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Issue 1090

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ISSUE 1040: In this issue, we say goodbye to 2018 with our annual review of the best releases, the artists who made/are making their mark in the genres we love and comment on the music which lit 2018, along with plenty of charts to back it all up. Also in this issue, we identify those artists who we feel have real star potential and will could grab our listening tastes in 2019... First off the bat is our uber talented cover star, James Taylor - JTQ are known for high-quality funk and super stylish instrumentals, these pioneering acid-jazz funkerteers have joined forces with a full orchestra to bring music fans an unmissable experience, as they deliver essential new album, “Soundtrack From Electric Black”. Other star interviews this issue include: Authentic soul’s finest St. Paul & The Broken Bones. She was 20 Feet From Stardom in the Academy Award-winning documentary but exceptional talent, Judith Hill, is front stage centre in this issue and carrying one of our ‘ones to watch’ in 2019 banners. As does another hot prospects, Oscar Jerome, who makes his interview debut and impressive soul diva Tami, who also lends a candid first interview to our pages. Last, but by no means least, FYI Chris, who are currently picking up heat in clubland show their interview credentials via our essential Grooveyard dance pages. Not only do we have a look back at THE best live events in 2018 this issue but there is also live reviews from a whole host of more recent events, including: Lauryn Hill, who was in great form as she delivered her 20th anniversary “Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill” show at London’s O2, Leon Bridges in not to be missed action at the O2 Academy Brixton, reggae shooting stars Chronixx and Protoje perform to a packed Alexandra Palace, Noel McCalla & The Derek Nash Band deliver stylish Steve Wonder tunes at PizzaExpress Live in Holborn in the heart of London and maybe Pete Tong’s finest hour, as he tops last year’s shows with Jules Buckley & The Heritage Orchestra, with 2 more sold out shows this year, at London’s O2 arena... Other articles this issue include our look at UK Drill, vilified by the media, rightly so, or has been misunderstood? Also, Richard Searling lists the best Northern Soul, only available on album, tracks... B&S columnists Ralph Tee (Modern Soul), Ben Lovett (Dance), Frank Elson (Northern Soul), (Richard Searling (Northern Soul) and R&B’s finest, Bigger, are here to give their views on the happenings of the last 12 months in their respective genres with ‘best of’ lists and charts, plus they also mention who they think will set 2019 on fire! Phew! There’s loads more but only so much space… so enjoy discovering the rest! It just remains for me to wish you all the very best for the coming year, I hope your yuletide is full of cheer and thank you for supporting our perpetual efforts to bring you the best magazine we possibly can. Till next time. Lee Tyler (Editor, Blues & Soul magazine)B&S

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Chronixx + Protoje @Alexandra Palace 11 November 2018

Chronixx and Protoje @Alexandra Palace

Jamaica has a long and proud record of producing innovative artists, and that is epitomised by the excellent Chronixx and Protoje, who both boast an impressive catalogue of music...

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UB40 announce 40th Anniversary show

UB40 will perform at London's Royal Albert Hall on June 25th and celebrate not only 40 years since they became one of the UK's best loved bands, but also the release of their brand new studio album...

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World Music Star Muyiwa's Big London Spectacular

Muyiwa is a major name in the world of African and Gospel music - his radio shows have reached over 2 million people and his TV show, 'Turning Point' has reached more than 70 million people worldwide.

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Chaka Demus & Pliers: Still Floating Like A Butterfly

Pete Lewis interviews internationally-successful Jamaican reggae/dancehall duo Chaka Demus & Pliers, who this month undertake their first UK tour in over ten years...

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Lee Scratch Perry: From Dub Star To Film Star

The new film about reggae legend Lee Scratch Perry is now released on DVD after a UK cinemas tour, and winning prestigious awards at various overseas film festivals.

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Nature: Prepare the throne

B&S' Simon Redley talks to an artist with the reggae world at his feet, Nature, drop a new album "Life Journey" and sheds light on his eventful upbringing...

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Idris Elba: mii Idris Elba

B&S Editor Lee Tyler talks to UK actor/DJ/producer Idris Elba about the mii Mandela musical project which accompanies his portrayal of South African freedom fighter/president Nelson Mandela in movie The Long Walk To Freedom...

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João Caetano : Kansas Smitty's/EFG Jazz Festival 21/11/2018

My second EFG London excursion saw me entering the portals of Kansas Smitty's a place I'd heard about but never visited, a band name and a live venue,rolled into one-this is such a unique concept.However,tonight percussionist and singer Jo&a

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ROLL WITH IT THE BLUEBEATERS

The Bluebeaters: Roll With It (Records Kicks)

With the heads up from Noel Gallagher, Italian ska skankers take on an Oasis classic and turn it into a bluebeat beauty! I think you are going to definately roll with this one...play on Mc Duff!

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Ginger Johnson and His African Messengers (Freestyle Records)

Ginger Johnson and His African Messengers (Freestyle Records)

Ginger Johnson finally get the recognition he so rightfully deserves as a pioneer of African music in Europe. The Afrobeat groove along with flailing horns, this stuff is infectious!

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Alogoto Oho Jonas & His Sounds Of Joy- Zota Yinne (Philophon)

Alogoto Oho Jonas & His Sounds Of Joy: Zota Yinne (Philophon)

Alogoto & Co produce a beautiful slice of lilting reggae with a distinct African slant / Jamaican in feel, but African in sound! Think Yoruban type female chanting meets Sly & Robbie...

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The Soul Immigrants : She Does It Right ( Ft.Ciyo Brown)

His sense of rhythm is strong and his phrases swing with a majestically resonant tone not unlike Ernest Ranglin or even Wes Montgomery.What I like about their version is they've not tried to copy jimmy Cliff

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Gérald Toto : Sway

Title track 'Sway' does exactly that like crashing waves on a beach at sunset.Toto comes up with unusual chord structures that suit his floating,soothing voice,this man has a lilt that could charm any summer breeze

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Lee 'Scratch'Perry &The Upsetters : The Upsetter/Scratch The Upsetter Again

Lee “Scratch” Perry, Jamaica’s mad scientist, studio genius is quite simply a legend and these two seminal Trojan Records albums exemplify the golden age of the reggae explosion of the late 60's.Practice your moonstomp to such skank

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