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.

Sunday, 16 July 2017

DJ Grizz- Kool and the Gang

Another Soul Super-group features today.... 70's and 80's, million sellers- Kool and the Gang! From their early 70's origins as a hard funk/jazz band through to their later Disco/Pop-Soul sound they are loved by discerning crate diggers and commercial pop lovers alike. Here's a selection of mainly their early funky stuff and a smattering of some late 70's early 80's disco party grooves!

We start in funk mode with Jungle Boogie, there's another funk classic with Funky Stuff (they opened with this when I saw them at Finsbury Park Rainbow around 1980), we've Light of The Worlds- the track a certain Britfunk band named themselves after, we get into disco mode with Steppin' Out and Ladies Night and end on a mellow Jazz-Funk anthem in Summer Madness.

Catch you soon Mixtapers!

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Jungle Boogie
Funky stuff
Hollywood swinging
Light of Worlds
Steppin out
Take my heart
Ladies Night
Too Hot
Summer madness

Monday, 10 July 2017

DJ Ridym - RnB Sessions 12

This instalment of RnB Sessions focuses it's spotlight on the Jazz side of Hip Hop and RnB. No one can doubt the influence of Jazz on Hip Hop and RnB and the impact it's been having on new artists such as London based rapper Alpha Mist and Dubliner Rejjie Snow representing the rap scene in Ireland.  

French Kiwi Juice (FKJ) team up with London based Soul and Jazz-Funk singer/producer Tom
Misch for the seriously funky losing my way. Tom is doing great things out there so definitely on my radar. 

Common, Slum, De la and Outkast merge into each other to provide a seamless jazzy hip hop ride finishing right back where I started with Indigo Jam Unit's jazz take on Commons come close.

Enjoy and I'll be back real soon with DJ's SoulnRnB and Grizz real soon. Jah bless 

1. Common - Come Close
2. Alfa Mist - Closer ft. Lester Duval
3. Conya Doss - Fragments
4. Rejjie Snow - Purple Tuesday
5. OutKast - Reset
6. Slum Village - Where We Come From
7. De La Soul - Stakes Is High
8. Terrace Martin - No Wrong
9. FKJ & Tom Misch - Losing My Way
10. Pharell and The Yessirs - Our Father
11. Braxton Brothers - Never Take Your Love Away
12. Indigo Jam Unit - Come Close

Sunday, 9 July 2017

DJ Grizz- Soul Niceness 131

Back with a further instalment of the best in Rare Grooves and revival Soul... its Soul Niceness 131!

We kick off with a slice of early 80's funk from Cameo, there's more get-down goodness from Maurice and the boys i.e. Earth Wind and Fire, Rufus and Chaka give us a great take on the Bee Gees hit, there's a 2 step gem from Tavares and we end on a hard to find Rare Groove nugget from Positive Force... and plenty more to savour.

Keep sharing the Soul love Mixtapers!

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Cameo- Soul Army
Earth Wind and Fire- Let your feelings show
Rufus and Chaka- Jive talkin
Sunrize- Hello Love
Patrice Rushen- feels so real
Freddie Hubbard- Rock me arms
Tavares- Never had a love like this
Little Royal Torrence- Jealous
Positive Force- Give you my love

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

#TheSoulMixtape Tape No.28 on Nuwaveradio

Tape 29 of #TheSoulMixtape Recipe:

4 portions of 9th Wonder
2 pounds of King Tubby
Mix thoroughly with some 80's Soul boy Classics
A dash of soulful Broken

Or, just press play below.

Check me out on and Ridym/Grizz back with you shortly.

Monday, 3 July 2017

DJ Ridym - Chapter & Verse of DUB 2

Greetings one and all to the second instalment of my chapter & verse of DUB series where I bring you the best in dub and roots music.

This weeks instalment has two from Kenny Knots who had a number one hit back in the day with watch all the people dancing recorded by Unity sound system. Kenny went on to record a whole bunch of music working with the bush chemists, Jah Tubbys and currently with Scottish sound system Mungos Hi-Fi

Some more heavyweight dub from Jah Warrior, Dubkasm and Tony Roots make this a speaker popping, chest caving experience you'll no doubt want to turn the bass up for this one!

I'll be back with more next week until then Peace

1. Kenny Knots - Jah Is To Be Praised
2. Kenny Knots - Jah Is To Be Praised Bong Mix
3. Tony Roots - Hola Zion
4. Tony Roots - Zion Dub
5. Kenny Knots - Battlefield
6. Kenny Knots - Battlefield Dub
7. Dubkasm - Higher Judgement Aba Shanti I Mix
8. Jah Warrior - Strictly Yard Music

Sunday, 2 July 2017

DJ Grizz- Mellow Soul Classics

Something now for all you Soul lovers who need some chill-time. A selection of 70's and 80's Soul tunes on the mellow side... its Mellow Soul Classics Vol. 1!

Our first laid back nugget comes from the masters- Earth Wind and Fire, Randy Crawford covers Simply Red, there's a Rare Groove anthem from Shirley Jones, Booker T sings the 1981 original of the Kenny Thomas hit, the Isley Brothers give us a well sampled gem and we end on a great cut from a later Teena Marie LP... plus more mellow monsters to lay back to!

Back with more digs from the crates real soon!

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Earth Wind and Fire- Reasons
Norman Conners ft Phyllis Hyman- Betcha by golly wow
Randy Crawford- Holdin back the years
Booker T Jones- The best of you
Atlantic Starr- Second to none
Shirley Jones- Do you get enough love
Isley Brothers- Footsteps in the dark
The Spinners- How could i let you get away
Teena Marie- I’m still in love

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


 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
Dont you worry bout a thing
Bird of beauty ft Minnie Ripperton
Do i do
Golden Lady

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 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