Showing posts from December, 2018

After Hours Funky Chill Out

To paraphrase Chromeo, the subtitle of this cloudcast could have been: Don’t sleep… yet…

According to Urban Dictionary after hours...
“...sometimes means after party, but it usually means a more mellow gathering of friends rather than a rowdy party. Basically, it's whatever you're doing after the bars close.” Enjoy these songs meant for the early hours, like the ones on New Year’s Eve, after a night of heavy clubbing…


Incognito – That's The Way Of The World [Ski Oakenfull Vs Incognito Remix] (2007)
Cléa Vincent – Samba (2017)
Bah Samba Feat. Isabel Fructuoso ‎– Calma [Louie Vega Remix] (2005)
River Ocean – Love And Happiness [Sao Benitez Sun Rise Mix] (2001)
Nick Holder ‎– Da Sambafrique (1998)
George Duke – Brazilian Love Affair (1979)
Michael Jackson – Thriller [Soulpersona Extended Version] (1982/2018)
Reel People – I Need Your Lovin’ (2018)
Man Sueto – Man Sueto Theme [LTJ Xperience Rework] (2018)
Lee McDonald – We've Only Just Begun [TM Juke Mix] (2006)
Dubble D –…

Smooth Sailing: Winter Breezes & Christmas Vibes

Let’s float away on Christmas day with a winter’s breeze in the sails and love in our hearts… This set’s opening track is by Casbah 73, which is one of the best releases of 2018, I believe. And somewhere in the middle you will hear a song by The Staves, which is one of the best Christmas tracks I’ve heard so far this year.

The wonderful single Black Man Ray by China Crisis spent 13 weeks on the UK Singles Chart and peaked at number 14 in April 1985. It was also the band's biggest hit single in Australia, reaching number 30. It was released to promote their album Flaunt the Imperfection, which was produced by Steely Dan co-founder Walter Becker. He was even credited as an official member of China Crisis on the record sleeve, although he never appeared on stage with the band. Becker apparently requested to meet with China Crisis after hearing their 1983 song Papua. When he was approached by Virgin to work on the album, he was living on Hawaii, and had to leave his expecting partner …

Late Night Seventies Soul by The Smooth Operators

Enjoy this mixtape with classic & rare soul from the 1970s, selected by The Smooth Operators.

Al Green – Let’s Stay Together (1972)
The O’Jays – Darlin’ Darlin’ Baby (Sweet, Tender, Love) (1976)
Gwen McCrae – Rockin’ Chair (1974)
Johnnie Taylor – Somebody’s Gettin’ It (1976)
The Spinners – I’ll Be Around (1972)
Marlena Shaw – Feel Like Making Love (1975)
The Isley Brothers – Footsteps In The Dark (1977)
Muscles – Love Is All I’ve Got (1977)
Rufus & Chaka Khan – Sweet Thing (1973)
Ben E. King – Supernatural Thing (Part 1) (1975)
Bunny Sigler – Can’t Believe That You Love Me (1977)
Earth, Wind & Fire – Can’t Hide Love (1975)
Isaac Hayes – Joy (1973)
Major Harris – Loving Is Mellow (1976)
Lou Rawls – You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine (1977)
The Trammps – Hold Back The Night (1976)
People’s Choice – I Likes To Do It (1972)
The Fatback Band – Feed Me With Your Love (1975)
The Three Degrees – Trade Winds (1972)

Happy Radio: The Soulful Sounds Of The Seventies

Enjoy a soulful hour on vintage FM Radio, although two of the tracks are brand new (Jacques Renault and Redwood Club) and one was previously unreleased. The latter is from C.J. & Co., who were a so-called proto disco group from Detroit. The act was created by producer Mike Theodore and Motown guitarist Dennis Coffey, who played on many classics like Cloud Nine and War. Coffey also worked with Del Shannon and wrote the soundtrack to Black Belt Jones. Devil's Gun by C.J. & Co. (co-written by Barry Green a.k.a. British singer Barry Blue) was the first record played at Studio 54 when it opened in 1977. In August of that year it reached #22 on the Dutch Top 40. Rainmaker is from Ain't It Amazing: The Unreleased Westbound Masters, out on Ace Records.

American Gypsy, who were based in the Netherlands, are best known for their song Inside Out, which has been sampled by DJ Shadow and Groove Armada. Unfortunately, this funk band never had any worldwide hits. Angel Eyes (top ten …

Poolside Memories: Melancholic Summer Songs by The Smooth Operators

The Smooth Operators remember those wonderful days of summer, so listen to our sunny and melancholic songs...


Gilberto Gil – Toda Menina Baiana (1979)
Jerry Corbetta – Caribbean Lady (1978)
Nohelani Cypriano – Island Boy (1979)
Con Funk Shun ‎– Indian Summer Love (1977)
Johnny Nash – Reggae On Broadway (1975)
George Franklin Smallwood & Marshmellow ‎– Mr. Sunshine (1980s)
Tim Maia – O Caminho Do Bem (1975)
Steve Maii And Teresa Bright ‎– Catching A Wave (1983)
Jorge Santana – We Were There (1978)
Willie "Beaver" Hale – Groove On (1980)
Yasuko Agawa – L.A. Night (1984)
Richard Tee ‎– First Love (1979)
Leon Ware – That's Why I Came to California (1982)
Renee Geyer – Be There In The Morning (1977)
Necktr – Choose To Say (2018)
Idris Muhammad – Could Heaven Ever Be Like This (1977)
Holger Czukay – Cool In The Pool (1979)
The Latinos – Santo (1981)