Thursday, 31 December 2009

SoulNRnB's Street Sound Sessions 7

Happy 2010 to all of you!

Out with the old and in with the new.....specifically 10 tunes that will make up for any duff presents you got over the holiday period!

From a triumphant return of Reflection Eternal (What a sample, nice one Hi-Tek!), to great new tunes from Mary J Blige (That dosent seem to be on the LP and is better that anything on it IMO), to a blinding unreleased Donell Jones tune.

Thanks to all those wishing us the best, and keep visiting us to get the heads up on what's Soulful past, present and future.

6 minutes DJ Grizz your on!!

Monday, 28 December 2009

Mellow Mix Re-up

Apologies but appears that the 1st copy of 'Mellow Mix' was skipping and jumping in parts so I've deleted that one and 'remastered' and reposted a shiney new one for you to enjoy. At least remixing it gave me something to distract me from watching another loss by my underperforming West Ham Utd on the TV.

Tracklist remains as per below.

DJ Grizz- Mellow Groove Mix

Now I dunno about you but after all the activity of the last few weeks its about now I need to chill- whether its a long long 'lay in' or leaning back in my favorite armchair with a glass of Glenfiddich or just crashed out on the sofa with a cup of tea and a bacon sarnie!

Heres some of my fave 'Quiet Storm', 'Wind Down Zone', 'Mellow Groove' sublime laid back old soul 'n' jazz tunes. So just take some time and let the river of life flow over you.
See you in 2010 for loads more good-stuff from me and Mr SoulNRnB!

Tracklist in comments

Thursday, 24 December 2009

SoulNRnB's 11 Lp's of the Noughties YOU MUST OWN!

So, 11 LP's huh? Yeah yeah, 11. Shoot me. It was hard enough getting it down to those.

I dont think theres much to say about the 11 LP's Ive picked except that:

A) You should own them.
B) There are no filler or half hearted attempts to round up the track numbers. Whilst you may not like every single track on these LP's, they are from the heart and artistically sound.
C) Having said that, I would happily listen to each of these LP's from begining to end.
D) Whatever Genre they belong to within Black Music, they are all Soulful.
In no particular Order:

The Rebirth - This Journey In - November 27, 2005
4 Hero - Play With the Changes - February 27, 2007
Raphael Saadiq - Instant Vintage - June 11, 2002
Masters at Work - Our time is coming - April 9, 2002
D'angelo - Voodoo - January 25, 2000
Eric Roberson - Left - June 27, 2007
Donnie - The Coloured Section - October 29, 2002
Slum Village - Fantastic Vol.2 - June 13, 2000
Jill Scott - Beautifully Human: Vol. 2 - August 31, 2004
Foreign Exchange - Leave it all Behind - October 14, 2008
Common - Like Water for Chocolate - March 28, 2000

So. Thats out the way. What I do have to mention are the nearly made its. The Other LP's that I just love that by all rights should be on a list of this type, but for personal reasons arn't.

I dont like a track. Dont like the Album cover. Not "Organic" enough. Too "Organic". Stupid ass shit that you have to nit-pick about so that you can make a list at all. These "Nearly made its" at least deserve a mention, not least so that those who don't own them can purchase them.

Angie Stone - Mahogany Soul
Little Brother - The Minstrel Show/The Listening
Blaze - Spiritually Speaking
Erykah Badu - Mama's Gun
Earth, Wind and Fire - Illumination
Musiq Soulchild - Aijuswanaseing/Soulstar
The Sunburst Band - Until the end of time
Slakah the Beatchild - Soul Movement
Frank Mccomb - The Truth Vol 1 & 2
Dwele - Subject
Anthony Hamilton - Aint Nobody Worrying
Angela Johnson - They Dont Know
Bilal - 1st Born Section
Visioneers - Dirty Old Hip Hop
Glenn Lewis - World outside my Window
Amp Fiddler - Waltz of a Ghetto Fly
Raheem Devaughn - The Love Experience
Leela James - A Change is gonna come
Jauguar Wright - Denials Delusions and Decisions
DJ Rogers JR - Ecosoul
Jamie Hawkins - Jamie Hawkins
and Im sure that theres more Ive forgotten......

