Sunday, 10 December 2017

DJ Grizz- 70's Soul Club Classics!

Tis the season to get down and party and we've just the thing... a selection of favourite Boogie, Disco and Soul tunes from the 1970's so dig out the platforms.... its 70's soul Club Classics!

We kick off our journey on CHA Airlines in the Galaxy of Love, theres some serious Fatback boogie, we've a Billy Paul hit cover of the Wings tune, Archie Bell gets the feet moving and we end on a Blue Eyed cover of a Disco anthem... plus more!

Catch you soon Mixtapers

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Crown Heights Affair- Galaxy of love
Fatback band- Bus stop
Salsoul Orchestra- Runaway
Billy Paul- Let them in
Barry White- Honey please cant you see
Chic- My forbidden lover
Teddy Pendergrass- You cant hide from yourself
Archie Bell and the Drells- Its hard not to like you
Frankie Valli - Native New Yorker

Saturday, 9 December 2017

DJ Ridym - Rare Soul Mix 13

Welcome funksters and funketeers to Rare Soul Mix 13 where we look at some of the funkiest classics from a disco era. When disco arrived funk came right along with it for the ride and for me there's no better example of this than Odyssey's dance monster inside out. Owning a banging 4 beat along with the tight bass bringing you right back on the ONE was pure genius and with the string arrangement bringing some emotion with it there truly isn't a better example.

Slave's just a touch of love gets the Masters At Work treatment which starts off having you thinking they may have over cooked it somewhat but they manage to reign it back in and keep it right and tight. I've then gone for Patrice Rushen, Change, Tom Browne and The Blackbyrds all dance floor monsters back in the day and finally the scorchingly hot glide by Pleasure before changing up the tempo and mellowing out with the Jones Girls classic nights over Egypt.

The mellow mood continues to the end with four of the best tracks I could find to compliment the previous ones. As always I hope you enjoy and remember if you're not making the funk face while listening to this mix you truly are devoid of funk as Clinton once said you need to free your ass and your mind will follow.

Peace ✌ funksters!

1. Slave - Just A Touch Of Love (Masters At Work Remix)
2. Odyssey - Inside Out
3. Patrice Rushen - Forget Me Nots
4. Change - Hold Tight
5. Tom Browne - Funkin' For Jamaica
6. The Blackbyrds - Rock Creek Park
7. Pleasure - Glide 
8. Jones Girls - Nights Over Egypt
9. Dexter Wansel - Sweetest Pain
10. Lonnie Liston Smith - Shadows
11. Tania Maria - Come With Me
12. Don Blackman - Hearts Desire

Friday, 8 December 2017

XMAS SPECIAL: SoulNRnB's The Evolution of Hip Hop 1980-2010

Truth be told, though I enjoyed Hip Hop through the 80's I thought it was a fad. I couldn't see where it was going besides the clubs, and the "Soul Snob" in me thought of it as not "proper music". 

But something changed in the early 90's. I heard Gang Starr's "Jazz Thing" and Pete Rock and CL Smooth's "They Reminisce over you" and I was intrigued by the music. Where did they get those samples from? Hip Hop nudged me to start looking elsewhere for music, to dig in second hand record stores and search for those elusive sampled tracks. 

From Donald Byrd's "Think Twice" to Leon Haywood's "I wanna do something freaky to you" to Bernard Wright's "Spinnin'" I started to discover music that had passed me by. And then I started to appreciate the lyrical content of some of my favorite rappers: Biggie; Nas; Q Tip and Phife; Busta and so many more. By the late 90's I was a Hip Hop head and listened to everything I could. Sample spotting was much easier by then of course, what with the advent of the internet, but no less rewarding.

I've tried to present the progress of this relatively new form of music; From its happy go lucky party anthems, through to its Social Commentary and Black Rights promotion, to its "Gangster Rap" and "Native Tongues"  offshoots, through to the Boom Bap beats of the 90's and 00's. Great Producers like J Dilla, DJ Premier, Dre, Pete Rock, The Neptunes, Just Blaze etc to wordsmiths such as Jay Z, Tupac, Snoop, and so many more.

I could have had this mix run to at least 6 hours, but cut it to 3. So yes, there are missing songs I would have liked to include, and im sure some of your faves are missing. But all in all, this should give you an Idea of how this musical Revolution appeared on the scene and developed, from street beginnings to the mainstream pop charts and commercials and films etc etc

And as a bonus, it should give you something to nod your head too this Xmas. (Please be aware that i includes some NSFW lyrics, so don't scare the kids!)

Ill be back before the end of the year with the last Street Sounds Sessions of 2017, but stay tuned for more from Grizz and Ridym. So until Im on the blog again, HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!

Sunday, 3 December 2017

DJ Grizz- Xmas Soul 2017

Its December so you can officially dig out the tree, write your cards and start soaking the fruits for the cake.... Need something to help you along? We have it- pack full of Soul and Jazz with a Xmas theme... its Xmas Soul 2017!

We have Otis, The O Jays, The Isleys, Gladys (without her Pips) and of course Ella plus many more great Seasonal tunes to get you a Soulful Xmas mood.. Much better than the usual tired old stuff they play on the radio and in the shops this time of year!!

Ho Ho Ho indeed Mixtapers

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O Jays- Xmas just aint xmas
Otis Redding- Merry xmas baby
Diana Ross- Its Christmas time enjoy
The Manhattens- Its that time of year
The Maytals- Happy Xmas
Freddie King- Xmas tears
Gladys Knight- Do you hear what i hear
Isley Brothers- White Xmas
Ella Fitzgerald- The Christmas song

Thursday, 30 November 2017

DJ Ridym - Bob Marley

Born 6th February 1945, Robert Nesta Marley aka Tough Gong was the most influential reggae icon to come out of Jamaica. From his early Ska recordings with the Wailers to his later material which was more culturally roots influenced reggae icon Bob sends out a message that spiritually resonates deep in the hearts of the listener. 

This mix covers Bob's transition into Rastafarianism and change in musical styles sticking to some of the original versions such as the Upsetters Lee 'scratch' Perry produced Natural Mystic.

