Acid Jazz Records Announce Exclusive Licensing Agreement with Albarika Store

Acid Jazz Records is 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.

The label is home to many rare recordings, from more traditional folkloric and Sato styles, to the funk, blues and psych inspired workouts of the All Mighty Orchestre Poly Rythmo de Cotonou, as they referred to themselves. Many of the original records are sought after by DJs and collectors as prime examples of Afro-funk, Afro-Latin and Afro-psych sounds.

Indeed, in the mid 1960s, it was a young Fela Kuti who would repeatedly make the weekly journey across the border to neighboring Benin to watch Orchestre Poly Rythmo’s incredible live shows. That they were a huge influence on Fela’s emerging Afro Beat is beyond doubt.

Although some material from the catalogue has been previously reissued, 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. Trips to West Africa have secured original master tapes and the process of transferring is ongoing. Over the next few years a comprehensive reissue campaign is planned for all formats, overseen by Florent Mazzoleni and David Hill for Albarika Store, with Dean Rudland as executive producer for Acid Jazz.

The first fruits will be a series of super-rare and in-demand original albums to be reissued on vinyl. Transferred from the original tapes and mastered by Frank Merritt at The Carvery, they are presented with beautiful artwork and packaging to match the sonics. This is the music as it should be heard. The first two albums to be released will be available digitally from the 25th of September, and on vinyl on the 20th of November. These are Ipa Boogie’s eponymous album of Afro-funk and boogie, and the near-impossible to find Poly-Rythmo album ’Segla’.

Ipa Boogie – super rare LP from 1978 that almost never surfaces in good shape. Today even average condition copies can command £500 to £1,000 on the collector’s market. Going by Popsike, only five copes have sold on eBay in its twenty-year history. These are the only known recordings by this obscure band. The Acid Jazz release is mastered from the original reel to reel tape.

Poly Rythmo ’Segla’ – hens-teeth rare Poly Rythmo album from 1978 that was originally released without a sleeve as ALS059. Or at least, if it came with a sleeve, nobody outside of Benin seems to have seen one. 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.’

 

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New Release // The Grooms ‘Slow Down/ I Deserve A Little Bit More’ 7″

In the 1960’s when Atlantic, Stax and Motown were at their peak; a little-known label in Norfolk, VA headed up by Noah H. Biggs, called Shiptown, was also giving young kids a chance to perform.

Mr Biggs owned many labels locally and viewed many of the releases as a chance to showcase young, talented artists and performers in order to get them placed at larger national record companies. As a result, many of Shiptown’s releases can be extremely hard to track down with most pressings limited to 200 or less.

One of the last releases on Shiptown came in the mid 1970s by The Grooms, a few years before the passing of Mr Biggs. The only single the band ever released consisted of a phenomenal A Side, a mid-tempo funk track with amazing vocals and a killer horn arrangement called ‘Slow Down’. This is a track that’s hard to define – it takes inspiration from so many soulful genres.

On the flip is a devastating beat ballad called ‘I Deserve A Little Bit More’. This track builds to a spine tingling crescendo. Raw soul at its best, with a wonderfully gritty mix of tight harmonies and unhinged emotion.

If this one doesn’t move you, check your pulse.

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Get Lightning Orchestra’s Album Source and Deliver In The USA?

For those of you looking for a US based record store or retailer that is stocking the Lightning Orchestra album Source and Deliver here you go;

Judy Dyble ‘Earth Is Sleeping’

Acid Jazz are devastated to hear of the death of Judy Dyble with whom we released two albums over the last few years.

We loved both the melodic psychedelic experience of her collaboration with Andy Lewis ’Summer Dancing’, whilst her solo release ‘Earth Is Sleeping’ was a prime example of why she was so highly rated as a singer-songwriter, but more than that we loved working with her as a person, and spending time discussing the things that really matter in life, especially her greyhounds.

Judy you will be sorely missed.

New Release // Matt Berry ‘Phantom Birds’

Matt Berry announces the release of his six studio album Phantom Birds.
 
The ever-busy BAFTA award winning actor continues his remarkable musical meanderings with this new collection of songs that follows his last outing, the brilliantly conceived and rapturously received Television Themes from 2018.
 
Renowned for his love of all things musical and genre defying inventiveness over the course of his previous output, Phantom Birds is an extraordinary album that not only see Berry on vocal duties but for the most part playing most of the instrumentation, aided and abetted by legendary pedal steel guitarist BJ Cole and like-minded drummer Craig Blundell (Steven Wilson, Steve Hackett).
 
Released on September 18 through Acid Jazz Records – Phantom Birds will be available on limited edition bone coloured vinyl, black vinyl, digipack CD and digitally.
 
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New Release // Lightning Orchestra ‘Source And Deliver’

Dubbing their music “psychedelic booty-shake” Lightning Orchestra’s expansive debut arrives on Acid Jazz on the 10th July. Taking its influences from a wide range of sources you’ll hear nods to Hendrix and Isaac Hayes, Orchestra Poly-Rythmo and Fela Kuti, Sun Ra and Talking Heads. All laid down in their Atlanta base to make one of the albums of 2019.

