Blues and Soul Music Magazine

Issue 1082

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

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I take great pleasure in announcing not one exciting cover star this issue, but two! As ever impressive, QueenBrit Live aka Carlene Graham, graces the front of this issue and immaculately talented soul hero, Imagination featuring Leee John, is looking just as striking on our second cover. Other first-class interviews this issue continue with Soul/Blues goddess Nikka Costa, dance music maverick Carl Craig, quality soul/R&B vanguards ephemerals, deft genre-crossing Frankie Oliver and jazz one to watch, Polly Gibbons...Live reviews include Cymande at Ronnie Scott’s, Michael Kiwanuka at the Royal Albert Hall and Sean Paul at the Forum Kentish Town. Plus, B&S’ Frank Elson checks out a Northern Soul gem at The Strategy, Barnoldswick in Lancashire.... Our all time top 500 B&S singles countdown continues from 180-141 with; Cameo, Fugees, Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes, Luther Vandross, Marvin Gaye, The Chi-Lites, Four Tops, Ray Charles, Rose Royce and Nina Simone amongst the highlighted artists this issue... There’s just time to mention our esteemed columnists: Richard Searling (Northern Soul), Bigger (R&B), Ben Lovett (Dance), Ralph Tee (Modern Soul) and Jon Harrington (Blues) who are on hand to share their wealth of musical knowledge and upfront news on; Soul, Northern Soul, Dance, Blues and R&B, respectively. Till next issue, Lee Tyler (Editor)B&S

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Afropunk Festival 2017

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 July 21st, 22nd & 23rd 2017 line-up @bluesandsoul.com

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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Love Supreme Festival 2017 final line-up @bluesandsoul.com Gregory Porter brings his talent to Love Supreme 2017 @bluesandsoul.com George Benson performs at Love Supreme 2017 @bluesandsoul.com Herbie Hancock set for Love Supreme 2017 @bluesandsoul.com Photo: Abu Dhabi Festival

Love Supreme festival finalise 2017 lineup

The final wave of acts perpetuate the momentum of quality at Love Supreme, completing one of the most impressive festival lineups to be seen anywhere this year...

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S.E.L (Soulful Emma Louise) @bluesandsoul.com PHOTO: Suki S.E.L (Soulful Emma Louise) @bluesandsoul.com PHOTO: Suki S.E.L (Soulful Emma Louise) @bluesandsoul.com PHOTO: Suki S.E.L (Soulful Emma Louise) @bluesandsoul.com PHOTO: Suki

S.E.L: Always soulful

Nicky Trax talks to uber talented UK soul artist S.E.L about her new "Flowered Tears" single. Also, working with the Soul II Soul family, DJ Spen and Tom Glide. Plus she names her all time top 10 inspirational singles...

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Nikka Costa @bluesandsoul.com

Nikka Costa: Nothing Compares 2 Nikka Costa

B&S' Karen Lawler talks to one time Stax releasing, now crowdfunding / self releasing soul & blues artist, Nikka Costa...

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Imagination  Ft. Leee John @bluesandsoul.com

Imagination Ft. Leee John: Still Capturing Our Imagination

Pete Lewis meets up with flamboyant Imagination frontman Leee John, prior to the release this month of the group’s new album “Retropia” through Cristal Records...

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Queenbrit Live: Fresh Heir

Pete Lewis interviews Almeria, Southern Spain-based soul/rock/pop/blues quintet QueenBrit Live, as the multi-cultural fivesome release their new single “Fight For”...

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The Christians: The Anval, Basingstoke 12/5/17 @bluesandsoul.com The Christians: The Anval, Basingstoke 12/5/17 @bluesandsoul.com The Christians: The Anval, Basingstoke 12/5/17 @bluesandsoul.com The Christians: The Anval, Basingstoke 12/5/17 @bluesandsoul.com

The Christians: The Anvil, Basingstoke 12/5/17

80s soul-pop crossover legends, The Christians, come up with the goods whilst still harvesting music for the world...

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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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Rachel Modest: I Try / Forbidden Love

Lead singer with the retro soul sound of The Magnificent Tape Band, Rachel Modest adds some gospel gentleness to this stylish deep soul offering.

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Jamiroquai: Automaton (Virgin-EMI)

Jamiroquai: Automaton (Virgin-EMI)

Jamiroquai' Automaton (the band’s eighth) appears to weave the sounds of 2017 into its established (and still magnetic) disco-jazz-pop patter...

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Miles Mosley

Miles Mosley : Uprising

We see a tight funk explosion with no loose ends doused with sophisticated combinations and layering and the fattest horns you're ever likely to hear

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Virtue Recording Studios Compilation : Tramp Records

Tramp Records, a small german label set up by Tobias Kirmayer is dedicated to unearthing rare and raw Funk, Soul Jazz, Disco and Afro Beat nuggets for our delectation saving many a cratediggers back!

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