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Eddy's 80s Grooves Part 6 (Best Of 1982)

It was, in so many ways, a transitional year, a year of beginnings and endings, a year where the old guard began to fade as the new school emerged. So many sounds that defined the decade emerged in 1982 -- Thriller, of course, and also 1999, Rio, and The Lexicon of Love, Grandmaster Flash's groundbreaking "The Message," not to mention scores of new wave singles that crossed over thanks to the wild success of MTV and the clones that appeared in its wake. Truly, this 1982 is the year where new wave broke big: Human League, Dexys Midnight Runners, Adam Ant, and Soft Cell managed to leap across the Atlantic and score big hits in the U.S., something that was inconceivable just a year before, and they were merely the biggest of a flood of new romantics, post-punks, and synth-poppers.” (

Music critic Dan Carins described ‘The Message’ by Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five in a 2008 edition of The Sunday Times: "Where it was inarguably innovative, was …

AOR On The Radio: Soft Rock & Smooth Grooves

This mix is inspired by the album 'AOR' from Ed Motta and his excellent mix for Wax Poetics: AOR with a funky, jazzy (Latin) twist. Ed Motta told Wax Poetics:

“This is the music I grew up listening to: Christopher Cross, Steely Dan, Doobie Brothers, Alessi Brothers, all these things, but in the last five years I’ve become obsessed with AOR, and I started to write many, many, many songs. Even Daft Punk called Paul Williams to be on their project. So, maybe it’s coming back a little, the idea of technical eloquence in music, nice musicians, nice solos…”

Enjoy this first part of AOR On The Radio!


Ed Motta – AOR (2013)
Janelle MonĂ¡e – The Chrome Shoppe (2013)
Mike D’Abo – Let It Roar (1970)
Sheree Brown – It’s A Pleasure (1981)
Ed Motta – Playthings Of Luv (2013)
Bobby Caldwell ‎– What You Won't Do For Love (1978)
Side Effect – Georgy Porgy (1980)
Marilyn Scott – Let's Not Talk About Love (1979)
Debra Laws – How Long (1981)
Sheila E. Feat. Gisa Vatcky – Mona Lisa (2013)

1972 + 1973 Best Of 70s Soul

In 1972, things were rapidly shifting in Marvin Gaye's world. He was coming off of one of his most wide-reaching hit albums with 1971's instant classic What's Going On, and his recording contract with Motown subsidiary Tamla was renewed for a cool million dollars and total creative control, making him one of the most successful R&B artists of his day. With Motown's offices migrating west from Detroit to Los Angeles, Gaye followed suit, beginning work on Trouble Man, both the score to a blaxploitation film of the same name and the soundtrack that would be his next album. With minimal singing (Gaye sings through only the title track, adding fragmentary vocalizations minimally throughout the rest of the album), Gaye wrote, arranged, and conducted the entire soundtrack, working with both Motown players and a full orchestra over the course of its recording.

It's been speculated by some that Trouble Man was a concerted effort to move away from the expectations of a c…

Boombox VII New Wave & Nu Disco

“When I look at the boombox, it really symbolizes a very pure time before big business and money were interested, before it was on anybody’s radar. Even parents. It was something that we shared as a small youth based community. And until the rest of the world was aware of that, it was something very pure.”

Cey Adams, Graffiti Artist

Enjoy this 7th part of Boombox!


Scritti Politti – Perfect Way (1985)
7 Days Of Funk – Faden Away (2013)
Jeffrey Osborne ‎– She's On The Left (1988)
M-People – Don’t Look Any Further [Satin Jackets & Chris Jylkke Haircut Remake] (2010)
Ellis, Beggs & Howard ‎– Big Bubbles, No Troubles (1988)
Broken Bells – After The Disco (2014)
Drizabone Soul Family – New York City Nights [Disco Remix] (2012)
Muzart – The Party After [Reel People Remix] (2013)
Mayer Hawthorne – Reach Out Richard [Mitzi Remix] (2014)
Gavin Turek – Remember (2014)
Eternity – Disco & Henny (2013)
Patrice – Smoke & Mirrors [SG Lewis Remix] (2013)
Rare Times – Cloudy (2013)