Mellow Mellow FM Radio: Yesterday Once More

Another episode of Mellow Mellow FM Radio, enjoy!

Pretty Bird by Terea is from The Ladies Of Too Slow To Disco 2 compilation that came out last week:
“Female artists determined to fashion a music industry that worked for them, starting their own labels like Olivia Records and Redwood Records, a good twenty plus years before Riot Grrrl, planting an early flag for feminist-DIY.” Tender Leaf was formed in the 1980s when Murray Compoc and Darryl Valdez met while working as drivers of the city bus. The two shared a love of music and soon started jamming together, eventually forming a band. Both Compoc and Valdez wrote enough original material to record an album. In 1982, they entered Sea West Studios, then located in Hauula on the north east coast of Oahu. With the help of keyboardist/producer Kit Ebersbach (who played on albums by Lemuria and Babadu in the 1970s), Tender Leaf committed to tape nine songs that effortless carry the harmonious, easy-going energy of Hawaii.

The track from the …

Sweetest Summer Sophisti-Pop 2

As I wrote earlier, sophisticated pop is a smooth, jazzy style of mainstream pop/rock that first appeared around the mid-eighties, although bands like Steely Dan did something similar earlier on. Artists, like Sade and The Style Council, merged jazz-soul characteristics with their music and made it extremely popular. It turns out to sound best on lazy days when the weather is extremely hot :-)

The track by Janis Siegel is from the new Too Slow To Disco compilation:
“There are one or two slightly over-schmaltzy moments but generally speaking these are late-night smoochers n' swayers of the highest order... soft focus, white wine and roses optional.” (Juno)

Enjoy this exclusive mix that I made for my loyal Boogie Bunker Radio listeners and Mixcloud subscribers!


Jessie Ware – Remember Where You Are (2020)
Sinj Clarke – Unas Horas (2020)
Everything But The Girl ‎– Each & Every One (1984)
Folamour Feat. Liv East – I Miss Having Someone To Talk To (2020)
Sade – Never As Good A…

Sweetest Summer Sophisti-Pop

To celebrate my 600th cloudcast on Mixcloud and the beginning of summer, I made this sunny sophisti-pop mix. Enjoy!

Many popular sophisti-pop artists incorporated sweet pop-soul into their songs, which made them perfect material to play on pop as well on smooth jazz radio stations. Especially the typical eighties synthesizer sound made sophisti-pop a product of its time and by the beginning of the next decade, it had largely faded away, leaving us with quite a few really enjoyable tracks. Well-known names in this sub-genre are (apart from the ones that I selected) Black, Simply Red, Sade, The Style Council, Swing Out Sister, Prefab Sprout, and Everything but the Girl.


Bodyline – Tender (2020)
Scritti Politti Feat. Miles Davis – Oh Patti (Don't Feel Sorry For Loverboy) (1988)
DeBarge ‎– I Like It (1982)
Jerry Corbetta – Caribbean Lady (1978)
Nohelani Cypriano – Island Boy (1979)
Matt Bianco ‎– More Than I Can Bear (1984)
Priscilla – Juste Un Kiss (2014)
Viktor Lazlo ‎– Sweet, S…

Free Ride: Crossing Borders Between Pop, Rock & Soul

A soundtrack to a Californian road trip with a little bit of police trouble along the way… All songs are in the twilight zone somewhere between pop, rock and soul. Enjoy!

Canadian singer-songwriter R. Dean Taylor is one of the most underrated acts ever to record for Motown Records. Although he wrote lots of chart-topping singles, like Love Child for The Supremes, his own single Gotta See Jane received no promotion in the US, when it was released in 1967. It was picked up in Europe and it became a hit in the Netherlands and the UK. Only his song Indiana Wants Me was a top ten hit in both the US and UK, in 1970, but it did not reach the charts in the Netherlands. It came out on the Rare Earth label, formed by Motown in an attempt to establish itself in the rock music market. The police siren sounds at the start of the record were removed from some copies supplied to radio stations after complaints that drivers hearing the song on the radio had mistakenly pulled over, thinking that the …

Eddy’s Eighties Grooves Part 33: Sunshine Boogie

Highly danceable grooves mostly from and a few inspired by the 1980s. Enjoy!

