Last year we interviewed Barney Hurley of Samuel Purdey when the reissue of their classic Musically Adrift album was released. Featuring top musicians such as Steely Dan veterans Elliott Randall and Frank Floyd, and with a smooth, expensive production sound, Musically Adrift was a record made at just the wrong time - the mid-1990s, when complaint rock was at its peak. But now it's different of course and the record is finally being appreciated by a whole new audience. We asked Barney for a selection of his favourite AOR rarities and here's a dozen from his collection.
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"When people think of Hawaiian music, their minds fill with the gentle sounds of ukulele, steel guitar, double bass and slack key. They imagine falsetto singers and hula dancers swaying with palm trees as a beautiful sunset fills the sky on Waikiki Beach. This is Hawaiian music to most people around the world," say DJs Cedric Bardawil (Deux Spin) and Mark GV Taylor (La Homage).
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Here's a taster of the great new compilation Too Slow To Disco which will be coming out in April on CD, MP3 and double 180g yellow vinyl.
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"A mix that is inspired by the latest album from Ed Motta and his mix for Wax Poetics: AOR with a funky, jazzy twist," says Professor Eddy. "Some of the songs are quite new, others are from the 1980s, but all the songs have that 1970s AOR Westcoast radio feeling." Thanks to Eddy for this exclusive mix for us.

"From 1974 to 1980, the landscape of American culture was a banquet of hedonism and self-indulgence, and no person or company in that era of narcissism and druggy gluttony was more emblematic of the times than Casablanca Records and its magnetic founder, Neil Bogart."  So says the blurb of one of our favourite books about the 1970s music business And Party Every Day: The Inside Story of Casablanca Records by Larry Harris, the co-founder of the label.
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It was good to see the recent Grammy Awards getting in on the AOR revival with Chicago's  performance of a medley with Robin Thicke. Having battled on gamely since the 1985 departure of the legendary balladeer Peter Cetera, the band recently suffered another setback when Westcoast veteran Bill Champlain decided he'd had enough. But singer, keyboardist and founder member Robert Lamm remains (as does the famous horn section).

"Inspired by the beautiful new album from Beck, we spin an ambient set of rare remixes and edits focused around the sounds of the Laurel Canyon music scene, from the 60s on through to today," says Bob Duskis, the co-founder of San Francisco based independent label, Six Degrees Records. 

Six Degrees Traveler is the weekly radio show from the label and it's presented by Bob.  The show is dedicated to keeping alive the spirit of free-form radio and features different musical themes weekly.
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Following recent guest mixes for Balearic Social and Seekmagic (which you can hear at his blog Turn On, Tune In, Drift Off…) Paul Hillery aka pH sets his sights on the west coast of America for this exclusive mix of yacht rock and sunset disco. Featuring much cherished classics such as Ned Doheny's Sweet Friction sand David Batteau's Spaceship Earth, the mix also includes a host of rarities.
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Opening with a deep, electro remix of Genesis' jaunty 1983 hit That's All  - which then blends into Bad Intentions by Dr Dre - this mix tape by Shai Vardi manages to be both eclectic and seamless at the same time. Other artists remixed here include Lenny Kravitz, Joni Mitchell, Fleetwood Mac, Foreigner, Peter Gabriel, Massive Attack, Smashing Pumpkins and T. Rex -  and it's the Virgin Magnetic Material signature sound which brings it all together.
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The outstanding remix of the year so far has to be Luxxury's take on  The Eagles' Hotel California. Since we premiered it in January, it has had nearly 180,000 plays and high praise from the likes of Greg Wilson. And today Luxxury launches his latest track in his edits series, and this time it's Rapture by Blondie which gets the slow disco treatment.
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