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Nimbus Sextet

Forward Thinker

    Acid Jazz present the second LP from Glasgowbased jazz ensemble Nimbus Sextet, ‘Forward Thinker’.

    Led by Joe Nicholls, the band emerged in 2020 with their debut, ‘Dreams Fulfilled’, and a series of remixes and singles on Acid Jazz, establishing them as one of the most exciting jazz groups in the UK.

    In January the band offered a taster with ‘To The Light’, which was playlisted by Jazz FM, alongside a debut at Ronnie Scott’s and a series of live dates.

    An exuberant, innovative and uplifting second effort, the band step out ‘From The Shadows’ and the turbulence of the last couple of years with a positive message and buoyant outlook.


    High Time
    Forward Thinker
    Another Place
    Search For Solace
    From The Shadows
    To The Light

    Matt Berry & Emma Noble


      Matt Berry joins forces with soul singer and DJ Emma Noble for a reworking of Doris’ 1970 underground classic Psych Funk number, ‘Beatmaker’.

      The track is featured as the closing credits for the recent BBC2 series, ‘Toast of Tinseltown’, in which Matt starred as the title character.

      Recorded mid-2021, the two bring an urgency and contemporary feel to the track.

      The single demonstrates further Matt Berry’s range as a musician and producer and is a worthy addition to his impressive catalogue.

      Picture sleeve 7” single with exclusive instrumental version on the B-side.

      Orchestre "Les Volcans" Du Benin

      Vol. 1

        Originally released in 1980 on the Alberika label, Orchestre Les Volcans du Benin ‘Vol. 1’ has long been a holy grail for Afro-Cuban aficionados.

        It now sees its first official reissue on Acid Jazz Records, with four infectious tracks across the two sides, including ‘Oya Ka Jojo’, Latin dancefloor dynamite and a DJ must-have.

        Remastered by Nick Robbins at Sound Mastering and presented in a wonderful colour sleeve, it’s an opportunity to finally own this special and highly sought after LP.


        Oya Ka Jojo
        Mercenariat Africa

        The Step

        London Soul - You Want It, You Got It!

          The Step were part of the early ‘80s Mod Revival, drawing a marked influence from Classic Soul records. Releasing five singles with CBS, they also played gigs with The Kinks, Elvis Costello, and Secret Affair. This collection on Acid Jazz subsidiary Countdown Records includes studio sessions, demos and live recordings, giving a taste of what the band was about during their brief career. A great addition for Mod and Mod Revival collector and enthusiasts.

          The Aloof

          This Constant Chase For Thrills - 2022 Reissue

            Acid Jazz presents the long-awaited reissue of The Aloof’s cult classic final LP ‘This Constant Chase For Thrills’.

            Formed in 1990, The Aloof were a pioneering electronic act, playing and touring with the likes of Massive Attack and Leftfield. After three albums with the Warner EastWest, they forged their own path, releasing ‘This Constant Chase For Thrills’ on their own Screaming Target label.

            Despite highlights ‘Doing It For Money’ and ‘Painted Face’, as well as ‘So Good’, which featured in the US version of ‘Queer As Folk’, the album didn’t get the coverage it deserved upon release.

            Within a dark and moody atmosphere, there is definite Ibiza and Balearic feel to the record, showing a band with a positive DIY spirit.

            TRACK LISTING

            So Good
            Doing It For Money
            Good Morning World
            Tearing Up Inside
            D.I.R.M. Version
            The Beach
            Painted Face

            Various Artists

            Soul Drops

              Acid Jazz and sister labels OST and Miles Away have released a series of killer vintage soul records over the last few years. Often in limited runs, these are now selling for inflated amounts.

              This compilation gathers them together, alongside in a couple of album rarities, in one super-cool package.

              Musically, we have Northern stompers such as The Tom’s ‘When You Lose Your Grove’, Tony & Tandy’s ‘Two Can Make It Together’ and The Patterson Twins masterful ‘Gonna Find A True Love’; disco funk classic ‘Family Tree’ by Family Tree, and from a similar era Rita Joyce’s ‘Dancin’ Close’; The Gil Scott Heron-sounding gospel of Lamont Butler, with ‘Ungodly War’, which sits well alongside Delores Fuller’s exceptional ‘One More Chance Lord’; we take it down a notch with Rick Hickman’s yacht rock rarity ‘Time Is Long’ and the lush harmonies of the Fantastics ‘We Got Good Lovin’.

              Housed in a beautifully illustrated sleeve, this is the first in an ongoing series from Acid Jazz Records.

              TRACK LISTING

              Lamont Butler - Ungodly War 
              The Tom – Emmanuel And Ron Experience - When You Lose Your Groove
              Patterson Twins - Gonna Find A True Love
              Rita Joyce - Dancing Close 
              Rick Hickman - Time Is Long 
              The Fantastics - We Got Good Lovin’
              The Tom – Emmanuel And Ron Experience - Why (The Knower)
              Delores Fuller - One More Chance Lord 
              Family Tree - Family Tree
              Leon’s Creation - This Is The Beginning 
              Tony And Tandy - Two Can Make It Together 
              Lamont Butler - Thank You Lord 

              Soul Revivers

              On The Grove

                Acid Jazz Records presents Nick Manasseh & David Hill’s Soul Revivers: ‘On The Grove’.

                An ambitious and passionate collaboration project, it features musicians spanning seven decades, including Jamaican legends: Ernest Raglin, Ken Boothe, Earl 16 and Devon Russell; alongside contemporary artists, including jazz trumpeter Ms. Maurice (known for her work with Afro—Jazz Ensemble Kokoroko and Nubya Garcia), and vocalist Alexia Coley.

                The roots of Soul Revivers lie in film. In late 2017, David was asked to act as music and creative consultant for Idris Elba’s Yardie. David & Nick’s subsequent productions for the film provided the spark for what would become the album.

                ‘On The Grove’ was produced at Yard Studios, under the Westway, below the charred hulk of Grenfell. It is a journey through the moodier side of reggae, and a progression in the ever evolving, yet timeless nature of the music. It is also a tribute to its long connection to West London, and in particular Ladbroke Grove and Notting Hill, distilled in the sleeve itself, which features Charlie Phillips’ photograph of Lepke (founder of Dread Broadcasting Platform) setting up for the Notting Hill Carnival in the late ‘70s.

                Alongside the featured artists, there are stellar performances throughout, from an extraordinary range of London’s most talented musicians, completing the next chapter in the musical mythology of West London reggae.

