Blues and Soul Music Magazine

Issue 1081

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Editorial STUFF

Our cover star needs no introduction to B&S readers, multi-Brit-award winner Rory Graham aka Rag ’N’ Bone Man has been firmly on our radar since 2014 - showing the quality he is now widely known for, we announced him as a ‘one to watch’ for 2015! We are over the moon that he is now getting the recognition he deservers… But, it did take being #1 in 20 odd counties before a major label would take a punt! Lol. If they had only read B&S first… Other interviews this issue; China Moses, José James, Tanika Charles, Izo Fitzroy, Boddhi Satva, MF Robots, Errol Henry and Stone Foundation. Live reviews include: Sumptuous R&B from Joe and Ashanti from the Hammersmith Apollo in London. We go ringside as Yasiin Bey, formerly Moss Def, performed his last show in the UK/Europe before he retires from the music scene…hey, you never know right?! B&S’ Frank Elson check’s out a cracking Northern night at The Beechwood Club in Blackburn. And B&S Editor, Lee Tyler, visits the Butlins Ibiza Legends Weekender at Butlins in Bogor Regis... Our must-read All Time B&S Top 500 chart rundown continues from 221-184 and there’s just time to mention our esteemed columnists, who will be sharing the latest news within the genres they represent…talking of which, I’d like to wish a very warm welcome to B&S’ newest recruit/columnist/Blues guru, Jon Harrington. Till next time - may the music be with you always! Lee TylerB&S

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Hook & Sling July 21st, 22nd & 23rd 2017 line-up

Hook & Sling announce 2017 lineup

The first ever ’Hook & Sling’ hosts a series of 30 live acts and DJs takes place across two rooms at 229 Venue on Great Portland Street between 21st-23rd July...

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Love Supreme Festival 2017 final line-up Gregory Porter brings his talent to Love Supreme 2017 George Benson performs at Love Supreme 2017 Herbie Hancock set for Love Supreme 2017 Photo: Abu Dhabi Festival

Love Supreme festival finalise 2017 lineup

The final wave of acts perpetuate the momentum of quality at Love Supreme, completing one of the most impressive festival lineups to be seen anywhere this year...

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EXCLUSIVE: Black Dylan

B&S EXCLUSIVE: Black Dylan video premiere Don't Wanna Be Alone

A funny/original/entertaining concept, shot in black and white in the band's hometown of Copenhagen, follows Wafande, Duplex and the band as they are pursued by gangs of women...

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Rag'N'Bone Man: Human Nature

Currently taking the world by storm with his single and album "Human", baritone blues & soul hero, Rag'N'Bone Man, sits down for a chat with Blues & Soul Editor Lee Tyler...

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Jo Harman: Devon Sent

Soul/Blues goddess Jo Harman delivers another helping of musical quality with new album, “People We Become”. B&S Editor Lee Tyler is on hand to find out all about this stunningly soulful offering...

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Natalie Williams: It's a Soul Family Affair

Celebrating the 10 year anniversary of her monthly residency at Ronnie Scott's, Soul/Jazz siren Natalie Williams talks to B&S' Karen Lawler about good time at the world famous iconic Jazz venue...

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Maxwell: The Heart Whisperer

Maxwell is back! The Neo-soul star recently dropped a stunning new album, the second of his Blacksummers’night trilogy, plus recent UK arena tour dates with Mary J. Blige... so there's plenty to talk about...

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The Ephemerals Plus Izo Fitzroy : The Rich Mix London 11/04/17

Jalapeno hosted what turned out to be an imposing and uplifting night in the midst of the east end of London highlighting their cult heroes of the moment, The Ephemerals and soulstress Izo Fitzroy.

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79.5 : Terrorize My Heart

A groovy stop start beat, choice rhodes,a wah guitar and some jazz flute softened by some honeyed girl vocals,what's not to like?

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Rachel Modest: I Try / Forbidden Love

Lead singer with the retro soul sound of The Magnificent Tape Band, Rachel Modest adds some gospel gentleness to this stylish deep soul offering.

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E feat Ishtar : Turning Point

Mocambo proudly presents its first 45 with the instantly recognisable E (aka Eric Cooke, E da Boss, or the ‘E’ of Myron and E).

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JOHNNYSWIM: Georgica Pond

JOHNNYSWIM: Georgica Pond (Big Picnic Records)

Big dreamy, sonic landscapes with an 80's feel chiming and ringing guitars with yearning breathy vocals prevail throughout. There's no doubt about their talent and skills...

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Tuxedo II review

Tuxedo: Tuxedo II (Stones Throw Records)

Written while touring the initial Tuxedo long player, this latest instalment is very much business as usual, with the pair picking up ‘exactly’ from where they left off last time...

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My Trippin' Mojo : Edda's Garden

Some tasty (analogue recorded) deep funk all the way from the east side Leipzig,Germany reveals itself with My Trippin' Mojo fresh sounding debut album.

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