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Issue 1087

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B&S issue 1037 boasts a delicious double cover with UK R&B queen Lisa Stansfield and US authentic soul sensation Leon Bridges taking up pole position. Other tasty interviews include award-winning songwriter and jazz/R&B vocalist, Kathy Koskins. Sophisticated soul/funk specialists Mamas Gun and we are thrilled to include UK soul/contemporary R&B great, Jaki Graham - we’ve missed you Jaki! As we run down the best festivals on the planet, we compliment it interview wise with a catchup with Ralph Lawson, curator of Leeds newest festival, Inner City Electric. And if that little lot wasn’t enough, after a 2-year rundown, the B&S chart singles of all-time chart finally reaches its conclusion. To celebrate this fact, we have interviewed our all-time B&S chart #1 artist. Don’t worry, I won’t give our winner’s name or indeed, the track name away just yet…but it’s a cracker! Also in this issue: we throw a 15th-anniversary spotlight on mighty Italian funk/soul label, Record Kicks. Label boss/DJ Nicolò Pozzoli gives us the lowdown on what makes the label tick and why he has been successful in his mission to bring soul/funk to the masses. We have live reviews from retuning funky divas, En Vogue, at the Indigo, O2. And also in London, soul/contemporary R’n’B hot property, Jacob Banks, at the O2 Forum, Kentish Town. B&S’ Frank Elson also check’s out the happenings at Club Full Of Soul in Blackpool, Lancashire. Sharing their knowledge, our expert columnists/music lovers are on hand to enthuse about the genres they love: Bigger (R’n’B), Richard Searling (Northern Soul), Ben Lovett (Dance), Ralph Tee (Modern Soul) and Jon Harrington (Blues) Lastly, and by no means least in this issue, we say a fond farewell to troubled superstar DJ/producer Avicii, who was sadly taken from us way too young. Thank you for your inspiring the music, dedication and spirit. May you forever rest in peace. Till next issue... Lee Tyler @LeeTyler13 @BluesandSoul (SOME ITEMS MENTIONED ARE CONTAINED IN OUR PRINT ISSUE ONLY - LINKS TO BUY B&S MAGAZINE ARE ONSITE)B&S

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Lisa Stansfield: A deeper understanding

Blues & Soul Magazine Editor Lee Tyler interviews UK R&B/Soul royal Lisa Stansfield. And with new multi-genre encompassing album "Deeper" being released there's plenty to talk about...

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Leon Bridges: Sitting Pretty

B&S' Karen Lawler talks to authentic Soul sensation Leon Bridges about sophomore album release, "Good Thing". Also, Bridges' early career choices, love of choreography and UK audiences...

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Mamas Gun: Year Of The Gun

Sophisticated Soul/Funk specialists Mamas Gun give B&S' Karen Lawler the lowdown on new album "Golden Days". Packed with sumptuous Soul and quality vocals, there's a lot to talk about...

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Kathy Koskins: Naturally Inspired

Pete Lewis interviews internationally-acclaimed US jazz/soul singer-songwriter Kathy Kosins around the release of her sixth album, the Kamau Kenyatta-produced “Uncovered Soul”...

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The Soul Immigrants: Pizza Express, Dean Street, SOHO @bluesandsoul.com

The Soul Immigrants: Pizza Express Dean Street, SOHO, London 19/05/2018

Pizza Express seems to be thriving these days they put three gigs on this particular day and it ran as smooth as clockwork, kicking off with Esther Bennet and Duncan Lamont at lunchtime...

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Lee 'Scratch' Perry: KOKO, London 26/3/18 @bluesandsoul.com Lee 'Scratch' Perry: KOKO, London 26/3/18 @bluesandsoul.com Lee 'Scratch' Perry: KOKO, London 26/3/18 @bluesandsoul.com Lee 'Scratch' Perry: KOKO, London 26/3/18 @bluesandsoul.com

Lee 'Scratch' Perry: KOKO, London: 26/3/18

There are few musicians in any genre as prolific as the legendary Lee 'Scratch' Perry. Responsible for some of the finest music to come from Jamaica

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Blackstreet: Indigo, O2, London 30/3/18 @bluesandsoul.com Case: Indigo, O2, London 30/3/18 @bluesandsoul.com Mya: Indigo, O2, London 30/3/18 @bluesandsoul.com Mya: Indigo, O2, London 30/3/18 @bluesandsoul.com

Blackstreet + Mya + Case: Indigo, O2, London 30/3/18

Founding member Teddy Riley may not be part of the group anymore, but current line-up show there's still plenty of life in Blackstreet yet...

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Jacob Banks: O2 Forum, Kentish Town, London 28/3/18 @bluesandsoul.com Jacob Banks: O2 Forum, Kentish Town, London 28/3/18 @bluesandsoul.com Jacob Banks: O2 Forum, Kentish Town, London 28/3/18 @bluesandsoul.com Jacob Banks: O2 Forum, Kentish Town, London 28/3/18 @bluesandsoul.com

Jacob Banks: O2 Forum, Kentish Town, London 28/3/18

Jacob Banks took to London's O2 Forum and imminently showed why so many people are excited about him. His voice is stunning, and at points in the show the crowd was silent and in awe...

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Lisa Stansfield: London Palladium 21/4/18 @bluesandsoul.com Lisa Stansfield: London Palladium 21/4/18 @bluesandsoul.com Lisa Stansfield: London Palladium 21/4/18 @bluesandsoul.com Lisa Stansfield: London Palladium 21/4/18 @bluesandsoul.com

Lisa Stansfield: London Palladium 21/4/18

It's been more than three decades since Lisa Stansfield debuted on the British music scene and she continues to show that she can still pack one hell of a punch live...

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John Turrell (Smoove & Turrell): Archspace, London 24-5-18 @bluesandsoul.com Smoove & Turrell: Archspace, London 24/5/18 @bluesandsoul.com Mike Porter + John Turrell (Smoove & Turrell): Archspace, London 24/5/18 @bluesandsoul.com Smoove & Turrell + Izo Fitzroy: Archspace, London 24/5/18 @bluesandsoul.com

Smoove & Turrell + Izo Fitzroy: Archspace, London 24/05/18

The Jalapeño family were out in full force with Izo FitzRoy and Smoove & Turrell, two popular acts on their roster plying their wares to devastating effect on an unsuspecting Shoreditch hipster crowd...

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Cafe Society Swing: Theatre Royal Stratford 1/6/18

The ubiquitous China Moses turns on the heat with sass, sexiness and great scatting on 'Wild Women Don't Have The Blues' (tailor made for her!) and the late night wooziness..

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XtetiQsoul Ft. Ay J: Better Places (Afrocentric)

XtetiQsoul Ft. Ay J: Better Places (inc. Martin Landsky and Luis Radio Remixes) Afrocentric

After his successful "We Are One" EP release late last year, he returns to the Afrocentric label with his emotive new single "Better Places" featuring local vocalist Ay J...

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Brian Power Ft. Michelle John: To Feel Your Grace (inc. Klevakeys + Mike Delgado mixes) SoulHouse

Brian Power Ft. Michelle John: To Feel Your Grace (inc. Klevakeys + Mike Delgado mixes) SoulHouse

Michelle John (The Voice) has teamed up with UK producer Brian Power, who have together delivered an super soul-drenched down tempo gem, "To Feel Your Grace"...

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