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Midnight Grooves From The Crates

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Again I dug up a couple of grooves from the crates. The very obscure tracks by Grayson Street and Phoenix are from a brand new compilation, called Can You Feel It? Vol.2 Modern Soul, Disco & Boogie 1976-84. Enjoy this fresh part of Grooves From The Crates!

George Benson’s Midnight Love Affair is from his classic album Give Me The Night:
“This is the peak of George Benson's courtship of the mass market -- a superbly crafted and performed pop album with a large supporting cast -- and wouldn't you know that Quincy Jones, the master catalyst, is the producer. Q's regular team, including the prolific songwriter Rod Temperton and the brilliant engineer Bruce Swedien, is in control, and Benson's voice, caught beautifully in the rich, floating sound, had never before been put to such versatile use.”(Allmusic.com)

Tracklist:

Grayson Street ‎– Medicine Man (1970s)
Leon Ware – Words Of Love (1982)
Carter And Chanel – Midnight Love Affair (1981)
R. B. Hudmon ‎– This Could Be The Ni…

Soulful Sounds Of The Seventies & Early Eighties (Mellow Mellow FM Radio Episode)

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Pop, soul and AOR, that’s the smooth sound of the classic FM airwaves. Have fun with this brand new episode of Mellow Mellow FM Radio!

When you hear Bobby Goldsboro sing the lyrics of his song Summer (The First Time), it seems to be about a great sin that's going to happen ('the sun was a demon'). Millie Jackson's interpretion of the track is more about seducing than being seduced. She 's relaxed and in control ('you try not to stare'), while Bobby Goldsboro is shaking like a leaf when the 'first time' is about to begin. Although no one seemed to care at the time, nowadays the lyrics would be considered very inappropriate ('You were 31, I was 17').

Next up is a new part of Grooves From The Crates.

Tracklist:

John Valenti – Why Don’t We Fall In Love (1976)
Walter Jackson – It's Cool (1982)
Grover Washington, Jr. & Bill Withers – Just The Two Of Us (1980)
Ambrosia – How Much I Feel (1978)
Nicolette Larson – Give A Little (1978)
Michael McDon…

Songs in Soft Focus Part 1: Nouveau Jazzy Pop & Friday Night Bath Music

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Welcome to a new series: songs in soft focus! The band Lounge FM described their music as “Friday night bath music” and I decided to make their description one of the themes of this cloudcast.

The other inspiration source of this first songs in soft focus part is Petite Meller’s 3 years old Milk Bath. The French-Israeli singer defines her music as “nouveau jazzy pop”, which is in her vision a combination of jazz, French chansons and disco (“euro trash”). I selected tracks that sound like “nouveau jazzy pop” and one from a man that inspired her, namely Serge Gainsbourg. Petite Meller recently released a new single, called Aeorplane.

Enjoy the first part of this new series! Next up is a fresh episode of Mellow Mellow FM Radio.

Tracklist:

Googie & Tom Coppola – Broken Wings (1980)
Durand Jones & The Indications – Cruisin’ To The Park (2019)
The Sha La Das – Open My Eyes (2018)
Lounge FM – New Phone Who Dis (2019)
Club Des Belugas – Strange Things Beyond The Sunny Side (2019)
StoneBri…

Here Comes That Sound Of 1979

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When the 1970s came to a close, commercial pop, like soul/disco and yacht (soft) rock had to compete with new low-budget underground music, like new wave and hip hop. This competition seemed to give those then popular genres an extra boost to survive. Eventually, soul/disco and soft rock would lose the battle in the beginning of the 1980s, but in 1979 quality productions, big budgets and craftmanship were still leading. For instance, Earth, Wind & Fire made their masterpiece I Am with their dark disco song Boogie Wonderland (composed by Allee Willis and Jon Lind) and Donna Summer’s Bad Girls is still a classic today. Let’s go back 40 years in time and enjoy that sound of 1979!
"The Sugarhill Gang changed Hip Hop forever when they released “Rapper’s Delight” on September 16, 1979. Produced by Sylvia Robinson, the single is credited as introducing Hip Hop to a mainstream audience."(Hiphopdx)

The tragedy of The Jones Girls was that they made quality disco in an era when the …

Smooth Sailing: Sweet September Sadness

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In these last days of September we are sailing away from the summer and moving straight into the autumn… Enjoy this slightly melancholic Smooth Sailing trip!

