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Let's Go To San Francisco: Sunshine Pop & Sixties Soul

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Pixabay This time I mainly tried to capture the “summer of love” and beyond feeling, roughly the end of the 1960s and the beginning of the 1970s. One of the sounds that dominated the radio waves back then was the so-called psychedelic pop that had its origins in California. Because the lyrics were overall optimistic and to avoid confusion with psychedelic rock, the genre became later known as sunshine pop. Main influences were the rich harmony vocals of the Beach Boys and The Mamas & The Papas. They set a very high standard for vocal groups in the late 1960s. In the beginning of the next decade, people seemed to have heard enough of it and the genre faded out. The 5th Dimension are featured in the very cool Disney+ documentary Summer Of Soul about the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival aka ‘Black Woodstock’. The brand new sunshine pop track by Swedish pop princess Robyn and Smile will appear on Smile’s upcoming album, Phantom Island , out on November 19th. Tracklist: Smile Feat. Robyn

Mellow Mellow FM Presents Easy Listening, Smooth Rock & Danceable Pop

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Unsplash I received many requests by e-mail and on my social media for another non-exclusive Mellow Mellow FM episode, so here it is! I’ve always liked the combination of smooth rock and danceable pop on the radio, so this episode is some kind of blueprint of what could have been my most favourite radio show of all-time ๐Ÿ˜Š Enjoy! Tracklist: Al Nobriga With Island Company – Break Away (I'd Rather Be Sailin') (1981) Fantastic Something ‎– If She Doesn't Smile (It'll Rain) (1983) Randy Edelman – Concrete And Clay (1975) Paul Davis – Cool Night (1983) Rebeca Luna – Radio Ga Ga (2018) Barry White ‎ – It's Ecstasy When You Lay Down Next To Me (1977) Odyssey – Battened Ships (1972) The Limit – Pop (1982) Mike Lundy – Tropic Lighting (1980) Marc Sadane – One Minute From Love (1982) Olivia Newton-John – Twist Of Fate (1983) Midnight Star ‎– I've Been Watching You (1981) Toto   – Georgy Porgy (1978) Pagliaro ‎– Lovin' You Ain't Easy (1971) New Birth ‎–

Smooth Sailing: Yacht Trip To New Shores

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Roberto Nickson I believe that I’ve played one or two tracks earlier on, but all the other ones on this cloudcast are fresh as a sea breeze ๐Ÿ˜Š Enjoy this Smooth Sailing yacht trip to new shores! After his first album being released and having learned to sail along the southern coast of Spain, Reuben Vaun Smith spent a winter locked down in Yorkshire. Inspired by his summer memories and influenced by his own record collection, he started working on new material in the studio. The result is his new, jazz-funk oriented, album Sounds From The Workshop . To Live By The Sea is one of the tracks. Next up is a new show on Mellow Mellow FM ! Tracklist: Ed Mac – Margarita (2020) Reuben Vaun Smith – To Live By The Sea (2021) Super db – Open Line To Me (2021) Lamont Dozier – Scarlett O’Hara (1983) Doom Flamingo – Somebody (2021) Robben Ford – Tell That Girl (1983) Leslie Smith – It’s Something (1982) Rick Riso ‎– Gotta Have The Real Thing (1985) Frank Stallone – Once More Never Again (198

Eddy’s 80s Grooves Part 41 Mixing Magic

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It’s Eighties time again! The electro soul track by Midnight Star is from their 1984 album Planetary Invasion : "The chart success of this album is credited to the production work of Reggie Calloway, the nucleus of the group, who was concurrently producing and writing songs for the Deele and Klymaxx. He and his brother Zino would go on to write and produce number one hits for Natalie Cole, LeVert, Teddy Pendergrass and Gladys Knight.” (Allmusic) Next week we are going to set sail once more! ๐Ÿ˜Š Tracklist: The System ‎– You Are In My System (1982) Doctor's Cat ‎– Feel The Drive (1983) Bar-Kays ‎– She Talks To Me With Her Body [Club Mix] (1982) Janet Jackson ‎– Say You Do [Special Remixed Version] (1982) Shirley Lites – Heat You Up (Melt You Down) (1983) Pokey Cold – Let Me Love You (1987) Cornelius Oliphant ‎– It's Your Turn To Cry (1986) Wally Badarou – Chief Inspector (Vine Street) (1985) Fatback – Is This The Future? (1985) The S.O.S. Band ‎ – No One's Go