Recently percussionist, singer and composer Hamilton Bohannon passed away. After playing in a band with Jimi Hendrix and a brief period as a schoolteacher, he was recruited as drummer in Stevie Wonder's touring band in 1964. Three years later Bohannon started as the leader and arranger of Bohannon & The Motown Sound, who provided backing for many of the label's top acts on tour. When Motown Records moved to Los Angeles in 1972, Bohannon started a career of his own and became a cult disco legend. Especially his breaks on Let's Start To Dance are phenomenal. The track has been sampled and covered a dozen of times. In his hometown Newnan, Georgia, they named a street after him, the Hamilton Bohannon Drive.

Folamour about I Miss Having Someone To Talk To on Musictech:
“This song was inspired by how I felt during my last months in London. Back then, I was touring every day, playing close to 20 g…

Seventies West Coast Breeze

Enjoy this seventies West Coast breeze for Mixcloud subscribers exclusively!

The second track was not made in the 1970s, but it sounds like it could have been. Beneath The Fireworks is from the EP, My Place To You by Indian folk funk band Easy Wanderlings:
“The over-arching theme is based on the people who selflessly give a part of themselves, their home, their body and soul to a loved one.” The San Francisco Christian Center was founded in 1954 and was one of the first churches to open its doors to disaffected hippies searching for a deeper spiritual substance in the dog days of the 1960s. This era saw the flowering of new, youth-driven forms of “Jesus music” that fused gospel messages with rock aesthetics, including the driving rhythms and charismatic delivery found in the work of modern soul stars like Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Al Green and Earth, Wind & Fire. Chief amongst these new-style gospel artists was the San Francisco-based Andraé Crouch, who was one of the inf…

Música Relaxante e Suave

Enjoy the seaside spirit! The track by Painel De Controle is from the excellent Latin disco album The Brazilian Boogie Connection: From Rio To Sao Paulo (1976-1983), out on Cultures of Soul.

Next up is a new part of Eddy's Eighties Grooves.


Crystal Cola – Seaside Cocktail (2020)
Dianne Mower – The Secret Sign (1980)
Painel De Controle ‎– Relax (1979)
Astrud Gilberto – The Girl From Ipanema [Disco Version] (1977)
Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band – Sour And Sweet / Lemon In The Honey (1976)
Rose Royce – Still In Love (1982)
Roy Ayers – Aragon (1973)
Diesler – La Playas (2006)
Recloose Feat. Lisa Tomlins – Spinnin’ Out (2005)
Webster Lewis – Barbara Ann (1978)
Peven Everett ‎– Stuck (2006)
Chick Corea ‎– Central Park (1978)
Bernard Wright – Spinnin' (1981)
Skee-Lo ‎– I Wish (1995)

Smooth Sailing: Summer Vibes Special

The tragic death of 31-year-old Minnie Riperton in 1979 silenced one of soul music's most unique and unforgettable voices. Her pop career began in 1961 when she joined a local group called the Gems, signing to the famed Chess label to release a handful of singles as well as lend backing vocals to acts including Fontella Bass, the Dells, and Etta James. In 1968, Riperton was installed as the lead vocalist of the psychedelic soul band Rotary Connection. In the beginning of the next decade she went solo and after a few years of struggling she became world famous when Loving You went to #1 on Billboard in 1975.

Enjoy this new Smooth Sailing trip, a prelude to warm summer days!


Filó – Quero Pouco, Quero Muito (1983)
Tompi – Feel This Way (2019)
Barry Gibb – One Night (For Lovers) (1984)
Work Drugs – Down The Shore (2020)
Stylus – We All Need One Another (1976)
Sailor – Blame It On The Soft Spot (1974)
Ralph MacDonald – It Feels So Good (1978)
Marc Jordan – Beautiful People (1979)

Spring Fever: An Exclusive Seventies Mixtape

The track by Sparks is from their recent compilation album Past Tense. Ron and Russell Mael started as a glam rock act in the early seventies and had hits with This Town Ain’t Big Enough For The Both Of Us and Amateur Hour. They turned into a conventional rock band a few years later, but suddenly appeared as the first electropop duo in musical history. Soft Cell, Yazoo, Erasure and even the Pet Shop Boys learned the trick from them, musical and image wise. Last week Sparks released a complete new album A Steady Drip, Drip, Drip and director Edgar Wright (Baby Driver) is currently working on a documentary about the brothers Mael.
"…there he stood laughing and smiling for hours..." One Morning In May / Sundown

Enjoy this exclusive seventies mixtape for Mixcloud subscribers only!