Enjoy the mix below of tracks from my 11 top LP's, and if youve got spare Amazon/Itunes vouchers this holiday season, you cant go wrong with any of these LP's!

Tuesday, 22 December 2009

DJ Grizz- Boogie Tunes Mix

Its the party season so it put me in mind to lay down some of those Soul, Jazz Funk, Philly type club tunes. The sort you'd hear 25-30 years ago at any self respecting underground Soul/JazzFunk club, party or weekender! Time to brush off those steps that time forgot!

I hear Mr SoulNRnB has been working on a wicked upfront ending to the year too, so keep tuned!


Tracklist in comments

Friday, 18 December 2009

All Soul Mixtape Readers:

We would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy Xmas (or Holiday!) and a great new year. Thanks for visiting, and we hope well hear more from you in 2010!

To Our Favorite Blogs:

You know who you are, (Most are listed on here!) keep up the good work. Its Hard and unappreciated at times, but its all good. Seasons greetings to you and we'll be checking you out in 2010 too!

Grizz will be back next week with something special, and my last post of the year will be another Holiday Special of the Best LP's of the decade. STAY TUNED!

A Soulful Christmas to you all!

Tuesday, 15 December 2009

DJ Grizz- Soulful Xmas

Now I dunno about you but all the so-called xmas pop classics that are played in every shop, cafe and pub at this time of year makes me wanna bang my head on the nearest wall. But don't worry fellow Soul-heads, theres some quality soul n jazz out there with a Xmas theme so heres a little mix of stuff i'll be listening to on the 25th whilst carving the turkey, shouting at the kids and waiting for the 'The Great Escape' to start.


Tracklist in comments

Friday, 11 December 2009

Holiday Special ONE: TOP 10 LP's of 2009 MIX

SoulNRnB's Top 10 LP's 2009

Here is my selection of the 10 LP's YOU MUST OWN of this year. Truth be told,recent years have not been great for soul LP's. Theres been a tendency for artists to move to Electro/Pop, and so real soul albums are hard to come by.

The last couple of years has seen the trend of looking back to the 60's for influences, and for more emphasis on groove rather than melody.
That being said, there are always LP's out there that soul lovers must own, andso this mix is a representation of this years best in no particular order save for my number one. Thats the best LP of the year in my opinion.
As Marcell from Marcell and the Truth said this year...."SOUL IS THE NEW HIP HOP." Soul music is Underground but its followers are passionate. Its cool to love Soul music dontacha know?

10. Eric Roberson - Music Fan First
Ive always been a big fan of Eric, and this LP was widely anticipated by all soul lovers.He writes great melodies, has a soulful voice and turn of phrase, and is an honest to godall round artist. Independant too, so add buisinessman!Whilst I didnt think this LP was as rounded as "LEFT", its still a must haveand contains great tunes like "Newness", "Borrow You" and "Howard Girls". His duet with Lalah Hathaway is a peach too. A must purchase!

9. N'Dambi - Pink Elephant
Truth be told, Ive enjoyed and respected N'Dambi's previous LP's rather than Loved them. She has a wonderful voice, and a good ear for grooves but I haven't "felt" a complete LP of hers. Until now. Maybe its the input from the great Leon Sylvers (a personal hero from his SOLAR days), maybe its a development in songwriting.....maybe its just me being an ass. Who knows!What I do know is that this LP is one of the years best with the cheeky "Cant Hardly Wait", the topical "L.I.E", Soulful "Take it out" and "Nobody Jones". Looking forward to her next LP thats for sure! Quality SOUL.

8. 4Hero - Extensions
Only 4Hero could get a "remix" project on a top 10 list. Well, thats a lie....(see later)...they are in a handful of artists that could get a remix project on this list. Mainly because this aint a remix project per se, but an interpretation of some of thier tunes by modern Nu Jazz artists,signed and unsigned.

No shortchanging the fans here.

By the nature of this kind of project, there will be some tracks where you prefer the original. But thats not the point. These are interpretations...EXTENTIONS....and so bask in the greatness of tracks like SKO's version of "Universal Love". It makes you appreciate the original whilst enjoying the new twist. Open your mind, ears and purchase!