Final Funky Chillout Hammock Session

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Eddy's 80s Grooves Pixabay Although autumn has officially started, it’s still warm in the Netherlands. This gives me the opportunity to upload one last funky chillout hammock session. Enjoy! Without any doubt Isaac Hayes helped shaping the music of the 1960s and 1970s. After laying the groundwork for the Memphis soul sound through his work with Stax-Volt Records as a producer and songwriter, Hayes began a highly successful solo career. When he released Theme From Shaft in 1971, he predated not only the disco movement, but also the evolution of rap. I chose to play a song from later in his career, Life's Mood II . Next up is part 41 of Eddy's 80s Grooves ! Tracklist: Carl Hudson & Galactic Gunslingers – It All Began Underwater [Soulpersona Mix] (2021) Four80East – Tikitango (2015) Motel Club – La Plage (2021) Till Brรถnner & Bob Jame s – On Vacation (2020) Weekend – Summerdays (1982) Isaac Hayes – Life's Mood II (1995) Dee Dee Sharp Gamble – See You Later (

Mellow Mellow FM Presents Fading Days Of Summer

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These days summer fades out just like disco faded away in the late 1970s. Donna Summer’s farewell salute to disco turned out to be Bad Girl s. In 1979 it was her final disco hit: “The gist of the song came about when one of Summer's secretaries was mistakenly harassed by police who thought she was a Sunset Boulevard prostitute. When Summer played the track for label head Neil Bogart, he thought it was too rock & roll for her and thought the song was ideal for labelmate Cher.” (Allmusic) Dutch producers and songwriters Bernard Oattes and Rob van Schaik initially called themselves The Limit and composed several great dance/pop tracks, for instance Love Take Over by Five Star. As a duo they released a full-length album in 1985, which contained the 1983 hit single Say Yeah with Gwen Guthrie on vocals and David Sanborn on saxophone. The song peaked at #17 on the UK Singles Chart, #34 on the Dutch Pop Chart and at #7 on the Billboard Dance/Club Play chart. For legal reasons they be

Funky Chillout Hammock Session

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The words from her record company that accompany the new Geneva remix summarize this funky chillout session: “The perfect accompaniment to lazy late summer days, hanging poolside or running the playlist at the family backyard BBQ.” Tracklist: MFSB – Summertime And I’m Feeling Mellow (1976) Johnny Hammond – Can’t We Smile (1975) Marvin Gaye – Heavy Love Affair (1981) David Bendeth – Feel The Real (1979) Ramsey Lewis – Caribbean Blue (1980) Marshall Hain – Take My Number (1978) Hudson Ford – Shy Girl (1977) Kokomo – Anytime (1975) Spaceark – Our Love Will Last (1975) The Blackbyrds – Love So Fine (1975) Grover Washington Jr . – Loran’s Dance (1979) George Benson ‎– Breezin' (1976) Jiva – I Realized (2004) Aaliyah – (At Your Best) You Are Love (1994) Geneva – Smoke & Mirrors [Circle Research RMX] (2021) Erika De Casier – Someone To Chill With (2021) United Future Organization – Friends ... We'll Be [Jazzanova Mix] (1997) Kali Uchis – Body Language (2018) The Ju

Summer Vibrations 2: More Jazz-Funk Grooves by The Smooth Operators

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Jazz-funk favorites and soulful grooves for summer days, selected by The Smooth Operators (Professor Eddy and Martijn Soetens). Tracklist: Chocolate Milk – Time Machine (1975) Leon Ware – I Wanna Be Where You Are (1976) Natalie Cole – La Costa (1977) Society Of Soul – Between Hello And Goodbye (1978) Aldorande – Beauty Island (2019) Donald Byrd – Places And Spaces (1975) Yusef Lateef – Nubian Lady (1972) Dee Dee Bridgewater – Night Movies (1978) The Blackbyrds – Soft And Easy (1977) Earth, Wind & Fire – Fair But So Uncool (1974) Pete & Sheila Escovedo – Bolinas (1978) Kazumi Watanabe – Park Avenue (1978) Leon Huff – Tight Money (1980) Ronnie Laws – Saturday Evening (1977)