Year of the Cat, the seventh studio album by British singer Al Stewart, was produced and engineered by Alan Parsons, who would later become known for his Alan Parsons Project. The title track, described by AllMusic as "one of those 'mysterious woman' songs", peaked at #8 on the Billboard singles chart in the spring of 1977. The other single from the album, On the Border, can be heard on this cloudcast. According to the singer the lyrics are about “the decline and fall of the British empire”. The first lines are about Basque freedom fighters:
“The fishing boats go out across the evening water
Smuggling guns and arms across the Spanish border
The wind whips up the waves so loud
The ghost moon sails among the clouds

Turns the rifles into silver on the border” The song reached #42 in the United States and #5 in the N…

Smooth Sailing: More Late Summer Softness

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We are lowering the sails and going back to the harbor, and saying goodbye to the warm summer of 2019 for the last time. Enjoy this exclusive Smooth Sailing trip!

Tracklist:

Ralph MacDonald – It Feels So Good (1978)
Attitudes – Sweet Summer Music (1976)
Marc Jordan – Beautiful People (1979)
Cecilio & Kapono – Have You Ever Had That Feelin' (1977)
Minnie Riperton – Love Hurts (1979)
Aura – Let’s Go, It’s Over (1979)
State Cows – Human Ladders (2019)
Sons Of Champlin – You (1976)
Burt Bacharach – Touch (1981)
James Taylor ‎– Woman's Gotta Have It (1976)
Louis Lake – Tropical Nights (2015)
Brecker Brothers – As Long As I’ve Got Your Love (1977)
McGuinn, Clark & Hillman – Don’t You Write Her Off (1979)

Smooth Sailing: Late Summer Softness

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Let’s say goodbye to the summer of 2019 with some late summer softness…

Drummer/guitarist Leroy Bell met guitarist/bassist/keyboardist Casey James while both were members of Philadelphia band Special Blend. After the band disbanded, the duo began a songwriting partnership. With help from Bell's uncle, Philly soul producer Thom Bell, they started writing songs for Philadelphia International Records (The O'Jays, MFSB, Teddy Pendergrass, Elton John). In early 1978 they were signed to A&M and recorded hits like Livin' It Up (Friday Night) and You Never Know What You've Got. Both singles were from their 1978 self-titled debut album, just like Don’t Let The Man Get You that I selected for this cloudcast. On the album played MFSB, the house orchestra of Philadelphia International. Their second album was Only Make Believe, which spawned the R&B charting singles Shakedown and Only Make Believe. Bell & James would record one more album in 1981. After parting ways, b…

Eddy’s Eighties Grooves Part 27: Nu Disco Pop

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Enjoy this brand new part of Eddy's Eighties Grooves! It's disco pop from, but mostly inspired by the 1980s. I chose to play some old school tracks as well to show you the similarities with the ones that were made 30 years later. Pay special attention to the track by Skylephant that sounds a bit like New Order in their heyday.

Don't forget to listen to Sunshine 70s on KX Classics this Saturday from 20.00 to 21.00 hrs CET. It's an episode I made with Martijn Soetens (the Smooth Operators). We selected lots of great tracks from the golden era of pop!
"All the memories of you, they bleach with the sunshine..."Next up is a new episode of Smooth Sailing.

Tracklist:

Fragile ‎– We've Got Tonight, Boy (1986)
Le Flex & Ali Rose – Take Good Care Of My Heart (2019)
FM-84 Feat. Ollie Wride – Never Stop (2017)
Michael Sembello ‎– Maniac (1983)
Brandon (Feat. SJBRAVO) – She's On Fire (2018)
Giorgio Moroder & Philip Oakey ‎– Together In Electric Dreams (1984)
Ultra…