                TRACK LISTING

                No More Drama – Feat. Ernest Raglan
                Tell Me Why – Feat. Ken Boothe
                Got To Live – Feat. Earl 16
                Look No Further – Feat. Ms. Maurice
                Gone Are The Days – Feat. Alexia Coley
                Meanwhile Shuffle – Feat. Matic Horns
                Cee Rocka – Feat. Dougal And Ciyo
                The Underground – Feat. Devon Russell
                Where The River – Feat. Earl 16
                Harder – Feat. Ernest Raglin
                Futile Cause – Feat. Alexia Coley
                Down River – Feat. Ms. Maurice

                The Spitfires

                Play For Today

                  Acid Jazz Records present ‘Play For Today’, the final album from The Spitfires.

                  After four albums, including 2020’s ‘Life Worth Living’ (Top 5, UK National Indie Chart), countless live performances, and having gained considerable loyal support (including support slot invitations from Paul Weller and The Specials), The Spitfires have a reputation as one of the UK’s foremost young bands.

                  ‘Play For Today’ offers a culmination of their journey and offers a level of introspection, alongside their characteristic social commentary, pop nous and raw passion.

                  Produced by Simon Dine (long-time producer of Paul Weller), the band continue to make strides musically and sonically, absorbing influences and inspiration, making a triumphant farewell for an ever-exciting band.

                  TRACK LISTING

                  Save Me
                  Blaze Of Glory
                  Don’t Look At Me
                  Interlude 1: Accumulator
                  Did You Have To Go?
                  Find My Way Back Home
                  Time To Take Sides
                  Interlude 2: Helpline
                  Spoiler Alert
                  Keep Me Waiting
                  Interlude 3: In It To Win It!
                  Reap What You Sow
                  Costa Del Mundane
                  Promised Land

                  Matt Berry

                  Summer Sun / Like Stone - Sean Ono Lennon Remixes

                    After a busy, successful and critically acclaimed year Matt Berry offers one final salvo to his fans. A unique 12” single featuring his two collaborations with Sean Ono Lennon.

                    Sean worked on two tracks from ‘The Blue Elephant’ album and applied his mind to give us distinctive re-interpretations of ‘Summer Sun’ and ‘Like Stone’. Psychedelics mixed with a stomping beat for ‘Summer Sun’ and something a little bit weird and reflective for ‘Like Stone’.

                    TRACK LISTING

                    Summer Sun (Sean Ono Lennon Remix)
                    Like Stone (Sean Ono Lennon Remix)

                    Matt Berry

                    Gather Up (Ten Years On Acid Jazz)

                      Following the huge acclaim earlier this year for Matt Berry’s eighth studio album The Blue Elephant, Acid Jazz Records release Gather Up, a compilation album encompassing the singular musical adventures this extraordinary musician has taken over the past decade, offering a revelatory and fascinating insight into the working process of a genuine musical maverick and sonic explorer.

                      Over 10 years with Acid Jazz Records Berry has released nine incredibly diverse albums (including one live album). From the tangled-folk rock thickets of Witchazel and Kill The Wolf (which features the song from which this box gets its name), to the out-there explorations of Music For Insomniacs or TV Themes’ retro-kitsch delights, through the soul power in Matt Berry & The Maypoles Live or the twilight grooves of The Small Hours to the classic pedal-steel songwriting of Phantom Birds and the smorgasbord of psychedelic sounds on The Blue Elephant, Berry’s journey has produced a feast for the ears that twists and turns down more unexpected avenues than most artists could manage over several careers. 

                      Gather Up pulls together an excellent 21-track career spanning collection expertly compiled by Berry, available as a separate, standalone release on 2LP or single CD, including non-album tracks such as ‘Snuff Box Theme’. No easy achievement considering the sheer breadth, diversity and volume of his exceptional musical output. 

                      TRACK LISTING

                      1. Take My Hand
                      2. Something In My Eye
                      3. Medicine
                      4. Badger's Wake
                      5. World In Action
                      6. One By One
                      7. Take A Bow
                      8. October Sun
                      9. So Low
                      10. Summer Sun
                      11. Gather Up
                      12. Theme From Snuff Box
                      13. Middle Of The East
                      14. Like Stone
                      15. Phantom Birds
                      16. Music For Insomniacs Part IV
                      17. Say It Again
                      18. The Innkeepers Song Live
                      19. Obsessed & So Obscure
                      20. Woman
                      21. Solstice 

                      Matt Berry

                      Gather Up - Box Set Editions

                        Gather Up is the culmination of ten years on Acid Jazz for Matt Berry. Gather Up comes as a beautifully packaged 5LP Box set with a 64 page booklet or 4CD Hardback book-set with a 28 pages of illustrations and notes.

                        The 55 tracks are split between an anthology compilation that tracks the very best tracks from his 8 albums and associated singles for the label over the last decade, an album of unreleased tracks and rarities, a demo version of his 2020 album Phantom Birds and the previously unreleased Live At A Festival LP which showcases Matt & his band the Maypoles in full flight.

                        The book included in both formats has an extended essay by Chris Catchpole which review Matt’s musical career and an exclusive set of photo images culled from the archive of Matt’s long time photographic collaborator Ben Meadows.

                        The LP Box is strictly limited to 1500 copies and comes with a certificate of authenticity signed by Matt.

                        TRACK LISTING

                        CD 1 - Gather Up
                        1. Take My Hand
                        2. Something In My Eye
                        3. Medicine
                        4. Badger's Wake
                        5. World In Action
                        6. One By One
                        7. Take A Bow
                        8. October Sun
                        9. So Low
                        10. Summer Sun
                        11. Gather Up
                        12. Theme From Snuff Box
                        13. Middle Of The East
                        14. Like Stone
                        15. Phantom Birds
                        16. Music For Insomniacs Part IV
                        17. Say It Again
                        18. The Innkeepers Song Live
                        19. Obsessed & So Obscure
                        20. Woman
                        21. Solstice

                        CD 2 - Rare & Unreleased
                        1. Bigger Than A Dog - Original Witchazel Intro
                        2. Take My Hand - Live On Absolute Radio
                        3. Autumn - Witchazel Outtake
                        4. The Dawn - From Myspace EP 'Summer Sun' 2010
                        5. Snuff Box - Live Loop Used Live Between 2005 - 2012
                        6. Catch Me In Time
                        7. Dark Beach - From Myspace EP 'Summer Sun' 2010
                        8. The Hangman - Acoustic Version 2007
                        9. Wonder Theme - Became 'Something In My Eye’
                        10. Music For Insomniacs - Alternative Intro
                        11. Theme From 'Sorry’ - Live From Charlie Brooker's Screenwipe 2007
                        12. Music For Insomnaics - Rejected Theme
                        13. Walk With Samuel - Devil Inside Me’
                        14. Blankety Blank - Vocal Intro
                        15. The Blue Elephant - Trip Two
                        16. Sweet Velvet - Became 'Seasons On Fire’
                        17. The Blue Elephant - Alternative

                        CD 3 - Phantom First
                        1. Covered In Clowns
                        2. Get Her Out Of My Mind
                        3. I'm Going
                        4. Make It Go Away
                        5. Peter Cleopatra And The Windmill
                        6. Play On
                        7. Take A Bow
                        8. The Preacher's House
                        9. A Shot Rang Out In The Forest
                        10. The Wrong House
                        11. Where's My Love?
                        12. You Danced All Night

                        CD 4 - Live At A Festival
                        1. Medicine / So Low
                        2. Silver Sun
                        3. Theme From Snuffbox
                        4. Solstice
                        5. The Pheasant

                        Matt Deighton


                          The debut solo album by Mother Earth singer, Paul Weller band member and erstwhile Noel Gallagher replacement in Oasis, Matt Deighton.

