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.”
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*
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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.
Passport Home (acoustic) (JP Cooper Cover)
Thirty One (acoustic)
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PRE-ORDER // Corduroy – ‘Rare Stock’ CD/LP
Just in-time for an extensive UK tour throughout March and April, Corduroy release their Rare Stock Collection of out-takes and rarities. It shows a depth and musicality in their catalogue beyond and above their better known material. It also acts as an alternative timeline of the height of their career in the 1990s.
The tracks range from extracts taken from their original demo tape that won them their contract at Acid Jazz – Goober Grape and Hicky Burr – to the abandoned sessions for an abandoned fourth album in the middle of the decade, from which an early version of the compelling Clockwork Man appeared.
In between there is the cancelled 1995 single Summer In My Eye, the vocal version of Very Yeah, which was itself considered as a single. The collection also comes with a brand new mix of 1994 hit Mini, by Ashley Beedle of X-Press 2 fame.
To kick us off in 2019 is the news of a new label from our label manager and DJ about town DJ Dom Ore. Miles Away Records will reissue gems from around the world starting off with the amazing ‘Patience’ by Rokk.
Heavily influenced by Gil Scott-Heron’s ‘The Bottle’ it is a cult dance floor anthem that has never been reissued as a stand alone single. This limited edition of 500 copies is sure to do swift business.
Recorded in Los Angeles, the band Rokk whose roots lie in the 1964 meeting between James Dockery and Arthur Monday. La Marco Nesbit and Denny Lash later joined in the mid 70s and together they formed Rokk. They released one single for the Vee-Jay International label and recorded and album which lay in the vaults for over 30 years.
For our final release of 2018 we’ve put together all of our favourite tracks from the year for your listening pleasure.
This release includes tracks from the quintessential ‘Jazz On The Corner’, Matt Berry’s Music‘s incredible ‘Television Themes’, Judy Dyble’s amazing ‘Earth Is Sleeping’, Laville‘s debut single ‘Easy’, Corduroy’s return to Acid Jazz and lastly some of our favourite Leroy Hutson tracks.
We’d like to thank everyone for their continued support in 2018, we’ve got loads in store for 2019! Merry Christmas and have a happy new year.
After the resounding success of his debut London gig, Laville is back with the full band at the Borderline, London. Emerging from North London, Laville is a extremely talented vocalist who has just signed a record deal with Acid Jazz Records.
His debut single, ‘Easy’, has been played across BBC 6 Music and was made track of the week on BBC Radio London by Gary Crowley. Check it out here https://spoti.fi/2Ozgc9t.
Gary Crowley – ‘Terrific stuff, so much so I made it my record of the week here in BBC London. The beautiful, the shimmering track ‘Easy’ by Laville. He is the first male solo artist being signed to Acid Jazz Records since Jamiroquai, that just goes to show the potential they can hear in this fella’
Amy Lame – ‘His new track ‘Easy’ has a really cool, chilled out vibe. He is the first male solo artist signed to Acid Jazz Records in decades and decades. Definitely one to watch out for!’