Blues and Soul Music Magazine

Issue 1085

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ISSUE 1035: Setting our stall out for the coming year in typical B&S fashion, our magazine cover star is one of the hottest prospects on the planet right now. And with 5 Grammy nominations to his name already and plenty of chart action of late, Khalid looks like he will be setting the music world on fire in the coming months. Congratulations Khalid on your first international (print) cover, I’m sure it’s going to be the first of many... How do we follow that? Well, how about an interview with UK Jazz great Courtney Pine and a chat with UK Soul royal, Mica Paris? Pine recently released his critically acclaimed album, “Black Notes From The Deep” with a little help from the godfather of UK Soul, Omar, who’s honey-glazed vocals compliment perfectly. Equally impressive Paris has devoted her considerable talent to performing a show which is dedicated to the late and ever so great, Queen of Jazz, Ella Fitzgerald...Other standout interview exclusives include dance world’s man of the moment, Mark Kinchen A.K.A. MK, who’s stellar tune “17” has hit the top of charts far and wide. Remember when 90’s R&B vocal harmony groups ruled the world, One Twelve were at the forefront of that revolution and the great news is, they are back with a brand new album, “Q Mike Slim Daron”. Funk faves Crowd Company are also in interview action as they release their cracking debut, “Stone & Sky”. And the Godfather of Soul, James Brown’s righthand women Ms Martha High releases something very special as she teams’s up with authentic Japanese funk & soul outfit Osaka Monaurail for the release of new album, “Tribute To My Sisters”... Our two featured artists to watch out for this issue might be different in style but are very similar in star potential. US artist Jacquees is heavyweight label Cash Money Records latest signing with singles already gracing the chart and new album “4275” rumoured to drop in the spring. UK artist Nyree brings a deft mix of genres delivered with plenty of soul - single “A Brighter Shade Of Love” is about to do good things and her “International Girl” album (due spring) will no doubt be highly anticipated... We have a plethora of tasty live events from current Hip-Hop champs Run The Jewels at Brixton, he’s called the Lenny Kravitz of the Jazz world - blinding upright bassist Miles Mosley was on fire at the Islington Assembly Hall and last but by no means least soulsationally talented SZA and contemporary R&B thriller Bryson Tiller both sizzled at Hammersmith Apollo. There’s also a live review from B&S’ Northern Soul stalwart Frank Elson as he checks out Little Hutton Conservative Club near Manchester... Our all-time Top 500 singles countdown enters its final stages as we rundown (82-51) and review a whole host of outstanding releases from the last 50 years. Other charts include the Grooveyard Essentials dance chart, Smooth Grooves R&B chart and the B&S (get them while they are) Hot chart. Also, Richard Searling looks back/lists his fascinating “Blues & Soul Power” tracks, compiled for his Radio Manchester show... Lastly, as per, our columnists are here to share their knowledge in the genres they love and in this issue, reflect on another event-filled year in Dance (Ben Lovett), R&B (Bigger), Modern Soul (Ralph Tee), Blues (Jon Harrington) and Northern Soul (Richard Searling) as well as look forward to an exciting 2018. Here's to a great year for music and an even better one next year! Lee Tyler (Editor)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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Crowd Company: The In Crowd

B&S contributer Emrys Baird gets on the funk trail and finds a band getting their funky strut on in the shape of Crowd Company who have been gently honing their art and getting their greasy grooves on for well over four years now...

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John Morales: Always In The Mix

B&S' Karen Lawler interviews remixing great John Morales ahead of his 4th M+M volume. With over 40 years experience mixing legendary tunes from icons of Soul/Disco, there's a lot to talk about...

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Tower Of Power: From the T.O.P

Pete Lewis interviews Tower Of Power co-founder/tenor saxophonist Emilio Castillo, as the legendary California-based purveyors of “Oakland soul” prepare for their October UK tour...

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Shalamar: Friends Forever ('Friends' 35th Anniversary interview)

Pete Lewis interviews US soul-disco trio Shalamar who this month return to the UK for an extensive tour to mark the 35th Anniversary of their Platinum-selling album “Friends"...

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Eric Benét: Electric Brixton, London 26/10/17

Appearances by neo-soul/R&B star Eric Benét are few and far between on these shores, so it was no surprise that Electric Brixton in south London was packed to the rafters...

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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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Weekend Sun : Losers & Fools,Hole In My Heart Double AA 45 RPM

The doyens of Darlington return ! Jazz funk/northern soul /disco outfit Weekend Sun return to Hero Records to release their new double A-sided single On 45

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Mr M's Northern Soul Oldies Room 1974-1981

Let's face everybody loves a bit of northern it's just so goddam breezy and puts you in a good mood.American soul music adopted by the north of England and one such place Wigan, is synonymous with this great golden era spanning here from 1974-19

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The Haggis Horns : one of these days

Someone's been watching a dose of blaxploitation movies and I heartily concur (for the most part) with the choices in direction the Leeds based funk unit are taking.

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MF Robots : Show Me The Love

MF Robots,a relatively new soul band on the scene formed by Ex Brand New Heavies'Jan Kincaid and Dawn Joseph, strike out with another cracking single bristling with soul savvy and energy.

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