Blues and Soul Music Magazine

Issue 1096

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OUR PRINT ISSUE boasts a delicious double cover, featuring artists who are masters of their art, firstly, ever-in-demand bassist Michael Olatuja has released his brand new album "Lagos Pepper Soup", featuring a plethora of tasty featured artists. Our double cover delight continues with the immensely talented Dan Penn, who has written some of the biggest hits on the planet - wait to you read which tracks he's written - but this time Dan has penned a new album for himself! Which, after listening to "Living On Mercy", is long overdue... More quality interviews include a catch up with Incognito's charismatic frontman Bluey, as he delivers a brand new jazz/soul-infused Citrus Sun album. Remember Freeez? A.E.I.O.U. and Southern Freeez where such huge hits back in the day… frontman John Rocca has been out of the limelight for some 25-years but now he's back! And giving B&S an exclusive on the enthralling Freeez story. If dance is your thing, then you'll love our chat with legendary house producer/artist, Thommy Davis, with 40-years in the business under his belt and brand new album “Mr Davis” about to drop, there's plenty to talk about. We match that with a new house producer who we think will be making huge house waves in the coming months, as we introduce Hollis Parker. And talking of new artists, we would also like to present a group whose sound mixes jazz with fusion and more than a dash of progressive soul and scintillating keys. Sound interesting? Believe me, JUBE are! Find out all about them in this issue… there’s something else for you to find out about, as we bring you exciting news of a brand new weekender. The inaugural Great Yarmouth Soul Weekender takes place next year and we find out all about it from the event organiser, John Osbourne. ALSO IN THIS ISSUE… Returning feature, The Blues & Soul Years, visits 1975. A fractured soul scene began a north/south divide, along with the start of the infighting of the northern soul wars, which had started to take centre stage. It's not a story from A Game Of Thrones! It's the soul world in 1975! And another must-read from Duncan Payne as he looks back at this pivotal year for soul music. B&S' Frank Elson also looks back at 1975 in his Checkin' It Out column as he recalls the tracks that were lighting up dance floors at the venues he reviewed and what soul music happenings were hot at that time. Other regular B&S columnists include Ralph Tee, who brings you all the latest in the world of modern soul, Ben Lovett presents a dance music must-read, Bigger names all the latest bangers from the world of R&B, Richard Searling gives the low-down on the northern soul scene, lists his "Down In The Cellar Bar" faves from his radio show and yours truly looks at some of the goings-on in the back music world, which are currently hitting the headlines, in my Eye Of The Tyler column... Chart wise, once again, we prove hard to beat with our Smoove Grooves R&B chart, B&S Upfront Urban Chart, Grooveyard Essentials Dance Chart and cherry on the top of a very tasty chart/list offering, the most on-point soul/R&B list on the planet, yep, it's the Hip List. Don't forget! Our Soulfully Social page is where you can have your say! Find us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook (all @BluesandSoul) and let us know what you think and we could be adding your comments to our next print issue! Stay safe and listen to plenty of music! We do! Lee Tyler (Editor) @Leetyler13B&S

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Dan Penn: Soul Expressions

B&S Assistant Editor Pete Lewis interviews legendary Southern soul songwriter and singer Dan Penn, whose new album “Living On Mercy” - his first studio LP in 26 years - is released this month...

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Michael Olatuja: Touching Bass

Karen Lawler chats to world-renowned bassist and B&S cover star Michael Olatuja about his new album "Lagos Pepper Soup" and the plethora of exceptional artists who feature on this tasty release...

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Citrus Sun: New Horizons

B&S Assistant Editor Pete Lewis interviews British jazz/funk legend Jean-Paul “Bluey” Maunick to discuss his contemporary jazz outfit Citrus Sun’s new album Expansions And Visions...

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Freeez: Cool as funk!

Pete Lewis interviews Freeez founder John Rocca, as the group’s 1980 classic album “Southern Freeez” is re-released alongside seven new solo tracks...

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Thommy Davis: Take a bow...

B&S Editor Lee Tyler talks to one of the founding fathers of the Baltimore House, Thommy Davis, whose career credits over the last 40-years have made him a house and disco hero...

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Hollis Parker: From New York with love…

B&S' Ben Lovett interviews hotly tipped enigmatic DJ-producer Hollis Parker about his career-changing move from New York to live in London and his recent sophomore album release “Newscapism”...

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JUBE interview

JUBE: Keep Rising!

Editor Lee Tyler talks to B&S one to watch and hotly-tipped jazz/soul/pop/funk act JUBE, who after 12-years in the making, have finally released their debut album As One Door Closes...

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Dawn McGhee: Diamonds Aglow

Duncan Payne talks to US soul vocalist Dawn McGhee, who gives the lowdown on her impressive neo-soul album "Ten of Diamonds" and the concept behind the Gifted League Of Writers also known as GLOW...

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The Wailers: One World (Sony Music Latin) album review

The Wailers: One World (Sony Music Latin)

Bob Marley's legacy continues in the shape of his former band because this collection of songs are going to open the floodgates to a younger generation, keen on uplifting and contemporary reggae...

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John Coltrane: Giant Steps 60th Anniversary (Rhino) album review

John Coltrane “Giant Steps” 60th Anniversary (Rhino)

John Coltrane's seminal piece of work gets re-released on its 60th anniversary with a whole load of extras that should send jazz lovers into ecstatic realms of excitement...

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Roachford: Twice In A Lifetime (BMG) album review

Roachford: Twice In A Lifetime (BMG)

Andrew Roachford is back with a bang on this cracking collection of soul-inspired pop gems. There's a real old school feel about this album, peppered with lyrics pertaining to affairs of the heart...

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Kylie Auldist: This Is What Happiness Looks Like (Soul Bank Music) album review

Kylie Auldist: This Is What Happiness Looks Like (Soul Bank Music)

'Melbourne's High Priestess Of Soul' Kylie Auldist delivers a textbook album that makes soul-dance music, well, fun! With glossy production and super funky spacious vibe...

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Smoove & Turrell: Stratos Bleu (Jalapeno Records) album review

Smoove & Turrell: Stratos Bleu Remixed (Jalapeno Records)

Hands down, one of the best albums in its class this year is Smoove & Turrell's "Stratos Bleu". This skilfully remixed set of tunes is a cracking ode to the original release and well worth a listen...

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Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar

Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar: Don't Have To Be (Gypsy Soul Records)

The production is great, a real live feel with a nod to the 60's reverb drenched era that everybody loves, hell, listening to this, it's not hard to crack a smile and a beer or two...

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