Sunday, 18 March 2018

DJ Grizz- Earth Wind and Fire Covered

When you are one of the greatest bands to walk the earth with a massive back catalogue of hits its not surprising other artists will cover your work. Here's my selection of the best Soul and Jazz cover versions of the tunes of the  wonderful Earth Wind and Fire!
We start with the virtuoso vocals of the Manhattans on Reasons, we've a great Soul version of Can't Hide Love from Perry and Sanlin (features the wonderful Phil Perry), there's a jap jazz interpretation of September featuring the Indigo Jam Unit, the great Johnny Bristol gives us his take on That's The Way Of The World and we end on a Reasons reprise but in a Lovers Rock Reggae style... plus more EWF goodness.
Back soon mixtapers!
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The Manhattans- Reasons
Perry and Sanlin- You cant hide love
Sekou Bunch- Sun goddess
3D Rhythm of Life- Fantasy
Toki Asako- September
Jimmy Smith- Serpentine fire
Johnny Bristol- Thats the way of the world
Norman Brown- Loves holiday
Seventh Extension- Reasons

Monday, 12 March 2018

DJ Ridym - Old Skool 80's

Back as promised with some old skool 80's tunes for you. Artists like Midnight Express, Cameo, Intrigue, Slave all feature.

Also on this mix is the Sugar Hill Gangs soulful track The Lover In Me which I thought would sound better without the rap and interestingly so did DJ SoulnRnB but an SHG recording without a rap? Well I don't think that was going happen but the song is so tight that for me the rap just doesn't work and spoils the track.

I close the mix with Alexander O'Neal's You Were Meant To Be My Lady. Remember singing along to this and tracks like Fools Paradise and Joy and Pain? The 80's, good times!

1. Midnight Express - Danger Zone
2. Cameo - Don't Be So Cool
3. Kinky Fox - So Different
4. Slave - Watching You
5. Feel - I'd Like To
6. Intrigue - Together Forever
7. Sugar Hill Gang - The Lover In You
8. Alexander O'Neal - You Were Meant To Be My Lady

Sunday, 11 March 2018

DJ Grizz- Soul Niceness 140

Welcome back Soul Lovers for another instalment of old school Soul and Rare Grooves... its Soul Niceness 140!
We kick off with Brit funkers Heatwave, there an early 80's dancer from The Commodores, a big hit from 1976 from The Moments (later known as Ray Goodman and Brown), there's the usual quality from Earth Wind and Fire and we end on the original version of an Al Jarreau favourite from the great songwriter Leon Russell... plus more.
Enjoy Mixtapers!
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Heatwave- Aint no half steppin
Prime Time- I owe it to myself
Commodore- Lady you bring me up
Tavares- Too late
Beverly Glenn Copeland- Journeyman
the Moments- Jack in the box
James Ingram- Its your night
Earth Wind and Fire- Love music
Leon and Mary Russell- Rainbow in your eyes

Saturday, 10 March 2018

DJ Ridym - RnB Sessions 16

Welcome mixtapers to my latest RnB mix which happens to be a old skool selection featuring artists like Usher, Floetry, Brownstone, Tony Toni Tone plus much more. 
With spring round the corner I thought it would be a nice touch to head back in time for the classics to kick start your spring clean and 'Usher' in the new season (see what I did there?!!)

Not stopping long as I've got an 80's mix coming up next that's worth checking out and we have more from DJ Grizz as well so remember to check back real soon. 


1. Brownstone - 5 Miles To Empty
2. Usher feat. Lil Jon & Ludacris - Lovers & Friends
3. 112 - Missing You
4. Kenny Lattimore - Missing You
5. Thursdays Love - Sky Blue
6. Soul II Soul - Missing You
7. Nine Yards - Always Find A Way
8. Lauryn Hill - The Sweetest Thing
9. Tony Toni Tone - It Never Rains In Southern California
10. Floetry - Say Yes

Friday, 9 March 2018

SoulNRnB's 80s UK Pirate Radio Show on Nuwaveradio

Driving around the UK in the 80's consisted of a driver and somebody tuning the car radio in to the local Pirate Radio station to hear the tracks radio just wouldn't play. Wether it be Kiss FM, Horizon Radio, LWR, Solar..... you would catch the latest Soul, Funk and Boogie joints straight from the Vinyl importers.

Of course, if you were lucky enough to live near some Pirate Broadcasters (and that was tough, cause they constantly moved around to avoid the police) you could always record shows to play on your Walkman, impress friends, and hopefully get the name of the tune in case you could afford to buy it at Groove Records or Bluebird etc

In any case, as Giles Peterson describes at the beginning of this mix,  Pirate radio was sometimes the only way you could hear tunes like the ones played in this show, and we were thankful. Check out the description in the mix on how the stations used to be run and what was involved in keeping them running. And the only payment was the love of this music.

This mix aims to take you back to those days, complete with the tracks you would catch on there whilst out and about, in the two days of summer in the UK.

