First of all, a huge and heartfelt thank you to everyone who’s had a listen to or downloaded my releases from Bandcamp. I’ve had a lot of positive feedback about these collections of tunes. There will be more of them to follow throughout the year. Check out what I’ve done so far at http://andylewisuk.bandcamp.com/.
Secondly, there’s been a lot of love shown towards the remix I did of “Carry On” by Lisa Stansfield. It’s available on a limited-edition 7″ right now from Soul Brother, Soulstacks and a variety of other places on the Web. But hurry!
Thirdly, I’ll be DJing at The Boom Boom Room in Bideford, Devon on Saturday May 3rd. Info HERE . It’ll be something of a Locomotion reunion in the sense that I’ll be sharing DJing duties with Wendy May for the first time in ages. Also guesting will be Tom Crawford from those splendid scenes in Worthing that I’ve been lucky enough to take part in recently. On Sunday May 4th, I’ll be a guest DJ at the Stockholm Soul Party at Brixton’s Jamm club. Info from HERE and also HERE.
Fourthly, I’m sure you’re all by now aware that Paul Weller’s releasing “Modern Classics Volume 2” in a couple of months. What you might not have noticed is that if you pre-order the album from his website, you get put into a draw to win tickets to some very intimate London shows. You should investigate this link for further details. Also, if you haven’t seen it already, the video to “Brand New Toy” can be viewed in all it’s glory here. I’d no idea that you could have so much fun with a giant Toblerone made out of mirrors.
Finally for now, a bit more on the whole Britpop thing. I’m pretty sure that the journalists currently enjoying themselves finding ever more creative ways to express their displeasure at the events of twenty years ago are doing this less from the point of view of historical accuracy and more from the point of view of having had twenty years to get their stories straight. I broadly agree with them that our current troubled pop culture world is a desperate and benighted place. I can’t agree that it’s all the fault of people who chose The Bluetones over Orlando. The trouble with being a futurist is that sometimes the future arrives, and it’s not what you personally hoped for. Thus it was at the end of the Eighties. Lest we forget that some publications were excitedly anticipating a Nineties brimming with New Age mysticism. While not everything about what became known as Britpop was brilliant, it was at any rate better than that.
Many thanks to everyone who came to The Smugglers Return in Worthing on Friday April 5th. A splendid time was had by all, and the experiment of streaming the event live on the Web was a great success with over 400 people listening in. I’m sure I’ll be back there again soon, along with the excellent Tom Crawford who along with his partner Heather were fabulously entertaining and accommodating hosts.
I’m next DJing in London on April 19th at Paper Dress in Curtain Road, Shoreditch, and on April 20th I’ll be in Watford DJing at a Northern Soul night at Chocolate on the High Street, opposite the great big hole in the ground that might once again be a pond by the time the event happens.
On the subject of thanking people, I’m very grateful for the amount of positive feedback shown so far for my releases on Bandcamp. The “4-14-44” EP and “Songs For A South Herts Symphony” mini-LP have regularly featured in Bandcamp’s chart of best-selling pop releases. If you haven’t investigated these recordings, you can find them here . There’ll be more material exclusively on Bandcamp throughout the year.
Physical releases of my back catalogue are slipping out of stock fast. There are no plans at the moment to re-issue any of them so once they’re gone, they’re gone! You can find them on the Acid Jazz eBay store or direct from the Acid Jazz website .
In other news, May, June and July see me back on the road with the Paul Weller band. I’m really looking forward to being reunited with Paul, the Steves, Crofty and Ben, and the shows promise to be excellent. For news of where we’ll be playing, follow @paulwellerHQ on Twitter, or check out www.paulweller.com .
Talking of Crofty and Ben, check out the latest release from The Moons… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBZK2q8AtUg
A couple of DJ sets from me to tell you about. Sunday 26th May I’m back at The Hangover Lounge, the perfect place to deal with the afternoon after the night before. Mellow and interesting music from us DJs downstairs (and some intimate acoustic performances upstairs) at The Lexington, Pentonville Road, London. Info HERE
And Friday 31st May I’m back at The Good Foot for what promises to be a great night! Plenty of people have already said they’re coming, and there’s room for plenty more!
Acid Jazz records tell me that there are literally only a couple of copies of my first album Billion Pound Project left. If you haven’t already got one, now’s the last chance to own it in any physical format. You can buy it from the Acid Jazz Ebay Store, along with other bits & pieces of my back catalogue- and the great new album Soul Potential which features a track I wrote with Jess Roberts called Turn Your Head Around.
There will be some more new material from me later this year. In the meantime, I’ve been working with The Red Inspectors on a follow up to the highly acclaimed Are We The Red Inspectors? Are We? As we were feeling our way towards material for the new record, we did what all bands do when they need to break the ice and kick start the creative process- we mucked about! Consequently, for your listening pleasure we offer you a couple of free downloads to enjoy at your leisure- available from here