Monday, 31 October 2011

DJ Grizz- Soul Versions Ride Again

Happy Halloween Mixtapers! And we're marking the day with another 10 Soulful versions of familiar bygone tunes.

The mix starts with 2 funky O'Jays covers, The Four Kents take on an Edwin Starr 60's classic, Rita Pavones french translation of Barry White, Players Associations version of the oft sampled Isleys tune, and a William Devaughn anthem gets the Arthur Lee treatment plus 4 more cracking covers.

SoulNRnB up next with a bag of trick or treat goodies and I'll be back with my 2nd artist mix.


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Thursday, 27 October 2011

SoulNRnB's Street Sounds Sessions 66

Back again with another edition of new music.

A real RnB flavour to this edition of the Sessions which features cover star Carl Thomas whose been quiet of late but has some new material coming up, Beyonce's sister Solange returns with a new tune as does Rodney Jerkins produced Anesha. Avant releases a nice RnB tune and Tynesha Keli gets your head nodding with "Aint gotta Worry". Some soulful niceness from Andre Henry and Hip Hop from Terrace Martin add some spice whilst my pick of the bunch is Vindhal's "Head over Heels" which has a great electronic, laid back 80's feel to it.

Getting some great stuff ready for the Xmas period, including another edition of my "Rarer than Rocking Horse Poo...." mixes as last years was such a success.

Grizz back next week, have a great weekend.

SoulNRnB's Street Sounds Sessions 66

Monday, 24 October 2011

DJ Grizz- Soul Niceness 28

Back with another 10 soul nuggets from back in the day... we've done the diggin' so you don't have to!

We start off with a much sought after piece of blue eyed soul from Evans Pyramid, some classic Johnny Bristol, a stringless version of the Dee Edwards rare groove anthem, a Roberta Flack soul gem and 6 more 'dusty groove' goodies.

Just to let you know that Rapidshare have started deleting some of my older mixes so if there's anything you've missed and needs reposting leave us a comment and we'll happily put it up on our new file hosts!


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Saturday, 22 October 2011

SoulNRnB's Street Sounds Sessions PART TWO: 65

As promised, part two of our upfront mixes this week.

Cover star Ben Westbeech has a new LP, and he kicks this mix off with a soulful groover that Im really feeling; A tune offa Phonte's new LP leads into a treat - An unreleased mix of "Nic's Groove" by the Foreign Exchange; Great House tune from Miguel Migs featuring our recent cover star Miss Ndegeocello; A heap of music you may not have caught from the likes of Benedek, Bug, Seinabo Sey; More Hip Hop from Proh Mic; Topped off with more soul from Anthony Hamilton and Jesse Boykins.

Check it out, let us know what your into at the moment.

By the way, got a shout out for our Twitter friend Robert Carvalho @Bassheaddred (Not the football player!) who sent us a link to his new tune on youtube below; Keep it up Robert!!

Grizz back as the week starts, make sure you check him out!

SoulNRnB's Street Sounds Sessions 65

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

SoulNRnB's Street Sounds Sessions Part ONE: 64

Gonna do things a little different this week, gonna post a mid-week mix, then at the weekend starts our XTRA LONG Street Sounds sessions, now with added tracks!!

So, here is your mid week treat;

I felt that Raheem Devaughn lost his soulful edge recently with some of the tunes that have been floating about, but "Red Carpet" on this mix takes him back to what I think he does best; Eric Benet returns with another old school ballad that follows hot on the heels of his last "retro" LP; Then there are new artists; Rimar and They bring good grooves; Anesha and Ensavi some R&B; Something for everyone!

Join us again at the weekend for Volume 65. As I said, XTRA LONG!!!!

SoulNRnB's Street Sounds Sessions 64

Monday, 17 October 2011

DJ Grizz - Soulful 80's Vol.13

Back to the 80's for more Soulful grooves to start the week.

We start off with our cover girl Grace Jones, then quality contributions from artists including Leroy Burgess, Gwen Guthrie and finishing with an 80's Soul anthem from Viola Wills. The mix also includes a funky track from Nile Rodgers the 'Land of the Good Groove' LP. I still remember buying the LP on import in 1983 from a record shop in Central London where I bumped into comedian Lenny Henry and we had a discussion on how good the album was.... a man who obviously knew his Soul music (and cheap hotels according to the adverts).

The brand new stuff still coming thick and fast from Mr S and I'll be back in rare groove niceness style next week.


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Thursday, 13 October 2011

The Artists - Howard Hewett

So, Grizz kicks off this series of mixes with the great Lonnie Liston Smith. Doesn't even feel the need to include Expansions on said mix as the man has such a great body of work. If you haven't checked it out, do it now!

