Monday, 27 September 2010

DJ Grizz- 60's Soul Vol.6

For all you 60's fans, another collection of often harder to find Soul goodies now. Mix includes Gloria (Towanda) Barnes who also had 70's rare groove success, Deon Jackson with, in my opinion, the definitive version of an oft covered song and kicking off with our cover girl- Brenda Holloway, who's still going strong, belting out the tunes and looking good in her sixties.

SoulNRnB up next and I'll be back in a week in a mellow groove mood.


Tracklist in comments

Friday, 24 September 2010

SoulNRnB's Street Sounds Sessions 24

Were still giving you the best in upfront sounds here on the Soul Mixtape.

Lauryn Hill. What can I say. There's been loads of bootlegs around of "unreleased" tracks from her since the mighty "The miseducation of....." but nothing official. Thats not to say this track thats floated around the net the last few weeks is official...but its damn good. Come back Ms. Hill!!!!

Conya Doss. New LP coming soon, and were previewing a top tune from it.

Add to that, Brit blue eyed soulboy Kenny Thomas, a retro sounding tune from Taj Jackson and some more great little known talent and you have another Street Sounds Mix to get you up to date.

Tracklist in the usual place, as will Grizz next week with some more of the 60's for you all!!

SoulNRnB's Street Sounds Sessions 24

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

DJ Grizz- Lovers Rock Vol. 9

I'm a man of my word and as promised, one for all you 'winder n grinders'- Lovers Rock Vol.9. The usual quality mix of rare 70's and 80's tunes with the likes of Sister Love, Dee Sharp and The Sensations.

Hope you like the sites 3rd revamp -we like a spring clean now and again. Any complaints please put in writing to our complaints dept. where they'll be filed appropriately (at the bottom of SoulNRnB's Parrot cage).

See you next week for some 60's Soul heaven.


Tracklist in comments.

Thursday, 16 September 2010

SoulNRnB's Great Producers 10: Jay Dee aka J Dilla

For the past 6 months our header has been of a man crate digging for rarities in some vinyl emporium. On the day that we change the look of the blog and remove that header, it only seems fitting to have a look at that man, the late J Dilla.

Dilla became famous as producer/member of the hip hop group Slum Village and producer for A tribe called Quest. He produced what I believe to be the best Hip Hop LP of all time, Fantastic Volume 2.

As with all the producers weve visited in these mixes, the man created a trademark "boom bap" sound that changed the way Hip hop would sound over the next few years.

As for soul music, Jay Dee hooked up with the Soulquarians. The collective formed during the late 1990s, continuing into the early 2000s, and produced several well-received albums including The Roots' Things Fall Apart (1999), D'Angelo's Voodoo (2000), Erykah Badu's Mama's Gun (2000), and Common's Like Water for Chocolate (2000). 

The founding members of the collective — Ahmir Thompson a.k.a. Questlove from The Roots, D'Angelo, James Poyser, and J Dilla came together after discovering they had a common interest for the unconventional — offbeat rhythms, irregular chords, and other traits often exhibited by the underground urban music scene.

Being a collective, they included a rotating list of members, including Common, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Q-Tip, Erykah Badu, Bilal, and Raphael Saadiq.

In an interview, Common discussed the production of those albums, stating "It was one of those time period that you don't even realize when you're going through it that it's powerful".

Just as his music was becoming increasingly popular, Dilla died in 2006 of the blood disease TTP. Following his death, the hip hop community became centered upon his music and image. Many of the artists with whom Dilla worked performed or recorded tributes, and a large group of followers voiced their support for the late musician. Dilla's music experienced a rebirth as the producer gained many times more listeners than he had during his life.

He became a legend, but was always a great producer. This mix encompases all the styles he worked in, wether hip hop, Soul or Jazz.

Grizz back next week with some Lovers for you all, meanwhile tracklist in comments.

SoulNRnB's Great Producers TEN - Jay Dee aka J Dilla

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

DJ Grizz- Soul Niceness 17

Back for another dose of quality rare soul from the 70's and 80's. Packed full of goodies from the likes of Jeffree, The Sylvers, Lakeside in a rare groove vibe, a lesser played but top notch cut from Slave off the Concept album and a jazzy stonker from German songstress (and its not often you can say that!) Monika Linges.

SoulnRnB has been spoiling you with his fresh as a daisy double bubble mixes- he's back with a producer mix at the weekend. I'll return next week in a 'wind n grind' Lovers Rock mode.

Enjoy guys n girls!!


Tracklist in comments

Friday, 10 September 2010

Another Double Street Sounds Sessions Weekend!

A big thank you to those that have got in touch over these mixes, Jojo, Souldigga and all of those that have posted comments. Grizz and I appreciate them, so keep them coming, and this double posting goes out to you guys and gals.

Whats in these beauties?

New Eric Benet. Collabo/remix between Erykah Badu, Lauryn Hill and Jesse Boykins, John Legend and the Roots collabo from thier forthcoming LP, Prince, and a great remix from Dezeray Dawn. There are also loads of new tracks from loads of new artists that really need a push so that they are heard, and I hope that these mixes do that.

More from Grizz next week, and Ill be back with my next featured producer, the man featured in the picture heading up this blog in fact!!

SoulNRnB's Street Sounds Sessions 22

SoulNRnB' Street Sounds Sessions 23

Monday, 6 September 2010

DJ Grizz- New Funk Vol.4

More upfront funk goodness now, complete with that retro feel to it!

The mix features two tunes from Cookin' on 3 Burners, a soulful corker from Nicole Willis (that could've been a Northern Classic if released 40+ years ago!!) and arguably the originators of the retro funk movement- The Brand New Heavies, with the funkiest cut off their last LP.

I'll be back next week on a rare groove tip. Up at the weekend- Mr SoulNRnB.


Tracklist in comments

Friday, 3 September 2010

SoulNRnB's The Art of the Remix Part One

Remixes first came on the scene in the 70's, showcasing extended breaks so that DJ's could mix the hottest disco tunes into one seamless dance marathon.This evolved through the 80's where remixes not only extended the breaks, but additional instrumentation was added to give a new flavour to the song.

By the 90's, Remixers became producers. Sometimes whole backing tracks were recorded with just the vocals from the original mix remaining. This has evolved through to the present day, where now producers sideline in remixes!

I thought Id do a series of mixes showcasing a few of my favourite remixes. This edition concentrates on the last 10 years (00's). The next edition will concentrate on the 80's with future editions highlighting other decades of note. I hope you hear a mix you havent heared before and check out the remixers other work. Remixers are highlighted in the tracklist next to their tune.

Grizz will be next week with some more goodness (Dingwalls in Camden early 90's was a place I remember staring agasp at some of the Jazz Dance going on in front of me BTW!).

SoulNRnB's Art of the Remix Part One