Mellow Mellow FM Radio 10th Anniversary Episode: Easy Breeze Soul, Pop & Rock

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In this special episode of Mellow Mellow FM Radio I celebrate my 10th anniversary on Mixcloud. I selected songs from the genres I like the most, so it goes from rock ‘n’ roll to yacht rock and from sunshine pop to Motown soul. It is all in there! This 10th anniversary mix is also a tribute to the power of radio, like Radio Veronica that introduced me to pop music back in the day. On the 31st of August it will be exactly 45 years ago that Radio Veronica, an offshore pirate radio station near the Dutch coast was forced to shut down. Big inspirations for this cloudcast were Quentin Tarantino's new movie Once Upon A Time In Hollywood (go and see it!) and the Sunshine 70s series by Martijn Soetens on KX Classics (Saturdays from 20.00 to 21.00 hrs CET). Quentin Tarantino uses lots of wonderful West Coast radio samples in his movie and he has selected some quality songs as well, like the ones from Dee Clark and Neil Diamond:
“Hot August night and the leaves hanging down”Enjoy and let’s m…

Dancer! (Disco, Deephouse & Downtempo)

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This time I want to share this exclusive Boogie Bunker Radio episode. Don’t forget to listen to my show Mondays from 12.00-13.00 CET and to quote Horse Meat Disco:
“Baby, let’s go dancing!”By the way, I'm looking forward to the movie Last Christmas with music from George Michael and Wham!

Next time we are going to celebrate my 10th anniversary on Mixcloud with a special episode of Mellow Mellow Radio.

Enjoy!

Tracklist:

The APX – Can’t Stop Us Now (2019)
Chemise – She Can't Love You (1982)
Gino Soccio ‎– Dancer (1979)
Giorgio Moroder ‎– I Wanna Rock You [Thee Maddkatt Mix] (1999)
Touch – Love Hangover (1977)
Nick Heyward ‎– Love All Day (And Night) (1984)
The Sonnets – Blue Train (2010)
Wham! – Everything She Wants (1984)
Choklate ‎– Break My Heart (2011)
Chas Jankel – Questionnaire (1981)
King Britt Presents Sylk 130 Feat. Alma Horton ‎– Happiness [Soul Dhamma Remix] (2000)
Tuxedo – The Tuxedo Way (2019)
Yung Bae – Start From Nothing (2019)
Everything But The Girl – Missing [Todd Terry Remi…

Funky Chill Out Room: Endless Summer Edition

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The recipe for this summer cocktail served in my funky chill out room, is a mix of contemporary laidback soul with Latin lounge to give you that sun kissed feeling. Enjoy the endless summer!

One of the tracks is from Brazilian band Azymuth. They recently released their early demos (1973-1975) on Bandcamp:
“They stood out for both their exceptional musical talent, as their wild rock‘n’roll antics in the predominantly middle-class worlds of bossa nova and jazz.”
The crowd sample 'no rain, no rain' that Bonobo uses in Kota is from the Woodstock Festival that took place exactly 50 years ago (15 - 18 August 1969).

Tracklist:

The Vapor Caves – Endless Summer (2019)
Bryony Jarman-Pinto – Sun Kissed (2019)
Lou’Ana – Summer In May (2019)
Azymuth – New Dawn (2009)
Bonobo – Kota (2001)
Marcos Valle – Alma (2019)
Balanço ‎– Metti Una Sera A Cena [Jazzanova Remix] (1999)
George Duke – Cravo E Canela (1979)
Leon Ware – Can I Touch You There? (1982)
George Michael & Astrud Gilberto – Desafinado (19…

Mellow Mellow FM Radio: Sunny Pop, Slow Disco & Smooth Soul

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Patti Austin, who sings her duet Baby Come To Me with James Ingram on this cloudcast, blew out 69 candles on her birthday August 10. Apart from her solo career and her work with Quincy Jones, she provided background vocals on Steely Dan’s Time Out of Mind, Bill LaBounty’s Livin’ It Up, and George Benson’s Give Me the Night. Baby, Come to Me, her duet with James Ingram (who sadly passed away in January), was written by Rod Temperton (known for his work with Heatwave and Michael Jackson). The song was released as a single in April 1982, peaking at #73 on the Billboard Hot 100. Several months later, American soap opera General Hospital began to feature the song heavily as the love theme for character Luke Spencer. It was re-released in October and reached #1 on the American pop chart in February 1983 and #5 in the Netherlands a few weeks later.

