Thursday, 31 December 2015

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

The Soul Mixtapes Review of 2015


It's that time of the year when we look back at the musical releases that peaked our interest, and highlight some of our faves.

LP wise there were a few that stood head and shoulders above the rest. My top 10 is below, but special mention must go out to the excellent Kendrick Lamar LP; When Hip Hop is being decried as dead by most, myself included, this \lp gave hope. Lyrically interesting; Musically satisfying with nods to both Soul and Funk; If you enjoyed the last D'angelo LP then give this a try. You wont regret it.

The Rebirth also returned with a new LP, "Being Thru the Eyes of a Child", which whilst not quite reaching the dizzy heights of "A Journey in", produced some of the best music of the year; "This is coming to" could have been ripped from the aforementioned  debut LP; "Caterpillar" harking back to thier 70's influences, I could go on, but its a must purchase LP wise.

Before I get to the list I must also recommend solid followups from the talents that are Hiatus Kaiyote and The Internet; I really think even bigger things could be coming from these 2 groups, and both LP's pushed boundaries whilst giving us what we expect from these talents.

Anyway, in no particular order, my top 10:

Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly
Bobby Caldwell & Jack Splash - Cool Uncle
SoulPersona - Momentum
The Internet - Ego Death
Aaries - Got Ur Request
Kheyra - Take Flight
Hiatus Kaiyote - Choose your Weapon
Nottz & Rapper Big Pooh - Home Sweet Home
Phony PPL - Yesterdays Tomorrow
Jill Scott - Woman

As for songs, what better way than to listen to some of them? This mix is by no means a definitive selection of my favorite tunes of the year, but there's a generous portion of them!! So before you press play below, let us wish you all a Merry Xmas to you and yours. Grizz will be taking a well needed break this weekend but he will be back with the Rare Groove, Soul and Jazz mixes in the new year. Ill drop a White Label mix for you all just before New year though.

Happy Holidays!!


The Soul Mixtape's Songs of 2015 by Soulnrnb on Mixcloud

Sunday, 20 December 2015

DJ Grizz- Soul Niceness 104

Welcome back for my final installment of Soul Niceness for 2015! Packed full of the usual Rare Grooves and hard to find Soul you've come to know and love... plenty more to dust off in 2016- trust me!

We kick off with a nice little Sister Sledge LP track, theres a Side Effect Rare Groove 2 step monster, wev'e Main Ingrediant's version of Spoiled, The O'Jays give us the Philly original of tune known worldwide for its reggae cover, Manfredo Fest gives us a Brazillian take on the Gene Harris Jazz Funk monster and we end with the always brilliant Gil Scott Heron.

Catch you after the festivities

Grizz- The Soul Mixtape Blog

 Sister Sledge- One more time
The Joneses- When it rains it pours
Side effect- Midnight Lover
Main Ingredient- Spoiled
Gwen Guthrie- Sweet bitter love
The O jays- Now that we’ve found love
Manfredo Fest- koko and lee roe
Bobby Sheen- Something new to do
Gil Scott Heron- Push comes to shove

Sunday, 13 December 2015

DJ Grizz- Soul Weekender Classics

Its the party season so time to let my rare and dusty grooves collect dust for another week and pull out some of those classic Soul party grooves from the 70's and 80's .... its Soul Weekender Classics.

A selection of familiar tunes for those of us who liked to get our groove on in clubs, parties and weekenders during the early 80's. Starts with the Mystic Merlin from 1980, Includes the original Issac Hayes 70's tune that Farley Jackmaster later gave the House treatment to, some great boogie from GQ and Evelyn King, an Aurra 80's anthem and we end on a Narada Michael Walden late 70's floorfiller.

Hopefully the music and the cover picture will bring back a few memories- thats the equipment us DJ's had to play on many many years ago ( I had a Cloud Series 10 in a state of disrepair in my loft that i couldn't bring myself to throw out until i had kids and needed space!!) You kids don't know you're born!!

Catch you soon

Grizz- The Soul Mixtape Blog

Mystic Merlin- Just cant give you up
First Choice- Let no man put asunder
Issac Hayes- I cant turn around
Double Exposure- Everyman
GQ- Someday
Evelyn King- What you waiting for
Aurra - Like I like it
Unlimited Touch- I hear music in the streets
Narada Michael Walden- I shoulda loved ya

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

SoulNRnB's Xmas Mix 2015


Yes, its nearly here. And only 376 days till next Xmas!!

Grizz has graced us with one excellent Xmas Soul mix earlier this week, and here's mine.

Some classic's from Stevie and Donny, as well as some rarer tunes from the Isleys's and Elements of Life. Get readyto eat too much, drink too much and hopefully some happy times.

Ill be back next week with my best Songs of the year, but until then Grizz will have something special for you!



Sunday, 6 December 2015

DJ Grizz- Xmas Soul 2015

Its December so can only mean one thing at Soul Mixtape Towers, its my annual offering of Soul n Jazz with a Xmas twist!

The selection of seasonal Soul starts with a bang up to date piece of Xmas funk from Sharon Jones and the Dapkings, there's the Funk Brothers from Motown, Al Green, Solomon Burke and Ella Fitzgerald to name a few. So press play and get stuffing and wrapping!!

Mr S has his annual review coming up and i'll catch you soon

Grizz- The Soul Mixtape Blog

 Sharon Jones & the Dapkings- Just another xmas song
The Pointer Sisters- Carol of the Bells
Funk brothers- Winter wonderland
Honey & the Bees-  Jing jing a ling
Carla Thomas - All I want for Xmas is you
Al Green - Feels like Xmas
O’Jays - I can hardly wait til Xmas
Solomon Burke- Presents for Xmas
Ella Fitzgerald- Have yourself a merry little xmas

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

SoulNRnB's Falling in Love mix


Another one of those K-Tel style mixes based around the theme of "Falling in Love". Actually, the majority of tracks are called just that!

With the likes of Surface, Leroy Hutson, Side Effect, Anthony Hamilton and the Bar Kays you know your in for a soulful journey!

Tracklist on the Mixcloud Widget below, and stay tunes for Grizz as we creep up on those festive mixes and round up's of the year!