Here’s a British quintet from London who went through several band iterations before finding the right one to record their debut, No Hard Feelings on the Acid Jazz label in 2014. But this is not Jamiroquai. New Street Adventure’s classic soul sound pays homage to Curtis Mayfield and Mods as much as they do to Paul Weller and nights at the Wigan Casino. Their first album is a solid mix of uptempo swingers with a few slow dance numbers performed by jazz musicians with a rock mentality. But it’s the final track, the horn-laden The Big A.C., that sticks out. It was inspired by leader Nick Corbin’s experience at the 100 Club all-nighter, where the music being played, primarily Northern Soul, sunk into his bones and hooked him for life. He and the band return their debt by recording this track, which became a Northern Soul dancefloor filler itself.
Here’s DJ/ dancer Levanna McLean, aka Northern Soul Girl, in the band’s video for the single, The Big A.C.