RZA presents Shaolin Soul Selection: Volume 1 [Sampler] | Stream/Download

rza shaolin soul selection

Before RZA stepped into Hollywood, he provided the sound of a revolution. Wu-Tang Clan's Enter The 36 Chambers influenced an entire generation of emcees and producers with the way the clan melded classic Stax soul samples, gritty hip-hop drums and splices of the kung-fu flicks the crew admired.

On March 19, Stax and The RZA will release Shaolin Soul Selection: Volume 1 as a tribute to the sound that birthed the Wu-Tang brand. The collection holds 24 original recordings across 2 CDs, 3 Vinyl LPs or Digital Download, whichever format you prefer.

DJ 7L contributes an album mix as a teaser for the project from Soul Temple Records.

Have a listen below and be on the lookout for the full release come mid-March. More information is available via the Bandcamp page.



'The Man With The Iron Fists' Official Soundtrack | Album Stream

Not since Nicolas Winding Refn's Drive have I been as excited about a film's soundtrack as I have for The Man With The Iron Fists OST.  Every release from the soundtrack to RZA's directorial debut has built buzz for the release date, and now, at long last, there's a chance to stream the full project.Read more


Down To Earth: The Civil Rights Movement & Soul Music | Documentary

40 years after Dr. Martin Luther King's assassination, Spanish independent journalist/writer/director David Moreu explored the relationship between the civil rights movement and the soul music scene in the 60s. Shot in Memphis, Tennessee, Down To Earth captures how instrumental soul music was in providing a voice for the struggle and integrating people, using Otis Redding's label home, Stax Records, as a specific focus point. The documentary also taps into it's legacy and it's effect on music (including hip hop) and it's followers today.

A fascinating story told in first person by some famous musicians and local celebrities in Memphis, like the Rev. Samuel Billy Kyles (civil rights activist), Deanie Parker (Stax Records), David Porter (Stax composer and musician), Willie Mitchell (Hi Records president and Grammy Trustee Award 2008) and Zelma Redding (Otis Redding wife).

“Down To Earth” also talks about the legacy of that convulsive era due to the participation of anonymous characters and young musicians who have been interviewed in some of the most famous barber shops in Memphis. It is the sincere vision of a generation that did not live directly those days of struggle, but it has inherited his ideals and continues to enjoy its music.

A unique glimpse at a key period in the history of the United States that is impossible to understand without its soundtrack.

Down To Earth was first screened in 2009 in selected festivals in Spain and England, and was awarded 1st prize at the Baumann Cinema Festival in Barcelona. I implore soul music lovers to check out this dope documentary below.


Leela James – My Soul | Album Review

When hearing Leela James' decadent, husky vocals on a track, you'd be forgiven for thinking you'd been dropped into a 1970s time warp. Everything from the album art to her musical tone invokes a feeling of nostalgia for that era of classic soul, regardless of whether you were alive then or not.

My Soul is James’ third release and her first since being signed to soul label Stax Records. It was released on the 25th of May 2010 and debuted at number 7 on Billboard’s R&B/Hip Hop albums chart.Read more