soul and funk records. Quality stuff.

1. Cyrille Neville: Gossip
2. Al Green: You Say It
3. Marilyn Barbarin: Reborn
4. James Brown: The Boss
5. Betty Harris: Break In The Road
6. Garnett Mimms: As Long As I Have You
7. Bobby Bland: Ain’t No Love
8. Gwen McRae: 90% Of Me
9. Bobby Womack: Across 110th Street
10. The Minits: Still A Part Of Me
11. Roy Ayers: Life Is Just A Moment Pt.II
12. Ann Peebles: Tear Your Playhouse Down
13. Funkadelic: Can You Get To That
14. The Sisters Love: Give Me Your Love
15. Mary Wells: You Beat Me To The Punch
16. Allen Tousaint: The Chokin’ Kind
17. Millie Jackson: Hurt So Good
18: Sly Stone: If You Want Me To Stay
19: The Dixie Cups: Iko Iko

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Screening: Babylon

July 7, 2009

Babylon

If you are in East London on Sunday (July 12th) you could do worse than to head down to Brick Lane where Soul Jazz records are hosting a free screening of the seminal UK reggae film ‘Babylon’. The film starts at 2:00 and is worth going to see for the bit with Jah Shaka and the dancers alone. Here’s the Soul Jazz guys on the film…

Directed by Franco Rosso in 1980, Babylon is a raw and incendiary film employing an effective mix of music and social commentary to recount the everyday experiences of a small group of working class black youths living in South London in the early 1980s.

Driven by a musical score composed and arranged by legendary reggae guitarist, former member of Matumbi and record producer Dennis Bovell, with additional songs by Yabby U, I-Roy, Aswad and many more, Babylon is a brilliant, breathlessly energetic, neo-realist snapshot of what it was like to be young, poor and black in early 1980s Britain. The film is rightly regarded as a cult classic and remains as socially relevant today as when it was made almost 30 years ago.

We will be screening a fully restored and digitally re-mastered copy of the film on a huge cinema screen, coupled with a Funktion-One sound system, in the main room at Cafe 1001 at 2pm. This is an amazing chance to catch a classic piece of UK Reggae history. This event is totally FREE so please arrive early to ensure you get a space on the sofas.

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Dub Echoes

May 28, 2009

Dub Echoes

‘Dub Echoes’ is a new compilation and film recently released on the always good Soul Jazz Records. Everyone I know that has seen the film highly recommends so check the DVD if you have the opportunity. The CD brings together dub in it’s various forms from the traditional through to the futuristic sound of dubstep. Soul Jazz are quietly releasing so many nice bits at the moment, first their fine ‘Dancehall – The Rise Of Jamaican Culture’ book, then the ‘Steppa’s Delight’ comps and now the ‘Dub Echoes’ film by Bruno Natal and accompanying compilation. Respect.

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