The N.J.E., the all-star punk-jazz trio featuring Mark ‘Bedders’ Bedford from Madness and Terry Edwards and Simon Charterton from The Higsons, have a new mini-album out for Record Store Day.

“Nought To 60”, which follows on from 2019’s Afloat In Dub, their collaboration with On-U Sound guru Adrian Sherwood, takes its name from the trio’s single released late last year and its inverted commas from David Bowie’s “Heroes”.

The Bowie connection doesn’t end there, though: the release also features their cover of the artist’s ‘Five Years’, commemorating the fifth anniversary of his passing. Moreover, Edwards has in the past few years found himself paying further tribute to the Duke, touring with Woody Woodmansey and Tony Visconti in Holy Holy and with longtime Bowie pianist Mike Garson.

Opening the album is the 10-minute ‘Spirit Of Indo’, a tribute to the Whitechapel pub where the trio first played monthly to an audience of locals and fellow musicians including Matt Johnson of The The, The Undertones’ Damian O’Neill, Reeves Gabrels of Cure and Tin Machine fame and 2 Tone artist Rhoda Dakar.

Usually held on the third Saturday of April every year, Record Store Day 2021 will take place over two ‘drop’ days – 12 June and 17 July – due to the pandemic.

“Nought To 60” will be available through Sartorial Records on strictly limited 12″ vinyl (with download code) on 12 June. Buyers can find their nearest participating stores here.


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