Thursday, 31 May 2012

SoulNRnB's Street Sounds Sessions 84

Welcome Mixtapers! A couple of weeks off for the Street Sounds mixes, but were back with a bang and the start of some killer sessions with absolutely hot tunes. Forthcoming weeks include tunes from Angie Stone, Dwele, a back to form R Kelly, Kenny Lattimore and many more.

But lets concentrate on this weeks mix. Eric Benet has a new LP out, and pick of the tunes on first hearing is "Harriet Jones". Cover star Dezaray Dawn has some new work coming out following last years EP with Marc Mac, and first tune out the gates is "Over it". Then we got a Sy Smith Collabo, hot up and comer Elle Winston, a great Badu Remix, plus much more.

Grizz back with the retro on Monday, Ill have more hot music (Not decided wether its gonna be new or old!) for you next week.

SoulNRnB's Street Sounds Sessions 84

Monday, 28 May 2012

DJ Grizz Lovers Rock Vol 19

What a glorious hot weekend wev'e just had in London. The Summers here, the time is right, for Lovers Rock 19! (apologies to Martha Reeves there!).

15, 16, 17 kick off the mix with their homage to the Weather, Londons own Sandra Cross features, Slim Linton covers Lou Rawls and Winston Curtis reggaes up William Devaughan. Plus 6 more soul fuelled reggae tunes perfect for a warm week!

SoulNRnB will pull us back into the 21st Centuary later this week and I'll be back with some more digs from the Grizz crates.


Tracklist in comments

Thursday, 24 May 2012

The Artists - Jean Carn (Jean Carne)

Jean Carn went by many names. Born Sarah Jean Perkins, She changed her name to Jean Carn when she started recording music, only later to add an e under the advice of a numerologist.

One thing didnt change though; She has a beautiful voice; it has a five octave range. Her interpretive and improvisational skills were second to none. In fact, it was so good, she was in her church choir at the age of 4. Yep, 4. She could play instruments too; The piano, the clarinet, and the bassoon, mastering all three.

She was first noticed by a little group named Earth Wind and Fire to whom she provided uncredited vocals on their first 2 LP's. She went on to work with Norman Conners and Michael Henderson
before she was signed to Gamble and Huff's Philadelphia International Records; her debut album in 1977 Jean Carn merged the best of '70s soul and jazz with solid songwriting and tight instrumental support (MFSB, Instant Funk). The debut single "Free Love" was a hit and in 1978, her second album for the label, Happy to Be With You, was released. It included the single "Don't Let It Go to Your Head.", in my opinion one of the greatest soul records recorded.

Carn's third Philadelphia International album When I Find You Love was produced by Dexter Wansel, Gamble and Huff, and Jerry Butler. It included the great "My Love Don't Come Easy" and is considered to be one of her best LP's. She then switched to the subsidiary TSOP imprint for her final outing for them, released in 1981, Sweet and Wonderful. It included a duet featuring Glenn Jones.

Carn moved to Motown Records in 1982, making her label debut with the album Trust Me, but a scheduled follow-up LP was canned and is reportedly in the vaults, following Ms. Carn's leaving the Motown roster. Her career continued, recording the like of Closer Than Close (produced by saxophonist Grover Washington Jr), You're a Part of Me (produced by Nick Martinelli), and the  Love Lessons album.

Carn has worked with some of the most prolific soul artists, producers and songwriters over the years, including Dizzy Gillespie, Norman Connors, The Temptations, Glenn Jones, the late Phyllis Hyman, Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff, Earth Wind and Fire, Grover Washington and more. She has a great musical CV that spans Soul, and Jazz, and disco, which had to be celebrated with an Artists mix from the Mixtape.

Enjoy, Im back with new music next week, Grizz will be with you on Monday.

The Soul Mixtape Presents - The Artists - Jean Carne

Monday, 21 May 2012

DJ Grizz- Soul Niceness 36

Morning Mixtapers and welcome to another dose of rare to find 70's & 80's Soul n Grooves- Soul Niceness Vol.36.

We kick off with the high pitched UK soulstress Linda Lewis (born in West Ham no less! had to shoe horn in a reference to the mighty Hammers somehow!!) and features a solo effort from Chilite Eugene Record. Also includes cuts from Latoya Jackson, The Miracles, Ann Peebles and finishing my Monday crate dig with Funk Inc.

