Tuesday, 16 January 2018

DJ Ridym - Old Skool Hip Hop Volume 2

Welcome mixtapers to Old Skool Hip-Hop Volume 2 and boy do we have a selection for you! Rakim, Missy, M.O.P, Biggie and Tupac are all here with some of the dopest rhymes and beats from back in the day. 

With Hip-Hop being often referred to as a culture its definitely more than just a genre having its own fashion, language, dance and art it's only fitting that we pay tribute to some of the artists that paved the way for the rest to follow. Hope you enjoy and I'll be back soon along with Grizz and SoulnRnB with a whole lot more. Peace

1. Notorious B.I.G - Dead Wrong
2. Black Rob - Whoa!
3. KRS One - Build Ya Skillz
4. Reflection Eternal - Down For The Count
5. EPMD - Never Seen Before
6. Missy Elliot - Work It
7. Big Pun - I'm Not A Player
8. M.O.P - Ante Up
9. Busta Rhymes - Woo Ha!
10. Mos Def - Ms. Fat Booty
11. Fugees - Fu-Gee-La
12. 2 Pac - Only God Can Judge Me
13. Compton's Most Wanted - Growin' Up In The Hood
14. Lil Kim - Crush On You
15. Rakim - It's Been A Long Time

Sunday, 14 January 2018

DJ Grizz- Al Jarreau

Todays mix is dedicated to the late jazz-soul legend .. Alwin 'Al' Jarreau. Multi award winning Jazz vocalist, straddling that world of being loved by jazz and soul lovers equally here's a selection of his best 70's and 80's output.
We've some absolute classics like Easy, Step by Step, We're in this Love Together, Morning and many more Jarreau vocal gems to enjoy... so take it Easy!
Catch you in a week Mixtapers.
Grizz- The Soul Mixtape Blog
Step by step
Never giving up
Rainbow in your eyes
Were in this love together
Day by day ft Shakatak
Roof garden

Thursday, 11 January 2018

#TheSoulMixtape Tape No.38 on Nuwaveradio

Tape 39 of #TheSoulMixtape features the late great Michael Jackson, 90's RnB from Joe, 00's RnB from Kevon Edmonds, 80's choons from the likes of Bryan Loren, Wyndjammer and the Hudsons. Some Jazz Funk from the likes of Ronnie Laws and Asha Puthli, classics from Patrice Rushen and Kleeer....... the list goes on.

As always an eclectic mix of music, check out the latest ones on Nuwaveradio.net and stay tuned for more from DJ Grizz and DJ Ridym very soon.

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

DJ Ridym - Old Skool 80's Volume 6

Hi listeners welcome to Old Skool 80's Volume 6. We've got Cheryl Lynn, Fonda Rae, Woods Empire and Curtis Hairston plus more crammed into just over an hours worth of Soul Mixtape goodness for your pleasure! 

So drag out the old fitness bike and work off some of those Christmas calories to this one and I'll see you real soon with another instalment.

One love

1. Fonda Rae - Touch Me
2. Intrigue - I Like It
3. Komikko - Feel Alright
4. Curtis Hairston - I Want You
5. Chandra Simmons - Never Gonna Let You Go
6. Deodato - Keep On Movin'
7. Shot - Main Thing
8. Precious Wilson - I'll Be Your Friend
9. Woods Empire - Universal Love
10. Peggi Blu - Tender Moments
11. Cheryl Lynn - Fade To Black

Sunday, 7 January 2018

DJ Grizz- Uplifting Soul 2018

Happy New Year Mixtapers! Despite all the doom, gloom and weirdos running the world I thought we need to start 2018 with some positivity, love and kinship... so here's Uplifting Soul 2018! A selection of old Soul songs that give us a hug and look for the good in life.
We've Stevie Wonder, Terry Callier, War, Bill Withers, Keni Burke and more all promoting that positive vibe with a message in their music.
Make it a great year Soul lovers!
Grizz- The Soul Mixtape
Stevie Wonder- We can work it out
Jackson 5 - Hallelujah day
Terry Callier- Caravan of love
Solar- Walk together children
DenieceWilliams- Thats what friends are for
War- Don’t let no one get you down
Four Tops-Simple game
Bill Withers- World keeps going around
Keni Burke-Keep rising to the top

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

DJ Ridym - RnB Sessions 15

Happy New Year people and welcome 2018!

