Saturday Night & Sunday Morning (AOR On The Radio Special)

Get up & get down, this is the soundtrack to your weekend, enjoy this special part of AOR On The Radio!

The original version of ‘Arianne’ (“she’s the smell of coffee brewing, on a quiet, rainy Sunday”) is from soul singer Johnny Mathis. The song appeared on his 'Killing Me Softly With Her Song' album that was released in 1973. Rod McKuen, who recorded the track two years later, wrote on his official site that the lyrics are a translated French poem. Although it is a beautiful song, it almost sounds a bit creepy, as if the guy is obsessed with a young girl: “Arianne is Mama's crystal bread that's nearly finished baking…”

The previous unreleased song by Helene & The Brookside Orchestra is on the new excellent compilation album 'Soul on the real side #8'. The track was arranged by Norman Bergen, who also wrote million selling hits like ‘Only a fool breaks his own heart’ and ‘Knock three times’.

‘I want Sunday back again’ by Maxine Weldon is from the for…

The Mellow Mixtape by The Smooth Operators

Feelin' Mellow? The Smooth Operators lead you through a selection of yacht disco, funky chill and modern soul. This mixtape contains tracks by California Flight Project, Average White Band, Leroy Hutson, Gary Taylor, Heat, Jim Spencer, Herbie Hancock and more. Enjoy this soulful and chilled out side of yacht rock!


California Flight Project - California Flight (1979)
Gary Taylor - Just What I Have I Mind (1983)
Average White Band - Whatcha’ Gonna Do For Me (1980)
Beau Williams - Stay With Me (1983)
The S.S.O. Orchestra - Faded Lady (1977)
Heat - Don’t You Walk Away (1980)
The Gene Dunlap Band - There’s Talk (1983)
David Astri - Get Down To It (1983)
Sunrize - Come And Get My Lovin’ (1982)
The Jones Girls - This Feelings Keeling Me (1979)
Jim Spencer - Wrap Myself Up In Your Love (1979)
Windjammer - Tossing And Turning (1984)
Heatwave - Mind What You Find (1982)
Pumphouse Gang ‎– Welcome Back Into My Life (1979)
Hummingbird – You Can’t Hide Love (1977)
Herbie Hancock – Gettin’ To The Go…

Smooth Sailing: Latin Soul & Funky Chill

Did you survive Blue Monday and the cold, dark days of winter so far? I hope so! Otherwise this new episode of Smooth Sailing will warm you up and give you a good mood!

For a long time I thought that Santa Esmeralda was a Spanish guy with a guitar in a box like Antonio Banderas in the movie ‘Desperado’. But now I know that it is a French team of producers with no Spanish blood in their veins at all. I still like their single, though. Director Quentin Tarantino used 'Don't let me be misunderstood' for his movie Kill Bill 1. Leroy Gomez is the singer of the track. He used to have some problems with his zipper, which can be seen in a few YouTube videos… Gomez is a born American and worked as a session saxophone player and vocalist, with many artists, including Elton John, José Felicano, Patrick Juvet, Gilbert Becaud, Claude Francois and Laurent Voulzy. 'Don't let me be misunderstood' reached #5 on the Dutch Top 40​ in 1977. The song was first recorded by Nina Sim…

Disco Over The Phone

Booty calls, calls (and cries) for freedom, prank calls, calls for help, nature calls, love calls, you hear all kinds of calls. Pick up & get down!

Ramsey & Company were the group Mainor Ramsey had pieced together to play the Catskills supper club circuit. Their only release being the super charged sexy disco hit ‘Love Call’ backed with super blaxploitation fodder ‘Leg Grease’, release on Mainor’s own label, Ramco. This limited styrene 7” single was sold exclusively at the groups live shows and never saw its way into proper distribution. Oddly this limited release eventually found its way onto the dancefloors of the UK’s northern soul/modern soul scene, and became a super smash ripping up floors whenever played. The sheer quality of this tune mixed with the utter rarity has made this record nearly impossible to find and quite valuable on the collector’s market.

Enjoy the telephone conversation! Next week a new part of Smooth Sailing.


