Blues and Soul Music Magazine

Issue 1030



Editorial STUFF

As we wave bye-bye to Easter In this eggs-quisite edition of B&S... We bring you yet more cracking interviews mixed with some egg-celent reviews both on the CD/live fronts, topped with a decent sprinkle of competitions and give-aways which will fill up the hardiest of musical appetites. Poster boy for this edition is the mega devilishly talented ROBIN THICKE, who give us an EXCLUSIVE interview ahead of his new album. Not to be out done on this side of the pond is everybody's favourite bad-boy and just as tasty addition to our musical platter - PLAN B. So, as we celebrate a PETE LEWIS interview hat-trick - we welcome back the Mr impeccable, TEDDY RILEY, who lets us know what BLACKstreet are up to - no doubt! After the sad loss to the the soul world of former CHI-LIGHT, ROBERT 'SQUIRREL' LEICESTER, we re-print a classic interview with the great man himself. And as we stay in a retro mood, SHARON DAVIS talks to CAL STREET from one of the bands that helped to define the MOTOWN sound - THE VELVELETTE'SB&S

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Reggae stars put stamp of island magic on Disney classics with the Disney reggae club

On 8 June 2010 the magic of Disney meets the magical isle of Jamaica, as Walt Disney Records plan to release an album of classic Disney songs newly recorded by a cross-section of top reggae musicians...

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Win Cypress Hill Tickets

Win Cypress Hill Tickets

One of the most successful and influential hip hop/rock groups in history with more than 18 million worldwide sales the UK for dates in London & Glasgow on the June 15th & 16th and you can win tickets right here on B&S...

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Robin Thicke: Interview in session

Pete Lewis takes a ‘Rollacoasta’ ride with soulful, multi-Platinum US R&B star Robin Thicke to discuss his naughtily seductive new US Top Three album ‘Sex Therapy: The Sessions’

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Taio Cruz: Comes clean

Pete Lewis talks to UK singer/writer/producer Taio Cruz about his naughty new single ‘Dirty Picture’ plus his current, record-breaking US Number One success with his global smash ‘Break You Heart’

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PLAN B: From A to B

Pete Lewis meets British singer/rapper/actor Plan B, whose new album ‘The Defamation Of Strickland Banks’ blends the classic sound of Motown, Stax and Northern soul with modern-day East London grit

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Cypress Hill: Rise & Shine

Pete Lewis hooks up with Cypress Hill rapper B-Real, as the world-conquering Californian hip hop legends this month release the long-awaited ‘Rise Up’, their first new album in six years

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Wale: Don't Call me Wale!

Pete Lewis meets acclaimed Washington, DC rapper Wale. Who - dubbed by some “hip hop’s next heavyweight” - this month releases his Mark Ronson-overseen debut album ‘Attention Deficit’

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Ledisi: Soulful Siren

Pete Lewis enjoys an afternoon rendezvous in Central London with New Orleans-born, Grammy-nominated contemporary soul songstress Ledisi to discuss her US chart-topping current album ‘Turn Me Loose’

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Angela Johnson: Up close and personal

Pete Lewis chats to New York contemporary soul singer/songwriter/producer Angela Johnson about the more uptempo dance-oriented direction of her new, fourth solo album ‘It’s Personal’

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Cal Street (The Velvelettes): She is really sayin' something (Part 1)

It’s taken awhile to track this lady down and when I did late last year she graciously contributed to Motown Tracking, before agreeing to have a chinwag about her life and career. The Velvelettes helped shape the sound of Motown...

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The Chi-lites - Robert ‘Squirrel’ Lester: Classic interview June 1990

Following the recent sad death of Robert ‘Squirrel’ Lester - second tenor in legendary Chicago vocal group The Chi-Lites - Pete Lewis recalls interviewing the Seventies-chart-topping trio in June 1990

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Ledisi: Bush Hall, London: 09/04/10

If I had to describe what Ledisi did at Bush Hall on Friday 9th April 2010 I would simply say; she came, she saw and she conquered. Anything less than this would not capture the experience fans were given that balmy spring evening

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N’dambi: Jazz Cafe 31/03/10

For one night only London Jazz Café was graced with the presence of Texas’ southern belle N’dambi. Beauty, poise, a powerful voice, insightful lyrics, and enough energy to power a stadium...

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Teddy Riley & BLACKstreet: Indig02 02/04/10

As we approach twenty five years of New Jack Swing and fifteen years on from their last London show, it's safe to say that BLACKstreet and their music remain as relevant today as it was back then

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