Monday, 26 June 2017

DJ Ridym - Rare Soul Mix 9



It's that time again folks to hit you up with some rare soul grooves from the 70's with Rare Soul Mix 9. This time out we've got a bumper packed session full of classics from that era that will hopefully keep the summer theme going.

We open the mix with the track that made Mary J Blige's Happy become the classic that it is courtesy of Mr Curtis Mayfield. Mellow grooves follow from Eddie Hendricks, Johnny Taylor, Bobbi Humphreys, Bobby Caldwell and many more.

Tune in next time for some more from me and the team here at the Soulmixtape HQ

Peace.

 1. Curtis Mayfield - Your So Good To Me
2. Eddie Kendricks - Intimate Friends
3. Johnny Taylor - Shoot For The Stars
4. Bobbi Humphrey - You Make Me Feel Good
5. Bobby Caldwell - Down For The Third Time
6. Shadow - I Can't Keep Holding Back
7. Al Jerreau - Brite N Sunny Babe
8. Father's Children - Hollywood Dreaming
9. Melvin Hudson - Life In The City
10. L.A Boppers - You Did It Good
11. Curtis Mayfield - Tripping Out
12. Smoked Sugar - I'm A Winner

Sunday, 25 June 2017

DJ Grizz - Reggae Got Soul 11

Keeping the Summer soundtrack rolling... a selection of Soul music favourites but 'inna Reggae Style'... its Reggae Got Soul Vol.11.

The collection of covers begins with a Roberta Flack love song rendition, there's a Lovers Rock take on the Blue Eyed Soul/ Rare Groove classic- Pina Colada Song (Escape!) The Deltones cover The Staple Singers, Sonia Ferguson Reggaefies Maze and we end on a version of the Collage 80's hit... plus more great Reggae-to-Soul interpretations.

All the gang are here mashing it up on the blog all week

Keep the Soul Love burning!

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Sara lee Lloyd Charners- The closer i get to you
Andrew Samuel- Pina Colada
Joyce Bond- Help me make it through the night
George Faith- Since i met you baby
Pama International- Heatwave
The Deltones- i’ll take you there
Diana Heron- Be thankful
Sonia Ferguson- My baby of magic
One Blood- Get in touch with me

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

#TheSoulMixtape Tape No.28 on Nuwaveradio


Whats Hotter than July? JUNE!! If your in the UK that is..... we are not used to 35 degree tempratures out here, but dont fret! We've got the summer soundtrack here at #TheSoulMixtape!

This mix kicks off with a sampling session with 9th Wonder, followed by some 90's R&B, soulful house and Broken jams, and some soul and jazz funk to boot. Put on your shades and press play below!

Kept up the Stevie theme on the cover following Grizz's excellent Stevie mix from the weekend, and check out DJ Ridym's thorough two part spotlight on the Foreign Exchange family, all here on the blog in one place.

I'm back next week, stay tuned!


Sunday, 18 June 2017

DJ Grizz- Stevie Wonder Mix

Back with a Soul Superstar this morning... Mr Steveland Morris or Stevie Wonder to his friends. From the early 60's as a Motown prodigy up to the present day Mr Wonder has given us an endless stream of acclaimed music. My Stevie Top Ten of Grizz favourites mainly concentrates on his sublime 70's period where LPs like Talking Book, Innervisions and Songs in the Key of Life were must haves for any serious music aficionado.

My selection of classics start with the funky synth monster Too High, there's the massive I Wish, includes sublime cuts like As and Bird of Beauty, a early 80's ode to funkiness in Do I Do, and ends on the oft covered Creepin'... plus many more Stevie slices of genius to add to your Summer soundtrack!

Keep sharing the Soul Love mixtapers.

Grizz- The Soul Mixtape Blog

Too High
I wish
As if you read my mind
Until you come back to me
As
Dont you worry bout a thing
Bird of beauty ft Minnie Ripperton
Do i do
Golden Lady
Creepin

Saturday, 17 June 2017

DJ Ridym Presents: The Foreign Exchange





Hi Mixtapers and welcome to DJ Ridym presents: The Foreign Exchange.

In what first started as an online collaboration between Dutch Hip-Hop/Electronica producer Nicolay and Hip-Hop rapper/singer Phonte of Little Brother fame The Foreign Exchange was born and has become one of the most successful RnB production teams in modern RnB music to date. The fact that these guys released works with artists such as Yahzarah, Sy Smith, Darien Brockington, Joe Scudda and Eric Roberson frequently featured on their albums as part of what is affectionately known as the FE Family is just brilliant. FE went on to extended their tentacles to include the talents of Lorenzo Ferguson aka ZO! and the rest is history.

Already successful as one third of rap group Little Brother, Phonte along with top remix producer 9th Wonder and Big Pooh were already big in the game of hip-hop (and trust me I'd need a whole new mixtape for these guys!) but to then go on and link up with Nicolay is just pure genius. Nicolay at the time was already compared to 9th Wonder such was his artistry behind a mixing desk preferring to play live instruments for most of his work with his own unique style which I can only describe as a blend of modern electonica with an 80's pop feel and hard hip-hop beats.

So about the mix...Well with so many tracks to choose from the best thing I can suggest you do is just go listen to it! These are my personal favourites but with so many to choose from it could have gone a complete different way and to some extent a different sound. That said I hope you enjoy it and come back real soon for some more from DJ SoulnRnB and DJ Grizz. Peace!

