ISSUE 1057 INTERVIEWS: Tank And The Bangas, James Gillespie, Budjerah, Damian Lazarus, Michelle David & The True-tones, Sister Cookie, Guy Hale and Tedi Brunetti.
LIVE REVIEWS: All London shows this issue... Curtis Harding at Electric Brixton, Lupe Fiasco at O2 Forum in Kentish Town and Thundercat at O2 Academy Brixton.
CHARTS: Soul and R&B Hip List. Grooveyard Dance Chart and B&S Upfront Urban Chart. Also, Richard Searling starts the Wigan Casino Hot 100, this issue counting down from 100 to 91, with each entry accompanied by facts and thoughts on each track as we start the ball rolling on the iconic northern soul venue's 50th-anniversary celebrations next year.
REGULAR FEATURE: Blues & Soul Years looks back at 1997, a year when we lost rap icon Biggie Smalls, A.K.A. the Notorious B.I.G. It was also a year when neo-soul established itself with artists such as D’Angelo and Maxwell leading the way and Erykah Badu seemingly came from nowhere with her superstar status establishing album, "Baduizm”. Sadly, 1997 was also the year we lost Princess Diana. This feature also includes B&S reader's chart favourite artists, tracks and poll winners.
COLUMNISTS THIS ISSUE: Bigger's (R&B/Soul) Smoove Grooves, Richard Searling's (Northern Soul) Runout Groove, Ralph Tee's Modern Soul Sessions, Ben Lovett's (Dance) Grooveyard and Frank Elson is Checkin' It Out at the 49th-anniversary celebrating Northern Soul event at Burnley Cricket Club.
REGULAR FEATURE: Soulful Social... B&S readers have their say.
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