Wednesday, 21 June 2017

#TheSoulMixtape Tape No.28 on Nuwaveradio


Whats Hotter than July? JUNE!! If your in the UK that is..... we are not used to 35 degree tempratures out here, but dont fret! We've got the summer soundtrack here at #TheSoulMixtape!

This mix kicks off with a sampling session with 9th Wonder, followed by some 90's R&B, soulful house and Broken jams, and some soul and jazz funk to boot. Put on your shades and press play below!

Kept up the Stevie theme on the cover following Grizz's excellent Stevie mix from the weekend, and check out DJ Ridym's thorough two part spotlight on the Foreign Exchange family, all here on the blog in one place.

I'm back next week, stay tuned!


Sunday, 18 June 2017

DJ Grizz- Stevie Wonder Mix

Back with a Soul Superstar this morning... Mr Steveland Morris or Stevie Wonder to his friends. From the early 60's as a Motown prodigy up to the present day Mr Wonder has given us an endless stream of acclaimed music. My Stevie Top Ten of Grizz favourites mainly concentrates on his sublime 70's period where LPs like Talking Book, Innervisions and Songs in the Key of Life were must haves for any serious music aficionado.

My selection of classics start with the funky synth monster Too High, there's the massive I Wish, includes sublime cuts like As and Bird of Beauty, a early 80's ode to funkiness in Do I Do, and ends on the oft covered Creepin'... plus many more Stevie slices of genius to add to your Summer soundtrack!

Keep sharing the Soul Love mixtapers.

Grizz- The Soul Mixtape Blog

Too High
I wish
As if you read my mind
Until you come back to me
As
Dont you worry bout a thing
Bird of beauty ft Minnie Ripperton
Do i do
Golden Lady
Creepin

Saturday, 17 June 2017

DJ Ridym Presents: The Foreign Exchange





Hi Mixtapers and welcome to DJ Ridym presents: The Foreign Exchange.

In what first started as an online collaboration between Dutch Hip-Hop/Electronica producer Nicolay and Hip-Hop rapper/singer Phonte of Little Brother fame The Foreign Exchange was born and has become one of the most successful RnB production teams in modern RnB music to date. The fact that these guys released works with artists such as Yahzarah, Sy Smith, Darien Brockington, Joe Scudda and Eric Roberson frequently featured on their albums as part of what is affectionately known as the FE Family is just brilliant. FE went on to extended their tentacles to include the talents of Lorenzo Ferguson aka ZO! and the rest is history.

Already successful as one third of rap group Little Brother, Phonte along with top remix producer 9th Wonder and Big Pooh were already big in the game of hip-hop (and trust me I'd need a whole new mixtape for these guys!) but to then go on and link up with Nicolay is just pure genius. Nicolay at the time was already compared to 9th Wonder such was his artistry behind a mixing desk preferring to play live instruments for most of his work with his own unique style which I can only describe as a blend of modern electonica with an 80's pop feel and hard hip-hop beats.

So about the mix...Well with so many tracks to choose from the best thing I can suggest you do is just go listen to it! These are my personal favourites but with so many to choose from it could have gone a complete different way and to some extent a different sound. That said I hope you enjoy it and come back real soon for some more from DJ SoulnRnB and DJ Grizz. Peace!

Part 1
1. Common feat. Mary J Blige - Come Close
2. The Foreign Exchange - Come Around
3. Nicolay feat.Kay - My Story
4. Phonte - Gonna Be A Beautiful Night
5. The Foreign Exchange - Don't Wait
6. Nicolay - Hey
7. The Foreign Exchange - I Wanna Know
8. Phonte - Love Songs
9. The Foreign Exchange - Raw Life
10. FE - Take Off The Blues
11. The Foreign Exchange - Body
11. FE - All Or Nothing
12. The Foreign Exchange - All That You Are
13. Nicolay feat. Wiz Khalifa - What It Used To Be
14. Nicolay and Kay - As The Wheel Turns
15. The Foreign Exchange - Better
16. The Foreign Exchange - Don't Let It Be So