Part 1
1. Common feat. Mary J Blige - Come Close
2. The Foreign Exchange - Come Around
3. Nicolay feat.Kay - My Story
4. Phonte - Gonna Be A Beautiful Night
5. The Foreign Exchange - Don't Wait
6. Nicolay - Hey
7. The Foreign Exchange - I Wanna Know
8. Phonte - Love Songs
9. The Foreign Exchange - Raw Life
10. FE - Take Off The Blues
11. The Foreign Exchange - Body
11. FE - All Or Nothing
12. The Foreign Exchange - All That You Are
13. Nicolay feat. Wiz Khalifa - What It Used To Be
14. Nicolay and Kay - As The Wheel Turns
15. The Foreign Exchange - Better
16. The Foreign Exchange - Don't Let It Be So



Part 2
1. Nicolay and United Soul - Soul Clap
2. Nicolay Remix Roy Ayers - Funk In The Hole
3. Zo! - Flight Of The Blackbyrd
4. Zo! - Making Time
5. Zo! - For Tina
6. Zo! - Black Cow
7. Zo! - Somethin' Special
8. Zo! - Sands Of Time
9. Zo! - Selfish
10. Zo! - Packing For Chicago
11. Phonte and Eric Roberson - Something
12. Phonte - Intergalactic Soul
13. Phonte - Violets
14. Phonte and AB - All This Love

Thursday, 15 June 2017

#TheSoulMixtape The Definitive Raphael Saadiq Productions


Both DJ Ridym and I have covered this mans work on this blog before. But there's so much great music.
Just concentrating on Raphael's writing and production work for others rather than his solo stuff, this is pretty much my favorite of his work and a good base for a definitive list.

Including greats like EWF, The Isleys, Lionel Richie, D'Angelo, Erykah, Jill Scott, Angie Stone, Q Tip, Common, Chante Moore, Amp Fiddler, Whitney Houston..... the list goes on and on. 2 Hours of great music from one of the premier artists of the last 20 odd years.

Press play below, and stay tuned for more great music selected by Grizz and Ridym upcoming.


Sunday, 11 June 2017

DJ Grizz- Soul Niceness 130

Back to the dusty shelves for some more of the good stuff. Choc full of 70's and 80's Soul and Grooves that time forgot its Soul Niceness 130.

We begin with the big man himself Barry White doin' his thang, there's some early 80's groove from LAX, Jean Carne lends her powerful vocal range for our aural appreciation, more Jazz-Soul goodness from Donald Byrd and we finish on something from East London's best known 70's Soul diva- Linda Lewis.... plus more quality stuff to get back in tune with!

Have a great week Mixtapers

Grizz- The Soul Mixtape Blog

Barry White- Its only love doing its thing
LAX - All my love
La Boppers- Wrap you up
Keni Burke- Youre the best
Jean Carne- Bet your lucky star
Nancy Wilson- Flying high
Johnny Guitar Watson- Wrapped in black mink
Donald Byrd- Love has come around
Linda Lewis- I’m in love again

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

DJ Ridym - RnB Sessions 11


Welcome mixtapers to RnB Sessions 11 where I showcase artists old and new. This time out we've got 2 from the UK grime scene from J-Hus and KoJo Funds. Rnb favourites Marsha Ambrosius of Floetry duo, Omar and Glen Lewis. Tyrese and Jodeci making us remember the golden era of RnB followed by some new music from Kehlani, SZA and Sade Emoni.
Talented bassist Thundercat sound brilliant live and has been receiving rave reviews recently so its only fair I add this one to the list. 

Have a great week and I'll catch you on flipside. Peace.

1. J Hus - Common Sense
2. Kojo Funds - Warning
3. Marsha Ambrosius - Luh ya
4. Glen Lewis and Dayne Jordan - Defeated
5. Sade Emoni - Deep Down
6. SZA - Broken Clocks
7. Jodeci - Alone
8. Kehlani ft. Chance The Rapper - The Way
9. Tyrese - I Must Be Crazy
10. Thundercat - Show You The Way
11. Omar ft. Leon Ware - Gave My Heart

Sunday, 4 June 2017

DJ Grizz- Uplifting Soul 2017 pt2

Its not often I post 2 'Uplifting' mixes in one year but there seems to be a lot of hate, despair and negativity out there in the world right now. What we need is more love, hope and positivity so here's my small contribution to tipping the scales to the right side... its Uplifting Soul 2017 pt2!

A selection songs to give you an audio hug starts with Donald Byrd helping us push those problems over, Jimmy Cliff reminds us its really a Wonderful World, Build an Ark prays for the whole world, Bill Withers urges a simple smile to make it better and we end with some spiritual Curtis and the Impressions from 1965. Plus many more songs to help you grab life by the lapel and say 'lets go kid' :) .
 
Peace and love Mixtapers

Grizz- The Soul Mixtape Blog

Donald Byrd- Dominoes
Diane Reeves- Today will be a good day
Third World- Rejoice
Jimmy Cliff- Wonderful world
Billy Paul- My heads on straight
Gil Scot Heron- Must be something
Build an ark- Prayer for the whole world
Bill Withers- Make a smile
Curtis Mayfield and the Impressions- People get ready

Monday, 29 May 2017

#TheSoulMixtape Tape No.27 on Nuwaveradio

Tape 27 on nuwaveradio.net features Some great Jazz Funk from Judy Roberts and Kamasi Washington, Soul classics from Brenda Lee Eager, Con Funk Shun and Wendell Harrison as well as tracks from The Strangers, The Simeons and Karriem Riggins. Different styles, different decades, same Soulful blueprint.

Check me out on Nuwaveradio where I have a Jam & Lewis mix, Rare Groove 8 and #TheSoulMixtape 34 on rotation at present, and hold tight here for more mixes from Ridym and Grizz. 3 mixes in 3 days!! You've been spoiled!!!



Sunday, 28 May 2017

DJ Ridym - Reggae Rockers 8


Greetings mixtapers and welcome to Reggae Rockers 8 for your one stop reggae fix sure to blow your daily stresses away and make you feel irie!

This time round its back to the old skool with some killer cuts starting with Horace Andy's Skylarking followed by the dub version from none other than the nutty professor of Dub Mr Lee "scratch" Perry. Two from Augustus Pablo in steppers classic Think Twice and Let's Get Started. 
King Tubbys dub of Alton Ellis/I'm not the guy was a no brainer for this mix with Bobby Melody's rare groove of roots reggae anthems gives the mix the perfect balance. Ending the mix with the mighty Twinkle Brothers Never Get Burn and finally two Dubs from The Roots Radics Band.

