2021: The Year So Far – Albums

2021 has been a crazy year in more ways than one. Musically we’ve been busier than ever before and so we felt at this half way point of the year we should recap you all on our year so far!

We’ve released eight new albums, ten 7” singles and twenty plus digital albums for your listening pleasure. So over the next three days we’ll be round-up all of these over a series of posts focusing on each format.

First up we’re looking at this years albums releases!

MATT BERRY – THE BLUE ELEPHANT BUY / LISTEN 

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.

CIRCLES THE ULTIMATE FLEUR DE LYS BUY / LISTEN

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

THE BRAND NEW HEAVIES – SHIBUYA 357 LIVE IN TOKYO 1992 BUY / LISTEN

This live album was originally only ever released in Japan in the late 90s and then only for a very short time. Acid Jazz is delighted to release this new version, remastered from the source tape and available on striking baby blue vinyl, softback CD and streaming services for the very first time.

ORCHESTRE POLY RYTHMO DE COTONOU DAHOMEY – LE SATO BUY / LISTEN

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.

MOTHER EARTH – YOU HAVE BEEN WATCHING BUY / LISTEN

Band splits, abortive sessions, abandoned songs and a label under siege all contributed to the triumph that was Mother Earth’s third LP “You Have Been Watching”. Never the most cohesive of units, the 1994 classic People Tree had been hailed, but its two year recording process had seen the band lose two members, and almost sink the record label as it was recorded in expensive studios throughout the UK.

VARIOUS ARTISTS – MIDNIGHT ROCK’S SECRET TAPES BUY / LISTEN

When Nkrumah Jah Thomas’ hit #1 on the Jamaican charts in 1976 with his debut single ‘Midnight Rock’ on Alvin Ranglin’s GG label it gave the new DJ a theme song and an entry into the world of music. Within 3 years he had launched his own label Midnight Rock and alongside more music under his own name he produced a series of classics by the likes of Tristan Palmer, Anthony Johnson, Early B and many more.

T.P. ORCHESTRE POLY RYTHMO DE COTONOU – REP POP DU BENIN – UNITÉ AFRICAINE BUY / LISTEN

Two monumental full-side tracks from a pair of late 70s Orchestre Poly-Rythmo albums, Unité Africane isn’t exactly a compilation, more a combination of the standouts at a time when the band was at the peak of its powers.

T.P. ORCHESTRE POLY RYTHMO DE COTONOU – RÉP POP DU BÉNIN – VOL. 4 – YEHOUESSI LEOPOLD BATTEUR BUY / LISTEN

the next in the series of reissues we present a straight reproduction of the incredibly hard to find, Poly-Rythmo ‎’Vol. 4’ album originally from 1978. For DJs and dancers this album has long been about the killer track Aiha Ni Kpe We, an incendiary Afrobeat recording which will activate any dancefloor, anywhere!