Night Trains premiere 'Do Anything You Wanna Do' video
06 September 2018
Acid Jazz pioneers Night Trains are pleased to share the video to 'Do Anything You Wanna Do, taken from the band’s new album ‘Lovesick 1987 – 2017’, a definitive guide to the Night Trains’ love affair with all things soul, funk and jazz.
Featuring on vocal duties, Jennie Bellestar Matthias, former lead singer of the 80's all girl band The Belle Stars, the track is an explosive acid jazz dancefloor filler that typifies the band’s sound.
Released 21st September via Acid Jazz/PIAS in celebration of the band’s 30th anniversary, ‘Lovesick 1987 – 2017’ features 18 key tracks from the Night Trains discography, including ‘Do Anything You Wanna Do’ and the rare as hen’s teeth, underground club hit, ‘Open Channel D’.
Formed in 1987 by bassist, producer and DJ Hugh Brooker, Night Trains, along with Galliano, became part of the first wave of acts to be signed to Acid Jazz Records, a London-based label set up by British jazz champions, Eddie Piller and Gilles Peterson, and home to The Brand New Heavies, Jamiroquai and D-Influence. Originally an instrumental, sax and Hammond organ-led 5 piece, Night Trains first cut their teeth at the legendary Wag Club Monday night Acid Jazz sessions.
The band’s first vinyl outing recorded for the label, was the limited edition ‘Open Channel D’, a sax-heavy funk track which proved a massive hit with club DJs. This was followed by a very early example of mash up breakbeat jazz on the track ‘And Now We Have Rhythm’, which later appeared on ‘Acid Jazz and Other Illicit Grooves’; the seminal release on Polydor's Urban Records, alongside artists such as James Taylor Quartet, Galliano and Jalal from US hip hop pioneers, The Last Poets.
Always looking to keep the sound and vibe fresh, Brooker would constantly change the live and studio line-up of the band over the years and a number of key musicians from the soul, funk and mod fraternity have performed with the band including Spider Johnson, Jennie Bellestar, Damian Hand, Mike “chilli” Watts, Tony Watts, Dave Priseman, Julian Bates and Gary Foote.
After numerous releases on Acid Jazz and other various labels over the last 30 years, the band have gone full circle with the release of ‘Lovesick 1987 – 2017’.