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After the outstanding success of the first single – Don’t Wanna Cry No More, Argentinian producer @kevinfingier is back with a must-have instrumental double sider.
Side A presents ‘Latin Dynamite’, an explosive tune which could have been the soundtrack of Ramsey Lewis and Mongo Santamaría visiting Soho together around mid 60s. It’s a perfect mix of Mod Jazz and Boogaloo with a very cinematic feel. On the B side we have the obscure and groovy ‘El Basement’, a stunning R&B dancer with a killer flute solo and a screaming Hammond.
This record shows the vision behind @fingier_records, an Acid Jazz Records subsidiary, which claimed from the beginning ‘Underground Soul, R&B, Boogaloo and Raw Funk’. Speaking about the label Kevin states “I don’t want this label to be something strict, I want to explore the whole universe around Soul music, what happened before and after, and what happened at that same time, when people from other countries such as Puerto Rico, Brazil or Nigeria mixed their cultural music with Soul, Jazz and Funk” says Kevin Fingier.
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, and was given a full on recording and marketing budget. 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.
This new reissue is the first time the album has been available since its original release.
Take What You Can Get
Feels Like It’s Love
Here Is My Number
Only Time Will Tell
Did I Tell You
I Gotta Move
Where The Rhythm Takes You
Every Single Day
The Girl That Touched My Soul
I Know What You’re Thinking
Stop This Cryin’ Inside
** Released 13th November **
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.
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.’
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.
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.