Showing posts from January, 2014

Outaspace Funk & Disco

Enjoy these space grooves:

Alison Valentine – Curious (2014)

Will 2014 be the break trough year of Alison Valentine? I hope so!

Dâm-Funk – Missin' U (2013)

Dâm-Funk is one part of 7 Days of Funk. The other part is Snoop Dogg, of course. They recently released their brilliant debut album.

Odyssey – Who? (1974)

This is a ‘one single only’ disco project from synthesizer player and movie composer Vangelis Papathanassiou (‘Chariots of fire’), who is also known for his work with Aphrodite’s Child. Former singer of that band, Demis Roussos, sang this song as well a couple of years later. He called it ‘I dig you’. He did it with more self-confidence and power, which gave the song a total different meaning.

Atmosfear ‎– Dancing In Outer Space (1979)

Atmosfear's most significant contribution to disco was the slightly loony 'Dancing in outer Sspace,' a track that has remained popular with underground disco fanatics since its release.

The Real Thing – Love Takes Tears (1982)


Eddy's 80s Grooves Part 5 (Best Of 1981)

It's the year 1981:

"MTV launched late in the summer of 1981, which means 1981 is the last year when the music video channel did not have a massive impact on what songs appeared on the charts. Instead, the year was a wild mix of fading punks, aging rockers, brave new wavers, soft rock crooners, synth-pop mavericks, disco aftershocks, smooth Urban Cowboy country, and arena rock. Underneath the surface, new sounds that would define the '80s were beginning to surface, notably hip-hop and hardcore punk, so this year marked the end of an era (the vaguely anonymous album rock of the '70s) and the beginning of a new one (the stylish, personality-driven pop of the '80s)." (Quote:

Although they are not on my cloudcast, the music of L.A. based duo Rare Times is definitely inspired by the 1980s and they are well worth to be checked out:

"Their pristine pop tunes, rooted in the glistening day-glo sound of the 1980s and infused with the decade’s archet…

Groovy, Sexy & Soulful Part 35 Smooth Grooves Edition

My favourite compilation album of 2013 is 'Americana 2 Rock your soul', a great collection of forgotten blue-eyed-soul gems, selected by crate diggers Zaf Chowdhry and Mark Taylor. One of the tracks is 'I know all about it' by E.J. Stamp. He sounds like the Eagles going funky and the lyrics are about a guy going paranoid (he knows all about his girl and the other man…). This song is the only track E.J. Stamp has recorded to date. Blue-eyed-soul connaisseurs Zaf Chowdhry and Mark Taylor put together these 2 very nice mixes on Soundcloud as well:

“Nashville born singer-songwriter Bobby Hebb followed up his smash '66 jazzy soul hit "Sunny" with his cover of the country standard "A Satisfied Mind", interpreted with a dash of soul. Probably not the wisest decision in a commercial sense, and in my opinion the flip side is the TRUE ge…

Eddy's 80s Grooves Part 4 (Best Of 1980)

Let’s go back to 1980, when hip hop started to break through, disco slowly disappeared from the surface to become club music again and 'Escape' from Rupert Holmes was number one on the Billboard Hot 100 (an important song in the very funny movie The Secret Life of Walter Mitty). Enjoy part 4 of Eddy’s 80s Grooves! (also available on DJ History).

Wardell Piper used to be a member of Philly-soul group First Choice. In 1979 she recorded a self-titled album with producers John H. Fitch, Jr. and Reuben Cross (who co-wrote Evelyn King's 'Shame') on Midsong International Records. The album included 'Super sweet', which went to number 20 on the R&B chart and 'Captain boogie', which went to number 33 on the R&B chart in early 1979. 'The power of love', produced by John Davis, was the b-side of 'Gimme something real' that was written by Ashford & Simpson. It went to number 53 on the R&B Singles chart in 1980. Picture from Hugue…

Boombox VI Nu Disco & Old School Electro

This is music that sounds best on your boombox! In 1982 Soft Cell did an interesting cover version of a song that was made famous by northern soul singer Judy Street in 1966. The original was recorded by Melinda Marx (daughter of Groucho Marx), on the Vee Jay label, a year before. One of the first songs about stalking... Written by H.B. Barnum, who composed many songs for soul and jazz singers, like O.C. Smith, Nancy Wilson and Lou Rawls.

One of the tracks on Boombox 6 is from Sean Nicholas Savage. This is what wrote about ‘Other Life’, his latest album:

“In 2011, Canadian songcrafter Sean Nicholas Savage released not one but three separate albums with Montreal label Arbutus Records. All three proffered different windows into the prolific singer's weird little world, one of smooth R&B-informed crooning filtered through art school conceptualization and production rooted in the dancier side of the indie sphere. With Other Life, Savage crystallizes the sonic persona …