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Get Down With That Funky Beat

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Marvin Gaye's You're the Man was intended to be the follow-up album to his masterpiece What's Going On, but after the release of the title track as the first single, Gaye withdrew its entire release. This was in part due to the poor sales of the song, as well as the fact that Gaye's political views were different to those of Motown boss Berry Gordy. For these reasons, You're the Man was long considered a "lost" album. Last month it has finally been released to celebrate what would have been Gaye's 80th birthday on April 2. It is still a pity that it took so long. I chose to play the funky track The World Is Rated X.

Enjoy this funky disco party!

Tracklist:

Tuxedo – The Tuxedo Way (2019)
Grey & Hanks – Dancin’ (1978)
Thelma Houston – Don't Know Why I Love You (1977)
Teddy Pendergrass – The More I Get, The More I Want (1977)
Soul Survivors – Expressway (To Your Heart) (1967)
MFSB – Let’s Go Disco (1975)
Archie Bell & the Drells – Where Will You Go…

Smooth Sailing: Slow Disco, Mellow Soul & Folk Funk

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The opening track, Cafe Tropical from Ukraine's Vincent Inc and regular collaborator Lola Allen is an extraordinaire slow disco track, complete with laidback guitar that echoes seventies jazz-funk, easy listening-styled voices and on top of that a gloriously cheesy eighties sax line to finish it off.

Who? by Odyssey is a ‘one single only’ disco project from Greek synthesizer player and movie composer Vangelis Papathanassiou (Chariots of fire), who is also known for his work with Aphrodite’s Child. Former singer of that band, Demis Roussos, sang this song as well a couple of years later. He called it I dig you. The guys from Odyssey make it a vulnerable disco song, but Demis did it with more self-confidence and power, which gave the song a total different meaning.

Enjoy this new sunny part of Smooth Sailing!


Tracklist:

Vincent Inc & Lola Allen – Café Tropical (2019)
Donna Summer – State Of Independence (1982)
Alessi – Jagged Edge (1982)
Ian Matthews – Man In The Station (1978)
Mi…

Too Slow To Disco Neo En France SPECIAL

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This cloudcast is inspired by DJ Supermarkt’s new part of his Too Slow To Disco compilation series that came out last Friday. The critically acclaimed and hugely succesful series used to focus on AOR, yacht rock and West Coast pop, but En France is a collection of contemporary French lazy disco songs that refer to Daft Punk and Air, for instance. One of the tracks I selected is Lomboy’s Loverboy, which is on the album as well:
“French culture has always prized the distinct, the colourful, the melodic – in everything from music to food to fashion. Their films (and their equally delectable soundtracks) have been unabashedly driven by big ideas and unforgettable melodies. Their pop music has always had Anglo-American heroes, but taken its own form, often more dandy-ish, erotic and daring… So welcome back to France – chic but not Chic, yet always ready to dance. The best music is always a patchwork of ideas, borrowed, reinterpreted and remade. A long-distance love affair between artists wh…

AOR Radio: California Grooves

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Enjoy the late seventies, early eighties sound of Californian AOR Radio!

The tracks by Thelma Houston and Judy Pollak & 33 1/3 are from a brand new Japanese compilation album, called Bitter Grooves: Mellowness Pre-AOR Styled Soul, out on P-Vine Records.

Next time there will be a special about the new part of the Too Slow To Disco album series, called Neo En France.

Tracklist:

Thelma Houston – No Love In The Morning (1980/2017)
Chicago – Street Player [Eddy’s Edit] (1979)
Pablo Cruise ‎– Whatcha Gonna Do? (1977)
Trombone Shorty ‎– Long Weekend (2013)
Stephanie Mills ‎– Whatcha Gonna Do With My Lovin' (1979)
The Commodores – Girl, I Think The World About You (1976)
Judy Pollak And 33 1/3 ‎– Come With Me (1977)
Work Drugs – Shadow Fall (2019)
Brent Cash – I Think I'm Falling In Love (2008)
Pages – Who’s Right, Who’s Wrong (1979)
Ambrosia – Biggest Part Of Me (1980)
Nielsen/Pearson – If You Should Sail (1980)
Exile – Kiss You All Over (1978)
Marti Caine – Love Is Running Through Me (1981)

The Disco Couch: Soul, Lounge & Bossa

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This time we’re going to relax with some well-known disco songs at a slower pace. The reversed version (“The Disco Couch Classcis”) will be available for Mixcloud subscribers soon. Enjoy!

