OUT TODAY // Television Themes by Matt Berry. An album that features some of your favourite television theme tunes including Are You Being Served?, Blankety Blank, Doctor Who & Top Of The Pops. All reworked and dubbed out.
After the resounding success of his debut gig at this years Margate Soul Festival, Laville is back with the full band at the intimate venue Paper Dress Vintage, Hackney. 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 and come and see him live with support from the amazing Graziella.
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!’
Blackmail is now out on all digital platforms including remixes from Calibro 35 and Smoove.
Don’t forget the 7″ single can be pre-order here.
OUT TODAY // The fourth and final single from ‘Television Themes’. ‘World In Action’ is now available on all digital platforms. Pre-order Television Themes
An extended digital release from the legendary Acid Jazz compilation series ‘Totally Wired’ featuring tracks from the very first Totally Wired to the last.
A digital only release highlighting some of the best tracks from the compilation series over the years including Galliano, Bukky Leo, A Man Called Adam, Night Trains and much more. Listen here.
Part of Acid Jazz’s ongoing 30th anniversary celebration.
Introducing the amazing new video for ‘Faded Elvis’ by Judy Dyble. The video was created and directed by Francesco Paladino.
Singer songwriter Judy Dyble returns with her new solo album released in the wake of her success of her 2017 collaboration with Andy Lewis ‘Summer Dancing’.
The former Fairport Convention/Trader Horne vocalist found herself praised for that albums English psychedelia and it received strong radio play on both BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio 6 from the likes of Mark Radcliffe and Gideon Coe.
The new album highlights Judy’s vocal and song-writing talent. It displays her teenage song-writing influences; Joni Mitchell, Judy Collins, Phil Ochs and bringing her modern day view to this sound.
To be released on CD/LP, limited edition 500 vinyl. Buy now.
Announces debut track Easy though Acid Jazz Records
Emerging from North London, Easy is the remarkable introduction to the musical world of singer Laville. 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.
His teenage years followed a familiar journey through joy and trauma that saw him singing and DJ-ing 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 – Easy is the proof.
The compositional result of his fertile musical mind, lyrically the track has been simmering on the back burner, whilst being honed with the help of friends such as Jorja Smith producer Charlie J Perry, its soulful tones and analogue instrumentation providing an alluring starting point. Contemporary, but rooted in the classic virtues of music making
Easy highlights the impressive talents of Laville and certainly augurs well as he makes his first foray into the broader musical landscape.
Easy follows a recently made live debut (with full band) and Laville has found the ideal home at the small but perfectly formed Acid Jazz Records, for whom he is the first new male solo artist they have signed since Jamiroquai.
Available to stream / purchase here
A song that defines the teenage you?
“‘Ghost Town’ – The Specials
Still as sadly relevant today as it was all those years ago”.
Playlist and interview with Hugh Brooker of Acid Jazz pioneers Night Trains > here!
“It’s a covers album, just an appreciation of a time when the signature tune and title sequence were both important elements within the overall theme, atmosphere and tone of a television show. I’ve always loved these now lost, rare and in some cases forgotten themes so, as with everything I do artistically, I set out to please myself and capture these gems as best as I could and make them available on vinyl, some possibly for the first time?”
BAFTA award winning actor Matt Berry returns with a new album, entitled Television Themes released on October 5th. Inspired by his youth, it’s a collection of TV theme tunes that have not only influenced Berry but undergone a fascinating and unique metamorphosis under his musical stewardship.
Television Themes was recorded on his own and with his regular band The Maypoles in his newly built studio. It includes favourites from the 60’, 70’s, and 80’s such as Are You Being Served? and Rainbow alongside lesser known themes from Picture Box and Wildtrak amidst those that transcend the decades, Doctor Who and Top Of The Pops…
Combining his love of music production and his passion for the ‘signature tune’, Television Themes sees Berry enhance his musical reputation following the success of his previous releases encapsulating Berry’s formative years as a viewer and paired with his boundless appetite for music – be it psych-folk, electronica, jazz or Prog. Genre-defying, mixed with a love of nostalgia, Matt Berry once again finds a home at the small but perfectly formed London-based independent label Acid Jazz Records. It really is a release that perfectly fits the label.
Meanwhile in light of his affection for the album format Matt has taken on the mantle of spokesperson for the inaugural National Album Day on July 23. Explaining the ambassadorial role he says:
“the album is a rare material object which can hold a place dear to the heart as special as any family heirloom or photograph. There are few physical objects that are as precious to me, in my life , aside from family photographs as certain albums. I’d say 90% of my most treasured albums are albums bought or given to me before my mid 20s. You don’t know it at the time but, I don’t think you ever really study every inch, aspect of an album the same way as you did in your teens or early 20’s. I’m also confident that there are enough young teenagers now who are discovering a band and their discography and buying secondhand vinyl copies of Hunky Dory or Unknown Pleasures or even Dark Side Of The Moon. If you are young, and love music, and cannot imagine your world without it, I think the physical album will always be there, waiting for you to give that all consuming, super intense undivided attention.”
The full track-listing for Television Themes is:
Are You Being Served? (1972-1985)
The Good Life (1975-1978)
LWT (1968 – 1972)
Blankety Blank (1979 – 1990)
Top Of The Pops (1963 – 20050
Picture Box (1966-1990)
The Liver Birds (1969 – 1979)
Thames Television (1968 – 1992)
Doctor Who (1963- present)
World In Action (1963-1998)
Sorry (1981 – 1988)
Released on October 05 through Acid Jazz Records and available on limited edition LP, CD and digitally through all reputable outlets.