Blues and Soul Music Magazine

Issue 1097

Welcome to B&S

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

Editorial STUFF

In issue 1049 we feature yet another heady mix of music of black origin artists. First up, proudly adorning our cover this issue, international soul superstar Aloe Blacc releases his most personal, candid and spiritually uplifting album yet. Also, we have an exclusive interview with jazz icon Gregory Porter. Complimenting those two must-read interviews, it’s been 5 years since his last studio album, as we welcome back jazz/soul connoisseurs favourite Jarrod Lawson as he gives us the lowdown on his new project. We have a candid chat with the high priestess of Aussie soul, Kylie Auldist. Highly lauded jazz/soul artist Jordan Rakei gives us an exclusive on his dance music alter ego, Dan Kye, and if you like your soul music sunny side up with a side order of rhythm & blues then you’ll love our interview with Samantha Martin who is continuing to impress with her band Delta Sugar... After a 6 month break due to the current worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, we welcome back live events to our pages with open arms... all events we covered were socially distanced and we have to commend the artists, promoters and venues for their determination to put on live events once more. The shows we reviewed included Centreforce Radio’s Pineapple In The Park and 2 shows at London’s Jazz Cafe where we were lucky to catch the talents of Tony Momrelle and Reuben Richards & the Jezebel Sextet. With the hope of more live event normality in the not too distant future, we plan to bring you as many live reviews as possible when it is safe to do so. ALSO IN THIS ISSUE… Duncan Payne’s regular feature The B&S Years travels back to 1985 and the fascinating chart tug-of-war between r&b/soul stars Freddie Jackson and Alexander O’Neil plus, the rise of Whitney Houston and the other chart stars who made headlines that year. 1985 also saw the advent of hip-hop mixed with scratch DJ’s and electro, memorable live shows from a whole host of soul superstars and the UK club scene was as vibrant as ever. This feature also includes the B&S poll winners and charts from this year... Charts in the print issue include the B&S Upfront Urban Chart, Bigger’s R&B Smoove Grooves Chart, Ben Lovett’s Grooveyard Essentials Dance Chart and probably the coolest chart on the planet, the r&b and soul finger squarely on the pulse, Hip List. This issue also includes Richard Searling’s Collector’s Special list and his Jazz FM Soul Weekender Playlist A.KA. Richard Searling’s “Soundtrack To My Life!” B&S columnist Ralph Tee brings you all the latest modern soul news and releases, Ben Lovett delivers a dance music must-read, Bigger shares all the shakers and movers info in the world of R&B and Richard Searling gives the latest low-down on all things northern soul. Talking of northern soul, B&S’ Frank Elson provides an absorbing read as he revisits a classic Checkin’ It Out column from February 1981... These is just to mention our Soulfully Social page 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! Till then, stay safe and don’t forget to listen to plenty of music! Lee Tyler (Editor) Twitter/Instagram @LeeTyler13B&S

Read more
Pigeon 1

The Inaugural Wellness Music Festival St Lucia 21-27/9/20

Expect the very best in wellness treatments and some fine live music featuring Dee Dee Bridgewater who needs no introduction from us! She is a three-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter, as well as a Tony Award-winning stage actress...

read more

Chronixx + Protoje @Alexandra Palace 11 November 2018

Chronixx and Protoje @Alexandra Palace

Jamaica has a long and proud record of producing innovative artists, and that is epitomised by the excellent Chronixx and Protoje, who both boast an impressive catalogue of music...

Videoread more

UB40 40th anniversary concert at the Royal Albert Hall @bluesandsoul.com

UB40 announce 40th Anniversary show

UB40 will perform at London's Royal Albert Hall on June 25th and celebrate not only 40 years since they became one of the UK's best loved bands, but also the release of their brand new studio album...

Videoread more

Koffee @bluesandsoul.com Koffee @bluesandsoul.com Koffee @bluesandsoul.com Koffee @bluesandsoul.com

Koffee: Cream of the crop

Pete Lewis interviews 18-year-old female Jamaican singjay Koffee around the release of her current, Walshy Fire-produced single “Throne” and soon-come debut EP “Rapture”...

read more

Chaka Demus & Pliers @bluesandsoul.com PHOTO: Hugh Wright Haw Chaka Demus & Pliers @bluesandsoul.com PHOTO: Hugh Wright Haw Chaka Demus & Pliers @bluesandsoul.com PHOTO: Hugh Wright Haw Chaka Demus & Pliers @bluesandsoul.com

Chaka Demus & Pliers: Still Floating Like A Butterfly

Pete Lewis interviews internationally-successful Jamaican reggae/dancehall duo Chaka Demus & Pliers, who this month undertake their first UK tour in over ten years...

read more

Lee Scratch Perry poster

Lee Scratch Perry: From Dub Star To Film Star

The new film about reggae legend Lee Scratch Perry is now released on DVD after a UK cinemas tour, and winning prestigious awards at various overseas film festivals.

read more

Nature @bluesandsoul.com Nature @bluesandsoul.com Nature @bluesandsoul.com Nature @bluesandsoul.com

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...

read more

Chronixx: Arena Birmingham 10/11/19 @bluesandsoul.com Chronixx: Arena Birmingham 10/11/19 @bluesandsoul.com Koffee: Arena Birmingham 10/11/19 @bluesandsoul.com Koffee: Arena Birmingham 10/11/19 @bluesandsoul.com

Chronixx + Koffee: Arena Birmingham 10/11/19

Modern reggae royal, Chronixx, performing his only UK headline show of 2019 and Koffee who drops her on-point lyricism and astonishing flow show why they both have the world at their feet...

read more

Wailers 1

The Wailers & Guests: One World One Prayer (Sony Music Latin)

The Wailers are back with a bang with their 1st single in over 25 years! Celebrating unity around the world in the shape of their vibey new release "One World, One Prayer" ft. Skip Marley, Farruko, Shaggy & Cedella Marley...

Videoread more

Chain 1

Chainska Brassika : Simple Things Ft Frank Harper

These sons of the two tone revolution have hooked up with actor Frank Harper ,best known for his "hard man" roles, such as "Billy Bright" in The Football Factory and "Dog" in Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

Videoread more

Da lata 1

Da Lata: Dakar

Da Lata are back after a three year hiatus with a new seductive single entitled "Dakar". A homage, no doubt, to the senegalese capital...

read more

The Wailers: One World (Sony Music Latin) album review

The Wailers: One World (Sony Music Latin)

Bob Marley's legacy continues in the shape of his former band because this collection of songs are going to open the floodgates to a younger generation, keen on uplifting and contemporary reggae...

Videoread more

Soul 1

Soul Love Now: The Black Fire Records Story 1975-1993 (Strut)

Strut continue their excellent work with this sterling compilation bringing together classics and rarities from the seminal spiritual jazz and conscious soul label Black Fire, spanning 1975 to 199...

read more

Kuti 1

Kutiman : Wachaga

Kutiman teams up the with the Wachaga nation tribe, a group of indigenous villages who live around the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania and comes up with a thoroughly unique concept

Videoread more

From Jazz Funk & Fusion To Acid Jazz

Join the B&S Mailing List

Blues and Soul on Twitter