Soul

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Dionne Warwick's greatest tracks – ranked!
As the soul legend is nominated for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, we pick her 20 greatest songs from her 60s collaborations with Burt Bacharach to her later power ballads

Alexis Petridis

18, Feb, 2021 @12:35 PM

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Tash Sultana: ‘The kicks in the gut don’t hurt so much any more’
After surviving drug-related psychosis, the teenage busker-turned-overnight global sensation has found space in the pandemic to slow down

Janine Israel

17, Feb, 2021 @4:30 PM

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Jazmine Sullivan: 'I want to get to the root of why people do things'
With 12 Grammy nominations since her 2008 debut, the US singer is already a genre leader – and her new EP seals her reputation with a cinematic portrait of six women commodified by their beauty

Alex Macpherson

03, Feb, 2021 @3:00 PM

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Celeste: Not Your Muse review – a debut with hidden depths
Some bold moments reveal the soul singer’s potential to be more than the voice of TV jingles and Adele stop-gaps

Kitty Empire

30, Jan, 2021 @2:00 PM

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Summer of Soul review – thrilling documentary reveals a forgotten festival
Revelatory footage from the 1969 Harlem Cultural festival, crudely known for a while as the Black Woodstock, is brought to life in a spectacular new film

Jordan Hoffman

29, Jan, 2021 @3:25 PM

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Celeste: 'Black women singing soul, blues and jazz aren't being heard in the mainstream'
She was supposed to be the sound of 2020 until the pandemic stalled her progress. But with a relationship giving her fresh perspective for her debut album, she’s made up for lost time

Christine Ochefu

28, Jan, 2021 @3:00 PM

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Madlib: Sound Ancestors review – hip-hop visionary tells wondrous stories in sound
Arranged by Four Tet, the producer’s stunning album is poignant and sincere, combining beats, jazz, reggae toasts and vocal snippets into a kind of folklore

Tayyab Amin

22, Jan, 2021 @9:30 AM

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'A legend in her own right': Carolyn Franklin, Aretha's forgotten sister
She was a genius songwriter and singer but could never escape her sibling’s shadow – and died at just 43. Family and friends including Martha Reeves and Bettye Lavette celebrate the life of a cruelly overlooked artist

Fraser Morris

07, Jan, 2021 @12:37 PM

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'All that mattered was survival': the songs that got us through 2020
Mariah with butterflies, Bronski Beat in the Peak District, Snoop Dogg on a food delivery ad … our writers reveal the tracks that made 2020 bearable

Guardian music

31, Dec, 2020 @10:00 AM

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Guardian albums and tracks of 2020: how our writers voted
We’ve announced our favourite releases of the year – now the Guardian’s music critics reveal their individual top picks of 2020

Guardian music

18, Dec, 2020 @6:00 AM

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The 50 best albums of 2020, No 5: Sault – Untitled (Black Is)
The first of two incredible albums released by the band this year is weapons-grade R&B and luxuriates in being unapologetically Black

Lanre Bakare

14, Dec, 2020 @6:00 AM

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'Oh cool, I don’t have to put on pants!' Stars on music's year of chaos
Phoebe Bridgers, Danielle Haim, Lianne La Havas, Declan McKenna, Rina Sawayama and Moses Sumney discuss Black Lives Matter, WAP, TikTok, the collapse of live music and more

Alexis Petridis

11, Dec, 2020 @6:00 AM

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