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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Boomtown Fair announce 2020 lineup

The lineup for this year's Boomtown Fair has been unveiled, with the Wu-Tang Clan, Damian Marley, Kano and Kool and The Gang among those on the star-studded bill...

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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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Run DMC: Talk This Way

We present a 2018 lost interview with DMC, from hip-hop's finest Run DMC, as B&S' Dave Burke sits down for a chat about the rise of the legendary rap crew and the life of late band member Jam Master Jay...

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Ty: No Ordinary Visionary

It's been 8 years since the release of critically acclaimed album "Special Kind Of Fool" now TY is back with equally credible "Work Of Heart" and as you can imagining, there's a lot of catching up to do...

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Pete Lewis meets London jazz/hip/hop/funk outfit The Herbaliser, who this month release their first album in five years - “Bring Out The Sound” - through UK independent BBE Records...

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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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A.J. Tracey: Alexandra Palace, London 8/11/19

A.J. Tracey filled Alexandra Palace, with its 10,000 capacity, is testament to the affection he is held. It was a visually stunning setup, with a runway in the centre of the arena...

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05:21: Ready For The Show

The track is produced by Koba Kane, who alongside his partner T1 Vega, make up 05:21, delivering their tight rhythmic vocals with an obvious zest and panache.Old school singer S. J. Martin, adds the icing on the cake to this tantalising debut.

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

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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

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)

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