Here's my first contribution to our Artist series.

If I were to rate my top 5 vocalists, Howard would be in there.

A voice like honey, made for ballads, weirdly found success with many an uptempo tune for Shalamar. Not to say that Howard wasnt perfectly equipped to handle them (He proved so on many big tunes) but his voice is so subtle and controlled that you could be fooled into thinking it would be like putting a $10,000 needle on a $50 record player.

But then, Shalamar were not any group. Don Cornelius (Soul Train creator) introduced Hewett to fellow Soul Train dancers Jody Watley and Jeffrey Daniel, and their group, Shalamar, was born. The trio had many hits such as "Friends" "A Night to Remember", "Make that move" and the ballad "This Is For The Lover In You". Hewett was the group's lead singer from 1979 until 1985 when they broke up. He produced many solo LP's thereafter.

I dont think he has received the props he should have (Actually, I KNOW he hasnt!) , with many looking down on his Shalamar days as "Disco/pop/r&b" and the belief that all he is currently is a gospel artist. (Both are not true; With Leon Sylvers III on production and the Solar family writing with the band, Shalamar were always a class act IMO, and this mix displays many non-Gospel tunes, although "Say Amen" is his signature tune.)

He is well respected by his peers, collacorating with the likes of George Duke, Stanley Clarke, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Teena Marie (Where he duetted on Congo Square).

He is my first pick to be showcased in our artists series. One of the great Soul Voices, underrated, and needs to be making new music. Now since Leon Sylvers did such a great job with N'Dambi's last LP, maybe they could............awww. I'm dreaming.

The Artists - Howard Hewett

Sunday, 9 October 2011

DJ Grizz - Lonnie Liston Smith mix

Welcome back and as promised, the first of our 'artist' mixes where we showcase the best work of much loved and sometimes overlooked Soul, Jazz Funk and RnB artists.

My 1st contribution is from one of my Jazz-Funk heroes- Lonnie Liston Smith. Lonnie started out in the 60's playing with big time jazz greats like Miles Davis, Art Blakey and later Pharoh Saunders before starting his own band, the Cosmic Echoes, in the 70's. There he helped pioneer that 'spacey' Soul-Jazz fusion with tunes for both dancers and chill out followers alike. I myself have seen him play 3 times over the years both on his own and as part of the 'Jazz Explosion' tours of the 80's and 90's and he never failed to deliver.

The mix includes the tracks Song for the Children, Sunburst, Journey into Love, and We Can Dream plus 6 more classic Lonnie tunes!

Back next week in 80's mode after a SoulNRnB musical interlude.


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Thursday, 6 October 2011

SoulNRnB's Street Sounds Sessions 62 and 63

Last of these double packs for a while, though no shortage of new music coming your way!

 This mix kicks off with one of my tunes of the year, 9th Wonders "One Night", then follows that up with a wealth of new Artists. Marc Mac produces cover star Ayanna's version of "Roxanne", the Neptunes are back with a tune for LaShawn Daniels, and there is soulful class from Ntjam Rosie and CJ whose "I used to love her" marks him out as one to watch.

Then theres another tune of the year contender that kicks off 63, cover star Thundercats "Walkin'". Soulparlour's "Real" gets an Opolopo Remix, Avant shows off his soulful side, the UK's Native Sun show you how to mix influences and styles, and theres more class from Kimbra and Cleo.

There you go. New Artists. New Music.

Talking about Artists, next week is going to be a doozy. Were kicking of a series of Artists mixes with a double bill. Grizz will be posting the first on Monday, and Ill post my first at the end of the week. these mixes should highlight some of the artists you know and love, as well as some that have been slept on.

SoulNRnB's Street Sounds Sessions 62

SoulNRnB's Street Sounds Sessions 63

Sunday, 2 October 2011

DJ Grizz- 60's Soul Vol.12

Welcome back for another installment of music from the origins of Soul!

Ten tunes including an early one from 70's rare groove man Chuck Jackson, The Royalettes original recording of a well known tune, Arthur Prysock covers a classic 1st written in the 1930's, and topped off with our featured poster group- The Impressions.

Just to re-iterate what SoulNRnB said on his last post, the downloads on this site are mixes not the individual tracks/LP's! We have spent literally decades of 'crate diggin', visiting record shops/fairs, online dealers etc to hunt down this music and the mixes are there for like minded people to enjoy, inform, use in their own right and hopefully promote/expose the artist/tracks to our fellow 'mixtapers'. It would appear to us - counterproductive for companies to have them taken down!!? Rant over! :)

I'll be back next week with the 1st in our series of artist specials!


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