Sundown – One Morning In May (1976)
Chicago ‎– Wishing You Were Here (1974)
Orleans ‎– Spring Fever (1976)
Brigati ‎– Gotta Get Next To Somebody (1976)
The Rogue Show ‎– Come Back Baby (1972…

Mellow Mellow FM Radio: Slow Disco, Soft Rock & Smooth Soul

Enjoy this new part of Mellow Mellow FM Radio! Again inspired by and partly based on the excellent Sunshine 70s series from Martijn Soetens.

When the success of instrumental guitar band The Shadows faded in the late 1960s, members Hank Marvin and Bruce Welch asked singer/songwriter John Farrar (later known for his work with Olivia Newton-John) to join them as a trio. In contrary of the Shadows, Marvin Welch & Farrar were a vocal harmony group, inspired by bands such as Crosby Stills Nash & Young and The Hollies. Their records, although well received by the press, did not sell well, because of different expectations from the audience. After three albums the trio reformed The Shadows as a vocal band to become second after Dutch band Teach-In at the 1975 Eurovision Song Contest. Four years later they were back in business with instrumental music again, when they had a massive hit with Theme From 'The Deer Hunter’. It reached number one in the Netherlands.

Nowadays known as a …

Relaxin’: Latin & Chillout Pleasures

Relax and enjoy! The track from Stevens Scott & Dee is taken from the brand new compilation album Praise Poems Vol. 7, out on Tramp Records and Cléa Vincent's song is from her just released EP Tropi​-​Cléa 2.

I selected Sing from Now & Then, the legendary fifth album by the Carpenters, released in 1973. The title for the album was suggested by their mother, Agnes. The album featured a wonderful three-panel cover, showing a panoramic view of Karen and Richard driving past the Carpenter family home in Downey, California. The car pictured on the iconic cover is Richard's Ferrari 365 GTB/4 ("Daytona").


Sociedad Organizada En Sonido – Buscaya Da Yada (1975)
Gilles Rivard – Ca Va, Ca Va Brazilia (1981)
Billy Paul ‎– Mrs. Robinson (1970)
Barbara Gryfe – I’ll Never Fall In Love Again (1970)
[Re:Jazz] – People Hold On [Alternate Acapella Take] (2004)
Cris Delanno – I Heard It Through the Grapevine (2017)
Angel "Pocho" Gatti Y Su Orguesta ‎– Pajaros Trop…

On The Coast: Mellow Soul & Funky AOR by The Smooth Operators

One of the tracks on this new cloudcast by The Smooth Operators (Martijn Soetens and I) is Drift Away by Mud. After their very successful glam rock years, this British band started to search for new directions in the late 1970s. They made some disco moves first, but then they tried to jump on the West Coast bandwagon for one single only. Drift Away was originally recorded by John Henry Kurtz on his 1972 album Reunion. Kenny Loggins, Jim Gordon and Michael Omartian were some of the well-known musicians who can be heard on the track. A year later Dobie Gray made a very soulful cover of the song, which reached #5 on Billboard. In 1978 Mud combined those two versions in a very clever way, but their fans did not like this change in musical direction, so the song failed to chart. The next year the band decided to split up, to reunite in the original line-up only for a very brief period in the early 1980s. Until his death in 2004, singer Les Gray reformed the band as Les Gray’s Mud. Guitaris…

Best of 70s Soul: Hit Explosion 1972-1976

Enjoy this new episode of Best Of 70s Soul, for subscribers only this time. Just like the first Soul Hit Explosion, it is inspired by a vintage Dutch compilation album from the flea market. It is one hour of the best soul music from the pre-disco era.


The Temptations ‎– Papa Was A Rolling Stone (1972)
Natalie Cole ‎– Sophisticated Lady (She's A Different Lady) (1976)
The T.H.P. Orchestra ‎– Theme From S.W.A.T. (1976)
The Sylvers – Boogie Fever (1975)
El Chicano ‎– Baretta's Theme (Keep Your Eye On The Sparrow) (1975)
B.T. Express ‎– Can't Stop Groovin' Now, Wanna Do It Some More (1976)
Marvin Gaye ‎– Let's Get It On (1973)
Donald Byrd ‎– Change (Makes You Want To Hustle) (1975)
Tavares – Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel (1976)
Ike & Tina Turner ‎– Delilah's Power (1977)
Brass Construction – Movin’ (1975)
The Miracles – Love Machine (1975)
Stevie Wonder ‎– Don't You Worry 'Bout A Thing (1973)
David Ruffin – Walk Away From Love (1975)

On A Solo Disco Trip

Push your furniture aside and dance through your living room during these days of lockdown!

