Acid Jazz: The Year So Far – Singles

Continuing our round-up of the year so far and this time focusing on all of our 7” inch releases from 2021!

We had brand new music from the late Dean Parrish, yet another fabulous double sider from the wonderful The Kevin Fingier Collective & Earl 16 on a killer new Soul Revivers 45.

We’ve had plenty of reissues from labels Miles Away, Albarika Store and Countdown plus reissues of sought-after stunners from The Tom & Rick Hickman.

DEAN PARRISH – IT’S TIME – PURPLE MOUNTAIN MAJESTY BUY / LISTEN

‘It’s Time – Purple Mountain Majesty’ is a towering slice of psychedelic soul, that references the work of Norman Whitfield and like those records, comes with a powerful message. His last ever release before he recently sadly passed away!

JO ANN HAMILTON & THE KEVIN FINGIER COLLECTIVE – SEPTEMBER / I LOVE WITHOUT A LOVE LISTEN

After the stunning success of ‘Latin Dynamite / El Basement’ by The Kevin Fingier Collective, which sold out 15 days before the release date, the Argentinian producer has discovered a new talent: Jo Ann Hamilton.

SOUL REVIVERS – GOT TO LIVE / LIVING VERSION BUY / LISTEN

Got to Live is a vintage-style, roots reality song, featuring veteran reggae vocal-ist Earl 16. The flip holds Living Version, a instrumental track that is less about the dubwise, but is built for MCs.

DELORES FULLER – ONE MORE CHANCE LORD / MY GREATEST DESIRE LISTEN

Perfectly transcending the genres of gospel, modern soul and disco. One More Chance Lord kicks it off with a piano riff that’ll be stuck in your head for days, building to a soaring chorus with lyrics that would fit any uplifting category.

RITA JOYCE – DANCING CLOSE / BACK HOME AGAIN LISTEN

Dancing Close showcases a vulnerable yet rich and powerful voice, which effortlessly glides across this track. It’s impossible not to mention how tough the drums are, placing themselves right at the front of the mix. A concoction that has led to this single becoming sought-after by soul & hip-hop collectors alike.

MAKIN’ TIME – HONEY / TAKE WHAT YOU CAN GET BUY / LISTEN

Countdown Records are proud to announce the release of the label’s first 7-inch single in over 30 years.

RICK HICKMAN – TIME IS LONG / CLOSER TO ME BUY / LISTEN

Some of the finest blue eyed soul from the small satellite town of flint. Re-discovered by rare soul and jazz connoisseur Des Cridland and now a big Eclectic Soul Show play. A essential addition to your record bag!

THE TOM – EMMANUEL AND RON EXPERIENCE – WHY (THE KNOWER) / WHEN YOU LOSE YOUR GROOVE BUY / LISTEN

When we released Jazz On The Corner 2 last year Eddie Piller chose a fantastic track by Emmanuel K Rahim & The Kahliqs called ‘Al- Alim (The Knower)’. We were then alerted to the fact that Emmanuel had recorded the song as a sublime slice of spiritual soul two years earlier on his own Golden Three Records under the unwieldy name of The Tom – The Emmanuel & Ron Experience.

ORCHESTRE POLY RYTHMO DE COTONOU DAHOMEY – GBETI MA DJRO / ANGELINA II BUY / LISTEN

More dancefloor dynamite from Benin’s almighty Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou Dahomey, this time in the form of ‘Gbeti Ma Djro’

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!

 

New Release // Mother Earth ‘You Have Been Watching’ Lilac Vinyl Reissue

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.

It’s follow up was meant to be recorded quickly as an antidote, but the first sessions – without a producer – delivered nothing, after which band front man Matt Deighton went off and recorded his solo album, with his new wife. It could have been the end of Mother Earth.

Instead, refreshed from the break they reconvened at Acid Jazz studios and finished the album in a couple of weeks. Mixing Stax soul, dub and space rock, it was released in the late summer to great success.

Tracks such as To War, Compare Yourself and Get Along quickly became live favourites, whilst ‘Poster’ and ‘Hold On To Your Head’ show some of Deighton’s most sensitive writing. Acid Jazz is reissuing the album in a facsimile of the original gatefold sleeve, on lilac vinyl that matches the LP artwork.

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New Release: Jo Ann Hamilton & The Kevin Fingier Collective – September / I Love Without A Love

FINGIER RECORDS PRESENTS: JO ANN HAMILTON

Richard Searling: ‘Both tracks are excellent. Anything you see from this label with Kevin Fingier via the UK-based Acid Jazz Group comes highly recommended from myself’

After the stunning success of ‘Latin Dynamite / El Basement’ by The Kevin Fingier Collective, which sold out 15 days before the release date, the Argentinian producer has discovered a new talent: Jo Ann Hamilton.

Jo Ann Hamilton, from Georgia – USA, was born and raised around Soul and R&B music, Motown Records was the soundtrack of her childhood. Inspired by Diana Ross & The Supremes, she started to sing at the age of 7 and became part of the Gospel Choir from the ‘Melton Chappel’ church. In the mid 70s Mrs Hamilton became part of the Disco scene and almost 50 years later, the universe joined her and Kevin Fingier in Buenos Aires, Argentina to create this amazing piece of vinyl.

Calling this a ‘Double Sider’ wouldn’t be enough, it has two monster tracks, two heartbreaking tunes with that 60’s sound we’re getting use to receiving from Fingier Records.

The A-side presents ‘September’; a monster Northern Soul track which could have been made in the 60’s and become a classic in the Wigan Casino days. On the B-side we have ‘I love Without A Love’ – killer R&B; obscure, exotic and very funky.

