Blues and Soul Music Magazine

Issue 1098

Welcome to B&S

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

Read more
Southport Weekend Festival 2017

Southport Weekender festival - line up announced!

In what has been one of the most hotly anticipated line-up announcements since Jack built the house back in the 80s, The Southport Weekender festival finally told the World today what they have in store on June 10...

read more

Jess Glynne on her tour bus. Exclusive pic Copyright: Simon Redley Jess Glynne on her tour bus. Exclusive pic Copyright: Simon Redley Brian Travers of UB40. Photo copyright: Simon Redley UB40's Duncan Campbell. Photo copyright: Simon Redley

Splendour Festival Bags Grammy-Winner Jess Glynne For 2016 Headline Spot

Jess Glynne and UB40 among the big acts at this year's one day Splendour Festival near Nottingham on Saturday 23rd July.

read more

Jess Glynne photo

Jess Glynne To Tour The UK

The unstoppable and monstrously talented Jess Glynne has announced a major UK tour for the Autumn. Following the announcement of her debut album âI Cry When I Laughâ which will drop in August.

read more

Hollis Parker interview @bluesandsoul.com Hollis Parker interview @bluesandsoul.com Hollis Parker interview @bluesandsoul.com Hollis Parker interview @bluesandsoul.com

Hollis Parker: From New York with love…

B&S' Ben Lovett interviews hotly tipped enigmatic DJ-producer Hollis Parker about his career-changing move from New York to live in London and his recent sophomore album release “Newscapism”...

read more

Thommy Davis Interview @bluesandsoul.com Thommy Davis Interview @bluesandsoul.com Thommy Davis Interview @bluesandsoul.com Thommy Davis Interview @bluesandsoul.com

Thommy Davis: Take a bow...

B&S Editor Lee Tyler talks to one of the founding fathers of the Baltimore House, Thommy Davis, whose career credits over the last 40-years have made him a house and disco hero...

read more

Smoove & Turrell @BluesandSoul.com PHOTO: Ian West Smoove & Turrell @BluesandSoul.com PHOTO: Ian West Smoove & Turrell @BluesandSoul.com PHOTO: Ian West Smoove & Turrell @BluesandSoul.com PHOTO: Ian West

Smoove & Turrell: Sitting On Top Of The World

B&S Editor Lee Tyler interviews funk & soul's finest Smoove & Turrell about their new '90s dance-inspired/Ibiza chilled album, "Stratos Bleu" 3 single releases and keyboard surfing bandmate Mike Porter...

read more

Ralphi Rosario @bluesandsoul.com Ralphi Rosario @bluesandsoul.com Ralphi Rosario @bluesandsoul.com Ralphi Rosario @bluesandsoul.com

Ralphi Rosario: In the mix

B&S' Karen Lawler talks to ever busy house music royal Ralphi Rosario about his life in music and his latest, very tasty remix of Matt Warren's classic “How Do I Love Thee" on Wake Up! Music...

read more

Jess Glynne. Photo copyright: Simon Redley Splendour Festival 2016. Photo copyright: Simon Redley Ady Suleiman. Photo copyright: Simon Redley Rebeka Prance of These Your Children. Photo copyright: Simon Redley

Splendour Festival: Wollaston Park, Nottingham 23/7/16

Fancy a festival in a day in a picturesque setting, easy to get to and a family friendly vibe, crammed with classy bands and artists from today, yesterday and some dead cert future stars? Splendour's the place for you then...

read more

Stoim

Stoim Ft. Unqle Chriz: With You (Double Cheese Records)

Following his brilliant debut "Forgive" with Lee Wilson, Stoim releases his second single on Double Cheese Records, this time working with acclaimed South African vocalist Unqle Chriz on With You...

read more

Mannix: Do It Right Now  Ft. Lee Wilson (inc. Phonk D. Remix) Dafia Records

Mannix: Do It Right Now Ft. Lee Wilson (inc. Phonk D. Remix) Dafia Records

Austrian producer Mannix enlists the help of Lee Wilson, a US vocalist who has been much in demand since he exploded on to the house scene last year, on Do It Right Now...

read more

Abco & MicFreak: Higher (inc Spen Remixes) Unquantize REVIEW

Abco & MicFreak: Higher (inc. DJ Spen Remixes) Unquantize

Micfreak, who has been making big waves on the house scene the past year or so joins forces with Washington D.C’s freshest female talent, Abco, on their new single, Higher...

read more

Timmy Regisford: Almost 30 (Quantize Recordings)

Timmy Regisford: Almost 30 (Quantize Recordings)

As Timmy Regisford’s famous Club Shelter party edges towards reaching its 30th year, the legendary New York DJ reveals his brand new artist album for 2020, aptly titled "Almost 30". This superb album...

Videoread more

Flevans 1

Flevans Ft.Laura Vane : Realisation

Flevans delivers some futuristic funk flavours with the hypnotic 'Realisations' with his latest muse taking vocal control,the wonderful Laura Vane

read more

TOSHI & TIMMY REGISFORD: LIFE MUSIC (QUANTIZE RECORDINGS)

Toshi & Timmy Regisford: Life Music (Quantize Recordings)

"Life Music" is a new album project that sees Toshi teaming up with New York music legend Timmy Regisford. Together they have delivered a sublime collection of Afrocentric songs...

Videoread more

From Jazz Funk & Fusion To Acid Jazz

Join the B&S Mailing List

Blues and Soul on Twitter