Sunday, 25 September 2016

DJ Grizz- Change Mix

This mornings mix is a tribute to one of the early 80's best Soul-Funk Bands - Change. Beginning as an Italian Studio Band formed by producer Jacques Fred Petrus they were responsible for a string of Soul Club Classics and Funk/Disco hits from 1979 through to the mid 80's. They had collaborations with Jam & Lewis not to mention helping to launch the career of Luther Vandross who sang on their early hits.

Here's my little selection of Change favourites including Heaven of My Life, the massive Glow of Love, the great Miracles, a bass slapping monster in Paradise, a beach anthem in Lovers Holiday and ending on the club hit Searching.

SoulNRnB and DJ RidyM are never far away!

Catch you soon Mix-tapers!

Grizz- The Soul Mixtape Blog

Heaven of my life
The Glow of love
Hold tight
Take you to heaven
The very best in you
A lovers holiday

Thursday, 22 September 2016

#TheSoulMixtape Tape No.18 on Nuwaveradio

Tape 18 of #TheSoulMixtape features tributes to both Erykah Badu and Muhammad Ali who passed away just before the show went out on Add to that some soul classics and some funk rarities and you've got an hour of class.

As usual, tracklist on the Mixcloud player below; And be sure to stay tuned for upcoming mixes from DJ Ridym and Grizz.

Sunday, 18 September 2016

DJ Ridym - Soul Weekender 1

Back again folks with a new series incorporating good music from those halcyon days of the great British soul institution affectionately known as The Soul Weekender.

Caister, Margate, Prestatyn and Skegness, these were the UK holiday destinations for young and old to escape their 9-5 and get on down to some of the best in soul music listening to DJ's like Chris Hill, Froggy, Greg Edwards and Robbie Vincent providing the good grooves. 

Soul Weekender is my tribute to those hard core ravers who endured 48 hours of non-stop dancing, singing and drinking which normally kicks off at the Main Hall but then breaks out into smaller Chalet Raves until the wee hours of the morning where you'd attempt to drag what was left of you and your mates to the local cafe for breakfast before heading to the pool party for some fun and games, I salute you all! 

1. Phyllis Hyman - You Know How To Love Me
2. Teena Marie - I Need Your Lovin
3. Jean Carne - Don't Let It Go To Your Head 
4. Cashflow - Mine All Mine
5. Joycelyn Brown - Somebody Else's Guy
6. Maze Feat. Frankie Beverly - Before I Let You Go
7. The Funkmasters - I Can't Believe It's Over
8. Meli'sa Morgan - Fool's Paradise
9. Keni Burke - Risin' To The Top
10. The Jacksons - Give It Up
11. Odyssey - Don't Tell Me Tell Her

DJ Grizz- Soul Niceness 118

I'm back on the Rare Groove and Soul crate diggin' this week with Soul Niceness vol. 118!

We kick off with a Rare Groove party favourite from Passion, we keep it 2step with Ray Goodman and Brown, there's a forgotten gem from the LA Boppers, some Disco vibes from Miami, a bluesy Soul goodie from Johnny Guitar Watson and end with an early 80's treat from the big man himself Barry White... plus more!

Catch you real soon..

Grizz- The Soul Mixtape Blog

Passion-Midnight lovers
Ray Goodman and Brown- Saying goodbye is easy
YBS- If you ever change your mind
LA Boppers- If you go
Future Flight- You should’ve been there
Miami- Kill that roach
Johnny Guitar Watson- Gor for it
Zenith- Honey love
Barry White- Love making music

Sunday, 11 September 2016

DJ Grizz- Wind Down Soul 9- The Love Songs

Something this morning for the romantics out there- a selection of classic old chilled out Soul and Jazz celebrating Love.... its Wind Down Soul 9- The Love Songs!

We start the snuggle selection suitably with a duet from Teena Marie and Ronnie McNeir, the Walrus of Love is up next, Jimmy Helms gives us his high pitched hit, Dianne Reeves lends some smooth Jazz to a classic love song, Ann Peebles has a Hi Records love ballad on 2nd thoughts and we end on an Isley Brothers tender Soul classic.... plus more songs of affection to re-acquaint yourself with!

Teena Marie Ronnie Mcneir- My baby loves me
Barry White- Let me in and lets begin love
Jimmy Helms- Gonna make you an offer
Dianne Reeves- Lovin you
Roberta Flack- Feel like making love
Gene Dunlap- Before you break my heart
Ann Peebles- I still love you
Blackbyrds- Soft and eaey
Isley Bros- Living for the love of you

My blog brothers Mr S and DJ R are up soon. I'm back before you know it... love and peace!

Grizz- The Soul Mixtape Blog

Thursday, 8 September 2016

DJ Ridym - Rare Soul Mix 1

It brings me great pleasure to introduce the very 1st of my rare groove compilation's RARE SOUL MIX bringing you some of my own personal favorites to introduce the series. Each one a gem in it's own right but carefully selected together into one mix really does make it something special.