When the Wailers split from Bob they hooked up with producer Coxsonne Dodd and formed the Wailing Wailers with Junior Braithwaite on lead vocals. When you listen to It hurts to be alone its easy to see why Coxsonne believed in him so much and why I had to include it on the mix as the only track that doesn't feature Bob.

As always I hope you enjoy this tribute to the great man himself. Have yourself an irie week and I'll catch you soon with another mix real soon.

One love 🔯

1. Put It On
2. I'm Still Waiting
3. Stir It Up
4. It Hurts To Be Alone
5. Guava Jelly
6. Lick Samba
7. Nice Time
8. Bus Dem Shut
9. Hypocrites
10. She's Gone
11. Natural Mystic
12. Time Will Tell
13. Rastaman Chant
14. Redemption Song
15. So Jah Seh
16. Crazy Baldhead
17. Is This Love
18. Trenchtown Rock
19. No Woman No Cry

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

#TheSoulMixtape Tape No.37 on Nuwaveradio

Tape 37 features some 80's soul classics from Glenn Jones and Funk Deluxe, Hip Hop from Mobb Deep as a tribute to Prodigy who passed when this aired on plus some great Reggae, Soulful house (In the form of a great cover of classic 90's ballad KISSING YOU by Keith Washington) as well as some Rare Groove nuggets.

Got some nice mixes coming up for the holiday season including a 3 hour Evolution of Hip Hop mix which is now on rotation on Nuwaveradio.

Stay tuned for more great mixes (Just seen that DJ Ridym has a Bob Marley one coming up!) and ill see you in December!

Sunday, 26 November 2017

DJ Grizz- Odyssey

Today for the mixtape treatment we have the hitmaking Lopez Sisters from New York... better known as 1970’s and early 80’s Soul Disco outfit - Odyssey! On RCA Records they had the strange distinction of being bigger in the UK throughout the 70's n 80's than their native USA and still gig today albeit with an altered line-up.

We begin with a dance floor favourite- Use It Up and Wear it Out, we’ve the massive Disco hit Native New Yorker, there's the unmistakeable bassline of Inside Out (shared with Slaves Watching You!), a big Rare Groove favourite in Don’t Tell Me Tell Her, and we end on the big ballad If You're Looking For A Way Out... plus more!

Catch you real soon Mixtapers.. much Xmas goodness coming up!!

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Use it up and wear it out
Native New Yorker
Going back to my roots
I dare you
Hang together
Inside out
Dont tell me tell her
Lucky Star
If youre looking for a way out

Sunday, 19 November 2017

DJ Ridym - Rare Soul Mix 12

Welcome back mixtaper's to the latest instalment of my Rare Soul Mix where I've put together some sweet mellow grooves such as Wee's Try Me and Twilight's You Look So Good along with a classic 2-step anthem from Randy Crawford plus lots more. 

Tune in again real soon for more from DJ Grizz and SoulnRnB, have a good week and I'll be back on the flip side for more.

1. Vance & Suzzane - I Can't Get Along Without You
2. Opus 7 - Hey Big Brother
3. Bobby Finch - Get A Hold Of Yourself
4. Goldie Alexander - Go Back
5. Twilight - You Look So Good
6. Wee - Try Me
7. Sharon Cuneta - So Much In Love
8. Barbara Lewis - Anyway
9. Randy Crawford - Endlessly
10. Minnie Ripperton - Here We are

DJ Grizz- 80's Soul Club Classics 6

Welcome back for another festival of the 80's good stuff... its 80's Soul Club Classics Vol.6!

The 80's greats start with a monster from ex Hi Tension front man David Joseph, Gwen Guthrie gives layabouts a lesson with her 1986 hit, Funkadelic genius George Clinton has a tribute to our canine brothers, we've some 1980 Philly magic from MFSB and we end on a mid tempo Herbie Hancock nugget... plus more 80's magic!

Stay Soulful Mixtapers

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David Joseph- You cant hide your love
Curtis Hairston- I want you all tonight
Gwen Guthrie- Aint nothing going on but the rent
George Clinton- Mans best friend
Brenda Taylor- You cant have your cake
Skyy- Call me
MFSB- Mystries of the world
SOS Band- The Finest
Herbie Hancock- Give it all your heart

Monday, 13 November 2017

#TheSoulMixtape Tape No.36 on Nuwaveradio

 This edition of #TheSoulMixtape features a section on Disco with Nile Rogers talking of its influence and his thoughts on the genre, more classic Hip Hop and the samples that birthed the tracks featuring Wu Tang and Busta Rhymes, some boogie and steppers from the likes of Mtume and Candy Bowman as well as some excellent soulful house music featuring a rare Glenn Lewis Remix and Sterling Ensemble feturing one of my favourite female vocalists, Sara Devine.

Got a special mix coming soon ready from Xmas, and dont forget to listen to for my latest mixes as well as other great DJ's with some excellent selections.

Sunday, 12 November 2017

DJ Grizz- Soul Niceness 136

Another old school 70's and 80's Soul selection from my dusty shelves this morning... its Soul Niceness 136!

We start with The Pointer Sisters 1st single from 1973 with a New Orleans flavour, Ohio Funk Gods Slave make an appearance, British 70's comedian/entertainer Kenny Lynch brings us a surprisingly fine Soul/Disco hit from 1983, we've a Rare Groove 2step party monster from Blair and end on a great track from the fantastic Phyllis Hyman... and there's more!

Catch you soon Soul Lovers!

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Pointer Sisters- Yes we can can
Slave- Are you ready for love
Kenny Lynch- Half the days gone
Crack of dawn- Keep the faith
Jose Feliciano- Wanna be where you are
Bobbi Humphrey- Just a love child
Ron Everitt ft Linda Riccetti- Love walked in
Blair- Nightlife
Phyllis Hyman- I aint asking

Sunday, 5 November 2017

DJ Ridym - Old Skool 80's Volume 5

Back once again with the latest volume of Old Skool 80's which brings you your latest fix of 80's tunes to make my favourites list. This week we have UK band Paradise and the late king of RnB, Pop, Soul and as many genre's as you can throw out there Mr Jackson kicking off the mix and then a Joyce Sims track that has producer Mantronik all over it followed by the next two tracks from Shannon and Krystol with a similar feel to it. 

