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Patterson Twins
Let Me Be Your Lover

Eagle-eyed rare-groovers among you will likely have spotted Miles Away’s reissue of Patterson Twins’ 1978 7” Gonna Find A True Love when it came out a couple of months back. Hot on the heels of that re-release we now get a new pressing of Let Me Be Your Lover, the Mississippi pair’s LP that came out in the same year. The brothers deliver muscular, righteous funk all through this record’s eight tracks. Original copies of Let Me Be Your Lover go for megabucks these days so it’s a good thing that Acid Jazz have put together this far more affordable edition.

Matt Berry

Not content with being one of television's top 'funny' men, Matt Berry has long enjoyed a separate career as a musician. This second job has seen him go in all sorts of unusual musical places but perhaps the most impressive was his album Witchazel in which he explored a sort of woodland folk music inspired by Watership Down. Here are lush arrangements of folky tangles in awe of the 70s folk stylings of Pentangle and Fairport Convention. Don't laugh  - he's being serious this time.  
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The Wanderer

One of London’s most promising soul acts and a recent signee to the Acid Jazz label, Laville finally releases his debut studio album. Produced by the experienced Tristan Longworth, The Wanderer is intelligent, passionate and sounds remarkably uncalculated, put together mainly on the basis of first takes. 

The Brand New Heavies

Good to see The Brand New Heavies still going strong after all these years. TBNH - the first LP from the acid jazz pioneers for half a decade - recaptures the soulful, funky sound of the band’s golden years. This stuff is catnip for Craig Charles’ when he's in funk & soul mode, so if you like what he plays in his DJ sets then you’re probably going to get behind TBNH. The Brand New Heavies spread the love here too, with Mark Ronson coming in to produce their reworking of Kendrick Lamar’s ‘These Walls’.

Martin Freeman and Eddie Piller Present Soul On The Corner

Eddie Piller is the guy running the show at the Acid Jazz label, and Martin Freeman is, er, the actor who was in The Hobbit and The Office and so forth. Turns out Mr Freeman is also a real jazz and soul head, and for Soul On The Corner he and Piller lay out some of their rarest and finest favourites for our soulful pleasure.
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Mother Earth
The People Tree

Mother Earth were one of the leading lights on the Acid Jazz label along with Brand New Heavies, Corduroy and Jamiroquai. The People Tree was originally released in 1994. If you’re a fan of the soulful, slightly funky stuff Paul Weller did back then, this is for you. The Modfather even guests on the album along with DC Lee and Simon Bartholomew from the aforementioned Brand New Heavies.  

Dad Man Cat

It could be argued that Corduroy were the finest exponents of tongue-in-cheek cinematic funk in the ‘90s. It could also be argued that that they were the only ones doing such a thing. Dad Man Cat was their debut album, originally released in 1992 on Acid Jazz. The album is mainly instrumental and could soundtrack a world where someone like Steve McQueen walks around a city in a roll-neck jumper looking cool. Red vinyl LP on Acid Jazz

High Havoc

High Havoc was the second album by cheesy-on-purpose London funksters, Corduroy. It was originally released in 1993. Here, they added brass to their sound thus expanding on their initial ‘cool movie soundtrack’ blueprint. Influences such as Curtis Mayfield show in their music. Reissue gold vinyl LP on Acid Jazz.

Out Of Here

Corduroy’s third album, Out Of Here, saw the band moving away from their ‘70s movie soundtrack style to a more song-orientated jazz-funk sound - a bit like a less annoying Jamiroquai. Elements of what is now known as Yacht Rock were beginning to poke through too - listen to Practice What You Preach. It was originally released in 1994 and features a well funky cover of Motorhead’s eponymous song. Reissue blue vinyl LP on Acid Jazz.

Matt Berry
Television Themes

The Voice himself aka Matt Berry comes through with a typically zany collection. Along with his band The Maypoles, Berry has reinterpreted several of his favourite television themes - hence the LP being called ... Television Themes - from days of yore. ‘Blankety Blank’, ‘Doctor Who’, ‘Rainbow’ and more are reimagined in a library-ish style here. Naff as hell, but all the better for it.
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Judy Dyble
Earth Is Sleeping

Folk-rock singer and songwriter Judy Dyble is set to return with a new solo album, Earth Is Sleeping -- following hard on the heels of her work with Andy Lewis, last year's ‘Summer Dancing’. Former (pre-Sandy Denny) Fairport Convention vocalist Judy has garnered much critical acclaim with her own woven strands of English psychedelia, gaining noteworthy National Radio attention. The new record is an ideal showcase for her influences who include Joni Mitchell, Judy Collins and Phil Ochs.