7. Michael Olatuja - Speak
This man came out of nowhere for me, and what a pleasant suprise. Some great UK vocalists like Lynden David Hall (R.I.P) and Terri Walker along with musical stylings from all over the globe. Lyrics move from English to other languages, music moves from Soul to Jazz to Afro....class.Highlights for me are the percussion led afro tune "Ma Fova", the midtempo jazz/soul tunes "Little Sister" and "Unconditional", and the haunting downtempo tune "Le Jardin" with a touch of the Stevie's about it.

6. Marsha Ambrosius - Yours Truly
Dont actually know if this ever got a proper release, but this is probably the best R&B LP of the year. Never been a Big Fan of Floetry, more respected than loved thier tunes, but they did write the only great Michael Jackson song of his latter period, Butterflies. As for this LP, its quality R&B.
"Co-star" is a great soul tune, "Cloud 9" the closest to a collabo with 4Hero and a left field grower, and then theres "I lost you", "Impossible", "Forget about you" and "Sunshine" which are all excellent. Guest spots from Little Brother and Busta Rhymes for that hip hop flavour too.

5. Ryan Leslie - Transition
Probably my hardest choice on here, mainly because Im a musical snob a I really didnt want to like this LP. Ryan is definately talented, especially as a writer and producer. But to be fair hes not the greatest vocalist in the world.
BUT - Like the Marsha Ambrosius LP, this has great moments of modern R&B. Ryan writes nice hooks and soulful melodies. He also dosent stetch too much vocally, which works for him. He incorporates organic instruments into modern R&B grooves, which is refreshing.
Out of all these notes Ive written, this may seem the most negative, but remember, this things on my top 10 of the year. And thats because tunes like "Your not my girl", "Zodiac" and "Promise not to call" are catchy R&B tunes whilst "Rescue Me" is an instant classic in my opinion.

4.Jiva - Reloved and Reloving
Like the 4Hero LP, this is another remix project, albeit with some classy remixers like Louie Vega. From the great Jiva remix of "The Dove" featuring Julie Dexter which floats on some great bass work and feels like summer 1978, to Tom & Joyce laying down some vocals on "Stars", to a great guest spot from Anthony David on the "50/50" remix (With a great Latin Vibe), this was another great project that sits alongside the 4Hero project as more than a remix LP.

3.Marwan - Immortal
Cross Dwele with Jamie Hawkins, and you have the feel of the majority of tunes on this LP. "I got you" has a great Dwele feel,whilst "Aint Nobody Better" could have been a cut off that aforementioned unreleased Jamie Hawkins gem of an LP.

Great guest spots from Patrice on the old school "If you want it", and Ezra on down tempo jam called "Follow me". Tempo is definately slower than others on this list, but Marwans vocals are very good, and this is nice soulful listening music. And the Title track is a potential modern rare groove IMO.

2.Excellent Gentlemen - Just say yes
From the organic and Funky "Yeah Yeah Yeah", coming over like a Rebirth track, to the Clinton/Zapp Like Vocoder led "Get Down Baby", great modern soul track "You Gotta Believe", old school good time mid-tempo hand clapper with a modern twist "All in time", to the soulful "Remember your Love". Diverse, organic, and most importantly soulful in a way that few of the other LP's of this year were.

1. Slakah the Beatchild - The Soul Movement

LP of the year. No doubt.
Heres the cocktail. One part Jay Dee. A splash of 4Hero. A touch of ATCQ.
Where to start? "Crate Love" with Divine Brown is a Jay Dee like soul joint with some great vocals, "The answer" feat. Melanie Durrant is Latin Hip hop, "Share" is like a Tribe called Quest/Jay Dee produced joint and is TOO SHORT! "B Boy Beef" reminds me of a Marc Mac production, as does "A way". "Its all good" is Neo Soul at its best.

And theres more. Even when he tries his hand at a rock track, its like a Police outtake and you could be sure that Stewart Copeland was on drums. There are Hip hop beats and more full blown tunes and I would urge you to pick this LP up as its SLEPT ON.

LP of the year 2009, for sure.

Nearly made its....Maxwell, whos LP had moments, but there was something missing for me, and I cant put my finger on it yet. Want to love the LP cause the mans doing his own thing, but........Marcell and The Truth came out with a quality soul LP which almost made this list. Marcells vocal's are quality, and thier sound is refreshing, but there wasnt a jam on the lp that I LOVED. Thats not to say you wont, and Ive got a feeling I'll regret this as the LP could be a grower....Ayah's 4:15, Produced by this years hero Slakah, was also a quality release....