UK artist Princess who along with Jackie Graham managed to break into the UK pop charts back then with their own RnB/pop sound at a time when it was quite difficult to cross over and bridge that gap in the industry so props to them.

Real to Reel with a funny line at the beginning of the track about a girl being like an Orangutan or a linebacker I don't know which one's worse?! Yes it's easily missed, I must have heard that track a thousand times but never really checked what was said right at the beginning compared to say the jive talking at the start of Tom Browne's Jamaican funk which everyone recites whenever it's played. Strange! Anyway I finish off with Surface and Tashan as a good match and a fitting sign off to this 80's mix. 

Take care until next time and look out for more from DJ Grizz and SoulnRnB. Peace.

1. Paradise - Stop and Think
2. Michael Jackson - Baby Be Mine
3. Joyce Sims - Lifetime Love
4. Shanon - Sweet Somebody
5. Krystol - After The Dance Is Trough
6. Reel To Reel - Love Me Like This
7. Princess - Say I'm Your Number One
8. Tashan - Read My Mind
9. Surface - Happy

DJ Grizz- Soul Version Excursion

Today we are going on a journey- taking those well known hits from way back when and doing them in a different Soul or Jazz style... its the Soul Version Excursion.

Our selection of Soul-Jazz covers versions starts with an Al Green stomper, we've a Jap-jazz version of the Azymuth Jazz-funk monster, MJ covers Bill Withers, there's a Go-Go feel to the Rare Essence take on Earth Wind and Fire, we've an Italian Jazz version of a Randy Crawford hit and we end on a haunting interpretation of the oft covered Nature Boy... plus others!

Catch you soon Mixtapers

Grizz- The Soul Mixtape Blog

Al Green - Light my fire
Marcela Manabeira- Human Nature
Tokyo Cloudy Cruise- Jazz Carnival
Michael Jackson- Aint no sunshine
Rodney Franklin-It never rains in Southern California
The Souljazz Orchestra- Celestial Blues
Rare Essence- Sun goddess
Mario Bondi- Rio De Janerio Blues
Etta Jones- Nature Boy

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

This is Rare Groove Part 9 PLUS #TheSoulMixtape 35

Two mixes this week, the next installment of my rare groove mixes plus #TheSoulMixtape 35, both featuring some great music that I hope you enjoy. Press play below and be sure to stay around for new stuff from Grizz and Ridym

Sunday, 29 October 2017

DJ Grizz- The O'Jays Mix

Time for a mix from one of my favourite groups of the 70's on one of my favourite labels of the 70's.. its the The O'Jays on Philadelphia International Records! Formed in the late 50's they had some moderate success throughout the 60's (Northern Soul aficionados will attest to that!) but it wasn't until Gamble and Huff signed them to Philly in the 70's that they made it big... here's some of their best!

We start with the unmistakeable bass line of For The Love Of Money, we've the tribute to false friends everywhere in Backstabbers, the massive hit Love Train, there's the original Now That We've Found Love and we end on the sublime Darlin Darlin Baby... plus more O'Jays gold!

Enjoy Soul Lovers!

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Wednesday, 25 October 2017

DJ Ridym - RnB Sessions 14

Welcome back to a mega mix of some of the best of RnB from around 2005. A period in time that produced an abundance of top quality albums from artists like Musiq Soulchild, Bilal, Slum Village, Van Hunt, Dwele, The Roots, Aloe Blacc and Amp Fidler to name but a few.

Most of these artists are still holding it down today although styles may have changed somewhat in keeping with the times I still think the early 2k stuff was the best. So kick back and enjoy!

1. The Rebirth - This Journey In
2. Sysmith - There's No Place Like Love
3. Musiq Soulchild - Until
4. Dwele - Know Your Name
5. Van Hunt - Higlights
6. Steve Spacek - Dollar
7. Amp Fidler - Dreamin'
8. Linden David - Sexy Cinderella
9. D'Angelo - I Found My Smile Again
10. Van Hunt - Down Here In Hell (With You)
11. Musiq Soulchild - Just Friends (Sunny)
12. Common - It's Your World
13. Slum Village - Do Your Thing
14. Blackalicious - Black Diamonds and Pearls
15. Electric Wire Hustle - TomBoy
16. Bilal - Make Me Over
17. Mos Def - Panties
18. Dwele - Jefferson
19. Aloe Blacc - Bailar
20. Eric Roberson - Pleasure Before Pain
21. Dwele - Holla
22. Musiq - Soulchild Newness
23. Darien Brockington Come Around
24. Bilal - Get Out Of My Hair
25. The Roots - The Seed
26. Van Hunt - Out Of The Sky
27. Amerie - Rolling Down My Face

Sunday, 22 October 2017

DJ Grizz- Soul Niceness 135

Here we go again with some great Rare Groove and Soul from the 70’s and 80’s.... its Soul Niceness 135!

We begin with a dance floor favourite from Arthur Adams, Curtis sings about that thing we love, there's an early 70’s offering from The Supremes, we have a Shalamar classic and end on a great piece of Brazilian Soul-Jazz from Gilberto Gil... plus more special Soul from back in the day!

Catch you real soon Soul lovers!

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Arthur Adams- You got the floor
Universal Togetherness Band- More than enough
Aged in Harmony- Trust me
Curtis Mayfield- Soul music
The Supremes- Stoned love
Crack of dawn- Certain kind of woman
Shalamar - Second time around
Love Apple- Man on the side
Gilberto Gil- Maracatu Atomico

Sunday, 15 October 2017

DJ Ridym - Dusty Roads 4

And so the journey begins once again with my latest edition of Dusty Roads. This time around I've gone for some mellow jazz and blue eyed soul with Joni Mitchell, Terry Reid and Hall & Oates. From the haunting Heather, all 8 minutes and worth every second from start to finish to Rodney Franklins jazz groover and soundtrack to the hit series Hill Street Blues. So if you're planning a journey be sure to take along the Dusty Roads series with you.