Part 2
1. Nicolay and United Soul - Soul Clap
2. Nicolay Remix Roy Ayers - Funk In The Hole
3. Zo! - Flight Of The Blackbyrd
4. Zo! - Making Time
5. Zo! - For Tina
6. Zo! - Black Cow
7. Zo! - Somethin' Special
8. Zo! - Sands Of Time
9. Zo! - Selfish
10. Zo! - Packing For Chicago
11. Phonte and Eric Roberson - Something
12. Phonte - Intergalactic Soul
13. Phonte - Violets
14. Phonte and AB - All This Love

Thursday, 15 June 2017

#TheSoulMixtape The Definitive Raphael Saadiq Productions


Both DJ Ridym and I have covered this mans work on this blog before. But there's so much great music.
Just concentrating on Raphael's writing and production work for others rather than his solo stuff, this is pretty much my favorite of his work and a good base for a definitive list.

Including greats like EWF, The Isleys, Lionel Richie, D'Angelo, Erykah, Jill Scott, Angie Stone, Q Tip, Common, Chante Moore, Amp Fiddler, Whitney Houston..... the list goes on and on. 2 Hours of great music from one of the premier artists of the last 20 odd years.

Press play below, and stay tuned for more great music selected by Grizz and Ridym upcoming.


Sunday, 11 June 2017

DJ Grizz- Soul Niceness 130

Back to the dusty shelves for some more of the good stuff. Choc full of 70's and 80's Soul and Grooves that time forgot its Soul Niceness 130.

We begin with the big man himself Barry White doin' his thang, there's some early 80's groove from LAX, Jean Carne lends her powerful vocal range for our aural appreciation, more Jazz-Soul goodness from Donald Byrd and we finish on something from East London's best known 70's Soul diva- Linda Lewis.... plus more quality stuff to get back in tune with!

Have a great week Mixtapers

Grizz- The Soul Mixtape Blog

Barry White- Its only love doing its thing
LAX - All my love
La Boppers- Wrap you up
Keni Burke- Youre the best
Jean Carne- Bet your lucky star
Nancy Wilson- Flying high
Johnny Guitar Watson- Wrapped in black mink
Donald Byrd- Love has come around
Linda Lewis- I’m in love again

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

DJ Ridym - RnB Sessions 11


Welcome mixtapers to RnB Sessions 11 where I showcase artists old and new. This time out we've got 2 from the UK grime scene from J-Hus and KoJo Funds. Rnb favourites Marsha Ambrosius of Floetry duo, Omar and Glen Lewis. Tyrese and Jodeci making us remember the golden era of RnB followed by some new music from Kehlani, SZA and Sade Emoni.
Talented bassist Thundercat sound brilliant live and has been receiving rave reviews recently so its only fair I add this one to the list. 

Have a great week and I'll catch you on flipside. Peace.

1. J Hus - Common Sense
2. Kojo Funds - Warning
3. Marsha Ambrosius - Luh ya
4. Glen Lewis and Dayne Jordan - Defeated
5. Sade Emoni - Deep Down
6. SZA - Broken Clocks
7. Jodeci - Alone
8. Kehlani ft. Chance The Rapper - The Way
9. Tyrese - I Must Be Crazy
10. Thundercat - Show You The Way
11. Omar ft. Leon Ware - Gave My Heart

Sunday, 4 June 2017

DJ Grizz- Uplifting Soul 2017 pt2

Its not often I post 2 'Uplifting' mixes in one year but there seems to be a lot of hate, despair and negativity out there in the world right now. What we need is more love, hope and positivity so here's my small contribution to tipping the scales to the right side... its Uplifting Soul 2017 pt2!

A selection songs to give you an audio hug starts with Donald Byrd helping us push those problems over, Jimmy Cliff reminds us its really a Wonderful World, Build an Ark prays for the whole world, Bill Withers urges a simple smile to make it better and we end with some spiritual Curtis and the Impressions from 1965. Plus many more songs to help you grab life by the lapel and say 'lets go kid' :) .
 
Peace and love Mixtapers

Grizz- The Soul Mixtape Blog

Donald Byrd- Dominoes
Diane Reeves- Today will be a good day
Third World- Rejoice
Jimmy Cliff- Wonderful world
Billy Paul- My heads on straight
Gil Scot Heron- Must be something
Build an ark- Prayer for the whole world
Bill Withers- Make a smile
Curtis Mayfield and the Impressions- People get ready