BIG DISAPPOINTMENTS. Angie. What have you done?? My Neo Soul goddess...why make a pop LP??? And as for you Alicia Keys....your more talented than this! The world has Beyonce and Lady Gaga....why go to the dark side??

Below is the link to my mix of a selection from the above LP's. Support the artists!!

Sunday, 6 December 2009

DJ Grizz- Uplifting Soul

We are coming to the end of a difficult year for many what with the credit crunch, jobs losses, rising prices, floods etc. Especially if like me you sat in the rain and watched your beloved but floundering West Ham FC get stuffed by Man Utd at the weekend. Hence I'd thought we'd end 2009 on a positive note with a mix of some uplifting 70's soul and rare grooves!

Don't forget- you only live once but if you do it right, once is enough!!


Tracklist in comments

Friday, 4 December 2009

SoulNRnB Loves the 80's TWO

In readiness for the Holiday/Party Season, my last 80's mix before the upcoming specials. "Hosted" by Grandmaster Flash, revel in tunes from the S.O.S band, Change, Skyy and more..............

Looking through the blog, we have 60's, 80's, 90's and up to date covered. MR GRIZZ!!! A 70's Mix please!! (We have got a plethora of Rare Groove from the 70's to keep you happy meantime. Do a search!)

Grizz to come mid-week, see you next weekend.

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

DJ Grizz- 60's Soul Mix

As I promised a little detour back to the roots of soul music with some corking tunes. Now I don't profess to be an expert in this area, being more of a 70's guy, and there are plenty of Northern guys out there who really know their onions but I've a few crates worth of 60's stuff and I certainly know what I like!! So go ahead-try it, you may like it!


Tracklist in comments

Friday, 27 November 2009

SoulNRnB's Street Sounds Sessions SIX

With Volume 5 now a collectors item (Due to deletion), I would get hold of the latest upfront volume quick smart!!
Its a bumper edition to get us in the mood for the holiday season with 11 top tunes, so dont wait about!!
Tracklist in comments. It'll be December by the time we next post, so get ready for those Holiday specials coming up.

Tuesday, 24 November 2009

DJ Grizz- Soulful 80's Vol. 4

We are really spoiling you this month with the 80's grooves. Heres my latest offering including Slave, Aurra, LTD and the mad bad Rick James! Stored up and ready to go between now and Xmas- Rare Groove goodness, 60's Soul and more Version mixes, not to mention Mr SoulNRnB's treats.


Tracklist in comments.

Friday, 20 November 2009

SoulNRnB Loves the 90's THREE

Volume THREE of my 90's mixes brings you Drizabone, Groove Theory, Chico Debarge/Joe and more......

Got more 80's coming up, a new Upfront comp and then some xmas specials with the Soul Mixtapes countdown of the top 10 LP's of the year, and even a top 10 LP's of the decade in the new year.

Hold on for Grizz!

Tracklist in Comments. Comments always appreciated people!

Tuesday, 17 November 2009

DJ Grizz- Soul Niceness Vol 9

As promised, another batch of the rare stuff from deep in my crates. Contains Steve Parks, a classic from the Intruders, and a Northern fave of mine from Bobby Bland plus many more(note to self - must do a 60's mix one of these days!). Back next week with some more rareness and have another 80's mix in the pantry too! Mr SoulNRnB back at the weekend too.

Tracklist in comments!


Friday, 13 November 2009

SoulNRnB Loves the 80's ONE


Weve been neglecting the 80's recently, and I just wanted to address that situation with the first of my 80's mixes.

Rest assured, my 90's mixes will be back soon, as well as more producer mixes and some end of year specials.

In the meantime, stick this mix on and enjoy a Soul Weekend. Er.

Tracklist in Comments, and lord knows what Grizz has in store for you in the week!

Tuesday, 10 November 2009

DJ Grizz- Jazz Versions

The last in the current crop of 'version' mixes and this one for the jazz lovers out there. Some corking jazzers here from Sammy Davis Jnr, Willie Bobo, Grady Tate and more. I've got some more version excursions on the back boiler but back to the crates for some proper rare grooves next week (after SoulnRnB's weekend musical surprise of course).


