Wednesday, 19 July 2017

#TheSoulMixtape Spotlight on Jam & Lewis

 Spotlight on the writing and production work of the great Jam & Lewis and their Flyte Tyme productions. Focusing on the soulful side of their discography, from the early eighties through to the noughties.

From early 80's dance tracks and ballads featuring their signature sound, full of soul, orchestral build up's and 808 drum pattern's, to their slide into RnB and Neo Soul, these two members of Prince's THE TIME created a production company that ruled the 80's called Flyte Tyme (Which also featured underrated writer/producer and THE TIME member Monte Moir) who shot the likes of The SOS Band, Janet Jackson, Cherelle, Alexander O Neal, Change and others to massive heights in their early days. They went on to write and produce through to the present for the likes of Barry White, Usher, Chante Moore, Solo and so many more.

This mix features some of my faves squeezed in to an hour's Nuwaveradio.net show and therefore there are some missing tracks I just couldn't fit in. However, as a snapshot of their work, I think this fits the bill.

Stay tuned on the blog for DJ Grizz and DJ Ridym's upcoming mixes and of course there will be more to come from me.


Sunday, 16 July 2017

DJ Grizz- Kool and the Gang

Another Soul Super-group features today.... 70's and 80's, million sellers- Kool and the Gang! From their early 70's origins as a hard funk/jazz band through to their later Disco/Pop-Soul sound they are loved by discerning crate diggers and commercial pop lovers alike. Here's a selection of mainly their early funky stuff and a smattering of some late 70's early 80's disco party grooves!

We start in funk mode with Jungle Boogie, there's another funk classic with Funky Stuff (they opened with this when I saw them at Finsbury Park Rainbow around 1980), we've Light of The Worlds- the track a certain Britfunk band named themselves after, we get into disco mode with Steppin' Out and Ladies Night and end on a mellow Jazz-Funk anthem in Summer Madness.

Catch you soon Mixtapers!

Grizz- The Soul Mixtape Blog

Jungle Boogie
Funky stuff
Hollywood swinging
Light of Worlds
Steppin out
Take my heart
Ladies Night
Too Hot
Summer madness

Monday, 10 July 2017

DJ Ridym - RnB Sessions 12


This instalment of RnB Sessions focuses it's spotlight on the Jazz side of Hip Hop and RnB. No one can doubt the influence of Jazz on Hip Hop and RnB and the impact it's been having on new artists such as London based rapper Alpha Mist and Dubliner Rejjie Snow representing the rap scene in Ireland.  

French Kiwi Juice (FKJ) team up with London based Soul and Jazz-Funk singer/producer Tom
Misch for the seriously funky losing my way. Tom is doing great things out there so definitely on my radar. 

Common, Slum, De la and Outkast merge into each other to provide a seamless jazzy hip hop ride finishing right back where I started with Indigo Jam Unit's jazz take on Commons come close.

Enjoy and I'll be back real soon with DJ's SoulnRnB and Grizz real soon. Jah bless 

1. Common - Come Close
2. Alfa Mist - Closer ft. Lester Duval
3. Conya Doss - Fragments
4. Rejjie Snow - Purple Tuesday
5. OutKast - Reset
6. Slum Village - Where We Come From
7. De La Soul - Stakes Is High
8. Terrace Martin - No Wrong
9. FKJ & Tom Misch - Losing My Way
10. Pharell and The Yessirs - Our Father
11. Braxton Brothers - Never Take Your Love Away
12. Indigo Jam Unit - Come Close

Sunday, 9 July 2017

DJ Grizz- Soul Niceness 131

Back with a further instalment of the best in Rare Grooves and revival Soul... its Soul Niceness 131!

We kick off with a slice of early 80's funk from Cameo, there's more get-down goodness from Maurice and the boys i.e. Earth Wind and Fire, Rufus and Chaka give us a great take on the Bee Gees hit, there's a 2 step gem from Tavares and we end on a hard to find Rare Groove nugget from Positive Force... and plenty more to savour.

Keep sharing the Soul love Mixtapers!

Grizz- The Soul Mixtape Blog

Cameo- Soul Army
Earth Wind and Fire- Let your feelings show
Rufus and Chaka- Jive talkin
Sunrize- Hello Love
Patrice Rushen- feels so real
Freddie Hubbard- Rock me arms
Tavares- Never had a love like this
Little Royal Torrence- Jealous
Positive Force- Give you my love

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

#TheSoulMixtape Tape No.28 on Nuwaveradio


Tape 29 of #TheSoulMixtape Recipe:

4 portions of 9th Wonder
2 pounds of King Tubby
Mix thoroughly with some 80's Soul boy Classics
A dash of soulful Broken

Or, just press play below.

Check me out on nuwaveradio.net and Ridym/Grizz back with you shortly.


Monday, 3 July 2017

DJ Ridym - Chapter & Verse of DUB 2



Greetings one and all to the second instalment of my chapter & verse of DUB series where I bring you the best in dub and roots music.

This weeks instalment has two from Kenny Knots who had a number one hit back in the day with watch all the people dancing recorded by Unity sound system. Kenny went on to record a whole bunch of music working with the bush chemists, Jah Tubbys and currently with Scottish sound system Mungos Hi-Fi

Some more heavyweight dub from Jah Warrior, Dubkasm and Tony Roots make this a speaker popping, chest caving experience you'll no doubt want to turn the bass up for this one!

I'll be back with more next week until then Peace

1. Kenny Knots - Jah Is To Be Praised
2. Kenny Knots - Jah Is To Be Praised Bong Mix
3. Tony Roots - Hola Zion
4. Tony Roots - Zion Dub
5. Kenny Knots - Battlefield
6. Kenny Knots - Battlefield Dub
7. Dubkasm - Higher Judgement Aba Shanti I Mix
8. Jah Warrior - Strictly Yard Music

Sunday, 2 July 2017

DJ Grizz- Mellow Soul Classics

Something now for all you Soul lovers who need some chill-time. A selection of 70's and 80's Soul tunes on the mellow side... its Mellow Soul Classics Vol. 1!

Our first laid back nugget comes from the masters- Earth Wind and Fire, Randy Crawford covers Simply Red, there's a Rare Groove anthem from Shirley Jones, Booker T sings the 1981 original of the Kenny Thomas hit, the Isley Brothers give us a well sampled gem and we end on a great cut from a later Teena Marie LP... plus more mellow monsters to lay back to!

Back with more digs from the crates real soon!

Grizz- The Soul Mixtape Blog

Earth Wind and Fire- Reasons
Norman Conners ft Phyllis Hyman- Betcha by golly wow
Randy Crawford- Holdin back the years
Booker T Jones- The best of you
Atlantic Starr- Second to none
Shirley Jones- Do you get enough love
Isley Brothers- Footsteps in the dark
The Spinners- How could i let you get away
Teena Marie- I’m still in love