Blues and Soul Music Magazine

Issue 1101

Welcome To B&S

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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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 interview @bluesandsoul.com Rahsaan Patterson interview @bluesandsoul.com Rahsaan Patterson interview @bluesandsoul.com Rahsaan Patterson interview @bluesandsoul.com

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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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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Ziggy Marley: O2 Academy Brixton 26/6/22 bluesandsoul.com REVIEW Ziggy Marley: O2 Academy Brixton 26/6/22 bluesandsoul.com REVIEW Ziggy Marley: O2 Academy Brixton 26/6/22 bluesandsoul.com REVIEW Ziggy Marley: O2 Academy Brixton 26/6/22 bluesandsoul.com REVIEW

Ziggy Marley: O2 Academy Brixton, London 26/6/22

When it was announced that Ziggy Marley would be at the O2 Academy Brixton performing his father's hits, it was little surprise the queues were snaking around the building before the venue opened...

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Tems: Somerset House Summer Series, London 7/7/22 @bluesandsoul.com REVIEW Tems: Somerset House Summer Series, London 7/7/22 @bluesandsoul.com REVIEW Tems: Somerset House Summer Series, London 7/7/22 @bluesandsoul.com REVIEW Tems: Somerset House Summer Series, London 7/7/22 @bluesandsoul.com REVIEW

Tems: Somerset House Summer Series, Strand, London 7/7/22

What better way to kick off the Somerset House Summer Series then with Nigerian Afrobeat star Tems, whose recent Glastonbury performance was one of the festival's biggest highlights...

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Ibrahim Maalouf: Barbican, London 11/07/22

The main part of the show was dominated by surging and thunderous horn blasts of Arabic riffage that is frankly intoxicating...

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Herbie Hancock: Barbican Centre, London 22/6/22 @bluesandsoul.com REVIEW Herbie Hancock: Barbican Centre, London 22/6/22 @bluesandsoul.com REVIEW Herbie Hancock: Barbican Centre, London 22/6/22 @bluesandsoul.com REVIEW Herbie Hancock: Barbican Centre, London 22/6/22 @bluesandsoul.com REVIEW

Herbie Hancock: Barbican Centre, London 22/6/22

It was little surprise, then, to see the Barbican Centre in central London packed when the jazz luminary, now aged 82, came to town days before his Glastonbury performance...

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Gladys Knight: Royal Albert Hall, London 20/7/22 @bluesandsoul.com REVIEW Gladys Knight: Royal Albert Hall, London 20/7/22 @bluesandsoul.com REVIEW Gladys Knight: Royal Albert Hall, London 20/7/22 @bluesandsoul.com REVIEW Gladys Knight: Royal Albert Hall, London 20/7/22 @bluesandsoul.com REVIEW

Gladys Knight: Royal Albert Hall, London 20/7/22

For an artist of such longevity, the Royal Albert Hall was the perfect place for one of soul music's most regal figures. At the age of 78, Gladys Knight remains a compelling stage presence...

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Aurora 5: Ibiza Chill Vol.1 (Paul Moran Productions Ltd)

Aurora 5: Ibiza Chill Vol.1 (Paul Moran Productions Ltd)

Offering something a little different, Aurora 5 is his classy new lounge project, which sees Paul draw on his jazzier roots, crafting a dreamy artist album aptly titled, Ibiza Chill Vol.1...

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12 Tree: The Lovers (Hot Piroski)

12 Tree: The Lovers (Hot Piroski)

12Tree's "The Lovers EP" offers a mix of 4 top-notch productions that cross the Balearic, Nu Disco and Electronica genres. You’ll find 2 lovely downtempo grooves and a dancefloor 80’s inspired Nu Disco vibe...

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Joe Ventura: Reconsider Ft. Tracy Brathwaite (Big Speaker Music)

Joe Ventura: Reconsider Ft.Tracy Brathwaite (BIG Speaker Music)

Oscare’s 1990 Soulfful House gem, "Reconsider", gets a new lease of life for 2022, courtesy of US producer Joe Ventura and New York’s Tracy Brathwaite...

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Desinger Doubt: Like I Do Ft. Kyla (RU Listening)

Designer Doubt: Like I Do Ft. Kyla (RU Listening)

North London producers Designer Doubt give us a taster from their upcoming album with the single, "Like I Do", as they team up with Kyla to deliver a catchy dance/energetic pop crossover duet...

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