The future of soul music is safe. Paul and I first clocked Aloe Blacc at Glastonbury where his stunning vocals and slinky dance moves stole the show for us. Then he hit it big time with I need a dollar. We waxed lyrical about how good it would be to see him in a small, intimate club, and like magic he popped up on The Plug’s December schedule. So off we all tootled last Friday fuelled with Christmas cheer. And boy was he good. With a band as tight as a Yorkshireman’s wallet he brought S.O.U.L. to Sheffield. Watch out for Aloe Blacc. He’s very cool.