Yarbrough & Peoples – Don’t W…

More Mellow Yacht Moods By The Smooth Operators

In the beginning of the 1970s a remarkable duo popped up in the charts: easy listening duo The Carpenters. They seemed completely out of place in a pop world that was dominated by rock stars who looked bigger than life. Mastermind Richard and his sister Karen dressed if they'd go to church after each show, but they had a weapon that swept everyone away: the wonderful voice of Karen. However, she turned out to be a very insecure woman, who struggled with both her personal and professional life. Things went seriously wrong when the only solo album Karen made was not released, because Richard disapproved the way she used her voice in the songs (“too high”). Around the same time she got married, but the marriage only lasted a few months. She seemed not to be able to stand on her own feet.

In the 1980s, when the commercial success of the Carpenters faded, Karen could not recover from a very serious eating disorder and it would eventually lead to her death on this day in 1983. Alice Coop…

Eddy’s 80s Grooves part 23: Dancing Therapy

Do you remember the feel-good movie of 1983 'Flashdance'? It is definitely an iconic film about bending, stretching, sweating and flexing. On the soundtrack are great songs like 'Maniac' by Michael Sembello, although the classic track is not on this cloudcast. The Australian talents David Hauserman, Retrosweat and the Sticks and Stones Agency collaborated to pay tribute to the original 1980s freestyle aerobic workout and Jane Fonda in particular for C-Heads Magazine. One of the pictures is on the left.

Hamilton Bohannon was the bandleader for several Motown tours in the late sixties and early seventies. Marvin Gaye mentioned his name on his very funky track ‘Checking out’. When Motown moved to Los Angeles in 1972, Hamilton Bohannon started a career of his own. I’m a big fan of his tight way of drumming ever since I heard ‘Disco stomp’ when I was a kid. 'Take The Country To N.Y. City' is from his album 'Alive' (1981).

Enjoy this new episode of Eddy'…

Slow Disco To Warm Up The Night

Tom Findlay of dance duo Groove Armada once said that the last thing he wanted to hear in the car after a gig was dance music, so he always put up soulful pop music from the 1970s and 1980s. Instead of a cool down, this mix is meant to warm you up for a pleasant night out, no matter what you are going to do. The music will give you the right mood to ‘be alright’, to quote Zapp from their 1980 album.

Kansas City based retro-soul style ensemble Hi-Lux have produced an ideal A-side, with the high-energy “Dance With My Baby” and its subdued counterpart, “Don’t Blame Me.” The former track is an upbeat jazz-funk groove that feels exquisitely carefree, while “Don’t Blame Me” looks back on failed love, using brassy percussion to bolster the theme. Released on Sunflower Soul Records.

'Night Owl' was released a year after Gerry Rafferty's 1978 Platinum-selling album 'City to City'. While not quite performing as well as its predecessor, 'Night Owl' still managed enoug…

Smooth Sailing: Mellow Madness

‘Sky restaurant’ by Yumi Seimo is from the City Pop compilation Tokyo Nights, out on Cultures of Soul now. Japanese city pop of the 1980s was influenced by American R&B and boogie, fusion, and adult-oriented rock (AOR). The lyrics were sung primarily in Japanese (with a word or two of English sprinkled in), because city pop was initially meant for the domestic market, but in retrospect the songs sound even better than contemporary similar tracks from the US and Europe.

The track by Personal Life is from The Heart Volume 4, out on Tokyo Dawn Records:

“Once again TDR diligently and delicately delivers well-seasoned soul stirring flavours, nurturing niceness and warmth from the heart.”

Enjoy this fresh episode of Smooth Sailing!


Deniece Williams – Free (1976)
Johnny Bristol – Everyday She’s Around (1978)
Ben E. King – Made For Each Other (1981)
GQ ‎– Make My Dreams A Reality (1979)
Personal Life – Distance Can Be Sweet (2013)
Lil Albert – Outrageous (1976)
Brothers Johnson – Dayd…

Groove With You: Slow Disco, Retro Wave & Yacht Rock

Singer/songwriter Greg Guidry was born in St. Louis, MO on January 23, 1954, and started out singing gospel music as a child. He remained active with music growing up and sang in bands through high school and college, including several with future Doobie Brother (and St. Louis native) Michael McDonald. He signed a publishing deal in 1977, spending the next several years writing for other artists and even singing backup for the Allman Brothers Band in 1981. Columbia Records signed Guidry as an artist in 1982 and issued his debut, Over the Line. With its adult pop sound, Over the Line produced a hit with the first single culled from it, "Goin' Down." The song peaked at number 17 in the spring of 1982 and managed to do even better on the adult contemporary charts, where it reached Top Ten status. The follow-up track, “Into My Love”, a duet with sister Sandy Guidry, failed to duplicate the success of "Goin' Down" and spent a mere two weeks on the charts. Guidry…

Classic Disco Grooves From The Crates

Happy new year! I'm sure that disco is the best way to start 2018 :-) The Salsoul Orchestra led by vibraphonist Vincent Montana initially consisted of many of the original members of Philadelphia International's MFSB, who had moved to Salsoul as the result of a financial disagreement with producers Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff. Other members began performing as The Ritchie Family and as John Davis and the Monster Orchestra. On later MFSB and Philadelphia International recordings, Gamble & Huff used a new rhythm section which resulted in a slightly different sound.

