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.
 
Pre-order here >> https://smarturl.it/PhantomBirds

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.

Pre-order here

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.

Acid Jazz Record Fair 28th November

At the end of November Acid Jazz & TWR will be opening up it’s doors to the general public with a pop up shop held in the building.

We will be bringing you more details of the stock, exclusive offers and events that will be happening from the Thursday 28th November to 8th December.

Address: 146 Bethnal Green Rd, London, E2 6DG

Keep your eyes and ears peeled!

New Release // AJX500 ‘A Collection From Acid Jazz’

NEW RELEASE // AJX500 ‘A Collection From Acid Jazz’

AJX500 celebrates a milestone in Acid Jazz’s catalogue and at the same time harks back to the earlier label collections released in the Totally Wired series. This is carried through in both the choice of material – a mix of 8 new tracks and one obscure oldie – and the glorious packaging with a sleeve designed by long time label collaborators The Unknown and printed on a US style Tip On sleeve.

Pre-order here

The music is what makes this package, 9 tracks never before released on vinyl showcasing Acid Jazz 2019 and what the future holds in 2020. There is an exclusive new track by Matt Berry’s Music, which previews the direction for his long awaited follow up to his Top 40 album TV Themes, which will arrive next year. There are exclusive to vinyl remixes of the The Brand New Heavies by FoukLaville by the Disco Freaks and Corduroy by their drummer Ben Addison.

The album opens with two blistering debut releases: the afro-funky psychedelic bootyshake of The Theme by Lightning Orchestra and newly christened Soul Revivers with their Ethiopiques meets Kingston groove on Harder which features 87 year old reggae legend Ernest Ranglin’s shimmering guitar hooks. Argentinian mega-producer Kevin Fingier takes time out of the Aggrotones to launch his soul/ jazz Project. Our friends at Unique in Germany have lent us the cosmic garage of Suzan Kotcher.

The oldies are courtesy of UK producer Graham Dee and the Orchestre Picoby Band D’Abomey – Dahomy. The later with a 1970s funky stew from Benin previously only available on a rare 7inch from the Albarika Stores label from Benin. Dee’s Sampaguita is a take on a song that the UK based producer wrote for a Moacir Santos Blue Note album, and is being released for the first time.

AJX500 is strictly limited to 500 copies, and will only be available from the Acid Jazz Pop Up shop and the AJ online store.

NEW RELEASE // Laville This City ‘Ashley Beedle Remix’ 7″

We listened and we pressed up 300 7″ of the wicked Ashley Beedle remix of Laville’s This City. Backed by Thirty One from Laville’s debut album The Wanderer. BUY HERE!

A side
This City (Ashley Beedle Remix)

B Side
Thirty One

DJ USE ONLY. Available for a short period before official release in a months time.

Small Faces – Four To The Floor EP

NEW EP – Released 25th October 2019 – Pre-Order

The Small Faces are incredibly important to us here at Acid Jazz. The epitome of mod style, with a love of great American soul music which they made their own, turning out some of the greatest records on God’s green earth. There’s also a personal connection as well with label founder Eddie Piller’s mum Fran being in charge of the original Small Faces fan club. So it is with pure delight and unadorned joy that we are releasing our exclusive EP ‘Four To The Floor’.

In addition to their joyous and timeless songs the group also had a killer line in instrumental brilliance, channelling Booker T & The MGs through the explosive prism of mod and making us all dance. The four finest of these, ‘Grow Your Own’, ‘Almost Grown’, ‘Own Up Time’ and ‘Plum Nellie’ have been gathered together by Tosh Flood (Pugwash, The Divine Comedy) to create this killer EP.

Approved by surviving band member Kenney Jones (who also pens sleeve notes) and put together as part of Rob Caiger’s critically acclaimed Small Faces reissue series, ‘Four To The Floor’ has been mastered by Nick Robbins directly from the original Decca tapes with lacquers cut by Barry Grint at Alchemy Mastering – and sounds astounding!

For this release we have revived our Rare Mod Series so the disc comes in  a laminated flip-back sleeve, resplendent with a Tony Gale photo of the group in their prime 1966 glory. Kenney is available for selected interviews. The EP will be launched at the Modcast Weekender where Eddie Piller will be interviewing Kenney.

Side A

Grow Your Own

Own Up Time

Side B

Almost Grown

Plum Nellie