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Issue 1087

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B&S issue 1037 boasts a delicious double cover with UK R&B queen Lisa Stansfield and US authentic soul sensation Leon Bridges taking up pole position. Other tasty interviews include award-winning songwriter and jazz/R&B vocalist, Kathy Koskins. Sophisticated soul/funk specialists Mamas Gun and we are thrilled to include UK soul/contemporary R&B great, Jaki Graham - we’ve missed you Jaki! As we run down the best festivals on the planet, we compliment it interview wise with a catchup with Ralph Lawson, curator of Leeds newest festival, Inner City Electric. And if that little lot wasn’t enough, after a 2-year rundown, the B&S chart singles of all-time chart finally reaches its conclusion. To celebrate this fact, we have interviewed our all-time B&S chart #1 artist. Don’t worry, I won’t give our winner’s name or indeed, the track name away just yet…but it’s a cracker! Also in this issue: we throw a 15th-anniversary spotlight on mighty Italian funk/soul label, Record Kicks. Label boss/DJ Nicolò Pozzoli gives us the lowdown on what makes the label tick and why he has been successful in his mission to bring soul/funk to the masses. We have live reviews from retuning funky divas, En Vogue, at the Indigo, O2. And also in London, soul/contemporary R’n’B hot property, Jacob Banks, at the O2 Forum, Kentish Town. B&S’ Frank Elson also check’s out the happenings at Club Full Of Soul in Blackpool, Lancashire. Sharing their knowledge, our expert columnists/music lovers are on hand to enthuse about the genres they love: Bigger (R’n’B), Richard Searling (Northern Soul), Ben Lovett (Dance), Ralph Tee (Modern Soul) and Jon Harrington (Blues) Lastly, and by no means least in this issue, we say a fond farewell to troubled superstar DJ/producer Avicii, who was sadly taken from us way too young. Thank you for your inspiring the music, dedication and spirit. May you forever rest in peace. Till next issue... Lee Tyler @LeeTyler13 @BluesandSoul (SOME ITEMS MENTIONED ARE CONTAINED IN OUR PRINT ISSUE ONLY - LINKS TO BUY B&S MAGAZINE ARE ONSITE)B&S

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B&S EXCLUSIVE: Listen to db Clifford

B&S Premiere: dbClifford 'Away'

It's another B&S first listen exclusive as multitalented B&S one to watch dbClifford drops radio/ear friendly and ever so catchy new tune "Away" on Smadhi Music...

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Charles Bradley Obituary

Commonly referred to as “The Screaming Eagle of Soul”, raspy-voiced 68-year-old sensational Soul/Funk/R&B vocalist Charles Bradley, has sadly lost his battle with cancer...

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Afropunk Festival 2017

Afropunk festival announce impressive 2017 lineup

Those set to perform include; Lianne La Havas, Nao, Thundercat, Danny Brown, JME and The Internet, Will Smith, Born N Bread, Gal-Dem DJs, Liam Bailey and more...

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Leon Bridges: Sitting Pretty

B&S' Karen Lawler talks to authentic Soul sensation Leon Bridges about sophomore album release, "Good Thing". Also, Bridges' early career choices, love of choreography and UK audiences...

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Peyton: Soul Provider

Peyton is one of house music's most distinctive vocalists and regularly splits his time between the UK and Ibiza, the Jet-setting/club hopping soul singer now releases his debut album "Sinners Got Soul Too"...

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db Clifford: World Get Ready

Pete Lewis interviews award-winning soulful singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist db Clifford, who this month releases his third studio album “Lucky Me” via Samadhi Music...

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Nyree: Soul Food Connoisseur

Karen Lawler talks to B&S one to watch and all round special Soul talent, Nyree. With new album "International Girl" about to open many a door, we get the lowdown on our future star...

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Jacob Banks: O2 Forum, Kentish Town, London 28/3/18

Jacob Banks took to London's O2 Forum and imminently showed why so many people are excited about him. His voice is stunning, and at points in the show the crowd was silent and in awe...

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Judith Hill: The Pepper Club

"Pepper" is no potboiler either,slinky guitar,crisp beats,some decent slap bass and a stonking horn section make this a goose necking floor filling and fun party banger - five feet from stardom!

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Soulnaturals: Say That U Love Me Ft. Kylie Auldist (British Soul Standard)

Soulnaturals ft. Kylie Auldist: Say That You Love Me (inc. Dr Packer Remix) British Soul Standard

Who doesn't love a bit of Kylie Auldist!?! "Say That You Love Me" sees the Australian Soul mamma flex her cutie vocals on this gorgeous new love song with UK band Soulnaturals...

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Will Sessions Feat Rickey Calloway : Come On Home / Off The Line

Will Sessions teams up with the King of funk, Rickey Calloway, to produce a 45 of pure unadulterated funk...

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The Magnificent Tape Band: The subtle Art Of Distraction (ATA Records)

Leeds based outfit The Magnificent Tape Band (brainchild of Neil Innes & Pete Williams) bring out their debut album recorded in analogue and the results show, this is a real touch of class and rather special too...

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Lakeside : Shot of love,rough riders,fantastic voyage

It's interesting that this 1980 release really put Lakeside out there with bands like Slave, Bar-Kays & Parliament especially being from Dayton,Ohio this now promoted them to the first division of Funkateers.

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Ltd : shine on

Hands up who remembers L.T.D? (Love, Togetherness, Devotion), the ten-piece Band from North Carolina that featured Jeffrey Osborne on lead vocals a band that came into their own in the early 70’s

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