Friday, 29 July 2011

SoulNRnB's Street Sounds Sessions Double Bill; 50 & 51

Well, here we are at the half century for these mixes and no signs of slowing down. There's a wealth of independant artists making good music out there, and one or two attached to labels who are producing the goods too. Which is great, because if you take a listen to the charts (The recent success of Aloe Blacc not withstanding) then you would be fooled into thinking we had entered a time where the same 3 chords of "Euphoric House" where necessary in every single "R & B" tune.......

Cover star Rahsaan Patterson has now gone the independent route and has released his new LP recently of which another track is featured, contenders for newcomers/LP of the year Electric Empire with thier Hathaway/Wonder/Gaye like compositions and organic sound, Reggie B with more galactic soul, plus new Pharrell and Jazzy Jeff (From the great, FREE LP with Ayah).

And then we have the excellent Anthony Hamilton with a contender for "Tune of the year" with the Jack Splash produced YOU, RnB from stalwarts Jahiem and Monica, and great independent tunes from Hollie Smith and Mara TK and 1 OAK (With a heavily 80's influenced tune).

Enjoy the marking of the half century of mixes with this double bill. Grizz back next week after his excellent Versions mix this week (Really enjoyed that one).

SoulNRnB's Street Sounds Sessions 50

SoulNRnB's Street Sounds Sessions 51

Monday, 25 July 2011

DJ Grizz- Soul Versions Return

Now Mr SoulNRnB has been bringing you some recent mixes of upfront artists covering old school tunes, which put in mind to trawl my crates once more for those unexpected old Soul versions of well known tracks.

The mix features The Lovelites doing a 60's pop hit in a 2step style, The Dramatics covering LJ Reynolds (or reggaes Rudy Thomas for you blues party afficiandos), a jap-jazz version of the Jackson Sisters anthem, Canada's Jacksoul with a recent (almost Northern) take on the Style Council, an early 60's cut of Barbara Lewis' 1963 often copied tune and much more.

Catch you soon


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Saturday, 23 July 2011

RIP - Amy Winehouse

There's not much we can say here at the Soul Mixtape that won't be said by many over the next few days. They will mention the talent. The age - 27. Some will talk about the inevitability.

I think of the Amy Winehouse you'll see below if you press play. Not the latter sad figure, but that new talent I discovered singing with a style and range beyond her age.

One of my favorite songs from her (To be frank, I prefered "Frank" to "Back to Black").


UPDATE: Saw this video of Amy doing my no.1 track of hers and was so impressed with the vocals that I had to put it up here. Watch out for a Street Sounds mix featuring Amy very soon. SoulNRnB

Thursday, 21 July 2011

SoulNRnB's Street Sound Sessions 49

Nearly at the Half century mark with these mixes; The later we get through this year, the more decent releases are coming our way. And you know The Soul Mixtape are going to publicise them all to you!

This mix includes a great new tune from the new release from cover star Brian McKnight, a bonus track from the New Jill Scott LP that you all might not have checked out, a great solo tune from Ayah (Check out the great collabo with Jazzy Jeff thats out now), plus Common and unreleased Little Brother for the Hip Hop Heads amongst you.

Got so much great new stuff coming your way including tracks from Jahiem, Anthony Hamilton, and my pick for newcomers of the year (Along with KING who we championed way back) ....Electric Empire. An absolute blinding LP out now from the Aussie Band and we will give you a taster on the next Street Sounds Mix.

Grizz back soon with all the class you now expect from him!

SoulNRnB's Street Sounds Session 49

Monday, 18 July 2011

DJ Grizz- Mellow Grooves Vol.9

Ten more corking tunes for those of you who appreciate their rare grooves n soul on the mellow side.... mmmmm, chilltastic!

Features Superior Movement's take on a rare groove 'end of the dance' classic, Chic's Bernard Edwards, some blue-eyed goodness from Roy Smith, Billy Butterfly with a 'rainy day' track that sums up our British summertime, and topped off with a 'Smokey' quiet storm treat.

After a 'SoulNRnB' weekend mix, I'll be back on a version excursion.


