Universal Cave is a group of Philadelphia based DJs and record collectors. We featured their psychedelic rock mix Hongry earlier this year and following that we received a cassette of a mix called Soft Rock For Hard Times, which was compiled by Ryan Todd and Brian Cassidy. It was great to have a cassette again after all these years and the mix was every bit as good as you'd expect from Universal Cave. It features soft rock classics by Rudy Norman, Batteaux, Snowy White, Michael Tomlinson, Angelo, and many others. The cassette is now sold out but you can listen to and download the mix below. 

The mix does of course feature some serious rarities and perhaps the rarest of them all is track 2.

It's been a while since we've heard from the mysterious K. His Flying Cloud beardy and spiritual acoustic mixes and his Summer Breeze smooth, Westcoast mixes are two of the best series we've featured since the site began. Now he returns with a new series called Utopia, which starts with this two-hour mix of lost progressive and space rock tracks from the 1970s.

"I wanted to do something special for AOR Disco this summer," says Professor Eddy. "After all those soft rock songs about sailing and driving, I thought it was time to put the spotlight on tunes about flying. To be honest, I have a little fear of flying myself, just like former Dutch soccer player Dennis Bergkamp and singer Gary Brooker of Procul Harum.

"Ned Doheny’s Hard Candy, originally released in 1976, is widely considered the finest blue-eyed soul album of all time," says Rob Butler of London-based vinyl reissue label Be With Records.  "A scion of notorious oil barons for whom L.A. streets and beaches have been named, Ned appeals to vinyl collectors of many persuasions; from beach-funk crate diggers to smooth Balearic heads.

With nearly 70,000 plays of Volume 2 and now pushing 30,000 plays of Volume 3 on the AOR Disco Soundcloud page, Paul Hillery's Westcoast, Sunset Disco and Yacht Rock series has been carrying the AOR message in a big way this year. And on we go with this fourth mix in the series and again Paul takes us as deep as it's possible to go with these lost tracks from the dollar bins and private presses of the 1970s.

We first came across 'Glass Off' on K's Flying Cloud Part Three mix a couple of years ago. Originally released in 1977 on Asylum Records, it was a track on Bernie Leadon's first post-Eagles album Natural Progression which peaked at #91 on the Billboard chart. Little is known about his collaborator Michael Georgiades. In fact, his name didn't even appear in the notes of the CD reissue.


.Mw - an interview with the unknown by Andy Pye of Balearic Social

Hello .Mw. What’s the story?

Hey Andy! Without wanting to sound too romantic,  It seems very much that we are all part of a musical tale, and like a dusty record, left un-wanted and un-played for years. Who knows what tales reside in the grooves within? It’s certainly a story that led us to hear Balearic Social and the wonderful mixes you host.

Detroit's J Feathers, the man behind our superb Light Departures mixes of 'soft-prog', returns with a new series. "It’s been about a year since I made a mix for AOR Disco," he says. "I’ve been enjoying all the new ones that have come up in the past months and I was getting really nervous about what do do next.

Les Fisher takes us into the far reaches of the 1970s soft rock vaults in this new exclusive series for AOR Disco.

For years Todd Terje's Housemix of I Dig You by Demis Roussos brought more traffic to this site than any other track we posted. So we're delighted to present an hour of Roussos at his most deep and cosmic. Mixed and originally hosted by 20jazzfunkgreats An Hour of Love also features a number of Roussos's collaborations with Vangelis, from their early psychedelic work in Aphrodite's Child to their version of Jon and Vangelis' 1981 classic I'll Find My Way Home.