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Soul Jazz Records presents LIFE BETWEEN ISLANDS - Soundsystem Culture: Black Musical Expression in the UK 1973-2006

Various Artists

Reggae - À paraître le 28 janvier 2022 | Soul Jazz Records

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Vertigo of Flaws: Emancipation of the Dissonance and Temperaments in Irrational Waveforms

Trees Speak

Électronique - Paru le 26 novembre 2021 | Soul Jazz Records

Arizona's Trees Speak reined in the more excessive impulses of their debut with their next three albums, which all arrived in quick succession during 2020 and 2021. Their fourth album in such a short period is sprawling, to put it lightly -- it runs for nearly an hour-and-a-half, it has 29 tracks (31 counting the bonus 7" with the vinyl edition), and its title is Vertigo of Flaws: Emancipation of the Dissonance and Temperaments in Irrational Waveforms. Yet the tracks themselves are mostly short, and the band remain incredibly focused, even as they're venturing further out than they've ever gone before. The Krautrock and cinematic influences of their previous albums remain present, but this one seems far more influenced by vintage electronics of all stripes, from the alien soundscapes of the Forbidden Planet score to Tangerine Dream's iconic soundtrack work from the '80s. It almost seems like the audio equivalent of hyperlink cinema, as each successive track sounds vastly different than the last, yet it's all connected in some way, and it makes more sense with repeated listens. The band excel at channeling '60s psych vibes through a retro Broadcast/Ghost Box filter, with touches of Baroque pop and film noir influences, and there are also moments filled with hazy effects, making them sound like they're sourced from a crackly old film reel. The tracks with Motorik rhythms blast off into the sky, while the more atonal, discordant pieces are like movements from 20th century avant-garde symphonies. Vertigo of Flaws is Trees Speak's most colossal work yet, demonstrating that the group's ambitions are even greater than their previous work indicated. © Paul Simpson /TiVo
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STUDIO ONE SKA FIRE!

Various Artists

Reggae - Paru le 30 juillet 2021 | Soul Jazz Records

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Spirit Walk

Steve Reid Ensemble

Jazz - Paru le 30 juillet 2021 | Soul Jazz Records

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On The Wires Of Our Nerves

Add N To x

Électronique - Paru le 30 juillet 2021 | Soul Jazz Records

At this point in the trio's career, Add N to (X) isn't all that. They're good, but great? On the Wires answers that question with a convincing "maybe", raising another one along the way: what happens when a certain style of futurism finally becomes a retro style that can be slotted alongside everything from rockabilly to medieval folk chanting? Arguably Kraftwerk - one of Add N to (X)'s obvious mentors -- were just as retro in their day, evoking in a quietly emotional way, an outdated 1920s/1930s vision of the future while also forecasting where forthcoming music would end up. To Add N to (X)'s further credit, they're not a one-note tribute band like Komputer or Kraftwelt, bringing in some of Krautrock's rougher, electronic side as well as early avant noisesters like Cabaret Voltaire. Add to that a great visual sense -- the grotesque album cover is a wonderful blend of the sterile and visceral, its own sick joke -- and there should be much more on this album than there is. But for all the hollow drum machine sounds (and real drumming, which underlays the best songs here), analog synth loops and tweaks, and odd Vocoder interjections that should make Add N to (X) a welcome alternative to Yet Another Rock Band, it feels like the trio recorded some jam sessions, thought them sufficient, and then left the studio. Praise doesn't belong to a band just for being there and using certain instruments -- thankfully, though, the trio found a better way in its immediate future than what's on display in On the Wires. © Ned Raggett /TiVo
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Tori

Lloyd McNeill

Jazz - Paru le 1 janvier 1978 | Soul Jazz Records

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Greedy G

Brentford All Stars

Reggae - Paru le 23 juillet 2021 | Soul Jazz Records

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Soul Jazz Records presents Cold Wave #2

Various Artists

Électronique - Paru le 30 juillet 2021 | Soul Jazz Records

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Soul Jazz Records presents Cold Wave #1

Various Artists

Électronique - Paru le 2 juillet 2021 | Soul Jazz Records

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Soul Jazz Records presents Fire Over Babylon: Dread, Peace and Conscious Sounds at Studio One

