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

Patterson Twins ‘Let Me Be Your Lover’ Pre-Order

It’s here!! Following up from the hugely popular single Gonna Find A True Love, Miles Away Records are proud to release the album Let Me Be Your Lover by the Patterson Twins.

Originally released in 1978 on the obscure label out of Mississippi Commercial, Let Me Be Your Lover is now reissued and available again in the UK/Europe for this first time. This is a timely reissue of this ultra rare LP that is fetching prices upwards of £600 online.

The album includes the absolute monster album version of the modern soul/crossover classic Gonna Find A True Love. The album version of this track gives the 7” a run for it’s money.

Re-mastered and available on both LP and CD

Pre-order here >> http://hyperurl.co/LetMeBeYOurLover

Acid Jazz 30th Anniversary Takeover Special

This Saturday we’re taking over the magnificent Craig Charles Funk & Soul Show on BBC Radio 6 Music as part of our 30th Anniversary celebration.

We’ve got special guest interviews, amazing Maida Vale live sessions from The Brand New HeaviesLaville & Corduroy as well as the very best Acid Jazz tracks spanning our 30 years of existence all crammed into 3 hours.

Tune in at 6pm Saturday, it’s going to be special!

The Brand New Heavies – TBNH New Album + Single Ft. N’Dea Davenport

The Funk Is Back – we are delighted to announce our new album called ‘TBNH’ will be out 6th September on Acid Jazz Records. We’re so blessed to have worked with so many incredible singers on this album including Beverley KnightThe Angie StoneSiedah GarrettAngela Ricci#JackKnightHoney Larochelle & Laville and you can hear our collaboration with NDea Davenport on Kendrick Lamar’s These Walls now, produced by long term friend Mark Ronson.

*First 500 copies of the LP/CD sold on the Acid Jazz store will be signed*

Listen to These Walls

Pre-order TBNH

New Release: Patterson Twins ‘Gonna Find A True Love’

New Release – Super super super excited to announce our next single Patterson Twins ‘Gonna Find A True Love’ ❤️❤️

Long been revered on the soul scene as a modern soul masterpiece whether that be the Bottom & Co. stunning version on Motown or of that by Patterson Twins. Original copies of both are very hard to come by and massively sought after.

Originally released in 1978 on the obscure imprint Commercial and now fully licensed from Lester and Estus Patterson. Backed by A Good Thing from the album Let Me Be Your Lover which will also see a full reissue later this year. Released 28/06.

Listen to the full verison and pre-order your copy here http://hyperurl.co/PattersonTwins

Laville ‘This City’ & Album Announcement

Acid Jazz signee Laville announces debut album ‘The Wanderer’ for release on July 19th

New single ‘This City’ out May 21st

North London rising soul sensation and Acid Jazz Records signee Laville announces the release of his debut album ‘The Wanderer’ out July 26th – pre-order here. The album will feature brand new single ‘This City,’ a disco infused soul jam. Listen to ‘This City’ HERE

New single ‘This City’ rides a Studio 54 groove, and it owes a debt to the way Nile Rodgers and Chic would filter social commentary into their glorious disco hits. “I didn’t want it to just be a song about lights or dancing fast,” he comments. “I wanted it to be a proper disco song where there was a deeper meaning to the song and you’re not just dancing for the sake of it.”

“When you spend your life in a city, you see it change. You feel the energy rise and fall, and that is what this city is about.” – Laville

The album announcement follows on from the release of Laville’s debut EP ‘Thirty One’ which was released in March and featured singles ‘Easy’ and ‘Thirty One’ as well as a beautiful cover of JP Cooper’s ‘Passport Home’ and an acoustic version of ‘Thirty One’. A stunning introduction to an incredibly exciting British talent, listen to Laville’s ‘Thirty One EP’ HERE

Having featured on Big Narstie‘s album track ‘Help’ on his 2018 album ‘BDL Bipolar’, Laville recently performed the track live on Big Narstie’s Channel 4 show (watch it back on 4oD). He’s also picked up tastemaker support from the likes of Complex who premiered his single ‘Thirty One’ and called it a “A Cool And Breezy Coming Of Age Tale”, CLASH, Trench, Songwriting Magazine, The National Student, When The Horn Blows, Somewhere Soul to name a few.

