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Eddie Piller & Dean Rudland Present Acid Jazz (Not Jazz)

    A compilation of the finest early ’90s underground club sounds presented by Eddie Piller and Dean Rudland. As Acid Jazz began a period of extraordinary commercial success – Brand New Heavies and Jamiroquai selling millions of records – London’s club scene began to have a global influence. The compilation offers a snapshot of the kinds of records that were being played at the time, combining original Acid Jazz releases with sides from other labels that surrounded the scene. These records could fill a dance floor in seconds. This collection gives them a new platform to be celebrated.

    TRACK LISTING

    Blacker – The Ballistic Brothers Vs. Eccentric Afros
    Beads, Things & Flowers – Humble Souls
    Come On – Marden Hill
    Last Night Beats – The Subterraneans
    APB – A Man Called Adam
    Modal (Blue Train Dub) – The Quiet Boys
    Jazz Jupiter (Da Scat Mix) – A-Zel
    Everything Is Going To The Beat – Dhama B Vs. Ace Of Clubs

    Soul Revivers

    Grove Dub X 500

      Soul Revivers continue onwards from their earlier 2022 release ‘On The Grove’ with the hotly anticipated dub version ‘Grove Dub’

      An ambitious, collaborative project, producers David Hill and Nick Manasseh bring together reggae legends, including Ken Boothe and Ernest Ranglin, with the hottest UK musical talent, in what has become the standout reggae project of the year

      The Dub version continues in the same vein – another installment in the rich history of West London reggae and dub.

      TRACK LISTING

      Meanwhile Dub
      Harder Version
      Underground Dub
      Gone Clear
      Rocka Dub
      Why Dub
      Got To Dub
      More Drama

      Gloria Scott

      So Wonderful

        Gloria Scott was discovered by Sly Stone, before working with Ike and Tina Turner in the ‘Ikettes’, and going on to make classic, collectable soul records in the ‘70s.

        Her collaboration with Barry White yielded her acclaimed 1974 album ‘What Am I Gonna Do’, which included ‘(A Case Of) Too Much Love Makin’, and also sees three tracks on this brand new record.

        Alongside the White-written/associated tracks, are 5 original numbers (including a co-write with PP Arnold), and a cover of Gospel-House classic ‘Promised Land’.

        An absolute must-have contemporary record from a classic soul artist.

        Brand New Heavies

        Brand New Heavies - 2022 Reissue

          Brand New Heavies’ seminal self-titled debut album sees full reissue on Acid Jazz, pressed on special edition blue vinyl

          The record exploded in the summer of 1990, defining the the sound of the summer, while establishing both the band and the Acid Jazz label.

          With a fresh take on their influences – ’70s Jazz Funk and Two-Step Soul – combined with a London Warehouse Party vibe, it began the groups journey to international success, with 16 Top 40 hits.

          Includes raw funk cuts ‘BNH’ and ‘Sphynx’, as well as ‘Dream Come True’ and ‘Stay This Way’ – both of which would become US R&B and UK Pop hits.

          Their legacy lives on with their spirit firmly residing in this classic debut LP.

          TRACK LISTING

          BNH
          Gimmie One Of Those
          Dream Come True
          Put The Funk Back In It
          People Get Ready
          Ride In The Sky
          Sphynx
          Stay This Way
          Shake Down

          Ferry Djimmy

          Rhythm Revolution

          Recorded for Benin’s Communist revolution, ‘Rhythm Revolution’ is a rare and truly unique Afrobeat record - it’s rumoured only 200 copies of the original release survived.

          Ferry Djimmy was a schoolteacher, former boxer, and a personal friend of Muhammad Ali and Fela Kuti. He was later Jacques Chirac’s personal bodyguard.

          Recorded at the Satel Studio in Cotonou, the album is one of the toughest, wildest and deepest slices of Afro-Funk cut - with raw African rhythms, distortion, energy and wit.

          Alongside nods to Hendrix, Kuti and James Brown, there is something truly unique about Ferry Djimmy’s musical legacy.

          A must-have for Afrobeat, Afro Funk and Psych collectors.

          STAFF COMMENTS

          Matt says: Hard fuzz and clatter here from a Benin revolutionary.. Ferry wields his guitar like a man possessed, issuing wah-wah bombardments and frenzied solos; whilst a whole array of yet-to-be-sampled breaks thump away in the back. Real deal shit!

