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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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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José James: Dizzy Heights

B&S' Karen Lawler talks to one Blue Note's finest, José James, about new album “Love In A Time Of Madness”, his influences, album process, family life, jazz/hip-hop genres and J. Dilla Beats...

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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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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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The Ephemerals: Rich Mix London 11/04/17 The Ephemerals: Rich Mix London 11/04/17 The Ephemerals: Rich Mix London 11/04/17 Ephemerals: Rich Mix 11-4-17 PHOTO Lee Tyler - @bluesandsoul.com

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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Rorbert Cray: Birmingham Town Hall 7/5/17

Robert Cray: Town Hall Birmingham 7/5/17

Chaz Brooks checks out ultimate blues performer, Robert Cray, who's Birmingham Town Hall set is a mix of fresh, fun, funky and above all believable blues...

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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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Cymande: Ronnie Scotts 29/04/17

Perhaps early 70's melodic funkateers Cymande could be described as the very epitomy of cult band status, after all they were virtually ignored back home (here in Britain) but were in embraced wholeheartedly by their US brethren..

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Anderson .Paak: Kentish Town Forum. London 16/4/17 @bluesandsoul.com Anderson .Paak: Kentish Town Forum. London 16/4/17 @bluesandsoul.com Anderson .Paak: Kentish Town Forum. London 16/4/17 @bluesandsoul.com Anderson .Paak: Kentish Town Forum. London 16/4/17 @bluesandsoul.com

Anderson .Paak: Kentish Town Forum, London 16/4/17

There is so much excitement around .Paak right now, the Kentish Town Forum was a complete sell-out, as crowds packed in early to watch the 31-year-old perform...

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George Clinton: Forum Kentish Town, London 13/5/17 @bluesandsoul.com George Clinton: Forum Kentish Town, London 13/5/17 @bluesandsoul.com George Clinton: Forum Kentish Town, London 13/5/17 @bluesandsoul.com George Clinton: Forum Kentish Town, London 13/5/17 @bluesandsoul.com

George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic: Forum Kentish Town, London 13/5/17

Being one of the most recognisable figures in the music business, it was no surprise that the Forum in Kentish Town was packed when Clinton brought his Parliament/Funkadelic band to town...

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Protoje: Shepherds Bush Empire, London 12/5/17 @bluesandsoul.com Protoje: Shepherds Bush Empire, London 12/5/17 @bluesandsoul.com Protoje: Shepherds Bush Empire, London 12/5/17 @bluesandsoul.com Protoje: Shepherds Bush Empire, London 12/5/17 @bluesandsoul.com

Protoje & The Indiggnation + Sevanna: Shepherds Bush Empire, London 12/5/17

Reggae shows in London are always well-attended affairs, and it was little surprise that when Protoje stepped onstage he was faced with a full crowd at Shepherds Bush Empire...

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Chronixx: Brixton Academy, London 28/5/17 @bluesandsoul.com Chronixx: Brixton Academy, London 28/5/17 @bluesandsoul.com Chronixx: Brixton Academy, London 28/5/17 @bluesandsoul.com Chronixx: Brixton Academy, London 28/5/17 @bluesandsoul.com

Chronixx: Brixton Academy, London 28/5/17

I've been going to shows at Brixton Academy for years, and I've never seen queues as long as they were when Chronixx came to town to complete the UK leg of his world tour...

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