Showing posts from May, 2014

Soul Covered Part 8 Electrojazzylatinfunk Edition

The beautiful cover of John Legend's 'All of me' by Nikki Oosterwijk on my latest cloudcast inspired me to create this eighth part of 'It's soul covered up'. Having just released her 'Lullabies for lost girls' EP, up-and-coming Montreal-based pop singer/songwriter and performance artist Callia Bara is already gearing up to release her new EP, 'Sex bomb'. Ahead of its release, Callia has just unveiled the EP's second single entitled 'BTS' (Behind The Scenes), which once again sees her collaborating with Brazilian producer Ftureable . He also produced the EP's first single 'Summa That' (source: Wonky Sensitive).

Mr President (picture) brings the soul and disco sound from the mid-seventies (MFSB, Roy Ayers, Love Unlimited Orchestra) into 2014 with his new album 'Hips shaking', just like Dr Who did with his Tardis! The track from Mongo Santamaria can be found on 'World’s funkiest covers' that came out on Cul…

Smooth Sailing: Sunny Skies & Soulful Sounds

Enjoy this new episode of Smooth Sailing! Again a mixture of yacht pop, soft rock, easy listening, blue-eyed-soul and slow disco. Nikki Oosterwijk is a very talented Dutch singer who already sang on national Dutch television as a child, twelve years ago. Listen to her interpretation of the John Legend song that will surely give you goose bumps!

Another stand-out track is 'Rotation' by one of the founders of A&M records, Herb Alpert. "The song is introduced by hand percussion, bells and shakers. It is a soulful groover with a killer, soft-spoken keyboard line that's lite funk and hypnotic. A looped synth line enters in place of a bassline. Handclaps, fingersnaps, and Alpert's trumpet from the distance play a melody. Effects, washes, reverb, and mild distortion create a futuristic backdrop to this otherwise beautifully melodic tune. Alpert plays his in the pocket soul-drenched melody lines over the top and one of the first chillout tunes was born." (quote:

Smooth Sailing: Love Making & Disco Dancing

Enjoy this new episode of Smooth Sailing! Let’s take a look at Cineplexx (that’s the Argentinian Sebastian Litmanovich, now living in London) who for his eleventh album 'Florianopolis' decided on a unique version of tropical cosmic disco. His influences range everything from electronica to bossa, and the track on this cloudcast also proves his love for funk. 'Te Quiero' is a slow disco jam for the beach, laced with funky guitars and graced by Litmanovich’s tender voice (source: Mercedes-Benz Mixed Tape).

I'm looking forward to the new Dimitri From Paris compilation album, 'Dimitri From Paris In The House of Disco' that will be out on June, 15. On the Defected page he says:

“This new compilation is a testament to how Disco and House are intertwined three decades after their inception. Rather than focusing solely on classic original recordings, I wanted to show how those sounds were made contemporary without losing their spirit. I would like to dedicate this …

Eddy's 80s Grooves Part 10 (Best Of 1986)

In 1986 traditional disco and soul had turned into mainstream pop music. For instance, Whitney Houston and Janet Jackson sang pop songs rather than R&B songs. Old school soul and disco did not exist anymore. House and hip hop took over in clubs, but not in the charts yet. The most successful R&B/pop producers were Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. They wrote and produced not only hit songs for Janet Jackson, but for The SOS Band and The Human League as well. They were the forerunners of what later would become swingbeat (or new jack swing) and modern R&B later on.

"First Circle were among the one-album wonders of '80s R&B; 1987's Boys' Night Out was their first album as well as their last. But had it not been for an unavoidable name change, it's quite possible that First Circle would have become much better known. Formed in 1977, the Brooklyn residents were originally called Crossbow but had changed their name to Full Circle by the time EMI released their …

Smooth Sailing: Funky Fishing & Blue Eyed Soul

"One of Philadelphia's finest groups, the Futures made good music, but Lady Luck refused to work her magic on them. Their single, "Love Is Here," appeared on Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff's Gamble label in 1973. It was a lovely Gamble and Huff song featuring a searing falsetto, McGilberry's deep bass, and weaving harmonies that only got spot play in a few cities; the Dramatics recorded an inferior version on their "10 1/2" album. The Futures made a terrible career move when Gamble Records ended by signing with Buddah Records and missing a golden opportunity with Philadelphia International Records. As they wallowed in obscurity, the O'Jays and Harold Melvin & the Bluenotes bloomed on Philadelphia International and the Spinners and the Stylistics reaped the benefits of their productions. They reunited with Gamble and Huff in 1978 at Philadelphia International Records, but the company's glory days were over. The first release, "Part Time…