Blues and Soul Music Magazine

Issue 1074

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Welcome to this issue of Blues & Soul magazine. In this pace setting round-up of all things of back music origin, we visit the many relevant styles of music you love and offer a taster of a few new ones along the way; From Reggae to Funk, from Hip Hop to Blues, from Modern Soul to EDM, from R&B to Northern Soul and pretty much everything in between…well, we try! There really is something for everyone... This issue’s cover interview comes c/o reggae superstar in the making, Nature, who is determinedly setting his stall out for a fruitful future. With all the ingredients in place and a talent which is simmering away nicely, we predict that it won’t be long until this unique individual serves up something tasty for his growing legion of fans - watch this space!... Other sublime talent on offer for your delectation includes; A big welcome back to Lemar! Fighting fit and ready to rumble, as this R&B heavyweight gets back in the groove saddle once again… KWABS, shifts up a few musical gears as he readies himself for the big time… Ty Dollor $ign, high on life and dropping comment on friends; Chris Brown, Wiz Khalifa and Kanye West among others… They don’t come more legendary than Blues’ icon Buddy Guy, who grants B&S a rare interview - we also include an extra feature, as Guy talks about his special relationship with his, now sadly departed, life long fellow Blues’ legend and friend, BB King, not to be missed is an understatement…Rhyming in time and at last singing from the same hymn sheet, the Bakery Boys talk tinkering with their style and the hard work that has gone in to getting their mix just right… We go back to the future with Rasheed Ali, as the funked-up styling of 1968 is explored / brought alive and kicking into 2015…and talking of something different, we introduce Kelvin Jones, who is another artist who we think could be HUUUGE in the future. Plus, plus, plus… we celebrate 20 years of V Festival, go backstage at Colne’s Great British R&B Festival on Alligator Records’ night, we delve deep into Prince’s new album and challange his royal funkyness to a drinking game (who said half pint?!) and I don’t know how, but we have just get enough time to start our all-time top 500 singles chart! Which we will countdown until our official 50th birthday issue on October 2017! Till next time! Lee TylerB&S

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Win Soundcrash Funk & Soul weekender passers + chalet for 4

Win a chalet and 4 tickets to the inaugural Soundcrash Funk & Soul Weekender takeing place from 13-15 May at Camber Sands Holiday Camp, East Sussex...

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Nature: Prepare the throne

B&S' Simon Redley talks to an artist with the reggae world at his feet, Nature, drop a new album "Life Journey" and sheds light on his eventful upbringing...

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Cool, Calm & Kwabs

Pete Lewis interviews South London singer/songwriter Kwabs who this month follows his European smash single “Walk” with his eagerly-anticipated debut album “Love + War”...

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Lemar: Ride On Time

Pete Lewis interviews two-million-plus-selling North London soul man Lemar, whose vintage-sounding new album “The Letter” finds him reinterpreting eight classic soulful songs alongside three brand-new originals...

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Sananda Maitreya: Meanwhile, on the other side of the world...

B&S Editor Lee Tyler catches up with the artist formally known as Terence Trent D'Arby, but these days more commonly known as Sananda Maitreya - there's a new double album to talk about for starters...

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Tiggs Da Author: Write to reply

B&S' Semper Azeez-Harris catch-up with South London; rapper, singer, songwriter and producer Tiggs Da Author... To say this artist has potential is probably the most understated comment on this site...

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Lady Vendredi: A break from the norm

Now for something v different... B&S' Semper Azeez-Harris has a breezy chat with bright prospect Lady Vendredi, there's new music to talk about and a style all of her own to unveil...

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Kyan: Making a play

B&S Breaker Kyan steps up to the plate to smash an epic 5 track EP out of the park... B&S' Semper Azeez-Harris is on hand to take stock of the situ, as this artist is about to make his play for the big league...

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Emily’s D+Evolution : Sheperds Bush Empire 2/11/2015

Emily’s D+Evolution is the alter ego of Grammy Winning Esperanza Spalding and tonight was her only UK gig! Read on...

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Jurassic 5: Forum, Kentish Town, London 10/9/15

The show boasted the original line-up of Chali 2na, Akil, Mark 7, Soup, DJ Nu-Mark and Cut Chemist - all the MC's are charismatic, and Charli 2na was the perfect anchor...

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The Junction Jazz Jam (Tuesdays): Loughborough Junction, Brixton

Hey you cool Hepcats there's a killin new jazz joint just for you, so don't look so forlorn just bring your horn it's happening too!

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Tedeshi Trucks Band : Prudential Bluesfest Indigo 02 7/11/2015

The Rock and roll circus came to town as Tedeschi Trucks band hit London hard at this years outstandingly successful Bluesfest...

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Nitin Sawhney: Heaven, London 17/11/15

Depending on how and when you listen, the same Nitin Sawhney song can freak you out, fill you with remorse, or send you into a deep sense of euphoria,suffice to say his top cuts do it all at once.

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Back To The Beginning: The Brian Auger Anthology (Freestyle Records)

Heavy hitter and hammond hero heralds a really happening retrospective, what a fine career this man is having!

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