The Roots Radics Band are more known for backing big named artists such as Barington Levy, Gregory Isaacs and Michael Prophet however for Flash Gordon meets Luke Skywalker they've teamed up with dub masters Scientist and Prince Jammy's studio to rework Linval Thompsons Skillful Man to produce this dub nugget.

Tune in for more from DJ's SoulnRnB and Grizz. Until next time ✡

1. Horace Andy - Skylarking
2. Lee "Scratch" Perry - Public Jestering
3. Augustus Pablo - Think Twice
4. Linval Thompson - Marijuana
5. Linval Thompson - Jamaican Colley
6. Dennis Brown - Africa We Want to go
7. Augustus Pablo - Let's Get Started
8. King Tubbys - Politricks Dub
9. Bobby Melody - Jah Bring I Joy
10. Twinkle Brothers - Never Get Burn
11. Roots Radics - Flash Gordon Meets Luke Skywalker
12. Roots Radics - The Son of Darth Vader

DJ Grizz- Summer Soul 2017

Sun's out in London! Parks, beaches and pub gardens are busy! We need a soulful soundtrack to go with it! Here's Summer Soul 2017.... packed full of Soul, Jazz funk and Sunshine Grooves for a hot sunny day!

The Summer fest starts with a 60's Soul classic about kicking back in the park, Saun and Starr add some funk to the mix, War gives us their take on Summer cruisin', we've an updated version of the Roy Ayers sunshine anthem, Leon Ware gets away from it all, and we end on the mellowest of Summer grooves with a Kool and the Gang classic.

Enjoy the Soul and the Sun Mixtapers!

Grizz- The Soul Mixtape Blog

Friends of Distinction- Grazing in the grass
Saun and Starr- Sunshine
Phoenix Express- You make my life a sunny day
Al Jarreau and Diane Reeves- Brazilian love affair
War - Summer
Roy Ayers and Erykak Badu- Everybody loves the sunshine
Investigators- Summertime blues
Leon Ware- Holiday
kool and the gang- Summer madness

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

DJ Ridym - Dusty Roads 2


Welcome mixtape fans to the second chapter of Dusty Roads. This time I've decided to mix things up a bit with some world music and what better way to start the global journey than with the jazz-funk dance monster Mysteries of the World.
 Broken beat up next provided by Shokazulu and the 2000 black family. I then stick in a recent version of Bob James' classic Nautilus. 

Keeping with the flow of things we go 3 the afro-beat way before I hit you with pure confusion, an afro-latin tune from German based outfit Truby Trio featuring the talented Spanish vocals of Concha Buika.
I continue the Spanish vibe with Stevie Wonder and Bobbi Humphrey/Mizzell Brothers before taking a last minute diversion and emergency landing this mix in Brazil courtesy of Seu Jorge/Talib Kweli and Sergio Mendes feat. Jill Scott.

As always I hope you enjoy. Adios!

1. MFSB - Mysteries Of The World
2. Shokazulu - Part 4
3. Nautilus - Nuyorican Soul
4. Manu Dibango - New Bell
5. Femi Kuti - Truth Don Die
6. Fertile Ground - Spirit World
7. Truby Trio - Jaleo
8. Bobbi Humphrey - Uno Esta
9. Stevie Wonder - Don't You Worry 'Bout A Thing
10. Talib Kweli - Favela Love (feat.Seu Jorge)
11. Sergio Mendes (feat. Jill Scott) - Let Me

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Dj Grizz- 80's Soul Club Classics 3

Hitch up those leg warmers and square off the shoulder pads Mix-tapers as we take another journey to the dancefloors of yesteryear... its 80's Soul Club Classics Vol.3.

We begin with a massive hit from Midnight Starr, some great formation dancing from the Whispers (check out the vid on YouTube!), Captain Skyy goes electro, there's a Cheryl Lynn 80's anthem, and we end with ex-Slave band member Steve Washington keeping up the Funk quota... plus many more good grooves from the 1980's!

The other blog boys are up soon....enjoy my Funky friends!

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Midnight Star- Midas touch
The Whispers- Keep on loving me
Young and Co- Waiting on your love
Aurra- like i like it
Captain Sky- Dont touch that dial
Cheryl Lynn- Encore
Sinnamon- thanks to you
Active Force- Give me your love
Steve Washington- Please dont go

Monday, 15 May 2017

DJ Ridym - Rare Soul Mix 8


Talk about spoilt for choice, It looks like a great week for all you rare soul lovers out there what with SoulnRnB's This is rare groove part 7 and Grizz's Soul niceness 129 it's practically a rare groove extravaganza!
I've decided to follow suit and add part 8 of my Rare Soul Mixes to the party. Jam packed with an hours worth of top rare soul for you lucky listeners out there with artists Spade Brigade, The Harden Brothers and Cloud One what's not to like? So crank up the volume and let it move you and I'll be back real soon with some more next time.

1. Spade Brigade - I'm Your Man
2. Donna McGhee - Mr Blindman
3. The Jack Sass Band - Where Is The Love
4. Mojoba - Say You Will
5. The Harden Brothers - Deep Inside Of You
6. Damaris - What About Love
7. Curtis Mayfield - Love To Keep You In My Mind
8. Chaka Khan - So Naughty
9. Crystal Clear - Stay With Me
10. Norman Connors - Sing A Love Song
11. Rufus & Chaka Khan - Everlasting Love
12. Love Unlimited - If You Want Me
13. Cloud One - Dust To Dust

Sunday, 14 May 2017

DJ Grizz- Soul Niceness 129

Back for another mix with more quality Soul and Rare Grooves than you can shake a stick at... its Soul Niceness 129!

The Soul-fest starts with a Rare Groove 2step party favourite from Haywood Tucker, there's a Johnny Bristol classic, an early 80's monster from Lowrell, Delegation give us the original to the Arnie's Love hit, and we end on a Blue Eyed Soul nugget from jazz-man Michael Franks... plus more top stuff to get into!!

I'll be back... before you know it!

