Over the last few months we've become more and more preoccupied with finding rare AOR original recordings from the 1970s and 80s - and we're about to post a dozen of the latest discoveries courtesy of Barney Hurley of Samuel Purdey who has just curated his fourth rarities playlist for us. But in the early days of this site the tracks we featured were almost entirely modern-day edits and remixes, and our spiritual home was Ibiza rather than Los Angeles. 

The edits scene on Soundcloud has become a bit tired in the last couple of years though, and it actually became dispiriting to see cut-and-paste merchants getting wildly praised in the comments sections as if they themselves had written and performed the original rather than simply splicing out the chorus.

Paul Hillery digs deep once again into his formidable record collection to bring us the rarest yachtworthy sounds of the 1970s and early 1980s. 

Elliott And Walter - Baby, Baby, Baby (LP JAM 1975) Augustwolf - Savin' Me (LP Augustwolf Prod.

Berlin's K returns with this fifth volume in his Summer Breeze series of AOR/Westcoast mixes. And once again he delivers a masterclass in smooth. Check out his other series for us too: Flying Cloud (cosmic folk), Utopia (progressive rock) and Country Roads (alt-country).

Originally recruited as Andy Gibb's backing group for his 1977 hit 'I Just Want To Be Your Everything' and the subsequent tour, Pages went on to become a revered Westcoast act.  Their blend of AOR and jazz-fusion gave them a cult following but it was a hard sell to American mainstream radio in the late 1970s, despite the success of Steely Dan.

Here's another A-grade remix from Luxxury, which is Number 13 in an ongoing series.  "This 122bpm retro-banger is the most fun thing I've been playing out recently," he says.

We featured some great mixes of Brooklyn-based producer, DJ and multi-instrumentalist Alex Gimeno aka Ursula 1000 back in 2012 (check out Leather Disko  and Soft and Spacious) but somehow we missed his edit of this rare Don Brown track until we saw it posted this week in Jesse Houk's Facebook group Less Obvious Yacht Rock Songs. Originally released on an E.P.

And the rarities keep coming in the fifth mix in Les Fisher's Island Sounds, Harbor Grooves and Hot Tub Soul series. After his excurision into modern-day Westcoast sounds in Vol 4, Les now takes a smooth ride back into the 1970s AOR heartland.

We first came across Kauf a couple of years ago with the release of Relocate (both the original and Psychemagik remix versions, both outstanding) and although his output since then has been sparing he delivers every time (see his take on Labyrinth Ear's Lorna).  Based in Los Angeles, Kauf has a hazy, smooth yet melancholic sound which is so characteristic of the music from this city.

Here's another awesome mix from DJ Same, a legend in AOR Disco world but wildly underrated elsewhere. Once again he brings us the best of recent house and balearic remixes with a hint of soft rock (not least Red Ken's inspired revamp of Ned Doheny's Labour of Love, a former exclusive on this site) and well as some great originals such First Aid Kit's 1970s country homage My Silver Lining.

1. Factor 30 by Bjarno

2. Don't Step on the Grass by Laid Back


Berlin's K is one of the finest DJs and curators on the site. He has four series running with us: Flying Cloud (cosmic folk), Utopia (progressive rock), Country Roads (alt-country) and this one, Summer Breeze, which offers a masterclass in  smooth AOR/Westcoast music. It's been two years since Summer Breeze Part 3 (and eight years since Part 1 was originally aired on a Berlin radio station) and now K has delivered three new mixes in one go, which we'll be featuring in quick succession.