Hope you enjoy and I'll be back real soon with some more. One love 🔯

1. Rodney Franklin - Hill Street Blues
2. Guru feat. Common and Bob James - State Of Clarity
3. Shuggie Otis - Inspiration Information
4. Joni Mitchell - The Hissing Of Summer Lawns
5. Heatwave - Star Of A Story
6. Billy Cobham - Heather
7. John Lucien - Kuenda
8. Baden Powell - Pai
9. Jorge Dalto - I've Got You On My Mind
10. José Feliciano - California Dreamin
11. D'Angelo - Really Love
12. Bill Withers - Can We Pretend
13. Terry Reid - Ooh Baby
14. Daryl Hall & John Oates - Sara Smile

Dj Grizz- Cameo Mix

Today we feature an 80's Soul Supergroup - it's Larry 'Codpiece' Blackman and the boys.... Cameo! From their early 70's start as a big band Funk outfit through to their 80's electro-funk they had a string of big hits throughout the 1980's. Heres a selection of their best in my humble opinion.

We start the Cameo-fest with a version of the Slave funk hit, there's the much covered original of Word Up, of course we have the tune that starts a formation dance frenzy at any party its played at- Candy, we've a Jazz Funk tinged Sound Table from the late 70's and end on a Rare Groove monster in Love You Anyway.... plus more from Larry and the gang!

Have a Funky week mixtapers!

Grizz- The Soul Mixtape Blog

Word up
Shes Strange
Single life
Soul Army
Back and forth
The Sound Table
Love you anyway

Thursday, 12 October 2017

#TheSoulMixtape Tape No.34 on Nuwaveradio

#TheSoulMixtape number 34 kicks off with some great 90's RnB from the likes of Faith Evans, Deborah Cox, SWV and Mica Paris and ends with some Soul and Jazz Funk classics from the likes of the S.S.O Orchestra and John Handy. In between we have some Hip Hop from Chance the Rapper, Broken and Soul to keep the earbuds engaged!

Stay tuned for more great music from Ridym and Grizz, ill be back soon.


Sunday, 8 October 2017

DJ Ridym - Reggae Rockers 10 Original Dancehall

Greetings mixtapers and welcome to my latest offering of Reggae Rockers showcasing the best reggae dj's of early Jamaican dancehall music. It was a time when DJ's like Yellowman, Sista Nancy, Brigadier Jerry and Charlie Chaplin were making their name on sounds systems like King Stur Gav, Metromedia and big stage events like Reggae Sunsplash. 

With naughty lyrics from tracks like hotel fee and wreck-a-pum-pum this selection will take you back to those years when dancehall lyrics were fun and something worth listening too in my opinion compared to a lot of modern bling era of dancehall we hear today. Back then you couldn't DJ about the Ferrari you drove or how much champagne you drunk because everyone was broke so you had to dig a little deeper and make it fun. 

So kick back with a red stripe and let the lyrics take you on a journey when dancehall was king.

One Love
1. Sister Nancy - Bam Bam
2. Brigadier Jerry - One Man Ranch
3. Yellowman - Wreck-A-Pum-Pum
4. Barry Brown - Belly Move
5. Sugar Minott & Charlie Chaplin - Four Wheel Wheelie
6. Triston Palma, Jah Thomas & Toyan - Entertainment
7. Wayne Hutton - Love Is Gone
8. Kublai Khan - Mamase Mamasa
9. General Echo & Madoo - Hotel Fee
10. Fire Fox - Give Them Reggae
11. Steve Wander - Don't Throw It All Away
12. Dennis Brown - Missing You
13. Little John - Joker Lover

DJ Grizz- Mellow Soul Classics 3

 A chance to sit back and chill now! Another selection of great soft Soul classics from way back when to wind down to... its Mellow Soul Classic Vol. 3!

We start with an Earth Wind and Fire mellow monster, we’ve a seductive great from Barry White complete with strings ands the best bass voice out there, The Blackbyrds give us an 80’s 2step favourite, The Isleys hold a love song masterclass and we end on another Terry Callier gem .... and yet more laid back classics to enjoy.

Have a relaxing week Mixtapers

Grizz- The Soul Mixtape Blog
Earth Wind and fire- Thats the way of the world
Ruth Copeland- Heaven
Barry White- Midnight and you
Maxi Anderson- Lover to lover
Blackbyrds- Love dont strike twice
Willie Hutch-Sunshine Lady
Manhattens- Shining star
Isley Bros.- Living for the love of you
Terry Callier- We are one

Sunday, 1 October 2017

DJ Grizz- Marvin Covered

Today we have a great selection of Marvin Gaye cover tunes. Nine top versions of the great mans materiel... its Marvin Covered!

We start with a T Boy Ross 70's boogie version of I Want You, By All Means gives New Jack Swing tinge to Lets Get It On, Jimmy Riley lends a reggae vibe, Angela and Boz have wonderful version of the Marvin/Tammi duet, and we end on a Donny Hathaway sublime rendition of the definitive Marvin anthem... and theres more Gaye greatness!

Have a great week you lovely Mixtapers!

Grizz- The Soul Mixtape Blog

T Boy Ross- I want you
By all means- Lets get it on
Leon Ware- Come live with me angel
Donnie Elbert- I heard it through the grapevine
Jimmy Riley- Sexual Healing
Richard Evans- Mercy Mercy me
Jason Miles- Heavy love affair
Angela Bofill Boz Scaggs- Aint nothing like the real thing
Donny Hathaway- Whats going on

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Double #TheSoulMixtape Tape's No.32 and 33 on Nuwaveradio

Tapes 32 and 33 of ~TheSoulMixtape include a tribute to the late great Amy Winehouse, 80' Nostalgia from A Guy called Gerald to Ruby turner to Midnight Starr to Sahara, a tribute to master writer/producer and artist Leon Ware, Reggae from Tenor Saw to Louisa Mark, Jazz funk, Hip Hop Rare Groove, a Bill Withers Masterpiece and so much more.

Press play below to enjoy, and check out my latest shows on Nuwaveradio.

Grizz and Ridym up shortly, normal service will be resumed!

Sunday, 24 September 2017

DJ Ridym - Rare Soul Mix 11

Hello mixtapers and welcome to this weeks instalment of my Rare Soul Mix where I've put together some sweet soul nuggets for you. 

Hope you enjoy!