Smooth Sailing: Disco Shoes & Country Boots

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Unsplash Put on either your disco shoes or your country boots during this smooth sailing trip! ๐Ÿ˜Š This cloudcast is inspired by the new compilation album Country Funk Volume III 1975-1982 : “As the 1970s began to wane and the 1980s approached, the Country Funk pallet expanded to include disco beats, heavy Moog synth bass lines and more clavinet than you could shake a stick at.” In 1980 Amy Boersma, better known as Amy Holland, received a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist after her debut self-titled album was released. The single from the LP,  How Do I Survive ,  went to #22 on the Billboard Hot 100. Some of the songs on the album were written by her husband Michael McDonald, such as Here In The Light and Show Me The Way Home .  The album is still a good example of a very successful country-pop cross-over. How Do I Survive and Strengthen My Love have become yacht rock classics. Gladys Knight & the Pips are featured in the very cool Disney+ documentary Summer Of Soul about t

Mellow Mellow FM Presents Lazy Days Of Summer

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  Enjoy this new episode of Mellow Mellow FM ! Some of the songs on this cloudcast can be referred to as “quiet storm”. The genre (named after a Smokey Robinson song) is a smooth R&B radio format that was pioneered in the mid-1970s by Melvin Lindsey, while he was an intern at the Washington, D.C. radio station WHUR-FM. It was popular as a programming niche, mostly among Afro-Americans in the suburbs. The popularity of quiet storm started to fade around the early 1990s. Ben Fong-Torres of Rolling Stone called quiet storm a "blend of pop, jazz fusion, and R&B ballads—all elegant and easy-flowing, like a flute of Veuve Clicquot champagne” . Last week Don Everly, one half of the Everly Brothers passed away. After their successes in the 1950s and 1960s, they went their separate ways in the 1970s. When brother Phil had finished his Star Spangled Springer album in 1973, he sent a copy of it to the Hollies. He thought it would be fun if the British band did a cover of one his son

Soft Rock & Country Funk For Another Late Summer Drive

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  Unsplash Let’s hit the road once more for an exclusive late summer drive! ๐Ÿ˜Š The track by Gary & Sandy is from the third part of the  compilation series Country Funk: “Volume III shows artists continuing to buck traditional country tropes and production while embracing modern soul, disco, and coked-up 80s synth-pop.” In 1980, You Might Need Somebody by American country singer and guitarist Turley Richards peaked at number 54 on the Billboard Hot 100. A year later, Randy Crawford covered the song for her album Secret Combination . It was the second single released from the album. Her version reached number eleven on the UK Singles Chart. In 1991, Joe Walsh put a rock version of You Might Need Somebody on his album Ordinary Average Guy . The most successful version of the song was released in 1997 by English singer Shola Ama. The single reached number 4 on the UK Singles Chart and became a top-10 hit in France, Ireland, the Netherlands, and New Zealand. It was additionally a top

Sunset Disco & Neo Boogie For A Late Summer Drive

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“Here in my car, I feel safest of all” (Gary Numan) The Secret Chord are Joakim Paulsson and Ida Trosell from Sweden. They get their inspiration from eighties synth, new wave and new romantics: “This is the soundtrack on the journey into a nostalgic past and an uncertain future. The music is meant to take you back in time to around 1984.” Take the wheel and enjoy some sunset disco and neo boogie on a late summer drive! Next up is a Mixcloud Exclusive . Tracklist: Midas Hutch – The Wheel (2021) ABC Dialect – Stay With Me (2020) Poolside – Kinda Lovely [Bleu Toucan Remix] (2021) 5 Reasons – I Brought You Flowers (2020) Cosmo’s Midnight   – Down For You (2020) Brijean – Like You Do (2020) Goodvibes Sound – Beachside Living (2020) Moods – Vulf's Back Pocket Regroove (2020) LAU ‎– The Cards [Highway Superstar Boogie Mix] (2021) Bad Business Club (Feat. Sam Behr) – What A Fool Believes (2021) Iversen – Drive-Ride (2017) Laura Branigan – Self Control (1984) Ole Bรธrud – Fast Eno

