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Reviews

Dilated Peoples

Venue Jazz Cafe, London
Date July 2016
By Joanna Chaundy | 11 August 2016
Published in: Live Reviews
London's Jazz Café has now been taken over and newly refurbished by nightlife operator The Columbo Group, who have done a fantastic job in not only keeping it as an intimate venue for hip-hop, but have (most importantly) got the air conditioning working. Continue>

Twelve Inch Eighties: People Hold On

Artist Various Artists
Label Crimson
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By Duncan Payne | 27 April 2016
Published in: Album Reviews
The mere fact that this new triple CD compilation set can be found on the shelves of some of the biggest supermarket chains gives you a fair indication at who this product is aimed at. If you’re looking for a Soul weekender anthem package then this is most definitely not… Continue>

Lewis Taylor

Artist Lewis Taylor
Label Island/Caroline International
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By Charles Waring | 26 April 2016
Published in: Album Reviews
Back in 1996,London-born auteur and multi-instrumentalist Lewis Taylor was heralded as thenew great white hope of blue-eyed UK soul music. Going against the stylisticgrain of mid-'90s R&B, Taylor's self-titled debut platter for Island - withits strong '70s Marvin Gaye overtones, seraphic layered harmonies and dense,stratified sonic textures - certainly stood… Continue>

Motown: The Sound Of Young America (Book Review)

Artist Adam White with Barney Ales
Label Thames & Hudson
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By Charles Waring | 12 April 2016
Published in: Album Reviews
There have been innumerable books written on Berry Gordy's storied Motown empire over the yearsbut perhaps none have been as opulent or extravagantly luxurious as 'Motown - TheSound Of Young America,' a hefty, 400-page hardback whose publication coincideswith the launch of 'Motown: The Musical' in London's West End. Continue>

Omerta

Artist Constant Deviants
Label Six2Six Records
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By Andrew Kay | 08 April 2016
Published in: Album Reviews
Constant Deviants - Emcee M.I and producer DJ Cutt - take on the traditions of gangsterism on their new album, taking on the personas of Luciano and Lansky to express, and pay homage to, their Italian and Russian heritage.  This angle sets their album apart from albums that just glorify… Continue>

Adventures In Technicolour

Artist Imperial & K.I.N.E.T.I.K.
Label Illect Recordings
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By Andrew Kay | 08 April 2016
Published in: Album Reviews
Five albums in, and the U.K hip-hop partnership of Imperial and K.I.N.E.T.I.K goes from strength to strength. On this new album both producer and rapper excel expectations and step their game up, yet again. Continue>

Michael Kiwanuka

Venue Cadogan Hall
Date 31 March 2016
By Jess Denham | 07 April 2016
Published in: Live Reviews
Michael Kiwanuka is back, and getting ready to force those pigeonholing him as yet another soul revivalist to open their minds. Continue>

Hold On (EP)

Artist The Lytics
Label The Lytics Music
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By Andrew Kay | 02 April 2016
Published in: Album Reviews
Hailing from Winnipeg, Canada, rap group The Lytics have been cultivating and building a following for their Pharcyde and De La Soul style of rap. With the Pharcyde long split, there’s room in the crowded genre of rap for throwback artists with an eye to the future, and The Lytics… Continue>

Musical Truth (book review)

By Andrew Kay | 02 April 2016
Published in: Album Reviews
For the Managing Editor of Blacksheepmag.com, 'Musical Truth' has been a labour of love, combining his passion for music as a long-time club and radio DJ, and his epiphany in 2010. It was then he found what had been hidden from his consciousness for so long, and began questioning why… Continue>

The Pharcyde

Venue Electric Ballroom, London
Date 1st April 2016
By Andrew Kay | 02 April 2016
Published in: Live Reviews
Billed as the 20th Anniversary show of their second (and better) album, “Lacabincalfornia,” (which was supposed to be played in full, according to the Electric Ballroom blurb on their website,) the two remaining members of The Pharcyde, Imani and Bootie Brown, came on stage to rekindle some of the 90s allure… Continue>
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