Laville’s teenage years followed a familiar journey through joy and trauma that saw him singing locally, before a University place beckoned and briefly curtailed his musical ambitions. Employed in a series of jobs, from Michelin starred restaurants, leading front-of-house to help running various musical venues in London Laville has maintained a relentless work ethic, one that has since led back to his first love.

Whilst influenced via a creative cornucopia as he moved through his teens, more recently has seen this talented vocalist weave his own path with assistance from an array of friends and mutual musical acquaintances. This all brought him to the point where he’s now readying the release of this first LP.

Debut album ‘The Wanderer’ was steered by the expert hand of producer Tristan Longworth, built during the summer months with a crack team of musicians. Indeed, if ‘The Wanderer’ sounds fresh then that’s because it was, with Laville often using first takes. “It’s almost like the lights have come on,” he says. “I wanted it to be as pure as possible, really. I’ve made it now. And I love it.”

Fascinated by cinema and poetry, Laville’s lyrics have this narrative thrust that digs a little deeper than most. Citing the work of auteurs like Tarantino and Scorsese as a major influence, it’s intertwined with his own life, his own experiences. He comments: “The album is like a round up of a lot of things that have happened… from when I was really young to just now. Things I have felt forever.”

‘Easy’ is a reflection on his gritty North London roots, and how that gave him his appetite to seek out something more than the everyday, while soulful standout ‘The Answer’ is about toxic relationships, where it becomes like “a drug – you know you shouldn’t but you do, and it feels good.”

Indeed love – or passion, or commitment – is a recurring theme on the album, with Laville moving from the super-smooth ‘Love Shine’ to the curiously infectious ‘Wavy Love’, amongst others.

‘The Wanderer’ is driven by a certain spirit – it’s almost as if after waiting so long Laville refuses to let this chance pass him by, bringing his intense sense of focus to the fore. A bold voice that adds something distinctly new to the tapestry of soul, Laville’s talent is too strong to remain a secret forever – it’s time for ‘The Wanderer’ to come home.

‘The Wanderer’ tracklisting:

  1. Easy
  2. Blood & Bone
  3. Giants
  4. Thirty One
  5. This City
  6. The Truth
  7. The Answer
  8. Love Shine
  9. What You Won’t Do For Love
  10. Wavy Love

‘This City’ is out now

‘The Wanderer’ is out July 19th on Acid Jazz Records. Pre-order HERE

Leroy Hutson’s Final Studio Album Out Now

Introducing Leroy Hutson’s final studio album (to date), recorded in 2009. Originally only available on CD and quickly deleted but now available on vinyl for the very first time!
 
The demise of Curtom in the early eighties saw Hutson relocate to Elektra, where in 1982 he released Paradise – highly acclaimed and much loved for a time it looked like that release may spell the end but some twenty-seven years later, the newly monikered ‘Lee’ Huston unveiled Soothe You Groove You.
 

Martin Freeman & Eddie Piller present Soul On The Corner

Following last year’s acclaimed Jazz On The Corner compilation 2019 again sees Martin Freeman team up with Acid Jazz’s renowned head honcho Eddie Piller to present a veritable and personal collection of tracks. Compiled from the pair’s personal favourites, be it hearing on the radio, word of mouth or Dj-ing – Soul On The Corner represents the entire gamut of soul from the sixties and seventies right up to the present as illustrated by the likes of Tommy McGhee and the Acid Jazz recent signee Laville.

Opening with the inimitable Bobby Womack and How Could You Break My Heart, as Piller explains; “I never tire of hearing this record and have used regularly to close my DJ set, it’s a real hands-in-the-air moment.” Further cuts from the renowned and less well-known seamlessly complement each other – the smooth sultry jam of Laville’s Thirty One or the superbly nuanced slice of progressive soul in the shape of Sergio Mendes & Brasil 77’s Love Music. Piller’s selection transcends the rock / soul divide with Never Gonna Give You Up from former Impression Jerry Butler, adding: “I plumped for this because I recalled the incredible response from The Black Keys’ version that I aired on the BBC’s Funk and Soul show.”