1. Zulema - Wanna Be Where You Are
2. Arnold Blair - Finally Made It Home
3. Michael Wycoff - Looking Up To You
4. Confunkshun - Loveshine
5. Freedom Express - Fancy Free
6. Patrice Rushen - Remind Me
7. Michael Urbaniak - Want's To Make You
8. Eugene Collins - At The Hotel
9. Leroy Hutson - It's Different
10. Zingara feat. James Ingram - You Sho Know How To Love Me

DJ Grizz- Soul Niceness 134

Back for a serving of the Soul and Rare Groove good stuff today... its Soul Niceness 134!

We kick off with a slice of disco from New York's Crown Heights Affair, James Browns band The JB's serve up some more funky disco from their solo project, we've some wonderful Jones Girls, there's a Jackson 5 original and end with some blue eyed Soul from Steely Dan and a nod to the late Walter more gems to rediscover!

Have a top week Mixtapers!

Grizz- The Soul Mixtape Blog

Crown Heights Affair- Use your body and soul
The JB’s- Georgia Peach Disco
Banzai- Runaway
Ray Parker Jnr- You cant change that
The Jones Girls- Dance turned into a romance
Wendell Harrison- Take time out
Jackson 5- Never can say goodbye
Universal Togetherness Band- I want you
Steely Dan - The Fez

Sunday, 17 September 2017

DJ Ridym - Brit Funk & Rare Groove

Welcome listeners to part 2 of my Brit Funk & Rare Groove mix full of Jazz Funk nuggets from back in the day.

We set the funk-o-meter dial to HIGH beginning with a very rare and unreleased Jamiroquai cut that quickly sets the tempo for the next few tracks from Atmosphere, Incognito, AWB and Heatwave. This is Jazz Funk at its best people and the fact that it's British makes you wanna put that extra dip, turn and shuffle in your dance step!

Changing the tempo slightly with a Paradise track and an early Loose Ends gem that for me sort of signalled a change at the time and a new sound for British soul groups and ringing in the change that there was a new sound on the horizon were groups like Total Contrast, Second Image, Cool Notes. This is where our unique Brit sound came into its own as a result of a number of British influences such as the casual scene, Lovers Rock and weirdly enough football for as we know football fans are well known for their love of chanting which made its way to the dance floors and eventually to the music itself with groups like Beggars & Co. 

Hope you enjoy and look forward to another instalment of my Brit Funk mixes some time in the near future but until then as they say in radio world keep it locked onthe Soulmixtape Blog! 

1. Jamiroquoi - Funky Seven
2. Atmosphere - Interplay
3. Incognito - Sunburn
4. Heatwave - Groove Line
5. Average White Band - Pick Up The Pieces
6. Paradise - Satisfied
7. Gonzalez - What You Gotta Do About It
8. Second Image - Fall In Love
9. Total Contrast - Be With You Tonight
10. Loose Ends - Don't Hold Back Your Love
11. Cache - Where Is My Sunshine

DJ Grizz- Aretha Franklin

A long overdue tribute today to one of the greatest voices in music... period! Ms Aretha Franklin! A string of hits in the 60's, 70's and 80's , the biggest star on Atlantic Records, the Queen of Soul still performs today at the age of 75! Here's a selection of my favourites from her huge back catalogue.

We start with her electrifying version of a Marvin/Tammi hit, a Rare Groove party fave features in It Only Happens, we've a great No.1 from 1973 in Until You Come Back To Me, there's Arethas take on the Nina Simone anthem , Young Gifted and Black and we end on the marvellous Natural Woman.. plus more Aretha greats!

Catch you soon Soul guys and girls!

Grizz- The Soul Mixtape Blog

You're all i need to get by
Don't play that song
It only happens when i look at you
You've got all the aces in the pack
Until you come back to me
Take me with you
Day dreaming
Young Gifted and black
A natural woman

Thursday, 14 September 2017

DJ Ridym - Erykah Meets Nai Palm

Welcome bloggers to my new mix where this time round I thought I'd shine the soulmixtape spotlight on two of my favourite artists Erykah Badu and Nai Palm. Both very talented and accomplished in their own right and both are on top of their game.

Relatively new kids on the block Nai Palm, along with her group Hiatus Kaiyote, stem from Melbourne Australia bringing a fresh new creative soul sound married with Nai Palms distinctly abstract lyrics. With 2 albums bagged already since their conception, Tawk Tomahawk and Choose Your Weapon, plus some great collaborations I can see them going from strength to strength and are definitely here for the long run.

Speaking of long runs, who better to match up for this mix than the queen of Neo Soul since back in the day and still going strong Ms Erykah Badu. Erykah brings the funk, of that there's no denying but for this mix I thought we'd stick to the Rhodes based tracks and keep it mellow.  What can I say about this lady's accomplishments that hasn't been said already? Erykah has collaborated with the best of them but none more so than J Dilla. Telphone was written by Badu the night Dilla passed away. In a recent interview Badu explained that whilst undergoing treatment for his illness Dilla would hallucinate a conversation between him and Ol Dirty Bastard where ODB would tell him what 'bus' to catch on his way to the afterlife. New Amerykah being her most recent work just shows that Ms Badu is here to stay and we look forward to new albums from her and Nai Palm real soon.

As always I hope you enjoy and we'll be back at the weekend with some more mixes so make sure you check back on the blog but until then, PEACE.

1. Hiatus Kaiyote - Rainbow Rhodes
2. Erykah - Master Teacher
3. Hiatus Kaiyote - Building A ladder
4. Taylor Mcferrin (feat. Nai Palm) - The Antidote
5. Erykah - You Loving Me
6. Erykah - Telephone
7. Hiatus Kaiyote - Nakamara
8. Erykah - Fall In Love
9. Erykah - Window Seat
10. Hiatus Kaiyote - Molasses
11. Hiatus Kaiyote - The World It Softly Lulls
12. Erykah - Think Twice
13. Erykah - My Life
14. Erykah - Jump Up In The Air And Stay There

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

SoulNRnB's Street Sounds Sessions 2017 PART TWO

Part Two of my upfront mixes for the blog and features great new music from big names such as Mary J Blige, Eric Roberson, Amp Fiddler, Kendrick Lamar..... mixed in with new and upcoming artists like Dilla's fam Illa J, Umii, Charlotte Dos Santos and much more.