Check back for Grizz and Ridym here soon, and a bit of trivia: The band singing the Jingles of some of those stations mentioned above that are on this mix are the UK's own The Cool Notes.

Sunday, 4 March 2018

DJ Grizz- The Average White Band Mix

This weeks artist mix is an appreciation of the best band ever to come out of Scotland- The Average White Band. Together since 1972 with a string of funk/soul hits and massive in the USA, they are still gigging in some form all over the globe.
We start with the Scottish funk-masters funked up version of an Isley Brothers tune, we've their take on a song they wrote for Chaka Khan in What Cha Gonna Do For Me, we've a samplers choice -Stop the Rain, a huge US hit in Cut The Cake and end on the dancefloor favourite Lets Go Round Again... plus more AWB greats to enjoy!
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Work to do
I’m the one
Whatcha gonna do for me
When will you be mine
Stop the rain
Cut the cake
Queen of my Soul
Atlantic Avenue
Lets go round again

Sunday, 25 February 2018

DJ Ridym - Brit Funk & Rare Groove 4

We've got the newest instalment of my Brit Funk & Rare Groove mix for you beginning with an unreleased Jamiroquai studio session that's brings the funk and sets the tone nicely for the rest of this mix.
We go on a version excursion with F.B.I's version of J.R Bailey's Love Love Love, a track that happens to be a firm favourite with yours truly and DJ Grizz who previously included Welsh crooner Tom Jones take on the classic among a few others on previous mixes. Elkie Brooks' rendition of the Rising Cost Of Love is in there too.

I've dug out some UK Jazz Funk nuggets from Morrissey Mullen, Hudson People, The Warriors, Savana and one of the hottest artists to come out of the UK to break through to the US audience Miss Mica Paris.
Over the years Mica has collaborated with the likes of Prince, Anita Baker, Natalie Cole, Will Downing, James Ingram, Guru and Omar to name a few and for me certainly worthy of holding up the Union Jack for everything that represents Soul and RnB here in the UK over the years.

Ignore the freezing weather we're having, have a nice weekend and remember to check out more mixes right here from DJ Grizz, SoulnRnB and myself right here on the Soul Mixtape. Peace.

1. Jamiroquai - Friends
2. Hudson People - Trip To Your Mind
3. Savana - Never Let You Go
4. Morrissey Mullen - Come And Get Me
5. Elkie Brooks - Rising Cost Of Love
6. The Warriors - Destination
7. Mica Paris - I Should've Known Better
8. FBI - Love, Love, Love

DJ Grizz- Mellow Soul Classics 5

We look set for snow here in the UK so a perfect excuse for a duvet day- and here the perfect chill out soundtrack for that .... Mellow Soul Classics 5!
The old time Soul mellowness starts with an all time great from Minnie Ripperton, Aretha gives us her version of a great Bacarach and David song, Maze don’t let us down with a quiet storm cut from 1983, Roberta Flack lets us know what's on her mind and we end on the massive hit from Rose Royce... plus more laid back good stuff.
Catch you real soon!
Grizz- The Soul Mixtape Blog
Minnie Ripperton- Loving you
The Brothers Johnson- Land of ladies
Aretha Franklin- This girls in love with you
Commodores -Zoom
Maze- Never let me down
Hall and Oates- Shes gone
Gil Scot Heron- Lovely day
Roberta Flack-Feel like making love
Rose Royce- Wishing on a star

Saturday, 24 February 2018

DJ Ridym - Rare Soul Mix 15

Extending the Valentines mood this time with some more sweet soul selection in Rare Soul Mix 15. We've got tracks from Pleasure, D'Angelo, Kleeer, Yarborourgh & Peoples and a classic nugget from 4th Kingdom plus much more to help get your Soul vibe fix.

I'll be back real soon with another mix but until then keep checking back right here on the SoulMixtape blog for some more good music.

4th Kingdom - Gotta Get To You
Pleasure - Thoughts Of Old Flames
Yarborough & Peoples - Come To Me
Fred Watson - Soft And Tender Touch
D'Angelo - Heaven Must Be Like This
Kleer - Fella
Twennynine feat.Lenny White - Morning Sunrise
Luther Vandross - A House Is Not A Home
Phyllis Hyman - Betcha By Golly Wow
Intruders - Rainy Days And Mondays
Slave - You Meet My Approval
Mary J. Blige - Hello It's Me
Gap Band - Yearning For My Love

Friday, 23 February 2018

#TheSoulMixtape Tape No.40 on Nuwaveradio

Tape 40 of #TheSoulMixtape kicks off with the O.G Dougie Fresh on Hip Hop (Together with some old school hip hop tracks), features some great Neo Soul from Dwele and my own mix of "Better and Better" from Eric Benet and Lalah Hathaway, some great Reggae from Paradise and Derrick Harriott, topped off with soul and rare groove from the likes of Carrie Lucas and the Pointer Sisters....and much more!

Be sure to check ut Grizz and Ridym's upcoming shows and ill be back soon with a UK Pirate Radio special soon........