More or less by accident George McCrae had a worldwide hit with Rock Your Baby on the Miami-based TK label in 1974. The song was written and produced by Harry Wayne Casey and Richard Finch (KC & the Sunshine Band). It was originally intended as a single for his wife Gwen, but she called in sick the day the studio was booked. When her manager, husband George, showed up to say sorry for his wife, they put him behind the microphone and the rest is history. Rock Your Baby became a million-selling number one all over the world and it heralded the disco craze.

Cultures of Soul Records recently released Sparkle’s self-titled album, which initially came out in 1979, just before the disco backlash. Sparkle was a studio group from Connecticut, assembled by producer Harold Sargent, former drummer of legendary funk band Wood, Brass & Steel, and creator of manifold drum breaks that would go on to be…

Midnight Breeze: Slowing Down Before Bedtime

“The recipe for good times is simple, it calls for a boat, open shirts, sun kissed women, a few bottles of spirit, a couple of joints and some of that peruvian marching powder.” (Sweatson Klank)

Soul singer Sunny (Leslie) used to be in the original line-up of Brotherhood of Man (United We Stand), but she had left the group already, when they became extremely successful from the mid- to the late seventies. Sunny is mostly known as one-half of UK backing vocals duo Sue & Sunny with her sister Yvonne Wheatman, later known as Sue Glover. During the late 1960s and 1970s, Sue and Sunny were two of the busiest session vocalists in England, working with Lulu (backing her at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1969), Tom Jones, Joe Cocker (on With a Little Help from My Friends), Cat Stevens and Elton John, to name but a few. In 1974 Sunny Leslie finally had a solo hit record with Doctor's Orders, after quite a few failed attempts. Sister Sue sang with Germany’s Joy Fleming on the excellent…

Motown Grooves From The Crates

Enjoy my late birthday salute to Motown! The opening track is a small tribute to Bill Withers, who sadly passed away this month.

Tommy Good was a singer in local clubs around Detroit, when Motown boss Berry Gordy contracted him and released Baby I Miss You on Gordy, a subsidiary of Motown, in 1964. Tommy Good, one of the first white employees of the famous soul factory, recorded an album, but for reasons that are still unknown today, it was never released at the time and it stayed in the vaults for almost 40 years! In 2006 a collection gathering most of his recordings on the Motown label was released.

In 1963, at the age of 13, Carolyn Crawford signed a contract to Motown Records, after winning a talent contest. She recorded a few singles for the label and she also sang backup vocals for some of the Motown artists. Her final record for Motown, When someone's good to you, released in December 1964, failed to chart and her contract was not renewed. Ten years la…

Eddy’s Eighties Electro & Disco Grooves

Enjoy part 32 of Eddy's Eighties Grooves, exclusively for Mixcloud Select subscribers!


Jaki Graham ‎– What's The Name Of Your Game (1984)
Yello ‎– Vicious Games (1985)
Eastbound Expressway ‎– Primitive Desire (1983)
Telex ‎– Moskow Diskow (1979)
Yarbrough & Peoples – Heartbeats (1983)
Kitty Grant ‎– Glad To Know You (1983)
KC & the Sunshine Band – Give It Up (1983)
Billy Ocean – Nights (Feel Like Getting Down) (1981)
The Nick Straker Band – A Little Bit Of Jazz (1983)
Taana Gardner – Heartbeat [Eddy’s Edit] (1981)
Yazoo ‎– Situation (1982)
Miami Sound Machine ‎– Dr. Beat (1984)
Company B ‎– Fascinated (1986)
Lafleur ‎– Boogie Nights (1983)
The Flirts – Passion (1983)
Lime ‎– Angel Eyes (1983)
Time Bandits ‎– Endless Road (And I Want You To Know My Love) (1985)
Gary Low ‎– You Are A Danger (1982)
Vivien Vee ‎– Give Me A Break (1980)

Smooth Sailing: Ambient Soul, Folk Funk & Soft Rock

Come sail with me, to quote Buttering Trio! The track by Lonette McKee is for “its first ever re-release” on The Ladies of Too Slow to Disco Volume 2, which is out on June 19th.

