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Issue 1094

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ISSUE 1046: Fresh from our Music Publication Of The Year award triumph, it's time to bring you the first instalment of Blues & Soul magazine for 2020, and what an issue we have on store for you! Having tracked the career of our cover artist from day one, her rise to prominence has been nothing less than impressive since she signed to uber-cool Brighton based independent soul/funk label, Jalapeno records. It's an absolute pleasure and privilege to welcome the hugely talented soul/gospel/blues singer/songwriter/keys playing superstar in the making, Izo Fitzroy, to our cover this issue. How do you follow that? Well, how about world music's finest Amadou & Mariam and gospel kings the Blind Boys Of Alabama double interview with both landing in the UK for a very special set of dates. She's been a Northern Soul heroine, Bond girl, model and now Susie Vanner has come back to her first love, which is making music for the masses with a brand new album in tow and an enthralling life stay to tell - welcome back Susie! Canada's finest, The Soul Motivators, tell us why they are UK bound and armed with their distinct brand of authentic soul and funk. Mello Festival head-honcho Steve Cass gives us a 5th birthday low-down on Worcestershire's best festival destinations and last, but by no means least, legendary DJ/producer and soulful house pioneer Timmy Regisford gives a rare catchup interview, with new release top of the topic of conversation. If those artists weren't enough, we look back at the careers of reggae champion David Rodigan and funk royal Nile Rogers and look forward to upcoming summer dates from both artists. Our print issues live reviews from The Best Horizon Festival at the O2 Brixton Academy, London. We attend Crowd Company's cool as funk sold out "Lowdown" album launch at PizzaExpress Jazz in Soho, London and we review the packed out touring triumph, Magic Of Motown, at The Hawth in Crawley. The Blues & Soul Years visit the mixed bag that was 1990, where Snap ("The Power") ruled the airwaves, Dee-Lite smashed it with "Groove Is In The Heart", Quincy Jones featured a who's who on his album, Johnny Gill made his mark in the UK, MC Hammer donned his genie trousers for "You Can't Touch This" with the help of a Rick James lick, Vanilla Ice super chilled the chart with "Ice Ice Baby" and female acts, including Tina Turner "Foreign Affair", Lisa Stansfield "Affection", Janet Jackson "Rhythm Nation "1814", Anita Baker "Compositions" and Whitney Houston "I'm Your Baby Tonight" showed the guys how to release critically acclaimed platinum-selling albums. Plus a lot more happenings in 1990 long with B&S charts and the poll winners from that year. Chart action includes our new B&S Upfront Urban Chart, Ben Lovett's Grooveyard Essentials Dance Chart, Bigger's Smoove Grooves R&B Chart, the most up-to-date soul/r'n'b Hip List and Richard Searling presents his '70s Soul Lovers List. As usual B&S columnists Ben Lovett (Dance), Bigger (R&B), Richard Searling (Northern Soul) and Ralph Tee (Modern Soul) are on hand to share their expertise, latest news, reviews and comment on the genres they proudly represent. Unfortunately, no Frank Elson this issue - get well soon Frank! Don't forget! Our Soulfully Social page is 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! Lee Tyler (Twitter @LeeTyler13)B&S

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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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Stone Paxton: Leaving No Stone Unturned

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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Khalid: The A Teen

Natty Kasambala talks to platinum selling B&S artist of the year Khalid about his thoughts, feelings and methodology making his storytelling masterclass of debut album, "American Teen"...

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Ari Lennox: Electric Brixton, London 19/12/20 @bluesandsoul.com Ari Lennox: Electric Brixton, London 19/12/20 @bluesandsoul.com Ari Lennox: Electric Brixton, London 19/12/20 @bluesandsoul.com Ari Lennox: Electric Brixton, London 19/12/20 @bluesandsoul.com

Ari Lennox: Electric Brixton, London 19/12/19

Contemporary r&b/neo-soul star Ari Lennox took the Electric Brixton by storm with her powerful/mature 90-minute set that showcased exactly why she's earned comparisons with a young Erykah Badu...

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Steam Down : Free My Skin

It's a classic case and fine example of a band taking their time and effort in developing their sound to perfection and showing their skill sets in a different light.

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Elliott Macauley: Games (Records DK)

Multi instrumentalist and talented producer picks his A team and comes out with a single of sonic seduction, production blessedness...

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Elle Varner:Only Wanna Give It To You (MBK Entertainment/RCA)

One word tells you all you need to know about US singer Elle Varnerâs debut UK single, âOnly Wanna Give It To You.â That word is âHIT.â But letâs add a second word to avoid doubt: âBIG HIT."

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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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