Enjoy sunny pop, slow disco & smooth soul on Mellow Mellow FM Radio!

Tracklist:

Greg Smaha – Sunshine (1979)
The Pendletons – Life To Me (201…

Under The Boardwalk: Sixties Soul & AM Pop

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Enjoy my tribute to the powerful sound of AM radio (1960-1975)! It's music I don't usually play on Mixcloud, because normally my journey starts around the mid-seventies.

At the beginning of the sixties, AM radio was by far the dominant format. Pop music, like the powerful sound of Motown, sounded best on small portable mono radios and in Europe this type of music was mainly played by pirate stations near the Dutch and British coast. Around the mid-seventies stereo hifi-equipment replaced the transistor radio and pirate stations disappeared one by one due to government decisions. FM radio stations were willing to play album tracks and longer songs in better sound quality. AM stations, dealing with an inferior sound quality, were more tightly programmed, singles-oriented and dj's played the sort of bubblegum pop that has since become synonymous with the era (1960-1975).

This mix also refers to the so called beach music of the late fifties, sixties and early seventies. This ty…

Late Night Summer Groove

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Just sit back and relax on a warm summer night… One of the tracks is Music Of The Earth by Patrice Rushen, which can also be found on the new compilation You Remind Me (The Classic Elektra Recordings 1978-1984):
“A child prodigy gifted with a honey-dipped voice, Rushen was already a sought-after musician in the late ‘70s when Elektra/Asylum came calling. You Remind Me (The Classic Elektra Recordings 1978-1984) showcases and celebrates her freewheeling soul sound. Alongside labelmates and fellow visionaries like Donald Byrd and Grover Washington, Jr., she took soul into less rigid and earnest territory, mixing in pop-friendly melodies and rhythms, and even a dash of new wave.”Tracklist:

The Pendletons Feat. Howard Johnson ‎– You Do You (2019)
Samuel Jonathan Johnson – Sweet Love (1978)
Valerie Carter – Da Doo Rendezvous (1978)
William DeVaughn ‎– Be Thankful For What You've Got (1980)
The Love Unlimited Orchestra ‎– Midnight Groove (1975)
Ramsey Lewis Feat. Earth, Wind & Fire – Sun G…

Smooth Sailing: Chillout Pop, Laidback Disco & Yacht Rock

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This is the hottest summer ever in the Netherlands, so the only place you can properly chill out is at the beach… The opening track is by party pop duo More Giraffes. Surf is their version of a summer anthem. On C-Heads Magazine they tell about the song:
“We started this song with the chorus, which was so simple and perfect to us. We love imagining characters and creating vignettes in our songs, so we wrote the verses about someone leaving the material world behind to live their best life oceanside, chilling with dolphins and drinking negronis with turtles. More than anything it’s about self love."In the BBC4 series I can go for that: the smooth world of yacht rock Katie Puckrik argues that the pure Yacht sound was born in 1976 when seasoned session musician Michael McDonald joined The Doobie Brothers.
"Alongside The Doobies’ mellow tracks, Steely Dan and Hall & Oates also delivered perfect studio-engineered productions that remain as escapist and indulgent a listen today…

Tropicolo: Latin Jazz Carnival

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To celebrate summer and the fact that I have three weeks off from work, I uploaded this new cloudcast called Tropicolo and subtitled Latin Jazz Carnival. Enjoy!

One of the tracks is Danca De Duas Maos by The Lewis Express from their new album Clap Your Hands: “The band's intention was to produce an album of dancefloor friendly, uplifting, funky soul-jazz with a stripped back line up of Piano, Bass, Drums and Percussion.”The album is out this Friday 26th of July.

