Blues and Soul Music Magazine

Issue 1101

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BRINGING YOU THE STORIES BEHIND MUSIC + ESSENTIAL NEWS, REVIEWS AND INTERVIEWS

Editorial STUFF

In our end of year/ushering in 2022 issue, we bring you plenty of ‘best of’ charts, artists, tracks, albums and events which stood head and shoulders above the rest. And if that wasn’t enough, we also deliver our predictions for the year ahead. Our cover artist for this issue is immensely talented, AHI. We catch up with sublimely talented soul/r&b star Rahsaan Patterson. We also bring you interviews with not one but two elite DJs, DJ Huck Finn and ex-B&S staffer and DJ’ing lege Pete Tong. Kickstarting a brand new recurring feature, B&S’ Claire Tyler interviews Pete’s daughter Becky Tong and last, but by no means least, we interview renowned Texas-based genetic scientist (yes, you heard right) turned Southern rock and county soul singer/songwriter/keyboardist John Blangero A.K.A. Sun King Rising. ALSO IN THIS ISSUE… Live reviews include Wizkid at the O2 in Greenwich, The Average White Band at G Live in Guildford and Bugzy Malone at the Indigo @O2, billed as the artist’s last ever tour - we hope not... Charts include Bigger’s Best Of 2021 R&B Smoove Grooves. Stay bang up-to-date with what’s hot and trending in the worlds of soul, r&b and jazz-soul via the Hip List. There are hip-hop and rap bangers galore on the B&S Urban Hot Chart and Ben Lovett drops his 2021 Dance Top 5’s and continues to set the pace with his not to be missed Grooveyard Essentials Dance Chart... Duncan Payne’s regular feature the B&S Years travels back to 2001 and highlights many US artists who were making their mark in the world of black music. The B&S Years also features the best artists/tracks, albums and B&S Poll Winners in 2001... Columns this issue include Bigger’s Smoove Grooves (r&b), Ralph Tee’s Modern Soul Sessions, Richard Searling’s Runout Groove (northern soul), Ben Lovett’s Grooveyard (dance), Frank Elson’s Checkin’ It Out @Blackburn Oldies all-dayer (northern soul). Lastly, don’t forget to check out our Soulful Social page, where you can have your say! Find us on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook (all @BluesandSoul) and listen to the latest B&S tracklists and charts via the Blues & Soul profile on Spotify. Let us know what you think of our efforts and we could be adding your comments to our next print issue! Till next time, Lee Tyler *Twitter @LeeTyler13 Spotify Profile: Blues & Soul #BlackLivesMatterB&S

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Dionne Warwick: Don’t Make Me Over

Dionne Warwick’s film bio “Don’t Make Me Over” is a fascinating must-watch for Warwick fans and music appreciators alike. It’s a film which pays homage to a true living legend...

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AHI: Fully Focused

B&S' Karen Lawler interviews B&S cover artist and one to watch AHI who gives the lowdown on the creative process behind his latest album, Prospect...

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Rahsaan Patterson 2.0

B&S Editor Lee Tyler catches up with soul/r&b royal Rahsaan Patterson who, along with uber-talented producer/remixer/DJ Quentin Harris, has housed up his immaculate 2019 album, Heroes & Gods...

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The Brand New Heavies: Playing it Cool

Karen Lawler interviews Acid Jazz pioneers The Brand New Heavies who are celebrating their 30th Anniversary as they remember past glories and look forward to new releases in an unmissable interview...

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Rachel John: More Than A Feeling

Blues & Soul Editor Lee Tyler talks to West End star, turned essential gospel artist, Rachel John, about her inspired debut album "From My Lips To God’s Ear” featuring hymns written by true gospel greats...

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Pete Tong: Always Essential

Ben Lovett talks to UK DJ legend Pete Tong about his new EP, “Pete Tong + Friends: Ibiza Classics”, post-pandemic dance floors, climate change, daughter Becky and once working at Blues & Soul Magazine...

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David Dower Trio: Mravka

David Dower Trio: Mravka

Dower is joined by his agile rhythm section comprising of Luke Fowler on bass and Matt Fisher on drums. This is the third album release from this dynamic trio...

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Tristan Banks: View From Above

He’s an explosive drummer/composer and a great addition to Ubuntu's roster which includes the cream of UK jazz such as Quentin Collins, Brandon Allen, Andrew McCormack, Benjamin Croft and others...

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Nathan Johnston & Angels Of Libra : Nine Angels For Xmas

Feeling in the festive spirit? Then what better way is there to kick start your crimbo and get into the occasion.

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Brooklyn Funk Essentials: Happy

Brooklyn Funk Essentials enter the funk foray with this sophisticated slice of pure groove...

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Soul Immigrants: Blame It On The End Game (Burning Sole)

Dark and moody lyrics are filled with sly cynicism and are met with tough interlocking rhythms...

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Emm Gryner: Burn The Boats (Légère Recordings)

A heavily infused slice of Steely Dan resides in this soothing and soulful track, which could be its saving grace…

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Sebah : Generous Man

Sometimes it’s just refreshing to hear a song how it was initially created a strum of the guitar, a twinkle of the piano is all that is needed in many circumstances...

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MAIIAH & ANGELS OF LIBRA : No No No ( I'm So Broke)

“No No No (I’m So Broke)” is the latest soul belter to come out of the vaults recorded by producer Dennis Rux

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