Blues and Soul Music Magazine

Issue 1095

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ISSUE 1046: We bring you not one but two outstanding cover interviews, firstly, the enthralling story behind the UK’s premier gospel label, Zoe Records, via head honcho Isaac Odeniran. Our double cover interview comes from Geordie soul and funk heroes Smoove & Turrell, who venture in a more ’90 dance/chilled Balearic direction with their new album, Stratos Bleu... How do you follow that, well, how about an interview with one of the best blues acts on the planet, singer/songwriter/blues guitar god Marcus King. We have a chat with Defected Record’s main man, ex-Blues & Soul contributor, DJ/producer/label boss, Simon Dunmore. He’s written some of the most well-known songs ever, now Memphis soul singer/songwriter Don Bryant steps away from his 154, yes, 154 song catalogue! To release his own album, “You Make Me Feel”. Last, but by no means least, The Allergies are back with their 6th long-player in 4 years! Wow! Delivering their now trademark mix of infectious samples, on-point dance breaks, deft rap rhymes and killer hip-hop style scratching, you won’t want to miss our catchup with this dynamic duo... There may be no live events to report on at the moment and we are all looking forward to the day they return, in the meantime, we have given you more of your favourite pages as all columnists have increased their contributions including Northern Soul’s Richard Searling and Frank Elson, R&B favourite Bigger, Dance expert Ben Lovett, Modern Soul’s finest Ralph Tee and B&S Editor focuses on the Black Lives Matter movent... Duncan Payne takes us back to the year 2000 with his not to be missed regular feature the Blues & Soul Years. This was a time when Jill Scott, Dynasty’s Child, Craig David and Eminem were making their mark. As usual, the year’s best releases and poll winners accompany this feature.... Charts this issue include the B&S Upfront Urban Chart, Ben Lovett's Grooveyard Essentials Dance Chart, Bigger's Smoove Grooves R&B Chart, on-point soul/r'n'b Hip List and Richard Searling presents his Leeds Central All-Nighter and Soul Bowl Records late owner John Anderson’s Soul Discoveries lists... Don’t forget! Our Soulful 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! Stay safe, Lee Tyler (@LeeTyler13 socials)B&S

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Beverley Knight sings Stevie Wonder tour 2019

Beverley Knight sings Stevie Wonder

Hot on the heels of her impressive Kew The Music appearance at London’s Kew Gardens, UK Queen of Soul Beverley Knight will be in must-see action once again as she paying tribute to Motown royalty...

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Robert Glasper, Derek Hodge & DJ Jahi Sundance: Roundhouse 3rd July 2019 - Innervisions Fest Mavis Staples: Roundhouse 4th July 2019 - Innervisions Festival Ramp: Islington Assembly Hall, London 4th July 2019 - Innervisions Fest Saul Williams: Under The Bridge 4th July 2019 - Innervisions Fest

Unmissable Innervisions Festival 2019

The Innervisions Festival is fast making a name for itself as THE place to go to catch world renowned quality talent during July. I'm pleased to announce this year is looking as mouth-watering as last year...

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JTQ announce new album and special show

November heralds a new album from the James Taylor Quartet plus, as part of the London Jazz Festival, the JTQ show of shows! With the quartet being joined by a full orchestra at London's Cadogan Hall...

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Susie Vanner: Life & Soul

B&S Assistant Editor Pete Lewis interviews singer/actress Susie Vanner about her new album and amazing career, which includes playing a Bond girl and recording Northern Soul classics...

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Nile Rodgers & CHIC: Heritage Live, Hampstead Heath, London 12/6/20 Nile Rodgers & CHIC: Heritage Live, Hampstead Heath, London 12/6/20 Nile Rodgers & CHIC: Heritage Live, Hampstead Heath, London 12/6/20 Nile Rodgers & CHIC: Heritage Live, Hampstead Heath, London 12/6/20

Nile Rodgers & CHIC: Chic is the word

Nile Rodgers & CHIC play a very special show at an extra special venue on June 20 at Kenwood House on London's Hampstead Heath, to mark this must-see B&S Editor Lee Has

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Izo FitzRoy: A perfect Fitz

B&S Editor Lee Tyler talks to an artist on the edge of stardom, soul/blues/gospel singer/songwriter Izo FitzRoy drops what could easily be one of the album's of the year and we have the exclusive...

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Soulpersona and Princess Freesia

Soulpersona and Princess Freesia: Raising the game

Duncan Payne has an enthralling chat with stylish soul duo Soulpersona and Princess Freesia about the ups and many downs they experienced while creating critically acclaimed album "The Game"...

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Paul Carrack: G Live, Guildford 28/2/20 Paul Carrack: G Live, Guildford 28/2/20 Paul Carrack: G Live, Guildford 28/2/20 Paul Carrack: G Live, Guildford 28/2/20

Paul Carrack: G Live, Guildford 28/2/20

Multi-million-selling British blue-eyed soul singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Paul Carrack and his supreme band, complete with dual drummers, delivered in style at Guildford's G Live...

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Crowd Company / Ae3 : Express 76 / Black Rider

It's an absolute gem and will no doubt be snapped up by eager DJs and lovers of this evergreen genre.The horn line is absolutely riveting and hooky.special guests Ryan Zodias and Eric Bloom, from the revered US funk band, Lettuce

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BT ALC BIG BAND: Bring Forth Change (Vintage League Music)

BT ALC Big Band's "Bring Forth Change" bring's back the big band era but not as we know it!

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King Rooster : Dirty States Of Mind

The King Rooster consistently put out exciting and vital 45's and this I can safely say, is no exception. Yet again they have raised the bar and shown what a real to

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Crushed Velvet & The Velveteers : Good Thang Ft. Kim Dawson & Alan Evans

Grinding,churning,loving and yearning this brother never stops learning when it comes to harnessing the funk.

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Donald Byrd & The Blackbyrds: The Jazz Funk Collection (Robinsongs)

Donald Byrd's illustrious career can be dissected into two parts,firstly his success as a solo artist on Blue Note Records for which he made over twenty albums and secondly as an educator at Howard University Washington D.C.

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Flevans: Accumulate (Jalapeno Records)

By now the word is spreading about this multi-instrumentalist, DJ and producer who mixes an eclectic yet accessible style that falls between the genres of funk, breaks, soul and electronica...

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