Grizz- The Soul Mixtape Blog

Haywoode Tucker- Never drive you crazy
Johnny Bristol- strangers in the dark corners
Eric Mercury- Get it right
Lowrell- Mellow mellow right on
Toast- Its just an illusion
Delegation- I figure i’m out of your life
Roy Ayers - Feelin good
Harold Melvin & the Bluenotes- Feels like magic
Michael Franks- One bad habit


Friday, 12 May 2017

This is Rare Groove Part SEVEN. On Nuwaveradio.


Part 7 of my nuwaveradio.net Rare Groove Show includes tracks from Eugene Record, Love Unlimited, LaToya Jackson, Gary Taylor and many more.

Grizz back with you over the weekend and Ill catch you very soon.


Sunday, 7 May 2017

DJ Ridym - Lovers Rock 5


It's Lovers Rock 5 and we've got some good ole favourites for you this time beginning with Carol Thompson's soulful Dreams of You with those vocals that remind me of soul trio The Emotions which is some praise indeed especially as she's solo! Louisa Marks aka Markswoman and the Investigators plus Kofi with lovers rock anthem black pride are all must haves for any lovers rock compilation. Kofi, ex member of lovers rock group Brown Sugar had also worked briefly with Soul II Soul on their 3rd album.

Loads more artists to enjoy on this one so chill out  kick back and enjoy and I'll be back real soon with some more mixes.

1. Carol Thompson - Dreams Of You
2. Junior English - Take Care Of Yourself
3. Matumbi - After Tonight
4. Lloyd Brown - I Know
5. Heptics - Natural Woman
6. Dee Sharp - Let's Rub It Up
7. Louisa Marks - Keep It Like It Is
8. Investigators - Love Is What You Make It
9. Kofi - Black Pride
10. Dennis Brown - Love Has Found It's Way
11. Sugar Minott - Mind Blowing Decisions
12. Leroy Sibles - Break Up To Make Up

DJ Grizz- Smokey Robinson Mix

Todays mix is a tribute to one of the great voices of Soul, the man who almost invented 'Quiet Storm'... Smokey Robinson! A career that started in the 50's with hits in the 60's 70's and 80's both with the Miracles and as a solo singer/songwriter but also as a founder of Motown records... you know you are a musical icon when you can be instantly identified by just your first name- here's my 'Smokey' mix!

As always it a very personal choice from a large back catalogue but we start with an all time 60's classic- Tears of a Clown, there's a laid back anthem in Cruising, a favourite of mine in Family Song, the iconic Tracks of my Tears, and ends on the Mellow Soul blueprint for all Mellow Soul Grooves in Quiet Storm... plus more!

Back before long with more good stuff!

Grizz- The Soul Mixtape Blog

Tears of a clown
Satisfaction
Cruising
Wanna know my mind
Ever had a dream
Family song
Ooh baby baby
Tracks of my tears
Quiet Storm

Monday, 1 May 2017

SoulNRnB's Street Sounds Sessions 2017 PART ONE



First of this years upfront mixes has some BIG names:

Thundercat; Omar feat. the late great Leon Ware; A Soul II Soul reunion in the form of Simon Law and Caron Wheeler; Some great Hip Hop from Talib Kweli and Raekwon; The excellent Moonchild; Jazzy Jeff's genius project The PLAYlist feat Glenn Lewis...... I could go on but just press play below and you'll see what I mean!

Dont forget to check me out on Nuwaveradio.net and i'll be back soon with some more great music courtesy of #TheSoulMixtape


Sunday, 30 April 2017

DJ Grizz- The Best of Jazz Funk 2

Back for another helping of the old school dance floor good stuff- its The Best of Jazz Funk Vol.2!

This selection of spinners and shufflers starts with George Dukes ode to beaches and bikinis in Brazilian Love Affair, Herbie does his thing, Brit Jazz-Funkers offer a weekender anthem in Flying High, there's a classic Grover Washington Jr live tune, more Brazilian goodness from Gilberto Gil and we end on flautist's Hubert Laws tribute to Family... plus more!

Enjoy a Jazzy weekend Mixtapers!

Grizz- The Soul Mixtape Blog

George Duke- Brazilian love affair
B Baker Chocolate co- Snowblower
Herbie Hancock- I though it was you
Freeez- Flying high
Dexter Wansel- Life on mars
Brothers Johnson- Streetwave
Grover Washington Jr- Sausalito
Gilberto Gil- Toda menina bahiana
Hubert Laws - Family

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

DJ Ridym - Old Skool Hip Hop Volume 1



Welcome mixtapers to the first of my new mix series titled Old Skool Hip Hop where I'll be featuring hip hop from east coast, west coast and everything in between.

Volume 1 kicks off with Mos Def's excellent version of Jam On It followed by the original from Newcleus. More electro hip hop from Afrika Bambaataa, Madlib and Man Parish before switching to hardcore east coast rap from the Shaolin kingpins Wu-Tang Clan with tracks from Raekwon, Ghostface Killer and Ol Dirty Bastard AKA ODB.

We then go west coast gangster rap with Snoop and NWA before finishing neatly with Grand Puba and I Like It. Mr Puba, one of our unsung hero's of rap was once a member of rap trio Brand Nubians and prior to this released his debut album with rap group Masters of Ceremony in 1988. Since then he has collaborated with other big name artists such as Missy Elliot, Mary J Blige, Big Daddy Kane, KRS-1, Fat Joe and Q-tip and is still making music with his recent release last year titled Black To The Future.

Enjoy and I'll be back real soon but until then look out for mixes from DJ's SoulnRnB and Grizz.

One Love

1. Mos Def - Jam On It
2. Newcleus - Jam On It
3. Afrika Bambaataa - Planet Rock
4. Madlib - Open (Space)
5. Man Parish - Hip Hop Be Bop
6. Raekwon - Baggage Handlers
7. Ghostface Killa - Wu Banga
8. Wu Tang Clan - Triumph
9. Ol Dirty Bastard - Brooklyn Zoo
10. NWA - Alwayz Into Something
11. Snoop Dogg - Lodi Dodi
12. Grand Puba - I Like It

Sunday, 23 April 2017

DJ Grizz- Soul Niceness 128

Morning Mixtapers- welcome back for another helping of the good stuff! Choc full of Rare Grooves and old Soul its Soul Niceness Vol.128.

