Blues and Soul Music Magazine

Issue 1075

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BRINGING YOU THE STORIES BEHIND THE MUSIC AND THE NEWS, REVIEWS AND INTERVIEWS THAT MATTER...

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IN THIS ISSUE: Firstly, congratulations go to Jarrod Lawson on his worldwide cover debut. A multi genre encompassing artist who has virtually come out of nowhere to be one of the most well received / hotly tipped artists of the last 18 months. His story is stuff of inspiration and his determination, mixed with his ability, shines through in his music ~ definitely a star of tomorrow, who we have the pleasure of presenting to you today... We have an unmissable interview with 11 times Grammy winning singer / songwriter / producer / musician / entrepreneur, Babyface. We follow that with a true R&B great, US singer/songwriter/producer/multi-instrumentalist Brian McKnight. Hip hop hooray! DJ/producer/tastemaker Charlie Sloth is in the house - probably the hardest working man in hip hop, talks candidly about his early years discovering and then trying to get a foothold in is genre of choice - plus the decisions which have lead him to become the force he is today...There’s plenty of new talent on show this issue, with recent chart toppers WSTRN dropping by for an in-depth chat and fellow B&S breaker / 2016 tip for mainstream greatness, Izzy Bizu, is in interview action too... We head to Northern Ireland to review an intimate Van Morrison show, Bognor Regis on the south coast to check out the talent appearing at the Butlin’s Soul Weekender and just have time to squeeze in Big Daddy Kane’s immense performance at premier London venue, the Jazz Cafe. There’s A LOT more, including our esteemed Columnists and cracking competitions, but I want to leave a few surprises! See you bright and early next year! Lee Tyler - @LeeTyler13 | @BluesandSoulB&S

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Maurice White – Earth, Wind & Fire Founder. RIP.

Another giant of music has left us for the big gig in the sky. Maurice White, co-founder, songwriter and singer with Earth, Wind & Fire died in his sleep in LA on Thursday 4th February...

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Win tickets / chalet for 4 to the Soundcrash Funk & Soul Weekender

Win Soundcrash Funk & Soul weekender passers + chalet for 4

Win a chalet and 4 tickets to the inaugural Soundcrash Funk & Soul Weekender takeing place from 13-15 May at Camber Sands Holiday Camp, East Sussex...

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Jarrod Lawson: Something like a phenomenon… Maybe!

Soul sensation Jarrod Lawson sits down with B&S Editor Lee Tyler for a in-depth interview around the last 18 months of touring, releasing new music and gaining a reputation for being one of the fastest emerging stars in his genre...

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WSTRN: The WSTRN way

Hot from placing 5th in the BBC's Sound Of 2016, WSTRN touchdown at B&S HQ with killer tunes, banging vibes and bags of talent - if debut track "IN2" is anything to go by, we'll all be IN2 this act as this year unfolds...

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Charlie Sloth: Charlie said...

B&S' Karen Lawler talks to one of the hardest working and most respected DJ / presenter / producers's in the business, Charlie Sloth. As he recounts his journey from humble beginnings to dizzy hip hop heights...

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Babyface: Baby Love

B&S' assistant Editor Pete Lewis interviews 11-times Grammy-winning singer / songwriter / producer Babyface, who releases his tenth studio album “Return Of The Tender Lover”...

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Brian McKnight: Life Of Brian

B&S' Pete Lewis interviews 25-million-selling US R&B singer / songwriter / producer Brian McKnight, who this month releases his eagerly-anticipated thirteenth studio album “Better”...

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James Taylor Quartet: Chorus of approval

Mixing his trademark funky grooves with 34 voice Rochester Cathedral choir, James Taylor, discusses the making of and the almost impossible time scale in which his vision became a reality...

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Bejamin Clementine : The Church of St John-at-Hackney 7/12/2015

Mercury Prize Winner picks an unusual venue to unleash his laudatory talent with extraordinary impact.

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Fred Wesley's Generations : The Hideaway London 16/01/2016

It was collard greens and ham night with Wesley serving grits and gravy too,this time he wasn't giving up food for funk!

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Brooklyn Funk Essentials : Ronnie Scotts 21/01/2016

Have you had your essentials yet? They've more variety than a Kelloggs mini 12 pack!

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The get up

The Get Up: Take You Down

A Hammond funk force of a hurricane blows in with this belter of a 45,fresh and feisty like f#*k!

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King bee

King Bee: Money Gone

King Bee were booked for the prestigious international Gateshead Jazz Festival last year and on this 45 offering it's easy to see why!

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The sorcerers

The Sorcerers

A feather in the hat to this diverse UK outfit whose spooky grooves beguiles and beggers belief,yes it's that good.Not one filler on this bone deep beauty so get used to their explicit strangeness..

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