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British Soul: Declaration of Independents

John McCready, The Face, October 1988

Scorned by the purists and ignored elsewhere, British soul has finally decided to go it alone. From bedrooms in Hackney and basements in Bristol a new indie sound is emerging, struggling to find place in a club culture where live bands rarely tread and a pop mainstream where white is still more right. Almost inevitably, Manchester leads the way, a city where Factory lives alongside funk and Morrissey and Mantronik find fans. This is the new northern soul.

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