No less varied is the choice of soul fan Martin Freeman, opening with the vintage ’68 soul with a twist of something rockier, Barbara Acklin’s A Raggedy Ride that he professes; “is an unexpected gem that’s been a favourite of mine for forever.” Other picks arrive in the form of Georgie Fam’s cover of Bobby Womack’s Daylight that has Freeman enthusing; “the original is a beaut. This is better.” Further inclusions come from The Supremes and The Wisdom Of Time, representing the mid-nineties contemporary soul scene is Lewis Taylor with Lucky that as Freeman asserts is; “an epic tune.” Meanwhile, taken from their first self-titled album Earth, Wind & Fire’s Fan The Fire epitomizes the innovative nature of one of the most successful acts of all time and adds Freeman; “this is a funky-as-hell cry for peace and love. Good lord, they were SO good.”

BUY HERE

LISTEN HERE

Tracklist
1/ Bobby Womack – How Could You Break My Heart
2/ Willie Hutch – Lucky To Be Loved By You
3/ Tommy McGee – Now That I Have You
4/ Laville – Thirty One
5/ Sergio Mendes & Brasil 77’ – Love Music
6/ Pamoja – Oooh Baby
7/ Goodie – You & I
8/ Patsy Gallant – It’ll All Come Around
9/ Arnold Blair – Finally Made It Home
10/ The Reverend T.L Barrett And The Youth For Christ Choir – Like A Ship (Without A Sail)
11/ Bobby Dukes – Just To Be With You
12/ Jerry Butler – Never Give You Up
13/ Barbara Acklin – A Raggedy Ride
14/ Georgie Fame – Daylight
15/ Earth, Wind & Fire – Fan The Fire
16/ Lewis Taylor – Lucky
17/ Wayne Davis – I Like The Things About Me That I Once Despised
18/ Donny Hathaway – Voices Inside (Everything Is Everything)
19/ Syreeta – I’m Goin’ Left
20/ Curtis Mayfield – Miss Black America
21/ Tower Of Power – Don’t Change Horses (In The Middle Of A Stream)
22/ Brook Benton – Shoes
23/ Tommie Young – Hit and Run Lover
24/ Betty Wright – The Babysitter

*CD tracklist differs from LP tracklist*
ALL PRE-ORDERS BEFORE APRIL 27TH WILL BE ENTERED INTO A COMPETITION TO WIN A JAZZ ON THE CORNER TUBE POSTER

Release date May 3rd 2019: All UK pre-orders will be sent out in time for release day, however please allow extra time for international orders due to customs clearing.

 

Laville ‘Thirty One EP’ Out Now

North London rising soul sensation and Acid Jazz Records signee Laville releases his debut EP ‘Thirty One’ on March 15th.  Featuring previous singles ‘Easy’ and EP title track ‘Thirty One’ as well as a beautiful cover of JP Cooper’s ‘Passport Home’ and an acoustic version of ‘Thirty One’, it is a stunning introduction to an incredibly exciting British talent. Listen to Laville’s ‘Thirty One EP’ HERE

Speaking about the EP release Laville reveals, “This EP is a tiny snippet into what kind of music I want to make, and think that’s an honest form of soul music. One that gives flavour of the old and new school. It’s like a rebirth for me. It signifies leaving old habits, behaviour and parties behind. Passport home is a pleasure to sing because it’s so well written and arranged. I’m not afraid of a cover if I think I can do it justice.”

Having featured on Big Narstie‘s album track ‘Help’ on his 2018 album ‘BDL Bipolar’, Laville recently performed the track live on Big Narstie’s Channel 4 show. Watch it back on 4oD. He’s also picked up tastemaker support from the likes of Complex who premiered his single ‘Thirty One’ and called it a “A Cool And Breezy Coming Of Age Tale”, CLASH, Songwriting Magazine, The National Student, When The Horn Blows, Somewhere Soul to name a few. 

Laville’s teenage years followed a familiar journey through joy and trauma that saw him singing locally, before a University place beckoned and briefly curtailed his musical ambitions. Employed in a series of jobs, from Michelin starred restaurants, leading front-of-house to help running various musical venues in London Laville has maintained a relentless work ethic, one that has since led back to his first love.

Whilst influenced via a creative cornucopia as he moved through his teens, more recently has seen this talented vocalist weave his own path with assistance from an array of friends and mutual musical acquaintances.

Laville has found the ideal home at Acid Jazz Records, for whom he is the first new male solo artist they have signed since Jamiroquai.

EP tracklisting:

Thirty One
Easy

Passport Home (acoustic) (JP Cooper Cover)

Thirty One (acoustic)