Press play below to check out some great new soul and stay tuned for more mixes from DJ Ridym and Grizz!

Sunday, 10 September 2017

DJ Grizz- 80's Soul Club Classics 5

Another serving of the Soul and Funk sounds of growing up in the 80's... it's 80's Soul Club Classics Vol.5!

We start the top tunes with a big club hit for Evelyn King (just after she dropped the 'Champagne' from her name ), some super synth funk from Zapp, still gigging and based in the UK Alexander O'Neill features, there a great groove from Dayton and we end on my worn out LP copy of a marvellous Howard Johnson cut... plus more!

Have a great 7 days guys!

Grizz- The Soul Mixtape Blog

Evelyn King- I’m in love
Zapp- Dance floor
Aurra - You and me tonight
Alexander O’Neil - Used to be my lady
BB and Q- Ricochet
Sharon Redd- Can you handle it
Dayton- Sound of music
Unlimited Touch- In the middle
Howard Johnson- Say you wanna

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

DJ Ridym - Old Skool 80's Volume 4

Welcome to another instalment of Old Skool 80's and this time we're reminiscing on the dance floor with some firm favourites from Lisa Lisa, Rockers Revenge, Tom Tom Club and much more.

Hope you enjoy and tune in again for some more from DJ SoulNRnB and Grizz real soon.

One love.

1. D-Train - You're The One For Me
2. Kleer - Wall To Wall
3. Raw Silk - Do It To The Music
4. Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam - I Wonder If I Take You Home
5. Rockers Revenge - Walking On The Sunshine
6. Surface - Falling In Love
7. Brenda Taylor - You Can't Have Your Cake & Eat It Too
8. Fonda Rae - Over Like A Fat Rat
9. Jerome Prister - Say You'll Be
10. Tom Tom Club - Genius Of Love
11. Taana Gardner - Heartbeat

Sunday, 3 September 2017

DJ Grizz- Soul Niceness 133

Having a look into todays Surprise Party Bag and apart from cake wrapped in a serviette we've some top quality old Soul and Rare Grooves... its Soul Niceness 133!

The goodies start with a great singalong Soul tune from Lou Rawls, we've a wicked piece of Cajun Funk from The Meters, some top Northern Soul from Frank Hutton, a Leon Thomas 'Stevie' cover and we end on a peachy but overlooked Cameo cut... plus more!

The other blog boys are up real soon and I'll catch you soon Mixtapers

Grizz- The Soul Mixtape Blog

Lou Rawls- Ill see you when i get there
The Meters- Just kissed my baby
ConFunkShun- Got to be enough
Rufus- Can i show you
Frank Hutton- Old man me
Al Green- Glory Glory
Leon Thomas- You are the sunshine of my life
Isley Brothers- Brother brother brother
Cameo- Give love a chance

Friday, 1 September 2017

This is Rare Groove Part EIGHT. On Nuwaveradio.

As promised, Part 8 of my Rare Groove selections for

Back from my Summer holidays, UK weather just doesn't cut it, depression setting in..... this is the best remedy! Some glorious 70's and 80's soul rarities from the likes of the great, recently departed, Al Jarreau, Stephanie Mills, Cloe Martin, Timeless Legend..... and so many more. Many bands and artists whose names aren't at the front of your mental musical library, but have produced quality soul that should be appreciated.

Press play below, check out the tracklist and bring some sunshine into your lives! Part 9 is now on rotation at Nuwaveradio if your interested, and Grizz and Ridym will be back with more soul goodness very soon.

Sunday, 27 August 2017

DJ Ridym - Reggae Rockers 9 Reggae Got Soul

The sun is shining and it's Carnival weekend bloggers so what better way to kick it off than a classic reggae revival mix with a touch of soul here on the Soulmixtape blog.

This time yours truly treats you to some heart warming "fried rice" selection (crackles) filled with soulful reggae versions of  Deniece "neecy" Williams That''s what friends are for, The four tops Left with a broken heart, Lobo's I'd love you to want me and David Ruffin's Walk away from love to name a few that help to make this a very special revival mix.

So whatever you're planning to do this sunny Bank Holiday make sure you crank this mix up and enjoy, preferably with a shot of quality rum because before you know it Christmas will be upon us!

One love to all. DJ Ridym

1. Barry Biggs - That's What Friends Are For
2. Johnny Clarke - Left With A Broken Heart
3. Bitty Mclean - Walk Away From Love
4. Ginger Williams - In My Heart
5. John Holt - I'd Love You To Want Me
6. Jimmy London - A Little Love
7. The Melodians - Sweet Sensation
8. The Maroons - I'm Leaving It Up To You
9. Johnny Nash - Tears On My Pillow
10. Gregory Isaacs - Lonely Days
11. Johnny Osbourne - Trying To Turn Me On

DJ Grizz- The Whispers

We've an artist mix today and another group who contributed to my soundtrack of growing up in the late 70's and 80's... its the Los Angeles formation dance and harmony vocal kings- The Whispers!

A cracking selection of Funk, Soul and Disco hits from the 70,s and early 80's starts with an accompanying tune to the US TV Soul Show- Soul Train, there's the massive club hit And The Beat Goes On, a great video dance routine goes with Just Keep on Loving Me (check it out on You-Tube!), another club monster in Its a Love Thing, and we end on a Rare Groove 2step favourite in I'm The One For You... plus more Whispers magic!

Enjoy Mixtapers

Grizz- The Soul Mixtape Blog

Up on Soul train
And the beat goes on
Keep on loving me
Its a love thing
Lets go all the way
I can make it better
Say yes
I'm the one for you

Sunday, 20 August 2017

DJ Ridym - Rare Soul Mix 10

Welcome to the 10th edition of my rare soul mix and what better way to celebrate than with a bumper edition filled with jazz-funk nuggets.

Roy Ayers, Donald Byrd, Sylvia Striplin, James Mason and Mtume all firm favourites with a few more for good measure all help to make this an enjoyable mix.


