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Eddy's 80s Grooves Part 18: From Smooth Pop To Hip Hop

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Music from and inspired by the 1980s. Singer Ellie Hope did background vocals on 'Oh boy' by glam rock band Mud, a British number one in 1975. Two years later she co-formed Liquid Gold. Their three first singles were not very successful, but 'Dance yourself dizzy' reached the Top Ten in the Netherlands, number 2 in the UK and number 26 on the US Hot Dance Charts in 1980.

Ronika looks back on the heyday of 1980s R&B on her new album ‘Lose my cool’. The singer from Nottingham sounds a lot like Janet Jackson and the Jam & Lewis production team in their 'Control' days. She steps away from her pure electro sound, inspired by bands like The Human League, which dominated her previous album ‘Selectadisc’.

Enjoy this 18th part of Eddy's 80s Grooves!

Tracklist:

Sinkane – Telephone (2017)
Collage – Get In Touch With Me (1983)
Ryle Feat. Kiki Kyte & Folami – Something’s Got Me Walking On Air (2016)
Isley Jasper Isley – Kiss And Tell (1984)
Cherrelle ‎– I Didn&…

Smooth Sailing: Sensual Songs & Mellow Melodies

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Enjoy a brand new episode of Smooth Sailing! One of the tracks on this cloudcast is a beautiful song by wedding singer Jens Lekman. He revealed on Bandcamp:

"Part of the thing I enjoy about playing weddings is that I’m just a musician, really. I mean, sometimes I’m a guest of honor, but the spotlight is not on me, the spotlight is on the people getting married and the families coming together. I’m almost like I’m a midwife, delivering these people into the next part of their life and then I may never see them again. There’s something job-like about it that I enjoy, and it’s helped me a lot to develop my performance. I can perform anywhere now, because every wedding is like, ‘Here’s the cake that you’re supposed to jump out of,’ or ‘Here’s the corner of the bar where you’re supposed to be singing without amplification, and there’ll be 500 drunk people."

'Cloud 9’ by Jamiroquai will appear on the group's upcoming album, ‘Automaton’, their first release in seven years.…

Best Of 70s Soul: Love Songs

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In May 1976 a record was released that would have an unforeseen and lasting impact on the music industry. ’Ten Percent’ by Double Exposure was an early release on the New York independent label Salsoul Records. The company became the first record label to make a twelve inch single available to everyone. The rare format was previously only available to DJs as promotional items or bought under the counter at certain record stores. The extended version was created by Walter Gibbons, a DJ at New York’s Galaxy 21 who’d built his reputation making exclusive versions of tracks to play in his sets. In 1976 it was unheard of for a DJ to set foot in a recording studio, being seen as little more than living jukeboxes by the serious music industry. Recording studios were strictly the domain of recording artists and producers, so Walter found himself in a unique position, gaining access to a world no DJ had been granted before. The album ‘The men in the glass booth’, out on BBE Records, is a tribu…

Boombox 12 Electro Funk & Deep Disco

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Enjoy the 12th part of Boombox! The opening track by Ronika is from her brand new album 'Lose my cool' and the following song by Khemistry, ‘I Can't Lose With The Stuff I Use’, is probably about doped athletes… ;-)

Rose Royce used to play with Motown artist Edwin Starr and consisted of former members of studio band The Undisputed Truth. They became famous for the Norman Whitfield-produced soundtrack to the Richard Pryor movie 'Car Wash'. With its hand-clapping, funky intro, exciting vocals and the band's great performance, the title track became one of the biggest disco songs ever, leaping to #1 on the pop and soul charts. Fortunately, Rose Royce turned out to be neither a one-hit-wonder, nor just a disco band. The group's follow-up album, ‘Rose Royce II: In Full Bloom’, produced two Top Ten singles, ‘Do Your Dance’ and ‘Ooh Boy’. It also included ‘Wishing on a Star’, which for Rose Royce was a top-10 hit only in the UK. It became notable elsewhere through…