Though the Salsoul sound (named for its connotations of salsa and soul) became passé in the wake of disco music's explosion and rapid commercialization during the late '70s, Salsoul was a heavy influence on house music in the 1980s and even the return of disco-inspired electronica during the following decade. The orchestra's track, "Chicago Bus Stop” (“Ooh I Love It”) has been sampled in Madonna’s …

Suntanned Latin Soul To Enjoy On A Winter's Day

The sky looks very grey today, so hopefully this Latin soul mix gives you the feeling of taking a well-deserved South-American trip. It summarizes almost 60 years of suntanned fun in modern music. Enjoy!

Years ago my parents bought a house from the Meek's family, but they were not related to music legend Joe Meek, as far as I know. He was the first independent record producer in music history. In the late 1950s Meek started as an engineer and soon made a name for himself, because he added instruments and sound effects to recordings, which no one had done before. He experimented with the weirdest electronic effects and built his own early versions of synthesizers, a decade before Kraftwerk did. The spacy instrumental 'Telstar' by Tornados is particularly noted for being the first British record by a band to hit #1 in the United States, in 1962.
You can hear Joe Meek sing on it as a drunken sailor at the end. He also created 'Have I the right', the first glam rock tr…

Eddy’s 80s Grooves: Ghostbusters

I was very suprised to be #3 on the Mixcloud Best of 2017 Jazz, Funk & Soul chart! I'm really happy with it :-)

This week I chose to play (non-chilled) 80s (inspired) boogie, soul & pop, for a great part contemporary songs, like ‘Light years’ by The Midnight. I think that their 'Nocturnal' is the best album of 2017. Every track seems to be taken from the soundtrack of the 1980s hit series Miami Vice, but the songs are brand new, actually. And I've never heard sax solos played so wonderfully since 'The heat is on' by Glenn Frey or ‘Maneater’ by Daryl Hall & John Oates. The Midnight consists of Tyler Lyle and Tim McEwan.

One of the tracks is 'Ghostbusters' by Ray Parker Jr. The song reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 on August 11, 1984. Everyone knows that it sounds very similar to 'I Want a New Drug' by Huey Lewis & The News. Lewis had been approached to compose the main theme song for the film first, but had to declin…

Mellow Yacht Moods by The Smooth Operators

Kenny Loggins (from Loggins & Messina) once said in an interview that in his opinion ‘yacht rock’ is a combination of West Coast pop/rock, smooth jazz and R&B . Connoisseur Mr Funk aka Seasidevibes calls the sub-genre ‘soulful West Coast’ and German DJ Supermarkt (known for his very successful ‘Too slow to disco’ compilations) claims it’s music you can almost dance to. The Smooth Operators (Martijn Soetens and I) think that it’s music that sounds best on FM radio. Enjoy our mellow yacht moods!

Picture: Heather Gildroy for Camp collection - C-Heads Magazine


Thundercat Feat. Kenny Loggins & Michael McDonald – Show You The Way (2017)
Ned Doheny – Labor Of Love (1979)
The Waters – If There’s A Way (1977)
Cool Uncle Feat. Jessie Ware – Break Away (2015)
The Ray Camacho Band ‎– Hollywood (1980)
Toto – Waiting For Your Love (1982)
Wouter Hamel – Can’t Do Without It (2017)
Lalo Schifrin ‎– Middle Of The Night (1979)
Photoglo – Steal Away (1980)
Young Gun Silver Fox – Lenny (2017)

Eddy's Chilled 80s Grooves

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!


Ekkah – Forget Me N…

Pleasure, Peace & Pain: Funky Chill Out Love Songs

Basically, love songs contain three possible themes: pain (things are going downhill), peace (things are going steady) and pleasure (things are going uphill). And my definition of a love song is a broad one: songs about love for someone special as well as love for mankind in general.