“I love to mix concepts, and to create hybrid tracks. In September, I composed it and arranged it as if it was an R&B track, but produced it as a Northern Soul, and then in ‘I Love Without A Love’ I produced it as an R&B track but I added to it a funky groove so it’s funkier than the early 60’s R&B but without loosing that obscure popcorn feel that I love so much” says Kevin Fingier.

Jo Ann Hamilton’s debut single with The Kevin Fingier Collective will be out April 23rd and the release is limited, so get yours before it’s too late!

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Roots Records Announce Releases of Midnight Rock’s Secret Tapes Compilation

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.

In 1997 he signed a deal with Acid Jazz’s Roots label and since then through our on-going collaborations his career as a producer has been anthologised and developed, including the release of a series of archive King Tubby and Scientist mixes, the use of his masters to be sampled by Nas (on The Don), Protoje and others, and re-issues of his classic albums. To celebrate 40 year of Midnight Rock, last year Thomas went back into his tape archive to unearth another 10 tracks, either with original vocals or guest names brought in.

Behind original rhythms recorded at Channel 1, Tuff Gong and others, featuring the Roots Radics and The Midnight Rock Band and mixed in places like King Jammy’s and Tubby’s we are given a line-up of stellar talent. We have Linval Thomson with the plaintive ‘I Can Be Your Man’, and forthright Super Cat on ‘Me Glad She Gone’ and first rare Luciano on ‘Good Thing Goin’ On. They are joined by Courtney Melody, Pinchers and Josey Wales, Daville and more. Keeping the circle whole Thomas appears on two tracks including the future classic ‘Sounds A Go Dead Tonight’ with Junior Vibes.

Gathered together on record this will be released by The Roots label on the 16th of April 2021.

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Side A
Linval Thompson – I Can Be Your Man
Luciano – Good Things Goin’ On
Courtney Melody – Hey Sexy Lady
Gryphan – I Love To Smoke
Jah Thomas & Junior Vibes – Sounds A Go Dead Tonight view

Side B
Pinchers & Josey Wale – All The Gal Them
Super Cat – Me Glad She Gone
Jah Thomas – Drunk & Staga
Daville – Since I Laid Eyes On You
Tony Curtis, Ghost & Mitch – Love Songs Are Back Again

Matt Berry Announces New Album 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, ‘The 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’.
‘The Blue Elephant’ will be available on limited edition mustard vinyl (exclusive to Acid Jazz), blue vinyl (exclusive to retail shops), standard black vinyl, and also digipack CD, limited edition audio cassette, digital download and across streaming platforms. There’s also a number of different bundles on offer via the Acid Jazz shop.
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Countdown Records Release First 7-inch Single in Over 30 Years!

Countdown Records are proud to announce the release of the label’s first 7-inch 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 line-up it remained unreleased when that line-up changed and Countdown’s parent label Stiff decided in a change of direction which aimed 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 which was written by Martin Blunt. The 7 inch comes in an exclusive Countdown sleeve and is strictly limited so make sure to get your copy now.

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New Release: Nimbus Sextet – Dreams Fulfilled (Fradinho Remix)

Following on from the success of their first two Acid Jazz-released singles, ‘Trap Door’ and ‘Lily White’ (both B-listed on Jazz-FM), Nimbus Sextet are set to release the third single from the debut album DREAMS FULFILLED. For the album’s title track, the Scottish Jazz outfit decided to enlist the services of renowned Portuguese DJ/Remixer, Fradinho (Eclectic Beats Music), who has brought a new feel to the track.

 

Rui Fradinho has been DJing since the age of 15, having played drums and keyboards on several different projects and starting his electronic music production journey in 2001.

His musical base stems across different genres, including House, Drum N Bass, Hip Hop, Footwork, Bass Music, having more recently nurtured a deeper devoted passion for all things Broken Beat / Nu Jazz.

 

For this release, Fradinho spent time recreating the original keyboards on his own harmonic terms, taking time to step and stop into every single chord change and play them one by one. He embraced the challenge to achieve the harmonic colours that fit the track perfectly.

 

“This was an absolute pleasure to make as I’m recently digging deeper on the fields of jazz and having a lot of broken beat records in my collection that are massively influenced by jazz”Fradinho, 2021

 

Dreams Fulfilled (Fradinho Remix) will be available digitally on the 8th March whilst Nimbus Sextet’s debut album DREAMS FULFILLED continues to receive wide-spread critical acclaim from all corners of the Jazz world and beyond.

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New Release // Circles – The Ultimate Fleur De Lys

Acid Jazz presents Circles – The Ultimate Fleur De Lys

Atlantic Records, Andrew Loog Oldham, Shel Talmy, Cream, Isaac Hayes and er Tony Blackburn, all these and so many more turn up in the story of Southampton band the Fleur De Lys and so many more. You may not have heard of them, and if you have it may be just because of their glorious cover of the Who’s Circle’s – an ultimate freak beat anthem which 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 Zepplin to become the first UK signed band to that legendary label). Issued digitally, on CD and in a limited edition gatefold coloured double vinyl, it has been produced with the full co-operation of the group’s Keith Guster, allowing us to use previously unseen photos and illustrations. Compiled by Eddie Piller and Dean Rudland and the band’s official biographer Paul ‘Smiler’ Anderson, who has contributed an extended note that tells the band’s story in compelling detail.

 

New Release: The Brand New Heavies Live in Tokyo 1992 – Shibuya 357

Acid Jazz presents a dynamic live recording capturing the energy & pure joy of The Brand New Heavies live in 1992.

1991 was a momentous year for The Brand New Heavies. They started it without a singer and were second on the bill to The James Taylor Quartet but by the end of the year 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 fan base.

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 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.

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.

Available on the 12th March 2021.

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