Tracklist:

United Rhythms Of Brazil – Super Freak (2011)
Beverley Knight – Say I’m Your Number One (2011)
Fil-à-Fil – Just An Illusion (2010)
Anthony Strong – You To Me Are Everything (2019)
Four Tops ‎– MacArthur Park [Part II] (1971)
David Cassidy ‎– Get It Up For Love (1975)
Harpers Bizarre ‎– Knock On Wood (1969)
Banda Do Sul Feat. Natascha – Night Fever (2011)
Trijntje Oosterhuis & Leonardo Amuedo – Never Can Say Goodbye (2009)
Starbossa – Spacer (2011)
São Vicente Feat. Natalie Renoir – Daddy Cool [PH Edit Lounge Reprise] (2011)
Señor Coconut & His Orchestra – Beat It (2008)
Nekta – Hot Stuff (2010)
Os Digitalistas Feat. Xoanna Guilmaray – Lady Marmalade (2011)
Tarântulas – Saiba Ser Feliz (Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough) (1981)
Cassandra Beck – Da Ya Think I’m Sexy (2008)
Stanley Turrentine

Smooth Sailing: Soft Rock, Slow Disco & Jazz Funk

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In the autumn I will be 10 years on Mixcloud and this spring we are celebrating 5 years of Smooth Sailing with some highlights from previous episodes. The track by The Converters is from the brand new compilation Greg Belson’s Divine Disco 2, out on Record Store Day this Saturday:
“Although gospel and disco music seem like polar opposites—one is secular while the other has embraced a hedonistic culture—the marriage of the two genres has birthed the uplifting spirituality and dance floor thump found in gospel disco. By the mid‐'70s many established and independent gospel artists started creating records with a tight four‐on‐the‐floor beat that touched both churchgoers as well as patrons of the drug‐fueled establishments of the '70s.”(Cultures of Soul)

Tracklist:

Harvey Mason – Kauai (1979)
Limousine – Columbus (2019)
Nimbus ‎– Children Of The Earth (1980)
Camino 84 ‎– Yacht Rock Breaks 2 01 Side B (2019)
Herb Alpert – Rotation (1979)
Toto – Africa [Ninja Sex Party Edit] (1982)
Boz Scag…

Catching A Wave: Folk Funk, Yacht Rock & Mellow Pop by The Smooth Operators

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For this new mixtape The Smooth Operators (Martijn Soetens and I) explore the soul in folk, pop and rock music. We share some folk funk favorites, psychedelic trippers and yacht rock gems, all mellow as a morning breeze.

Tracklist:

Kieran White – Cajun Moon (1975)
Odyssey – Our Lives Are Shaped By What We Love (1972)
Jorge Darden – Alone Again (1970s)
Minnie Riperton – Simple Things (1975)
Crosby, Stills & Nash – Dark Star (1977)
Portis Brothers – Summer Love, Pt. 1 (1970s)
Sergio Mendes & Brazil '66 – Righteous Life (1971)
Jon Lucien – Who Will Buy (1970)
Roberta Flack – I Wanted It Too (1974)
Henson – Part-Time Lady (1974)
Rob Mehl – House On The Rock (1980)
Laura Nyro – Blackpatch (1970)
Bill Withers ‎– Sweet Wanomi (1971)
Greg Yoder – Things Were So Easy (1976)
Lyn Christopher – Take Me With You (1973)
Jorge Calderon – City Music (1976)
Shuggie Otis – Aht Uh Mi Hed (1974)
Steve Maii And Teresa Bright ‎– Catching A Wave (1983)
Lemuria – All I’ve Got To Give (1978)
Al Stewart – Midas Shado…

AOR Radio: Mellow Music Breeze

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Enjoy the mellow sound on AOR Radio! Desmond Child started his career with then girlfriend Maria Vida (Body Rock) as the R&B influenced band Desmond Child & Rouge, but he is most famous for his work as a songwriter. He wrote dozens of hits, like Kiss's I Was Made for Lovin' You, Bon Jovi's You Give Love a Bad Name and Aerosmith's Dude (Looks Like a Lady), which was first called Cruisin’ for the Ladies. After the guys from Aerosmith had told Desmond Child a story about the time when they wanted to approach a beautiful woman, who later turned out to be Mötley Crüe singer Vince Neil, the title of the song was born. Desmond Child was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2008.

Scott Walker, who recently passed away, was the front man of the Walker Brothers in the 1960s. Massive hits were The sun ain't gonna shine anymore and Make it easy on yourself. After their split the man with the striking baritone voice went solo and sang a lot of Jacques Brel son…

Spring Breeze From The West Coast

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Enjoy this smooth spring soundtrack by The Smooth Operators (Martijn Soetens and I)! We bring you a selection of our favorite Yacht Rock, Blue Eyed Soul and West Coast classics and rarities.