Smooth Sailing On A Luxurious Yacht Along The West Coast

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Unsplash  Let’s hire a yacht on a sunny day and enjoy the good life, like the so-called yuppies did back in the day! ๐Ÿ˜Š Not only a good view to enjoy, but also fertile ground for musicality is that of California. Think of The Beach Boys, the hit makers of late sixties Sunshine Pop, the Laurel Canyon singer/songwriters (James Taylor, Jackson Browne, Carly Simon, Carole King, etc.) and the L.A. yacht rock musicians. Nowadays there is a lively electro pop scene. I focused on the yacht rock heyday around 1980 and its global successors. When the West Coast wind blows, musical inspiration will undoubtedly follow! ๐Ÿ˜Š The story goes that Living Without Your Love by Dusty Springfield, recorded in L.A. and released in early 1979, was originally titled Never Trust a Man In A Rented Tuxedo . The cover art pictured Springfield coming out of a hotel room shower, only covering herself up with a towel and a man in a tuxedo leaving the room. However, these plans were cancelled and the album was rename

Mellow Mellow FM: Spirit Of Seventies Radio

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Unsplash  “Nothing Can Be Better Than A Sweet Love Song So Sweet So Sweet So Mellow Mellow” (I Love Music / O’Jays) A random day on seventies radio must have sounded something like this. Although two of the songs are actually from the 1980s and one is even brand new (Silvertwin), they all could have been from the 1970s as well.  Enjoy this Mellow Mellow FM Mixcloud Exclusive for subscribers only ! Tracklist: Ambiance – Camouflage (1979) Midnight Flyer – I Just Want To Love You (1974) Chicago Gangsters – Feel Like Making Love (1975) Maggie MacNeal ‎– Fools Together (1977) Millie Jackson – Never Change Lovers In The Middle Of The Night (1979) Commodores – Brick House (1976) Rose Royce – 6 O’Clock DJ (Let’s Rock) (1976) E.J. Stamp – I Know All About It (1981) The O'Jays ‎– I Love Music (1975) Jackson Sisters ‎– I Believe In Miracles (1973) Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers ‎– Don’t Do Me Like That (1979) 10cc ‎– The Things We Do For Love (1976) Heatwave ‎– Boogie Nights (

Summer Vibrations: Jazz-Funk Grooves by The Smooth Operators

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Dream away with this summer soundtrack by The Smooth Operators (Professor Eddy and Martijn Soetens). We bring you a selection of sunny jazz-funk favorites and soulful grooves. Tracklist: Lonnie Liston Smith – Journey Into Love (1978) Herbie Hancock – Making Love (1980) Roy Ayers – Everytime I See You (1978) Patrice Rushen – Remind Me (1982) George Benson – Gonna Love You More (1977) Marlena Shaw – Look At Me, Look At You (1977) Keni Burke – Risin’ To The Top (1982) Leo’s Sunshipp – Give Me The Sunshine (1978) Weldon Irvine - I Love You (1976) Gary Bartz - Music (1980) Marvin Gaye – In Our Lifetime (1981) Quincy Jones ft. Minnie Riperton & Leon Ware – If I Ever Lose This Heaven (1974) Ramsey Lewis – Caribbean Blue (1980)

Eddy’s 80s Grooves Part 40: Club Night!

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Unsplash I guess a club night in the 1980s must have sounded something like this! ๐Ÿ˜Š Again a track from Tanamur City , compiled by Indonesian DJ Munir Septiandry. He collected some of the nationwide club highlights of the 1980s: “…conjuring up a world of humid nights in packed discos, no-holds-barred genre blending, fun, fashion and funkiness of a kind never before seen in Southeast Asia… and seen rarely since.” The album is out on the 10th of September. Next week we are going to set sail again on a new Smooth Sailing boat trip! Tracklist: Beau Williams ‎– Give Me Up (1986) Roxi Drive – 1985 (2020) Oattes Van Schaik – Crimes Of Passion (1985) Grace Simon – Kenangan Asmara (1981) Odyssey ‎– (Joy) I Know It (1985) Five Star – The Slightest Touch (1987) Butch Sam & The Station Band ‎– Say That You Will (1984) Aurra – Nasty Disposition (1981) Alan Gorrie – The Girl Upstairs (1985) Jay Player – Love Is The Answer (1982) Horizon – Who Do You Love (1988) Mini Curry ‎– 100% (19

