Blues and Soul Music Magazine

Issue 1082

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I take great pleasure in announcing not one exciting cover star this issue, but two! As ever impressive, QueenBrit Live aka Carlene Graham, graces the front of this issue and immaculately talented soul hero, Imagination featuring Leee John, is looking just as striking on our second cover. Other first-class interviews this issue continue with Soul/Blues goddess Nikka Costa, dance music maverick Carl Craig, quality soul/R&B vanguards ephemerals, deft genre-crossing Frankie Oliver and jazz one to watch, Polly Gibbons...Live reviews include Cymande at Ronnie Scott’s, Michael Kiwanuka at the Royal Albert Hall and Sean Paul at the Forum Kentish Town. Plus, B&S’ Frank Elson checks out a Northern Soul gem at The Strategy, Barnoldswick in Lancashire.... Our all time top 500 B&S singles countdown continues from 180-141 with; Cameo, Fugees, Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes, Luther Vandross, Marvin Gaye, The Chi-Lites, Four Tops, Ray Charles, Rose Royce and Nina Simone amongst the highlighted artists this issue... There’s just time to mention our esteemed columnists: Richard Searling (Northern Soul), Bigger (R&B), Ben Lovett (Dance), Ralph Tee (Modern Soul) and Jon Harrington (Blues) who are on hand to share their wealth of musical knowledge and upfront news on; Soul, Northern Soul, Dance, Blues and R&B, respectively. Till next issue, Lee Tyler (Editor)B&S

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Gangstagrass video exclusive: Twist It

In the past B&S has taken great pride in announcing new genres / sub-genres within the music we love, today is no exception as we proudly present a band which is familiar, yet totally different... Gangstagrass

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Wretch 32 Announces UK Headline Shows

In celebration of the release of his Top 5 new album ‘Growing Over Life’ via Polydor Records, Wretch 32 has announced two UK headline shows for November.

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Banks & Steelz @bluesandsoul.com

Banks & Steelz One-Off London Show announced

Banks & Steelz — a collaboration between Wu Tang Clan’s RZA and Interpol’s Paul Banks have a one-off London show at KOKO on Friday 18th November.

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GHETTS: Ghetts to make a point

It's a decade since the release of Ghetts classic mixtape “Ghetto Gospel”, a one-off performance at London's Roundhouse will celebrate this special milestone - we get the lowdown from the man himself..

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Sam Sure @bluesandsoul.com

Sam Sure: On the right track

B&S' Semper Azeez-Harris chats to B&S one to watch, Sam Sure. With new EP “Catching Feelings" about to drop, there's a lot to talk to this one time graffiti artist and biscuit connoisseur about...

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WSTRN: The WSTRN way

Hot from placing 5th in the BBC's Sound Of 2016, WSTRN touchdown at B&S HQ with killer tunes, banging vibes and bags of talent - if debut track "IN2" is anything to go by, we'll all be IN2 this act as this year unfolds...

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Charlie Sloth: Charlie said...

B&S' Karen Lawler talks to one of the hardest working and most respected DJ / presenter / producers's in the business, Charlie Sloth. As he recounts his journey from humble beginnings to dizzy hip hop heights...

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Jedi Mind Tricks: Academy Islington, London 11/4/17 Jedi Mind Tricks: Academy Islington, London 11/4/17 Jedi Mind Tricks: Academy Islington, London 11/4/17 Jedi Mind Tricks: Academy Islington, London 11/4/17

Jedi Mind Tricks: Academy Islington, London 11/4/17

With nine albums under their belt, they're not lacking in material to use live in their shows...It was a raucous night, and fittingly so - most of the crowd looked utterly drained by the time the stage was vacated...

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Watch Digital Farm Animals & Cash Cash: Millionaire Feat. Nelly

WATCH: Digital Farm Animals & Cash Cash: Millionaire Feat. Nelly

Check out newly signed to Syco record label artist Digital Farm Animals as they join Cash Cash for hot new tune "Millionaire" featuring rap superstar Nelly.

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Roy X: Odoyewu (Philophon)

Roy X: Odoyewu (Philophon)

This tune kicks off with a kind of nu-soul vibe and you think where's it going...then a familiar reggae chord workout (C- to G-) kicks-in and the underpinned intentions soon become clear...

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L. Marshall: Castles (Mercury Records)

L Marshall: Castles (Mercury Records)

L Marshall, probably best known for featuring on Wretch 32's banger Traktor, but now looks set to change-up his introduction to the listening hordes...

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Lupe Fiasco: Drogas Light (1st & 15th/Thirty Tiggers' Records)

Lupe Fiasco: Drogas Light  (1st & 15th/Thirty Tiggers’ Records)

I’m wondering why the Fiasco is Lupe, trying to catch some action of a market that he surely don’t really need? But now he’s coming like a new jack and dropping it like he’s the new boy...

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DJ Spatts: Works Of Friction @bluesandsoul.com

DJ Spatts: Works of Friction

DJ Spatts, a man who has been making music since 1985, emerging out of the Milton Keynes Hip Hop scene as a member of The Criminal Minds, he now offers us his latest project Works of Friction...

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Iggy Azalea: The New Classic (Virgin EMI Records)

Iggy Azalea: The New Classic (Virgin EMI Records)

While, this bound to be a favourite among Iggy fans, itâs a subject thatâs been done millions of time before and itâs been done better. "The New Classic" has more misses than hitsâ¦

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