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Matt Berry

Music For Insomniacs

    Originally released in 2014, Matt Berry’s ‘Music For Insomniacs’ was an exploration into Matt’s love of the classic electronic experimentation of the 1970s, typified by the recordings of both Jean Michel Jarre and Mike Oldfield.

    With the original vinyl issue being limited to 500 units and never being repressed, Acid Jazz Records are making a special blue vinyl reissue available.

    On release, ‘Music For Insomniacs’ was critically acclaimed, receiving four star reviews in Mojo, The Times and The Sunday Times and the following acclamations from the NME - “much too good to fall asleep to” and Shindig - “quite brilliant”. Intrigued by the work, Jean Michel Jarre asked Matt to work with him on a track and also involved Matt in his career retrospective podcast.

    This reissue comes on the back of the widespread success of Matt’s latest album ‘TV Themes’, which charted in the UK Top 40 and was almost universally acclaimed by Will Hodgkinson in The Times to David Holmes and The Orb. A BAFTA Award-winning actor, Matt is currently filming two new TV series but will be back in the studio during 2019.

    FORMAT INFORMATION

    Coloured LP Info: White vinyl.

    Deluxe reissue of Leroy Hutson’s 1976 album ‘Feel The Spirit’ featuring for the only time the Free Spirit Symphony. Released in the same year as the famous ‘Hutson II’, ‘Feel The Spirit’ includes popular tracks such as ‘Never Know What You Can Do (Give It A Try)’ and ‘Lover’s Holiday’. Feel The Spirit is filled with energetic funky sounds, Hutson is the funk king and this reissue delivers all those amazing tracks we know and love.

    BAFTA award winning actor Matt Berry looks to his formative years in this fascinating and unique take on the TV themes that have influenced and inspired him in his life.

    Recorded in his brand new studio with his regular band The Maypoles, Matt tackles eleven classic themes including well known titles such as Are You Being Served, Rainbow, The Liver Birds & The Good Life alongside some less obvious choices such as Picture Box, Wildtrak & World In Action.




    STAFF COMMENTS

    Barry says: Quite often, I find myself sitting in front of the tele, watching some TV classics and wondering how good this theme would be if it was covered by Steven Toast. Turns out that as ridiculous as it sounds, it's actually REALLY good. A little odd, perhaps but the combination of Berry & The Maypoles' ear for melody along with the classic and unmistakeable collection of tunes here, we have a definite win.

    When Acid Jazz founder Eddie Piller asked Martin Freeman (‘The Hobbit’, ‘Sherlock’, ‘The Office’) to do a jazz radio show they could hardly imagine the response. From around the world emails and tweets inundated the show and they swore to themselves that they couldn’t leave it there.

    Now, two years on, this compilation of their favourite jazz has arrived. From the rolling hard bop of Lee Morgan and Art Blakey, via screaming soul organ, jazz funk original acid jazz onwards to the post modern spiritual jazz of Kasami Washington, this is an incredible journey.

    Hutson, long revered on the soul scene for his production, songwriting and performace skills, was Curtis Mayfield’s heir apparent. First chosen by the great man to replace him in the Impressions, and then groomed for an extensive solo career on Curtis' own label, Curtom, Hutson was the real deal. The Hutson catalogue has not been available on any format for nearly two decades, so it's excellent news that Acid Jazz have begun a full scale reissue series in partnership with Leroy himself.
    Here we have a deluxe reissue of ‘Hutson II’. Often seen as a partner to the early ‘Hutson’, this is a highly sort after album and a high point of 1970s Chicago soul. Recorded at Curtom Studios, it features the all time classics ‘I Think I’m Falling In Love’, ‘Love The Feeling’ and ‘Don’t It Make You Feel Good’.

    FORMAT INFORMATION

    CD Info: The CD comes with three bonus tracks including the 2017 discovery ‘Positive Forces’ whilst the album comes with a full colour inner sleeve complete with in-depth notes by award winning soul expert Tony Rounce.

