Blues and Soul Music Magazine

Issue 1091

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B&S issue 1041: Cover stars don’t get more ‘Blues & Soul’ or “best in their genre” than blues superstar Gary Clark Jr. and scintillating soul talent Samm Henshaw. Both are currently in blistering form with outstanding album and EP releases so it’s an absolute pleasure to welcome both to their respective covers.... Other first-class interviews include Nervous Records boss Mike Weiss, who reflects on the label’s history and a new Brooklyn Session’s compilation. The life-affirming sounds of Michael Franti take centre stage as the soulrocker gives B&S the inside track on his new album, accompanying film and tells us what it’s like playing live shows in a prison and taking tea with the Dalai Lama. There’s hip-hop historical enlightenment care of genre heroes Rodney P, Blak Twang and Ty as they join forces to form the supergroup, Kingdem. Distinguished modern jazz outfit Us3 co-founder Geoff Wilkinson makes a long-awaited return with the luscious soul/jazz sounds of his new project, YLD (Wild). Last, but by no means least, last year’s end of year issue predicted the rise of reggae one to watch, Koffee, this issue follows-up that prediction as the artist takes her first steps towards stardom and tells B&S all about her new sounds and what it was like working with a pair modern reggae legends.... We bring you the best live action from the inaugural Beat Horizon Festival, jazz great Salena Jones is in vintage form at the Pheasantry in London. We witnessed grime’s finest, Kojo Funds, absolutely slay it at the Forum in Kentish Town. Yet more controversy surrounded rap star Azealia Banks recent visit to the UK and we were there to catch her memorable performance at the Electric in Brixton. And talking of memorable events, Frank Elson check’s out the goings on a The Old Stone Trough in Kelbrook, Burnley... Other must-reads include a playlist from iconic Northern Soul venue, The Blackpool Mecca, chosen by DJ’s Pete Haigh and Colin Curtis, no less. There’s also a list some of Northern Soul’s finest romantic tunes care of Richard Searling. Also, Duncan Payne rewinds and reminds as he takes the helm of The Blues & Soul Years once more and travels back to 1979 and disco’s last hurrah. Miss these crackers if you dare! Lastly, we feature our usual dance, R&B and hot release charts. Plus, regular columnists Ben Lovett (Dance), Richard Searling (Northern Soul), Bigger (R&B) and Ralph Tee (Modern Soul) who are all on hand to share their thoughts and expertise in their respective genres. How do we fit that lot in you ask? It’s a secret! Lol.Until next time. Lee Tyler (Editor) @LeeTyler13 @BluesandSoulB&S

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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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Banks & Steelz @bluesandsoul.com

Banks & Steelz One-Off London Show announced

Banks & Steelz — a collaboration between Wu Tang Clan’s RZA and Interpol’s Paul Banks have a one-off London show at KOKO on Friday 18th 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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B-Real (Cypress Hill): O2 Academy Brixton 5/12/18 @bluesandsoul.com Mellow Man Ace (Cypress Hill): O2 Academy Brixton 5/12/18 @bluesandsoul.com Mix Master Mike - Cypress Hill (and Beastie Boys): O2 Academy Brixton 5/12/18 @bluesandsoul.com B-Real and Mellow Man Ace (Cypress Hill): O2 Academy Brixton 5/12/18 @bluesandsoul.com

Cypress Hill: O2 Academy, Brixton 5/12/18

27 years after their self-titled debut album propelled rap heavyweights Cypress Hill to worldwide acclaim, the Californian rap giants are back with new album and stunning sellout show at London's Brixton Academy...

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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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L. Marshall: Castles (Mercury Records)

L Marshall: Castles (Mercury Records)

L Marshall, probably best known for featuring on Wretch 32's banger Traktor, but now looks set to change-up his introduction to the listening hordes...

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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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