          TRACK LISTING

          Be Free
          Atakpa DC9
          When I Come In The Road
          Brest DC10
          Yong Revolution
          Carry Me Blak
          Antiga
          Ichango
          A Were We Coco
          Egbemi Black
          Love Love
          Start To Pray
          Oluwa Loranmi Nichai
          Toba Walemi
          Chikri Man
          My Dad Has Me To Kanm

          Bangs & Talbot

          Back To Business

            Acid Jazz present a new collaboration between Chris Bangs and Mick Talbot, ‘Back To Business’, celebrating the mod club jazz sounds that are at the backbone of their DNA.

            DJ and Producer Chris Bangs first coined the term ‘acid jazz’, and has produced records for Galliano and Paul Weller, alongside his own project, Quiet Boys.

            Mick Talbot was a founding member and keyboardist of The Style Council with Paul Weller. He has since played with Galliano, Dexys Midnight Runners and Candy Staton.

            Having previously recorded together in Yada Yada and Soundscape, ‘Back To Business’ marks the first Bangs & Talbot collaboration for years. Vital for mod collectors and beyond.

            TRACK LISTING

            Sumthin’ Else
            Surf’N’Turf
            How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)
            Stingray (Live At PJ’s)
            Kookie T
            It’s Alright (Instrumental)
            Leela’s Dance
            Blue Jeans
            Goody Goody
            Pick’N’Mick’s
            Jerk Chicken
            Blues Walk

            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.

              TRACK LISTING

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

              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.

                TRACK LISTING

                Bella
                Oya Ka Jojo
                Mercenariat Africa
                Gbemeho

                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
                    Sold
                    Tearing Up Inside
                    Infatuated
                    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

                          Suburbia
                          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
                          Credits

                          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

                                Villager

                                  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
                                    Medicine
                                    Wolf Quartet
                                    Solstice
                                    October Sun
                                    The Signs
                                    Knock Knock
                                    Bonfire
                                    Village Dance
                                    Farewell Summer Sun

                                    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

                                            Circles
                                            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
                                            Liar
                                            Moondreams
                                            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
                                                BNH
                                                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
                                                Shakedown

                                                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
                                                Honey
                                                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

                                                T.P. Orchestre Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou - Rep Pop Du Benin

                                                Segla

                                                  Acid Jazz Records are proud to announce an 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.

                                                  This is the first exhaustive trawl of the archive and will see the label presented in a way that ensures its historical importance is recognized.

                                                  ‘Segla’ is a hens’ teeth-rare Poly Rythmo album from 1978 that was originally released without a sleeve as ALS059. Recorded at EMI Lagos, Nigeria, as per most of the Poly Rythmo recordings for Albarika, the sound quality is from the tapes is dynamic and fresh.

                                                  Transferred from the original tapes and remastered by Grammy award-winning engineer Frank Merritt at The Carvery, the album is presented with beautiful artwork and packaging to match the sonics. This is the music as it should be heard.

                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                  Mi Kple Mi De
                                                  Dodji Lo
                                                  Segla

                                                  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
                                                    Klara
                                                    Séance
                                                    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
                                                      Intermission
                                                      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
                                                              Lord
                                                              Brighter World
                                                              Thank You Lord
                                                              Love One Another
                                                              Time For A Change
                                                              Come Into God’s World
                                                              Smile
                                                              Ungodly War

                                                              The Prisoners

                                                              In From The Cold

                                                                The Prisoners are one of the most influential bands of the 1980s, an astounding live act whose records were the opposite of what pop radio demanded in that era. Raw where they were smooth and full of character where those records needed to be blandly conformist. They hardly sold a record and yet they can count the likes of Noel Gallagher and political journalist John Harris as their fans. Steve Lamacq devoted a whole chapter of his book to his love of them whilst Tim Burgess of The Charlatans once said that at that time he only checked for The Prisoners and New Order. At least two UK hits used their arrangement on Joe South’s ‘Hush’ as their basis.

                                                                ‘In From The Cold’ was the final shot at success by The Prisoners the only problem was they didn’t want it. Signed by Eddie Piller to his Stiff-backed subsidiary Countdown they were put in the studio with Troy Tate (Teardrop Explodes / The Smiths) and made this astounding album which they then disowned.