Mellow Mellow FM Presents Sunshine On Jazz-Pop Radio

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Unsplash Enjoy this new Mellow Mellow FM episode! Again some radio fragments from back in the day and retro music that sounds somewhere between jazz and pop. Dancing Away The Tears by Yola is from her brand new album Stand For Myself . While imported disco records dominated playlists during the 1980s in Indonesia, a local music scene had developed in parallel, with popular artists like Grace Simon, Chaseiro and Andi Meriem Matalatta. They embraced the use of synthesizers and drum machines, modern studio production and influences from western pop, rock, funk, boogie, disco, jazz, yacht rock as well as Japanese city pop. Songs from this very interesting Indonesian pop scene (1979-1991) will be available on Tanamur City , out on Cultures Of Soul next month. The track by The Brothers Johnson is originally from their 1981 Winners album (the first one without Quincy Jones). In The Way was written by three of the Toto guys and that’s why it’s on the new Too Slow To Disco compilation as

Funky Chilled Out Summer Sophisti-Pop

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Music that sounds best on warm days is without any doubt sophisti-pop, a genre that popped up during the mid-1980s in the UK. It had a light tone and contained elements of jazz, soul and pop. During those days artists often made extensive use of electronic keyboards, synthesizers and polished arrangements. Major influences were Roxy Music’s album Avalon and Bryan Ferry's mid-1980s solo albums. According to AllMusic, key players in the genre were Simply Red, Sade, The Style Council, Basia, Swing Out Sister, Prefab Sprout and the early work of Everything But The Girl. And when we talk about summer, you can't ignore Donna Summer :-) I chose to play a track from her 1983 album She Works Hard Ford The Money . Enjoy!  Next up is a new episode of Mellow Mellow FM . Tracklist: Lou Hayter – Cold Feet (2021) Janis Siegel – Lovin’ Eyes (1982) Sade – Your Love Is King (1983) Jay Gruska – Cancun (1984) Oscar And The Wolf – Oliver (2021) The Style Council – You're The Best Thing (

Surf City: Beach Music, Northern Soul & AM Pop

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Unsplash This exclusive cloudcast refers to the so called 'beach music' of the late fifties, sixties and early seventies. This type of uplifting soul dominated the jukeboxes at the beaches of both Carolinas in the US. It has some similarities with (more Motown based) northern soul in the UK. Beach music goes back to the doo wop of the fifties and has some rock ‘n’ roll traces as well. It vanished in the mid-seventies when disco music, played at large discotheques, became the most popular kind of dance music and wiped out (to quote the Surfaris) beach music at small venues. Around the same time AM pop, which was best played on transistor radios,  disappeared to be replaced by FM radio pop.  'Calypso King' The Mighty Sparrow (Slinger Francisco) originally released Only A Fool in 1969. The song was written by Shelly Coburn and Norman Bergen and first recorded as the flipside of Open Up Your Heart by Arthur Prysock in 1965. Slinger Francisco's name was mistakenly list

Smooth Sailing: Soft Rock For Sunny Days

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Unsplash Simply put, soft rock features the instruments and elements of rock (& roll), which are drums, guitar, bass and vocals, but it’s much softer and lighter in nature. It’s more or less rock music for sensitive people. Other terms that are used are "light rock" or "easy rock". It differs slightly from yacht rock, which is more rooted in r&b and (smooth) jazz, but the line isn't always clear, that’s for sure.  Enjoy this new Smooth Sailing part! Next up is an Exclusive one for subscribers only. Tracklist: David Guez – The Corners Of Your Mind (2021) Work Drugs – Soft Rock (2020) Childhood – Monitor (2017) Coastal – Days Go By (2021) Pablo Cruise – Slip Away (1981) Jonathan Coulton – Easy (2019) Michael Nesmith – Rio (1977) Josรฉ Feliciano – California Dreamin’ (1968) Del Amitri – You Can’t Go Back (2021) Colin Blunstone ‎– I Don't Believe In Miracles (1972) Joe Vitale – Step On You (1974) Rudy Norman – Back To The Streets (1980) Univer