Tracklist:

Camino 84 – Yacht Rock Breaks 02 Part B (2018)
Jaye P. Morgan – Closet Man (1976)
Leon Ware – In My Garden (1981)
Randy Crawford – I Have Ev'rything But You (1981)
Barretto – Here We Go Again (1977)
Pablo Cruise – I Go To Rio (1978)
Jerry Corbetta – Between A Rock And A Hard Place (1978)
Paulinho Da Costa – Seeing Is Believing (1979)
Photoglo – Steal Away (1980)
Carly Simon – Tranquilo (Melt My Heart) (1978)
Larsen-Feiten Band – She’s Not In Love (1980)
The Waters – If There’s A Way (1977)
Byrne & Barnes – Keep On Running (1981)
Bobby Caldwell – Coming Down From Love (1980)
The Jones Girls – This Feeling’s Killing Me (1979)
The Doobie Brothers – Here To Love You (1978)
Robbie Dupree – Hot Rod Hearts (1980)
Sea Level – Living In A Dream (1978)
Ian Wilson – Four In The Morning [Goodking Edit] (1985…

1000 Disco Nights

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Raquel Rodriguez's We Go Together was first featured on the soul singer's self-released EP The 310, Part 2 that came out in the autumn last year. Z Records boss Dave Lee heard it and decided it would profit from a retro disco make-over from his artistic alter ego, Joey Negro. The razor-sharp disco strings, elastic jazz-funk bass, funky guitar licks and sparkling synthesizer tones sound perfectly natural around the singer’s vocals. Enjoy the 1000 disco nights!

Tracklist:

Sy Smith Featuring Rahsaan Patterson – Nights (Feel Like Getting Down) (2012)
Le Flex – 1000 Nights (2019)
Raquel Rodriguez – We Go Together [Joey Negro Groove Style Dub] (2019)
Cerrone Feat. Jocelyn Brown – Hooked On You [Dim's Old School Of Disco Mix] (2006)
Shaka Loves You – Disco Weapon One (2019)
Midnight Pool Party – Linger [Luke Million Remix] (2014)
Rose Royce – Car Wash (1976)
Yvonne Elliman ‎– If I Can't Have You (1977)
Andy Gibb – Shadow Dancing (1977)
Climax Blues Band ‎– Couldn't Get It Right (19…

Smooth Sailing Spring Edition: Slow Disco, Yacht Rock & Folk Funk

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This episode of Smooth Sailing celebrates the start of Spring! If you want to hear smooth guitar lines, half-time shuffles, funky bass lines, slick harmonies, real Fender Rhodes, tight horn sections and some California sunshine, then don’t skip the brand new single from Swedish yacht rock band State Cows towards the end of the mix. Enjoy!

Tracklist:

Nils Landgren – I Will Survive (2013)
George Benson ‎– This Masquerade (1976)
Camino 84 – Yacht Rock Breaks 2 Part B (2019)
The Stylistics ‎– You Are Everything (1971)
The Sandpipers – Never Can Say Goodbye (1973)
Jackie & Roy ‎– Didn’t Want To Have To Do It (1966)
Roberta Flack ‎– Feel Like Makin' Love (1975)
Steve Maii And Teresa Bright ‎– Catching A Wave (1983)
Michael Dues – Goodbye Rainbow (1979)
Bonnie Dobson – Milk And Honey (1970)
Cockney Rebel – Hideaway (1973)
Sally Oldfield – Mirrors (1978)
Everything But The Girl – Love Is Strange (1992)
American Gypsy ‎– 10,000 Miles (1974)
The Poppy Family – Free From The City (1968)
Barbara & E…

More Brazilian Sugar & Classic Latin Soul

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Enjoy this follow-up to Brazilian Sugar: Classci Latin Soul! The Dusty Groove online store wrote about Trio Mocotó’s 1977 self-titled album:
“Trio Mocoto first rose to fame as the funky band behind Jorge Ben on his early 70s classics – the combo that gave him such a soulful sound – and here on their own, they sound pretty darn great – with a style that follows the same evolution as Jorge's own sound at the time! The core elements are still a mix of funk, samba, and soul – but there's also a slightly warmer sound to the production – one that really ties the whole thing together, and maybe gives the group even more force than before! Riffing guitars snap alongside the lively percussion – and the trio trade voices in a mighty nice way – sometimes with a bit of backup from other singers too.”Tracklist:

Copenema – Só Vejo Você (2018)
Cal Tjader – Walk On By (1968)
Herbie Mann & Joao Gilberto With Antonio Carlos Jobim – One Note Samba (1965)
Barbara Gryfe – I’ll Never Fall In Love Ag…

Boombox 18 Daytime Disco, Electro Pop & Future Funk

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Last week one of the geniuses of the 1980s, Mark Hollis, frontman of Talk Talk passed away. He wrote highly innovative multi-layered pop songs that sounded like a new chapter to music history. Talk Talk’s third album The Colour of Spring with the singles Life's What You Make It (1985) and Living in Another World (1986) was one of the highlights of the decade. Their following album Spirit of Eden was less successful, but became very influential and is now seen as one of the brick stones of post-rock.  Friction with the band's label, EMI, led to the band's switch to Polydor for their final album, 1991's Laughing Stock, but  they split soon afterwards. After one solo album Mark Hollis stepped out of the limelight a few years later.

