Soul

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Durand Jones & the Indications: Private Space review – post-pandemic catharsis
The US retro-soul outfit expand into funk and disco, facing society’s hurt head on with songs of love and hope

Dave Simpson

30, Jul, 2021 @7:30 AM

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Latitude festival review: a hyper-real return to glitter, beer and British musical brilliance
The first full-capacity festival since the pandemic began hosted a series of artists – Sons of Kemet and Self Esteem among them – that show how vibrant the UK’s scene still is

Kate Hutchinson

26, Jul, 2021 @12:47 PM

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Leon Bridges: Gold-Diggers Sound review – unashamedly grown-up songs for the soul
The soul singer breaks out of his comfort zone with a sparkling collection that evades easy answers

Damien Morris

25, Jul, 2021 @2:00 PM

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Yola: Stand for Myself review – retro country soul with bite
The underrated British singer, now based in Tennessee, returns with more eclectic inspirations

Kitty Empire

25, Jul, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Leon Bridges: ‘My transition was dishwasher one day, star the next’
The speed of the soul singer’s stardom left him reeling. As he releases his best album yet, he explains how he shook off his insecurities – and confronted love, loss and a racist US

Max Bell

23, Jul, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Amy Winehouse’s 20 greatest songs – ranked!
With the 10th anniversary of her death this week, rediscover the best of Winehouse’s discography, where heartbreak and anger are mixed up with wit and joy

Alexis Petridis

22, Jul, 2021 @12:03 PM

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Mercury prize 2021: first-time nominees dominate shortlist
No 1 albums by Wolf Alice, Mogwai and Celeste are joined by leftfield artists such as Hannah Peel and Nubya Garcia in race for prestigious music award

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

22, Jul, 2021 @10:16 AM

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Song of the summer 2021: our writers pick their favourite tracks
From Olivia Rodrigo to Leon Bridges to Bo Burnham, Guardian critics recommend their most played songs of the season

Lisa Wong Macabasco, Jim Farber, Ben Beaumont-Thomas, Treye Green, Adrian Horton, Laura Snapes, Rob LeDonne, Benjamin Lee and Dream McClinton

19, Jul, 2021 @5:47 AM

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Stevie, Gladys, Nina … Summer of Soul uncovers a festival greater than Woodstock
As the US boiled with violence, 1969’s Harlem cultural festival nourished spirits with soul, jazz and gospel. Now, Questlove has turned lost footage of it into a brilliant, pertinent documentary

Stevie Chick

15, Jul, 2021 @2:00 PM

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Celeste review – a spellbinding return to the spotlight
While a certain football match unfolded elsewhere, the rising soul star’s second gig in 18 months proved just as gripping

Emily Mackay

10, Jul, 2021 @1:00 PM

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Arlo Parks review – impassioned live show creates heady sense of joy
Playing to a masked, distanced audience may not be every singer’s dream but this was a performance of dazzling intimacy

Dave Simpson

09, Jul, 2021 @12:20 PM

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Celeste review – audience transfixed by singer’s stillness and poise
The soul-jazz star’s sold-out performance is unabashedly mainstream, but has real emotional heft

Caroline Sullivan

08, Jul, 2021 @9:18 AM

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