Smooth Sailing: Sunshine Sound & Yacht Pop

Joan Smalls and Doutzen Kroes

The sun is shining over here, so it is time to set sail on calm water again! Three of the songs are from ‘AOR Global Sounds Vol.3’, compiled by DJ and producer Charles Maurice. He shows us that the AOR and West Coast sounds of the late 1970s and early 1980s influenced many artists around the world. Even more than on previous volumes, he selected highly forgotten productions, deeply infused with disco and soul flavours. The sub-genre ‘yacht pop’ is made up by DJ Supermarkt. It sounds the same as yacht rock actually, but without any rock guitars. The compilation ‘Too slow to disco volume 3’ by DJ Supermarkt is out June 30:

"As ever, DJ Supermarkt has somehow prised open another box of obscure gems. The focus remains on slightly difficult love affairs set to grooves gentle enough to mix cocktails to. This is the sound of jazz-tinged regrets and sun-drenched positivity, from incredible musicians who nailed the songs, even if they weren’t all quite so ready for fame."

'Midnight at the Oasis' is Maria Muldaurs' best-known recording, reaching no.6 on the 'Billboard Hot 100' in the U.S., and no.21 in the U.K. in the Spring, and Summer of 1974, respectively. It was also nominated for both 'Record of the Year' and 'Song of the Year' at the '17th Annual Grammy Awards', held in 1975.

Enjoy this new part of Smooth Sailing!


Traks – Long Train Runnin' (1982)
Out Of The Fog – Heart To Heart (1982)
Billy Always – More Than A Minute (1982)
Patrick Simmons – Why You Givin' Up (1978)
Parcels – Older (2017)
TOPS – Petals (2017)
Captain & Tennille – Muskrat Love (1976)
Dane Donohue – Dance With The Stranger (1979)
Ambrosia – How Much I Feel (1978)
Rickie Lee Jones – Chuck E.’s In Love (1979)
Gordon Lightfoot – Rainy Day People (1975)
Gallagher & Lyle ‎– Heart On My Sleeve (1976)
Chicago ‎– Wishing You Were Here (1974)
J.D. Hall – I Wanna Get Into You (1983)
LeBlanc & Carr – Stronger Love (1977)
Photoglow – Steal Away (1980)
The Chi-Lites Feat. Eugene Record – Heavenly Body (1980)
Addrisi Brothers – Slow Dancin’ Don’t Turn Me On (1977)
Leo Sayer – Moonlighting (1975)
David Essex ‎– Gonna Make You A Star (1974)
Maria Muldaur ‎– Midnight At The Oasis (1973)
Fox – S-S-S Single Bed (1976)


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