Enjoy this new part of Boombox and look out for next week's follow-up to Brazilian Sugar.

Tracklist:

Flamingo Pier – Hold It (2019)
Talk Talk – Life’s What You Make It (1985)
Per Ohlson – In Your Eyes (2018)
Go West– We Close Our Eyes (1985)
S…

AOR Radio: Golden Days Of Summer

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My intention was to make a mix that makes you wish for those wonderful summers in a faraway past that won’t return in any kind of way… ;-)

There’s a small tribute to James Ingram, who recently passed away. He began performing with the band Revelation Funk in the early 1970s, moving from Akron, Ohio to Los Angeles in 1973. Ingram supported Ray Charles on the road with backup vocals and piano, played keyboards behind the Coasters on Dick Clark's oldies revues, and was Leon Haywood's musical director. After hearing a demo of him singing Just Once, Quincy Jones asked Ingram to perform on his 1980 album The Dude. The song became Ingram's first success, resulting in two Grammy awards. Throughout the decade, Ingram continued to stay on the charts and sang successful duets with Patti Austin (Baby Come To Me) and Michael McDonald (Yah Mo B There).

Enjoy the golden days of summer episode of AOR Radio! Next up is a new part of Boombox.

Tracklist:

FM-84 – Bend & Break [Eddy’s FM R…

Chill Out Room by The Smooth Operators

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You’re very welcome at the chill out room, hosted by The Smooth Operators (Martijn Soetens and I)!

Tracklist:

Wayne Shorter – Oriental Folk Song [La Funk Mob Remix] (2004)
Flamingosis – I Met A Funky Lady (2016)
Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 – For What It's Worth (1970)
Angel "Pocho" Gatti Y Su Orguesta ‎– Pajaros Tropicales (1972)
Nick & Samantha – Summer Breeze (2018)
Khari Cabral Simmons Feat. Sabrina Malheiros – Major Bossa (2012)
Pucho And The Latin Soul Brothers – Superfly (1972)
Everything But The Girl ‎– Each & Every One (1984)
Tom & Joyce – Relaxin’ (2002)
Astrud Gilberto – Light My Fire (1970)
Rock Savage – Latin Café (2008)
Mayra Andrade + Trio Mocotó – Berimbau (2001)
Faze Action – Samba (1999)
Nick Holder ‎– Da Sambafrique (1998)
Yonderboi‎ – Padabam [Paul Légere Remix] (2000)
Ian Pooley – Venasque (2000)
Carmen McRae – How Long Has This Been Going On? [MJ Cole Remix] (2002)

Smooth Sailing: Early Disco & AM Pop

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“AM Pop delivered songs by most of the best acts of the rock and soul era: the Beatles, the Beach Boys, the powerful Motown and Brill Building stables, Neil Diamond, the Mamas & the Papas, and Simon & Garfunkel, among many others.” (Allmusic.com)At the beginning of the 1960s, AM radio was by far the most popular format. In Europe commercial AM pop was mainly played by pirate stations near the Dutch and British coast. Around the mid-70s stereo hifi equipment replaced the transistor radio and pirate stations were banned by governments. Slowly but surely FM radio that was willing to play album tracks and longer songs took over. The more tightly programmed, singles-oriented AM stations lost even more popularity when disco broke loose and club music started to dominate the charts. The beautiful typical AM sound has become a lost genre since then, although it sometimes pops up with bands like The Sha La Das.

The long lost self-titled Jaye P. Morgan album was recorded in LA at the leg…

Get Funky Get Down Let’s Jam

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"Get funky, get down, let’s jam" is a quote from Groove On Down by Duncan Pearson, a wonderful disco cult classic in the Barry White/Love Unlimited Orchestra style.

Lion Babe is an American R&B duo from New York City, consisting of singer Jillian Hervey and record producer Lucas Goodman. Following their meeting through a mutual friend, the pair released the single Treat Me Like Fire in 2012, which raised their profile and led them to sign a record deal with Interscope Records. Following the signing, the duo released their self-titled debut EP in 2014. Their new single The Wave is the opening track of this cloudcast. Enjoy!

Tracklist:

LION BABE Feat. Leikeli47 – The Wave (2019)
Melba Moore – Standing Right Here (1977)
Thelma Houston – I'm Here Again [Joey Negro Ready To Roll Mix] (2016)
Lance Ferguson – Brazilian Rhyme (2019)
Cerrone – Music Of Life (1978)
Dunn Pearson Jr. – Groove On Down (1978)
Stevo ‎– Pay The Price (1979)
The Motet – Highly Compatible (2019)
Reel People

Fresh Pop For Summer Days

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The Smooth Operators (Martijn Soetens and I) are back with a new mixtape, this time a collaboration with Lost in Zeros and Ones. We bring you fresh modern pop with a touch of soul and disco. Enjoy!

