Blues and Soul Music Magazine

Issue 1093

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A FEW WORDS FROM THE EDITOR: ISSUE 1043... We have a superb double cover this issue with 2 huge acts which share a theme, which is their reputations for retro-infused music mastery. In no particular order, we have Cool Million celebrating their 10th anniversary with us - there’s a new album featuring, amongst others, the group’s long admired soul hero D Train. Our double issue is completed by the ridiculously talented r&b/soul artist and go-to producer for that authentic retro-soul sound, Raphael Saadiq. Saadiq’s new release, a break from the norm you could say, see’s his new album devoted entirely to his late brother Jimmy Lee. This slightly dark subject matter still has all the light moments you would expect from a Saadiq release and with songwriting and production are on-point as always. And How do you follow those artists? Well, how about soul royal P.P. Arnold who has combined with Ocean Colour Scene’s Steve Cradock to release her first studio album in over 51 years! Amazing by any standards, P.P. gives us the full rundown on her new release “The Adventures Of…”. Next up, Tony Lindsay was Santana’s vocalist for over 20 years and now he has gone solo, we talk to the 11 times Grammy winner about his new album and what’s it like working with Carlos Santana. Australian authentic soul band The Teskey Brothers are about to make use waves on this side of the Atlantic and B&S is there to witness their first steps. This band has huge potential and a hugely talented lead singer who will make you fall in love with soul music all over again, Josh Teskey is that good! If you love dance music, then look no further… one of THE names in dance today is Rasmus Faber, a Swedish house producer who knows no boundaries and his new album is testimony to that statement, we talk to Faber about his new album and how he created his latest aural masterpiece. Talking of elite producers, we don’t just have one this issue, how about innovating US superstar house DJ/producer Ralphi Rosario. We get all info on his contribution to new album “Wake Up! Music Remixes DJ Wall Of Sound Volume 1-Matt Warren’s Music Is My Life” plus a candid insight into the career choices which helped shape his future in dance music, enthralling stuff! Our dance coverage doesn’t just stop there, we talk to DJ/station boss Danny Swallow A.K.A. DJ Master Pasha and his cohort Max Fernandez, together they form the formidable DJ’ing partnership Boys At Work, we hear about the return of on-point dance radio station Centreforce - it’s been 30 long years since the station graced the airwaves but boy is it back AND we are pleased to say, the whole station is smashing it! We bring you the whole Centreforce story, find out where they have been for 30 years and where they now plan to go! Duncan Payne delivers yet another unmissable slice of black music history via the Blues & Soul Years, this time travelling back to 1989 and the year of the funky dread, Soul II Soul made their mark not only on UK music scene but had their eyes fixed firmly on global domination. Chart wise, the iconic Hip List continues as THE go-to list for r&b and soul releases… we have gathered sales figures and up to the minute release lists from near and far to create a chart which is second to none. Other charts featured in this issue include the Smoove Groove R&B Chart, the Grooveyard Essential Dance Chart, Richard Searling lists his all-time Northern Soul “Best OF British” releases and to compliment The B&S Years we also feature best of charts and B&S poll winners from 1989. As usual, we have been ringside at a whole host of live events and we bring the best of those to you this issue, including Glastonbury (Somerset), Parklife (Manchester), OnBlackheath (Greenwich, London), Love Supreme Festival (Lewes, East Sussex), Malta Jazz Festival (Valetta) and B&S’ Frank Elson returns to one of his favourite venues, The Birdtrap in Lancashire.... Talking of B&S columnists… as well as Frank Elson sharing his thought on the Northern Soul scene, we have Richard Searling (Northern Soul), Ben Lovett (Dance), Bigger (R&B) and Ralph Tee (Modern Soul) all sharing their expertise and views on the genres we all love. There’s just time to mention a new page we have introduced this issue. We are consistently blown away by the comments from readers and artists regarding our efforts to bring you the best mag we possibly can so we thought we would share a few of those social posts with you. This will be a regular feature in each issue so if you want your comments featured in print, get posting! And you could see your comments featured in our next issue. All B&S social media tags are featured on this page so come and find us and let us know what you think. Till next time! Lee Tyler (Blues & Soul magazine Editor) Twitter/Insta: @LeeTyler13B&S