Tracklist in comments.

Monday, 2 November 2009

DJ Grizz- Funk Versions

Another bunch of familier tunes but this time in a down n dirty funk style. Fred Wesley, Vicki Anderson, John Lee Hooker feature along with much more! More SoulNRnB to come then Jazz Versions up next week!


Tracklist in comments

Saturday, 31 October 2009

SoulNRnB's Street Sounds Sessions 4

Its been a moment since we went up to date, so here goes.

Brand new Ryan Leslie (with Zodiac from his new LP), Angie Stone (Who's new LP im really looking forward too and hope its a return to form for one of my all time faves) and Ne-Yo.

Theres some excellent soul on here too from LaShawn Daniels and Taj Jackson.

Enjoy till Grizz puts up some more version excursions for you next week.

Tracklist in Comments

Tuesday, 27 October 2009

DJ Grizz- Reggae Versions Vol.1

As promised another version excursion this time in an ol' time Reggae style. Amongst others- Al Brown covers Al Green, Derek Harriot does War and Micky Chung plays a George Benson classic. SoulNrnB will be back with his usual Weekend goodies, then next week from me- Funk Versions!


Tracklist in comments.

Friday, 23 October 2009

SoulNRnB's Soul Show LIVE!!!!!

Imagine you went to a concert and saw Jill Scott. Earth Wind and Fire. Donny Hathaway. D'angelo. Stevie Wonder. Erykah Badu. Curtis Mayfield.

This is what it would sound like.

Close your eyes, play the mix, and believe.

Tracklist in comments.

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

DJ Grizz- Soul Versions Vol.1

The 1st in a series of mixes featuring well known tunes but given a different groove by other artists. First up- the Soul Versions including the Shuggie Otis original of a classic Brothers Johnson tune, Tavares doing Al Johnsons big hit (although Leo Sunship were the 1st to record it) and Donny Hathaway covering Marvin plus much more....

Reggae, Funk and Jazz versions to follow


Tracklit in comments

Saturday, 17 October 2009

Marc Mac - SoulNnB's Great Producers 3

Marc Mac, one half of the great 4 Hero with partner in crime Dego, is in my opinion one of the best producers the UK has produced.

Musician, Remixer, producer and DJ (The man can select a tune let me tell you...) Marc famously helped start the Broken Beat sound in the Early 90's with 4 hero, but really caught my attention with thier LP Two Pages which was a soul/jazz lovers dream.

4 Hero have been very successful with subsequent LP's and have always suprised. Thier new LP for example, are versions of thier songs performed by current Jazz/Soul artists. Never a cheap remix LP for them.

Marc has produced and remixed some absolute gems too, as well as releasing some LP's under his own name and producing a great LP by the Visioneers.

This mix is a showcase for this man's talents, lite on the 4 Hero (As you should have those LP's already!) but will hopefully get you investigating the man and his output.

Even though young in age, Marc has already become one of my greatest producers.

Tracklist in Comments.

Mr Grizz will chime in with the next update, but Im hoping to have something special next week. SoulNRnB's Soul Show LIVE.

Tuesday, 13 October 2009

DJ Grizz- Lovers Rock Vol 4

The 4th mix in the series and diggin' deep in my reggae crates for this one. Time to roll up the carpet, wheel in the big speakers, find a space against the wall and wind 'n' grind the night away. Makes me think of the old days traveling South of the River (Thames) to Dub Vendor in Clapham but if you were dedicated to your Soul, Jazz or Reggae crate diggin you drove far and wide to find them nuggets!


Tracklist in comments.

Saturday, 10 October 2009

Raphael Saadiq - SoulNRnB's Great Producers 2

Artist, Writer, Producer. Raphael Saadiq. Member of Two great bands, Toni Tone Tony and the short lived Lucy Pearl. Look through the tracklist of this mix and youll see a who's who of modern soul artists as well as Classic Veterans.
What is amazing when you look at the tracklist is the fact that there are still missing artists like Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, the aforementioned Lucy Pearl, The Roots etc etc etc that hes written and produced and sung with.
And what a great writer and producer he is. Classy songs with great hooks, that manage to sound old and modern at the same time, mixing all styles of Black music from Soul to Blues to Hip Hop to straight up pop/RnB.
He's one of the best out there. Thank you Mr Saadiq!

