ISSUE 1041 INTERVIEWS INC: Gary Clark Jr, Samm Henshaw, Michael Franti, Kingdem (Rodney P), YLD (Geoff Wilkinson), Koffee and Mike Weiss (Nervous Records)
LIVE REVIEWS: The inaugural Beat Horizon Festival @Print Works, London. Kamasi Washington @O2 Academy Brixton, London. Salena Jones @Pheasantry, London. Kojo Funds @Forum in Kentish Town, London. Azealia Banks @Electric, Brixton, Tamia @KOKO, Camden, London and Frank Elson check’s out The Old Stone Trough in Kelbrook, Burnley.
ALBUM REVIEWS: Alexis Evans "I've Come A Long Way", Eli 'Paperboy' Reed "99 Cent Dreams", Lee Fields "It Rains Love", Roy Ayers "Silver Vibration", Smoove & Turrell "Solid Brass -10 Years Of Northern Funk", Tanika Charles "The Gumption", "Munk Presents Teutonik Disaster" Various Artists, Soundtrack “Love Jones” Various Artists, Ralf Gum "Progressions", Cool Million "(TBA)", Marc Staggers “Let's Go Out Tonight”, India Arie “Worthy” and Carvin Winans “In The Softest Way”.
REGULAR FEATURE: Duncan Payne's Blues & Soul Years visits 1979 with best of charts, B&S Poll winners and a special look back to the last days of disco.
CHARTS: B&S Hot Chart, Smoove Grooves R&B chart, Grooveyard Essentials Dance Chart, plus DJ’s Pete Haigh and Colin Curtis provide a Blackpool Mecca playlist and Richard Searling lists some of Northern Soul's best ever romantic tunes.
B&S COLUMNISTS THIS ISSUE: Richard Searling (Northern Soul), Ralph Tee (Modern Soul), Ben Lovett (Dance) and Bigger (R&B)