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Blues Fest London 2019 announce stellar lineup

Blues Fest London 2019 have announced another mouthwatering lineup this year with John Legend, Raphael Saadiq and Rickie Lee Jones performing at the O2 Arena and Indigo2…

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Later...with Jools Holland 25th Anniversary - Thursday September 21st 2017

Later...with Jools Holland celebrates 25th anniversary with star-studded RAH event

Jools Holland celebrates the 25th anniversary of his BBC TWO "Later with..." show at London's Royal Albert Hall on September 21st. Full show info and details of artists appearing...

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Incognito announce Jazz Cafe fundraiser for Kenny Thomas' daughter, Christina

Incognito's Bluey hope is to raise as much money as possible and add it towards the overall target of £80,000, which is figure needed to provide vital treatment for Kenny Thomas' daughter...

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Gary Clark Jr: Rebirth Of The Blues

B&S exclusive: Blues hero/B&S cover star Gary Clark Jr talks new album "The Land", how he leaned to play guitar, an appearance in Miles Davis biopic "Miles Ahead" and meeting blues icons...

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Robert Cray: Natural Blues

During his recent UK tour, Blues great Robert Cray spoke to Chaz Brooks about his hunger for vinyl, his favourite singer/album, recording with the legendary BB King and of course, Donald Trump!

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Keb Mo: Hot Pink live Americana Blues anyone?

Four times Grammy-winner and eight times nominated, blues and roots star Keb Mo has played for Presidents in the Whitehouse. But has he ever been asked about his sex life before?

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Broken Witt Rebels: Rebels With A Cause

There’s a great big buzz about this Birmingham band, Broken Witt Rebels. That's Birmingham in the UK, not Alabama. Broken Witt Rebels are as unique as their name. Destined for stardom. No doubt about it.

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Keb’ Mo’: Union Chapel, London 2/7/19

In typically relaxed heartfelt/tender style, four-time Grammy winning blues star Keb’ Mo’ made a rare UK appearance, entertaining enthralled fans solo style at Islington’s ever impressive Union Chapel...

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Angel-A: True Tio Myself (LDF Recordings)

Angel-A: True To Myself (Ft. Rahaan and Karizma Mixes) LDF Recordings

American singer/songwriter Angel-A has teamed up with top Chicago producer Rahaan on the stunning soulful groover "True To Myself"...

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Spiritchaser & Est8 ft Emily Cook "Because I Knew" (Guess Records)

Mark Bamford), Est8 and vocalist Emily Cook on the menu, then you know you’re in for some audible bliss! Their new collaborative single "Because I Knew" is a fresh, deep house groove with Afro vibes...

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Leon Ware (with de Clive-Lowe): Work Me (UK Expansion House)

Leon Ware (with Mark de Clive-Lowe): Work Me (UK Expansion House)

Soul legend Ware, celebrating 50 years in music this year, hooks up with tip-top Kiwi producer de Clive-Lowe for this sophisticated new lick, propping up those silky smooth vocals on a bed of sparse but soulful...

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John Morales: All Q'D UP Volume II: Compilation (Quantize Recordings)

John Morales All Q’d Up Volume II: Compilation (Quantize Recordings)

John Morales fans are in for a massive treat as he reveals the second instalment of his All Q’d Up compilation packed with a brand new selection of soulful and discofied gems...

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Climax Blues Band : 1973-1976, 4CD Remastered Boxset Edition

Their versatility shines through as does their sterling musicianship - if you love that dry compressed and warm 70's sound this is just the ticket. And the funk factor goes up a notch

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Ajay Srivastav: Karmic Blues (Scion Records)

Ajay Srivastav: Karmic Blues (Scion Records)

Ajay Srivastav blends Delta blues with Indian folk - yes, I said Indian folk! - which on paper may seem like chalk and cheese genre-wise but try telling that to your ears!

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