Brand New Heavies – The Brand New Heavies (Ltd Edn Blue Vinyl LP)
The Brand New Heavies’ self-titled debut exploded in the early summer of 1990, and established both the group and the Acid Jazz label. With a fresh take on its influences – 70s jazz funk, Donald Byrd and The Mizell’s, two-step soul – mixed with a London warehouse party vibe, this was the sound of that summer. It began the group’s journey to international success, with 16 Top 40 UK hits and three platinum albums.
The band were incredibly tight, which allowed for the raw funk cuts such as ‘BNH’ and ‘Spynx’ to stand up alongside the best of their heroes. Within the year, they would be playing alongside Earth Wind and Fire, Stevie Wonder and Herbie Hancock. Unusually, they could also write killer songs such as ‘Dream Come True’ and ‘Stay This Way’ – both of which would become US R&B and UK Pop hits. 30 years later, the Heavies’ legacy lives on, with the band constantly touring, but their spirit firmly resides in this classic debut album.