Todays dish begins with an Earth Wind and Fire LP gem, Wilbert Longmire gets us looking forward to the Summer with an EWF cover, Jerry Butler gives us a Soul nugget, there's a 60's monster from Sonji Clay (Muhammad Ali's 1st wife!) and we end on some goodness from the Pointer Sisters... plus more!

Catch you soon Soul people!

Grizz- The Soul Mixtape Blog

Earth Wind and Fire- Song in my heart
Wilbert Longmire- Loves holiday
Three Prophets- I think i really love you
Darrow Fletcher- Love is my secret weapon
Richard Dimples Fields- Gotta keep doing
Jerry Butler- Stop steppin on my dreams
Josie James- win your love
Sonji Clay- I cant wait
The Pointer Sisters- The love too good to last

Saturday, 22 April 2017

DJ Ridym - Old Skool 80's Volume 2


Welcome listeners to the Soul Mixtape and this time out we're gonna take a trip in our Delorean and head back to the glorious 80's for some timeless R&B classics.

The cover photo featuring Rene Moore and Angela Winbush acts as the perfect road sign to let you know you've arrived at your destination. The duo faithfully known as Rene & Angela recorded just 3 albums before their break up in '86 but despite this Angela went on to have a long and successful career into the 90's. I suggest if you get the chance check out the video of It's the real thing you'll see a very young Don Cheadle bustin' some ridiculous dance moves that certainly got me laughing I guess we all had to start somewhere!

Other artists in this mix such as Atlantic Star, The Funkmasters, Juicy and The Controllers all contributed to making this the decade for R&B and Boogie (we'll not mention the new jack swing!)

Hope you enjoy it as much as I did and look out for volume 3 next time. Jah Bless

1. Atlantic Starr - Silver Shadow
2. Sahara - Love So Fine
3. Rene & Angela - I Love You More
4. Cashflow - Mine All Mine
5. Angela Winbush - It's The Real Thing
6. Rufus & Chaka Khan - Ain't Nobody
7. Barbara Mitchell - Never Had A Love Like This
8. The Funkmasters - I Can't Believe It's Over
9. Tashan - Read My Mind
10. The Controllers - Stay
11. Viola Wills - Dare To Dream
12. Juicy - Sugar Free
13. Miles Jaye - Let's Start Over

Sunday, 16 April 2017

DJ Grizz- Reggae Got Soul 10

Summertime is just around the corner so lets get into the sunshine mood with a Reggae Version Excursion. Featuring a selection of great Soul tunes but in a Reggae vibe... its Reggae Got Soul Vol. 10!

We start with a version of the Isley Brothers hit, Mahalia Saunders does Erma Franklins (Aretha's big sister) often covered 60's original justice, Rare Groove fans will recognise the Leon Haywood favourite covered by Wendy Walker, Sonia gives us her take on Gwen McCrae's Funky Sensation, and we end on some classic Smokey but done by Bitty Mclean.... and more!

Have a great Easter Mixtapers

Grizz- The Soul Mixtape

Paris Connection- Whos that lady
Blossom Brown- Oh no not my baby
Mahalia Saunders- Piece of my heart
Claudette Miller and the Ebony Sisters- Too much heaven
Roy Gee- Id rather go blind
Wendy Walker- Its got to be mellow
Sonia- Reggae sensation
The Soul Messengers- Do it til your satisfied
Bitty Mclean- Cruising

Saturday, 15 April 2017

#TheSoulMixtape EASTER DOUBLE BILL Tapes No.25 & 26 on Nuwaveradio



Another Double bill of #TheSoulMixtape as featured on Nuwaveradio, especially for your Easter weekend break!

Featuring the likes of Royce Da 5'9, O'Donel Levy, Rockie Robbins, Aquanote, Geraldine Hunt, Kofi, Jhelisa, Reva Devito and many more. Press play below and have a ready made Easter weekend Soundtrack!

Grizz back tomorrow, enjoy your holidays, ill be back soon!




Sunday, 9 April 2017

DJ Ridym - RnB Sessions 10



Howdie mixtapers hope you're enjoying the fantastic weather we're having right now and looking forward to RnB Sessions 10 with that summer vibe that'll hopefully help convince the hot weather to stay around until summer.

This time around I'm rubbing slightly against the grain with some upfront mellow jazz tracks with Sacha Vee, Robert Glasper, RC & The Grits and Ben Locle Soul. Mixing it up slightly shaken but definitely not stirred with some funk from Ms P-Funk herself Georgia Anne Muldrow who also provides her signature sound to the Robert Glasper track The Consequences Of Jealousy teaming up with Meshell Ndegeocello with her unmistakeable voice.

For me rappers Odissee and Chance The Rapper complements this mix just right before I close the deal with a monster  jazz funk nugget by Josef Leimberg.

Hope you enjoy this week's session, make sure you check back with us real soon for some more mixes from the team here at The Soul Mixtape. Peace

1. Sacha Vee - Music Child
2. Karriem Riggins - Summer Maddness S.A
3. Aaron Abernaty - Play It Cool
4. Solange - Cranes In The Sky
5. RC & The Gritz - Melodies
6. Ben Loncle Soul - All The Way
7. RC & The Grits - Leave Me Alone feat. Erykah Badu
8. Robert Glasper - The Consequences Of Jealousy feat. Meshell Ndegeocello
9. Georgia Anne Muldrow - Simple Advice
10. Chance The Rapper - Mixtape
11. Oddisee - No Sugar No Cream
12. Moonchild - Be Free
13. Robert Glasper - Thinking Bout You
14. Josef Leimberg - Intersteller Universe

DJ Grizz- Roy Ayers Mix

Something from the daddy of Jazz Funk today... Mr Roy Ayers. 77 years young this year and still playing on the circuit he was a 70's pioneer of the Jazz Funk sound. Firstly with his band Ubiquity then as a solo artist on the Polydor label Mr Ayer's grooves were a staple of the Soul/jazz Funk club and weekender scene throughout the 70' and 80's. Here's some of his best stuff.

