Night Trains were formed in 1987 by bassist, producer and DJ Hugh Brooker and along with Galliano became part of the first wave of acts to sign to Acid Jazz Records. Originally a sax and Hammond organ-led 5 piece, Blue Note inspired instrumental combo, the band first cut their teeth at Soho's legendary Wag Club's Monday night Acid Jazz sessions, along with DJs and label founders Eddie Piller and Giles Peterson. Their first vinyl outing was the limited edition, and now rare as hens teeth, underground club hit 'Open Channel D.” This was followed by a very early example of Mash Up Breakbeat Jazz crossover on the track “And now we have rhythm” on “Acid Jazz and Other Illicit Grooves”; the seminal major label release on Polydor's Urban Records, alongside artists such as James Taylor Quartet, Galliano and Jalal from US hip hop pioneers The Last Poets.
Giles Peterson and Baz Fe Jazz released Night Trains' critically acclaimed debut album “Checkmate” on their B.G.P [Beat Goes Public] label in 1990. The Japanese release on Quattro Records featured a vocal collaboration with founding father of Hip Hop Afrika Bambaataa on the track “Russian Roulette”.