    Hutson, long revered on the soul scene for his production, songwriting and perfromace skills, was Curtis Mayfield’s heir apparent. First chosen by the great man to replace him in the Impressions, and then groomed for an extensive solo career on Curtis' own label, Curtom, Hutson was the real deal. The Hutson catalogue has not been available on any format for nearly two decades, so it's excellent news that Acid Jazz have begun a full scale reissue series in partnership with Leroy himself.

    Here we have a deluxe reissue of his classic third LP "Hutson", a high point of mid 70s soul, produced at Mayfield's Curtom Studios. Boasting Leroy’s signature tunes, ‘All Because of You’, ‘Lucky Fellow’ and ‘Cool Out’ as well as four other magnificent tracks in its original form, this deluxe reissue also treats us to a trio of alternate versions, making it an essential for any soul completist.

    FORMAT INFORMATION

    CD Info: The CD comes with three bonus tracks, the LP comes with a full colour inner sleeve complete with in depth sleeve notes by award winning soul expert Tony Rounce.

    Matt Berry

    Night Terrors

      Following last year’s ‘The Small Hours’ album, Matt Berry presents ‘Night Terrors’, a collection of various remixes, outtakes and alternate versions of tracks culled from ‘The Small Hours’ sessions.

      ‘Night Terrors’ is released through Acid Jazz Records and available on CD and digital download album.

      ‘Night Terrors’ features a remix of the title track courtesy of Warp Records recording artist Clark. As Berry explains, “being such a huge fan of Clarke’s work, it’s way beyond an honour that he’s spent time remixing one of my songs.”

      ‘Night Terrors’ also undergoes the remix treatment from Saint Etienne, whilst ‘Lord Above’ features a collaboration with Ivor Novello-nominated songwriter Pugwash and there are interpretations of Pink Floyd’s ‘Any Colour You Like’ and Zappa’s ‘Mr Green Genes’.

      New Street Adventure

      One And The Same: Acoustic EP

        The EP features acoustic versions of tracks taken from New Street Adventure’s recent second album ‘Stubborn Sons’.

        The EP coincides with the band’s coheadline UK ‐tour with The Milk.

        The title track ‘One And The Same’ couldn’t be more timely; an impassioned counterblast against ‐intolerance, a call to arms for current times.

        Leroy Hutson

        Anthology 1972-1984

          Acid Jazz pull a blinder here, delivering the definitive Leroy Hutson compilation – ‘Anthology 1972-1984’. A legend to soul fans, his catalogue has been increasingly sought after by collectors and producers since the last time it was widely available nearly 20 years ago. College friends and early collaborator with Donny Hathaway then hand-picked as Curtis Mayfield’s replacement in The Impressions, his solo career resulted in 7 albums for Mayfield’s Curtom label. They are considered some of the greatest of the era and the very best music from them is collected here. Licensed from Mr Hutson himself, this represents his first approved Anthology, and comes in a beautiful package with an essay by soul expert and Mojo award-winning writer Tony Rounce and memorabilia and photos from Mr. Hutson’s own personal archive. The first single lifted to preview the album – the previously unreleased ‘Positive Forces’ has been championed at 6Music by Gilles Peterson who described it as one of the most important discoveries of the past ten years.

          Judy Dyble & Andy Lewis

          Summer Dancing

          Acid Jazz present Judy Dyble and Andy Lewis’s psychedelic folk collaboration ‘Summer Dancing’.

          Dyble was the original vocalist in Fairport Convention, appearing on their self-titled debut, before joining Giles, Giles and Fripp and then recording the awesome UK psych masterpiece ‘Morning Way’ under the name Trader Horne with her then boyfriend Ian McDonald.

          Andy Lewis was the original DJ at legendary Brit-pop club Blow Up, before recording his own albums for Acid Jazz and scoring a Top Forty hit with his collaboration with Paul Weller, ‘Are You Trying To Be Lonely?’ in 2007. After that he joined Weller’s band of which he was a member until the end of last year.

          The album is made of the very stuff of British psychedelia, an obsession with childhood, the country and the city. It emerges from a place somewhere between Broadcast, the soundtrack to ‘The Wickerman’ and Stereolab.

          The album is released at the time when Judy is very much involved in the celebrations for Fairport's 50th Anniversary and she will be appearing at their annual Cropredy Festival as both a solo artist and as part of Fairport Convention.