1. Roy Ayers - Searching
2. Sylvia Striplin - You Can't Turn Me Away
3. AB's - Deja Vu
4. Melissa Manchester - Almost Everything
5. Hubert Lewis - Family
6. Linda Tillery - Freedom Time
7. Blackbyrds - Something Special
8. Dave Gruisin - Friends & Strangers
9. Donald Byrd - Think Twice
10. James Mason - Sweet Power Your Embrace
11. Mtume - Love Lock
12. Weldon Irvine - Feeling Mellow
13. Gene Harris - Losalamitos

DJ Grizz- Mellow Soul Classics Vol. 2

After last weeks European collaboration I'm back to riding solo again with a selection of laid back Soul nuggets. Its Mellow Soul Classics Vol. 2!

The 70's and 80's chilled goodness starts with a timeless Al Green classic, there's some falsetto Soul from the Stylistics, Luther chips in with a mellow monster, there's the Roberta Flack No.1 masterpiece, and we end on possibly the greatest song ever made about forbidden love from the great Billy Paul... plus more magic mellowness!

The other blog boys are up soon. Enjoy the chill-out and catch you soon!

Grizz- The Soul Mixtape Blog

Al Green- Still in love with you
Quincy Jones- If I ever lose this heaven
Stylistics- You'll never get to heaven
George Benson- Nature boy
Minnie Ripperton- Memory lane
Luther Vandross- A house is not a home
Marlena Shaw- Yu ma go away
Roberta Flack - Killing me softly
Billy Paul- Me and Mrs Jones

Sunday, 13 August 2017

DJ Ridym - RnB Sessions 13

Welcome once again Mixtapers to RnB Sessions 13.

This time around we've got Eric Roberson feat. Glenn Lewis, a track taken from Jazzy Jeff's Chasing Goosebumps sessions, an album well worth checking out if you haven't already. We also have Faith Evans and the Notorious B.I.G from the album King & I which came out in May this year, a brilliant cover of the Bee Gees how deep is your love from PJ Morton, Childish Gambino's mellow funk hit Redbone which featured in this summers hit movie release Get Out plus loads more for your listening pleasure!

More to come real soon so keep checking out the blog for some more mixes from Grizz Soul and SoulnRnB only on the Soul Mixtape where else?! Until next time. One Love

1. Kehlani - Keep On
2. Kemi Ade - Rare One
3. Eric Roberson - Superman
4. Faith Evans and Notorious B.I.G - Can't Get Enough
5. Profusion - Flying
6. PJ Morton - How Deep Is Your Love
7. Mobb Deep - Temperatures Rising
8. Kendrick Lamar - Alright
9. Rich Hunter - No Fear
10. The Roots - Clock With No Hands
10. Adrian Marcel - Mobbin
11. Childish Gambino - Redbone
12. Agency - Join In

DJ Grizz- Grizz and Piet Collaboration

Happy to bring you something a little different on the blog today, a Soul and Jazz Funk collaboration with a German Soul Brother and DJ - Piet Daniel of The Soul Kitchen. Track-list as follows:

1) Windy City - Carl Davis & The Chi Orchestra
2) Don't trick me treat me - The Dells
3) Sweet Power - James Mason
4) Think twice - Donald Byrd
5) For Fathers - Marcina Arnold
6) Lady Day - Gil Scott-Heron
7) This girl is in love... - Marva Whitney
8) The time is right for love - Bobby Reed
9) I believe in miracles - Mark Capini
10) I just got to know - Benny Johnson
11) Changing for you - The Chi-Lites
12) Everybody's singing love songs - Sweet Thunder
13) I'd be grateful - Brothers Of Soul
14) Hollywood - Rufus & Chaka Kahn
15) Gor for it - Webster Lewis
16) Beat Wise - Herbie Hancock
17) Lowdown - Boz Scaggs
18) Rockin' after midnight - Marvin Gaye
19) Funkin' for Jamaica - Tom Browne
20) Groovin' high - Lou Donaldson
21) Sancer Eyes - The Three Sounds
22) Fallin' down - Julien Dyne feat. Parks
23) I got it - Bobby Byrd

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Summer Double: #TheSoulMixtape Tape No.30 and 31 on Nuwaveradio

Summer is here and Im off for a few weeks on my summer holidays. But whilst I leave you in the capable hands of Grizz and Ridym, I thought id post up a couple of mixes to keep you entertained.

Some featured Artists: Mason; Linda Tillery; Thundercat; Tease, Natural Four; Thelma Houston; Alton Ellis; The Stuyvesants; Hi Tek; Brandye; Da Beatminerz feat Caron Wheeler; Hiatus Kaiyote; Kindred the Family Soul and much much more.

Ive got new shows up at at the moment. and will be posting that promised Rare Groove mix on my return. In the meantime, enjoy and Summer vacation you have and I will (In my best 80's pirate radio station voice) "See you on the flipside.

Sunday, 6 August 2017

DJ Ridym - Dusty Roads 3

Welcome listeners to a bumper edition of Dusty Roads where I bring you a mix of sounds and genres to whet your appetite. This time around I kick it off with a Congolese group I've been following for a while now they go by the name of Staff Benda Belili. These guys truly have an amazing story and there's a documentary out there titled Benda Bilili!  that follows their journey from being born with polio and growing up in poverty restricted to living in the grounds of a nearby zoo through to their rise to fame hitting the world stage with their own brand of funk played on some of the most basic instruments you could ever put together. I'd definitely recommend checking it out.

I follow the funk theme with C.K Mann's Ghanaian anthem Asafo Beesuon , Hank Ballard's From The Love Side and some reggae funk from the Brentford All Stars.

We then throw some shapes with 3 three dance floor choons before I change it up and spice the pot with a few rare nuggets in there for good measure!

Stay right here on the Soul Mixtape blog and be sure to check out Grizz Soul and SoulnRnB latest mixes. One love 

1. Staff Benda Bilili - Je T'aime
2. C.K Mann - Asafo Beesuon
3. Hank Ballard - From The Love Side
4. Brentford All Stars - Greedy G
5. Blakai - Afrospace
6. Dego & The 2000 Black Family - Don't Stop
7. Aquanote - Only
8. Dwelle - Angel
9. Flying Lotus ft. Kendrick Lamar - Never Catch Me
10. The Stepkids - La La
11. Badbadnotgood - Time Moves Slow
12. Harry Mudie Meets King Tubby's - Heavy Duty Dub
13. Pariament - I've Been Watching You
14. Lionel Hampton - Where Were You When I Needed You
15. Melissa Manchester - I Got Eyes
16. Maurice Davis - Mr Lonely

DJ Grizz- Soul Niceness 132

Its time for another Saturday Soul fest with a selection of songs from the 70's and 80's side of the cellar! Its Soul Niceness 132!

