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Disco Technic XL

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The other day I did a one-hour guest mix for Straightline on National Prison Radio, called 'Disco Technic', which was a joy to do!

This is the first unaired part of the mix. It ends with Stan Smith, who started my mix on Straightline. The track is from the fifth part of The Boogie Serie, out on Tokyo Dawn Records. The record is building bridges between classic electro, hip hop and house. The series offers neon synths, soul chords, vocoders and robot funk from Shanghai, San Francisco, Munich and beyond. Highlights from the company's latest album and remix projects are featured, including artists like Opolopo, SoulParlor, Positive Flow, Reggie B, Amalia, Pugs Atomz and Stan Smith. Guest artists include Slave mastermind Steve Arrington, previously sampled by the likes of Snoop Dogg, N.W.A. and Jay-Z.

Enjoy!

Tracklist:

Yarbrough & Peoples – Heartbeats (1983)
Southroad Connection – Something Special (1980)
Platinum Hook – What You Want (1983)
The Gap Band – I Owe It To Myself…

Smooth Sailing: Sunny Soul & Radio Pop

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Enjoy this new extended part of Smooth Sailing: Sunny Soul & Radio Pop! I selected some original radio fragments from the 1970s. Hopefully they give you the feeling of laying on the beach with your portable radio next to you in the sand. After three hours of sun bathing it is time to go home… The beautiful track by M. Wylde is out on Cultures of Soul on August 5:

“This music was recorded a long time ago – in a different era, a time when George W. Bush led America, when mass shootings such as Virginia Tech were shocking and rare, when Obama was just a hopeful glimmer on the horizon and when, for me, I was lost. This album was pure escapism. Not the cheery escapism of Rupert Holmes’ “Escape,” maybe, but escapism none the less. It’s an album about a single man in space. Alone, floating above the blue pin prick of earth. No hope for connection, but also, nothing to fear.”

Since its release ‘Make Me Smile’ by Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel has been covered more than 120 times, most …

Groovy, Sexy & Soulful Part 62 Sunrise Edition

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Their first collaboration in fifteen years, 'Natural', reunites Nicola Conte as guitarist, songwriter and producer, with Stefania Dipierro as songwriter and vocalist, for an album of originals, jazz standards, and bossa/samba classics in the company of excellent Italian jazz musicians. "It radiates the gloriously warm, glowing groove of Brazilian samba filtered through European jazz" (Chris M. Slawecki). I selected the wonderful track 'Softly as in a morning sunrise', which has references to Astrud Gilberto.

'The morning after’ was written in March 1972 by 20th Century Fox songwriters Al Kasha and Joel Hirschhorn, who were asked to write the love theme for The Poseidon Adventure in one night. The finished product was called 'Why Must There Be a Morning After?' but changes by the record label resulted in the song's more optimistic lyric of "there's got to be a morning after". In the end titles of the film, it is called 'The So…

Smooth Sailing: Soft Soul & Wave Pop

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Franne Golde is not well-known as an artist, but she is a well-respected and highly successful songwriter. Her work has been featured on some of the biggest soundtrack hits of the past years, including the Grammy Award–winning The Bodyguard, and the soundtracks for Top Gun, Beverly Hills Cop II, Selena (the biopic) which featured Golde's hit single ‘Dreaming of You’ and the television series Miami Vice and Touched by an Angel, which included the country hit single ‘Somebody's Out There Watching’. Golde also wrote the Dennis Edwards/Siedah Garrett duet, ‘Don't Look Any Further’ with Dennis Lambert and Duane Hitchings and songs for Pussycat Dolls (‘Stickwitu’), Jessica Simpson (‘Be’), Christina Aquilera (‘So Emotional’), Whitney Houston (‘I Belong To You’) and The Commodores (‘Nighshift’).

She's off the radar for quite some time now, but Deniece Williams used to be a hitmaker and one of the best vocalists of her era. 'Do what you feel’ reached #9 on the Billboard Ho…