Digging deeper into the roots of Acid
Jazz you will find the group "Night Trains".
Originally a live band led by bassist and founder Hugh Brooker
their first single was "Open
Channel D". The
group also appeared on Polydor's
"Acid Jazz And Other illicit grooves" compilation with
"Now We Have Rhythm", and on Acid Jazz's "Totally
Wired 2" with "The Killer".
was 1987, when Acid Jazz ruled the club scene in London.
band toured with Africa Bambata, a legendary rapper, who is also
to listen on some of their tracks of their first album
"Checkmate", which was released in Europe and Japan in
1989. Caused by personal problems Hugh Brooker stopped band
activity for a period and formed "the Humble Souls"
with Simon Anniki (AKA
rapper with Norman
Cook's Beats International. But things didn't run well with this
group and Hugh Brooker revived his old group "Night
Trains" recording in July 1992 "Loaded". The
album was recorded in one week in Acid Jazz' West End studios.
Famous artists like "The Sandals" and
"Jamiroquai" are also featured on this album. Grooves
and rhythms were the ingredients of this album.
Hugh Brooker prefered more melody structures and live
performances. That's the content of the third album "Sleazeball"
(1994). The single "Lovesick" was a commercial success
with a wide radio play. The album appeared in U.S.A. on the
Instinct Records label under the title "Miles
1997 they released still on the Acid Jazz label "Obstruct
the doors, cause delay, and be dangerous". You find the
title on many plates in London's tube. The infectious single of
this album "The Wave" is one of my favorites and
awaked my interest for this group.