Two tracks are from new compilation albums. The first one, ‘Deep inside of you’ by The Harden Brothers, is from ‘Message In Our Music’, out on Favorite Recordings. And the second one, ‘Free and easy’ from Satyr, can be found on ‘Soul Festival’ (1971-1979 soulful floorfillers), released by Expansion Records. Both albums contain wonderful (rare) soul songs.

Maggie MacNeal used to be one half of the successful Dutch duo Mouth & MacNeal. Their biggest hit was ‘How do you do?’ that peaked at number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1972. Two years later they became third in the Eurovision Song Contest (which was won by Abba). After a quarrel Maggie MacNeal went solo in 1975.

The closing track by The Midnigh…

Another Slow Disco Car Ride

The opening track is on the recently released compilation album The Heart Volume 4, out on Tokyo Dawn Records.

The Karen Carpenter solo album had been shelved for 16 years before it eventually came out in 1996. Some say that her brother Richard, the other half of successful easy listening duo The Carpenters, did not like the sexual content of some of the lyrics. Others claim that label boss Herb Alpert did not like the project, because it did not sound like the Carpenters. Most probably we’ll never find out the real reason why it has been withheld for so long. Fact is that the album has a very good slow disco sound and it is a real treat to listen to, no matter what the commanders in chief thought back in 1980.

Enjoy this new slow disco car ride!


Vindahl Feat. Jenny Wilson – The Question (2011)
Space Captain – Blue (2017)
Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band – I’ll Play The Fool (1976)
Andrew Gold – Genevieve (1978)
MFSB – Morning Tears (1975)
Karen Carpenter – Remember When…

Funking Up The Dance Floor Part 6

Once in a while I step out of my smooth and mellow comfort zone to create a heavier, (electro) funk based sound on the Funking Up The Dance Floor series. If you’d ask me to do a gig at your local club, it would probably sound something like this. Enjoy the 6th part of Funking Up The Dance Floor!

When American disco faded because of the ‘disco sucks’ movement in the early eighties, European disco flourished, especially in Italy. The Italians created their own ‘italo’ sound with non-complicated sing-along hooks (often about space adventures) and dominating keyboards and electronic sounds. They were by inspired by electro pioneers like Kraftwerk and Giorgio Moroder. The British, Dutch, Germans, French and Belgians made some very good euro disco songs too. Popular disco artists like The Three Degrees and Donna Summer went to Europe to record albums with hit producers Stock, Aitken and Waterman, for instance. Those Euro Disco songs filled the gap between seventies American disco and the la…

More Mellow 80s Moods by The Smooth Operators

The Smooth Operators (Martijn Soetens and I) take a step back in time again. We start with Dutch band Blue Feather and Billy Ocean closes the mix. This Sunday I’m going to see him live on his greatest hits tour in Groningen. Looking forward to that!

After some commercial break downs, Carly Simon (picture) moved to her fourth record label, Arista, and returned to soundtrack work, which had given her her second biggest hit, "Nobody Does It Better," from The Spy Who Loved Me, in 1977. This time, she wrote "Coming Around Again" for Heartburn, and it hit number 18 in early 1987, her biggest hit in more than six years. That set up Simon's comeback with the same titled album, which became her biggest success in a decade, producing two more chart singles, "Give Me All Night" (number 61) and "All I Want Is You" (number 54), and going platinum. Along with "The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of," they all made the Top Ten of the adult contemporar…

Smooth Sailing: Chilled Out Jazz Funk

At a moment when winter is approaching fast I selected music to look back on those wonderful summers of the past. The first two tracks are from the best mix-album I’ve heard in years: ‘DJ Kicks’ by Kerri Chandler. ‘All night’ by Silo is from the excellent compilation ´The Move volume 2´, out on Tokyo Dawn Records.

Multi-instrumentalist and music producer Jordan Chini armed with an array of guitars, basses, drum machines, and vintage synths has fused the spirit of lo-fi songwriting and psychedelia with the aesthetics of experimental funk and soul under his brand-new moniker “BOY DUDE”. The LP 'Cassette for you' came about when Jordan was digging out some of the records of his father, guitarist Robert Chini, from the late 1970s. They inspired him to begin writing and experimenting in a similar style. The track 'Rainbow waterfall' is an outcome of that.

