Showing posts from March, 2019

Spring Breeze From The West Coast

Enjoy this smooth spring soundtrack by The Smooth Operators (Martijn Soetens and I)! We bring you a selection of our favorite Yacht Rock, Blue Eyed Soul and West Coast classics and rarities.


Camino 84 – Yacht Rock Breaks 02 Part B (2018)
Jaye P. Morgan – Closet Man (1976)
Leon Ware – In My Garden (1981)
Randy Crawford – I Have Ev'rything But You (1981)
Barretto – Here We Go Again (1977)
Pablo Cruise – I Go To Rio (1978)
Jerry Corbetta – Between A Rock And A Hard Place (1978)
Paulinho Da Costa – Seeing Is Believing (1979)
Photoglo – Steal Away (1980)
Carly Simon – Tranquilo (Melt My Heart) (1978)
Larsen-Feiten Band – She’s Not In Love (1980)
The Waters – If There’s A Way (1977)
Byrne & Barnes – Keep On Running (1981)
Bobby Caldwell – Coming Down From Love (1980)
The Jones Girls – This Feeling’s Killing Me (1979)
The Doobie Brothers – Here To Love You (1978)
Robbie Dupree – Hot Rod Hearts (1980)
Sea Level – Living In A Dream (1978)
Ian Wilson – Four In The Morning [Goodking Edit] (1985…

1000 Disco Nights

Raquel Rodriguez's We Go Together was first featured on the soul singer's self-released EP The 310, Part 2 that came out in the autumn last year. Z Records boss Dave Lee heard it and decided it would profit from a retro disco make-over from his artistic alter ego, Joey Negro. The razor-sharp disco strings, elastic jazz-funk bass, funky guitar licks and sparkling synthesizer tones sound perfectly natural around the singer’s vocals. Enjoy the 1000 disco nights!


Sy Smith Featuring Rahsaan Patterson – Nights (Feel Like Getting Down) (2012)
Le Flex – 1000 Nights (2019)
Raquel Rodriguez – We Go Together [Joey Negro Groove Style Dub] (2019)
Cerrone Feat. Jocelyn Brown – Hooked On You [Dim's Old School Of Disco Mix] (2006)
Shaka Loves You – Disco Weapon One (2019)
Midnight Pool Party – Linger [Luke Million Remix] (2014)
Rose Royce – Car Wash (1976)
Yvonne Elliman ‎– If I Can't Have You (1977)
Andy Gibb – Shadow Dancing (1977)
Climax Blues Band ‎– Couldn't Get It Right (19…

Smooth Sailing Spring Edition: Slow Disco, Yacht Rock & Folk Funk

This episode of Smooth Sailing celebrates the start of Spring! If you want to hear smooth guitar lines, half-time shuffles, funky bass lines, slick harmonies, real Fender Rhodes, tight horn sections and some California sunshine, then don’t skip the brand new single from Swedish yacht rock band State Cows towards the end of the mix. Enjoy!


Nils Landgren – I Will Survive (2013)
George Benson ‎– This Masquerade (1976)
Camino 84 – Yacht Rock Breaks 2 Part B (2019)
The Stylistics ‎– You Are Everything (1971)
The Sandpipers – Never Can Say Goodbye (1973)
Jackie & Roy ‎– Didn’t Want To Have To Do It (1966)
Roberta Flack ‎– Feel Like Makin' Love (1975)
Steve Maii And Teresa Bright ‎– Catching A Wave (1983)
Michael Dues – Goodbye Rainbow (1979)
Bonnie Dobson – Milk And Honey (1970)
Cockney Rebel – Hideaway (1973)
Sally Oldfield – Mirrors (1978)
Everything But The Girl – Love Is Strange (1992)
American Gypsy ‎– 10,000 Miles (1974)
The Poppy Family – Free From The City (1968)
Barbara & E…

More Brazilian Sugar & Classic Latin Soul

Enjoy this follow-up to Brazilian Sugar: Classci Latin Soul! The Dusty Groove online store wrote about Trio Mocotó’s 1977 self-titled album:
“Trio Mocoto first rose to fame as the funky band behind Jorge Ben on his early 70s classics – the combo that gave him such a soulful sound – and here on their own, they sound pretty darn great – with a style that follows the same evolution as Jorge's own sound at the time! The core elements are still a mix of funk, samba, and soul – but there's also a slightly warmer sound to the production – one that really ties the whole thing together, and maybe gives the group even more force than before! Riffing guitars snap alongside the lively percussion – and the trio trade voices in a mighty nice way – sometimes with a bit of backup from other singers too.”Tracklist:

Copenema – Só Vejo Você (2018)
Cal Tjader – Walk On By (1968)
Herbie Mann & Joao Gilberto With Antonio Carlos Jobim – One Note Samba (1965)
Barbara Gryfe – I’ll Never Fall In Love Ag…

Boombox 18 Daytime Disco, Electro Pop & Future Funk

Last week one of the geniuses of the 1980s, Mark Hollis, frontman of Talk Talk passed away. He wrote highly innovative multi-layered pop songs that sounded like a new chapter to music history. Talk Talk’s third album The Colour of Spring with the singles Life's What You Make It (1985) and Living in Another World (1986) was one of the highlights of the decade. Their following album Spirit of Eden was less successful, but became very influential and is now seen as one of the brick stones of post-rock.  Friction with the band's label, EMI, led to the band's switch to Polydor for their final album, 1991's Laughing Stock, but  they split soon afterwards. After one solo album Mark Hollis stepped out of the limelight a few years later.

Enjoy this new part of Boombox and look out for next week's follow-up to Brazilian Sugar.


Flamingo Pier – Hold It (2019)
Talk Talk – Life’s What You Make It (1985)
Per Ohlson – In Your Eyes (2018)
Go West– We Close Our Eyes (1985)