Back next week with the Lovers Rock pressure after SoulNRnB goes retro too with an artist mix.


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Thursday, 17 May 2012

SoulNRnB's Gems - The 90's

Something a little new for you all, my new GEMS series. Gonna take a look at each decade and pick out some nuggets, obscurities, and downright good tunes that you may or may not have checked out.

Thought I would start with the 90's as weve not taken a look back there for a while. Tunes here include a rare D'Angelo Remix of a Faith Evans tune, a great UNTOUCHABLES remix of a Boys II Men track (with an excellent jazzy Baseline), the Ubiquity remix of Toni Tony Tony's "It never rains..." tune plus much more.

Ive got a great Artists mix for you next week, meanwhile stay tuned for some niceness from Grizz.

SoulNRnB's GEMS - The 90's

Monday, 14 May 2012

DJ Grizz- Uplifting Soul 2012

Times are still tough out there so for all those who need their spirits lifted here's this years Uplifting Soul Mix. 10 soul n jazz tunes with a message to get your spirit soaring & celebrate all the good stuff!

Kicks off with a gospel tinged Aaron Neville, then the Neville family connection keeps on with the oft sampled Meters, Pleasure and Side Effect feature and we end with some loved up jazz from the Build an Ark collective, plus 5 more top tracks to help you keep your head up!

I hear SoulNRnB is going retro this week and I'll be back with more Niceness next week.


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Thursday, 10 May 2012

SoulNRnB's Street Sounds Sessions 83

I have some great old school mixes coming up in my Artists series, a look back to the 90's in the first of my "Gems" series, and Volume 3 of Nu Soul Jazz. But ive got another hit of the current scene again this week as I cant be letting you mixtaper's miss out on any new, independent, or big name soulful tunes!

So this edition features a Broken Beat collabo of Slakah and Ayah, a remix of one of my favorite Angela Johnson tunes from her forthcoming remix LP, the great Leon Ware with a really successful hook up with Quadron producing a tune with a Rotary Connection feel, new kids on the block Hawthorne Headhunters and The Yes Maam's, and Incognito alumni, the UK's own Kelli Sae. Check out the tracklist cause theres much more.

Grizz has been on point with his mixes recently, enjoyed last weeks version excursion and looking forward to what he has in store. See you next week with a step back in time from me too.

SoulNRnB's Street Sounds Sessions 83

Monday, 7 May 2012

DJ Grizz- Soul Versions, Back for More

Its a holiday here in the UK and I'm planning on having a lazy one. But not before I post my Monday contribution to the Soul blogosphere with another selection of quality old soul n jazz covers of well known tunes! Soul Versions- Back for More!

Maxine Nightingale kicks off the mix with a Quincy Jones cut, Chairmaine Forde discos up Bobby Caldwell, Mongo Santamaria latins up Barry White, Tavares cover Hall & Oates, and finished off with a more recent take of the Pharoah Saunders jazz funk anthem. Plus 5 more top notch covers!

SoulNRnB back later in the week, and I'll be in an 'Uplifting' mood next week 'cos we all need a little uplifting some times!


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Wednesday, 2 May 2012

SoulNRnB's Street Sounds Sessions 82

As Grizz rightly said Monday, its time for a dose of Upfront Magic.

Thanks all by the way for your best wishes for our fouth year of the blog, stick around as weve got lots left to share!

Anyhow, SSSS82 features: A GREAT Ahmed Soir remix of Chaka Khan's "Super Life", Hip Hop from Slum Village and De La soul, RnB from Ameriie (She changed the spelling of her name?), Austin Brown, and Algebra. Great Beats from ByrontheAquarius plus soul from Chaz Shepherd, Leon King and Athalia. 11 great tunes for you to catch up on!

Grizz back with you Monday, lets all have a great weekend.

SoulNRnB's Street Sounds Sessions 82

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Happy Birthday to us......

Hey Mixtapers, we're 4 today. Older and wiser. Well, older definitely. Thanks for the best wishes on Facebook and Twitter. We appreciate it!

SoulNRnB and Grizz