Folk and soul never blended so well as on the new Space Captain album ´All Flowers In Time´. The band’s extensive influe…

Boombox Deluxe: Music Is My Life

If BBC One would have asked me to join their mix series Essentials, it would sound something like this. All of my musical influences squeezed together in one cloudcast! There’s some old-school ground-breaking hip hop, modern day nu-disco and all of the soulful subgenres in between. Enjoy this special edition of Boombox!

Personal Life is a London-based jazzy-soul collective formed by Robert Strauss, featuring the classic sounding voice of Stuart Lisbie plus core members of Amy Winehouse’s touring band. The Honesty remix of ‘There’s a time for everything’ is from the compilation album ‘The move volume 2’, out on Tokyo Dawn Records.

George Duke ‎– I Want You For Myself (1979)
Deodato – Night Cruiser (1980)
Grandmaster Flash – The Adventure Of Grandmaster Flash On The Wheels Of Steel (1983)
Chic – Good Times (1979)
Lyn Collins – Think (About It) (1972)
Davy DMX ‎– One For The Treble (1984)
Toro Y Moi – W.I.W.W.T.W. (2017)
Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers ‎– Don't Come Around Here N…

Dusty Grooves From The Crates

Again I dug deep into the crates to find some forgotten gems of the past and a few more recent ones.

‘Let’s Get To It’ by Tomi Malm is from ‘Walkin’ On Air’, his brand new debut solo album. On this collection of outstanding tracks, the Finnish wizard (co-)wrote all but two of the songs. The tracklist presents a variety of styles, from jazz-infused pop gems to refined ballads, smooth funky jams and cleverly made fusion instrumentals. Malm's inventive arrangements and top-notch production is brought to life thanks to legendary session players, like Simon Philips (Toto, Mike Oldfield) and Robbie Buchanan (Whitney Houston, Barbra Streisand, Chaka Khan). This record is highly recommended by the Professor!

Enjoy this new part of Grooves From The Crates!

Track list:

Three Degrees – Can’t You See What You’re Doing To Me (1973)
Dance People – Midnight Breeze (1979)
Citrus Sun – What Color Is Love (2014)
Kalyan – Hot Tea (1980)
Tomi Malm – Let’s Get To It (2017)
George Benson – Love X Love (1980…

Eddy's 80s Grooves Part 20 Love Talk

Music from and inspired by the 1980s, like 'Straight from the heart' from Beverly Girl. Hailed as “one of the funkiest groups Finland has to offer for 2017” by Kaltblut Magazine, Beverly Girl has a deep, modern disco and R&B -influenced style that has taken the group via Internet blogs all over the world, and brought the band a #5 slot in the Official Top 50 Viral Playlist on Spofify Finland. The Helsinki-based trio has also gained a noticeable amount of airplay on national radio. On Instagram they recently announced that their next single will be a cover that they are very eager to share soon.

The last 3 tracks of this cloudcast are from the new compilation album ‘FTG presents The Vaults vol. 3’, out on Sony Music.

Step back in time and enjoy this 20th part of Eddy's 80s Grooves!

Next up is a new part of Grooves From The Crates.


Full Flava – Bad Habit (2009)
Norma Jean Wright – Love Attack (1983)
Beverly Girl – Straight From The Heart (2017)
Five Star – Love …

Smooth Sailing Sunny October Edition

The summer seems to be back in the Netherlands with rising temperatures, so let’s make a sailing trip again. Enjoy this sunny October edition of Smooth Sailing!

In 1979 The Jones Girls' hit ‘You Gonna Make Me Love Somebody Else’ showed that Philly soul legends Gamble and Huff still had the magic touch. The classic went top ten on the Billboard R&B and Disco charts. However, lead singer Shirley Jones and sisters Brenda and Valorie were not new to the game. The Jones Girls travelled the world as fellow Detroiter Diana Ross’ backup singers. She told Gamble and Huff The Jones Girls were too good to be standing in the shadow of someone else. The Philly years brought the sisters a string of hits, like ‘Who Can I Run To’, ‘(I Found) That Man Of Mine’, ‘Dance Turned Into A Romance’ and their Grammy-nominated classic ‘Nights Over Egypt’. After a brief unsuccessful stay at RCA Records and an album of previous unreleased songs from Philadelphia International, The Jones Girls split. A f…

Best of 70s Soul: Music Is My Sanctuary

Philly soul group The Stylistics achieved their greatest chart successes in the 1970s. They were created from two different groups, namely The Percussions and The Monarchs. All of their hits were ballads, characterized by the smooth falsetto voice of Russell Thompkins, Jr. and the slick production of Thom Bell. During the early 1970s, the group had twelve consecutive R&B top ten hits in the US, including 'Stop, Look, Listen', 'You Are Everything', 'Betcha by Golly, Wow', 'People Make the World Go Round', 'I'm Stone in Love with You', 'Break Up to Make Up', and 'You Make Me Feel Brand New'. When disco broke loose by the end of the decade, their popularity faded.

