Blues and Soul Music Magazine

Issue 1094

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ISSUE 1046: Fresh from our Music Publication Of The Year award triumph, it's time to bring you the first instalment of Blues & Soul magazine for 2020, and what an issue we have on store for you! Having tracked the career of our cover artist from day one, her rise to prominence has been nothing less than impressive since she signed to uber-cool Brighton based independent soul/funk label, Jalapeno records. It's an absolute pleasure and privilege to welcome the hugely talented soul/gospel/blues singer/songwriter/keys playing superstar in the making, Izo Fitzroy, to our cover this issue. How do you follow that? Well, how about world music's finest Amadou & Mariam and gospel kings the Blind Boys Of Alabama double interview with both landing in the UK for a very special set of dates. She's been a Northern Soul heroine, Bond girl, model and now Susie Vanner has come back to her first love, which is making music for the masses with a brand new album in tow and an enthralling life stay to tell - welcome back Susie! Canada's finest, The Soul Motivators, tell us why they are UK bound and armed with their distinct brand of authentic soul and funk. Mello Festival head-honcho Steve Cass gives us a 5th birthday low-down on Worcestershire's best festival destinations and last, but by no means least, legendary DJ/producer and soulful house pioneer Timmy Regisford gives a rare catchup interview, with new release top of the topic of conversation. If those artists weren't enough, we look back at the careers of reggae champion David Rodigan and funk royal Nile Rogers and look forward to upcoming summer dates from both artists. Our print issues live reviews from The Best Horizon Festival at the O2 Brixton Academy, London. We attend Crowd Company's cool as funk sold out "Lowdown" album launch at PizzaExpress Jazz in Soho, London and we review the packed out touring triumph, Magic Of Motown, at The Hawth in Crawley. The Blues & Soul Years visit the mixed bag that was 1990, where Snap ("The Power") ruled the airwaves, Dee-Lite smashed it with "Groove Is In The Heart", Quincy Jones featured a who's who on his album, Johnny Gill made his mark in the UK, MC Hammer donned his genie trousers for "You Can't Touch This" with the help of a Rick James lick, Vanilla Ice super chilled the chart with "Ice Ice Baby" and female acts, including Tina Turner "Foreign Affair", Lisa Stansfield "Affection", Janet Jackson "Rhythm Nation "1814", Anita Baker "Compositions" and Whitney Houston "I'm Your Baby Tonight" showed the guys how to release critically acclaimed platinum-selling albums. Plus a lot more happenings in 1990 long with B&S charts and the poll winners from that year. Chart action includes our new B&S Upfront Urban Chart, Ben Lovett's Grooveyard Essentials Dance Chart, Bigger's Smoove Grooves R&B Chart, the most up-to-date soul/r'n'b Hip List and Richard Searling presents his '70s Soul Lovers List. As usual B&S columnists Ben Lovett (Dance), Bigger (R&B), Richard Searling (Northern Soul) and Ralph Tee (Modern Soul) are on hand to share their expertise, latest news, reviews and comment on the genres they proudly represent. Unfortunately, no Frank Elson this issue - get well soon Frank! Don't forget! Our Soulfully Social page is where you can have your say! Find us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook (all @BluesandSoul) and let us know what you think and we could be adding your comments to our next print issue! Lee Tyler (Twitter @LeeTyler13)B&S

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We are giving 1 lucky reader the chance to win a pair of Innervisions passes, that's 2 tickets to every mouthwatering show at this year's festival...

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Izo FitzRoy 1046 cover interview @bluesandsoul.com Izo FitzRoy 1046 cover interview @bluesandsoul.com Izo FitzRoy 1046 cover interview @bluesandsoul.com Izo FitzRoy 1046 cover interview @bluesandsoul.com

Izo FitzRoy: A perfect Fitz

B&S Editor Lee Tyler talks to an artist on the edge of stardom, soul/blues/gospel singer/songwriter Izo FitzRoy drops what could easily be one of the album's of the year and we have the exclusive...

