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.
For Those Who Are Yet To Be Born
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!
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.
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 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.
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’
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.
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 Fouk, Laville 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.
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!
This City (Ashley Beedle Remix)
DJ USE ONLY. Available for a short period before official release in a months time.
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.
Grow Your Own
Own Up Time