Tracklist:

Sergio Mendes Feat. Jill Scott & wil.i.am – Let Me (2005)
Bebel Gilberto – Memento (2005)
Offworld – Nurnen Sun (2001)
Anne Reburn – How Deep Is Your Love (2019)
Emily King – Can’t Hold Me (2019)
Chico Hamilton – Mysterious Maiden (1980)
The Lewis Express – Danca De Duas Maos (2019)
79.5 – Wavy (2018)
Feater Feat. Vilja Larjosto – Time Million (2019)
D’Andy Feat. Melania – Cry Me A River (2014)
Melodiesinfonien – Tropicolo (2019)
Four80East – Cinco Cinco Seis [Radio Edit] (2019)
Bibi ‎– Summer (2000)


Chillout Grooves For Summer Days by The Smooth Operators

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The holiday season has started and The Smooth Operators (Martijn Soetens and I) have left for a cocktail bar on a tropical beach. Come go with us and enjoy our fruitfully mixed smooth drink!

One of the tracks is from A Quiet Storm by Smokey Robinson:
"The title track became the namesake for a music format. The album itself had three singles hit the charts. Arranged in an intermittent rhythm, "Baby That's Backatcha" ran up the Billboard R&B charts to number one inside 16 weeks." Tracklist:

Claude Fontaine – I’ll Play The Fool (2019)
Smokey Robinson – Baby That’s Backatcha (1975)
Gizmo Varillas – Give A Little Love (2016)
Sonya Spence – Let Love Flow On (1981)
Nu Guinea – Disco Sole (2018)
Shuggie Otis – Aht Uh Mi Hed (1974)
Joao Donato – Nana Das Aguas (1973)
Lana Del Rey – Doin’ Time (2019)
Will C. – Almost Summer (2012)
Masayoshi Takanuka – Bamboo Vender (1979)
Michael Kiwanuka & Tom Misch – Money (2019)
Coke Escovedo – I Wouldn’t Change A Thing (1976)
Sabrina Malh…

For The Love Of Disco

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Enjoy this cloudcast that was made for the love of disco, exactly 40 years after Disco Demolition Night.

Huffington Post says about The APX that the duo "drops funk that goes beyond good and hits excellent." Legendary musician Teddy Riley calls the group "Incredible!", Kiss 104 FM Atlanta says "The APX is keeping REAL funk alive!", and Creative Loafing describes their music as "Saturated in the funk... while still blazing trails of their own design!"

Despite their well-deserved reputation and boisterous, jubilant harmonies and sound, the Trammps were never a huge commercial success in the US, even during disco's heyday. They share this injustice with many other representatives of the so-called Philly sound, although the Trammps had a handful of hits in Europe, like Shout and Hold Back The Night. Body Contact Contract from their album Disco inferno was never released as single, but surely could have been one!

Tracklist:

Shaka Loves You – Dis…

Mellow Mellow FM Radio: Easy Going

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Easy going on the first episode of mellow mellow retro radio! Quite a few songs are so-called "blasts from the past", but the tracks by Yung Bae, Wizaard, Work Drugs and State Cows are brand new. Enjoy!

I chose to play Sand In Your Shoes by Al Stewart ("The summer sun beats on and on"). This is what is to read on Allmusic.com about his timeless masterpiece Year Of The Cat:
"One of those albums you can play at any time. Uplifting, melodic and, should you need it, full of engaging stories."
Tracklist:

Lowrell – Mellow Mellow Right On (1979)
Yung Bae – Pacific Standard Time (2019)
Wizaard – Green Dollar Bills (2019)
Pages – Let It Go (1978)
Lemuria – All I’ve Got To Give (1978)
Al Stewart – Sand In Your Shoes (1976)
Kathe Green – Beautiful Changes (1976)
Chaka Khan – What Cha’ Gonna Do For Me (1981)
Randy Crawford – Look Who’s Lonely Now (1982)
Work Drugs – L.A. Looks (2019)
Robert John – Sad Eyes (1979)
Daryl Hall & John Oates – One On One (1982)
Larsen-Feiten Ban…

Late Evening Lounge Break

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Enoy this late evening lounge break! Marcos Valle, the 75-years old musician from Rio returns to his 1970s and 1980s roots with a new album of feel-good Brazilian party music. Sempre features Azymuth bassist Alex Malheiros, a horn section including Valle’s original trumpeter Jesse Sadoc, and percussion giant Armando Marcal. The album is, according to his record label, "fresher than a fruity caipirinha in the Copacabana sunshine". Out on Friday the 28th of June.