Richard Powell’s World Of Ecstasy is from the new compilation album Whispers Lounge, which contains 14 so-called "lounge originals", a genre that was called "easy listening" at the time:
"A spent matchbook’s worth of crooners, bossa nobodies, seafood jazzers, and Donca-Matic enthusiasts all in search of their ticket out of a red leather booth hell.” (The Numero Group)

The sub-genre is officially called ‘folk funk’, but I think ‘soulful folk’ would be a better term, because there is no funk in this kind of music at all. As the 1960s melted into the 1970s in a colourful swirl of musical possibilities, bands and singer-songwriters were experimenting with newfound freedoms. Rock would meet jazz. Soul was mixed with psychedelia. On this fertile soil folk funk would arise. Forerunners wer…

Mellow Mellow FM Radio: West Coast, Jazz-Funk & Seventies Pop

Let’s go back to the heyday of FM Radio in these crazy times… Enjoy!

Smokie was originally called Smokey, just like the first name of singer Smokey Robinson, but they were forced by the vice-president of Motown to change their name. The band found success at home and abroad after teaming up with hugely successful producers and songwriters Mike Chapman and Nicky Chinn (Suzi Quatro, Mud, The Sweet). They have had a number of line-up changes and even continued after singer Chris Norman had left the band in the 1980s. Their most popular hit single, Living Next Door to Alice, peaked at #1 on the Dutch pop chart, #3 on the UK singles chart and, in March 1977, reached #25 on the Billboard Hot 100. Other hit singles were If You Think You Know How to Love Me, Oh Carol, Lay Back in the Arms of Someone, and, my personal favourite, I'll Meet You at Midnight.

I Go Crazy by American singer-songwriter Paul Davis was the first single he released from his 1977 album Singer of Songs: Teller of Tales

Eighties Grooves From The Crates

Dutch producers and songwriters Bernard Oattes and Rob van Schaik used to call themselves The Limit and composed several great dance/pop tracks, for instance Love Take Over by Five Star. As a duo they released a full-length album in 1985, which contained the 1983 hit single Say Yeah with Gwen Guthrie on vocals and David Sanborn on saxophone. The song peaked at #17 on the UK Singles Chart, #34 on the Dutch Pop Chart and at #7 on the Billboard Dance/Club Play chart. For legal reasons they became Oattes Van Schaik, just before they released their album. Due to the confusion after their name change and the different titles of their album (The Limit and Love Attaxx), the sales were poor and the so-called "Dutch Hall & Oates" disappeared from the charts, but they kept on working for others. In the 1990s Bernard Oattes pursued a solo career, and went on to produce 3 studio albums.

Enjoy these Grooves From The Crates! Next up is a new part of Mellow Mellow FM Radio.


Ba Ba Brazil: Jazz, Samba & Bossa

I hope you're all doing well in these very uncertain times. Hopefully this cloudcast will make you feel a little better.

The rare track by Hareton Salvanini is from the soundtrack of the obscure film Xavana, Uma Ilha do Amor, which was re-released by Mad About Records last year.

Allmusic about Ye-Me-Le from Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’66:
"There are special moments, like the hypnotic Masquerade (no relation to the Leon Russell/George Benson hit), Sergio Mihanovich's haunting Some Time Ago, and another winning treatment of a Beatles tune, Norwegian Wood,where Mendes cuts loose a killer solo on electric piano (believe it or not, the 45 rpm single version features more of that solo than the LP)."
Next up is a new part of Grooves From The Crates.

Track list:

Wendy Lewis & Vintage Lounge Orchestra – How Long (2012)
Marcela Mangabeira – What You Won’t Do For Love (2008)
Four80East – Ba Ba Brazil [Radio Edit] (2020)
Hareton Salvanini ‎ – Zora Sul (1974)
Nicola Conte & S…

Cool Breeze: A Seventies Mixtape by The Smooth Operators

In the 1970s all kinds of genres melted together: pop, jazz, rock and soul. The Smooth Operators (Martijn Soetens and I) put a handful of those mixed gems together to create a brand new 70s mixtape. Enjoy!