          STAFF COMMENTS

          Barry says: Folk me, this is nice. Airy hippie vibes, hazy barbecues in the park, village fetes, bees all over the place. Not malicious ones, just normal nice bees. Warm pastoral acoustic guitars and swooning vox. Lovely.

          It’s been 3 years since Tel Aviv’s indie-soul septet MONC released their debut LP “The North” on Acid Jazz Records. But make no mistake, they haven’t been resting. In the meantime they have released sold-out singles, an EP, and have toured Europe no less than five times! They visited Germany, France, Italy and the Czech Republic, and were met with excitement all over Europe’s Mod and Soul scene.

          April of 2016 sees the release of their second studio album, titled “This City”, which is dedicated to their home town – Tel Aviv. In the album MONC infuse Northern Soul, Post-Punk and Rock'N'Roll influences into heady visions of the city’s buildings, streets, bedrooms, clubs and bars, while remaining dedicated to their brass section extravaganza and the three-minute pop-nugget charm.

          The band have a fan in Craig Charles, who liked the album so much he’s hand-selecting 3 of his favourite tracks from the album on his BBC Funk & Soul Show and will invite listeners to phone in and vote for the “single”, which will then be released digitally by the band. He has also invited the band over from Tel Aviv for a live session in the station’s Manchester studios.

          Whether you’re familiar with Matt’s Live shows or want to understand what they are like, this album takes you there! From the excited audience chatter to the clarity of his pulsing KORG, each element resonates with perfect clarity. Berry and The Maypoles' musical prowess shines through their prog-folk excursions and trombone flairs which are reminiscent of an early Acid Jazz release, all with the a nod to Berry's surreal and panoramic world-view.

          The four piece who consist of Tom Rowlett (vocals), Ben Deboo (guitar), Jamie Harris (bass) and Chris Mardon (drums) – home grown in Hoxton before the beards and pop-up cocktail bars arrived - have spent the last few years touring consistently, honing their classic yet contemporary sound. The result is a shockingly tight live band who are heading out on a month long UK tour in November. „We Paid For Blood‟ is the follow up to 2013's "Shimmer Gold" and sees them musically evolved, whilst still maintaining their raw power and melodies. The album has a much fuller sound – a mixture of The Clash, The La‟s, The Replacements, The Kinks and Captain Beefheart – although they are much more than the sum of their influences. Fired up by the political situation of 2015 (both personal and public) Rowlett uses these issues lyrically and enhances the urgency of the new record.

          Various Artists

          Rare Mod: Volume 6

            Acid Jazz Records proudly bring you the long-awaited newest edition to their Rare Mod compilation series. Rare Mod 6 brings a treasure of golden rarities from the swinging sixties that were previously lost to generations in the dusty storerooms of antiquity.

            Recently discovered on acetate and quarter inch tape; Rare Mod 6 contains re-mastered gems from days gone by which are sure to satisfy every nostalgia-seekers “blast from the past” urges; a perfect edition to your Rare Mod collection.

            Containing up-beat, mod tracks with a mix of classic sixties sounds, some of these tracks are so rare the artists remain a mystery. Listeners are invited to shed light on any of these ‘unknown mod bands’ if they can!

            Other artists featured will be well known to Mod fans. Sharon Tandy, The Montanas and The Ossie Layne Show are all part of the Acid Jazz family!

            Finally, the album contains a previously unreleased track from The Koobas recorded in 1967 which was used in “The Money Go Round” - a short film set in London’s banking district which featured the future Star Wars legend Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett) as the male lead.

            The latest compilation, RM5 boasts twenty swinging rarities, including soul legend Sharon Tandy singing under an alias, a demo version of a freak-beat favourite, a track rumoured to be ‘the king of soul’, plus two tracks from two bands, containing two members who would eventually form one of the greatest seventies Glam bands ever – The Sweet:

            The Montanas – Hey Diddle Diddle (Demo)
            The Montanas formed in 1962 in Dudley and quickly established themselves as a top local beat group. In 1965 they secured a deal with Pye records and over the next four years issued a run of brilliant 45s including Roundabout, Top Hat and their magnum opus That’s When Happiness Begins, which will no doubt be familiar to all. Their contract with Pye had expired so they began recording new material in the hope of securing a new deal, which lead to MCA issuing the brilliant Hey Diddle Diddle as a 45, but featured here for the first time is the glorious demo version.