Tracklist:

Millie Jackson – (If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don’t Want To Be Right (1974)
Imaani – Let's Do It Right (2014)
Macebo Feat. Laura Philips – Ain’t No Sunshine (2019)
Moods Feat. HIGH HØØPS – Comfortable (2018)
Fac.15 Feat. Cathi Ogden – Rainy Days and Mondays (2001)
StoneBridge Feat. Therese – Put 'Em High [Claes Rosen Lounge Mix] (2004)
Groove Armada – My Friend (2001)
The Fatback Band – Gotta Learn How To Dance (1975)
Patrice Rushen – Hang It Up (1978)
Reel People – I Need Your Lovin’ (2018)
Soulpersona & Pr…

Summertime Sketches by The Smooth Operators

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Soon The Smooth Operators (Martijn Soetens and I) will return with a new mixtape soon and our first draft is now available for Mixcloud subscribers only. Enjoy!

Quiet Village is named after the track of the same name by Les Baxter. He is a pianist who composed and arranged for the top swing bands of the 1940s and 1950s, but he is better known as the founder of exotica, a variation of easy listening that glorified the sounds and styles of Polynesia, Africa, and South America, even as it retained the traditional string-and-horn arrangements of instrumental pop. Exotica became a massively popular trend in the 1950s, with thousands of record buyers listening to Baxter, Martin Denny, and their imitators. Baxter also pioneered the use of the electronic instrument the theremin, which has a haunting, howling sound. The exotica sounds make you think of tropical islands, blue seas and sandy beaches. Some of the tropical ingredients were copied by Dr. Buzzards Original Savannah Band and more se…

Warm Weather Slow Disco Vibes

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Some warm weather slow disco vibes to celebrate the start of summer and the fact that I have reached 2 million plays on Mixcloud today! The vibes contain jazz-funk, soul ballads and a bit of nu-disco pop.

Rikki Aaron are Dave Watson and Stan O'Donnell from Bristol, Connecticut. Their three singles on their label RAC stayed under the radar during the early 1980s. Their just released album What’s On Your Mind, a collection of those singles and previously unreleased songs will hopefully give them the attention they deserve!

Tracklist:

Feater Feat. Vilja Larjosto – Time Million (2019)
World Champion – Skyline (2019)
Lemonade – Dancer On The Shore (2015)
Ralph MacDonald ‎– Calypso Breakdown (1976)
Aldorande – Beautiful Island (2019)
Rikki Aaron – Young Man (1980s/2019)
Lou Rawls – Some Folks Never Learn (1977)
Pat Lundy ‎– Let's Get Down To Business (1976)
1969年 – Shampoo Island (2019)
Blue Feather – Who Will Be The One (1985)
Arlana ‎– When You Call My Name (1983)
Solution – It’s Only Just B…

Welcome To The Funky Chill Out Room

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What’s a funky chill out room? In short, it’s a room where you can hear delicate funky music on which you can move your toes, fingers and head, but not both your feet. Or, in other words, it’s soulful music in a private room and not in a crowdy discotheque. The mood bounces between chill out and slow dancing. It’s musically a relaxed melting pot of soul, funk, pop, latin, lounge and jazz. Welcome to the funky chill out room!

All the songs on the 1977 Moment of Truth album were co-written, produced, arranged and conducted by Norman Bergen, who also co-wrote Only a fool (breaks his own heart) by the Mighty Sparrow. The most obscure track At Long Last was sampled on Friends by Snoop Dogg in 2001. They looped his instrumental intro and put a new song over it.

Tracklist:

Gilberto Gil ‎– Maracatú Atômico (1974)
ABC Dialect – Magic (2019)
[Re:Jazz] – Keep On Moving (2006)
Fania All Stars – Picadillo [Eddy's Edit] (1976)
Moment Of Truth – At Long Last (1977)
Ralfi Pagan ‎– Didn’t Want To Have T…

Seventies Grooves From The Crates

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Enjoy this new part of Grooves from the crates! One of the tracks is Spring Again by Lou Rawls from his 1977 album Unmistakably Lou:
"Lou Rawls was riding another hot streak in the late '70s, his career rejuvenated by a string of fine albums and singles on the Philly International label. This was the follow-up to his huge hit LP All Things in Time. He only had one R&B chart song from the album, but in ways, his vocals are superior to those on the prior album. Where the Gamble/Huff production team's efforts on the preceding project rivaled Rawls' vocals, he took the spotlight this time, while their arrangements and productions were more on the subdued side."(Allmusic.com)