                          A pastoral folk album that sits perfectly alongside Nick Drake’s ‘Bryter Layter’ and ‘Solid Air’ by John Martyn.

                          Originally released in 1995, ‘Villager’ garnered great reviews from NME, Q and The Guardian, and, on its 2011 reissue, was named by Mojo as a Buried Treasure.

                          Remastered from the original production master by Nick Robbins at Sound Mastering (Ace Records, The Small Faces), the vinyl sounds incredible.

                          TRACK LISTING

                          Good For Us
                          Stones Around The Candle
                          Villager/ Bone Dry Boat
                          Jesus Loves The Rain
                          Get Out The Road
                          Hey, My Mind
                          Pure English Honey
                          The Windmills Of Norfolk
                          Two Piece Jigsaw Puzzle
                          Hiding In The Breeze

                          Matt Berry

                          Kill The Wolf - 2021 Reissue

                            Matt Berry’s second album for Acid Jazz was the astounding ‘Kill The Wolf’. Building on and expanding on the sound of his label debut, it mixed baroque folk with psychedelia.

                            Containing the well-received single ‘Medicine’, the ruralistic ‘Gather Up’, as featured in ‘What We Do In The Shadows’, and the nine minute ‘Solstice’, as championed by BBC Radio 6 Music.

                            TRACK LISTING

                            Gather Up
                            Devil Inside Me
                            Fallen Angel
                            Wolf Quartet
                            October Sun
                            The Signs
                            Knock Knock
                            Village Dance
                            Farewell Summer Sun

                            Matt Berry

                            Witchazel - 2021 Reissue

                              Featuring the theme from his BAFTA Awardwinning TV show ‘Toast Of London’, ‘Take My Hand’, it has been his biggest selling album and has been out of print on vinyl for several years.

                              Acclaimed at the time of release, The Guardian said “‘Witchazel’ is enchanting… genuinely impressive,” while The Times labelled it “… psychfolk genius.” The album has since matured into an acknowledged classic.

                              TRACK LISTING

                              An Awakening
                              Take My Hand
                              Accident At A Harvest Festival
                              A Song For Rosie
                              So Low
                              Look In My Book
                              The Pheasant
                              The Badger’s Wake
                              Rain Came Down
                              From The Manger To The
                              Mortuary/Recorder Dance
                              Into The Sky
                              Roosting Time

                              Long Tall Shorty

                              A Bird In The Hand

                                We’re delighted to present Long Tall Shorty's long lost masterpiece A Bird In The Hand. 

                                The first full length Long Tall Shorty album released originally released in 2001. Lead singer Tony Perfect mixes a Stonesey drawl with then contemporary garage rock stylings, to show that he was always the smartest of the mod revivalists. 

                                Produced by Danny Corr and originally only released on CD, it is making its vinyl debut in an edition limited to 500 copies.

                                TRACK LISTING

                                1. And That Ain't All
                                2. Shine On Me
                                3. Out Of Reach
                                4. Don't Try To Stop Me
                                5. Taking Time
                                6. Shake
                                7. Killing Me Killing You
                                8. Justice
                                9. Hey Joe
                                10. Forever On Your Own
                                11. Centre Of The Square
                                12. Tenth Floor
                                13. I Saw The Light

                                Orchestre Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou Dahomey

                                Le Sato

                                  Acid Jazz Records continue their exclusive licensing agreement with Albarika Store, the legendary record label that defined the sound of Benin and influenced the entire region of West Africa and beyond. 

                                  Recorded and issued in 1974, Le Sato is one of the earliest releases on the Albarika label and it is also one of the deepest.  Sato is the term for the traditional rhythms that soundtrack Vodun (Voodoo) rituals and ceremonies in Benin. Performance of Sato is reserved for these sacred rites, which evoke the spirits of the dead and can last for several days and attract hundreds of people. Sato rhythms cannot be played outside of Vodun. 

                                  A large ceremonial Sato drum is used, which measured over 1.5m in height. This drum is played using wooden stick beaters, the drummer dancing while playing. The Sato drummers are supported by percussionists and other drummers playing smaller drums. Together, they create unique, layered, trance-inducing poly-rhythms.

                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  1. Gan Tche Kpo
                                  2. My Love
                                  3. Gnonnou Ho
                                  4. Min E Wa..We Non Dou

                                  Matt Berry

                                  The Blue Elephant

                                    In his tenth year with Acid Jazz, the ever-prolific Matt Berry has crafted a psych masterpiece. Once again proving his artistic progression and ambition knows no bounds

                                    Recorded during the summer of 2020, ‘Blue Elephant’ is testament to Matt’s exceptional musicianship, production skills and songwriting prowess with every instrument played by Matt including, guitars, bass, a variety of keyboards and synthesizers (piano, Wurlitzer, mellotron, Moog, Hammond, Vox and Farfisa organs), with the exception of drums – supplied by Craig Blundell, on arguably his best album to date. 

                                    This music soundtracks an album that explores themes surrounding today’s close scrutiny in all its bewildering, objectifying and unnerving experiences. Very much a conceptual and, therefore, continuous long-player, the album’s infectious grooves come to the fore on standout tracks ‘Summer Sun’, heavy-psych instrumental ‘Invisible’, the three-part ‘Blues Inside Me’, which encompasses a psych journey through a late ‘60s and early glam filter mixed with the propulsive ‘Like Stone’.

                                    TRACK LISTING

                                    1. Aboard
                                    2. Summer Sun
                                    3. Safe Passage
                                    4. Now Disappear
                                    5. Alone
                                    6. Invisible
                                    7. Blues Inside Me
                                    8. I Cannot Speak
                                    9. The Blue Elephant
                                    10. Life Unknown
                                    11. Safer Passage
                                    12. Like Stone
                                    13. Story Told
                                    14. Forget Me
                                    15. Now Disappear (Again)

                                    Fleur De Lys

                                    Circles: The Ultimate Fleur De Lys

                                      Acid Jazz present ‘Circles: The Ultimate Fleur De Lys’, the definitive compilation centred around one of the greatest 60s bands.