This year begins with an hour long RnB session full of goodies varying in flavours so hopefully it will keep you interested while you plan your new years resolutions.

As usual we have artists from both the US and UK. Carl Thomas/Kanye and the Jack Herrera make the cut for this mix as well as UK's Etta Bond who we're looking out for her 1st album hopefully this year fingers crossed. Also from the UK are Mabel ft. Koju Funds and Stefflon Don with their huge dancefloor bangers. 

Broken beat provided by messrs Dego & Kaidi as it's been a while since I played one from their stables I thought this catchy B-line should start the ball rolling. Jay Z's big track from his album 4.44 plus some new material from some long-in-the-game artists such as Talib Kweli, Miles 'Lumberjack' Bonny and Amp Fiddler. 

Big props going out to Rhapsody for her album 'Leila's Wisdom' as definitely one to check out also. 

Have a blessed 2018 Mixtapers! Peace

1. Dego & Kaidi - Decide What You Choose
2. Mike City ft. Terri Walker - Here Together
3. Amp Fidler - I'm Feeling You
4. Mabel ft. Kojo Funds - Finders Keepers
5. Stefflon Don - Hurtin' Me
6. Etta Bond - King To Be
7. Talib Kweli - The One I Love
8. Rhapsody - Pay Up
9. Carl Thomas ft. Kanye - The Way That You Do (unreleased)
10. Jack Herrera - City Lights
11. Aaron "AB" Abernathy - Children Of The City
12. Miles Bonny - I'll Be Here For You
13. Ledesi - Add To Me
14. Jay Z ft. Frank Ocean - Caught Their Eyes
15. The Stuyvesants - Halls Of Medicine
16. SiR ft. Etta Bond - Something New

Sunday, 31 December 2017

DJ Grizz- Mellow Soul Classics 4

The last mix for 2018 and after all the Xmas madness, time to lean back, put your feet up,chill and let it all pass you by for a while! A selection of quiet storm nugget from the 70's and 80's .... its Mellow Soul Classics 4!
We kick off with a 2 step classic from Dionne Warwick, the Ohio Players give us a lesson in what heavens like, there's a Diana and Marvin hit ballad, Billy Paul wants to increase the population, and we end with Teddy P letting us know how foolish he felt... plus more laid back goodness to get into to!
Catch you next year Soul Lovers!
Grizz- The Soul Mixtape Blog
Dionne Warwick- Deja Vu
Ohio Players- Heaven must be like this
Paris- I choose you
Diana Ross Marvin Gaye- You are everything
Hi Energy- You cant turn me off
Billy Paul- Lets make a baby
Jean Carne- Early Morning love
Harvey Mason- Spell
Teddy Pendergrass- The whole towns laughing at me

Wednesday, 27 December 2017

SoulNRnB's Street Sounds Sessions 2017 PART THREE

Final mix of the year and its my final pick of the new tracks released in 2017. I'ts obviously a companion piece to parts one and two, and includes some nice tracks from Gwen Bunn, Darien Dean, Jay Z and more.

Just as an aside, if your gonna pick 1 LP to purchase this year, it'd have to be The PLaylist feat Glenn Lewis with Chasing Goosebumps.  Pretty much great from start to finish, its definitely my LP of the year with close runners Moonchild's VOYAGER and Omar's LP released earlier this year.

Let me take this opportunity to wish you all a healthy and happy 2018, and see you all in the new yaer with some more music.


