ISSUE 1050 INTERVIEWS: Cover artist UK soul royal Mica Paris. Other interviews include hip-legends legends Run DMC, house fave Sean McCabe, soul/blues artist Emma Wilson, blues/soul artist Miss Freddye, blues/jazz artist Collette Cooper and 20th Anniversary celebrating Jalapeno label boss Trevor McNamee.
CHARTS: B&S Upfront Urban Chart (now extended from 20 to 40), Bigger’s R&B Smoove Grooves Chart, Ben Lovett’s Grooveyard Essentials Dance Chart and the coolest chart in the universe, the r&b and soul plus everything in between banger chart, otherwise known as the Hip List.This issue also includes Richard Searling collated Playlist Faves from highly respected soul/northern soul DJ's Pete Haigh, Jimmy Scriv, Roman and BBC Radio's John Kane.
LIVE REVIEWS: Children of Zeus at London's Jazz Cafe. Best Live Events B&S attended in 2020, before and in between lockdowns. Plus, B&S reviewer/photographer Dave Burke lists his Best Live Events he's covered since he started contributing to B&S back in 2014.
FEATURE: This end of year issue takes an extensive look at 2020's best tracks and artists plus we pick those who we feel will be making waves, creating headlines and have all the ingredients to dominate in their respective genres as we list the artists who are Hot for 2021.
B&S COLUMNISTS THIS ISSUE: Ralph Tee brings you all the latest modern soul news and releases plus a look back at 2020, along with a glimpse towards who and what will be hot in 2021. Ben Lovett delivers a dance music must-read column and lists this year's dance highs and big hopes for next year. Bigger reveals who's trending in the world of r&b and what acts we should look out for next year. Richard Searling gives the latest on all things northern soul, including planned events and latest news. Talking of northern soul, B&S' Frank Elson provides an absorbing read yet again, as he revisits a classic Checkin' It Out column from March 1976, when he paid a visit to The Londoner in Barnsley.
COLUMNIST: This issue welcomes a brand new columnist, DJ/host of the Blues & Soul sponsored Soul Appreciation Society show on Street Sounds Radio, Flip Pearce.
REGULAR FEATURE: Soulful Social... where readers can have their say.