Sunday, 24 July 2016

DJ Grizz- SoulJazz Versions 2016 pt 2

Its time to give those Soul and Jazz Funk cover versions another whirl in Soul Jazz Versions 2016 pt2!

We start with UK Jazz Funkers Gonzalez giving us their take of the Dramatics gem, The Soul Fantastics funk up Bill Withers, Fat Larrys do Jean Carne, Kele Le Roc does a 90's RnB version of the LA Boppers Rare Groove classic, Hubert Laws jazzies up Van Morrison and we end on a Latin cover of Stevie Wonder!

Catch you soon Mixtapers! RidyM and Mr S are not far behind....

Grizz- The Soul Mixtape Blog

Gonzalez- Whatcha see is whatca get
Elaine Elias - Toda menina baiana
The Soul Fantastics- aint no sunshine
Redd Holt Unlimited- I shot the sheriff
Fat Larrys Band- Don’t let it go to your head
Kele Le Roc- You did it good
Norman feels- Til’ you come back to me
Hubert Laws- moondance
Sergio Mendes & Brasil77- Dont you worry bout a thing

Monday, 18 July 2016

DJ Ridym Presents - Reggae Rockers Volume 2

Going in double hard this week with numero 2 of the Reggae Rockers mix. Mixing it up from the get-go with a short intro from Japanese Jazz Funker's Jazztronik, dedicated to the Japanese crew out there that have been following this series.
Getting straight to it with Jacob Miller's keep on knocking and the no:1 roots rockers anthem of all time PROPHECY.  No sound system worth their weight in bass could declare there love for reggae and not have this speaker popping classic blessing their dance hall at the end of the session. Warning: Serious Bass alert!

Sir Coxsone gives us homeward bound followed by the classic Babylon made popular in the scene from the film 'Babylon' where JAH SHAKA plays this dub plate in a sound clash against the upcoming challenger JAH LION.

Continuing the mix with some more ear bleeding basslines before signing off  just as hard as it began with Dillinger at King Tubby's in DUB.

Next up DJ Grizz & SoulnRnB will be back to whet your soulful appetite but until then stay blessed mixtapers.

1. Jazztronik - Click Clock (Big-up Japan crew)
2. Jacob Miller - Keep On Knocking
3. Fabienne (Fabian) Mirawada - Prophecy
4. Sir Coxsone Sound - Zion Bound
5. Johnny Clarke - Babylon
6. Rebel Regulars & General Saint - Jah Love
7. Cornell Campbell & Ranking Dread - Bandulu
8. Don Carlos - Nice Time (Late Nite Blues)
9. Horace Andy - Cus Cus
10. Dillinger at King Tubby's - Dub

Sunday, 17 July 2016

DJ Grizz- Soul Niceness 115

Time for more Rare Groove and Soul from the crates.... its Soul Niceness 115!

The quality meter, as always, is ramped up to 11 out of 10! We kick-off with those Scottish funk-masters The Average White Band and their cover of the Bacharach classic, there's a Rare Groove gem from Candy Bowmen, a bit hit from Change ft Luther, Donald Byrd gives us an early 80's monster, and we end with the late great 60's Soul voice of Bobby Bland... plus many more to fill your Soul quota!

The next mix is only a week away Mixtapers so share the Soul love!

Grizz- The Soul Mixtape Blog

Average White Band- Walk on by
Candy Bowman- since i found you
Carole Dionne- I’m in love with you
Change- The glow of love
Odyssey-Hang together
Jorge Dalto- Ease my pain
Donald Byrd- Loving You
Lucifer- Dont you think the times a comin’
Bobby Bland- Ain’t nothing you can do

Thursday, 14 July 2016

SUMMER SPECIAL 2: #TheSoulMixtape Tape 12-14 as heard on Nuwaveradio

OK, Summer, at least in the UK, has not really got started. So lets give this another go. Three more ~TheSoulMixtape shows as featured on and showcasing tracks both new and old, from a range of genres of Black Music, from the 70's till today.

First up, classics from The Gap Band, Wally Badarou and Jermaine Jackson nuzzle up against Dennis Brown, Blakai and....... Liza Minelli?? Trust me, its a tune.

This one has a little tribute to one of our all time heroes, Mr Steve Arrington, as well as hip hop from Phife and Homeboy Sandman, some cool rarities and some Soulful House from Reel People.

 And Tape 14 features new music from Kaytranada, Maxwell, and Miles Bonny, alongside Sir Coxsone, Dexter Wansel, Dilla, New Sector Movement, and more. Sounds mad right? Proof is in the listening!

Ill be back in two weeks, but im sure Grizz and Ridym will have your back till then. My THIS IS RARE GROOVE 4 is currently playing on Nuwaveradio, so check it out.

Sunday, 10 July 2016

DJ Grizz- Bobby Womack Mix

Todays mix is a tribute to the late great Bobby Womack, the man with the gritty soul vocals. A career that covered almost 60 years from 1st performing with Sam Cooke, then his early 1960's group The Valentino's, through extensive solo success in the 70's and 80's to an almost revival of his talents just before he passed in 2014 (just weeks before he was due to play at a Festival in East London just up the Road from me!!).

Here's a personal choice of my favourite Bobby tracks including soul steppers party favourite Daylight, club classic How Could You Break My Heart, I Can Understand It also recorded with The Valentinos, the often covered Welcome Stop On By, and a real nugget in Give It Up.

Catch you soon!

Grizz- The Soul Mixtape Blog

Womans gotta have it
How could you break my heart
I can understand it
Your’e welcome stop on by
Thats the way i feel about cha
I dont wanna be hurt by love
Lay your lovin on me
Give it up

Saturday, 9 July 2016

This is Rare Groove Part Three on Nuwaveradio

Part 3 of my series of Rare Groove mixes for Nuwaveradio include classics from Archie Bell and the Drells and Natural Four, to rarer tunes from Michel Urbaniak and Laura Allen.

