With Volume 2 of Paul Hillery's West Coast, Sunset Disco and Yacht Rock series just hitting 70,000 plays on Soundcloud it's great to be able to keep the momentum up with this latest instalment of deep and mellow rarities from the 1970s.
Kauf is one of our favourite artists in today's Los Angeles music scene His track Relocate - both the original and the Psychemagik remix - was a highlight of 2013 and, along with other current artists such as Luxxury, Poolside, and Rhye, his sound has that mix of sunshine and melancholy that's such a distinctive quality of the city's music in the past. So it was great to hear from Kauf again after a year long break.
"I have some more new music to share finally," he said.
"Recorded live earlier this spring in sunny San Diego, California, Aquatic Discopades highlights both recognizable hits as well as forgotten gems under the vast genre umbrellas of Soft Rock, Blue-Eyed Soul, Marina Rock, Disco, even Guilty Pleasures," says DJ JoeMama, a self-taught artist, Executive Pastry Chef and founder of the US collective Every Starving Artist (aka ESA).
"Forty-two tracks and one hundred and twenty-eight minutes of nothing but the smoothest sounds around," says Lucas Smudge. "A mix two years in the making Return of the Smooth offers the listener a journey through all the sub-genres of 'smooth' from yacht rock standards to lesser known marina rock and blue eyed soul gems. All Koko approved."
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'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.