Blues and Soul Music Magazine

Issue 1095

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ISSUE 1046: We bring you not one but two outstanding cover interviews, firstly, the enthralling story behind the UK’s premier gospel label, Zoe Records, via head honcho Isaac Odeniran. Our double cover interview comes from Geordie soul and funk heroes Smoove & Turrell, who venture in a more ’90 dance/chilled Balearic direction with their new album, Stratos Bleu... How do you follow that, well, how about an interview with one of the best blues acts on the planet, singer/songwriter/blues guitar god Marcus King. We have a chat with Defected Record’s main man, ex-Blues & Soul contributor, DJ/producer/label boss, Simon Dunmore. He’s written some of the most well-known songs ever, now Memphis soul singer/songwriter Don Bryant steps away from his 154, yes, 154 song catalogue! To release his own album, “You Make Me Feel”. Last, but by no means least, The Allergies are back with their 6th long-player in 4 years! Wow! Delivering their now trademark mix of infectious samples, on-point dance breaks, deft rap rhymes and killer hip-hop style scratching, you won’t want to miss our catchup with this dynamic duo... There may be no live events to report on at the moment and we are all looking forward to the day they return, in the meantime, we have given you more of your favourite pages as all columnists have increased their contributions including Northern Soul’s Richard Searling and Frank Elson, R&B favourite Bigger, Dance expert Ben Lovett, Modern Soul’s finest Ralph Tee and B&S Editor focuses on the Black Lives Matter movent... Duncan Payne takes us back to the year 2000 with his not to be missed regular feature the Blues & Soul Years. This was a time when Jill Scott, Dynasty’s Child, Craig David and Eminem were making their mark. As usual, the year’s best releases and poll winners accompany this feature.... Charts this issue include the B&S Upfront Urban Chart, Ben Lovett's Grooveyard Essentials Dance Chart, Bigger's Smoove Grooves R&B Chart, on-point soul/r'n'b Hip List and Richard Searling presents his Leeds Central All-Nighter and Soul Bowl Records late owner John Anderson’s Soul Discoveries lists... Don’t forget! Our Soulful 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, Lee Tyler (@LeeTyler13 socials)B&S

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Boomtown Fair announce 2020 lineup

The lineup for this year's Boomtown Fair has been unveiled, with the Wu-Tang Clan, Damian Marley, Kano and Kool and The Gang among those on the star-studded bill...

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Gangstagrass video exclusive: Twist It

In the past B&S has taken great pride in announcing new genres / sub-genres within the music we love, today is no exception as we proudly present a band which is familiar, yet totally different... Gangstagrass

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Wretch 32 Announces UK Headline Shows

In celebration of the release of his Top 5 new album ‘Growing Over Life’ via Polydor Records, Wretch 32 has announced two UK headline shows for November.

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Ty: No Ordinary Visionary

It's been 8 years since the release of critically acclaimed album "Special Kind Of Fool" now TY is back with equally credible "Work Of Heart" and as you can imagining, there's a lot of catching up to do...

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The Herbaliser: Return To The Mix

Pete Lewis meets London jazz/hip/hop/funk outfit The Herbaliser, who this month release their first album in five years - “Bring Out The Sound” - through UK independent BBE Records...

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GHETTS: Ghetts to make a point

It's a decade since the release of Ghetts classic mixtape “Ghetto Gospel”, a one-off performance at London's Roundhouse will celebrate this special milestone - we get the lowdown from the man himself..

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Sam Sure @bluesandsoul.com

Sam Sure: On the right track

B&S' Semper Azeez-Harris chats to B&S one to watch, Sam Sure. With new EP “Catching Feelings" about to drop, there's a lot to talk to this one time graffiti artist and biscuit connoisseur about...

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A.J. Tracey: Alexandra palace, London 8/11/19 @bluesandsoul.com A.J. Tracey: Alexandra palace, London 8/11/19 @bluesandsoul.com A.J. Tracey: Alexandra palace, London 8/11/19 @bluesandsoul.com A.J. Tracey: Alexandra palace, London 8/11/19 @bluesandsoul.com

A.J. Tracey: Alexandra Palace, London 8/11/19

A.J. Tracey filled Alexandra Palace, with its 10,000 capacity, is testament to the affection he is held. It was a visually stunning setup, with a runway in the centre of the arena...

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05:21: Ready For The Show

The track is produced by Koba Kane, who alongside his partner T1 Vega, make up 05:21, delivering their tight rhythmic vocals with an obvious zest and panache.Old school singer S. J. Martin, adds the icing on the cake to this tantalising debut.

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Watch Digital Farm Animals & Cash Cash: Millionaire Feat. Nelly

WATCH: Digital Farm Animals & Cash Cash: Millionaire Feat. Nelly

Check out newly signed to Syco record label artist Digital Farm Animals as they join Cash Cash for hot new tune "Millionaire" featuring rap superstar Nelly.

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Roy X: Odoyewu (Philophon)

Roy X: Odoyewu (Philophon)

This tune kicks off with a kind of nu-soul vibe and you think where's it going...then a familiar reggae chord workout (C- to G-) kicks-in and the underpinned intentions soon become clear...

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Lupe Fiasco: Drogas Light (1st & 15th/Thirty Tiggers' Records)

Lupe Fiasco: Drogas Light  (1st & 15th/Thirty Tiggers’ Records)

I’m wondering why the Fiasco is Lupe, trying to catch some action of a market that he surely don’t really need? But now he’s coming like a new jack and dropping it like he’s the new boy...

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DJ Spatts: Works Of Friction @bluesandsoul.com

DJ Spatts: Works of Friction

DJ Spatts, a man who has been making music since 1985, emerging out of the Milton Keynes Hip Hop scene as a member of The Criminal Minds, he now offers us his latest project Works of Friction...

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Iggy Azalea: The New Classic (Virgin EMI Records)

Iggy Azalea: The New Classic (Virgin EMI Records)

While, this bound to be a favourite among Iggy fans, itâs a subject thatâs been done millions of time before and itâs been done better. "The New Classic" has more misses than hitsâ¦

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