Laura Allan – Opening Up To You (1978)
Hall & Oates – Las Vegas Turnaround (1973)
Bob Welch – Don’t Let Me Fall (1979)
Jim Spencer – Wrap Myself Up In Your Love (1979)
Patrice Rushen – Let’s Sing A Song Of Love (1978)
Ramp – Daylight (1977)
Paul McCartney & Wings – Bluebird (1973)
Dwight Twilley Band – Sleeping (1977)
The Jeremy Spencer Band – Cool Breeze (1979)
Lion & The Lamb – All For You (1978)
The Isley Brothers – Listen To The Music (1973)
D. J. Rogers – Love Brought Me Back (1978)
Phyllis Hyman – Can’t Live Without You Baby (1974)
Boz Scaggs – What Can I Say (1976)
Barrabas – Woman (1972)
Pratt & McClain – Whachersign (1976)
Rosie – There’s A Song In It Somewhere (1977)
Lauren Wood & Michael McDonald – Please Don’t Leave (1979)

Smooth Sailing: Seventies Summer Songs

Waiting for the summer to arrive… The tracks by Martee Lebous and Franne Golde are from the upcoming new installment of Too Slow To Disco:
“The second volume of The Ladies of Too Slow to Disco tells a deeper, more political story about 16 fantastically talented women, how they found their own way through the peak-machismo years of the recording industry, to make the records they wanted to make."Out on June 19th.

Martee Lebous is a recording artist, singer/songwriter from Binghamton N.Y. In 1976, while still a teenager, she recorded her debut album, The Lady Wants To be A Star produced by Charlie Calello, featuring a cohort of New York session royalty including David Lasley, Will Lee, The Brecker Brothers, John Tropea and Jeff Mirinov. Martee today is lead singer of The Mar-Tays.

Australian songstress Justine (Bradley) recorded an album in 1979, which was not meant to be officially released. Wordless Songs is one of the tracks. A melancholic soulful number, which according to Jus…

Eddy’s Eighties Smooth Grooves

Press play! Let’s go back to the Walkman days, when taping radio shows and vinyl albums was a daily activity for the young. In the early eighties the radio-friendly Californian yacht rock and smooth jazz sound ruled the air waves, but it did not take long before British new wave took over, the radio variant of the 1970s punk movement. The popularity of that genre began to flourish when MTV started to play their extravagant video clips. It all ended when house and hip hop broke loose and a new generation took the steering wheel at the end of the decade.

Enjoy part 31 of Eddy's Eighties Grooves, exclusively for Mixcloud Select subscribers.

Track list:

Ray & James ‎– Nature Boy (1982)
Momoko Kikuchi – Mystical Composer (1986)
Naked Eyes – Promises, Promises (1983)
Steve MarrsHow Was I To Know (1982)
Jimmy Hall ‎– I'm Happy That Love Has Found You (1980)
Kettner & Shawe – Take This Heart (1984)
Michael Jackson – Baby Be Mine (1982)
Kimiko Kasai – The Things That We Do When We’r…

Deeply Dug Disco Grooves From The Crates

Angela Bofill had surprising commercial success with her first two albums, Angie and Angel Of The Night, produced by contemporary jazz executives Dave Grusin and Larry Rosen for their GRP label, distributed by Arista. She then jumped to Arista itself (causing some bad blood with GRP) to try for a deliberate jazz-pop crossover on her third album Something About You. The LP was produced by Narada Michael Walden and supervised by Arista president Clive Davis. Holding Out For Love from the album managed to reach the American R&B Top 40 and became a minor hit on the Dutch pop charts in 1982. I chose to play the funky title track on this cloudcast.

Enjoy this new episode of Grooves From The Crates! Next up is part 31 of Eddy's Eighties Grooves, exclusively for Mixcloud Select subscribers and a new Smooth Sailing trip for all listeners.


Fifth Of Heaven ‎– Just A Little More (1988)
Patrice Rushen – Watch Out (1987)
The Cool Notes – Spend The Night (1985)
Laura Jackson – Reach O…

Mellow Mellow FM Radio: Let The Music Play

Enjoy this new part of my imaginary station Mellow Mellow FM Radio! The funky track by Marlon Hunter is from the new compilation album Message In Our Music Vol. 2, selected by Waxist. The new album Straight Round by Four80East is out on Friday the 28th of February.