                                      Atlantic Records, Andrew Loog Oldham, Shel Talmy, Cream, Isaac Hayes and Tony Blackburn - all these and so many more turn up in the story of Southampton band the Fleur De Lys. You may not have heard of them and if you have it may be just because of their glorious cover of the Who’s ‘Circles’, an ultimate freakbeat anthem that this compilation is named after, but the singles they released in the second half of the 1960s are one of the greatest collections of singles by any band, ranging from R&B through freakbeat and psych and back into club soul.

                                      Emerging from the English South Coast’s competitive club scene they signed to Rolling Stones’ manager Andrew Loog Oldham’s pioneering indie label Immediate where they recorded two singles before being taken under the wing of Frank Fenter, who worked out of the UK Polydor office running the UK arm of Atlantic. The group went through numerous line up changes as they recorded a series of singles which are now some of the most collectible of the era.

                                      Acid Jazz and Countdown Records have been the custodians of the Fleur De Lys catalogue for the last decade and this compilation is the culmination of that work, containing all the singles that they released for Immediate, Polydor and Atlantic (where they pipped Led Zeppelin to become the first UK signed band to that legendary label).

                                      TRACK LISTING

                                      Mud In Your Eye
                                      Hold On (as Ruptert’s People)
                                      Gong With The Luminous Nose Tick Tock (as Shyster)
                                      Hammer Head
                                      One City Girl
                                      I Forgive You (as Chocolate Frog)
                                      Brick By Brick (Stone By Stone)
                                      I Can See A Light
                                      Prodigal Son
                                      Nothing To Say
                                      Stop Crossing The Bridge
                                      The Bitter And The Sweet (as Tony And Tandy With The Fleur De Lys)
                                      So Come On
                                      You’ve Got To Earn It
                                      Two Can Make It Together (as Tony And Tandy With The Fleur De Lys)
                                      I’ve Been Trying
                                      Wait For Me
                                      Love Them All (Demo)
                                      Gotta Get Enough Time (Demo)
                                      I Walk The Sands
                                      Yeah I Do Love You (Demo)

                                      Makin' Time

                                      Honey / Take What You Can Get

                                        Countdown Records (via Acid Jazz) are proud to announce the release of the label’s first 7” single in over 30 years. And what could be more apt than the single that never was by label favourites Makin’ Time?

                                        Produced by The Truth and 9 Below Zero’s Dennis Greaves and Mick Lister, this was to have been the West Midland group’s debut single for Countdown.

                                        Featuring the group’s original members, it remained unreleased when that line-up changed and Countdown’s parent label Stiff decided in a change of direction, aiming the group at the pop charts.

                                        Featuring two highlights of their early live set - the Fay Hallam composed ‘Honey’ and ‘Take What You Can Get’, written by Martin Blunt.

                                        The 7” comes in an exclusive Countdown sleeve so make sure to get your copy now.

                                        TRACK LISTING

                                        Honey (Original Version)
                                        Take What You Can Get (Original Version)

                                        The Brand New Heavies

                                        Shibuya 357: Live In Tokyo 1992

                                          1991 was a momentous year for The Brand New Heavies. They started it without a singer second on the bill to The James Taylor Quartet and by the end they had a Top 3 US hit and were about to embark on a run of 16 Top 40 hits in the UK. N’Dea Davenport was by this point fronting the group as their guest singer and the brilliant string of singles from their debut album were becoming locked in the minds of an ever-growing fanbase.

                                          Live they were a revelation. The only group from the UK scene who could do tight and slick, without slipping into ‘lift music’ blandness. The core membership of Andrew Levy, Simon Bartholomew and Jan Kincaid had been playing together since college and each knew where the other was going. Their ability to write classic soul songs lifted them above their contemporaries.

                                          ‘Shibuya 357’ is the quintessential (and only live) document of an era that quickly passed. The hits - ‘Never Stop’, ‘Dream Come True’, ‘Stay This Way’ and ‘Don’t Let It Go To Your Head’ are all here - as are some compelling funk jams. This recording captures the ecstatic rush of joy; when you go from youthful dream to accomplishment in such a short period.

                                          The album was only ever released in Japan in the late 90s and then only for a very short time. Acid Jazz are pleased to release this new version remastered from the source tape and the album appears on vinyl for the very first time.

                                          TRACK LISTING

                                          Gimme One Of Those
                                          Ride In The Sky
                                          Got To Give
                                          People Get Ready
                                          Don’t Let It Go To Your Head
                                          Mr. Tanaka
                                          Never Stop
                                          Stay This Way
                                          Doin’ It To Death
                                          Dream Come True

                                          Largely remembered today at the first group of future Charlatans main man Martin Blunt, Makin’ Time emerged as a breath of fresh air from the 1980s mod scene. Younger than the revival bands that had gone before instead of watered down punk their music was a glorious mix of power pop and 1960s pop and soul.

                                          Signed to Eddie Piller and Maxine Forrest’s Stiff distributed Countdown label it was seen as a possible contender for pop crossover. The album that emerged was the vibrant and exciting Rhythm & Soul.

                                          The band was fronted by the bob-headed, strong voiced organ playing Fay Hallam and guitarist and vocalist Mark McGounden, and these two along with Martin Blunt provided a strong set of self penned songs. A dynamic band live ‘Here Is My Number’, ‘Feels Like It’s Love’ ‘Only Time Will Time’ and the other self penned numbers were already fan anthems by the time they were recorded.

                                          TRACK LISTING

                                          Take What You Can Get
                                          Feels Like It's Love
                                          Here Is My Number
                                          Only Time Will Tell
                                          Did I Tell You
                                          I Gotta Move
                                          Where The Rhythm Takes You
                                          Every Single Day
                                          The Girl That Touched My Soul
                                          I Know What You're Thinking
                                          Stop This Cryin' Inside

                                          Nimbus Sextet

                                          Dreams Fulfilled

                                            Nimbus Sextet are a major new talent on the UK jazz scene. Led by pianist/keyboardist Joe Nichols, the Glaswegian contemporary jazz outfit play infectiously original music that spans the musical spectrum. Nimbus Sextet’s fresh take on jazz blends instantly relatable melodic hooks with driving grooves, sophisticated musicianship and episodic compositions.

                                            The core of the Nimbus Sextet sound comes courtesy of Joe with long-time collaborators Alex Palmer and Mischa Stevens. The trio met while studying at Edinburgh University and have continued to perform together ever since. Nimbus Sextet was fully formed in 2018 with the addition of Martin Fell and Euan Allardice joining the line-up with James Mackay arriving later.