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Nile Rodgers & CHIC: Heritage Live, Hampstead Heath, London 12/6/20 @bluesandsoul.com Nile Rodgers & CHIC: Heritage Live, Hampstead Heath, London 12/6/20 @bluesandsoul.com Nile Rodgers & CHIC: Heritage Live, Hampstead Heath, London 12/6/20 @bluesandsoul.com Nile Rodgers & CHIC: Heritage Live, Hampstead Heath, London 12/6/20 @bluesandsoul.com

Nile Rodgers & CHIC: Chic is the word

Nile Rodgers & CHIC play a very special show at an extra special venue on June 20 at Kenwood House on London's Hampstead Heath, to mark this must-see B&S Editor Lee Has

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Susie Vanner: Life & Soul

B&S Assistant Editor Pete Lewis interviews singer/actress Susie Vanner about her new album and amazing career, which includes playing a Bond girl and recording Northern Soul classics...

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Stone Paxton interview @bluesandsoul.com Stone Paxton interview @bluesandsoul.com Stone Paxton interview @bluesandsoul.com Stone Paxton interview @bluesandsoul.com

Stone Paxton: Leaving No Stone Unturned

Duncan Payne talks to multi-award-winning singer/songwriter/producer and label boss Stone Paxton about his fascinating career and his recent soul chart-topping album "In The Key Of... Love"

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Paul Carrack: G Live, Guildford 28/2/20 @bluesandsoul.com Paul Carrack: G Live, Guildford 28/2/20 @bluesandsoul.com Paul Carrack: G Live, Guildford 28/2/20 @bluesandsoul.com Paul Carrack: G Live, Guildford 28/2/20 @bluesandsoul.com

Paul Carrack: G Live, Guildford 28/2/20

Multi-million-selling British blue-eyed soul singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Paul Carrack and his supreme band, complete with dual drummers, delivered in style at Guildford's G Live...

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DJ Shadow: O2 Academy Brixton, London 29/2/20 @bluesandsoul.com DJ Shadow: O2 Academy Brixton, London 29/2/20 @bluesandsoul.com DJ Shadow: O2 Academy Brixton, London 29/2/20 @bluesandsoul.com DJ Shadow: O2 Academy Brixton, London 29/2/20 @bluesandsoul.com

DJ Shadow: O2 Academy Brixton, London 29/2/20

The light show and the top-notch sound combine to give a fantastic showcase of DJ Shadow's work, as he guides the crowd back through his career...

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The Wailers & Guests: One World One Prayer (Sony Music Latin)

The Wailers are back with a bang with their 1st single in over 25 years! Celebrating unity around the world in the shape of their vibey new release "One World, One Prayer" ft. Skip Marley, Farruko, Shaggy & Cedella Marley...

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David Morales & Timmy Regisford Ft.Toshi: NINI Part 1 & NINI Part 2 (Diridim)

David Morales & Timmy Regisford Ft.Toshi: NINI Part 1 & NINI Part 2 (DIRIDIM)

"NINI" is the product of a very rare collaboration between two massive US house legends David Morales and Timmy Regisford. Also featuring Cape Town’s vocal princess Toshi...

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Izo FitzRoy: Blind Faith Remixes (inc. Art Of Tones and Smoove Reworks) Jalapeno Records

Now if the is one Soul sista that has definitely been rocking our spots this past couple of years, it's Izo FitsRoy. Fresh from her newly released album, "How The Mighty Fall"...

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Lady Blackbird: Blackbird (Foundation Music)

Lady Blackbird: Blackbird (Foundation Music)

Lady Blackbird has the same urgent grace as her musical mentor Nina Simone and she really takes, what is an essentially acapella song and adds her own powerful magic and spirit to proceedings...

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Donald Byrd & The Blackbyrds: The Jazz Funk Collection (Robinsongs)

Donald Byrd's illustrious career can be dissected into two parts,firstly his success as a solo artist on Blue Note Records for which he made over twenty albums and secondly as an educator at Howard University Washington D.C.

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The Haggis Horns: Stand Up For Love (Haggis Records)

The Haggis Horns magic returns, after 2-years in the making with this, their 5th and o-so-glorious latest album, "Stand Up For Love". I'm pleased to say, it's back to belter basics for this highly enterprising outfit...

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Flevans: Accumulate (Jalapeno Records)

By now the word is spreading about this multi-instrumentalist, DJ and producer who mixes an eclectic yet accessible style that falls between the genres of funk, breaks, soul and electronica...

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