Tropical Chill Out Grooves

Blake W. Smith (Rio 1978)
The Olympic Games in Rio and the upcoming tropical weather in the Netherlands inspired me to create this cloudcast! The track by Musique is one of the tracks in the Get Down, the new series on Netflix. It's basically a story about girls loving disco and guys enjoying hip hop, but very well done. The track by Harari is on a new compilation called ‘Boogie Breakdown’ (‘South African Disco from 1980 to 1984’), out on Cultures of Soul on September 23rd:

“A period of true innovation and new possibilities – as well as isolation and political instability – the early 80s in South Africa saw the emergence of numerous talented, innovative artists, whose efforts soon gave rise to the big-selling ‘bubblegum’ sound of the mid-80s. As the decade wore on, this sound shed its American roots and took on more local influences, becoming ever more electronic and less funky, to become the kwaito of the 90s and ultimately the house music of today. It all started with the arrival of synthesizers and the creativity of producers and artists featured on this compilation – pioneers of a new sound before it became established and marketable – global in its appeal, yet rooted in Africa.“

'In the bush' by studio project Musique was produced by cult disco king Patrick Adams. Due to the highly suggestive lyrics of 'In the bush' many radio stations banned it when it was released in 1978. Because of limited airplay it only scored #58 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #21 on the Black Singles Chart, although it did top the Hot Dance Club Play chart. It also reached #16 on the UK Singles Chart in December 1978, but it failed to chart in the Netherlands.

'Begin the Beguine' by Johnny Mathis was originally written by Cole Porter. He composed the song during a Pacific cruise in October 1935. It was introduced by June Knight in the Broadway musical Jubilee and covered millions of times ever since. The edited single of the disco version from Johnny Mathis reached #37 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary survey in 1979.


Teena Marie – Portuguese Love (1981)
MFSB – Mysteries Of The World (1980)
Alex Gopher – The Child [Kenny Dope Mix] (2000)
Diamond Alliance Feat. Sarah De Sousa – Não Quero Mais (2009)
Balanço ‎– Metti Una Sera A Cena [Jazzanova Mix] (1998)
Monday Michiru – Sunrise [Steal Vibe Latin Rhythms & Soul Mix] (2015)
Flamingosis – Next To You (2016)
Kenjanai Feat. Amalia – Playin' [Seventy-Five Remix] (2014)
Zeb – Brazilenco (2001)
Seek – Ever After [Jiva Remix] (2013)
Faze Action – Samba (1999)
Nick Holder ‎– Da Sambafrique (1998)
George Duke – Brazilian Love Affair (1979)
Harari – Good Vibes (1980)
Starship Orchestra – All Those Things (Aquillas Coisas Todas) (1980)
Earth, Wind & Fire – Devotion (1975)
Fania All Stars ‎– Foofer Soofer (1978)
Johnny Mathis – Begin The Beguine [Special Disco Version] (1979)
Rice And Beans Orchestra – Coconut Groove (1977)
Ultimate – Ritmo De Brazil (1979)
Musique – In The Bush (1978)
Hamilton Brothers ‎– Music Makes The World Go Round (1978)
Los Van Van + Carlinhos Brown – Soy Loco Por Ti, América (2011)
Incognito – Crystal Walls (2016)


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