The Smooth Operators Present Late Night Pop Volume 2

Smooth pop, yacht rock and sunset soul! After Late Night Pop volume 1, Martijn Soetens, music director of NPO Radio 6 and I teamed up as The Smooth Operators again. The concept behind Late Night Pop is to create that lazy atmosphere of listening to music on your couch, just before going to bed. We guide you through that twilight zone. Our carefully picked songs sound best after a day of hard work or a heavy night out... No stress, just relax with quality songs from quality artists. They make you think that life has been good, as Joe Walsh once sang… Enjoy!

Cool Uncle is the funny name Bobby Caldwell and Jack Splash have chosen for their new duo. Caldwell is an often sampled and covered blue-eyed-soul veteran (best known for 'What you won't do for love'). Splash is a Grammy-nominated songwriter and producer who has worked with Alicia Keys, Kendrick Lamar and Jennifer Hudson. Their self-titled debut album features neo-soul singers Cee-Lo Green and Mayer Hawthorne, plus British pop singer Jessie Ware. The latter duets with Caldwell on 'Break away', "a contagious melancholy groove with lots of sweet retro flourishes" (Stereogum). It's out on November 13.

Laura Allan released a terrific self-titled record in 1978 on Elektra Records. Raised in Southern California and Heidelberg, Germany, Allan was part of the legendary late 70s Laurel Canyon scene. She befriended many of the better known musicians who were all poised to capitalize on the success of the increasingly popular singer/songwriter genre and David Geffen's bold, independently minded Asylum Records. Apart from singing Laura played the zither and dulcimer. Laura's zither playing is featured on 'Traction in the Rain' from David Crosby's seminal 1971 solo offering 'If I Could Only Remember my Name'. An impressive band of AOR studio talent is backing her on the gentle, interestingly layered musings of the track 'Slip and Slide'. Laura Allan passed away May 19, 2008.

Tracklist:

Starbuck - Moonlight Feels Right (1976)
Archie Bell & The Drells - Don’t Let Love Get You Down (1976)
The Blow Monkeys - Digging Your Scene (1986)
Brian Ellis feat. Sasac - Saito (2015)
Ambrosia - Livin’ On My Own (1980)
Jamiroquai - Love Foolosophy [Mondo Grosso Love Acoustic Mix] (2002)
Lenny Williams - Midnight Girl (1978)
Brenda Russell - I Want Love To Find Me (1983)
The Stepkids - Cup Half Full (2011)
Bread - Baby I’m A Want You (1972)
Prefab Sprout - When Love Breaks Down (1988)
The Main Ingredient - Let Me Prove My Love To You (1975)
Leroy Hutson - Classy Lady (1982)
Toco - Meu Rio (2014)
Michael Franks - Baseball (1980)
Lianne La Havas – What You Don’t Do [Tom Misch Remix] (2015)
Cool Uncle Feat. Jessie Ware – Break Away (2015)
Halo James ‎– Witness (1990)
Leon Ware Feat. Flora Purim – Somewhere (1982)
Spyder Turner – Is It Love You’re After? (1978)
Paradise – World's Midnight (1982)
China Crisis ‎– Tragedy And Mystery (1983)
Finnigan & Finlon – Seasons Of Doubt (1970s)
The Pale Fountains ‎– Thank You (1982)
Laura Allan – Slip And Slide (1978)
FCC – Ghost Of Love (1980)
The Johnssons – What If (2015)
The Rubettes – You’re The Reason Why (1976)
Spandau Ballet ‎– True (1983)
Go For It ‎– Don't Turn Away (1991)
The Sonnets – Blue Train (2010)
Black – You’re A Big Girl Now (1988)

The Smooth Operators Present Late Night Pop Volume 2 by Professor Eddy on Mixcloud

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