Tracklist:

The Temptations – Bare Back (1977)
Marvin Gaye – You’re The Man (1973)
The Undisputed Truth – I Saw You When I Met Her (1975)
100% Pure Poison ‎– You Keep Coming Back (1974)
C.J. & Co – Devil’s Gun [Original Mix] (1977)
The O’Jays – Message In Our Music (1976)
Lou Rawls – Spring Again …

Exclusive! AOR Radio: Final Episode

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One last episode to say goodbye to the series that I started 5 years ago. Enjoy!

Tracklist:

Paul Davis – Somebody’s Getting To You (1981)
Robert John – Sad Eyes (1979)
Daryl Hall & John Oates – One On One (1982)
Larsen-Feiten Band ‎– Who'll Be The Fool Tonight (1980)
David Loggins – If I Had My Wish Tonight (1979)
England Dan & John Ford Coley – Keep Your Smile (1979)
Rory Block – Help Me Baby (1977)
Byrne & Barnes – Love You Out Of Your Mind (1981)
Amy Holland – Strengthen My Love (1980)
Fred Knoblock – A Bigger Fool (1980)
Bruce Hibbard – Never Turnin' Back (1980)
Bruce Roberts – S’ Good Enuff (1980)
Roby Duke – Seasons Of Change (1982)
Ali Thomson – Foolish Child (1981)
Steely Dan – Peg (1977)
Erik Tagg – Got To Be Loving You (1977)
Dick St. Nicklaus – Born To Love You (1979)
Patti Austin & James Ingram – Baby Come To Me (1983)
Bobby Martin – Don’t Give Up (1983)
Michael McDonald – Love Lies (1982)
Marilyn Scott – First Time (1983)
The Boys Band – Think About It (1982)

Smooth Sailing: Cruising & Prepartying

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We’re cruising, just like Motown legend Smokey Robinson, enjoy the preparty!
"One of Robinson's best sides ever, "Cruisin'" floated to up to number four on both the R&B and pop charts in fall 1979, pushing Warm Thoughts into the R&B Top Four and the pop Top 14." (Allmusic.com)The Gameby Soulpersona & Princess Freesia was made in a minimal studio, which is essentially a spare room in their flat. It was recorded and composed using only headphones so as not to wake the neighbours. The album was financed by their supporters through crowdfunding where they managed to reach and exceed their target in just 28 days.

Tracklist:

Linx – So This Is Romance (1980)
Chicago ‎– Just You 'N' Me (1973)
Atlanta Rhythm Section ‎– So Into You [Rodney Justo Mix] (1979)
Steve Miller Band ‎– Fly Like An Eagle [Disco Syndicate's Easy Ease Edit] (1976)
Bee Gees ‎– Love You Inside Out [Gazeebo Edit] (1979)
Earth, Wind & Fire – Shining Star (1975)
Ira Nepus ‎– Tr…

Funky Chill Out Beach Vibes

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Rollercoaster by Everything but the Girl is originally from their 1994 album Amplified Heart. It brought the couple to mainstream audiences via the dance remix of the song Missing by Todd Terry. Ultimately peaking at number 2 on the US Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in early 1996, the remix spent more than a year gaining airplay and exposing Everything but the Girl to US and worldwide audiences. Eventually Amplified Heart sold around 232,000 copies in the United States. It went on to sell over a million copies worldwide. Ben Watts and Tracey Thorn are currently inactive as a duo, although they occasionally work together. Tracy Thorn released Record two years ago.

Enjoy these funky chill out beach vibes to get in the mood for the summer!

Tracklist:

Carol Welsman – What A Fool Believes (2007)
Everything But The Girl – Rollercoaster (1994)
Zeb – Brazilenco (2001)
Democustico – Rejoycing (2006)
[Re:Jazz] – People Hold On [Alternate Acapella Take] (2004)
Pink Martini & Saori Yuki – Mas Que …

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…