Mellow Mellow FM: Smooth Jazz, Slow Disco & Sophisticated Funk

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Unsplash One of the tracks on this cloudcast is Disco Lady by soul veteran Johnnie Taylor. Talking about the song in Fred Bronson’s Billboard Book Of Number 1 Hits, Taylor said: “A lot of people got Disco Lady mixed up. They thought it was disco. It was not a disco tune. We were just talking about disco.” The subject of Chuck E.’s In Love by Rickie Lee Jones is singer/songwriter Chuck E. Weiss, who was good friends with Tom Waits. At the time Rickie Lee Jones was romantically involved with Waits, and the three of them spent a lot of time together, often drinking and taking drugs. One night, Waits got a call from Weiss, who explained that he was in Denver to see a girl he’d met. When he hung up the phone, Waits told Jones, "Chuck E.'s In Love," and the rest is history. The summer sounds better, to quote DJ Chris Abercrombie, on this new episode of Mellow Mellow FM . Enjoy the feeling of retro radio! Tracklist: Shadow – Piece A Cake (1981) Grover Washington, Jr. & Bi

Funky Chillout & Jazzy Soul Sofa Session

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Pixabay Enjoy this funky chillout & jazzy soul sofa session !  The story of the Isley Brothers is quite remarkable. In 1959, when they first charted with Shout , they were contemporaries of rock ‘n’ roll legends Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley. In the 1960s, the group recorded songs for a variety of labels, including Twist And Shout (later covered by The Beatles) and the Motown single This Old Heart of Mine (Is Weak for You) . In 1969 they released the Grammy Award-winning hit It's Your Thing on their own label, T-Neck Records. The next decade the brothers were at the peak of their career, when they reinvented themselves as a funk-rock band and recorded hits like That Lady and Summer Breeze with wonderful guitar solos, played by younger brother Ernie. During the 1980s the Isley Brothers went on with a more sophisticated R&B sound, especially on their 1987 Smooth Sailin' album. Ernie Isley joined Isley-Jasper-Isley briefly, but returned in the 199

Down To Love Town: One Hour Of Motown Soul

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Every now and then it’s time to listen to “the sound of young America”, to quote Motown founder Barry Gordy. Enjoy! One of the songs on this cloudcast is Trouble Man by Marvin Gaye. According to Allmusic his philosophy is summed up by this couplet: "There's only three things that's for sure/Taxes, death, and trouble." In 1973 Gloria Jones recorded an LP for Motown, Share My Love . She is most famous for her sixties northern soul classic Tainted Love , although it was not a hit record at the time when it was released. In the 1970s she became the girlfriend of British superstar Marc Bolan, the singer of glam rock band T-Rex. Their time together came to a tragic end, when Jones drove her car into a tree and the T-Rex singer died next to her. Tracklist: The Originals – Down To Love Town (1976) Bobby Nunn – Do You Look That Good In The Morning? (1983) Rick James – You And I (1978) El DeBarge With DeBarge ‎– You Wear It Well (1985) Leon Ware – I Wanna Be Where You Are

Mellow Mellow FM: Exclusive 70s AOR & Classic Rock

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  Unsplash Turn on your car radio and drive to the Californian coast to enjoy this exclusive episode of Mellow Mellow FM that was made for road pleasure! ๐Ÿ˜Š Although it is used in several car commercials and has been dropped on countless compilation albums about driving, the song Driver’s Seat by Sniff ‘n’ The Tears is not about driving at all. It is about taking the driver’s seat, which means being in control, after a relationship, according to singer Paul Roberts. The first line is often misheard. The words are not “a little driving on a Saturday Night”, but “a little jiving on a Saturday Night”. This misconception led to a new interpretation of the lyrics and made it eventually a classic car song that everybody can sing along behind the wheel. Tracklist: Lion & The Lamb ‎– All For You (1978) Elton John & Kiki Dee – Don't Go Breaking My Heart (1976) Mark Williamson – I Need You (1979) Bread ‎– Baby I'm-A Want You (1972) Electric Light Orchestra ‎– Evil Woman (19

