THE BRAND NEW HEAVIES

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The Brand New Heavies began in 1985 as an instrumental acid jazz group called Brother International.

The group came up with the Heavies name after signing their first record contract, borrowing from a liner note on a James Brown single declaring the artist "Minister of New Super Heavy Funk". As The Brand New Heavies they gained a cult following in the London club scene and soon signed to Cooltempo as acid jazz replaced rare groove in clubs. The band issued a debut recording for Eddie Piller's Acid Jazz label in 1990 with Jay Ella Ruth as lead singer.

A single, "Got To Give", came out on Cooltempo before the Brand New Heavies signed to Acid Jazz Records and released Brand New Heavies to critical acclaim. The band signed to a division of Chrysalis Records in the UK, and American distribution was picked up by influential label Delicious Vinyl, and N'Dea
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THE BRAND NEW HEAVIES The Brand New Heavies (1990) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Brand New Heavies (1990)
Acid Jazz 1990
THE BRAND NEW HEAVIES Heavy Rhyme Experience, Volume 1 album cover 4.00 | 2 ratings
Heavy Rhyme Experience, Volume 1
Acid Jazz 1992
THE BRAND NEW HEAVIES The Brand New Heavies (1992) album cover 4.08 | 5 ratings
The Brand New Heavies (1992)
Acid Jazz 1992
THE BRAND NEW HEAVIES Brother Sister album cover 3.50 | 4 ratings
Brother Sister
Acid Jazz 1994
THE BRAND NEW HEAVIES Original Flava album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Original Flava
Acid Jazz 1994
THE BRAND NEW HEAVIES Shelter album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Shelter
Acid Jazz 1997
THE BRAND NEW HEAVIES We Won't Stop album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
We Won't Stop
Acid Jazz 2002
THE BRAND NEW HEAVIES Allabouthefunk album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Allabouthefunk
Acid Jazz 2004
THE BRAND NEW HEAVIES Get Used to It album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Get Used to It
Acid Jazz 2006
THE BRAND NEW HEAVIES Dunk Your Trunk album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Dunk Your Trunk
Jazz Related Soundtracks 2011
THE BRAND NEW HEAVIES Forward album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Forward
RnB 2013
THE BRAND NEW HEAVIES Sweet Freaks album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sweet Freaks
RnB 2014

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THE BRAND NEW HEAVIES Shibuya 357 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Shibuya 357
Acid Jazz 1997
THE BRAND NEW HEAVIES Live in London album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live in London
Acid Jazz 2008

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THE BRAND NEW HEAVIES The Brand New Heavies / Dream Come True (Brand New Mix) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Brand New Heavies / Dream Come True (Brand New Mix)
Acid Jazz 1992
THE BRAND NEW HEAVIES Excursions, Remixes & Rare Grooves album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Excursions, Remixes & Rare Grooves
Acid Jazz 1995
THE BRAND NEW HEAVIES Dream Come True: The Best of the Acid Jazz Years album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Dream Come True: The Best of the Acid Jazz Years
Acid Jazz 1998
THE BRAND NEW HEAVIES Trunk Funk: The Best of the Brand New Heavies album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Trunk Funk: The Best of the Brand New Heavies
Acid Jazz 1999
THE BRAND NEW HEAVIES In tha Beginning album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
In tha Beginning
Acid Jazz 1999
THE BRAND NEW HEAVIES The Best of the Acid Jazz Years album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Best of the Acid Jazz Years
Acid Jazz 1999
THE BRAND NEW HEAVIES The Very Best of the Brand New Heavies album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Very Best of the Brand New Heavies
Acid Jazz 2000
THE BRAND NEW HEAVIES Trunk Funk Classics 1991-2000 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Trunk Funk Classics 1991-2000
Acid Jazz 2000
THE BRAND NEW HEAVIES The Acid Jazz Years album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Acid Jazz Years
Acid Jazz 2001
THE BRAND NEW HEAVIES Put the Funk Back in It album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Put the Funk Back in It
Acid Jazz 2001
THE BRAND NEW HEAVIES The Platinum Collection album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Platinum Collection
Acid Jazz 2006
THE BRAND NEW HEAVIES Elephantitis: The Funk+House Remixes album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Elephantitis: The Funk+House Remixes
Acid Jazz 2007
THE BRAND NEW HEAVIES The Sound Of Acid Jazz album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Sound Of Acid Jazz
Acid Jazz 2014

THE BRAND NEW HEAVIES singles (3)

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Shelter
Acid Jazz 1997
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Saturday Nite
Acid Jazz 1999
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Apparently Nothing
Acid Jazz 2000

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THE BRAND NEW HEAVIES The Brand New Heavies (1992)

Album · 1992 · Acid Jazz
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There is a certain amount of confusion surrounding The Brand New Heavies’ first album (also called “The Brand New Heavies”). The original release featured Jay Williamson (named Jay Ella Ruth at the time) on vocals and was released in England in 1990. It was quickly replaced by a new version with a lot of the same songs, but with the much stronger N’Dea Davenport from the US on vocals. This version of the album was released first in the US and was also used later for any re-issues of the album worldwide. This review is also based on the Davenport version, as that has become the definitive version of the album for most.

This was the first album from England’s late 80s acid jazz fad to actually connect in the US. Although popular with the rave kids in England and elsewhere, acid jazz remained a mystery in the US, with only a few big cities on the coasts picking up on its trendy mix of 60s soul jazz, 70s funk and 80s DJ music. Early English acid jazz bands such as The James Taylor Quartet were a little too exotica cute and loungey to connect with the more funkified US RnB/dance/jazz scene. The Brand New Heavies, on the other hand, carried a lot more of the street rhythms and funky grooves that made them recognizable to the Americanos.

Musically the Heavies first album is similar to what The Commodores and Kool and the Gang were playing in the late 70s, a blend of pop and funk with very dance-able rhythms, but not as down and dirty as the more hardcore early to mid-70s funk sound. Every song and every riff on here is great, but its all done with a certain cleanliness that some funk fans may find a little on the lite side. Likewise, the instrumental numbers are similar to The Brecker Brothers, but not with the same blazing bebop chops. Davenport is a great singer, but her voice lacks character and personality, she sounds like the top notch back-up singer all of a sudden promoted to lead. It all adds up, this is a good album, but it would have been tops with a little more grit and grease.

Although most of this album stays on the pop-funk vibe, “Put the Funk Back In It” slows things down for a heavy p-funk groove, while follow up song “Gimme One of Those” takes the guitar riff from Funkadelic’s “Loose Booty” and tops it with classic James Brown style synth noodling. You’ll swear you’ve heard this song before somewhere back in the 70s. Live funk bands were a rarity in 1990, and this band was a real breath of fresh air and a wake up call to other musicians that the funk was back. It also still sounds great today, although maybe not nasty enough for the hardcore funk fans.

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