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.

It's been over two years since we posted the final mix in Flashlites Productions' eight-volume series Ready 4 Airplay. A history of Westcoast music from the early 1970s to the early 1990s, Ready 4 Airplay represented one of the key stages in AOR Disco's gradual move away from Balearic edits to the pursuit of deep yacht rock originals. So it's great to see C.J. of Flashlites Productions revive the series - if only temporarily - for this summer mix of Westcoast classics and rarities.

"So I get a call from security," says Andy Pye of Balearic Social. "Tell me there's a parcel from Alabama for me but it's not like the big ones I get usually. Looks much smaller than a vinyl envelope. It's a cigar case, with some writing on it. I don't smoke so first off I'm thinking it's for someone else. But I opened it and there is a memory stick and a piece of paper.

We'll soon be posting up a track from Marlena Shaw's smooth but forgotten early 1980s album but in the meantime here's an exclusive reworking of one of her late 1960s classics. Although California Soul  is the Marlena Shaw song you're most likely to hear now, Woman From The Ghetto has been the most sampled and remixed - most famously by Blue Boy in the mid-1990s.

This month sees the Too Slow To Disco UK Record Release Yacht-Tour, in association with How Do You Are and AOR Disco.

Tobias Edborg-Torjussen aka Mr Funk, who for the last ten years has been part of the Oslo Nerd Army, a  DJ collective who have a monthly club night "playing everything that grooves from 1960s to the 1980s", returns with his second "contribution to the Marina Soul, AOR, Westcoast, Yacht Rock and Sunset Disco revival." 

Midnight Flyer – Ride

Imperials – Livin’ Without Your Love

Tim Murray -   Thinking of You

Marlene – Movin’ On

The Doobie Brothers – Thank You Love

Average White Band -  Watch

With over 63,000 plays in the last month Paul Hillery's Grind It Out is the most popular mixtape we've featured on the AOR Disco Soundcloud page so far. It was the second in his Westcoast, Sunset Disco & Yacht Rock series (the excellent Sweet Friction  was the first)  and we're delighted to present the latest volume Got More Love.

It's been a year since the release of Mojo Filter's last CD and now he's back with Volume 4 of his Vintage Edits series which features the best of Mojo Filter's very modern takes on songs from the 1960s and 1970s. Actually to call these tracks 'edits' doesn't do them justice. Mojo Filter is one of the most innovative and creative remixers around.

"Growing up as an AOR freak in Manchester in the 1980s wasn't easy, " says Kenny Dickenson aka Redken. "At least it marked me out as different."  Today he's a session musician, writer and producer in London and has worked with Aim, Cinematic Orchestra, Billy Bragg, Pete Doherty, KT Tunstall, and many others.  But he keeps getting drawn back to his first love: smooth American rock.

He's played keyboards with the great Daryl Hall.