Like the stunning vocals of Clarice Taylor on James Mason's Funny Girl taking you on her journey as she's whisked away from the doldrums to somewhere more enchanting and with the promise of love and more to come.

I always say 'Strings bring the drama' and none more so than Freda Payne's - Tell Me and Millie Jackson's - Rising Cost of Love. Brief Encounter's - Human has the ladies pointing to the ceiling saying 'oooo that's my jam right there!'

I sign off the whole bloody affair with a Leroy Hutson (who else?!) big production 2-step classic.

Up next: DJ Grizz and SoulNRnB until then Jah Bless, Love and Guide you all!

1. Prince - My Love Is Forever
2. Phil Upchurch - When And If I Fall In Love
3. Rasa - When Will The Day Come
4. Willie Hutch - I Like Everything About You
5. Brief Encounter - Human
6. Freedom Express - Fancy Free
7. James Mason - Funny Girl
8. Freda Payne - Tell Me Please
9. Millie Jackson - Rising Cost Of Love
10. Nancy Wilson - Let's Hold On To Love
11. Leroy Hutson - So Much Love


#TheSoulMixtape Tape No.17 on Nuwaveradio

Tape No.17 is based around the 1979 version of "Little Sunflower" by Freddie Hubbard, sampled many times including by ATCQ. The tracks selected all have that String laden soul vibe and includes changes in tempo just like the reference track. One of my personal faves.

Grizz and Ridym back soon, check out the latest Street Sounds Session mix now playing on

Sunday, 4 September 2016

DJ Grizz- Al Green Mix

The Reverend Al Green, one of sweetest voices in Soul is the subject of todays mix. The biggest act on Willie Mitchells Memphis 'Hi Records' label with its distinctive sound Al started recording in the late 60's and was still putting out quality Soul music as late as 2008! Heres some of Al's music that speak to me the most!

We start with the 1972 masterpiece Love and Happiness, next up an Al 'souled out' version of the Beatles, there's Keep on Pushing Love from 1995 and still every bit as good as his early recordings, we've the sublime dreamy Stay With Me By The Sea, and it ends one of the greats in I'm Still In Love With You... plus much more Al magic to relive!

Back soon mixtapers!

Grizz- The Soul Mixtape Blog

Love and happiness
i wanna hold your hand
Keep on pushing love
Look what you done for me
Funny how time slips away
Stay with me by the sea
Feels like summer
I’m still in love with you

Sunday, 28 August 2016

DJ Grizz- Reggae Got Soul 8

Its Bank Holiday Weekend in the UK and that can only mean one thing for Londoners (apart from traffic jams and DIY) and that's Carnival! Here's a little Reggae mix of Soul cover tunes to get you into the Notting Hill mood... its Reggae Got Soul 8!

The excursion starts with Lovers Queen Janet Kay and her take on Rose Royce, Storm do Archie Bell and The Drells, Flick Wilson covers an early Gwen Mcrae hit, Jennifer Lara gives her take on Evelyn Kings 80's club classic, and we end on Jamaican legend Sugar Minott's version of the Heatwave monster.

More old Soul gold in a weeks time... have a great weekend!

Grizz- The Soul Mixtape Blog

Janet Kay- Wishing on a star
Storm- Its hard not to like you
Norman Collins- Back together again
Bob Andy- Games people play
Derrick Harriot- Turn back the hands of time
Flick wilson- Rockin chair
Rudy Thomas- Daydreamin
Jennifer Lara- I’m in love
Sugar Minnot- Mind blowing decisions

Saturday, 27 August 2016

DJ Ridym - Reggae Rockers 3 Reggae Got Funk

Welcome mix tapers to another Reggae Rockers exclusive mix with some nice funky baselines for your listening ears.

Kicking it off with some funky dub from Dennis Brown and Niney the Observer nicknamed Niney on account of him missing a digit but that didn't stop him being one of the best dub producers in the game back in the day. Imagine what he could have done if he had his thumb?! 

Continuing with dub versions of some funk classics such as Carl Bradney's version of War - Slipping Into Darkness and 'westbound train' with an intro at the beginning that has you wondering 'where have I heard that riff before?.. Al Green - Love and happiness, that's it!' It's sampling before it was even invented the ole fashioned way when you just straight out played it. Nice lol 

I sign off the mix with three reggae gems and one dub foundation tune that's bound to get your head bobbing and your speakers popping again courtesy of the mighty Burning Spear.

Enjoy your bank holiday weekend and don't worry if you can't make it to the Notting Hill Carnival as you have DJ Grizz coming up next with even more reggae niceness you lucky lucky people :) 

Peace - DJ Ridym

1. The Observers - Sir Niney's Rock 
2. Dennis Brown - Give A Helping Hand 
3. King Tubby & Delroy Wilson - Get Ready For The Master Dub
4. Carl Bradney - Slipping Into Darkness
5. Jacob Miller - Westbound Train
6. Norma White - I Want Your Love 
7. Carl Murphy - Lick I Pipe
8. Horace Andy - Mr Bassie
9. Dennis Brown - Some Like It Hot
10. Burning Spear - Black Wadada