Summer Soul Cocktail

A mix that hopefully gives you a relaxed summer feeling. I sometimes describe my style as ‘funky chill’. Well, that’s exactly what this mix is: some funky stuff to chill on! ;-) It's a tasty cocktail (I hope...) of disco, jazz-funk, soft rock and soul, of course. It's some kind of follow-up to Sunny, Sexy & Soulful, a succesful previous mix I did.

'Summer rain' from My NamE may sound familiar, because it samples disco classic 'Spring rain' from Bebu Silvetti. Both tracks are great, so check them out.

I like both versions I selected of 'Summer (the first time)' as well. It's written by Bobby Goldsboro. When he sings the lyrics, the song seems to be about a great sin that's going to happen ('the sun was a demon'). Millie Jackson's interpretion 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. There's a Dutch version as well, but that's one of the worst records ever made...

'Summertime' from Johnny Hammond is originally a medley on his album 'Higher ground' (1974). I removed his version of 'In the ghetto', that's why you only hear his interpretation of 'Summertime'. He plays on his famous Hammond B-3, together with Ron Carter, Jack DeJohnette, George Benson, Hank Crawford, Joe Henderson and Bob James.

Enjoy my summer soul cocktail!


Millie Jackson – Summer (The First Time) (1974)
MFSB – Hot Summer Nights (1976)
Johnny Hammond – Summertime [Eddy’s ‘Out Of The Ghetto’ Edit] (1974)
Love Unlimited Orchestra – My Sweet Summer Suite (1976)
Narada Michael Walden – Summer Lady (1982)
The Style Council – Long Hot Summer (1983)
Eric Benét – Summertime Love (2010)
Gil Scott-Heron And Brian Jackson – The Summer Of '42 (1975)
Ronnie Laws – Summer Fool (1981)
Ren Harvieu – Summer Romance (2012)
Dusty Springfield – Summer Is Over (1964)
Chrysalis – Summer In Your Savage Eyes (1968)
Selah Sue – Summertime (2011)
Beverlei Brown – In The Summertime (2002)
My NamE – Summer Rain [Original Mix] (2012)
Azymuth – Last Summer In Rio (1982)
Bobby Goldsboro – Summer (The First Time) (1973)

Summer Soul Cocktail by Professor Eddy on Mixcloud


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