The Breeze: California Soul & Sunshine Pop

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Brooke Olimpieri @FilthyMouthCreative Enjoy The Breeze, the ultimate sound of the West Coast! While living in New York City during the cold winter of 1963, John and Michelle Phillips from The Mamas and the Papas were missing sunny California, which inspired them to write California Dreamin’ . The song became a blueprint for the so-called California Sound, later renamed as Sunshine Pop. The 5th Dimension defined California Soul , when they released their version of the same titled Ashford & Simpson song in 1969 (a year before Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell did).  Influenced by the surf sound of the Beach Boys and the Californian folk rock scene at the time, sunshine pop was a mid-sixties mainstream pop style, typified by rich harmony vocals, lush orchestrations, and a happy-go-lucky mood. It was often mildly influenced by psychedelia and its light tone became the trademark of the Californian yacht rock sound the next decade. Brandy by Looking Glass, for instance, is a song that f

Smooth Sailing: Chillin’ From Coast To Coast

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Ivan Torres We're chilling from coast to coast this time on a new Smooth Sailing trip! The track by Kraak & Smaak is brand new: “Drenched in 70s Italian and French dolce vita-esque ambiences with a pinch of revamped Americana to it, the song makes for a direct portal to the happy days of psychedelic pop and weightless downtempo electronics.” ( Bandcamp )  Penny Goodwin's story is a fascinating one. 'Milwaukee's unsung queen of jazz' began singing in church with Al Jarreau. She then came to sing in mob owned clubs before moving on to clubs in Chicago and Caesar's Palace in Vegas. Her chief legacy however is her one album, Portrait Of A Gemini . Released in 1974, the LP features her own compositions mixed with covers by the likes of Marvin Gaye and Gill Scott Heron whilst featuring strings by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and jazz guitar legend Phil Upchurch.  Tracklist: Paul Seling – West Coast (2020) Rhye – Safeword (2021) El Chicano – Cha Chita (1973)

Mellow Mellow FM: Seventies Soul, Soft Rock & Radio Pop

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Flickr It’s time again for the retro sounds of Mellow Mellow FM ! ๐Ÿ˜Š You can hear old school radio fragments from WKZL, WABC and KFRC. Enjoy! Singer/songwriter Jimmie Spheeris was the son of a traveling carnival family who settled in Venice, California. After the death of his father, Spheeris moved to New York City to develop a songwriting career. He befriended Richie Havens, who introduced him to Columbia Records. The company subsequently signed him for a four-album deal. After the fourth LP Ports of The Heart , released in 1976, Spheeris could not get another contract. Only a 1980 single came out the following years. In the early morning of Independence Day 1984, just after finishing a new album, Spheeris died in a motorcycle accident. Tracklist: Minnie Riperton – Memory Lane (1979) Steely Dan – Reelin’ In The Years (1972) Jimmie Spheeris – Child From Nowhere (1976) Al Stewart – Year Of The Cat (1976) Barnaby By e ‎– Can't Live This Way (1974) Jackie Wilson – Because Of You

Funky Chillout Summer Sofa Session

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Unsplash Looking forward to the summer of 2021 ๐Ÿ˜Š Enjoy this new funky chillout sofa session ! Someone To Chill With by Erika De Casier is from her new album Sensational . It brings back the days of Janet Jackson and Aaliyah somewhere around the turn of the millennium: “Sensational expands the universe of de Casier’s 2019 self-released debut album Essentials.  Where Essentials dealt more with the infatuation stages of love, Sensational has more of an attitude, aiming to dismantle the stereotype of single women looking for love, tackling relationship dramas and the toxicity of dating.” ( 4AD ) Next up are the retro radio sounds of Mellow Mellow FM ! Tracklist: Sabrina Malheiros – Salve O Mar (2017) Haim & Thundercat – 3AM (2021) Incarnations – Let Love Find You (2010) Black Mighty Orchestra – Ocean Beach [Rollin' Surf Remix] (2001) DJ Cam Quartet – Summer Breeze (2021) Fil-ร -Fil – Just An Illusion (2010) Bossa Nova Lounge Orchestra – You Can’t Hurry Love (2017) Erika De