Tracklist:

Roosevelt – Shadows (2018)
Kainalu – Folds Like Origami (2018)
Parcels – Lightenup (2018)
L’Imperatrice – Vanille Fraise (2015)
Joel Sarakula – Parisian Woman (2018)
Garden City Movement – She’s So Untouchable (2017)
Poolside – Which Way To Paradise (2017)
Tom Misch Feat. Poppy Ajudha – Disco Yes (2018)
Rhye – Count To Five [Tensnake Remix] (2018)
Gosto – What Is It Like (2018)
Delv!s – No Ending (2017)
Work Drugs – Magic In The Night (2017)
Video Age – Pop Therapy (2018)
Dan Croll – January (2017)
Two Another – Over My Shoulder (2017)
Redwood Club – Give It A Try (2018)
Ben Browning – Sunshine Baby (2018)
Magdalena Bay – Neon (2017)
Ricky Hollywood – Salut, Je Ne Te Reconnais Pas (2017)
Munk & Mona Lazette – Happiness Juice (2014)
Magic City Hippies – Heart Wants (2016)
Washed Out – Great Escape …

AOR Radio: Mellowed Out

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“It’s hard to fathom how a middle-aged man could be disappointed with his young, 19-year old girlfriend, particularly when he looks like a member of Steely Dan. If anything, it’s her parents that should be disappointed, because their daughter is dating a guy who either resembles a level 100 Dungeons and Dragons player, or a guy who probably definitely smuggles cocaine for a living.”(Quote from Hello Loser)

Hey Nineteen by Steely Dan is one of the tracks I selected. I also chose to play two tracks from AOR Global Sounds Vol. 4, which came out on Favorite Recordings last week. When Charles Maurice (Pascal Rioux) started the series in 2015, his aim was to share his long time love for the AOR/West Coast/Yacht Rock movement. On the 4th volume, he again dusted off forgotten mellow rock tracks from all over the world that are heavy on influences from funky jazz and soul.

Enjoy this new AOR Radio episode!

Tracklist:

Peter Sarstedt – Mellowed Out (1982)
Arlana ‎– When You Call My Name (1983)
Mario…

Summer Sweetness: Jazzy & Mellow Beats by The Smooth Operators

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Brazilian drumming legend Ivan ‘Mamão’ Conti has been experimenting and innovating for the last half a century. As one third of cult Rio jazz-funk trio Azymuth, Mamão was at the root of the group’s ‘samba doido’ (crazy samba) philosophy, which warped the traditional samba compass with jazz influences and space age electronics. On his brand new album Poison Fruit (out on Friday January 25), Mamão shows that he still has the skills to make experimental Latin music.

Enjoy this very early taste of summer by The Smooth Operators (Martijn Soetens and I)!

Tracklist:

Ana Caram ‎– Blue Bossa (2001)
John Legend – Love I’ve Never Known (2011)
Ash Reynolds – Under The Moon (2018)
United Future Organization – Friends ... We'll Be [Jazzanova Mix] (1997)
Kali Uchis – Body Language (2018)
The Juju Orchestra ‎– Do It Again (2007)
Sensuàl – Adão E Eva (2008)
Amazonics Feat. Mayla Da Viola – Rock Your Baby (2011)
Lilian Vieira – Longe (2013)
Stefania Dipierro – Softly As In A Morning Sunrise (2016)
Cris Dela…

Eddy’s Eighties Grooves Part 26: Slow Moves

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"Darlin', don't say a word, cause I already heard
What your body's sayin' to mine
I'm tired of fast moves, I've got a slow groove
On my mind"(Slow Hand / Pointer Sisters)

The Mexican-American soul singer Raquel Rodriguez, who is on this cloudcast as the second track, is something special, as she draws inspiration from Prince, Chaka Khan, Stevie Wonder, Amy Winehouse and Bruno Mars, to create a smooth balance of 70s funk, 80s synths and 90s R&B. Enjoy part 26 of Eddy's Eighties Grooves: songs from and inspired by the 1980s!