The opening track by Patti Labelle is from the new mixed compilation album 'Glitterbox - Disco's Revenge', out on Defected Records.

Enjoy this new part of ‘Best Of 70s Soul’!


Patti Labelle – It’s Alright With Me (1979)
The Stylistics ‎– Sing …

Boombox 15 Electro Wave

Boombox 15 is inspired by the so-called New Retro Wave sound:

If the success of Stranger Things and the upcoming Spielberg adaptation of Ready Player One tell us anything, it’s that nostalgia for the 1980s is experiencing a particular high. But the founder of the NewRetroWave label, the New York-based producer known as Ten. S, has been in love with the sound of that decade for years. “I’ve been making music since 12 years of age,” he says. “NewRetroWave was created from the sheer inspiration and love of the ’80s and ’80s-style music. I remember one day I stumbled across an old-school ’80s breakbeat/freestyle song, and I couldn’t get it out of my head. I literally became obsessed with it. I decided to find more sounds like it. Before I knew it, I was traveling down into the deep depths of ’80s music stations. (Quote: Bandcamp)



Flamingosis Feat. The Kount – Keep Shining (2017)
Phenonemal – One Two Three (Come See About Me) (1982)
Niteshifters – Show Me What You’ve Got (2…

Eddy's Roller Disco Revenge

Get on your roller-skates and dance! The title of this cloudcast is inspired by ‘Disco’s revenge’ from Gusto, which was built around a sample from Harvey Mason’s ‘Groovin’ You’. 'Isabelle & The Rain' by Jo Boyer is from the new compilation album 'Best of Disco Spectrum'.

C.J. & Co. were a soulful disco group from Detroit (USA). The band 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' is the only song you can find of the band on Spotify. Their output is somehow hard to track down.

The closing track by Bag Raiders is from the excellent Nexflix tv-series Riverdale, which is some kind of a mixture of Twin Peaks and Beverley Hills 90201:

“Set in the present, the series offers a bold, subversive take on Archie, Betty, Veronica and their friends, explor…

Smooth Sailing Late Summer Special: Music Madness

To close the summer of 2017, I created a special eclectic episode of Smooth Sailing with all kinds of genres. I even selected a couple of folk tracks, which is a genre that I usually don't play that often.

By the start of the 1970s, Diana Ross and Marvin Gaye were in completely different creative territories. Ross was trying to make it as an actress, while Gaye stepped into a new musical direction with ‘What's going on’, ‘Trouble man’, and ‘Let's get it on’. What they shared, apart from a mutual admiration, was that they were two of the biggest artists on Motown at the time and that their voices blended wonderfully. So it wasn't entirely surprising that Motown boss Berry Gordy asked Marvin Gaye to record an album with Diana Ross. Until this day the ‘Marvin & Diana’ album is still a bit underrated, because it didn’t spawn any classics. It is, however, one of Ross' best efforts of the decade. Although the vocals were mostly recorded separately, they sound as if…

Slow Disco For A Car Ride

Probably the best music ever for a car ride comes from jazz-pop band Steely Dan, who were named after a sex toy in William S. Burroughs' novel Naked Lunch. Last Sunday co-founder and guitarist Walter Becker sadly died. I selected ‘Peg’ from their 1977 masterpiece ‘Aja’. The album, one of Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, sold over 5 million copies and peaked at Number Three on the Billboard 200.

Earth, Wind & Fire founder Maurice White started his musical career as a session drummer for legendary Chicago-based labels OKeh and Chess Records. He can be heard on records by Etta James, Fontella Bass, Billy Stewart and Ramsey Lewis. With the help of legendary producer Charles Stepney he created EWF and made it one of the supergroups of the 1970s. They combined high-calibre musicianship, a wide-ranging musical genre eclecticism, and multicultural spiritualism that included Biblical references. Best known hits are 'Shining star', 'Boogie wonderland',…