New Release // Mother Earth ‘You Have Been Watching’ Lilac Vinyl Reissue

Band splits, abortive sessions, abandoned songs and a label under siege all contributed to the triumph that was Mother Earth’s third LP “You Have Been Watching”. Never the most cohesive of units, the 1994 classic People Tree had been hailed, but its two year recording process had seen the band lose two members, and almost sink the record label as it was recorded in expensive studios throughout the UK.

It’s follow up was meant to be recorded quickly as an antidote, but the first sessions – without a producer – delivered nothing, after which band front man Matt Deighton went off and recorded his solo album, with his new wife. It could have been the end of Mother Earth.

Instead, refreshed from the break they reconvened at Acid Jazz studios and finished the album in a couple of weeks. Mixing Stax soul, dub and space rock, it was released in the late summer to great success.

Tracks such as To War, Compare Yourself and Get Along quickly became live favourites, whilst ‘Poster’ and ‘Hold On To Your Head’ show some of Deighton’s most sensitive writing. Acid Jazz is reissuing the album in a facsimile of the original gatefold sleeve, on lilac vinyl that matches the LP artwork.

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New Release: Jo Ann Hamilton & The Kevin Fingier Collective – September / I Love Without A Love

FINGIER RECORDS PRESENTS: JO ANN HAMILTON

Richard Searling: ‘Both tracks are excellent. Anything you see from this label with Kevin Fingier via the UK-based Acid Jazz Group comes highly recommended from myself’

After the stunning success of ‘Latin Dynamite / El Basement’ by The Kevin Fingier Collective, which sold out 15 days before the release date, the Argentinian producer has discovered a new talent: Jo Ann Hamilton.

Jo Ann Hamilton, from Georgia – USA, was born and raised around Soul and R&B music, Motown Records was the soundtrack of her childhood. Inspired by Diana Ross & The Supremes, she started to sing at the age of 7 and became part of the Gospel Choir from the ‘Melton Chappel’ church. In the mid 70s Mrs Hamilton became part of the Disco scene and almost 50 years later, the universe joined her and Kevin Fingier in Buenos Aires, Argentina to create this amazing piece of vinyl.

Calling this a ‘Double Sider’ wouldn’t be enough, it has two monster tracks, two heartbreaking tunes with that 60’s sound we’re getting use to receiving from Fingier Records.

The A-side presents ‘September’; a monster Northern Soul track which could have been made in the 60’s and become a classic in the Wigan Casino days. On the B-side we have ‘I love Without A Love’ – killer R&B; obscure, exotic and very funky.

“I love to mix concepts, and to create hybrid tracks. In September, I composed it and arranged it as if it was an R&B track, but produced it as a Northern Soul, and then in ‘I Love Without A Love’ I produced it as an R&B track but I added to it a funky groove so it’s funkier than the early 60’s R&B but without loosing that obscure popcorn feel that I love so much” says Kevin Fingier.

Jo Ann Hamilton’s debut single with The Kevin Fingier Collective will be out April 23rd and the release is limited, so get yours before it’s too late!

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Roots Records Announce Releases of Midnight Rock’s Secret Tapes Compilation

When Nkrumah Jah Thomas’ hit #1 on the Jamaican charts in 1976 with his debut single ‘Midnight Rock’ on Alvin Ranglin’s GG label it gave the new DJ a theme song and an entry into the world of music. Within 3 years he had launched his own label Midnight Rock and alongside more music under his own name he produced a series of classics by the likes of Tristan Palmer, Anthony Johnson, Early B and many more.

In 1997 he signed a deal with Acid Jazz’s Roots label and since then through our on-going collaborations his career as a producer has been anthologised and developed, including the release of a series of archive King Tubby and Scientist mixes, the use of his masters to be sampled by Nas (on The Don), Protoje and others, and re-issues of his classic albums. To celebrate 40 year of Midnight Rock, last year Thomas went back into his tape archive to unearth another 10 tracks, either with original vocals or guest names brought in.

Behind original rhythms recorded at Channel 1, Tuff Gong and others, featuring the Roots Radics and The Midnight Rock Band and mixed in places like King Jammy’s and Tubby’s we are given a line-up of stellar talent. We have Linval Thomson with the plaintive ‘I Can Be Your Man’, and forthright Super Cat on ‘Me Glad She Gone’ and first rare Luciano on ‘Good Thing Goin’ On. They are joined by Courtney Melody, Pinchers and Josey Wales, Daville and more. Keeping the circle whole Thomas appears on two tracks including the future classic ‘Sounds A Go Dead Tonight’ with Junior Vibes.

Gathered together on record this will be released by The Roots label on the 16th of April 2021.

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Side A
Linval Thompson – I Can Be Your Man
Luciano – Good Things Goin’ On
Courtney Melody – Hey Sexy Lady
Gryphan – I Love To Smoke
Jah Thomas & Junior Vibes – Sounds A Go Dead Tonight view

Side B
Pinchers & Josey Wale – All The Gal Them
Super Cat – Me Glad She Gone
Jah Thomas – Drunk & Staga
Daville – Since I Laid Eyes On You
Tony Curtis, Ghost & Mitch – Love Songs Are Back Again

Countdown Records Release First 7-inch Single in Over 30 Years!

Countdown Records are proud to announce the release of the label’s first 7-inch single in over 30 years. And what could be more apt than the single that never was by label favourites Makin’ Time.

Produced by The Truth and 9 Below Zero’s Dennis Greaves and Mick Lister this was to have been the West Midland group’s debut single for Countdown. Featuring the group’s original line-up it remained unreleased when that line-up changed and Countdown’s parent label Stiff decided in a change of direction which aimed the group at the pop charts.

Featuring two highlights of their early live set the Fay Hallam composed Honey, and Take What You Can Get which was written by Martin Blunt. The 7 inch comes in an exclusive Countdown sleeve and is strictly limited so make sure to get your copy now.

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New Release: Nimbus Sextet – Dreams Fulfilled (Fradinho Remix)

Following on from the success of their first two Acid Jazz-released singles, ‘Trap Door’ and ‘Lily White’ (both B-listed on Jazz-FM), Nimbus Sextet are set to release the third single from the debut album DREAMS FULFILLED. For the album’s title track, the Scottish Jazz outfit decided to enlist the services of renowned Portuguese DJ/Remixer, Fradinho (Eclectic Beats Music), who has brought a new feel to the track.

 

Rui Fradinho has been DJing since the age of 15, having played drums and keyboards on several different projects and starting his electronic music production journey in 2001.

His musical base stems across different genres, including House, Drum N Bass, Hip Hop, Footwork, Bass Music, having more recently nurtured a deeper devoted passion for all things Broken Beat / Nu Jazz.

 

For this release, Fradinho spent time recreating the original keyboards on his own harmonic terms, taking time to step and stop into every single chord change and play them one by one. He embraced the challenge to achieve the harmonic colours that fit the track perfectly.

 

“This was an absolute pleasure to make as I’m recently digging deeper on the fields of jazz and having a lot of broken beat records in my collection that are massively influenced by jazz”Fradinho, 2021

 

Dreams Fulfilled (Fradinho Remix) will be available digitally on the 8th March whilst Nimbus Sextet’s debut album DREAMS FULFILLED continues to receive wide-spread critical acclaim from all corners of the Jazz world and beyond.

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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!
 

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 
Piktures – Stream / Download