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Reviews

Tantalizingly Hot

Artist Stephanie Mills
Label Soul Music/Caroline International
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By Charles Waring | 20 August 2015
Published in: Album Reviews
Though she was a child stage star and appeared in a Broadway musical in 1968 at the age of eleven, it wasn't until almost twenty years later that Stephanie Mills reached the pinnacle of her profession when she scored five US R&B number ones between 1986 and 1989 for MCA.… Continue>

'Cognac & Conversation

Artist Teedra Moses
Label Shanachie
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By Charles Waring | 20 August 2015
Published in: Album Reviews
Noted New Orlean-born R&B singer/songwriter, Teedra Moses, has been making her presence felt for over a decade now but hasn't quite achieved the success and the plaudits that her talent undoubtedly deserves. She's appeared on recordings by big hitters Raphael Saadiq, Raheem DeVaughn and Rick Ross and has co-written material… Continue>

Compton

Artist Dr. Dre
Label Aftermath Recordings
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By Andrew Kay | 08 August 2015
Published in: Album Reviews
Well, after a 16-year absence, we finally hear from the D.R.E on his first full length, inspired by the upcoming biopic of N.W.A, Straight Outta Compton. After the mysterious Detox-which was reportedly being cooked up in the lab with rumours going back as far as 2000-promising to be the greatest… Continue>

Cypress Hill 

Venue Victoria Park, London
Date 17th July 2015
By Joanna Chaundy | 21 July 2015
Published in: Live Reviews
It came as a shock that Lovebox would manage to get hold of hip-hop pioneers, Cypress Hill, to be one of the headlining acts this year. Especially, given that most of the youngsers in the crowd wouldn't be old enough to know who they are. However, what a rare treat… Continue>

Ocean Beach Club

Venue Ocean Beach Club, Ibiza
Date 8th July 2015
By Mark Devlin | 18 July 2015
Published in: Live Reviews
Is daytime raving the new clubbing trend in Ibiza?  With venues like the recently-founded Ocean Beach Club now a firm fixture in the island's partying infrastructure, there's certainly a case to be made. Continue>

Soul City, Ibiza

Venue Soul City, San Antonio, Ibiza
Date 7th/ 8th July 2015
By Mark Devlin | 10 July 2015
Published in: Live Reviews
A winning combination of old and new elements have combined to keep Ibiza's legendary Soul City venue on top of its game for yet another year, as Black Sheep Mag discovered when it headed over to take the pulse of the place for Summer 2015. Continue>

Public Enemy

Venue The Roundhouse, London
Date 27th June 2015
By Andrew Kay | 30 June 2015
Published in: Live Reviews
If you ever check for Chuck D on Twitter, he constantly drops science as to the ‘art of the show,’ citing prime examples, giving his sage wisdom and making comparisons with his own interpretation of how to give a great live performance. For someone who has been doing just that,… Continue>

GZA

Venue The Roundhouse, London
Date 28th June 2015
By Andrew Kay | 30 June 2015
Published in: Live Reviews
There’s a case for labelling Wu-Tang Clan member GZA the most cerebral of the group. The similes, clever metaphors and acute comparisons, especially to do with pop culture, are a testament to his verbal talents and ingenuity. So much so, that GZA might as well be the most low-key of… Continue>

Big Love

Artist SIMPLY RED
Label East West
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By Charles Waring | 09 June 2015
Published in: Album Reviews
After an eight year hiatus - during which time their leader Mick Hucknall released a couple of covers-based solo albums - Simply Red have reconvened to release their eleventh album, which is released, ironically, by the label which dumped them back in 1999 when the group's 'Love In The Russian… Continue>

'Back 2 Love

Artist MAYSA
Label Shanachie
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By Charles Waring | 08 June 2015
Published in: Album Reviews
There's no denying that Maysa Leak's voice - a delicious, velvety caramel croon - is a thing of beauty. Indeed, she could sing the words to a computer manual and imbue them with a transcendent soulfulness. Continue>
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