Blues and Soul Music Magazine

Issue 1096

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

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OUR PRINT ISSUE boasts a delicious double cover, featuring artists who are masters of their art, firstly, ever-in-demand bassist Michael Olatuja has released his brand new album "Lagos Pepper Soup", featuring a plethora of tasty featured artists. Our double cover delight continues with the immensely talented Dan Penn, who has written some of the biggest hits on the planet - wait to you read which tracks he's written - but this time Dan has penned a new album for himself! Which, after listening to "Living On Mercy", is long overdue... More quality interviews include a catch up with Incognito's charismatic frontman Bluey, as he delivers a brand new jazz/soul-infused Citrus Sun album. Remember Freeez? A.E.I.O.U. and Southern Freeez where such huge hits back in the day… frontman John Rocca has been out of the limelight for some 25-years but now he's back! And giving B&S an exclusive on the enthralling Freeez story. If dance is your thing, then you'll love our chat with legendary house producer/artist, Thommy Davis, with 40-years in the business under his belt and brand new album “Mr Davis” about to drop, there's plenty to talk about. We match that with a new house producer who we think will be making huge house waves in the coming months, as we introduce Hollis Parker. And talking of new artists, we would also like to present a group whose sound mixes jazz with fusion and more than a dash of progressive soul and scintillating keys. Sound interesting? Believe me, JUBE are! Find out all about them in this issue… there’s something else for you to find out about, as we bring you exciting news of a brand new weekender. The inaugural Great Yarmouth Soul Weekender takes place next year and we find out all about it from the event organiser, John Osbourne. ALSO IN THIS ISSUE… Returning feature, The Blues & Soul Years, visits 1975. A fractured soul scene began a north/south divide, along with the start of the infighting of the northern soul wars, which had started to take centre stage. It's not a story from A Game Of Thrones! It's the soul world in 1975! And another must-read from Duncan Payne as he looks back at this pivotal year for soul music. B&S' Frank Elson also looks back at 1975 in his Checkin' It Out column as he recalls the tracks that were lighting up dance floors at the venues he reviewed and what soul music happenings were hot at that time. Other regular B&S columnists include Ralph Tee, who brings you all the latest in the world of modern soul, Ben Lovett presents a dance music must-read, Bigger names all the latest bangers from the world of R&B, Richard Searling gives the low-down on the northern soul scene, lists his "Down In The Cellar Bar" faves from his radio show and yours truly looks at some of the goings-on in the back music world, which are currently hitting the headlines, in my Eye Of The Tyler column... Chart wise, once again, we prove hard to beat with our Smoove Grooves R&B chart, B&S Upfront Urban Chart, Grooveyard Essentials Dance Chart and cherry on the top of a very tasty chart/list offering, the most on-point soul/R&B list on the planet, yep, it's the Hip List. 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! Stay safe and listen to plenty of music! We do! Lee Tyler (Editor) @Leetyler13B&S

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The Fantastics! Ft Sulene Fleming : Take A Shot

The pumping arterial blood of the band is no doubt their raw, full-throated vocalist, Sulene Fleming,fresh from her impactful stint with the Brand New Heavies.

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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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Dawn McGhee: Diamonds Aglow

Duncan Payne talks to US soul vocalist Dawn McGhee, who gives the lowdown on her impressive neo-soul album "Ten of Diamonds" and the concept behind the Gifted League Of Writers also known as GLOW...

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John Rocca (Freeez) 2020 @bluesandsoul.com John Rocca (Freeez) 2020 @bluesandsoul.com Freeez: (L-R) Stennett, Whitmore, Mansfield-Allman, Sullivan, Maas, Morgan and Rocca '81 Freeez: (L-R) Peter Maas, John Rocca and Jean-Paul 'Bluey' Maunick

Freeez: Cool as funk!

Pete Lewis interviews Freeez founder John Rocca, as the group’s 1980 classic album “Southern Freeez” is re-released alongside seven new solo tracks...

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Dan Penn: Soul Expressions

B&S Assistant Editor Pete Lewis interviews legendary Southern soul songwriter and singer Dan Penn, whose new album “Living On Mercy” - his first studio LP in 26 years - is released this month...

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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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Paul Carrack: G Live, Guildford 28/2/20 @bluesandsoul.com Paul Carrack: G Live, Guildford 28/2/20 @bluesandsoul.com Paul Carrack: G Live, Guildford 28/2/20 @bluesandsoul.com Paul Carrack: G Live, Guildford 28/2/20 @bluesandsoul.com

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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Myles Sanko: Freedom Is You

Myles Sanko returns to the fray with a very strong and anthemic offering, while boasting a real deep soul/spiritual feel...

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The Fantastics! Ft.Sulene Fleming: Take A Shot (BBE)

The pumping arterial blood of the band is no doubt their raw, full-throated vocalist, Sulene Fleming, fresh from her impactful stint with the Brand New Heavies...

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Mica Paris: In Broad Daylight

Mica Paris: In Broad Daylight (Metrophonic)

Mica Paris outpouring on “In Broad Daylight” is not only heartfelt and soul-wrenching but it carries a narrative which needs to be aired and shared...

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Kylie Auldist: This Is What Happiness Looks Like (Soul Bank Music) album review

Kylie Auldist: This Is What Happiness Looks Like (Soul Bank Music)

'Melbourne's High Priestess Of Soul' Kylie Auldist delivers a textbook album that makes soul-dance music, well, fun! With glossy production and super funky spacious vibe...

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Roachford: Twice In A Lifetime (BMG) album review

Roachford: Twice In A Lifetime (BMG)

Andrew Roachford is back with a bang on this cracking collection of soul-inspired pop gems. There's a real old school feel about this album, peppered with lyrics pertaining to affairs of the heart...

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Lucky Brown & The S.G.'s: Pecan Trees Speak To Each Other (Tramp)

In the funk and soul genre there are many acts who are just plain unremarkable pushing a retro style that frankly,in many cases can't be bettered...

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