In 1979 Australian folk/jazz singer Justine almost entirely wrote, produced and arranged an album that was funded by a radio station as the beneficiary for emerging talent. The music was created specifically for radio play without any intention of being manufactured. Luckily however, a friend managed to sneak into a record plant one evening and press up a small number for the enjoyment of family, friends and those involved. Forty years later Left Ear Records decided to release the two most significant tracks from this album to make them available worldwide. Justine Bradley is still making music and occasionally releases new material, most recently with Randy Brecker in 2017.


Tender Leaf – Shores Of Makapuu (1982)

Fly Baby Fly: Gliding Soul, Daytime Disco & Gentle Funk

Partly inspired by Soulgliding, the new compilation album from Rainer Trüby, known for his Trüby Trio. According to the liner notes on Bandcamp soulgliding is…
“…evocative airy music that feels like a dream-flight across a friendly sky”.The term ‘daytime disco’ was first used by L.A. based dance duo Poolside: "It's music best to be played at times when you're too comfortably seated in a beach chair to dance, but you certainly wouldn't mind watching other people do it..."
Next up is a new episode of Mellow Mellow FM Radio.


Poolside Feat. Arno Arno – Around The Sun (2020)
Tom Misch Feat. Poppy Ajudha – Disco Yes (2018)
Rhye – Count To Five [Tensnake Remix] (2018)
Gosto – What Is It Like (2018)
Sweatson Klank – Kiss In The Shadows (2020)
Bobbi Humphrey – Sweeter Than Sugar (1975)
Beatchild & The Slakadeliqs – California Coastin' (2018)
Marvin Franklin With Kimo And The Guys – Kona Winds (1978)
Wee – Aeroplane [Reprise] (1977)
The Main Ingredient – Fly Baby …

Best Of 70s Soul: Love To The World

Bring a little bit of love to the world, to quote LTD! :-) Enjoy this new episode of Best Of 70s Soul.

William DeVaughn was a civil servant, who wrote a song called A Cadillac Don't Come Easy, which was eventually re-written to become Be Thankful For What You Got, in 1972. He spent all his savings to buy studio time to get it recorded. Luckily he got in touch wil producer John Davis of Sigma Sound Studios in Philadelphia, used by Philadelphia International Records. The session featured the core members of the famous MFSB group: guitarists Norman Harris and Bobby Eli, drummer Earl Young, vibraphonist Vince Montana and percussionist Larry Washington; secured by Allan Felder, who also developed the separate ad-lib back-up chorus with his sister's vocal group. John Davis played keyboards on the track. Frank Fioravanti, the executive producer and co-ordinator, secured the song's release on Roxbury Records, a subsidiary of Chelsea Records, run by industry veteran Wes Farrell. …

Eddy's Eighties Grooves Part 30: Electro Jams To Remember

Let’s paraphrase Syreeta: move it & groove it 😊 Most of these grooves are lesser known electro jams from the 1980s. They stayed relatively unknown for years, but were discovered by musicians and dj’s many years later. Enjoy!

In 1970 Syreeta (or Rita) Wright and Stevie Wonder got married and although they were divorced just 18 months later, they continued to work together for several years. Born in Pittsburgh in 1946, Syreeta originally joined Motown Records as a receptionist. Brian Holland discovered her musical talents and she then became a performer and songwriter. Big successes after her work with Stevie Wonder were her duets with Billy Preston at the end of the 1970s. The following years she slowly moved out of sight, appearing one more time in the charts with Can’t Shake Your Love with Move It, Do It on the flipside. She sadly passed away on the 6th of July 2004 of heart failure, due to cancer treatment.

Don Laka's masterful electro funk album I Wanna Be Myself was rece…

Mellow Mellow FM Radio: I Remember Yesterday

Enjoy this new episode of Mellow Mellow FM Radio! What to expect? Forgotten pop songs, jingles and radio fragments from the past, but some of the tracks are brand new, like the one from the Blossoms. They know how to combine disco, yacht rock and indie pop perfectly. Their album Foolish Loving Spaces came out last week.

I Remember Yesterday was Giorgio Moroder's second concept album for Donna Summer. It consists of songs representing different times, such as the 1940's, right up to the 1970's. All were sung on microphones from their respective era's. Finally, I Feel Love was meant to be the sound of the future and that is exactly what it became.

Big Mouth from Dutch duo Mouth & MacNeal (their How Do You Do went to #8 on Billboard in 1972) once said that he drank a lot, but that there were two people who could drink even more. The first one was Noddy Holder from glam rock band Slade and the other one was the Greek giant Demis Roussos, former singer of prog rock band…