Tracklist in Comments. Over to the UK for my third Producer mix in a couple of weeks from another man who is in a Group but is also a producer/Remixer in his own right.................

****UPDATE 7/6/10****

The mix has been removed by rapidshare. Hope you all got a copy before it went the way of rocking horse turds.......!

****UPDATE 29/1/12****

Re-Up!  The mans too good to leave on the shelf ;)

Raphael Saadiq - SoulNRnB's Great Producers

Thursday, 8 October 2009

SoulNRnB's Street Sound Sessions THREE

Time to get bang up to date for the oncoming weekend.

Some great stuff from Kindred/Jazmine Sullivan, Donnellshawn, Gordon Chambers and two hot tunes from those Boys II Men bandmates, Wanya Morris and Shawn Stockman, the Wanya tune being particularly HOT.

What with the addition of Kloud 9/Incognito and Taj Jackson its a good selection of soulful tracks to listen to on the way out!!

Tracklist in Comments, and next up from me is my next selection in the Producer selection......Raphael Saadiq.

Monday, 5 October 2009

DJ Grizz- Facebook Soul Special

Now for a mix featuring some of the old school artists who we've added/requested as friends on our recently started Facebook page. I'll have to ask SoulNRnB to do a mix of all the Upfront/NeoSoul guys on there 'cos this old timer wouldn't know where to start LOL!

Be good to hear from you guys on the page and there's plenty of good links, flyers, promotions etc. listed. You can access it via the link in the sidebar.


Tracklist in comments.

Saturday, 3 October 2009

SoulNRnB's I Love the 90's TWO

Another weekend Mix to fill your ipod with. Looks like Grizz was on to a winner with the suggestion of a 90's based mix as this seems to be popular!

Some more of my picks of my favourites from the era, including the great Adrianna Evans, a really soulful tune from Blu, The D'angelo remix of Faith Evans "You used to love me", and my favourite, Britains own Carleen Anderson with a big tune from her debut LP.

Have a good weekend people, and lets try some comments out eh? I hear Blaks Lair are going private as they've not been getting comments!

Tracklist in comments

Thursday, 1 October 2009

SoulNRnB's The SOUL MIXTAPE Volumes 1-5

OK people, got some emails asking for the Soul Mixtape Volume One to be re-upped, so thought Id make a post for all 5 mixtapes.

These are the mixes that started the blog and showcases what I mean about soul music through the 70's to the present day.

The tracklists are too big to list in the comments, so check out the individual posts for details. I have re-posted the tracklist for Volume 1 in the comments below though.

Enjoy, comment, and look forward to a special Soul Mixtape hitting the blog at the end of the year.

Volume 1:

Volume 2:

Volume 3:

Volume 4:

Volume 5:

** Big Thanks to the Blaks Lair crew for posting the first 3 up originally. **

Tuesday, 29 September 2009

DJ Grizz- Soul 4 lovers Mix Vol.2

Back with some more of those old time 'gettin it on' Soul tunes. The Summers on its way out, nights are drawing in, the duvets back on the bed- time for some snuggle up, bump n grind music!
Don't forget- use responsibly!!


Tracklist in comments

Saturday, 26 September 2009

Kashif - SoulNRnB's Great Producers

As promised, first in a long series of producers/songwriters/artists that deserve a spotlight on thier work and much recognition. Ill be going back to the 70's right up to the present day. DJ Grizz selected the Mizell Brothers a while back, so I'm moving on to the 80's.

This ones close to my heart, as it really opened my eyes to the fact there was good music out there that didnt reside in the pop charts, or in this case, wasnt even released in the UK at the time.

I had heared some of Kashif's work on the Melba Moore LP's and when I found out he had released an LP of his own I was ecstatic. Only problem was, the LP wasnt for sale in any local record shops. In the end I travelled to Dalston Junction, to a specialist store, and paid top dollar for the LP that started my real obsession with black music. Yes there was Stevie and Michael and Marvin etc etc....but without me hunting down the Kashif LP, I wouldnt have discovered all those wonderful artists in the years after that didnt get a wide release.