            Debrah Aire – Don’t Be Proud
            The mysterious Miss Debrah Aire was in fact the legendary Sharon Tandy recording under a pseudonym. Polydor records issued a version of Exodus - This Land is Mine by her under this name in 1966 but the follow up, that we feature here, was shelved and only recently rediscovered on white label test pressing.

            The Troop - You’ll Call My Name
            The Troop were from Harefield, Middlesex, and notable for the fact that their lead singer was future frontman with The Sweet, Brian Connolly. This was taken from what is thought to be the only surviving acetate.

            The Dynamite Orchestra – Sh’Mon Part 2
            Legend has it that Mr Dynamite is none other than the fabulous Mr. James Brown. It was in fact an American group called The British Walkers from Washington D.C. It was issued in the UK, on Guy Steven’s Sue Record label, and it has gone on to achieve legendary status on the mod scene.

            The Army – Sugar
            The Army are best known as the group that spawned future Sweet bass player/singer Steve Priest. In 1967 they cut two tracks that were never released including this cover of the Joe Tex hit Sugar.

            Janice Graham Band could start a party in an empty room. Described as the best thing to come out of Manchester in years the band release their highly anticipated debut mini concept album. Featuring the swinging beats of live favourite and current single 'No Money Honey', alongside the band's successful debut single 'Murder' (play-listed on XFM, Q and NME this year), JGB fuse hip-hop, soul and reggae beats with the aggressive tones of lead singer and bass player Joe Jones' signature vocals, to create a mini-album to sate the hunger of their eager and always growing fan base and fulfil the buzz that has built around the band over the past year.

            The mini album is not the band's first "proper" album, it's a concept album, a soundtrack to a film screening in the mind of the listener and in the grooves of the record. The album deals with questions and answers on love, life, sex and death. It concerns itself with the harsh brutality of life seen through the eyes of a man whose hedonistic incline leads him down a dark and twisted path of increasingly questionable morality and self -destruction.

            With a handful of high profile supporters, ranging from Mani (Primal Scream/Stone Roses) who's backed the band from the start, to XFM's Clint Boon and John Kennedy, JGB possess that certain something most bands can only wish for; the band's passion, attitude and musical insight beyond their years is portrayed even more intensely in their energetic live sets. 

            Tony Christie

            Now's The Time!

              Tony Christie is fast approaching his 50th anniversary in music and to celebrate Acid Jazz put him back in the studio to make an album that takes him back to his musical roots.

              "Now's The Time!" will be Tony Christie's nineteenth studio album over an illustrious career, which has taken him from Sheffield to Amarillo, and very much back again. It picks up from where the critically acclaimed album, "Made In Sheffield", left off.

              Two years on and Tony Christie is again visiting his roots, although not geographical this time. He has spent time rediscovering the soul side of his early career, and has encompassed this into the recording of an incredible album, which was produced by friend, fan and one time collaborator, Richard Barrett from The All Seeing Eye. The album brings together the sound of northern soul, British beat and filmic soundtracks. Tracks like "Get Christie" (a re-work of the iconic theme from Get Carter) which features a collaboration with fellow 'Dee-Dar', Jarvis Cocker, other collaborations on the album come from Roisin Murphy amongst others.

              The title track "Now's The Time!" shows Christie in a light that we haven't seen him in for 30 years, yet it seems more fashioned to him now more than ever. "This album has given me the opportunity to be the real me. What could be more exciting?" The rich production and original collection of songs, which testify Christie's high level of dexterity, are beautifully conceived and movingly delivered in a way that only Christie could furnish. Tony Christie has arguably made the album of his impeccable career showcasing his iconic status as one of Britain's greatest singers.

              Trashmonkeys

              Nobody

              Anglo-Germanic four-piece The Trashmonkeys, return with a a new three track single "Nobody" which features two brand new tracks, "Wrong Education" and "Gone". Brash, rock'n'roll,combining 60s garage snarl and '77 punk derangement.


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