We kick off with a Blue Eyed Soul gem from Boz (Bill) Scaggs, George Benson gives us an early 80's hit, Eddie Bo fills the Funk quota with a busted bucket, teen keyboard wiz Bernard 'Nard' Wright features and we end with some Brit-Funk from Linx.... plus more.

Back next week to share some more Soul-love!

Grizz- The Soul Mixtape Blog

Boz Scaggs- Hollywood
George Benson- Never give upon a good thing
Fat Gaines Band- My love is always
Positive Force- Its a shame
Eddie Bo - Check your bucket
Jimmy Jones- I’m so glad i got you
Gregg Diamonds Bionic Boogie- Holding back
Bernard Wright-Kepp on doing that right thing
Linx- Rise and shine

Sunday, 30 July 2017

DJ Ridm - Old Skool 80's Volume 3

Welcome mixtapers to volume 3 of my Old Skool 80's mixes. This time around we have Ashford & Simpson and Evelyn King setting the pace followed by a Leroy Burgess penned Intrigue track.  I've stuck a garage classic from Ten City and then wind it down with a few mellow nuggets to complete the mix.

Hope you enjoy. 

1. Ashford and Simpson - It Seems To Hang On
2. Evelyn King - Back To Love
3. Patrice Rushen - Forget Me Nots
4. Paulinho Da Costa - Deja Vu
5. Odessey - Inside Out
6. Chandra Simmons - Never Let You Go
7. Intrigue - Fly Girl
8. Ten City - One Kiss Will Make It Better
9. Shot feat. Kim Marsh - Main Thing
10. Mtume - Ready For Your Love
11. The System - Have Mercy

DJ Grizz- The Commodores

Yet more corking tunes from a 70's Soul super group this morning ... its a Commodores mix! Know for their huge ballad pop chart hits in the early 80's and spawning a world star in Mr Ritchie, its not until I started digging out my old 70's LPs you remember what a great funky soul band they were in the early years on Motown! Saw them at Wembley in 1979 with the Emotions and there were super tight live too! Here's a selection of my personal Commodore favourites!

We kick off in funk mode with their tribute to 'built' ladies in Brick House, there's the bass slapping Slippery When Wet, off the same LP that gave us Three Times a Lady there' s a nugget in Flying High, we've some wicked wind down with Zoom and we end on the greatest Sunday morning anthem of them all- Easy... plus more Commodore goodness!

Messrs S and R up on the blog real soon and I'm back before you know it!

Grizz- The Soul Mixtape

Brick house
Machine gun
Slippery when wet
Flying High
Your Special
Sweet Love

Thursday, 27 July 2017

The Best of #TheSoulMixtape on Soul Cool Records

Our good friends on Mixcloud, Soul Cool Records, have posted the best of #TheSoulMixtape which includes some new material too. An hour and 45mins of Funk, Hip Hop, Soul, Rare Groove, Soulful House and more, mixed with interviews with the likes of Jill Scott, 9th Wonder, Erykah Badu and Busta Rhymes. Check it out, ill be back with some Brand New Material of the Rare Groove variety very soon!

Sunday, 23 July 2017

DJ Grizz- 80's Soul Club Classics 4

Dust off the shoulder pads and hitch up the leg warmers as we are back to the 80's for our grooves today- its 80's Soul Club Classics Vol.4!

We start with an 80's hit from Larry Blackmans Cameo, there's some serious P-funk from Xavier, we've a big chart success from Fonda Rae, One Way get all funky from 1982 and we end on a 2step nugget from Surface... plus more 80's goodness to get down to.

Have a good week Mixtapers!

Grizz- The Soul Mixtape Blog

Cameo- Back and forth
Raw Silk- Do it to the music
Xavier- Work that sucker to death
BB and Q- Starlette
Finis Henderson- Skip to my lou
Fonda Rae- Touch me
Skyy- Lets celebrate
One Way- Cutie pie
Surface- Happy

Saturday, 22 July 2017

DJ Ridym - What If Marvin Made A Mixtape?

What if Marvin had made a mixtape, would this be it? Who knows but it's worthy of a tribute if anything else!

Enjoy Mixtapers and I'll be back real soon with some more

1. Willie Hutch - I Wanna Be Where You Are
2. Weldon Irvine - I Love You
3. Tom Brook - I Love You More And More
4. Eloise Laws - Ain't It Good Feeling Good
5. Jarrod Anthony - I Love You
6. Brian Owens - Don't Worry
7. Jamie Hawkins - Next To You
8. Freddie Scott - You Got What I Need
9. Eugene Record - Overdose Of Joy
10. Jeff Perry - All My Loving Was Made For You
11. Leroy Hutson - So In Love
12. Leon Ware - Journey Into You
13. Midnight Star - Curious

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

#TheSoulMixtape Spotlight on Jam & Lewis

 Spotlight on the writing and production work of the great Jam & Lewis and their Flyte Tyme productions. Focusing on the soulful side of their discography, from the early eighties through to the noughties.

From early 80's dance tracks and ballads featuring their signature sound, full of soul, orchestral build up's and 808 drum pattern's, to their slide into RnB and Neo Soul, these two members of Prince's THE TIME created a production company that ruled the 80's called Flyte Tyme (Which also featured underrated writer/producer and THE TIME member Monte Moir) who shot the likes of The SOS Band, Janet Jackson, Cherelle, Alexander O Neal, Change and others to massive heights in their early days. They went on to write and produce through to the present for the likes of Barry White, Usher, Chante Moore, Solo and so many more.

This mix features some of my faves squeezed in to an hour's show and therefore there are some missing tracks I just couldn't fit in. However, as a snapshot of their work, I think this fits the bill.

Stay tuned on the blog for DJ Grizz and DJ Ridym's upcoming mixes and of course there will be more to come from me.