As for Kashif, there was a period in the early 80's that I believe he was the Don. he helped pioneer the use of the Moog and Synclavier, wrote great songs, and had a distinctive sound of his own. This LP, along with the Howard Johnson LP that he worked on, were staples of my youth. Have to mention Paul Laurence Jones too, as he worked together with kashif on some tunes and was a great producer himself. Who knows, maybe Ill dig out a selection for him too!

Great Producers Kashif - LINK UPDATED

Tracklist in Comments

Thursday, 24 September 2009

SoluNRnB Presents: I Love the 90's

Grizz asked me to start putting together some mixes showcasing the soul artists of the 90's and I thought that was a great idea.

From about the late 80's to mid 90's, black music was dominated by New Jack Swing. But with the release of an album called "Brown Sugar", it became acceptable to start producing soul music again, with the added flavour of some Hip Hop Vibes.

The 90's mixes will showcase tunes I love from that era, and I hope you guys and girls like them too. Dig around some of these artists back catalogues...there's good stuff there!!

Tracklist in comments, and look out for the start of my mixes compiling work from my favourite producers of the 70's,80's,90's right up to the present day. First man up: KASHIF.

Tuesday, 22 September 2009

DJ Grizz- Soul Niceness Vol.8

Back to the crates for the old school Soul and Rare Grooves, some of which you may not be familiar with- yet! Includes tunes from Gloria Gaynor, Al Green and Atlantic Starr.....


Tracklist in comments.

PS Check out our new Facebook page.... see link in sidebar, be good to hear from y'all!

Friday, 18 September 2009

SoulNRnB's Street Sound Sessions TWO

Session two of the upfront mixtape with the pick of some of those new joints out there.
Included here are the Mike City produced new track from Jimmy Cozier, new Jaguar Wright, and some R.Kelly.....
Hope your enjoying these Ipod Ready mixes, next up:
I LOVE THE 90's!!!!!!!!!!!!
Tracklist in Comments.

Tuesday, 15 September 2009

DJ Grizz- UK Soul 'n' Funk Special

Its no secret that 99% of the stuff I listen to/collect originates in the USA (with the odd detour to places like Brasil and Jamaica). However, in the UK, we have made our own small but significant contribution to the 70's and 80's Soul scene. So check out a collection of tunes from the best of Britain.

Much of the country is represented here with Scotlands Average White Band, Liverpools The Chants, Manchesters Sweet Sensation, Cardiffs Tony Etoria and from up just the road from me in North London- Light of the World.


Tracklist in comments

Saturday, 12 September 2009

SoulNRnB's Rare Groove Special Volume 10

Welcome back to your regular soulful history lesson!

Were going to start the day with some latin soul from Airto, followed by some jazzy soul from Roy Ayers, then its lunch. Well then finish off the day with pure soul from Rockie Robbins, Stephanie Mills, Doug Parkinson and many more.

Make sure you do your HOMEWORK!!!

Tracklist in comments!

Tuesday, 8 September 2009

DJ Grizz- Soulful 80's Vol 3

Back by popular demand, the 3rd installment in the series of mixes with grooves from the early to mid 1980's. Featuring BB&Q, Steve Arrington, Aurra and many more.....


Tracklist in comments

Friday, 4 September 2009

SoulNRnB's Street Sounds Session ONE

As promised, My new upfront series. Mixed by me, selected by me.

Ipod Ready mixes showcasing the best in upfront soul.

This Mix contains material from N'Dambi, Raheem Devaughn, RL from Next, Brandy and more. 30 mins of bliss!

Thats all from me this week, back to the old school for me next week. Next up: GRIZZ.

Tracklist in Comments

SoulNRnB Presents Nu-Soul Volume 8 THE FINALE

Yes, you read that right.....The FINALE.
I will be posting upfront soul still, but in a different form.......More on that at the Weekend!
We will still have the Rare Groove Comp's ongoing, as well as the Soulful House, and maybe some others too. And of course, theres the weekly dose of Grizz that has many fans too.
But, back to this final Nu-Soul.
Big names like Babyface, Jazmine Sullivan, and Common. The last one is an absolute killer remix of "The Light" featuring Marsha Ambrosius.
Hope youve liked this series, and dont worry too much. Youll still get your fix of the best Upfront has to offer.