Part 4 will be featured on  Nuwaveradio this week, and keep an ear out for my #TheSoulMixtape mixes which not only feature upfront, Hip Hop, Soul, Jazz and Funk, but also Rare Groove tunes like the ones found on this mix.

A treat coming your way tomorrow in the form of a Bobby Womack mix from Grizz so stay tuned!

Thursday, 7 July 2016

DJ Ridym - Old Skool 80's

Hi mixtapers this week I'm bringing you some of the biggest R&B anthems from the 80's to sing along to.

The 80's? ...New Jack Swing had us doing the running man :( and The Time had us doing the bird but we forgive them because they also gave us Guy and Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. We dressed baggy and colorful and couldn't get enough of those well rounded electronic baselines that became the signature of the 80's.

So kick back and enjoy until next time, next up SoulnRnB and DJ Grizz

1. Evelyn King - I'm In Love
2. The System - I Just Wanna Make You Feel Good
3. Thelma Houston - You Used To Hold Me So Tight
4. Howard Johnson - Stand Up
5. Affair - Please Don't Break My Heart
6. Sahara - Love So Fine
7. Rose Royce - Magic Touch
8. Loose Ends - Hanging On A String
9. SOS Band - No One's Gonna Love You
10. Maxwell - Ascension (Jay Dee Remix)
11. Roberta Gilliam - All I Want Is My Baby
12. Active Force - Give Me Your Love
13. Perri - I'm The One
14. Change - Let's Go Together

Sunday, 3 July 2016

DJ Grizz- Wind Down Soul 8

I'm back for all you Mixtapers with some help to chill out with more mellow old Soul and Jazz... its Wind Down Soul Volume 8.

The laid back gems start with Nancy Wilsons ode to a difficult break up in Go Away Little Boy, we've 70's Soul-girl trio Hodges James and Smith, some sublime jazz from Doug Hammond, The Dramatics do their stuff, and Phoebe Snow finishes with No Regrets... plus more chill-out treasures.

Back real soon but I'm sure the other guys will keep you entertained in the meantime

Grizz- The Soul Mixtape Blog

Nancy Wilson- Go away little boy
The Bonnervilles- I’ll be right there
Hodges James and Smith- Signaly our intention
Doug Hammond- Moves
Big Dee Irwin- Follow my heart
Connie Questrell- Tell me what to do
Ohio Players- Dont fight my love
The Dramatics- Ocean of thoughts and dreams
Phoebe Snow- No regrets

Sunday, 26 June 2016

DJ Grizz- Soul Niceness 114

At the end of a fateful week for the UK whether you are 'In' or 'Out' we hope that you stay 'Down' with the good music on the blog and Mixcloud. Have some good old Soul and Rare Grooves from the 70's & 80's on us... its Soul Niceness Vol. 114.

We've some serious Rare Groove goodness from Norman Feels, there's the Walrus of Love- doing his thing, Minnie Ripperton joins us, London boys Hi Tension make another appearance, Philly legend Bunny Sigler drops by and we end with the original version of a big disco hit from Loleatta Holloway... plus much more.

Hope you checked out the serious reggae 'riddums' on DJ Ridy M yesterday and Mr S is up soon too!

Stay Soulful guys!

Grizz- The Soul Mixtape Blog

Norman Feels- I’ll show you the way
Barry White- Its only love doing its thing
Minnie Ripperton- How could i love you more
Janette Renee- Whats on your mind
Hi Tension- If it moves you
Genobia Jeter- All of my love
Bunny Sigler- Somebody loves you
Loleatta Holloway- Casanova

Saturday, 25 June 2016

DJ Ridym Presents: Reggae Rockers Volume 1

Dedicated to all the sound systems big or small this comp packs a mighty punch with some heavyweight roots reggae and dub classics that'll have your head bobbing to hypnotic bass lines that'd loosen many a door hinge and floorboard of dance halls back in the day.

Sounds like Sir Coxsone, Jah Tubby's, Saxon Studio, Jah Marcus, Jah Shaka, Fatman and King Earthquake to name a few are the ambassadors of roots reggae music and are still plying their trade today alongside newer sound systems like Mungo's Hifi (Scotland), Sentinel (Germany) and Iration Steppas (UK) who grew up listening to them,

Clubs like Phebe's, 4 Aces and club Noreik would often host sound clashes between sound systems challenging each other in a dub v dub clash to see who was the best and were often regarded as being on equal pegging with their Jamaican counterparts.

Dub plates or 'specials' would be the ammunition used to decide these clashes and often owners would go to great lengths to source dubs cut by artists for their respective sound systems. Such was the competition at the time that it paid to be connected to the studios as Jamaican artists would have a string of sound owners waiting in the studio wings to cut a special literally minutes after an artist has recorded their song.

So mixtapers switch on your sounds and let the bass flow as your resident dub chemist selects the tunes to make you feel irie!  Next up DJ Grizz with some soulful sounds ...Jah Bless & One Love to all - DJ Ridym

John Holt - Strange Things
Big Youth - Miss Lou Ring a Bing
Linval Thompson - Cool Down Your Temper
Barry Brown - Cool Pon Your Corner
King Tubby's - Isolation (Dub)
Linval Thompson - Natty Dread Girl
African Brothers - Lead Us Father
African Brothers - Lead Us Father (Dub)
Gregory Isaacs - Babylon Too Rough
Sylford Walker - Lambs Bread
Glen Brown - Lambs Bread
Welton Irie - Lambs Bread International
Jah Woosh - I'm Alright
The Wailing Souls - Very Well
The Wailing Souls - Very Well (Dub)