                                            It was around this point the band started to compose and record the first shoots of what would become Nimbus Sextet’s blend. A decidedly wellbalanced alchemy, arrived at somewhat naturally by way of the varied musical influences and contributions from each of its culturally diverse members. You’re as likely to hear elements of Herbie Hancock and Gil Scott-Heron as easily as The Roots and Robert Glasper.

                                            TRACK LISTING

                                            Trap Door
                                            Lily White
                                            Deep Dark Blue Lights
                                            Dreams Fulfilled

                                            Matt Berry

                                            Phantom Birds

                                              BAFTA Award-winning actor Matt Berry has been the star of a number of high profile TV series including Toast Of London, The IT Crowd and most recently What We Do In The Shadows. Concurrently he has cultivated a career as a musician that has seen him release six solo albums and collaborate with the likes of Bond composer David Arnold, Jean-Michel Jarre and most recently Josh Homme, who invited him to perform on the Desert Sessions.

                                              His most recent album ‘TV Themes’ was a UK Top 40 hit and was awarded four stars by Will Hodgkinson writing for The Times. His reinterpretation of British TV themes of the past was no mere wallow in nostalgia but an exploration of recording techniques and a joyous celebration of the music.

                                              ‘Phantom Birds’ was inspired by a fascination with Bob Dylan’s ‘John Wesley Harding’, the way it was recorded with the minimum of musicians to draw attention to the songs. For the recording Matt worked with drummer Craig Blundell - known for his work with Steven Wilson and Steve Hackett - and legendary pedal steel player BJ Cole, yet the tinges of Americana are never allowed to overwhelm Matt’s own distinctive style.

                                              TRACK LISTING

                                              Something In My Eye
                                              You Danced All Night
                                              Phantom Birds
                                              Moonlight Flit
                                              Man Of Doom
                                              Where’s My Love?
                                              Take A Bow
                                              Hail To The King
                                              In My Mind
                                              That Yellow Bird
                                              Waving Goodbye
                                              Covered In Clowns

                                              Lightning Orchestra

                                              Source And Deliver

                                                Lightning Orchestra is the creative conduit for multi-instrumentalist Travis Murphy, bolstered by a rotating, elastically-numbered backing band of like-minded souls inspired by legends from Jimi Hendrix to Fela Kuti. The outfit’s debut album Source and Deliver is released on neon yellow vinyl, containing the monstrous ‘White Tiger’. 

                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                1. Theme
                                                2. Power
                                                3. White Tiger
                                                4. For Those Who Are Yet To Be Born
                                                5. Time (Time)
                                                6. Time Reprise

                                                Various Artists

                                                Martin Freeman And Eddie Piller Present Jazz On The Corner Two

                                                  A follow up to 2018’s Jazz On The Corner which has now sold over 10,000 copies, and last year’s equally successful Soul On The Corner, this compilation see Martin and Eddie return to the world of jazz for another bite at the cherry after Volume one was declared to be “the best jazz compilation of the last 20 years” by Jazz FM’s Chris Phillips.

                                                  The concept came from a radio show that Freeman and Piller put together for BBC Radio 6 Music which was so well received that the pair decided to dig deep into their record collections and build a double album of some of their favourite tracks.

                                                  The concept is simple: an album packed full of jazz gems which they hope are slightly off the beaten track. This year we have hidden gems from Nina Simone and Nicola Conte, classics from Roberta Flack, Roy Ayers and The MJQ, whilst the new British jazz generation is represented by Emma Emma-Jean Thackray. Running the gamut from hard bop, to progressive fusion via Latin beats, it’s an exhilarating listen from start to finish.

                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                  Laura says: Eddie Piller dons Sherlock’s Deerstalker, teaming up with national treasure Martin Freeman for another trip through their enviable jazz collections. Eschewing the wilfully obtuse in favour of personal favourites from across the decades, the duo celebrate a lifelong love of the genre.

                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                  Double LP Tracklisting

                                                  Side A
                                                  1. Stanley Turrentine – The Magilla
                                                  2. Nina Simone – I’m Gonna Leave You
                                                  3. The Jazz Crusaders – Tough Talk
                                                  4. Gene Ammons – Jungle Strut
                                                  5. George Benson – Shape Of Things To Come

                                                  Side B
                                                  1. Nicola Conte – Caravan
                                                  2. Duke Pearson – Gira, Girou (Round And Round)
                                                  3. Chet Baker – Do It The Hard Way
                                                  4. The Modern Jazz Quartet – Concorde
                                                  5. Lorez Alexandria – Nature Boy

                                                  Side C
                                                  1. Emanuel K Rahim & The Kaliqs – Al Amin
                                                  2. Roberta Flack – Compared To What
                                                  3. Horace Silver – Tranquilizer Suite Part : Perservance And Eudurance
                                                  4. Emma-Jean Thackray – Ley Lines
                                                  5. The Lyman Woodard Organisation – Creative Musicians

                                                  Side D
                                                  1. Charles Earland – Leaving This Planet
                                                  2. Brain Auger Oblivion Express – Freedom Jazz Dance
                                                  3. Johnny Mercer – That Old Black Magic
                                                  4. Roy Ayers – A Tear To A Smile
                                                  5. Lonnie Liston Smith – Summer Days

                                                  Double CD Tracklisting

                                                  Martin’s Picks

                                                  1. Stanley Turrentine – The Magilla
                                                  2. Nina Simone – I’m Gonna Leave You
                                                  3. The Jazz Crusaders – Tough Talk
                                                  4. Roberta Flack – Compared To What
                                                  5. Duke Pearson – Gira, Girou (Round And Round)
                                                  6. Lonnie Liston Smith – Summer Days
                                                  7. Roy Ayers – A Tear To A Smile
                                                  8. Les McCann – Us
                                                  9. Johnny Mercer – That Old Black Magic
                                                  10. The Modern Jazz Quartet – Concorde
                                                  11. Horace Silver – Tranquilizer Suite Part : Perservance And Eudurance
                                                  12. Chico Hamilton – Conquistadores

                                                  Eddie’s Choices
                                                  1. Emanuel K Rahim & The Kaliqs – Al Amin
                                                  2. Brain Auger Oblivion Express – Freedom Jazz Dance
                                                  3. Gene Ammons – Jungle Strut
                                                  4. George Benson – Shape Of Things To Come
                                                  5. Charles Earland – Leaving This Planet
                                                  6. Emma-Jean Thackray – Ley Lines
                                                  7. Nicola Conte – Caravan
                                                  8. Lorez Alexandria – Nature Boy
                                                  9. Chet Baker – Do It The Hard Way
                                                  10. The Lyman Woodard Organisation – Creative Musicians
                                                  11. The Bukky Leo Quintet – Rejoice In Righteousness
                                                  12. Patrice Rushen - Haw Right Now

                                                  The Spitfires

                                                  Life Worth Living

                                                    Fronted by creative lynchpin Billy Sullivan, this startling three-piece – augmented by three other musicians when playing live - have cemented a loyal fanbase since their inception some five years ago and alongside Sam Long, bassist and drummer Matt Johnson whilst initiating album sales in excess of 20k and a tour itinerary approaching nearly three hundred gigs.