We kick off with a Club monster in Running Away, a cool cut from 1982 in Turn me Loose, there's a collaboration with Crusader Wayne Henderson, an anthem with Love Will Bring Us Back Together, the sublime Searching and end on the huge Everybody Loves The Sunshine- here in a slightly alternate version.... plus many more jazz funk memories from back in the day.

Enjoy your week Mixtapers!

Grizz- The Soul Mixtape Blog

Running Away
Life is just a moment pt2
Turn me loose
No Deposit no return ft Wayne Henderson
I wanna touch you baby
Love will bring us back together
Don’t stop the feeling
Searching
Everybody loves the sunshine (alt take)

Sunday, 2 April 2017

DJ Ridym - Chapter & Verse of DUB


Get your bass levels up and make sure your eardrums are prepped as it's Chapter & Verse of DUB with yours truly the resident dub chemist!

This mix has just the right selection for those of you who like your dub bass maxed out with killer cuts from my favourite sound systems Aba Shanti-I, Jah Shaka and the Vanguard of Dub Iration Steppas plus more from Horace Andy, Mad Professor and Power Steppas.

Mad Professor and Scientist before him were some of the the best dub producers/mixers of their day bringing new ideas with a wide range of dub special effects. I will definitely play something from Scientist next time out probably on my regular Reggae Rockers mix so look out for that one.

To end the mix I went with Roman Stewart's Rice & Peas and followed that with the Iration Steppas version. The Iration Steppas' exclusive dub plate cut of Michael Prophet's you been talking would have been THE perfect track to sign off with but unfortunately that little gem is an exclusive dub plate that I'm sure Mark Iration has under lock and key, but hey maybe one day I can get an exclusive play of it right here at the Soul Mixtape, here's hoping!

Enjoy the dub, Jah Bless.

1. Mad Professor - Afrocentric Dub
2. Mad Professor - Kathmandu
3. The Power Steppers - Aural Exciter
4. Horace Andy - Cuss Cuss in Dub
5. Aba Shanti-I - Ghetto
6. Iration Steppas - No War Dub
7. Jah Shaka & Mad Professor - Wig Wam
8. Aba Shanti-I - Tear Down Babylon
9. Roman Stewart - Rice & Peas
10. Iration Steppas - Rice & Peas


DJ Grizz- Soul Niceness 127

Back with another Soul and Rare Groove extravaganza .... its Soul Niceness 127.

We kick off with an unmistakable Barry White produced Gloria Scott gem, there's the Maurice Jackson original of a Leroy Hutson Rare Groove anthem, some EWandF LP magic, birthday girl Aretha (75 last week) gives us one of her classics, and we end with a Randy Crawford hit from 1981... plus more Soul treasures from way back when.

See you soon Mixtapers!

Grizz- The Soul Mixtape Blog

Gloria scott- A case of too much love making
Maurice Jackson- Lucky fellow
Bonnie Bromlett- Never gonna give you up
KayGees- Be Real
Earth Wind and Fire- Wait
Aretha Franklin- Until you come back to me
The Fuller Brothers- Stranger at my door
Hoagy Lands- Do you know what live is all about
Randy Crawford- Secret Combination

Sunday, 26 March 2017

DJ Ridym - Rare Soul Mix 7



Welcome mixtapers and welcome to my Mothers Day edition of the Rare Soul Mix. This time round we're digging into the classics looking for something a little bit special starting off with a few Northern Soul favourites and a Darrow Fletcher monster followed by Marvin Gaye setting the tone for the rest of the mix with 2 very Marvinesque sounding tracks from Eugene Record and Jeff Perry. A rare Three degrees nugget distant lover helps keep the slow and steady pace .

Tom Brock's nothing in this world that can stop me loving you which was later sampled on Jay Z's Girls, Girls, Girls really made that track something special.  The Queen of Soul Ms Aretha Franklin's Daydreaming is like a cool breeze on a summers day and really makes you look forward to getting away for the summer.

Hope you enjoyed the mix and visit us again real soon for some more good music from DJ's SoulnRnB and Grizz

1. Detroit Emeralds - Feel The Need In Me
2. Freda Payne - Band Of Gold
3. Marvin Gaye - Come Get To This
4. Eugene Record - Overdose Of Joy
5. Darrow Fletcher - It's No Mistake
6. Jeff Perry - Take My Love
7. The Three Degrees - Distant Lover
8. Tom Brock - There's Nothing In This World That Can Stop Me From Loving You
9. Aretha Franklin - Daydreaming
10. Holland Dozier - Why Can't We Be Lovers


DJ Grizz- 80's Soul Club Classics Vol.2

The Delorean is fired up and the leg warmers firmly in place for todays mix.... we go back to my school and early clubbing days for 80's Soul Club Classics Vol.2.

A selection of Soul and Funk classics played in clubs, parties and weekenders back in the day starts with a BB and Q band nugget, there's movers and groovers from both Jocelyn and Sharon Brown, Fat Larry brings a dancefloor anthem and Vicky D gives us an 80's floor-filler to end with... plus many more boogie tunes to bring back those memories!

Catch you soon!

Grizz- The Soul Mixtape Blog

BBnQ- On the beat
Jocelyn Brown- I wish you would
Sharon Brown- I specialize in love
Kid Creole- Loving you made a fool of me
Yvonne Gage- Lover of my dreams
Fat Larrys Band- Act like you know
Starpoint- Bring your sweet lovin back
Miles Jaye- Lets start love over
Vicky D- This beat is mine

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

#TheSoulMixtape DOUBLE BILL Tapes No.23 & 24 on Nuwaveradio



Tapes 23 and 24 feature in a special double bill this week, with lots of 80's soul from the likes of The SOS Band, The Fantastic Aleems and the Winans, some 90's feat Absolute and Biggie Smalls, 00's from Maxwell, Something for the people and Busta Rhymes, Reggae, Soulful House, lots of Hip Hop, new music from Zo!, Jill Scott, The Stuveysants as well as TONS of Rare Groove and soul from the likes of The Trumains, Carl Hall, Melissa Manchester and Madeline Bell to name a few.

