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Hello It's Me

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There are lots of very cool songs about not being phoned, not picking up a phone or simply about the joy of a telephone call. Two years ago I did a telephone mix for Dazlingsoul, called ‘Tunes for your telephone’. For 'Hello, it's me' I replaced some of the songs and changed the sequence. One of the new songs is a track from Mayer Hawthorne. It is from his very nice new album ‘How do you do’. Am I getting old or am I getting gay, but I like the new (quite soulful) Cliff Richard album (‘Soulicious’) too… ;-) Tell me, what are your favourite telephone songs?

NYC's lush disco crew Escort are readying their self-titled debut LP for digital release next month and early next year on CD and vinyl through Escort Records (Tirk will handle the release in Europe). There's a free download of the album's opening cut, 'Caméleon Chameleon (Club Remix)'. Check it out, it's cool!

Playlist:

Charles Bradley – The Telephone Song (2011)
Mayer Hawthorne – You Called Me (20…

Groovy, Sexy and Soulful Part 4

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On Tuesday morning I almost fell out of my bed when I heard the incredible ‘Video games’ from Lana Del Rey. I rushed to my computer to find more information about this singer. I started to like her even more when I saw her beautifully composed retro clips on You Tube. Her voice is a cocktail of Duffy, Amy Winehouse and a young Nancy Sinatra and her looks remind me of sixties icons like Brigitte Bardot. All my Facebook friends seemed to like her as well, although they complained about her lips and her bored look… ;-) At the moment she's in the studio working on songs with Damon Albarn (Blur) and good old Bobby Womack. Enjoy part 4 of Groovy, sexy & soulful!

Btw, if you like b/w photography check out the wonderful pictures from Vivian Maier. They are the best I’ve ever seen!


Tracklist:

Spyro Gyra – Island Pond (2009)
Azymuth – Carnaval Legrand (2011)
Rose Royce – Love Don’t Live Here Anymore [Professor Eddy VS Matty Wainwright Remix] (2011)
José González – Killing For Love [Todd Te…

The Road Not Taken

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I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

'The Road Not Taken'/Robert Frost

Playlist:

Bill Withers – Heartbreak Road (1974)
Brown Hill – Running (2011)
Booker T. Jones – Walking Papers (2011)
Johnny Pate – You Can’t Even Walk In The Park (1973)
The New Mastersounds – Walk In These Shoes (2011)
Bruce Cloud – Walk In My Shoes (1969)
Marvin Gaye – The End Of Our Road (1968)
Mayer Hawthorne – The Walk (2011)
Melba Moore – Walk A Mile In My Shoes/Twenty Five Miles (1971)
Shara Nelson – Down That Road (1993)
Mo’ Horizons – Hit The Road Jack (2000)
Goldfrapp – Road To Somewhere (2008)
Percy Sledge – True Love Travels On A Gravel Road (1969)
Nouvelle Vague – Road To Nowhere (2009)
BYentl – One Foot Out The Door (2011)
Julee Cruise – Summer Kisses Winter Tears (1991)
She & Him – Ridin' In My Car (2010)
Duane Eddy – Forty Miles Of Bad Road (1959)
The Four Seasons – W…

Disco Extravaganza Feat. DJ Daizi

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It’s time to do something special: I teamed up with the excellent DJ Daizi from Japan to play back to back. Daizi more or less invented the funky chill dj style and I have to admit that I am heavily influenced by him! We both like euphoric percussion on disco beats and some introvert funk to cool things down or to warm the place up, as in this set. The jazzy part (starting from Spick & Span) is mixed by the master skills of DJ Daizi, so I don’t mind if you skip the rest… ;-) There’s a second part of this mix, so if you like this one, check my blog regularly!

Playlist:

George Bussey Experience
– Disco Extravaganza (1978)
Mayer Hawthorne – A Long Time [Chromeo Mix] (2011)
James Ingram (with Michael McDonald) – Yah Mo B There (1983)
Jazz Crusaders – It’s Your Thing (1969)
Spick & Span – Chuva No Brasil (1994)
Cal Tjader – Noa Noa (1976)
Orchestra Harlow – La Contraria (1969)
Pucho And The Latin Soul Brothers – Yaina (1971)
The Young-Holt Unlimited – Baby Your Light Is Out (1968)
The H…

Daddy's Theme

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The reason for this mix is a sad one. Exactly one year ago friends and family said goodbye to my good old dad after being ill for quite some time. To honour him I thought it was a good idea to compile ‘Daddy’s theme’: songs about dads and sons, but not about my father in particular, although he was a cool daddy, to paraphrase Boney M.

Some of the songs seem to deal with fathers, but the lyrics are in fact about something completely different, like the ones from Jim Gilstrap and George Michael. But not the one from Feargal Sharkey, former frontman of the legendary Irish new wave band The Undertones. I remember my father didn’t like the lyrics of the song at all, because he only picked up the line ‘never listen to your father’. He misinterpreted the lyrics though, because I believe Feargal Sharkey sings that it’s only wise to listen to your father. That’s why I included the song as the final track. It strikes me that there are quite some men in my album archive singing about their dads…