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.

Pre-order now! 

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.
Stream & download 👇
Subculture – Stream / Download 
Piktures – Stream / Download

New Release: Makin’ Time ‘Rhythm & Soul’ Reissue

Largely remembered today at the first group of future Charlatans main man Martin Blunt, Makin’ Time emerged as a breath of fresh air from the 1980s mod scene. Younger than the revival bands that had gone before instead of watered down punk their music was a glorious mix of power pop and 1960s pop and soul.

Signed to Eddie Piller and Maxine Forrest’s Stiff distributed Countdown label it was seen as a possible contender for pop crossover, and was given a full on recording and marketing budget. The album that emerged was the vibrant and exciting Rhythm & Soul.

The band was fronted by the bob-headed, strong voiced organ playing Fay Hallam and guitarist and vocalist Mark McGounden, and these two along with Martin Blunt provided a strong set of self penned songs. A dynamic band live ‘Here Is My Number’, ‘Feels Like It’s Love’ ‘Only Time Will Time’ and the other self penned numbers were already fan anthems by the time they were recorded.

This new reissue is the first time the album has been available since its original release.


Take What You Can Get
Feels Like It’s Love
Here Is My Number
Only Time Will Tell
Did I Tell You
I Gotta Move
Where The Rhythm Takes You
Every Single Day
The Girl That Touched My Soul
I Know What You’re Thinking
Stop This Cryin’ Inside

** Released 13th November **

Acid Jazz Records Announce Exclusive Licensing Agreement with Albarika Store

Acid Jazz Records is proud to announce an exclusive licensing agreement with Albarika Store, the legendary record label that defined the sound of Benin and influenced the entire region of West Africa and beyond.

The label is home to many rare recordings, from more traditional folkloric and Sato styles, to the funk, blues and psych inspired workouts of the All Mighty Orchestre Poly Rythmo de Cotonou, as they referred to themselves. Many of the original records are sought after by DJs and collectors as prime examples of Afro-funk, Afro-Latin and Afro-psych sounds.

Indeed, in the mid 1960s, it was a young Fela Kuti who would repeatedly make the weekly journey across the border to neighboring Benin to watch Orchestre Poly Rythmo’s incredible live shows. That they were a huge influence on Fela’s emerging Afro Beat is beyond doubt.

Although some material from the catalogue has been previously reissued, this is the first exhaustive trawl of the archive and will see the label presented in a way that ensures its historical importance is recognized. Trips to West Africa have secured original master tapes and the process of transferring is ongoing. Over the next few years a comprehensive reissue campaign is planned for all formats.

The first fruits will be a series of super-rare and in-demand original albums to be reissued on vinyl. Transferred from the original tapes and mastered by Frank Merritt at The Carvery, they are presented with beautiful artwork and packaging to match the sonics. This is the music as it should be heard. The first two albums to be released will be available digitally from the 25th of September, and on vinyl on the 20th of November. These are Ipa Boogie’s eponymous album of Afro-funk and boogie, and the near-impossible to find Poly-Rythmo album ’Segla’.

Ipa Boogie – super rare LP from 1978 that almost never surfaces in good shape. Today even average condition copies can command £500 to £1,000 on the collector’s market. Going by Popsike, only five copes have sold on eBay in its twenty-year history. These are the only known recordings by this obscure band. The Acid Jazz release is mastered from the original reel to reel tape.

Poly Rythmo ’Segla’ – hens-teeth rare Poly Rythmo album from 1978 that was originally released without a sleeve as ALS059. Or at least, if it came with a sleeve, nobody outside of Benin seems to have seen one. Recorded at EMI Lagos, Nigeria, as per most of the Poly Rythmo recordings for Albarika, the sound quality is from the tapes is dynamic and fresh.’






New Release // The Grooms ‘Slow Down/ I Deserve A Little Bit More’ 7″

In the 1960’s when Atlantic, Stax and Motown were at their peak; a little-known label in Norfolk, VA headed up by Noah H. Biggs, called Shiptown, was also giving young kids a chance to perform.

