Sunday, 10 December 2017

DJ Grizz- 70's Soul Club Classics!

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

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

Catch you soon Mixtapers

Grizz- The Soul Mixtape Blog

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

Saturday, 9 December 2017

DJ Ridym - Rare Soul Mix 13

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

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

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

Peace ✌ funksters!

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

Friday, 8 December 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, 3 December 2017

DJ Grizz- Xmas Soul 2017

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

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

Ho Ho Ho indeed Mixtapers

Grizz- The Soul Mixtape Blog

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

Thursday, 30 November 2017

DJ Ridym - Bob Marley

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

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

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

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

One love 🔯

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

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

#TheSoulMixtape Tape No.37 on Nuwaveradio

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

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

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

Sunday, 26 November 2017

DJ Grizz- Odyssey

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

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

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

Grizz- The Soul Mixtape Blog

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

Sunday, 19 November 2017

DJ Ridym - Rare Soul Mix 12

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

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

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

DJ Grizz- 80's Soul Club Classics 6

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

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

Stay Soulful Mixtapers

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

Monday, 13 November 2017

#TheSoulMixtape Tape No.36 on Nuwaveradio

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

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