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Groovy, Sexy & Soulful Part 16

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I discovered Jens Lekman more or less by accident, when I was looking for lyrics about letters. I heard a song of his in which he sings about his complicated relationship with a lesbian girl, called ‘Postcard to Nina’. I like it a lot, because it’s sad and funny at the same time. He has a new album out, called ‘I know what love isn’t’. All the songs are about heartache and pain, but always with a humorous twist. For this 16th part of ‘Groovy, sexy & soulful’ I selected ‘She just don’t want to be with you anymore’. Enjoy!

Tracklist:

Brenda Russell – Something I Like To Do (1981)
James Taylor – On Broadway (2009)
Jens Lekman – She Just Don’t Want To Be With You Anymore (2012)
Neil Diamond – Girl You’ll Be A Woman Soon (1967)
Lianne La Havas – Au Cinéma (2012)
D-Influence – Dreams (2001)
Sons of Champlin – You (1976)
Funky Communication Committee – Falling Out Of Love (1980)
Leon Ware – Body Heat (1976)
Prince Phillip Mitchell ‎– You're All I Got In The World (1978)
Wales Wallace – Somebo…

Mi Vida – Jazzy Latin Soul & Downtempo Mix

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Robert Glasper’s ‘Black Radio Recovered – The Remix EP’ is out now. It contains tracks that sound even more soulful than the originals! 'Black radio' itself was a bit of a ‘remix’, because of Glasper's keyboards, funky beats and hip contributions from a range of soul singers. But the expansion of those sounds on ‘Black Radio Recovered’ works perfectly. It stretches out the wonderful mix of modes through some cool tracks that still leave plenty of room for Robert's keyboards. One of the remixed tracks is ‘Afro Blue’, that I play in this ‘Mi Vida’ mix. It features raps from Phonte and vocals from Erykah Badu.

‘Green room’ is the new album from Vivian Green. She borrowed Kylie’s dress for her nice video ‘Anything out there’. I selected ‘Remedy’, which is great as well. Enjoy these late summer vibes!

Tracklist:

Willie Bobo – Kojak Theme (1977)
Cerrone – Music Of Life (1978)
Jon Lucien – Mi Vida (1976)
Balanço ‎– Metti Una Sera A Cena [Jazzanova Remix] (1999)
Diesler – La Play…

Groovy, Sexy & Soulful Part 15

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This 15th part of ‘Groovy, sexy & soulful’ is what I call ‘couch soul’, music I listen to when I’m not in the mood for dancing or, in fact, making any moves at all. When I feel that way I put on some of the smoothest rhythms and finest melodies I can find and lay down on my couch to relax. I just softly nod my head (sometimes I tap my feet a little as well) and enjoy the music. No ecstatic dancing for me, just head nodding and funky chillin’ with the one I love… Quite a few (brand) new tracks in this mix, by the way. Check out How To Dress Well (best song of the moment!), Breakbot, Mayer Hawthorne and Donald Fagen!

Beautiful picture from tellzoe.


Tracklist:

Frank Ocean – Forrest Gump (2012)
How To Dress Well – Cold Nites (2012)
The Stylistics – Smooth (1978)
Average White Band – Love Of Your Own (1977)
Gene Dunlap Band – In Just A Matter Of Time (1983)
The Blackbyrds – Soft And Easy (1977)
Bridge – Stella (1981)
Leon Ware – Deeper Than Love (1982)
Jolis & Simone – Night Flight (197…

Boombox IV - Post Disco & Lazer Soul

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More electronic soul music to play on your old school ghetto blaster! This fourth part of ‘Boombox’ is partly inspired by the trailer of the movie 'Take me home tonight' (I haven't seen the movie yet). In the 1980s the curtains started to close down on disco music, but I like the spirit of the uplifting dance songs of that decade. This mix contains almost literally the last steps of disco and the first of hip hop, house and swingbeat, the forerunner of RnB.

Apart from post-disco I use the relatively unknown term ‘lazer soul’ to describe the mix. This is the definition of ‘lazer soul’ in the urban dictionary (from Baron Von Luxxury):

Term for mid-eighties old school R&B ala The Gap Band, Zapp, Midnight Star, Starpoint, Lakeside, ect. It is flashy synth driven pop soul music with a four on the floor disco dance beat. Term was coined by the music blog Beat Electric. It is always spelled with a Z, not an s.
There’s also room in this mix for current dance music that is …

Groovy, Sexy & Soulful Part 14

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Here it is, another episode of ‘Groovy, sexy & soulful’! And these are the tracks:

Foxy – Mademoiselle (1978)

Everybody knows them for their disco (gay) classic ‘Get Off’. This is more soulful and much, much better.

Bill Labounty – Lie To Me (1975)

Bill Labounty is an American singer/songwriter and musician. I presume he was a little unlucky in love when he was recording his album ‘Promised land’, because titles include ‘I hope you’ll be very unhappy without me’, ‘Another drunk’ and this one, ‘Lie to me’.

Alex Lattimore – Lullabye (2008)

From his album ‘Promise’. Great singer. He used to be one of the members of Jiva.

Dâm-Funk – Show Me The Way [Alternate Laid Back Version] (Unreleased)

I like the new interpretations of old school electro funk from Dâm-Funk!

Khari Cabral Simmons Feat. Julie Dexter – Is It Any Wonder (2012)

Khari Cabral Simmons creates a rich and tropical sound on his latest album ‘Clementine sun’. Sweet Brazilian rhythms at times mellow and then again funky. The song…