Tracklist:

Carlos Bivar – Maré (1983)
Raquel Rodriquez – Night’s Over (2018)
Carter & Chanel – Together Forever (1980)
Pointer Sisters – Slow Hand (1981)
Ronnie Milsap – (There’s) No Getting Over Me (1981)
Al Johnson & Jean Carn – I’m Back For More (1980)
Greg Guidry – Gotta Have More Love (1982)
Charms ‎– Givin' It Up (1983)
Spargo – Head Up To The Sky (1980)
Fruitcake – My Feet Won’t Move (1980)
Spandau Ballet – Heaven …

Brazilian Sugar: Classic Latin Soul

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Enjoy these Latin beats! Señor Coconut And His Orchestra is led by Uwe Schmidt and inspired by his move from Germany to Santiago, Chile. The Señor Coconut project revisits classics of the 70s and 80s, reinterpreting them with a Latin flair. The project began as Señor Coconut (Uwe Schmidt on his own). Señor Coconut Y Su Conjunto is also Uwe Schmidt. "Y Su Conjunto" means "And His Band" in Spanish, but in fact, the "band" consists of an Akai MPC3000 and S6000.

Next up is a new part of Eddy's 80s Grooves!

Tracklist:

Fania All Stars – Intro (1973)
Sabrina Malheiros – Salve O Mar (2017)
Nouvelle Vague – Dance With Me (2006)
Stelvio Cipriani – Le Cerbiatte (1972)
Jean Honeymoon – The Way You Looked At Me (2017)
Alessandro Alessandroni – Mitzi (1974)
Edu Lobo – Viola Fora De Moda (1972)
Joyce – Aldeia De Ogum (1980)
Jorge Ben ‎– Oba, La Vem Ela (1976)
El Chicano ‎– Viva Tirado (1970)
Señor Coconut And His Orchestra ‎– Smooth Operator (2003)
Piero Piccioni – Amanda’s Tra…

More Late Night Seventies Soul by The Smooth Operators

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Enjoy this mixtape with more classic & rare soul from the 1970s, selected by The Smooth Operators.

Tracklist:

Archie Bell & The Drells – Don’t Let Love Get You Down (1976)
Marvin Gaye – Come Get To This (1973)
The Emotions – So I Can Love You (1970)
The Main Ingredient – Let Me Prove My Love To You (1975)
Donny Hathaway – Love, Love, Love (1973)
The Staple Singers – I’ll Take You There (1972)
Luther Ingram – Get To Me (1978)
The Four Tops – Strung Out For Your Love (1976)
Ann Peebles – I’m Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down (1974)
The Jacksons – That’s What You Get (For Being Polite) (1978)
The Love Unlimited Orchestra – Strange Games & Things (1976)
Al Wilson – Touch And Go (1973)
The Isley Brothers – Love The One You're With (1971)
Joe Simon – Drowning In The Sea Of Love (1971)
Dennis Coffey And Luchi De Jesus – At The Beach (1974)
Odyssey – Battened Ships (1972)
Shuggie Otis – Aht Uh Mi Hed (1974)
Rasa – Within The Sound (1979)
Phyllis Hyman – Soon Come Again [Extended Version] (1978)
Phil…

Sweet Inspiration: Bubblegum Soul From The Seventies

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Pop radio in the 1970s was a delightfully diverse thing. Tune in your transistor to a Top 40 station and you’d hear everything from easy listening to acid rock. But lost amidst the mythology of that tempestuous time are dozens of sweet, catchy, lightning-in-a-bottle hit records. Nowadays we call them bubblegum or sugar pop. It is a genre of pop music with an upbeat sound contrived and marketed to appeal to pre-teens and teenagers, which may be produced in an assembly-line process, driven by producers and often using unknown singers. In short, songs that were meant to become hits or at least meant to enjoy a large audience. So in a way the premanufactured sound of Motown (“the hit factory”) and even the Philly sound of Gamble and Huff could be called bubblegum for a great part as well, although there are many exceptions, of course. Best example of Motown’s bubbblegum are the Jackson 5 who did not play and hardly sang themselves (The Ron Hicklin Singers did) on their first records. The…

After Hours Funky Chill Out

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To paraphrase Chromeo, the subtitle of this cloudcast could have been: Don’t sleep… yet…

According to Urban Dictionary after hours...
“...sometimes means after party, but it usually means a more mellow gathering of friends rather than a rowdy party. Basically, it's whatever you're doing after the bars close.” Enjoy these songs meant for the early hours, like the ones on New Year’s Eve, after a night of heavy clubbing…

Tracklist:

Incognito – That's The Way Of The World [Ski Oakenfull Vs Incognito Remix] (2007)
Cléa Vincent – Samba (2017)
Bah Samba Feat. Isabel Fructuoso ‎– Calma [Louie Vega Remix] (2005)
River Ocean – Love And Happiness [Sao Benitez Sun Rise Mix] (2001)
Nick Holder ‎– Da Sambafrique (1998)
George Duke – Brazilian Love Affair (1979)
Michael Jackson – Thriller [Soulpersona Extended Version] (1982/2018)
Reel People – I Need Your Lovin’ (2018)
Man Sueto – Man Sueto Theme [LTJ Xperience Rework] (2018)
Lee McDonald – We've Only Just Begun [TM Juke Mix] (2006)
Dubble D –…

Smooth Sailing: Winter Breezes & Christmas Vibes

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Let’s float away on Christmas day with a winter’s breeze in the sails and love in our hearts… This set’s opening track is by Casbah 73, which is one of the best releases of 2018, I believe. And somewhere in the middle you will hear a song by The Staves, which is one of the best Christmas tracks I’ve heard so far this year.