                                                                By 1986 they were an incredible live band and had released three albums of their distinctive 60s influenced garage rock. A four-piece featuring Johnny Symons on drums, future Acid Jazz hitmaker James Taylor on organ, Allan Crockford on bass and backing vocals and the compellingly soulful Graham Day on vocals. Graham also wrote fantastic songs. Ten years later and they would have been lauded as heroes in Brit Pop land but the mid-80s had no place in the mainstream for a band with their influences.

                                                                ‘In From The Cold’ is full of amazing songs from the hard edges of ‘All You Gotta Do Is Say’, ‘Ain’t No Telling’ and ‘The More That I Teach You’, to the mournful ‘Wish The Rain’ and ‘Be On Your Way’. It is no surprise that Mojo journalist Lois Wilson described this as her favourite album by the band.

                                                                This reissue on coloured vinyl is the first time the album has been issued in its original form since 1986 when, due to Stiff’s imminent demise, it was deleted very quickly.

                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                All You Gotta Do Is Say
                                                                Come Closer
                                                                The More That I Teach You
                                                                Mourn My Health
                                                                I Know How To Please You
                                                                Deceiving Eye
                                                                In From The Cold
                                                                Wish The Rain
                                                                Be On Your Way
                                                                Find And Seek
                                                                Ain’t No Tellin’
                                                                Main Title Theme (The Lesser Evil)

                                                                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

                                                                  TBNH

                                                                    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

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

                                                                    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
                                                                      Butterfat
                                                                      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

                                                                        Unforgettable

                                                                          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

                                                                          Unforgettable
                                                                          (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.

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

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

                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                              2LP
                                                                              If You’re Going To The City - Mose Allison
                                                                              Sad Little Girl - Les Mccann
                                                                              Psychedelic - Lee Morgan
                                                                              Listen Here - Eddie Harris
                                                                              The Hipster - Harold Mcnair
                                                                              Kozo’s Waltz - Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers
                                                                              Terra Firma Irma - Joe Gordon
                                                                              Now At Last - Blossom Dearie
                                                                              Mi Hermano - Blue Mitchell
                                                                              A Walk On The Wild Side - Jimmy Smith
                                                                              Get Up Off Your Knees - David Axelrod
                                                                              Sphynx - The Brand New Heavies
                                                                              Look At Me, Look At You - Marlena Shaw
                                                                              Trees And Grass And Things - Charles Williams
                                                                              Bend Your Head Down Low - Geogrey Stoner
                                                                              Chains - Blacks & Blues
                                                                              Just In Time To See The Sun - Leon Thomas
                                                                              Mother Of The Future - Norman Connors
                                                                              The Rhythm Changes - Kamasi Washington

                                                                              CD1 / DA (Martin’s Picks)
                                                                              If You're Going To The City - Mose Allison
                                                                              Terra Firma Irma - Joe Gordon
                                                                              Kozo's Waltz - Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers
                                                                              Listen Here - Eddie Harris
                                                                              Some Kinda Mean - Sam Jones
                                                                              Get Up Off Your Knees - David Axelrod
                                                                              Psychedelic - Lee Morgan
                                                                              A Walk On The Wild Side - Jimmy Smith
                                                                              Now At Last - Blossom Dearie
                                                                              Trees And Grass And Things - Charles Williams
                                                                              The Rhythm Changes - Kamasi Washington

                                                                              CD2 / DA (Eddie’s Choices)
                                                                              Bend Your Head Down Low - Geoffrey Stoner
                                                                              Just In Time To See The Sun - Leon Thomas
                                                                              Chains - Blacks & Blues
                                                                              Look At Me, Look At You -Marlena Shaw
                                                                              Sphynx - Brand New Heavies
                                                                              The Hipster - Harold Mcnair
                                                                              Sad Little Girl- Les Mccann
                                                                              Mi Hermano - Blue Mitchell
                                                                              Mother Of The Future - Norman Connors
                                                                              Cherrystones - Eugene Mcdaniels
                                                                              Bolivia - Ulf Sandberg

                                                                              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
                                                                              Sofunkstication
                                                                              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
                                                                                Angi
                                                                                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

                                                                                  Intro
                                                                                  He Said She Said
                                                                                  Up The Hill
                                                                                  Summer Dancing
                                                                                  These Words
                                                                                  A Message
                                                                                  Night Of 1000 Hours
                                                                                  London
                                                                                  My Electric Chauffeur
                                                                                  Treasure
                                                                                  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

                                                                                      Trashmonkeys

                                                                                      Nobody

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


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