                                                    Life Worth Living is a contrasting melting pot of unadulterated joy and melancholy, laughter, tears, frustration and peacefulness. Quiet and introspective moments collide with loud and angry times and no less powerful. At its heart is a sense of hope that things can be better, the title reflects that aspiration.

                                                    Produced by Simon Dine, who was behind the desk for Paul Weller’s 22 Dreams and Wake Up The Nation amongst a varied CV - has harnessed the undoubted vibrancy and swagger of the band’s live show helping create an ambitious album – a vehicle for the talents of Sullivan, Long and Johnson.

                                                    From the infectious brass-infused opener, Start All Over Again, the Nutty Boys-esque title track Life Worth Living to Tear This Place Right Down bathed in soul overtones, the ballad-like wonder of How Could I Lie To You? to the ska riffage of single (Just Won’t) Keep You Down and the magnificent finale of Make It Through Each Day.

                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                    1.Start All Over Again
                                                    2.It Can't Be Done
                                                    3.Life Worth Living
                                                    4.Tear This Place Right Down!
                                                    5.How Could I Lie To You?
                                                    6.Kings & Queens
                                                    7.(Just Won't) Keep Me Down
                                                    8.Tower Above Me
                                                    9.Have It Your Way
                                                    10.Make It Through Each Day

                                                    Lamont Butler

                                                    It's Time For A Change

                                                      It was 50 years ago that a talented local musician named Lamont Butler started to create an album that would combine love, happiness and joy. Lamont’s only official album release, ‘It’s Time For A Change’ has been very popular for record collectors around the world but it never saw the wider success it truly deserved.

                                                      Born 1949 in Louisville, Kentucky, Lamont Butler was drawn to music and dance from the very beginning. He was the son of well-known gospel, blues and R&B singer and pianist Clifford Butler Sr, receiving an early education in what was required to be a touring musician. It quickly became apparent that Lamont had a wonderful voice and was pushed to the front, despite no being fully confident yet of his singing ability. Lamont performed on the gospel circuit for a number of years, cutting his teeth with groups such as The Enterprise, The Dynamics and The New Beginnings, eventually going solo with Lamont Butler and The Spirit of Truth.

                                                      It was whilst he was singing and performing during this period that he started to write his own songs and think about putting together an album bringing together his influences from R&B, jazz, soul and of course gospel. The result is the very raw, almost low-fi sound of ‘It’s Time For A Change’, released nearly 10 years after Lamont started to pen the first tracks and gaining relative success. He toured the album around churches in Louisville, with tracks such as ‘Love One Another’,’ Time For A Change’ and ‘Ungodly War’ quickly becoming firm favourites.

                                                      Remastered with care by Nick Robbins at Sound Mastering and complete with in-depth sleevenotes.

                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                      Get Up And Praise The
                                                      Brighter World
                                                      Thank You Lord
                                                      Love One Another
                                                      Time For A Change
                                                      Come Into God’s World
                                                      Ungodly War

                                                      Patterson Twins

                                                      Let Me Be Your Lover

                                                        A timely reissue of this ultra rare LP that is fetching prices upwards of £600 online. Originally released in 1978 on the obscure label out of Mississippi Commercial, Let Me Be Your Lover is now reissued and available again in the UK/Europe for this first time.

                                                        The album includes the absolute monster album version of the modern soul/crossover classic Gonna Find A True Love, which was reissued on Miles Away earlier this year. The album version of this track gives the 7” a run for it’s money.

                                                        Let Me Be Your Lover is an album is undeniably deep, soulful and passionate and now fully licensed from Estus and Lester Patterson.

                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                        1. Let Me Be Your Lover
                                                        2. He’s A Loser
                                                        3. How Long Must The Show Go On
                                                        4. A Good Thing
                                                        5. Gonna Find A True Love
                                                        6. Funk Machine
                                                        7. You Give Me Someone To Love
                                                        8. Disco Dream

                                                        The Brand New Heavies


                                                          Can it really be thirty years since The Brand New Heavies first sashayed into the public eye with a romantic’s heart, a hedonist’s spirit and a Superfly sensibility?

                                                          A heady cocktail of Chic-style funk-pop, sunshine grooves and scorched soul balladry, the release of TBNH sees The Brand New Heavies writing a new chapter in what has been an illustrious journey whilst also marking a return to their spiritual home, Acid Jazz Records.

                                                          Today The Brand New Heavies share a breath-taking version of Kendrick Lamar’s These Walls recorded with long-time associate and vocalist N’Dea Davenport and produced by uber-fan Mark Ronson. It was that line-up of the band that had originally brought the funk into his life having caught their show in New York in 1991, later inviting them to play at his 40th birthday party. Insistent once more to reconvene that line-up, successfully reunitingN’Dea and The Heavies for his production of this trackfor their 30th anniversary album.

                                                          TBNH is released across all formats including a double vinyl album set and available to pre-order here

                                                          The album’s heart, both musically and physically is a friendship that can be traced back to the mid-Eighties - more specifically the shared experiences growing into adulthood on the western reaches of London for Simon Bartholomew (guitar) and Andrew Levy (bass) and a return to the formula that saw the band score sixteen Top 40 hits and three million album sales.

                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                          Millie says: Thirty years on and they’ve still got it! The Brand New Heavies are back home on their label Acid Jazz Records showcasing their soul-drenched grooves, including a Kendrick Lamar cover with Mark Ronson pulling the production strings, make sure you don’t miss this one!

                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                          1 Beautiful
                                                          2 Stupid Love
                                                          3 Just Believe In You
                                                          4 Getaway
                                                          5 Heat
                                                          6 The Funk Is Back
                                                          7 Together
                                                          8 These Walls
                                                          9 It's My Destiny
                                                          10 Wired Up
                                                          11 Dance It Out
                                                          12 Little Dancer
                                                          13 Dontcha Wanna
                                                          14 Get On The Right Side

                                                          This is the debut album from new soul sensation Laville, following on from the release of Laville’s stunning debut EP which featured singles "Easy" and "Thirty One". "The Wanderer" is driven by a certain spirit - it’s almost as if after waiting so long Laville refuses to let this chance pass him by, bringing his intense sense of focus to the fore. A bold voice that adds something distinctly new to the tapestry of soul, Laville’s talent is too strong to remain a secret forever. "The Wanderer" was steered by the expert hand of Acid Jazz’s in-house producer Sir Tristan Longworth, built during the summer months with a crack team of musicians.

