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Smooth Sailing: Mellow Madness

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‘Sky restaurant’ by Yumi Seimo is from the City Pop compilation Tokyo Nights, out on Cultures of Soul now. Japanese city pop of the 1980s was influenced by American R&B and boogie, fusion, and adult-oriented rock (AOR). The lyrics were sung primarily in Japanese (with a word or two of English sprinkled in), because city pop was initially meant for the domestic market, but in retrospect the songs sound even better than contemporary similar tracks from the US and Europe.

The track by Personal Life is from The Heart Volume 4, out on Tokyo Dawn Records:

“Once again TDR diligently and delicately delivers well-seasoned soul stirring flavours, nurturing niceness and warmth from the heart.”

Enjoy this fresh episode of Smooth Sailing!

Tracklist:

Deniece Williams – Free (1976)
Johnny Bristol – Everyday She’s Around (1978)
Ben E. King – Made For Each Other (1981)
GQ ‎– Make My Dreams A Reality (1979)
Personal Life – Distance Can Be Sweet (2013)
Lil Albert – Outrageous (1976)
Brothers Johnson – Dayd…

Groove With You: Slow Disco, Retro Wave & Yacht Rock

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Singer/songwriter Greg Guidry was born in St. Louis, MO on January 23, 1954, and started out singing gospel music as a child. He remained active with music growing up and sang in bands through high school and college, including several with future Doobie Brother (and St. Louis native) Michael McDonald. He signed a publishing deal in 1977, spending the next several years writing for other artists and even singing backup for the Allman Brothers Band in 1981. Columbia Records signed Guidry as an artist in 1982 and issued his debut, Over the Line. With its adult pop sound, Over the Line produced a hit with the first single culled from it, "Goin' Down." The song peaked at number 17 in the spring of 1982 and managed to do even better on the adult contemporary charts, where it reached Top Ten status. The follow-up track, “Into My Love”, a duet with sister Sandy Guidry, failed to duplicate the success of "Goin' Down" and spent a mere two weeks on the charts. Guidry…

Classic Disco Grooves From The Crates

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Happy new year! I'm sure that disco is the best way to start 2018 :-) The Salsoul Orchestra led by vibraphonist Vincent Montana initially consisted of many of the original members of Philadelphia International's MFSB, who had moved to Salsoul as the result of a financial disagreement with producers Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff. Other members began performing as The Ritchie Family and as John Davis and the Monster Orchestra. On later MFSB and Philadelphia International recordings, Gamble & Huff used a new rhythm section which resulted in a slightly different sound.

Though the Salsoul sound (named for its connotations of salsa and soul) became passé in the wake of disco music's explosion and rapid commercialization during the late '70s, Salsoul was a heavy influence on house music in the 1980s and even the return of disco-inspired electronica during the following decade. The orchestra's track, "Chicago Bus Stop” (“Ooh I Love It”) has been sampled in Madonna’s …

Suntanned Latin Soul To Enjoy On A Winter's Day

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The sky looks very grey today, so hopefully this Latin soul mix gives you the feeling of taking a well-deserved South-American trip. It summarizes almost 60 years of suntanned fun in modern music. Enjoy!

Years ago my parents bought a house from the Meek's family, but they were not related to music legend Joe Meek, as far as I know. He was the first independent record producer in music history. In the late 1950s Meek started as an engineer and soon made a name for himself, because he added instruments and sound effects to recordings, which no one had done before. He experimented with the weirdest electronic effects and built his own early versions of synthesizers, a decade before Kraftwerk did. The spacy instrumental 'Telstar' by Tornados is particularly noted for being the first British record by a band to hit #1 in the United States, in 1962.
You can hear Joe Meek sing on it as a drunken sailor at the end. He also created 'Have I the right', the first glam rock tr…

Eddy’s 80s Grooves: Ghostbusters

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I was very suprised to be #3 on the Mixcloud Best of 2017 Jazz, Funk & Soul chart! I'm really happy with it :-)

This week I chose to play (non-chilled) 80s (inspired) boogie, soul & pop, for a great part contemporary songs, like ‘Light years’ by The Midnight. I think that their 'Nocturnal' is the best album of 2017. Every track seems to be taken from the soundtrack of the 1980s hit series Miami Vice, but the songs are brand new, actually. And I've never heard sax solos played so wonderfully since 'The heat is on' by Glenn Frey or ‘Maneater’ by Daryl Hall & John Oates. The Midnight consists of Tyler Lyle and Tim McEwan.

One of the tracks is 'Ghostbusters' by Ray Parker Jr. The song reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 on August 11, 1984. Everyone knows that it sounds very similar to 'I Want a New Drug' by Huey Lewis & The News. Lewis had been approached to compose the main theme song for the film first, but had to declin…

Mellow Yacht Moods by The Smooth Operators

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Kenny Loggins (from Loggins & Messina) once said in an interview that in his opinion ‘yacht rock’ is a combination of West Coast pop/rock, smooth jazz and R&B . Connoisseur Mr Funk aka Seasidevibes calls the sub-genre ‘soulful West Coast’ and German DJ Supermarkt (known for his very successful ‘Too slow to disco’ compilations) claims it’s music you can almost dance to. The Smooth Operators (Martijn Soetens and I) think that it’s music that sounds best on FM radio. Enjoy our mellow yacht moods!

Picture: Heather Gildroy for Camp collection - C-Heads Magazine

Tracklist:

Thundercat Feat. Kenny Loggins & Michael McDonald – Show You The Way (2017)
Ned Doheny – Labor Of Love (1979)
The Waters – If There’s A Way (1977)
Cool Uncle Feat. Jessie Ware – Break Away (2015)
The Ray Camacho Band ‎– Hollywood (1980)
Toto – Waiting For Your Love (1982)
Wouter Hamel – Can’t Do Without It (2017)
Lalo Schifrin ‎– Middle Of The Night (1979)
Photoglo – Steal Away (1980)
Young Gun Silver Fox – Lenny (2017)

Eddy's Chilled 80s Grooves

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This time I selected chilled grooves with their roots firmly in the 1980s, mostly cover versions that are not well-known or not known at all. For instance, Scandinavian band Amason turned the bombastic power ballad ‘I want to know what love is’ into a fragile love song. And I bet you’ve never heard of Kaoru Akimoto’s ‘Dress down’ before. It’s on 'Tokyo Nights: Female J-Pop Boogie Funk - 1981 to 1988', out on Cultures of Soul. Japanese boogie didn't reach Europe at the time, but the album proves that they could make solid and well-polished funk in Japan in the 1980s. They surely knew how to handle American R&B, boogie, fusion and adult-oriented rock (AOR) there. These foreign influences clearly reflect on the songs that are on the album and make them as least as good as their contemporaries from outside Japan.

The track by Laytonwoohbill is from The Boogie Volume 6, out on Tokyo Dawn Records.

Enjoy this 21st part of Eddy's 80s Grooves!

Tracklist:

Ekkah – Forget Me N…