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