                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                          Blood & Bone
                                                          Thirty One
                                                          This City
                                                          The Truth
                                                          The Answer
                                                          Love Shine
                                                          What You Won’t Do For
                                                          Wavy Love

                                                          Various Artists

                                                          Martin Freeman & Eddie Piller Present: Soul On The Corner

                                                            Following 2018’s acclaimed "Jazz On The Corner" compilation, 2019 sees Martin Freeman team up with Acid Jazz’s renowned head honcho Eddie Piller once more, to present a veritable and personal collection of tracks. Compiled from the pair’s personal favourites, be it hearing on the radio, word of mouth or out DJ'ing - "Soul On The Corner" represents the entire gamut of soul from the sixties and seventies right up to the present as illustrated by the likes of Tommy McGhee and the Acid Jazz recent signee Laville.

                                                            Opening with the inimitable Bobby Womack and "How Could You Break My Heart", as Piller explains; 'I never tire of hearing this record and have used regularly to close my DJ set, it’s a real hands-in-the-air moment.' Further cuts from the renowned and less well-known seamlessly complement each other - the smooth sultry jam of Laville’s "Thirty One" or the superbly nuanced slice of progressive soul in the shape of Sergio Mendes & Brasil 77’s "Love Music". Piller’s selection transcends the rock / soul divide with "Never Gonna Give You Up" from former Impression Jerry Butler, adding: 'I plumped for this because I recalled the incredible response from The Black Keys’ version that I aired on the BBC’s Funk and Soul show.'

                                                            No less varied is the choice of soul fan Martin Freeman, opening with the vintage ’68 soul with a twist of something rockier, Barbara Acklin’s "A Raggedy Ride" that he professes; 'is an unexpected gem that’s been a favourite of mine for forever.' Other picks arrive in the form of Georgie Fam’s cover of Bobby Womack’s "Daylight" that has Freeman enthusing; 'the original is a beaut. This is better.' Further inclusions come from The Supremes and The Wisdom Of Time, representing the mid-nineties contemporary soul scene is Lewis Taylor with "Lucky" that as Freeman asserts is; 'an epic tune.' Meanwhile, taken from their first self-titled album Earth, Wind & Fire’s "Fan The Fire" epitomizes the innovative nature of one of the most successful acts of all time and adds Freeman; 'this is a funky-as-hell cry for peace and love. Good lord, they were SO good.'

                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                            Patrick says: After hitting us with a choice selection of jazz cuts last year, deep digger, class actor and snappy dresser Martin Freeman and Acid Jazz head honcho Eddie Piller return with a collection of sweet modern soul sounds.

                                                            TRACK LISTING


                                                            Bobby Womack – How Could You Break My Heart
                                                            Willie Hutch – Lucky To Be Loved By You
                                                            Tommy McGee – Now That I Have You
                                                            Leroy Hutson – Positive Forces
                                                            Laville – Thirty One
                                                            Sergio Mendes & Brasil 77” – Love Music
                                                            Pamoja – Oooh Baby
                                                            Hot Chocolate – Brother Louie
                                                            Goodie – You & I
                                                            Patsy Gallant – It’ll All Come Around
                                                            Arnold Blair – Finally Made It Home
                                                            The Reverend T.L Barrett And The Youth For Christ Choir – Like A Ship (Without A Sail)
                                                            Honey Cone – If I Can’t Fly
                                                            Bobby Jukes – Just To Be With You
                                                            The Modulations – Can’t Fight Your Love
                                                            Jerry Butler – Never Give You Up
                                                            Barbara Acklin – A Raggedy Ride
                                                            Georgie Fame – Daylight
                                                            Major Lance – I Just Can’t Help It
                                                            Earth, Wind & Fire – Fan The Fire
                                                            Lewis Taylor – Lucky
                                                            Wayne Davis – I Like The Things About Me That I Once Despised
                                                            The Supremes – The Wisdom Of Time
                                                            Donny Hathaway – Voices Inside (Everything Is Everything)
                                                            Mille Jackson – It Hurts So Good
                                                            Syreeta – I’m Going Left
                                                            Curtis Mayfield– Miss Black America
                                                            Tower Of Power – Don’t Change Horses (In The Middle Of A Stream)
                                                            Brook Benton – Shoes
                                                            Tommie Young – Hit And Run Lover
                                                            Betty Wright – The Babysitter


                                                            Side A – Eddie Piller
                                                            Bobby Womack – How Could You Break My Heart
                                                            Willie Hutch – Lucky To Be Loved By You
                                                            Tommy McGee – Now That I Have You
                                                            Laville – Thirty One
                                                            Sergio Mendes & Brasil 77” – Love Music
                                                            Pamoja – Oooh Baby

                                                            Side B – Eddie Piller
                                                            Goodie – You & I
                                                            Patsy Gallant – It’ll All Come Around
                                                            Arnold Blair – Finally Made It Home
                                                            The Reverend T.L Barrett And The Youth For Christ Choir – Like A Ship (Without A Sail)
                                                            Bobby Jukes – Just To Be With You
                                                            Jerry Butler – Never Give You Up

                                                            Side C – Martin Freeman
                                                            Barbara Acklin – A Raggedy Ride
                                                            Georgie Fame – Daylight
                                                            Earth, Wind & Fire – Fan The Fire
                                                            Lewis Taylor – Lucky
                                                            Wayne Davis – I Like The Things About Me That I Once Despised

                                                            Side D – Martin Freeman
                                                            Donny Hathaway – Voices Inside (Everything Is Everything)
                                                            Syreeta – I’m Going Left
                                                            Curtis Mayfield– Miss Black America
                                                            Tower Of Power – Don’t Change Horses (In The Middle Of A Stream)
                                                            Brook Benton – Shoes
                                                            Tommie Young – Hit And Run Lover
                                                            Betty Wright – The Babysitter

                                                            Leroy Hutson

                                                            Feel The Spirit

                                                              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.

                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                              It’s The Music
                                                              Let’s Be Lonely Together
                                                              Never Know What You Can Do (Give It A Try)
                                                              A Lover’s Holiday
                                                              Feel The Spirit (‘76)
                                                              Don’t Let It Get Next To You
                                                              Feel The Spirit (‘76) Single Edit *

                                                              * = CD Only Track

                                                              Matt Berry

                                                              Television Themes

                                                                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.

                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                1. Are You Being Served?
                                                                2. The Good Life
                                                                3. LWT
                                                                4. Blankety Blank
                                                                5. Top Of The Pops
                                                                6. Picture Box
                                                                7. The Liver Birds
                                                                8. Thames Television
                                                                9. Rainbow
                                                                10. Doctor Who
                                                                11. Wildtrak
                                                                12. World In Action
                                                                13. Sorry
                                                                14. Open University 

                                                                Leroy Hutson


                                                                  Acid Jazz comeplete their Leroy Hutson odyssey with his seventh and final album on Curtom Records. This 1979 LP finds the soul man in mostly disco mode, working his magic over an endless string of slick bass riffs, sizzling 4/4s and swooping strings. Amongst a whole lotta heat, the  soulful ‘Right Or Wrong’, storming ‘(You Put The) Funk In My Life’ and rare groove classic ‘So Nice’ all deserve special mention.