Return Of The Fabric Four

Acid Jazz heroes Corduroy are back with their first release in almost two decades, and it's a 12-track doozy. Blending pop-art imagery, mid-century rock swagger and swinging '60s pop, this record—released here on limited-edition white vinyl—is a retro-leaning, party-starting future classic. 

Leroy Hutson
Closer To The Source

Closer To The Source by soul singer, songwriter, producer and arranger Leroy Hutson was originally released in 1978. Earlier in his career he replaced Curtis Mayfield in The Impressions and you can see why - Hutson’s music comes from a similar place, although this is waaaaay smoother, as the cover may lead you to believe. LP with detailed sleeve notes by Tony Rounce and CD with 3 bonus tracks on Acid Jazz.

Leroy Hutson
The Man!

The Man! Was Leroy Hutson’s second album, originally released in 1974, following a spell as Curtis Mayfield’s replacement in soul group The Impressions. This album is notable for containing the track The Ghetto ‘74 which he co-wrote with Donny Hathaway who recorded the song four years previously. LP with extensive sleeve notes by Tony Rounce and CD with bonus track on Acid Jazz.

Leon's Creation
This Is The Beginning

Acid Jazz reissue this rare 1970 LP from San Franciscan seven-piece Leon’s Creation. The group emerged in the wake of Golden Gate city giants like Sly And The Family Stone and Santana - Leon’s Creation frontman Leon Patillo would later collaborate with the latter on Borboletta and Festival. This Is The Beginning bears a strong influence of both of those groups with an additional Frisco hippie vibe thrown in for good measure.

Martin Freeman & Eddie Piller present
Jazz On The Corner

Acid Jazz co-founder Eddie Piller and famous man Martin Freeman did a radio show together a couple of years ago. That’s the genesis for this compilation, a double LP that kicks of the Acid Jazz 30th birthday celebrations. Features music from old heads like Art Blakey and new ones like Kamasi Washington.

Leroy Hutson

Acid Jazz have gone and released a brace of classic Leroy Hutson LPs, from the height of his '70s powers. ‘Hutson’ was a stone-cold high watermark of 1970s soul, produced with Curtis Mayfield at his Curtom Studios. This deluxe, remastered reissue has some signature Hutson moments: ‘All Because of You’ and ‘Lucky Fellow’ amongst them. CD with 3 bonus tracks; LP has full colour inner plus in depth sleeve notes.  

Leroy Hutson
Anthology: 1972 - 1984

We’re happy to let Acid Jazz bring us Anthology: 1972 - 1984, a comprehensive Leroy Hutson compilation. The collection brings together his Curtom recordings with two newly unearthed tracks. His Newark home was a rich, fertile source of Soul -- including George Clinton’s Parliaments and the Manhattans. Hutson was soon working with Carla Thomas and Donny Hathaway. His solo Curtom sides swiftly became sought after and inspirational to many. Double LP / single CD.

Matt Berry
Night Terrors

Night Terrors by actor, comedian and voice, Matt Berry, features remixes of tracks, along with outtakes from his 2016 album The Small Hours. Among the remixers are Clark and St. Etienne, whilst Berry tries his hand at some Pink Floyd and Frank Zappa classics. He also collaborates with songwriter Thomas Walsh of Pugwash. Indies only LP and CD.

New Street Adventure
One And The Same - Acoustic EP

Four track EP off acoustic versions of tracks taken from funk/soul four-piece New Street Adventures’ 2017 album Stubborn Sons. Reimaginings of One And The Same, Why Should We Do Anything, What’s So Good About, and  Something More Than This. Soften and subdued, pushing the soul to the front. 7” on Acid Jazz
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Judy Dyble & Andy Lewis
Summer Dancing

Once she led the Fairport Convention with her folksy vocal fanfare; now she's releasing a record with Andy Lewis who is in fact a weirdo DJ, which I assure you doesn't stop them from making a psychedelic folk record with twee odes and harmonica ragers. Summer Dancing leans into the highest gear of folk rock and goes after the enigmatic sound made in more driving Fairport tunes, with an almost cartoony vibe carrying the duo through their ode to British psychedelia. 
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The Best Of Rare Mod