Already picking up attention from BBC 6Music and Jazz FM – who will be making it Album of The Week on week of release – the album is the brainchild of multi-instrumentalist Travis Murphy, who was inspired by jam sessions on Atlanta’s Elliot Street, where he met most of two dozen or so musicians who are regular or irregular members of the Lightning Orchestra.

Featuring 6 fantastic tracks including their debut single ‘For Those Who Are Yet To Be Born’, and the epic ‘White Tiger’ the album will be released on neon yellow vinyl, CD and digitally. The Lightning Orchestra will be touring throughout the US in early Summer and in Europe later in the year.

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Tracklisting
Side A
Theme
Power
White Tiger

Side B
For Those Who Are Yet To Be Born
Time (Time)
Time Reprise

New Release // Martin Freeman and Eddie Piller present Jazz On The Corner Two

Following the success of Jazz On The Corner & Soul On The Corner we are delighted to announce full details of a new compilation – Jazz on The Corner Two.  This compilation sees Martin Freeman and Eddie Piller return to the world of jazz for another bite at the cherry after Vol.1 was declared to be “the best jazz compilation of the last 20 years” by Jazz FM’s Chris Phillips.
The concept is simple: an album packed full of jazz gems from lesser known tracks, by Nina Simone and Nicola Conte, to classics from Roberta Flack, Roy Ayers and The MJQ; whilst the new British jazz generation is represented by Emma-Jean Thackray. An exhilarating listen from start to finish. Find out which tracks they both choose by clicking the link below!
Jazz On the Corner Two is available on double CD, double vinyl and digital formats along with a limited edition A2 poster to celebrate the compilation. Set for release 3rd July 2020. 
 

New Release // The Spitfires ‘Life Worth Living’

We’re delighted to announce The Spitfires new album ‘Life Worth Living’ will be coming out on June 5th 2020. The album will be available as a limited edition gatefold sleeve vinyl and soft pack CD pre-order here >> https://smarturl.it/LifeWorthLiving

‘(Just Won’t) Keep Me Down’, first single from the album, is available on all streaming platforms plus you can watch the lyric video here!

New Release // Graham Dee: Carnaby Street Soul & West Coast Vibes

This album is our tribute to an eccentric, a charmer, an unsung sixties hero…..who still has soul. The character that is Graham Dee has lived one hell of a life,  from surviving the blitzing of East London during WW2 to playing with Pink Floyd & Jimmy Page – Graham has done it all and this compilation will look back at the story of his life through music.

Dee was the A&R at Atlantic Records signing artists and producing their songs plus playing on sessions that included pre-Zeppelin Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones. One of his tracks A Love I Believe In narrowly missed being a number 1 after Tony Blackburn proclaimed the single as his record of the week only for Blackburn to be playing the flip side, The Bitter With The Sweet. Around this period Graham was working with the likes of Georgie Fame, Elkie Brooks, Mike Berry to name just a few and even filled in for the absent Syd Barrett on some Pink Floyd shows. He eventually parted company with Atlantic after he damaged studio equipment whilst practising pistol fast draws and purchasing a hunting bow, accidentally firing it flooding the office and terrifying the staff.

A lot of the tracks signal specific moments in Graham’s life that involve a lot of these stories. The stories provides the context for the tracks and this breads a certain spirit throughout the compilation. Now in his seventies, Graham Dee is still writing, recording, performing and releasing solo records.

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Tracklist
Graham Dee – Another Night Alone
Graham Dee – Sampaguita
Maxine – A Love I Believe In (Horn Version)
Mike Berry – Soul Ride (Ascete Mix)
Graham Dee – Carrie
Graham Dee – Cheatin’ On Love
Graham Dee – As Long As I’m Close To You
Lenny White – Can’t Stop Thinking About Girls
Mick’s Bunch – I Just Wanna BE Your Friend
Tony Rivers – Tomorrow’s Children
Razor – It’s A Hard Way But It’s My Way
Graham Dee – Somethin’ Else

Fingier Records – Acid Jazz’s Newest Subsidiary Label

Fingier Records is the new Acid Jazz Records subsidiary label, dedicated exclusively to the Soul, R&B, Boogaloo and Raw Funk productions from the Argentinean producer Kevin Fingier.

The relationship between Acid Jazz and this prolific young producer started with his early Reggae band Los Aggrotones, with whom he released their last album Right Now in 2019. He has also produced and worked with many Reggae artists from the 60s such as Derrick Harriott, Pat Kelly, The Cimarons and Cornell Campbell to name just a few.

After many years DJing and promoting Soul & Mod culture in Argentina, the co-founder of the Buenos Aires Soul Club decided to give a twist to his versatile production career and start to produce Soul and R&B recordings.

To achieve this, he gathered together a house band called The Kevin Fingier Collective and experimented with recording techniques used fifty years ago to get an analogue sound that’ll take you to straight to the 60s.

For the first single Kevin brought back the legendary Northern Soul singer Gerri Granger, to sing on the A-side track Don’t Wanna Cry No More – a Soul/Funk tune with a huge R&B influence. On the flip side there’s a killer Mod Jazz instrumental called Sunglasses After Dark Part 1. Buy Here

Look out for future releases  following us on Facebook & Instagram @fingier_records.