Blues and Soul Music Magazine

Issue 1082

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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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Hook & Sling July 21st, 22nd & 23rd 2017 line-up

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 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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EXCLUSIVE: Black Dylan

B&S EXCLUSIVE: Black Dylan video premiere Don't Wanna Be Alone

A funny/original/entertaining concept, shot in black and white in the band's hometown of Copenhagen, follows Wafande, Duplex and the band as they are pursued by gangs of women...

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Nikka Costa

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: 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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Rag'N'Bone Man: Human Nature

Currently taking the world by storm with his single and album "Human", baritone blues & soul hero, Rag'N'Bone Man, sits down for a chat with Blues & Soul Editor Lee Tyler...

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ephemerals + Izo Fitzroy: Rich Mix, London 11/04/17

Jalapeno records hosted what turned out to be an imposing and uplifting night in London's East End, highlighting their cult heroes of the moment, ephemerals and blues & soulstress Izo Fitzroy...

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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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E feat Ishtar : Turning Point

Mocambo proudly presents its first 45 with the instantly recognisable E (aka Eric Cooke, E da Boss, or the ‘E’ of Myron and E).

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Gemma & The Travellers: Too Many Rules & Games

The Travellers are a well honed unit no doubt due to guitarist and producer Robert P's craftful touch and like all good soul bands they have a killer ballad

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Donald Byrd

Donald Byrd : Love Has Come Around: The Elektra Records Anthology 1978-1982

There are very few artists who crossed over successfully from Jazz to the mainstream.You could probably count them on one hand who achieved this.

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The Meltdown (HopeStreet Recordings)

It appears that there's another fine band to join the funky echelons and vanguards of Australian soul...

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