The wonderful single Black Man Ray by China Crisis spent 13 weeks on the UK Singles Chart and peaked at number 14 in April 1985. It was also the band's biggest hit single in Australia, reaching number 30. It was released to promote their album Flaunt the Imperfection, which was produced by Steely Dan co-founder Walter Becker. He was even credited as an official member of China Crisis on the record sleeve, although he never appeared on stage with the band. Becker apparently requested to meet with China Crisis after hearing their 1983 song Papua. When he was approached by Virgin to work on the album, he was living on Hawaii, and had to leave his expecting partner …

Late Night Seventies Soul by The Smooth Operators

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Enjoy this mixtape with classic & rare soul from the 1970s, selected by The Smooth Operators.

Tracklist:
Al Green – Let’s Stay Together (1972)
The O’Jays – Darlin’ Darlin’ Baby (Sweet, Tender, Love) (1976)
Gwen McCrae – Rockin’ Chair (1974)
Johnnie Taylor – Somebody’s Gettin’ It (1976)
The Spinners – I’ll Be Around (1972)
Marlena Shaw – Feel Like Making Love (1975)
The Isley Brothers – Footsteps In The Dark (1977)
Muscles – Love Is All I’ve Got (1977)
Rufus & Chaka Khan – Sweet Thing (1973)
Ben E. King – Supernatural Thing (Part 1) (1975)
Bunny Sigler – Can’t Believe That You Love Me (1977)
Earth, Wind & Fire – Can’t Hide Love (1975)
Isaac Hayes – Joy (1973)
Major Harris – Loving Is Mellow (1976)
Lou Rawls – You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine (1977)
The Trammps – Hold Back The Night (1976)
People’s Choice – I Likes To Do It (1972)
The Fatback Band – Feed Me With Your Love (1975)
The Three Degrees – Trade Winds (1972)

Happy Radio: The Soulful Sounds Of The Seventies

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Enjoy a soulful hour on vintage FM Radio, although two of the tracks are brand new (Jacques Renault and Redwood Club) and one was previously unreleased. The latter is from C.J. & Co., who were a so-called proto disco group from Detroit. The act was created by producer Mike Theodore and Motown guitarist Dennis Coffey, who played on many classics like Cloud Nine and War. Coffey also worked with Del Shannon and wrote the soundtrack to Black Belt Jones. Devil's Gun by C.J. & Co. (co-written by Barry Green a.k.a. British singer Barry Blue) was the first record played at Studio 54 when it opened in 1977. In August of that year it reached #22 on the Dutch Top 40. Rainmaker is from Ain't It Amazing: The Unreleased Westbound Masters, out on Ace Records.

American Gypsy, who were based in the Netherlands, are best known for their song Inside Out, which has been sampled by DJ Shadow and Groove Armada. Unfortunately, this funk band never had any worldwide hits. Angel Eyes (top ten …

Poolside Memories: Melancholic Summer Songs by The Smooth Operators

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The Smooth Operators remember those wonderful days of summer, so listen to our sunny and melancholic songs...

Tracklist:

Gilberto Gil – Toda Menina Baiana (1979)
Jerry Corbetta – Caribbean Lady (1978)
Nohelani Cypriano – Island Boy (1979)
Con Funk Shun ‎– Indian Summer Love (1977)
Johnny Nash – Reggae On Broadway (1975)
George Franklin Smallwood & Marshmellow ‎– Mr. Sunshine (1980s)
Tim Maia – O Caminho Do Bem (1975)
Steve Maii And Teresa Bright ‎– Catching A Wave (1983)
Jorge Santana – We Were There (1978)
Willie "Beaver" Hale – Groove On (1980)
Yasuko Agawa – L.A. Night (1984)
Richard Tee ‎– First Love (1979)
Leon Ware – That's Why I Came to California (1982)
Renee Geyer – Be There In The Morning (1977)
Necktr – Choose To Say (2018)
Idris Muhammad – Could Heaven Ever Be Like This (1977)
Holger Czukay – Cool In The Pool (1979)
The Latinos – Santo (1981)

Early Evening Funky Chill Out

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Just sit down and relax after a day of hard work… ;-)