Smooth Sailing: Boogie On Board

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Unsplash Enjoy this collection of boogie tracks from the late seventies and early eighties on this new episode of Smooth Sailing ! He’s Gone by Dee Dee Bridgewater is featured on Too Slow To Disco: Yacht Soul , out on July the 16th. Til’ Mornin’ Comes , the only release by The Ferry Brothers, is on the new compilation AOR Global Sounds Volume 5 . The song was recorded at RCA Studios, NYC, with well-known singers as Gwen Guthrie, Vivian Cherry and Patti Austin as backup vocalists.The Ferry Brothers were Joe and Bob Ferry. Joe also released solo records. Next up is a new funky chillout sofa session ! Tracklist: Joรฃo Selva – Tudo Via Dar Pre (2021) La Voyage – Never Lookin’ Back (Again) (1982) Chapter 8 ‎– How Can I Get Next To You (1985) Finis Henderson – Blame It On The Night (1983) Gary Taylor – Just What I Have I Mind (1983) Traks – Long Train Runnin' (1982) Ebonnee – Long Way To Go (1985) Dee Dee Bridgewater – He’s Gone (1976) Westside – Don’t Take It Away (1982) Al Mar

School Boy Crush: Exclusive Seventies Disco Pop

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Unsplash In the 1970s many artists were influenced by disco, the main musical genre at the time. They used disco elements or made 100% disco tracks. Even British sixties pop group The Hollies released a song that became extremely popular at legendary NYC discotheque The Loft, just like L.O.V.E. Got A Hold On Me from former prog rock singer Demis Roussos. Enjoy this exclusive one for Mixcloud subscribers and Boogie Bunker Radio listeners only! Tracklist: Deliverance ‎– Prince Of The Galaxies (1979) Delegation – Stand Up Reach For The Sky (1979) The Waters – If There’s A Way (1977) Barnaby Bye ‎– Can't Live This Way (1974) The Brecker Brothers – Sneakin’ Up Behind You (1975) Average White Band – School Boy Crush (1975) The Hollies – Draggin’ My Heels [Louie Vega Edit] (1976) Udell – Won't You Try [A Tom Moulton Mix] (1977) Demis Roussos ‎ – L.O.V.E. Got A Hold Of Me (1978) 5000 Volts ‎– (Walkin' On A) Love Cloud (1976) Hello – Night Watcher (1978) The Glitter Ban

Mellow Mellow FM: 80s Smooth Jazz, Soul & Sophisti-Pop

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Unsplash Let’s step into Martin McFly’s DeLorean and drive straight into the 1980s! ๐Ÿ˜Š British band ABC reinvented themselves several times in the 1980s. After making consecutively a bombastic pop, a rock and an electro pop album and prior to their move into house in 1989, the band released Alphabet City . Before the soul pop album saw the light of day, the only two remaining members, Martin Fry and Mark White, released the single When Smokey Sings in the summer of 1987. The song was a major success on the charts, reaching number 5 in the U.S. and number 11 in the U.K and the Netherlands. Their tribute to Motown legend Smokey Robinson would become their biggest hit ever. Singer and main composer Martin Fry still performs as ABC on retro festivals and occasionally releases new material. Enjoy this eighties show on Mellow Mellow FM ! Next up on Thursday is a new part of Smooth Sailing . Tracklist: George Benson – Give Me The Night (1980) Billy Preston – I'd Like To Go Back Ho

Summer Breezes, Slow Dances & That Soft Disco Sound

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Unsplash “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate. Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May, And summer’s lease hath all too short a date.” Just waiting for the summer breezes to arrive, like William Shakespeare did many years ago. Enjoy! The sister duo of Aly & AJ made a string of excellent electro pop singles and EPs the last decade, but on their new album they have “switched gears and adopted a sound that owed far more to the laid back '70s sound of California than the icy textures of London circa 1985.” (Allmusic) Next up is an eighties show on Mellow Mellow FM ! Tracklist: Ray Barretto – Summer Sun (1978) Cate Brothers – Travelin’ Man (1976) Valentine Brothers – King Size Bed (1979) Dick Bakker Orchestra – Introduction (That Soft Disco Sound) (1978) Debbie Taylor ‎– I Have Learned To Do Without You (1973) Maxine Weldon – Make It With You (1971) The Waters – What Am I Doing Wrong? (1977) Mud – All I’ve Got To Give (1976)