Mr Biggs owned many labels locally and viewed many of the releases as a chance to showcase young, talented artists and performers in order to get them placed at larger national record companies. As a result, many of Shiptown’s releases can be extremely hard to track down with most pressings limited to 200 or less.

One of the last releases on Shiptown came in the mid 1970s by The Grooms, a few years before the passing of Mr Biggs. The only single the band ever released consisted of a phenomenal A Side, a mid-tempo funk track with amazing vocals and a killer horn arrangement called ‘Slow Down’. This is a track that’s hard to define – it takes inspiration from so many soulful genres.

On the flip is a devastating beat ballad called ‘I Deserve A Little Bit More’. This track builds to a spine tingling crescendo. Raw soul at its best, with a wonderfully gritty mix of tight harmonies and unhinged emotion.

If this one doesn’t move you, check your pulse.


New Release // Nimbus Sextet ‘Dreams Fulfilled’ – Pre-order

Nimbus Sextet


Announces debut album & signing to Acid Jazz

Available to pre-order here

 Share first single – Trap Door 

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Nimbus Sextet announce signing to Acid Jazz Records and share first track from their debut full length album – Dreams Fulfilled landing on the 23rd October.

Nimbus Sextet are a major new talent on the UK Jazz scene. Led by pianist/keyboardist Joe Nichols, the Glaswegian contemporary jazz outfit play infectiously original music that spans the musical spectrum. Nimbus Sextet’s fresh take on jazz blends instantly relatable melodic hooks with driving grooves, sophisticated musicianship and episodic compositions.

The core of the Nimbus Sextet sound comes courtesy of Joe with long-time collaborators Alex Palmer and Mischa Stevens. The trio met while studying at Edinburgh University and have continued to perform together ever since. Nimbus Sextet was fully formed in 2018 with the addition of Martin Fell and Euan Allardice joining the line-up with James Mackay arriving later.

It was around this point the band started to compose and record the first shoots of what would become Nimbus Sextet’s blend.  A decidedly well-balanced alchemy, arrived at somewhat naturally by way of the varied musical influences and contributions from each of its culturally diverse members. You’re as likely to hear elements of Herbie Hancock and Gil Scott-Heron as easily as The Roots and Robert Glasper.

Joe explains “Dreams Fulfilled is a personal arrival, and the realisation of a vision. It tells of the vicissitudes of life, the formation of a musical voice through collaboration, and the paths taken to get there.”

With this well-crafted and hotly anticipated release on their hands, the band have now placed themselves at the forefront of the Scottish jazz scene and have expanded their reach, performing at events as diverse as the Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen Jazz Festivals, as well as Doune The Rabbit Hole and the Kelburn Garden Party main stage. They were subsequently invited to join the likes of London nu-jazz ensemble Cykada (ft members of Ezra Collective & Maisha) and US brass outfit Youngblood Brass Band on recent UK tour dates, before emabrking on their own national tour in February/March.

Speaking about the album opener and first single Trap Door Joe explains; it reflects both a moment of finding one’s feet, and an expression of a musical vision. Music should never be pigeon-holed. Nimbus Sextet will take you to different places, opening many doors along the way, and will never leave you trapped. No elitism. No constraints”.


Get Lightning Orchestra’s Album Source and Deliver In The USA?

For those of you looking for a US based record store or retailer that is stocking the Lightning Orchestra album Source and Deliver here you go;

Judy Dyble ‘Earth Is Sleeping’

Acid Jazz are devastated to hear of the death of Judy Dyble with whom we released two albums over the last few years.

We loved both the melodic psychedelic experience of her collaboration with Andy Lewis ’Summer Dancing’, whilst her solo release ‘Earth Is Sleeping’ was a prime example of why she was so highly rated as a singer-songwriter, but more than that we loved working with her as a person, and spending time discussing the things that really matter in life, especially her greyhounds.

Judy you will be sorely missed.

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 >>