The term chill out originated from an area called The White Room at the Heaven nightclub in London in the late 1980s, according to Wikipedia. DJs Jimmy Cauty (The KLF) and Alex Patterson (The Orb) created ambient mixes from sources such as Brian Eno, Pink Floyd, the Eagles, Mike Oldfield, 10cc, and War. The room's purpose was to allow dancers a chance to "chill out" from the more emphatic and fast-tempo music played on the main dance floor. The popularity of chill out subsequently expanded to dedicated satellite radio channels, outdoor festivals, and thousands of compilation albums. Chill out eventually became a sort of modern dance variant of easy listening, which was especially popular in the 1970s. So here we go in 2018! :-)

Tracklist:

The Knocks (Feat. Sofi Tukker) – Brazilian Soul [Acoustic Bossa Version] (2018)
Democustico – Rejoycing (2006)
Bah Samba (Feat. Alice Russell) – So Tired Of Waiting (1998)
Kadhja Bonet…

West Coast Morning Radio Co-Hosted By R U M P E L

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This is my AOR morning show, co-hosted by one of the best dj's on Mixcloud, R U M P E L from Germany. Waking up never felt so good! :-)

Marty Balin, who recently passed away, remains best known for his contributions to the pioneering San Francisco psychedelic band Jefferson Airplane, but he also enjoyed a successful solo career, scoring a Top Ten hit in 1981 with Hearts. Born Martyn Jerel Buchwald in Cincinnati, Ohio, on January 30, 1942, he was raised in the Bay Area and later attended San Francisco State University. Though he initially pursued a career as a painter, Balin turned to music after appearing in a production of West Side Story, and issued the solo singles Nobody But You and I Specialize in Love on Challenge in 1962. Two years later, he joined the folk combo the Town Criers, followed by a brief stint with the Gateway Singers. In 1965, Balin met singer/guitarist Paul Kantner at the local club the Drinking Gourd, and together they formed the band Jefferson Airplane that…

Steamy Soul Funk & Disco Part 7

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This cloudcast was made after I had heard an excellent mixtape from Paris based electro/disco producer Breakbot (Thibaut Berland). He initially made a name for himself with a remix of Justice's Let There Be Light in 2006. In the following years he reworked tracks from Digitalism, Sebastien Tellier, Röyksopp, among many others. After Breakbot had signed with Ed Banger Records, he made his label debut with Baby I'm Yours 8 years ago, followed by numerous other great tracks, like Break of Dawn, One Out of Two and Another You. He recently remixed Lightenup from talented band Parcels.

Enjoy this 7th part of Steamy Soul Funk And Disco!

Tracklist:

Elaine & Ellen – Fill Me Up (1980)
Krystol – After The Dance Is Through (1984)
Alexander O’Neal – Fake (1987)
Keith Sweat – My Mind Is Made Up (1985)
Young & Company ‎– I Like (What You're Doing To Me) (1980)
Tom Browne ‎– Thighs High (Grip Your Hips And Move) (1981)
Norman Connors ‎– Take It To The Limit (1980)
Heaven & Earth – I R…

Soul Hit Explosion (Best Of 70s Soul)

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The cover of a Dutch 1970s compilation album that I found on a flea market inspired me to create this mix!
“In the early '70s, Rufus was one of the most popular and interesting bands in R&B and rock. Of course, the reason was Chaka Khan, who possessed an amazing voice that was well versed in rock and jazz every bit as much as R&B. Their debut went nowhere, Rags to Rufus offered two instant classics, and Rufusized displayed their skill as album artists.”(Allmusic.com)

Enjoy this new episode of Best Of 70s Soul!

Tracklist:

Peaches & Herb – Easy As Pie (1979)
Stargard ‎– Theme Song From "Which Way Is Up" (1977)
Ike & Tina Turner – Nutbush City Limits (1973)
The Reflections – Three Steps From True Love (1975)
Tavares – Don’t Take Away The Music (1976)
Linda Lewis ‎– Baby I'm Yours (1976)
Tony Sherman – Sing With Me (1975)
The Miracle Workers – Something (1975)
Natalie Cole – This Will Be (An Everlasting Love) (1975)
Rufus Feat. Chaka Khan ‎– Once You Get Started …

Late Summer Breeze From The West Coast (AOR Radio)

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At the beginning of the 1960s, AM radio was by far the dominant format. It was the more tightly programmed, singles-oriented band on the dial, and it played the sort of commercial pop music that has since become synonymous with the era (1961-1975). Pop music sounded best on portable mono radios and in Europe it was mainly played by pirate stations near the Dutch and British coast. Around the mid-70s FM radio on stereo hifi equipment replaced the transistor radio and pirate stations disappeared one by one, due to government decisions.

The more sophisticated and technically better FM radio stations were willing to play album tracks and longer songs from bands like Earth, Wind & Fire. Those bands used the improved studio techniques and possibilities to a full extent. Eventually FM radio became the new standard, especially for the high standards of the AOR sound.

Speaking of radio sound, the new album Predictions by New York based 79.5 is “that fantasy radio station you wished exist…