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Groovy, Sexy And Soulful Part 32 In The Mood

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Enjoy this 32nd edition of ‘Groovy, sexy & soulful’! It was made after I’d heard a mix from Breakbot (I borrowed a snippet from his 'Bedtime stories'). Breakbot is a very cool French electro producer and DJ, who also co-directed one short film, 'Overtime'. It won the Ottawa International Animation Festival award for 'Best Graduate Film' in 2005. Breakbot is most recognized for his remixes. He reworked songs for Justice, R√∂yksopp, Digitalism, Phoenix and Chromeo, among others. The music video of his song 'Baby I'm Yours' became a summer hit on MTV Pulse in France three years ago. Recently Breakbot resurfaced with his debut album 'By your side'. The album arrived in the US last spring.

'The windmills of your mind' is my tribute to singer Noel Harrison. Last Saturday he died at his home in Devon (England), aged 79, He wrote the song for the movie 'The Thomas Crown affair', starring Steve McQueen. It won the category 'be…

1978 Funky & Soulful Grooves From The Greatest Year Ever

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The album track '1978 (Leave The Radio On)' from Ed Motta inspired me to create a mix with songs from 1978, when the economy was at its peak. The Daily Mail explains why it was the greatest year ever:

"Scientists have discovered that despite an overabundance of polyester flares and bouffant hair, 1978 was the year that the world's quality of life peaked, after which it has gradually deteriorated ever since. Australian experts used a novel method to track the social and economic progress of the world, taking into account various economic, lifestyle-related and ecological factors to come to their conclusion." (Quote: Daily Mail)

This is what The Independent wrote about Ed Motta's latest album 'AOR':

"Gilles Peterson's favourite Brazilian soul-boy goes all 1970s Steely Dan, with lugubrious horn harmonies and the smooth guitars of Larry Carlton or Jeff "Skunk" Baxter echoed here by Bluey from Incognito and fusion legend David T Walker (…

Funky & Jazzy Grooves From The Capitol Vaults

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Again some funky & jazzy grooves from the Capitol and Blue Note vaults and a few tracks from affiliated labels, like Liberty, Stateside and United Artists. One of the tracks is one of the best love songs ever: 'Hey Laura' from Gregory Porter. It's a song about a man who can't accept the fact that his ex-girlfriend is seeing another guy. He goes to her house one night in an attempt to make her say that he's the only one... A very touching song! This is what Pat Les Stache wrote about his album 'Liquid spirit' that came out on Blue Note last month:

This marks the vocalist's debut on Blue Note, which follows up his two previous GRAMMY-nominated releases Water (2010) and Be Good (2012). The album features a nice mix of heart-felt ballads like "No Love Dying", "Hey Laura", "Water Under Bridges" to uptempo groove-oriented cuts like "Movin'", "Free", "Musical Genocide", and my personal choice…

Groovy, Sexy And Soulful Part 31 Late Night Edition

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Enjoy this 31th edition of ‘Groovy, sexy & soulful’! The closing track is from Body Language. This is what their official site has to say about them:

Fresh off the success of last year’s Social Studies LP—which earned the approval of everyone from NPR to The New York Times to The Guardian, the Brooklyn based electro-dance quartet, Body Language are ready to reveal their sophomore album Grammar. Like Social Studies, this sophomore release embodies the band’s restless pop experiments with a future-shocked blend of soul and R&B. Or as multi-instrumentalist/producer Grant Wheeler puts it, “Our world still exists in an indie-disco bubble; we’re just pushing the limits of every genre to a point where the bubble’s about to pop.”

Picture: Taxi Driver

Tracklist:

The Stepkids – The Lottery (2013)
Earth, Wind & Fire ‎– Reasons (1979)
Little River Band – Light Of Day (1978)
Nouvelle Vague – In A Manner Of Speaking (2004)
Snakehips – On And On [Kaytranada Remix] (2013)
Mtume – Juicy Fruit (…