Blues and Soul Music Magazine

Issue 1096

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BRINGING YOU THE STORIES BEHIND MUSIC + ESSENTIAL NEWS, REVIEWS AND INTERVIEWS...

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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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Southport Weekend Festival 2017

Southport Weekender festival - line up announced!

In what has been one of the most hotly anticipated line-up announcements since Jack built the house back in the 80s, The Southport Weekender festival finally told the World today what they have in store on June 10...

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Splendour Festival Bags Grammy-Winner Jess Glynne For 2016 Headline Spot

Jess Glynne and UB40 among the big acts at this year's one day Splendour Festival near Nottingham on Saturday 23rd July.

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Jess Glynne To Tour The UK

The unstoppable and monstrously talented Jess Glynne has announced a major UK tour for the Autumn. Following the announcement of her debut album âI Cry When I Laughâ which will drop in August.

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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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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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Smoove & Turrell: Sitting On Top Of The World

B&S Editor Lee Tyler interviews funk & soul's finest Smoove & Turrell about their new '90s dance-inspired/Ibiza chilled album, "Stratos Bleu" 3 single releases and keyboard surfing bandmate Mike Porter...

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Ralphi Rosario: In the mix

B&S' Karen Lawler talks to ever busy house music royal Ralphi Rosario about his life in music and his latest, very tasty remix of Matt Warren's classic “How Do I Love Thee" on Wake Up! Music...

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Splendour Festival: Wollaston Park, Nottingham 23/7/16

Fancy a festival in a day in a picturesque setting, easy to get to and a family friendly vibe, crammed with classy bands and artists from today, yesterday and some dead cert future stars? Splendour's the place for you then...

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MARK KNIGHT & RENE AMESZ FT. TASTY LOPEZ: ALL 4 LOVE (TOOLROOM RECORDS)

Mark Knight & Rene Amesz Ft. Tasty Lopez: All 4 Love (Toolroom Records)

"All 4 Love" sees Mark Knight team up with Dutch producer, Rene Amesz, who together bring a hint of welcome nostalgia to lighten the mood and boy does it work!

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Ples Jones & Late Nite Vegas: Give Me Life (Exceptional Music)

Ples Jones & Late Nite Vegas: Give Me Life (Exceptional Music)

US House producer Ples Jones is new to B&S towers and is by all accounts a bit of an all rounder, known for producing pop, r&b, house and even hip-hop. "Give Me Life" sees him turn on his deep house...

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Eddie Amador & Coco Street: Don't Look Back (Nusoul Records)

Eddie Amador & Coco Street: Don't Look Back! (NuSoul Records)

Following their debut joint release "The First Time I Felt House" on Eddie Amador’s new label NuSoul Records, the Los Angeles House legend teams up again with soulful songbird Coco Street...

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Timmy Regisford: Almost 30 (Quantize Recordings)

Timmy Regisford: Almost 30 (Quantize Recordings)

As Timmy Regisford’s famous Club Shelter party edges towards reaching its 30th year, the legendary New York DJ reveals his brand new artist album for 2020, aptly titled "Almost 30". This superb album...

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Flevans Ft.Laura Vane : Realisation

Flevans delivers some futuristic funk flavours with the hypnotic 'Realisations' with his latest muse taking vocal control,the wonderful Laura Vane

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TOSHI & TIMMY REGISFORD: LIFE MUSIC (QUANTIZE RECORDINGS)

Toshi & Timmy Regisford: Life Music (Quantize Recordings)

"Life Music" is a new album project that sees Toshi teaming up with New York music legend Timmy Regisford. Together they have delivered a sublime collection of Afrocentric songs...

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