Tuesday, 31 August 2010

DJ Grizz- On a Jazz Tip Vol.2

I recall some 15 or so years ago going, on occasions, to the Blue Note club in Hoxton Square, Islington on a Sunday afternoon. Upstairs was the Sunday Soul Affair where you listened to rare soul, ate the Jerk Chicken from the kitchen, browsed the crates and generally jus' chilled with a beer or 2. Downstairs however a few DJs played some wicked, often furious, jazz funk and latin for almost exclusively dancers to practise. Now I weren't bad at my soul 2step but I was strictly a spectator when it came to them boys!

In the spirit of them jazz boys heres 'On a Jazz Tip Vol. 2' for all you revival jazz funk/fusion fans. Contributions from Donald Byrd, Doug Carn (Jean's ex), and both Charles Earland & Black Sugar lay down some solid interpretations of well loved tunes.

Enjoy guys!



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Friday, 27 August 2010

BANK HOLIDAY SPECIAL!! SoulNRnB's Street Sounds Sessions 20 AND 21

Its the last of the summer Bank Holiday weekends here in the UK, so heres a special post to help all those with a long weekend celebrate. And if you have work on Monday, hopefully this will be a little treat.

Two upfront mixes with some great new artists as well as those a little more well known.

SSS20 includes a great slow jam from Jarrard Anthony feat Eric Roberson and Darien, another great track from the new LP from Zo! (get that LP. Definately in my end of year top 10, absolutely great), new Jazmine Sullivan and some nice hip hop featuring Talib Kweli.

As for SS21, Im liking the remix of the Dream tune featuring R.Kelly, great tunes from Rhona Bennet and the great Eric Lau, but highlight for me here is the return of  Cody ChesnuTT who produced a great organic Neo-Soul LP back in the noughties and looks like hes getting back into the limelight.

Enjoy your Bank Holiday if your off, otherwise enjoy these mixes and keep em peeled for the return of Grizz next week.

SoulNRnB's Street Sounds Sessions 20

SoulNRnB's Street Sounds Sessions 21

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Monday, 23 August 2010

DJ Grizz- 60's Soul Vol.5

I'm posting on a Monday as am off to the West Ham game tomorrow night. That's despite our bad start to the new season - did someone order a portion of Deja Vu? :)

As we've been caning the rare groove side of things lately I'd thought I'd go back to the 60's for this one. Some corking old soul tunes on this offering including Smokey Robinson, Mary Wells, a Rhetta Hughes favorite and the man who came over to the UK from the US in the 60's and stayed- Geno Washington.

Sounds like SoulNRnB has got a 'special' up his sleeve this weekend- I'll see you next week in a 70's jazz mode.



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Friday, 20 August 2010

SoulNRnB's............................. end of the Blues!

Back in the day, at one of those Blues parties I ended up at on a Saturday night that lasted to early Sunday morning in some nameless tower block, there would always come that time when things would wind down.

The dance tunes played, the Reggae over, the rare groove/boogie tunes coming to an end and the slow tunes coming up. Time to find a girl to dance with quick, or stand in the corner nursing the last of the Tenants Super!!

This mix hopes to replicate that exact moment when the dancers slowed down to 2 step, then down to mellow grooves.......If you were there, you know what I'm on about!! If not, just enjoy!!
This one goes out to Rehab (Check the ladies blog out, very good) for her forthcoming birthday party!
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Grizz back with you after his weekend away all refreshed, and Ill be back next week with not one, but TWO Street sounds comps for the long Bank Holiday (at least here in the UK!) weekend.
SoulNRnB's...............end of the Blues!

Tuesday, 17 August 2010

DJ Grizz- Soulful 80's Vol.7

Back to the decade which began when I was still a teen and where my passion for Soul n Jazz bloomed! The early 80's- when I started going to Soul clubs in my tassled loafers and swopped spending my money on Kola Kubes and football stickers to 12'' imports from shops like Groove Records in Greek St, Soho, London (anyone else remember the music savy old lady who worked in there?).

Heres some more of the top tunes from that era in volume 7 of the Soulful 80's series. Artists include Brass Construction, Feel and a club classic from the 118 guy- Ray Parker Jnr.

I'm off to the Costa Del 'Norfolk' for a break (although alas there's not much sun in the UK at the moment). SoulNRnB up at the weekend and i'll see you guys next week!
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Friday, 13 August 2010

SoulNRnB's Great Producers 9 - Louie Vega

One half of the masterful Masters at Work with partner Kenny Dope, Louie Vega helped shape the soulful house blueprint.From the mid Nineties until the present day, hes a prominent force on the house scene.

So why seperate him from Kenny when he too is an excellent producer, arranger and remixer?

Well, Its Louie's work away from MAW and Nu Yorican Soul that grabs me just as much. His remixing and production arranging work for other artists, his work with Elements of Life, the promotion of the latin sound (Thats obviously in his blood) that we just dont hear that often nowadays.

So this is a little showcase of Louie's talents, both with and without Kenny (Who may get his one of these too!).

Not only a great DJ (Check out his sets which blend old and new, as well as some of the best soulful house out there), but a great producer/arranger/writer. He deserves his place on my list!
SoulNRnB's Great Producers NINE - Louie Vega

Sunday, 8 August 2010

DJ Grizz- Soul Niceness 16 (The 2Step Special!)

More 70's & 80's rare groove goodies for you this time! Now I'm told by the youngsters that 2 step refers to a genre of garage music (!!??) but back in my day 2 step was another term for those slower or mid tempo rare groove tunes that you 'slow-grooved' to at your typical blues or house party.

This mix features some of them popular '2step' tracks from back in the day. Artists include The Commodores, Atlantic Starr and the Carrie Lucas version of the often covered- Hello Stranger.

Enjoy..... Grizz!


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Friday, 6 August 2010

SoulNRnB's Street Sounds Sessions 19

I said these mixes would come thick and fast and they will!! Hope they are keeping you all up to date with whats new.

Neo soul lovers should know about Aloe Blacc who has an excellent new LP out, evoking the sounds of the 70's, and this mix kicks off with one of his tunes. A new tune from Marsha Ambrosius and a corker from Joy Dennis with "He awaits", one of my faves of the year. Some nice R&B from Brandy, all topped off with a new tune (Not on his forthcoming LP) from Bilal. Im eagerly awaiting new music from this man!!

New edition of my "Greatest Producers" next week, but dont be suprised to see these upfront mixes popping up regularly whilst there are interesting things going on with new music!! In the meantime, Grizz back early next week to get you over the "back to work" blues!

SoulNRnB 's Street Sound Sessions 19

Monday, 2 August 2010

DJ Grizz- Lovers Rock Vol. 8

On a Soulful reggae vibe once more this week. I've to say too, I've dug deep for these gems in my Lovers vinyl boxes and my Ion turntable has been working overtime all week converting them to mp3s!

The mix features, amongst others, Rudy Thomas covering a Dionne Warwick rare groove classic (written by Issac Hayes no less), a lovers anthem by Prediction, and fellow East Londoner- Sandra Reid re-works an Odyssey nugget in a Lovers Rock style.

SoulNRnB back next in his 'end of the working week' slot and I'll catch you next week for some rare groove/soul goodies.



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