                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                  (You Put The) Funk In My Life
                                                                  Right Or Wrong
                                                                  So Nice
                                                                  Lonely Without You
                                                                  More Where That Came From

                                                                  Leroy Hutson

                                                                  Closer To The Source

                                                                  This glorious deluxe reissue of Leroy Hutson’s 1978 masterpiece Closer To the Source is now here. Perfectly posed between the worlds of soul and club music, it features such favourites as Get To This (You’ll Get To Me), You’re A Winner and the title track. Remastered and reissued on Acid Jazz with the full cooperation of Leroy Hutson. It’s a pure classic, who can’t resist the smooth ways of Leroy Hutson? Holding his charm and ultimately catchy and lovable tracks this is the album for any collection!

                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                  1. In The Mood
                                                                  2. Where Did Love Go
                                                                  3. They’ve Got Love
                                                                  4. Get To This (You’ll Get To Me)
                                                                  5. Closer To The Source
                                                                  6. Heaven Right Here (On Earth)
                                                                  7. Everybody’s A Masterpiece
                                                                  8. You’re A Winner
                                                                  9. Where Did Love Go (Single Edit)
                                                                  10. In The Mood (Single Edit)
                                                                  11. Reality - CD Only Track

                                                                  Leroy Hutson

                                                                  The Man!

                                                                    Deluxe reissue of Leroy Hutson’s second album for Curtom Records ’The Man!’.

                                                                    One of the finest soul albums of 1974 featuring amongst others ‘Could This Be Love’, Ella Weez’ and Leroy’s own version of ‘The Ghetto ‘74’, Donny Hathaway's signature tune which Leroy wrote with Donny.

                                                                    Leon's Creation

                                                                    This Is The Beginning

                                                                      The first reissue of this private press late 1970 San Franciscan psychedelic soul masterpiece. Led by Leon Patillo, this self-contained group took their influences from Sly And The Family Stone and Santana. Patillo would later go on to sing with his heroes Santana on their ‘Borboletta’ and ‘Festival’ albums before establishing himself as a successful gospel singer.

                                                                      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’.

                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                      Love The Feeling
                                                                      Situations (Instrumentals)
                                                                      I Do I Do (Want To Make Love To You
                                                                      I Think I’m Falling In Love
                                                                      Love To Hold You Close
                                                                      Flying High
                                                                      Blackberry Jam
                                                                      Don’t It Make You Feel Good
                                                                      Positive Forces
                                                                      Blackberry Jam (Single Edit)

                                                                      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’.

                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                        Night Terrors (Saint Etienne Remix)
                                                                        Middle Of The East
                                                                        Lord Above (Matt Berry Meets Thomas Walsh)
                                                                        Any Colour You Like
                                                                        Mr Green Genes
                                                                        Hey Little Girl
                                                                        Night Terrors (Clark Remix)

                                                                        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.

                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                          Cool Out
                                                                          All Because Of You
                                                                          Don’t It Make You Feel Good
                                                                          Love The Feeling
                                                                          Positive Forces
                                                                          Lucky Fellow
                                                                          Never Know What You Can Do (Give It A Try)
                                                                          Love Oh Love
                                                                          Ella Weez
                                                                          Could This Be Love
                                                                          So In Love With You
                                                                          I Think I’m Falling In Love
                                                                          Closer To The Source
                                                                          Give This Love A Try
                                                                          Right Or Wrong
                                                                          Now That I Found You
                                                                          Get To This (You’ll Get To Me)
                                                                          Lover’s Holiday
                                                                          Time Brings On A Change

                                                                          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.

                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                          He Said She Said
                                                                          Up The Hill
                                                                          Summer Dancing
                                                                          These Words
                                                                          A Message
                                                                          Night Of 1000 Hours
                                                                          My Electric Chauffeur
                                                                          The Day They Took The Music Away
                                                                          Such Fragile Things
                                                                          Summers Of Love
                                                                          Tired Bones
                                                                          The Weathermonger

                                                                          Matt Berry

                                                                          The Small Hours

                                                                            Strange things can happen during the morning twilight. Mysterious shapes appear and play tricks on the mind but it is also when the magic happens. Emerging from the darkness, Matt Berry’s new album, ‘The Small Hours’ captures that awakening feeling and the moment all his wild imagination springs to life.

                                                                            “‘The Small Hours’ is that time before dawn when we worry about things,” tells Matt of the album’s title and its beautifully complex and beguiling nature. “It can be an intensely quiet time so all your thoughts and fears can be amplified.”

                                                                            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.

                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                            1. Running
                                                                            2. Wendy Rene
                                                                            3. All In
                                                                            4. Boy
                                                                            5. My Danish Girl
                                                                            6. Forever Starts Tonight
                                                                            7. I’m Com’un Home (In The Morn’un)
                                                                            8. Lost Tobacco Road
                                                                            9. 77
                                                                            10. They Don’t Know
                                                                            11. Let’s Get Away
                                                                            12. Permanent Vacation

                                                                            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.

                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                            1. The Innkeeper’s Song
                                                                            2. So Low
                                                                            3. October Sun
                                                                            4. Take My Hand
                                                                            5. Sorry (Theme From)
                                                                            6. Solstice
                                                                            7. Snuff Box
                                                                            8. Song For Rosie
                                                                            9. Medicine
                                                                            10. Devil Inside Me
                                                                            11. The Pheasant

                                                                            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.

                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                            1. Intro
                                                                            2. The Wolves
                                                                            3. Stay Strange
                                                                            4. Suburban Sex Dungeon
                                                                            5. Your Lovely Wife
                                                                            6. These Nights Were Made For Us
                                                                            7. Borderline
                                                                            8. We Paid For Blood
                                                                            9. Heaven
                                                                            10. Her Disappearing Act
                                                                            11. Braggarts Regatta
                                                                            12. You Deserve The World

                                                                            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.

                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                              1.Now's The Time!
                                                                              2.Money Spider
                                                                              3.7 Hills (feat. Roisin Murphy)
                                                                              4. Nobody In The World
                                                                              5.Steal The Sun
                                                                              6.Longing For You Baby
                                                                              7.Get Christie
                                                                              8.Too Much Of The Sun
                                                                              9. Key Of U
                                                                              10.Workin' Overtime
                                                                              11. I Thank You
                                                                              12. Something Better



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