Sunday, 24 December 2017

DJ Grizz- Soul Niceness 137

Seasons greetings Mixtapers... and we have the last Soul Niceness of 2017 for you today choc full of the usual high quality dusty grooves from the 70's and 80's.
We've some classic Luther, a dancefloor hit from my favourite Jackson- Jermaine, Fred Wesley & The JBs up the funk quota, there's a nice little Earth Wind and Fire 2 stepper and we end on a wicked Donny Hathaway John Lennon cover... plus more.
Catch you next week Soul guys n gals
Grizz- The Soul Mixtape Blog

Luther Vandross- Dont wanna be a fool
Jermaine Jackson- Burnin Hot
Johnny Hammond- Tell me what to do
Fabulous Souls - Take me
Fred Wesley & the JBs- You can have Watergate
Aged in harmony- Trust me
Odds and Ends- Love makes the world go round
Eath Wind and Fire- Wait
Donny Hatherway- Jealous guy

Saturday, 23 December 2017

DJ Ridym - Reggae Rockers 11 Skinhead Reggae

Skinhead, a term sadly associated these days with Extremism, violence and racism is as far from the true origins of the Skinhead than you could imagine.

In Jamaica during the 60's reggae consisted of Ska, Bluebeat and Rocksteady played by popular sound systems at venues and dances where gangs of 'Rudies' would also meet to settle disputes. 'Rude Boy' was a moniker given to urban lawless youths who would typically dress in sharp suits skinny ties and tribly hats notorious for breaking up dances and causing trouble in the 60's.

With the migration of imigrants from the caribbean islands to Britain came the music and the culture that was quickly adopted by the white working class youth around the early 60's and 70's. At the time a popular group called the Mods had divided into two separate class factions one of which was the Skinhead. They adopted a harder look and would typically dress in checkered working mans shirts with red braces tight fitted jeans and of course the trade mark Doctor Martins (DM's) boots.
White Skinhead groups united with black Rudeboys both brought together through the common love of the ska and rocksteady tunes that were being purchased in high volumes both home and abroad increasing the popularity of artists like Prince Buster, Desmond Decker, Toots and Symarip. Jamaican artists were regularly queing up to perform at popular British venues and it wasn't going to be long before a new wave of British born artists and groups would join them.
Artists like Judge Dread who was English, white and from a working class background who grew up listening to reggae music had developed his own comical style of explicit lyrics which became very popular but often banned from being played by the BBC and most radio stations at the time. Judge became the first white recording artist to have a reggae number one hit in Jamaica which is some achievement even to this day.

During the late 70's came the arrival of British bands The Selecter, The Specials, Madness, Bad Manners, UB40 and The Beat. This revival of ska and rocksteady grew a new name and sound called 2Tone.
2Tone by definition was the merging of black and white both the music and people but also during this time racist parties in Britain had began to adopt the Skinhead for its own militia wing and therein would begin the divide. Often rogue pockets of Skinheads would disrupt concerts and artists were having to stop their performances until the gangs were removed or calmed down. Artists began to disassociate themselves with the Skinheads and as a result the non racist element changed their style to a more softer smarter look opting to trade their DM's for loafers and jeans for sta-prest trousers and crombie jackets similar in look to the early rudeboy image.

The image of the skinhead had changed forever.

'This is England' is a British movie drama and a TV series directed and written by Shane Meadows which follows a group of young Skinheads from the early 80's to the 90's which essentially covers everything I've discussed here in the blog. I highly recommend watching it if you have an interest in this sub-genre. It definitely ticks the boxes for me in highlighting the social issues and relationships during that time.

Until next time keep the faith!

1. Symarip - Skinhead Moonstomp
2. Toots & The Maytals - 54-46 Was My Number
3. Claudette - Queen Of The World
4. Dandy Livingston - Rudy A Message To You
5. Tony Tribe - Red Red Wine
6. Phyllis Dillon - Eddie Oh Baby
7. Desmond Decker - Shanty Town
8. Toots & The Maytals - Monkey Man
9. The Ethioians - Train To Skaville
10. Prince Buster - One Step Beyond
11. Alton Ellis - Dance Crasher