Dont forget to check out my show on Nuwaveradio.net as were up to Tape no 32 there showcasing lots of soulful goodness throughout the week and on Sundays at 6pm GMT.

Ridym and Grizz up soon, until then press play below!


Sunday, 19 March 2017

DJ Ridym - RnB Sessions 9



Hi funksters and welcome to RnB Sessions 9 bringing you some old skool RnB favourites for you lucky listeners. Hope you enjoy and I'll catch you next time for some more.

Peace.

1. Jaheim - All Night Long
2. Donell Jones - You Know Whats Up
3. Dennis Taylor - Enough Is Enough
4. Zhane' - Groove Thing
5. Wildchild - Party Up
6. Eric Benet - Why You Follow Me
7. Common/Erykah Badu - All Night Long
8. Kindred The Family Soul - Far Away
9. Case/Joe - Faded Pictures
10. Sweet Sable - Old Times Sake
11. Sparkle - Time To Move On

DJ Grizz- Phyllis Hyman Mix

A tribute to the late great Phyllis Hyman now. A lady with a powerful voice and a string of club and ballad hits throughout the late 70's and 80's. She was first 'discovered' by Soul-Jazz great Norman Connors in the mid 70's before going onto great solo success on both the Buddha and then Arista labels. Here's a selection of her best!

We start with the Rare Groove/Blues party favourite in Don't Tell Me Tell Her, we've 2 Soul Club monsters in Tonight You and Me & You Know How To Love Me (an early formation dance fave!), there's the big hit Under Your Spell and we end on a great Bacharach penned piece of Soul in A Love Too Good To Last.

The other blog boys are back in town soon and I'm back in a week!

Grizz- The Soul Mixtape

Dont tell me tell her
Tonight you and me
You know how to love me
I aint asking
Hold me
Under Your Spell
the Sunshine in my life
If you ever change your mind
The love too good to last

Monday, 13 March 2017

This is Rare Groove Part SIX. On Nuwaveradio.


Part six of my Rare Groove series as heard on Nuwaveradio.net  featuring rare soul and funk from the dustier side of the crates.

Some great tunes from the likes of Nancy Wilson, The Commodores, Arnold Blair, and a great version of "Sweet Vibrations" from the group Rasputins Stash all feature. Volume 7 now playing on the station, and previous editions all available on the blog.

Press play below and enjoy, more from Grizz and Ridym on the flipside.



Sunday, 12 March 2017

DJ Ridym - Reggae Rockers 7


Hello Mixtapers turn up the bass and welcome to Reggae Rockers 7! This week I've brought a few goodies from the reggae vault for your musical pleasure.
Tenor Saw, Barrington Levy and Sugar Minott are there with some firm dancehall favourites. Junior Byles' roots classic "fade away" is a killer for any clash along with a whole heap more that should get you skanking through the evening.

One Love

1. Conroy Smith - Dangerous
2. Tenor Saw - Ring The Alarm
3. Sugar Minott - Jah Jah Rule
4. Greogory Isaacs - Rumours
5. Junior Byles - Fade Away
6. Errol Bellot - Music Fever
7. Willie Williams - Armagideon Time
8. Michael Prophet - Gunman
9. Horace Andy - Mr Bassie
10. Barrington Levy - Under Me Sensi
11. Half Pint - Greetings
12. Jacob Miller - Tenement Yard
13. Barrington Levy - Murderer
14. Carlton Livingston - 100 Weight Of Collie Weed
15. Dennis Brown - Promised Land

DJ Grizz- Soul Niceness 126

Another slice of quality old school Soul and Rare Grooves today... its Soul Niceness 126!

We Kick off with a Rhanni Harris Soul Weekender classic, there's a One Way & Al Hudson hit, one of Motown's biggest songwriters Lamont Dozier features, there's early 80's goodness from Switch and we end with one of the great evergreens of Soul music active from the 60's to the noughties in the great Solomon Burke... plus more to rediscover!

Keep spreading the Soul Love

Grizz- The Soul Mixtape Blog

Rhanni Harris- Six million steps
One Way ft Al Hudson- You can do it
Kwick- I want to dance with you
Alicia Myers- Appreciation
Lamont Dozier- Nobody told me
Kandidate- What are you gonna do
Switch- My friend in the sky
Act of Faith- Lost on a breeze
Solomon Burke- Since i met you baby

Sunday, 5 March 2017

DJ Grizz- The Best Of Jazz Funk



Back to the dusty shelves to bring you something for the fast of foot out there... its The Best Of Jazz Funk. A selection of tunes that bring back those great London area dance club nights of the 70's and 80's.

We kick off with the grand-daddy of Jazz Funk -Roy Ayers (still gigging to this day at 76 years old!), there's the Ronnie Laws original of a club classic, the great Donald Byrd plays a JF anthem, sample diggers will recognise the Billy Brooks track and we end on a Ramsey Lewis / Earth Wind & Fire collaboration... plus more good tunes to get your feets a movin'!!

Enjoy!

Grizz- The Soul Mixtape Blog

Roy Ayres- Cant you see me
Ronnie Laws-Always there
Bob James- Westchester lady
Johnny Hammond- Fantasy
Donald Byrd- Places and spaces
Charles Earland- Let the music play
Webster Lewis- Barbara Ann
Billy Brooks - 40 days
Ramsey Lewis- Sun goddess

Saturday, 4 March 2017

DJ Ridym - Rare Soul Mix 6


Todays edition of Rare Soul Mix is a collection of some classic gems compiled by yours truly to help you lose the winter blues. Lord knows we've seen our fair share of stormy weather here in dear old blighty over the past month and with the Easter bunny just around the corner lets hope he brings the promise of spring and some well deserved daylight to cheer us up!

