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Early Evening Funky Chill Out

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Just sit down and relax after a day of hard work… ;-)

The term chill out originated from an area called The White Room at the Heaven nightclub in London in the late 1980s, according to Wikipedia. DJs Jimmy Cauty (The KLF) and Alex Patterson (The Orb) created ambient mixes from sources such as Brian Eno, Pink Floyd, the Eagles, Mike Oldfield, 10cc, and War. The room's purpose was to allow dancers a chance to "chill out" from the more emphatic and fast-tempo music played on the main dance floor. The popularity of chill out subsequently expanded to dedicated satellite radio channels, outdoor festivals, and thousands of compilation albums. Chill out eventually became a sort of modern dance variant of easy listening, which was especially popular in the 1970s. So here we go in 2018! :-)

Tracklist:

The Knocks (Feat. Sofi Tukker) – Brazilian Soul [Acoustic Bossa Version] (2018)
Democustico – Rejoycing (2006)
Bah Samba (Feat. Alice Russell) – So Tired Of Waiting (1998)
Kadhja Bonet…

West Coast Morning Radio Co-Hosted By R U M P E L

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This is my AOR morning show, co-hosted by one of the best dj's on Mixcloud, R U M P E L from Germany. Waking up never felt so good! :-)

Marty Balin, who recently passed away, remains best known for his contributions to the pioneering San Francisco psychedelic band Jefferson Airplane, but he also enjoyed a successful solo career, scoring a Top Ten hit in 1981 with Hearts. Born Martyn Jerel Buchwald in Cincinnati, Ohio, on January 30, 1942, he was raised in the Bay Area and later attended San Francisco State University. Though he initially pursued a career as a painter, Balin turned to music after appearing in a production of West Side Story, and issued the solo singles Nobody But You and I Specialize in Love on Challenge in 1962. Two years later, he joined the folk combo the Town Criers, followed by a brief stint with the Gateway Singers. In 1965, Balin met singer/guitarist Paul Kantner at the local club the Drinking Gourd, and together they formed the band Jefferson Airplane that…

Steamy Soul Funk & Disco Part 7

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This cloudcast was made after I had heard an excellent mixtape from Paris based electro/disco producer Breakbot (Thibaut Berland). He initially made a name for himself with a remix of Justice's Let There Be Light in 2006. In the following years he reworked tracks from Digitalism, Sebastien Tellier, Röyksopp, among many others. After Breakbot had signed with Ed Banger Records, he made his label debut with Baby I'm Yours 8 years ago, followed by numerous other great tracks, like Break of Dawn, One Out of Two and Another You. He recently remixed Lightenup from talented band Parcels.

Enjoy this 7th part of Steamy Soul Funk And Disco!

Tracklist:

Elaine & Ellen – Fill Me Up (1980)
Krystol – After The Dance Is Through (1984)
Alexander O’Neal – Fake (1987)
Keith Sweat – My Mind Is Made Up (1985)
Young & Company ‎– I Like (What You're Doing To Me) (1980)
Tom Browne ‎– Thighs High (Grip Your Hips And Move) (1981)
Norman Connors ‎– Take It To The Limit (1980)
Heaven & Earth – I R…

Soul Hit Explosion (Best Of 70s Soul)

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The cover of a Dutch 1970s compilation album that I found on a flea market inspired me to create this mix!
“In the early '70s, Rufus was one of the most popular and interesting bands in R&B and rock. Of course, the reason was Chaka Khan, who possessed an amazing voice that was well versed in rock and jazz every bit as much as R&B. Their debut went nowhere, Rags to Rufus offered two instant classics, and Rufusized displayed their skill as album artists.”(Allmusic.com)

Enjoy this new episode of Best Of 70s Soul!

Tracklist:

Peaches & Herb – Easy As Pie (1979)
Stargard ‎– Theme Song From "Which Way Is Up" (1977)
Ike & Tina Turner – Nutbush City Limits (1973)
The Reflections – Three Steps From True Love (1975)
Tavares – Don’t Take Away The Music (1976)
Linda Lewis ‎– Baby I'm Yours (1976)
Tony Sherman – Sing With Me (1975)
The Miracle Workers – Something (1975)
Natalie Cole – This Will Be (An Everlasting Love) (1975)
Rufus Feat. Chaka Khan ‎– Once You Get Started …

Late Summer Breeze From The West Coast (AOR Radio)

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At the beginning of the 1960s, AM radio was by far the dominant format. It was the more tightly programmed, singles-oriented band on the dial, and it played the sort of commercial pop music that has since become synonymous with the era (1961-1975). Pop music sounded best on portable mono radios and in Europe it was mainly played by pirate stations near the Dutch and British coast. Around the mid-70s FM radio on stereo hifi equipment replaced the transistor radio and pirate stations disappeared one by one, due to government decisions.

The more sophisticated and technically better FM radio stations were willing to play album tracks and longer songs from bands like Earth, Wind & Fire. Those bands used the improved studio techniques and possibilities to a full extent. Eventually FM radio became the new standard, especially for the high standards of the AOR sound.

Speaking of radio sound, the new album Predictions by New York based 79.5 is “that fantasy radio station you wished exist…