Showing posts from November, 2015

The Smooth Operators Present Mellow Moods

In the 1970s studio techniques improved rapidly and there was plenty of money to hire the best musicians, so artists took their time to make their records. In Philadelphia, for instance, the sophisticated 'Philly soul' was created ('Get down with the mellow sound') by Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff and around the West Coast singer-songwriters started to make their own mellow sound, which is now known as 'yacht rock'. This clean new sound was perfect for upcoming FM radio that replaced AM Radio at the time, so it became immens popular, especially in the United States. By the beginning of the 1980s people got fed up with the mellow sounds and its popularity faded. The Smooth Operators (Martijn Soetens and I) pay tribute to the heyday of the FM radio sound with our series Mellow Moods. There's some fresh blood too. Enjoy our trip on quiet water!

Peter Godwin started as one half of Metro in the 1970s (the other half was Duncan Browne, known for his classic 'The…

Forgotten Grooves From The Crates

Enjoy these forgotten Grooves From The Crates! Only the song by Brooklyn-based Catey Shaw is brand new. She tells everyone about her broken relationship... I hear some bits and pieces of 'Jungle love' by The Time in the song, but that makes it even better! The track by The Dells is on the new compilation 'Soul On The Real Side 4'.

"Bohannon, make it funky!" 'Let's start II dance again' by Hamilton Bohannon, Carolyn Crawford and Dr. Perri Johnson was one of the first rap tracks on the Dutch pop charts. Hamilton Bohannon was the bandleader for several Motown tours in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Marvin Gaye mentions his name on his very funky track ‘Checking out’. When Motown moved to Los Angeles in 1972, Hamilton Bohannon started a career of his own, later supported by former Motown singer Carolyn Crawford. In 1963, at the age of 13, she signed a contract to Motown Records, after winning a talent contest. She recorded a few singles for the label…

Groovy, Sexy & Soulful Part 57 Sleepless Night Edition

Enjoy this 57th part of ‘Groovy, sexy and soulful’! It's music for a sleepless night...

Milton Wright is the brother of soul singer Betty Wright (of 'Clean-Up Woman' fame). He made some underappreciated records for the disco-oriented Miami label TK (specifically its Alston subsidiary). Blending smooth, rich vocals with disco-tinged funk and a strong electronic flavor (often courtesy of Moog synthesizers), Wright issued his debut album 'Friends & Buddies' in 1975. His single 'Keep It Up' became a cult classic among funk and disco collectors, and he followed it with another LP, 'Spaced', after which he faded from view.

This is how Canadian electronic pop duo Bob Moses decribe their music on Soundcloud: "Occupying the fertile ground between organic band land and an all-electronic production project, Bob Moses draw on the two poles to vividly resonate across both."

The track by London-based Mary Lake is out on Bandcamp.