Tuesday, 1 September 2009

DJ Grizz- Latin Flavours Vol. 2

On the back of the Bank Holiday Carnival and in an effort to wring a little more sun out of our London summer, heres 1 more mix of Latin Jazz & Funk goodies. Classics from Flora Purim, Tania Maria, and Azymuth plus lots more.....


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Sunday, 30 August 2009

SoulNRnB Presents Rare Groove Special Vol 9

One for the Bank Holiday weekend in the UK, until Grizz hits you with another great Mix.

Smooth soul from Dee Dee sharp Gamble with the great "I believe in Love", Gilberto Gill's summer filled "Paco", Lamont Dozier provides us with a classic stepper, and the classic Rene Geyer jazz funker "Be there in the morning".

Thats not even mentioning quality like Leroy Hutson, Evelyn King and Sylvia Striplin.

Remember your comments please!!!!!

Thursday, 27 August 2009

SoulNRnB's Soulful House TWO

Lets continue this soulful divertion, from Lovers to House.

Reasons why this House compilation is Soulful:

1) It has vocals from Brit-Soul legends Don-E and Shaun Escofferey.
2) It has tunes from Blaze, DJ Spinna and The Sunburst Band.
3) There are things like guitar solo's and horns and real bass playing.
4) I said so.

Nuff said beside tracklist in comments.

Monday, 24 August 2009

DJ Grizz- Lovers Rock Vol.3

These soulful reggae mixes have had a good response so after a short break I'm back with Vol. 3. Some classic Lovers tunes from the likes of Carol Thompson, Keith Douglas and Winston Reedy plus some harder to find cuts too (as you'd expect from me!!)
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Wednesday, 19 August 2009

SoulNRnB Presents Nu-Soul Volume 7

DJ Grizz let me take a special photo of him for the Cover of Nu-soul 7 which makes this a collectors edition. ;)

Top tunes here from Eric Roberson and Green Tea, Soul of the highest order, plus more commercial fare from Jalyn, Tank, and R Kelly.

Some nice 80's vibes on the Robbie Stewart track too!

As always, comments would be appreciated. Next Up: Soulful House TWO.

Tracklist in comments!

Monday, 17 August 2009

DJ Grizz- Soul Niceness Vol.7

Number 7 in the series of stuff thats from that bit deeper on my shelves and in my crates. All quality 70's and 80's Soul from the likes of Chaka, Leroy, Spanky and more rare goodies.... enjoy!


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Thursday, 13 August 2009

SoulNRnB & Gimmesomesoulfood Present: Urban Soul 3

Its been a while since we had one of these, but weve got together with that great blog "Soul Food Hungry?" to produce a selection of modern soul and RnB tunes.

A real great selection here, from an unreleased tune by a group I really love called Aaries (Been trying to track down that unreleased CD for years), a rare tune from Joe, Illmatics great Remix of an En Vouge tune, all finished off with a little SoulNRnB mesh (a la The Soul Mixtape) of a Yazarah tune and the Salaam Remi remix of ABC by the Jackson 5.

Again, big thanks to Gimmesomesoulfood for sharing, and we really hope you like! It wouldnt go amis for a few thanks in the comments too! ;)

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Tuesday, 11 August 2009

DJ Grizz- The Funk Files Vol.1

Time to get down 'n' dirty with the first mix dedicated to the Funk. Some of the usual suspects in here like James Brown, Bobby Byrd and Eddie Bo but with some rarities and left field stuff as well. Like the great man sez ''whatever I play, its got to be funky!!! ''


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Sunday, 9 August 2009

SoulNRnB's Rare Groove Special Volume 8

Volume 8 People. Double post from me this weekend, and Grizz will probably have another monster mix for you in the week. WE ARE SPOILING YOU!!!
Rare Groove aficionado's should enjoy tunes from Allspice, JR Bailey, Eighties Ladies and Odyssey.
Ive always loved the Gene Dunlap tune on here, and the Kleeer track is an 80's classic.
PLEASE NOTE: Comments have dropped off a bit, give us a shout out if you like this. We got Loads of comments when these were passworded!!
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