Various Artists

Reggae - Paru le 28 mai 2021 | Soul Jazz Records

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PostHuman

Trees Speak

Électronique - Paru le 21 mai 2021 | Soul Jazz Records

The fourth album from Arizona's Trees Speak is another exciting shift in their rapidly expanding discography, packing a wealth of ideas within its 18 tracks. With each successive release, the group have tightened their focus, reining in their more indulgent impulses and creating full-length journeys with a true sense of progression. PostHuman is their most cinematic work to date, with each track resembling a distinct movie scene, often seamlessly segued in order to maintain continuity. The band is still heavily influenced by Krautrock, but the motorik rhythms of tracks like "Glass" are creepily suspenseful as well as hypnotic. "Chamber of Frequencies" blends rippling synth arpeggios with showers of psychedelic horns, and feels torn between bliss and existential confusion. "Elements of Matter" masterfully applies spacy effects, flickering keyboards, and overdubbed drum hits to a sparse, anxious groove. While some tracks seem to offer light relief, others considerably ramp up the suspense, from the clanging, dread-filled "Scheinwelt" to the spooky, tripped-out funk of "X Zeit." Of the many highlights, "Steckdose" is a good summation of the album's charms and challenges, opening with unsteady chords and wibbling synths before launching into a driving beat, then breaking down into a slower rhythm before more fragmented synths bubble upward, providing a segue into the arpeggio-core of "Amnesia Transmitter." The vocoder-heavy, Mellotron-laced "Quantize Humanize" gives off a loungey Air vibe, leading the way to the rising strings and gasping horns of the frightful "Gläserner Mensch." The last two tracks are included as a bonus 7" along with the LP edition, and the swirling jitteriness of "Machine Vision" is one of the album's funnest moments. Wide-ranging without seeming scattered, PostHuman is an effortlessly accomplished work. © Paul Simpson /TiVo
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Soul Jazz Records presents STUDIO ONE: Rocksteady Got Soul

Various Artists

Reggae - Paru le 5 mars 2021 | Soul Jazz Records

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Soul Jazz Records Presents Two Synths A Guitar (And) A Drum Machine - Post Punk Dance Vol.1

Various Artists

Rock - Paru le 29 janvier 2021 | Soul Jazz Records

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Fase Liminal

Enrique Rodríguez & The Negra Chiway Band

Jazz - Paru le 27 novembre 2020 | Soul Jazz Records

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Soul Jazz Records presents BLACK RIOT: Early Jungle, Rave and Hardcore

Various Artists

Électronique - Paru le 22 mai 2020 | Soul Jazz Records

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Trouble Maker / Run My People

The Wailing Souls

Reggae - Paru le 1 mai 2020 | Soul Jazz Records

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Ohms

Trees Speak

Électronique - Paru le 6 mars 2020 | Soul Jazz Records

Trees Speak, the mostly instrumental experimental project headed up by Tucson, Arizona musicians Daniel Diaz and Alexis Elias, first appeared in the form of a sprawling self-titled album in 2017, which was a rhythmically charged and largely improvised affair that curated its heady atmospheres from the influence of Ennio Morricone soundtracks, Krautrock repetition, and jazzy cut-ups akin to Bitches Brew-era Miles Davis. Sophomore album Ohms delivers different shades of the band's vision, with an approach more reliant on electronics and quickly shifting moods than their more organic debut. The album points to many familiar reference points without simply reworking established classics. Opening track "Soul Sequencer" is built on a by-the-numbers krautrock beat, straightforward and hypnotic in a way that immediately recalls Neu! or Amon Düül II. Instead of filling out the song with other Krautrock elements, the band opts for sinister synth tones and scratchy guitars reminiscent of This Heat. This takes the atmosphere from the often blissed-out soaring of Krautrock into far darker places. Similarly, the driving bass and dead drums of "Out of View" are in keeping with the more uneasy moments of Brian Eno's pop instrumentals until Trees Speak take an abrupt left turn into distant chimes and flute sounds. Ohms is a collection of fragments, most of which take a different form than the last. The band moves between vaporous synth arpeggios on "Blame Shifter," creepy horror movie soundtrack tones on "Nobody Knows," melancholic rock grooves on "Sadness in Wires," and Cluster-esque synth minimalism on "Silicone Emotions." Most of the songs are short, with many fading into the next idea before the two-minute mark. In this way, the sequencing on Ohms is an integral part of the listening experience. Taken one at a time, the songs are interesting fragments and mood pieces. Experienced as an album-length statement, Ohms takes on a consistent mood of disquiet. Whether zooming through full-band freakouts or taking the form of spare synth instrumentals, Trees Speak masterfully funnel all of their various styles into a cohesive atmosphere that relies on heavy tension and the rare occasional moment of release or hopefulness. While almost any of the pieces can stand on their own, the cumulative effect of the album is how Trees Speak really sink their hooks into the listener. The songs take a multitude of shapes and directions, but there's a lone voice of worry and apprehension whispering in your ear the entire time. © Fred Thomas /TiVo

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