Blues and Soul Music Magazine

Issue 1083

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

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It doesn't get much hotter than this double cover, super producer issue! So ladies and gentlemen, if I may introduce - in no particular order - firstly, in the R&B, Hop-Hop, House and Reggae corner, Mike City. AND, in the soul and jazz corner, we have James Day. Both these distinguished musical heavyweights possess a killer touch when it comes to delivering their own brand of aural deliciousness, within the genres they proudly represent - it’s an absolute pleasure to have these deftly talented black music maestros adorn our covers this issue... How do you follow that? Well, how about a chat with current chart sensation, Dua Lipa? Or dynamic dancefloor guru’s, Rhemi? We have also thrown in a quadruple helping of soul sensations to compliment those already mentioned - we find out about a delicious solo project from Soul II Soul’s Simon Law, we herald the return to the limelight (where have you been?) of Shaila Prosper, we welcome an interview with ridiculously talented, Decosta Boyce, who happens to have a soul CV which that would make James Brown scream! Making up our fantastic 4 is producer Tom Glide, his fusion of contemporary and retro soul has always given his releases a luxurious (must hear) feel... ALSO IN THIS ISSUE: We are front row, centre, at neo-soul queen, Erykah Badu’s Hammersmith Apollo show. Plus one time Curtis Mayfield led - also achieved plenty of chart action in their own right - The Impressions played their last European dates EVER! We were there to review their penultimate show at intimate London venue, Union Chapel... We give our festival coverage some welly (see what I did there?) in our print issue, with exclusive to our print issue reviews from Holland’s North Sea Jazz, East Sussex’s Love Supreme and Somerset daddy of them all, Glastonbury! ...B&S’ Frank Elson check’s out not one, but two Northern Soul club nights at the Greatstone Hotel in Manchester and St Marks in Blackburn... Almost within touching distance of the B&S all-time top 100 chart singles - we continue our top 500 countdown from 140 to 112 in this issue. Artists include; Rose Royce, Sister Sledge, Rufus & Chaka Khan, The Supremes, Prince, Ike & Tina Turner and The Gap Band + many more ‘outstanding’ (too subtle? Lol) bands/artists ...No print issue would be complete without our exclusive to print esteemed columnists covering Soul, Northern Soul, Dance and Blues respectively - all are on hand to give you essential news and share their views on the genres they proudly represent. Until next time…may the music be with you! Lee Tyler (Editor, Blues & Soul Magazine)B&S

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TLC announce 1st ever UK date

Counting huge worldwide hits that include "Waterfalls", "No Scrubs" and "Creep"... Prolific music shifting Crazy, Sexy, Cool hip-hop/R'n'B royals TLC are on their way to the UK...

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Red Hot 5-Piece UK R&B Group Announce Tour Dates

Following the release of their new single "Oh Lord’," British band MiC LOWRY have announced four headline UK shows for February 2017.

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21st Birthday Party Preparations For V Festival 2016

The countdown has begun for the 21st birthday celebrations for V Festival next month with an array of superstars including Rihanna making exclusive UK appearances over the weekend of 19th to 21st August.

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Dua Lipa: Success is Dua

B&S' Karen Lawler talks to Dua Lipa about her new self titled album, pressures around her heavy workload, continued chart topping success and her reaction when Annie Mac premiered her debut track...

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Mike City: City Life

As Mike City drops the killa album, “Feel Good Agenda Vol. 1”, featuring a veritable who's who from the world of R&B / Soul, B&S' Karen Lawler in on hand to bag a rare interview with this huge talent...

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Dua Lipa: Modelled on success

B&S' Karen Lawler catches up with shooting star Dua Lipa to discuss her new album, Annie Mac dropping her tunes, dealing with her new found fame. Plus working with Sean Paul and Martin Garrix...

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Tweet: Life is Tweet!

After a long self-imposed hiatus, immensely talented American R&B singer/songwriter/guitarist, tweet, catches-up with B&S’ Semper Azeez-Harris before her new album "Charlene" showcasing UK date...

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Mary J. Blige: Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, London 16/7/17

Mary J. Blige is a force of nature, a groundbreaking artist who demands a large audience wherever she goes. She had the perfect setting at the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew...

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Elliott Macauley: Games (Records DK)

Multi instrumentalist and talented producer picks his A team and comes out with a single of sonic seduction, production blessedness...

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Elle Varner:Only Wanna Give It To You (MBK Entertainment/RCA)

One word tells you all you need to know about US singer Elle Varnerâs debut UK single, âOnly Wanna Give It To You.â That word is âHIT.â But letâs add a second word to avoid doubt: âBIG HIT."

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Prince: Dance 4 Me (Purple Music)

t's 2012, and Prince is back a new single- Hallelujah! If there was ever a song to make you want to go buy a stripper pole and swing around it to dance for Prince Rogers Nelson this may just be it!

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Aisling Iris: Night Time Moves

The first half gives us endearingly bold material filled with lush arrangements-peppered with retro 80's styled tough beats and funky upbeat jams..

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Betty Davis: ‘The Columbia Years 1968-1969’ Light In The Attic

Way before Missy Elliott, Lil’ Kim and Macy Gray came outrageous funk and soul Diva Betty Davis. Model, songwriter, singer and fashion icon.....

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Lianne La Havas : Blood

La Havas returns with this majestic and ethereal sounding second album,highly polished amd produced prepare to be startled!

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