Staff Picks: Soul Of A Nation: Afro-Centric Visions In The Age of Black Power

For fans of: The history of radical black music through the 60s and 70s.

What they're saying: The Pitchfork review of this record finds a through line from the sounds contained herein to the sounds of today. Also The Guardian has an in depth look at the exhibit that inspired this compilation.

What we say: Soul Jazz, the imminent UK label for all things reggae, dancehall, world music, hip hop and soul, presents this in-depth companion volume to Tate Modern's Soul of A Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power exhibition. Brilliantly assembling a chronology of how the ideas of the civil rights movement, black power, and black nationalism influenced the evolution of African American music through the revolutionary political period of the late 1960s to 1970s. This set of A-list tracks from Gil Scott-Heron, Roy Ayers, Oneness of Juju, Phil Ranelin, Don Cherry, Doug Carn, and Philip Cohran & The Artistic Heritage Ensemble, more than delivers on the title's promise. - (JP)

Further listening: Seriously every artist on here has a rewarding body of work to delve into. Soul Jazz label comps are always wonderful for introducing new worlds of music.