Blues and Soul Music Magazine

Issue 1098

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

Editorial STUFF

In our end of year print issue we welcome back Mica Paris to our pages as the UK soul royal adorns our end of year flagship issue in stunning style. It's been 11-years since she dropped a new studio album and boy are we glad the South East Londoner has returned with an outstanding gospel release. How do you follow that you ask? Well, how about a lost interview with hip-hop gods Run DMC or a hat-trick of interviews with B&S soul-blues ones to watch Emma Wilson, Miss Freddye and Collette Cooper. Other stand-out interviews this issue include DJ-producer and label boss Sean McCabe talks new music, the evolvement of house and the effect of COVID-19 on the dance music industry. And if you thought that was interesting, how about an in-depth interview with UK independent funk/soul head honcho Trevor McNamee, whose Jalapeno Records label cap a memorable year of releases with a 20th Anniversary celebrating CD, download and box set compilation - find out what makes this leading label tick as McNamee gives us the label's longevity game plan in detail... This issue we include reviews for current and future album releases plus, as live events are proving hard to come by these days due to the ongoing world COVID-19 pandemic, we have thought outside the box and venue this issue by bringing you not only a Children of Zeus review that we were able to attend at London's Jazz Cafe as lockdown eased but also list the Best Live Events we attended this year before and in between lockdowns. Plus, B&S reviewer/photographer Dave Burke also lists his Best Live Events he's covered since he started contributing to B&S back in 2014. Both lists and show reviews are not be missed. ALSO IN THIS ISSUE… Charts include an extended to 40 track (originally 20) B&S Upfront Urban Chart, Ben Lovett's finger on the pulse Grooveyard Essentials Dance Chart, Bigger's must-see R&B Smoove Grooves Chart and THE coolest chart in the universe, the r&b and soul plus everything in between banger chart, otherwise known as the Hip List. This issue also includes Richard Searling collated Playlist Faves from highly respected soul/northern soul DJ's Pete Haigh, Jimmy Scriv, Roman and BBC Radio's John Kane. This end of year issue also takes an extensive look at 2020's best tracks and artists plus we pick those who we feel will be making waves, creating headlines and have all the ingredients to dominate in their respective genres as we spotlight the artists who we feel will be Hot For 2021. B&S columnists Ralph Tee brings you all the latest modern soul news and releases plus a look back at 2020, along with a glimpse towards who and what will be hot in 2021. Ben Lovett delivers a dance music must-read column and lists this year's dance highs and big hopes for next year. Bigger reveals who's trending in the world of r&b and what acts we should look out for next year. Richard Searling gives the latest on all things northern soul, including planned events and latest news. Talking of northern soul, B&S' Frank Elson provides an absorbing read yet again, as he revisits a classic Checkin' It Out column from March 1976, when he paid a visit to The Londoner in Barnsley. This issue we welcome a brand new columnist, DJ/host of the Blues & Soul sponsored Soul Appreciation Society show on Street Sounds Radio. Also promotor, Smoove Grooves co-owner, sound system owner and he's got more pies than he's got fingers so I will just call him a businessman, Mr Flip himself… Flip Pearce. Who will be sharing his unique perspective on the music world and other intriguing subjects - welcome Flip! Last, but by no means least, our Soulful Social pages in this issue, 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! Till then, stay safe and enjoy the music! Lee Tyler @LeeTyler13 #BlackLivesMatterB&S

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John Legend plays Blues Fest 2019 in October @bluesandsoul.com Raphael Saadiq plays the Indigo2 as part of Blues Fest 2019 @bluesandsoul.com Rickie Lee Jones completes the Blues Fest 2019 lineup @bluesandsoul.com Blues Fest London 2019 @bluesandsoul.com

Blues Fest London 2019 announce stellar lineup

Blues Fest London 2019 have announced another mouthwatering lineup this year with John Legend, Raphael Saadiq and Rickie Lee Jones performing at the O2 Arena and Indigo2…

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Later...with Jools Holland 25th Anniversary - Thursday September 21st 2017

Later...with Jools Holland celebrates 25th anniversary with star-studded RAH event

Jools Holland celebrates the 25th anniversary of his BBC TWO "Later with..." show at London's Royal Albert Hall on September 21st. Full show info and details of artists appearing...