I kick this one off with a Lilo Shifrin corker, Lee McDonalds excellent rendition of we've only just begun and Wendell Harrisons brilliant take time out along with Geraldine Hunt both of which I can't stop playing recently. Three more recent tracks follow and then we're back to the rarer stuff and every one is a winner before I sign off with the haunting life race from Cloe Martin.

I'll be back soon but until then enjoy, One Love 👊

1. Lalo Schifrin - Middle of the Night
2. Lee McDonald - We Only Just Begun
3. Wendell Harrison - Take Time Out
4. Geraldine Hunt - You Brought Joy
5. Gap Band - Keep Holding On
6. Gwen Guthrie - Sweet Bitter Love
7. Adriana Evans - Looking For Your Love
8. Conrad Benjamin - I Want To Let You Know
9. Le Pamplemousse - I've Been Watching You
10. Dionne Warwick - Can't Hide Love
11. Ebonee Webb - Woman
12. Cloe Martin - Life Race

Sunday, 26 February 2017

DJ Grizz- Chaka Khan Mix

Todays mix is an appreciation of one of the 70's and 80's great Soul and Funk icons- its Ms Yvette Stevens.... better known as Chaka Khan. A large back catalogue of nuggets and hits to choose from not to mention a cameo in the Blues Brothers film what's not to love about Ms Khan. Either as part of the great 70's Soul/Funk band Rufus or later as a solo singer here's my favourites!

We start with a Rufus funk-soul monster in Do You Love What You Feel, there's the disco tinged Clouds, a great jazz interpretation in A Night In Tunisia, the wicked Stay, and we end on a live version of Sweet Thing to show off that powerful voice... plus more (indeed I could easily have done a 2 parter to cover all my faves!)

Enjoy fellow Mixtapers!

Grizz- The Soul Mixtape Blog

Do you love what you feel
Clouds
A night in Tunisia
Eye to eye
I'm every woman
Packed my bags
Stay
Tell me something good
Sweet Thing (live)

Thursday, 23 February 2017

#TheSoulMixtape Tape No.22 on Nuwaveradio


Volume 22 of  #TheSoulMixtape features a selection of Soulful House, some Hip Hop courtesy of The Stuyvesants (Both as themselves, remixes and productions), a great sprinkling of 80's Soul, some Broken and lots more. As usual an eclectic mix of styles and sounds, but always with that soul!

Be sure to check out latest episodes of the show on nuwaveradio.net as well as upcoming mixes from Ridym and Grizz. Ill be back soon with some Rare Groove.

Monday, 20 February 2017

DJ Ridym - RnB Sessions 8


Session 8 of my RnB mix focuses on the late great Marvin Gaye with recent releases that have in someway been inspired by his music. Starting with a Salaam tribute mix which leads nicely into Eloise Laws - Ain't It Good Feeling Good which for me has Marvin written all over it. Floacist, Raheem Devaughn, Jamie Hawkins and BJ The Chicago Kid are all modern artists who have got his sound down to a T.

Add to this Carl Hall's rare groove nugget what about you plus one classic cut from the man himself with where are we going compliments this mix and provides just the right balance for your listening ears. As with the Stevie Wonder tribute I'll be doing another mix later on down the line dedicated to the great man but until then stay tuned mixtapers!

1. Marvin Gaye - Falling In Love Again(Salaam Mix)
2. Eloise Laws - Ain't It Good Feeling Good
3. The Floacist ft. Raheem Devaughn - Start Again
4. Jamie Hawkins - Next To You
5. Erick Sermon - Music
6. Marvin Gaye - What's Going On(Beatnick/Salaam Mix)
7. Marvin Gaye - Where Are We Going
8. Carl Hall - What About You
9. Marc Mac - Tell Me Now feat. Marvin
10. BJ the Chicago Kid - Turnin Me Up

Sunday, 19 February 2017

DJ Grizz- Soul Niceness 125

2017 is whizzing by but, no fear, we'll always be here with quality Soul and Grooves from way back when. As if to prove it here's Soul Niceness Vol. 125!

The latest volume starts with a Bill Withers goodie, Ohio funk-masters Slave bring a wicked LP cut from 1982, there's a TS Monk classic cut, Tony Drake gives us his version of an often covered classic and we end on a timeless piece of Stevie.... plus much more!

Catch y'all soon

Grizz- The Soul Mixtape Blog

Bill Withers- Oh yeah
Gene Dunlap- Lets talk
Convention ft Leroy Burgess- Lets do it
Slave - Ill be gone
TS Monk- Bon Bon Vie
Con Funk Shun- Da lady
Terri Bryant- Everythings wonderful
Tony Drake- Living in the footsteps
Stevie Wonder- You are the sunshine of my life

Sunday, 12 February 2017

DJ Ridym - Lovers Rock 4




Valentines is the theme for the latest installment of my Lovers Rock mix and we get straight into it with Lefty Bantons you are my lady followed by a Lovers Rock version of Denise Williams soul classic cos you love me baby. We also have popular Lovers Rock & Soul legend sound system Sir Lloyd producing Gilroy Sidden's you've changed, good to see the sound still going strong these days keep it up lads!
Dennis Brown and Aswad who coincidently collaborated on the sound clash special promised land which will feature in my upcoming clash mix but enough said about that you'll just have to keep checking the blog for it 😉

That's all from me until next time mixtapers have a very happy Valentines from us here at the Soulmixtape and remember if you can't be with the one you love, love the one you're with! Peace

1. Lefty Banton - You Are My Lady
2. Paulette Tajah - Cos You Love Me Baby
3. Private Collection - Direction
4. Sir Lloyd And Gilroy Sidden - Youve Changed
5. Bashera - Men Cry Too
6. Vivian Jones And Deborahe Glasgow - The First
7. Mike Anthony - Walk Away From Love
8. The Undivided Roots Band - Party Night
9. Dennis Brown - Someone Special
10. Aswad - Back to Africa
11. Caroll Campbell - Between Me And You