Blues and Soul Music Magazine

Issue 1097

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

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In issue 1049 we feature yet another heady mix of music of black origin artists. First up, proudly adorning our cover this issue, international soul superstar Aloe Blacc releases his most personal, candid and spiritually uplifting album yet. Also, we have an exclusive interview with jazz icon Gregory Porter. Complimenting those two must-read interviews, it’s been 5 years since his last studio album, as we welcome back jazz/soul connoisseurs favourite Jarrod Lawson as he gives us the lowdown on his new project. We have a candid chat with the high priestess of Aussie soul, Kylie Auldist. Highly lauded jazz/soul artist Jordan Rakei gives us an exclusive on his dance music alter ego, Dan Kye, and if you like your soul music sunny side up with a side order of rhythm & blues then you’ll love our interview with Samantha Martin who is continuing to impress with her band Delta Sugar... After a 6 month break due to the current worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, we welcome back live events to our pages with open arms... all events we covered were socially distanced and we have to commend the artists, promoters and venues for their determination to put on live events once more. The shows we reviewed included Centreforce Radio’s Pineapple In The Park and 2 shows at London’s Jazz Cafe where we were lucky to catch the talents of Tony Momrelle and Reuben Richards & the Jezebel Sextet. With the hope of more live event normality in the not too distant future, we plan to bring you as many live reviews as possible when it is safe to do so. ALSO IN THIS ISSUE… Duncan Payne’s regular feature The B&S Years travels back to 1985 and the fascinating chart tug-of-war between r&b/soul stars Freddie Jackson and Alexander O’Neil plus, the rise of Whitney Houston and the other chart stars who made headlines that year. 1985 also saw the advent of hip-hop mixed with scratch DJ’s and electro, memorable live shows from a whole host of soul superstars and the UK club scene was as vibrant as ever. This feature also includes the B&S poll winners and charts from this year... Charts in the print issue include the B&S Upfront Urban Chart, Bigger’s R&B Smoove Grooves Chart, Ben Lovett’s Grooveyard Essentials Dance Chart and probably the coolest chart on the planet, the r&b and soul finger squarely on the pulse, Hip List. This issue also includes Richard Searling’s Collector’s Special list and his Jazz FM Soul Weekender Playlist A.KA. Richard Searling’s “Soundtrack To My Life!” B&S columnist Ralph Tee brings you all the latest modern soul news and releases, Ben Lovett delivers a dance music must-read, Bigger shares all the shakers and movers info in the world of R&B and Richard Searling gives the latest low-down on all things northern soul. Talking of northern soul, B&S’ Frank Elson provides an absorbing read as he revisits a classic Checkin’ It Out column from February 1981... These is just to mention our Soulfully Social page 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 don’t forget to listen to plenty of music! Lee Tyler (Editor) Twitter/Instagram @LeeTyler13B&S

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Anita Baker headlines the Love Supreme Festival @bluesandsoul.com

Anita Baker To Headline Love Supreme Festival

Queen of sophisticated soul Anita Baker has been announced as Saturday’s headline act at this year’s Love Supreme Festival. Baker joins TLC, The Isley Brothers, Sergio Mendes and Charles Lloyd...

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TLC announce 1st ever UK date

Counting huge worldwide hits that include "Waterfalls", "No Scrubs" and "Creep"... Prolific music shifting Crazy, Sexy, Cool hip-hop/R'n'B royals TLC are on their way to the UK...

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Red Hot 5-Piece UK R&B Group Announce Tour Dates

Following the release of their new single "Oh Lord’," British band MiC LOWRY have announced four headline UK shows for February 2017.

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Isaac Odeniran Founder and Director at Zoe Records Dennis Parkes @bluesandsoul.com Dawn Thomas Wallace @bluesandsoul.com Lil' Redhead Somi @bluesandsoul.com

Zoe Records: Divine Inspiration

Blues & Soul Assistant Editor Pete Lewis interviews Loughton-based Isaac Odeniran, Founder and Director of “the Premier British Black Gospel Music label” Zoe Records...

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Stone Paxton: Leaving No Stone Unturned

Duncan Payne talks to multi-award-winning singer/songwriter/producer and label boss Stone Paxton about his fascinating career and his recent soul chart-topping album "In The Key Of... Love"

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Judith Hill: One giant step

Judith Hill may have been "20 Feet From Stardom" in the acclaimed Grammy/Oscar winning documentary but new album “Golden Child” puts her stellar R&B/soul talent front row centre...

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Lisa Stansfield: A deeper understanding

Blues & Soul Magazine Editor Lee Tyler interviews UK R&B/Soul royal Lisa Stansfield. And with new multi-genre encompassing album "Deeper" being released there's plenty to talk about...

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Angie Stone: Indigo at the O2, London 19/10/19 @bluesandsoul.com Angie Stone: Indigo at the O2, London 19/10/19 @bluesandsoul.com Angie Stone: Indigo at the O2, London 19/10/19 @bluesandsoul.com Angie Stone: Indigo at the O2, London 19/10/19 @bluesandsoul.com

Angie Stone: Indigo at the O2, London 19/10/19

One of neo-soul's foremost figures, Angie Stone, dazzled last year at the first-ever Innervisions Festival. So it was no surprise that her gig at Indigo at the O2 drew a big crowd to see her in action again...

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JB Rose: Back To Love

Who remembers the motto says: “A happy face, a thumping bass, for a loving race.”? Well it could be applied here to ms JB Rose who is back on the come back trail.

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S.E.L. Ft. Bryan Chambers: Falling

S.E.L. AKA Soulful Emma Louise lives up to her moniker with her sweet, bell-like voice cooing exquisitely on this classy tune that shows great maturity, especially with its songwriting prowess...

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Reuben James: My Line Ft. Col3trane, Jay Prince, Vula & Soweto Kinch (Rufio Records)

James is an emerging classicist, able to incorporate the attributes of the high and mighty who have gone before in the canon, melding a sound that is distinctly his own...

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Ala.ni : Acca

There's a ton of melody in her music and the clever stacking of her different vocal personas are breathtaking just listen to the short interlude of 'In The Land' with its corruscating swathes of blessedness.

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Barrie Sharpe : Rhythm Rhyme Revolution # 3

Sharpe always has plenty going on to set him apart from the retrogressive and formulaic stylings of the day as he exclaims with one good notion on 'The Revolution Will Be Funky'.

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Brandon Williams: The Love Factor (Soulasis Music Group)

Brandon Williams: The Love Factor (Soulasis Music Group)

Brandon Williams is equally at home plying his trade as engineer, MD, arranger, multi-instrumentalist or go-to producer who has worked with a real who’s who of soul and R&B stars/superstars...

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