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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Acid Jazz: Best of 2020

As the year 2020 (finally) comes to a close, we present you with our annual round-up compilation.
 
It’s fair to say 2020 did not go how anyone intended it to. The world, as we knew it, seemed to hit pause around March but all that did not stop us from releasing loads of fantastic music this year!
 
This compilation features some of the best bits with artists such as The Kevin Fingier Collective, Nimbus Sextet, Lightning Orchestra, The Spitfires & Matt Berry all featured throughout. Plus we’ve selected a few tracks from the plethora of reissues we released this year.
 
From Latin Boogaloo to contemporary jazz, afro-psych, to Americana – this compilation truly reflects the diverse nature of the Acid Jazz catalogue in 2020. See you in 2021!
 

Christmas Postage Information

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Friday 18 December – UK, Belgium, France, Ireland, Luxembourg

New Release // The Kevin Fingier Collective – Latin Dynamite

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.

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Stream & Download Two Previously Unavailable Yada Yada Albums

Chris Bangs needs absolutely no introduction around here as the man that coined the name Acid Jazz, as well as being the person responsible for many of the early recordings on the label. Nor does Ex Style Council member Mr. Mick Talbot but together they recorded three down-tempo, trip-hop infused albums in the late 90s under the alias of Yada Yada.
 
To coincide with of the release of Long Hot Summers: The Story of The Style Council which is also out today on Sky Arts. Two of these Yada Yada albums – Subculture & Piktures – are now available again for the first time.
 
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Subculture – Stream / Download 
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New Release: Makin’ Time ‘Rhythm & Soul’ Reissue

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.

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Tracklist
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

** Released 13th November **

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.

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;