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Friday, 15 July 2011

SoulNRnB's Street Sounds Sessions 48

As if we haven't given enough this week with Grizz's excellent mix, a jumbo Soulful House package, and a reminder of what the great Mizell Brothers contributed music wise, we have the latest Street Sounds mix for you.

A great tune from Rahsaan Patterson's new LP "Bluphoria", a recently exhumed early Alicia Keys track, the brilliant Deborah Bond, a tune off the new Jazzy Jeff / Ayah set, Matti Roots spot on PRINCE tribute, and the great Cee-Lo Green with an unreleased Neptunes produced tune that didnt make the new LP........but should have.

Grizz returns next week, have a great weekend........and Happy Birthday Judy!!! ;)

SoulNRnB's Street Sounds Sessions 48

Thursday, 14 July 2011

SoulNRnB's Soulful House Compilation Vol. 1-7


 Part two of my MEGA-PACKS of Comp's/mixes from the site. A great place to get all volumes in one download;

Seven volumes of some of the most Soulful House music released, from greats like MAW and Louie Vega, Blaze, Sterling Ensemble, Nathan Haines and many many more.

Great Party music for the summer and a good place to start for the un-initiated.

Back tomorrow with this weeks Street Sounds mix.......

SoulNRnB's Soulful House Volumes 1 to 7

Monday, 11 July 2011

RIP Alphonso “Fonce” Mizell 1943-2011

Alphonso “Fonce” Mizell has passed away. Fonce together with his brother, Larry, were studio engineers and producers who worked along various great artists like Donald Byrd and Bobbi Humphrey, as well as producing one of the greatest LP's of all time (In my opinion of course!) in Johnny Hammonds "Gears". (Check out the discography HERE).

Grizz kick started my "Great Producer" mixes with his mix of Mizell Brother favorites here:

DJ Grizz - Mizell Brothers Mix

and this link is for the Marc Mac and Dego mix that they did a while back. (Alphonso's brother, Larry, appeared on the last 4Hero LP, Play with the Changes.)

4Hero - Mizell Brothers special

A great loss, and a great inspiration to many. Only the other day, I commented to Zo! on Twitter about his track "Flight of the Blackbyrd" on SunStorm, his last LP, sounding like a mizell production. His reply?

"Those kats are a huge influence....".

Sunday, 10 July 2011

DJ Grizz- Soul Niceness 24

More rare soul and grooves than you can shake a stick at on this blog as I'm back with Soul Niceness 24!
Mix includes The Brothers Johnson, Billy Cobhams take on an Escavado's tune, a classic from The Spinners, Ladies of the 80's, and a top old school sounding tune from 2007 by Floyd Taylor son of soul legend Johnny Taylor.
SoulNRnB up next and my post next week will be on the mellow side of the soul tracks.
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Friday, 8 July 2011

SoulNRnB's Modern Soul Artists go back to the 80's

Some of the latest and greatest current soul artists took you back to the 70's with a mix I posted a while back, now its time for the 80's to get the modern soul treatment!

As with the last mix, the choice of tunes covered here are eclectic, spanning pop and r&b, but all are given a twist that takes them to another level. Foreign Exchange crew represented fully here, with contributions from Phonte, Nicolay and Zo! (Whose Just Visiting 3 release on the 12th is high on my priorities). Then we have a consumate Jazz rework of Cindi Laupers "Time after time" from Cassandra Wilson, the much loved Aaries covering a classic Janet/Jam & Lewis tune, and Anthony David's excellent version of a Tears for Fears track.

Like I said, eclectic for this blog!!

Check it out, enjoy, and Grizz will be back with normal programming next week!

SoulNRnB's Modern Soul Artists go back to the 80's

Sunday, 3 July 2011

DJ Grizz- New Funk Vol.7

Another trip to the noughties with those new musicians keeping the funk alive.
Mix includes Big Boss Man's take on the late great Gil Scott Heron, jap funk from Mountain Mocha Kilimanjaro, UK Hammond legend James Taylor and the always very good Baker Brothers.
For UK fans of this sound Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings are at the Barbican, Central London this Weds and Thurs, well worth checking Back next week with another installment of hard to find, old time quality soul.
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