It is worth remembering that, beyond all the scooters and jackets and RAF symbols, the Mod subculture was fundamentally about the music. Acid Jazz have been archiving and reissuing lesser-known killer material for a decade now, so it's high time they released a best-of like this. Three CDs of highlights from the series, along with an informative booklet on the material.
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John's Children
The Smashed! Blocked! EP

Hailing from Surrey, mod psychedelics John's Children are perhaps best known for their outrageous live performances, famously upstaging The Who on a seven-day tour of Germany. Remaining relatively in the shadows ever since with little to no commercial success, the band went on to be hailed precursors of glam rock and imperative to the punk rock movement, making their records some of the most sought-after and collectable British rock from the 1960s. 'The Smashed! Blocked!' EP is part of Acid Jazz Records' rare mod series and is available on vinyl for the first time ever. It features brief member Marc Bolan and reintroduces us to the best of British freakbeat. 

New Street Adventure
Stubborn Sons

Having earned rave reviews on a national level, New Street Adventure have gone on to release Stubborn Sons. A powerful combination of funk and modern jazz, very skilfully mixed with meaningful lyrics sung in a strong Londoner accent. The Vinyl LP contains a download code, and is also available on CD.

Matt Berry
The Small Hours

Superbly-voiced comic actor and musician Matt Berry has made a new album, The Small Hours. It follows on from previous releases Witchazel, Kill The Wolf and Music For Insomniacs. This time, and for the first time, his band recorded the basic tracks live using a 60-year old hand built Decca desk. Thematically the album seems as though it will be quite heavy - religion, death, loneliness and, on lighter note, the changing seasons. Berry says that the title refers to the quiet moments before dawn when your thoughts seem to be amplified.

Men of North Country
This City

Men of North Country are a modern-day Israeli band, although they could probably fool you that they were from NYC in its vintage soul era. They certainly groove, swagger and swing in all the right ways, and they have the fiery energy of all the best soul. This City (referring to their native Tel Aviv) is their second album. Out on Acid Jazz.

The Filthy Six
More Filth

The Filthy Six play old-school dancefloor soul and R&B with all the elements in place: rock-solid rhythm section, smooth organ lines, tight brass and guitar… Every part works in service to the get-on-up groove, which most listeners will find irresistible. More Filth is released on the Acid Jazz label, in CD and LP editions.

Matt Berry & The Maypoles
Matt Berry & The Maypoles Live

The fact that actor / man-with-a-remarkable-voice Matt Berry is releasing albums and touring with his band The Maypoles may come as a surprise to some, but it shouldn’t really, as Berry has been making music for years. This live recording captures an on-form set of their prog-folk, and comes on CD, or as either standard or limited edition coloured gatefold vinyl.

The Stand
I'll Be There

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Rare Mod Volume 6

The latest in the long running series of treasures dug up by the vinyl hounds at Acid Jazz records. Now at number 6 in the series, these are must buys for fans of dancefloor mod soul / rock who don't fancy spending hundreds of pounds or months of their lives uncovering the original rare 7" singles themselves. From the well known (in mod circles) Sharon Tandy to the obscure - The Kooba's feature a chap who would go on to play Boba Fett Star Wars fans - this is packed with up-beat sixites sounds. 17 tracks that are guaranteed to add a blast of vintage swing to your day.

Dread Flimstone & The Modern Tone Age Family
From The Ghetto

Three Ages Of Man

Three Ages Of Man by Satisfaction is a lost classic. Fortunately it was found by Acid Jazz label co-owner Derek Griffiths in an unmarked box containing the original reel-to-reel tapes. Their sound has been likened to the blues-rock of Blood, Sweat and Tears and early 70s Chicago, before they started making those mawkish ballads. Satisfaction are melodic and jazzy with a top-notch brass section. Three Ages Of Man is available on vinyl LP and CD.

Mark Morriss
A Flash Of Darkness

Once the singer with much loved indie band The Bluetones, Mark Morriss has gone solo. His new album A Flash Of Darkness, his second solo outing, is released on the Acid Jazz label and contains the single This is a Lie. The single has received airplay from Dermot O’Leary on Radio 2 and Steve Lamacq on XFM. A Flash Of Darkness is available on Ltd edition coloured vinyl, with bonus CD and download code and CD.

Rare Mod 5

The fifth edition of this popular compilation, Rare Mod 5 delivers another confident mixture of mod, soul and r&b tracks from the mid sixties. Rarely stretching past two and a half minutes, each song is a rare pop gem. A must for nostalgic psych-heads and fuzzed out poppers. Out on vinyl LP from Acid Jazz.