Eddy's Chilled 80s Grooves

Aurélien Buttin
This time I selected chilled grooves with their roots firmly in the 1980s, mostly cover versions that are not well-known or not known at all. For instance, Scandinavian band Amason turned the bombastic power ballad ‘I want to know what love is’ into a fragile love song. And I bet you’ve never heard of Kaoru Akimoto’s ‘Dress down’ before. It’s on 'Tokyo Nights: Female J-Pop Boogie Funk - 1981 to 1988', out on Cultures of Soul. Japanese boogie didn't reach Europe at the time, but the album proves that they could make solid and well-polished funk in Japan in the 1980s. They surely knew how to handle American R&B, boogie, fusion and adult-oriented rock (AOR) there. These foreign influences clearly reflect on the songs that are on the album and make them as least as good as their contemporaries from outside Japan.

The track by Laytonwoohbill is from The Boogie Volume 6, out on Tokyo Dawn Records.

Enjoy this 21st part of Eddy's 80s Grooves!

Tracklist:

Ekkah – Forget Me Nots (2014)
Amason – I Want To Know What Love Is (2016)
The Bird And The Bee – I Can’t Go For That (2010)
Roosevelt – Teardrops (2017)
Michael McDonald – I Knew Your Were Waiting (For Me) (2008)
Slow Moving Millie – Feels Like Heaven (2011)
Nouvelle Vague – Blue Monday (2006)
Señor Coconut & His Orchestra – Kiss (2008)
Couture Chic – Personal Jesus (2013)
Leela James – Baby I’m Scared Of You (2009)
Full Flava Feat. Kelli Sae – Bad Habit (2009)
Beverley Knight – Southern Freeez (2011)
Ekkoes – Self Control (2016)
Jasmine Thompson – Last Christmas (2013)
The Normalites – Sun Rising [Afterlife Remix] (2010)
Laytonwoohbill – LW In 80s (2017)
Joey Negro And The Sunburst Band Feat. Angela Johnson – In The Thick Of It (2012)
Kaoru Akimoto – Dress Down (1986)
Cape Coral – Tropica ’83 (2017)
Sy Smith Feat. Rahsaan Patterson – Nights (Feel Like Getting Down) (2012)

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