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Incognito announce fundraiser for Kenny Thomas' daughter @bluesandsoul.com

Incognito announce Jazz Cafe fundraiser for Kenny Thomas' daughter, Christina

Incognito's Bluey hope is to raise as much money as possible and add it towards the overall target of £80,000, which is figure needed to provide vital treatment for Kenny Thomas' daughter...

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Marcus King: Royal Blues

Karen Lawler grabs an exclusive interview with guitar god/blues hero, Marcus King. In this rare interview, King gives an insight on touring, working with some true greats and his latest and follow-up albums...

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Gary Clark Jr: Rebirth Of The Blues

B&S exclusive: Blues hero/B&S cover star Gary Clark Jr talks new album "The Land", how he leaned to play guitar, an appearance in Miles Davis biopic "Miles Ahead" and meeting blues icons...

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Robert Cray @bluesandsoul.com Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm @bluesandsoul.com Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm @bluesandsoul.com Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm @bluesandsoul.com

Robert Cray: Natural Blues

During his recent UK tour, Blues great Robert Cray spoke to Chaz Brooks about his hunger for vinyl, his favourite singer/album, recording with the legendary BB King and of course, Donald Trump!

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Keb Mo: Hot Pink live Americana Blues anyone?

Four times Grammy-winner and eight times nominated, blues and roots star Keb Mo has played for Presidents in the Whitehouse. But has he ever been asked about his sex life before?

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Ron Artis II: Blue Note, New York City 16/2/20 @bluesandsoul.com Ron Artis II: Blue Note, New York City 16/2/20 @bluesandsoul.com Ron Artis II: Blue Note, New York City 16/2/20 @bluesandsoul.com Ron Artis II: Blue Note, New York City 16/2/20 @bluesandsoul.com

Ron Artis II: Blue Note Club, New York City 16/2/20

Hawaiian soul and blues artist Ron Artis II played the late show at Manhattan’s Blue Note Club, three days before appearing with Buddy Guy and Derek Trucks at a star-studded concert in tribute to BB King...

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Angel-A: True Tio Myself (LDF Recordings)

Angel-A: True To Myself (Ft. Rahaan and Karizma Mixes) LDF Recordings

American singer/songwriter Angel-A has teamed up with top Chicago producer Rahaan on the stunning soulful groover "True To Myself"...

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Spiritchaser & Est8 ft Emily Cook

Spiritchaser & Est8 ft Emily Cook "Because I Knew" (Guess Records)

Mark Bamford), Est8 and vocalist Emily Cook on the menu, then you know you’re in for some audible bliss! Their new collaborative single "Because I Knew" is a fresh, deep house groove with Afro vibes...

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Leon Ware (with de Clive-Lowe): Work Me (UK Expansion House)

Leon Ware (with Mark de Clive-Lowe): Work Me (UK Expansion House)

Soul legend Ware, celebrating 50 years in music this year, hooks up with tip-top Kiwi producer de Clive-Lowe for this sophisticated new lick, propping up those silky smooth vocals on a bed of sparse but soulful...

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Kaz Hawkins

Kaz Hawkins: Memories Of (Self Published)

Northern Irish blues star Kaz Hawkins has served up a tremendous album of songs made famous by Etta James. This album will get you dancing round the kitchen, wanting to see her live...

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Jacob Collier: Djesse Vol. 3 (Decca/UMO) album review

Jacob Collier: Djesse Vol. 3 (Decca/UMO)

When Jacob Collier does shine on his new album" Djesse Vol. 3" he is superb. The neo-soul vibe is strong on this release with featured artists bouncing off this this undoubted talent in an emphatic and sassy way...

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Peter Green : The End Of The Game

Well I must say Green certainly fulfilled his side of the deal and produced a riveting piece of work that has since become a classic. The guitar work is stupendous and filled with heavy wah wah.

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