Blues and Soul Music Magazine

Issue 1084

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A very warm welcome to our Autumn issue, summer maybe wiping its feet before hibernating for the winter, but we have an absolute scorcher on offer this issue - as usual, we have packed our pages to the rafters with the best talent on the planet as we bring you the genres you love along with news, reviews and interviews that set B&S aside from the rest… ISSUE 1034: Due to their popularity, we have decided to make it a hat-trick of double cover issues this year by offering yet another dream double this issue - in no particular order - One of the world’s most celebrated live bands/legendary purveyors of “Oakland Soul music”…ladies & gentlemen, I give you the mighty, Tower Of Power - who return to the UK to play a series of live dates this October for the first time in almost a decade. Our second cover has a VERY impressive ‘track record’, literally. John Morales is widely regarded as one of THE greatest remixers in history - his disco/soul remixes are the stuff of legend, and the best thing of all, he has a brand new remix album about to drop on December 1st. How do you follow that? Well, how about a Shalamar 35th Anniversary interview, or what about soul/R&B superstar and connoisseur’s choice, Eric Benét in conversation. Or maybe even a chat with the most popular pianist/bandleader in the UK, as Later…with Jools Holland celebrates it 25th Anniversary in style - we grab a few words with the man himself. Teach yourself how to read music the easy way, by casting your eyes over our interview catch up with exceptionally talented and uber cool R&B singer/songwriter Musiq Soulchild. If dance music tickles your taste buds, we have an interview with a DJ described as ‘the Keith Richards of dance music’, clubland’s ‘favourite disco playboy, DJ Harvey. And if you like that lot, then you’ll love our one to watch this issue… Canadian powerhouse signer, Elise LeGrow, who’s reworkings from the catalogue of legendary Chess Records, is a thing of absolute beauty. Also this issue…we go live with Ne-Yo at the Brixton Academy, Mica Paris’ pays (what would have been) a 100th birthday homage to the First Lady of Jazz, Ella Fitzgerald, at the brand new PizzaExpress venue in Holborn - if that wasn’t star-studded enough, (print issue only) we also take in the sites and sounds of Later…with Jools Holland at the Royal Albert Hall, as the flagship BBC 2 show celebrates its 25th anniversary... B&S’ man in the Northern Soul/Soul field, Frank Elson, checks out the goings on at the White Bull in Gisburn, Lancashire... Richard Searling looks at 1967, a pivotal year for Northern Soul…Follows the timeline of a year which was filled with key events that would go on to help shape a genre... The B&S top 500 all-time chart edges closer to its conclusion as we reveal numbers 114 to 77, artists this issue include; Diana Ross & The Supremes, Marvin Gaye, Al Green, Tavares, Curtis Mayfield, Sam Cooke, Percy Sledge, Bob Marley, Ike & Tina Turner, The Stylistics, The Chi-lites, Martha & The Vandellas, Phyllis Hyman and Commodores + many more. Last, and by no means least… B&S columnists [in our print issue only] Ralph Tee (Modern Soul), Richard Searling (Northern Soul), Jon Harrington (Blues) and Ben Lovett (Dance) air their essential news/views on the genres they love… we hope you will too! Until next time. Lee Tyler (Editor) @LeeTyler13 @BluesandSoulB&S

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Charles Bradley Obituary

Commonly referred to as “The Screaming Eagle of Soul”, raspy-voiced 68-year-old sensational Soul/Funk/R&B vocalist Charles Bradley, has sadly lost his battle with cancer...

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Afropunk festival announce impressive 2017 lineup

Those set to perform include; Lianne La Havas, Nao, Thundercat, Danny Brown, JME and The Internet, Will Smith, Born N Bread, Gal-Dem DJs, Liam Bailey and more...

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Hook & Sling announce 2017 lineup

The first ever ’Hook & Sling’ hosts a series of 30 live acts and DJs takes place across two rooms at 229 Venue on Great Portland Street between 21st-23rd July...

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John Morales: Always In The Mix

B&S' Karen Lawler interviews remixing great John Morales ahead of his 4th M+M volume. With over 40 years experience mixing legendary tunes from icons of Soul/Disco, there's a lot to talk about...

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Tower Of Power: From the T.O.P

Pete Lewis interviews Tower Of Power co-founder/tenor saxophonist Emilio Castillo, as the legendary California-based purveyors of “Oakland soul” prepare for their October UK tour...

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Shalamar: Friends Forever ('Friends' 35th Anniversary interview)

Pete Lewis interviews US soul-disco trio Shalamar who this month return to the UK for an extensive tour to mark the 35th Anniversary of their Platinum-selling album “Friends"...

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Eric Benét: The Benét effect

B&S' Semper Azeez-Harris catches up with contemporary R&B/Neo-Soul hero Eric Benét as he discusses the release of his eponymous album, parenting, collabs and career longevity...

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Eric Benét: Electric Brixton, London 26/10/17

Appearances by neo-soul/R&B star Eric Benét are few and far between on these shores, so it was no surprise that Electric Brixton in south London was packed to the rafters...

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Will Sessions Feat Rickey Calloway : Come On Home / Off The Line

Will Sessions teams up with the King of funk, Rickey Calloway, to produce a 45 of pure unadulterated funk...

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Weekend Sun : Losers & Fools,Hole In My Heart Double AA 45 RPM

The doyens of Darlington return ! Jazz funk/northern soul /disco outfit Weekend Sun return to Hero Records to release their new double A-sided single On 45

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79.5 : Terrorize My Heart

A groovy stop start beat, choice rhodes,a wah guitar and some jazz flute softened by some honeyed girl vocals,what's not to like?

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Crowd Company: Stone & Sky

Bandleader, singer and top guitarist Rob Fleming has assembled some red hot tuneage for this his band's sophomore stunner...

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Nicole Willis & UMO Jazz Orchestra: My Name Is Nicole Willis

It's been a while since we last heard of her but rest assured, Finnish based Nicole Willis is back in style, "My Name Is Nicole Willis" gets down to business from the off with a smorgasbord of styles and moods...

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Sorakiss : Love Supreme EP

Ghana has a new pop star in the making and her name is Sorakiss.

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