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The first in a new series celebrating the work of AOR diety Jeff Porcaro by Martijn Soetens, music director of NPO Radio 6 Soul & Jazz in the Netherlands. Porcaro is best known as the inspirational drummer and band leader of Toto who tragically died aged 38 in 1992. His cause of death is hotly contested to this day. Some say it was a fatal allergy to the insecticide he used on his lawn. Others point to the recreational activity most associated with the smooth superstars of his era. However the legacy of his music continues to grow in stature and this series will explore his work in Toto and as one of the most prolific session drummers in the Los Angeles music scene of the late 1970s and early 1980s.

"I've always loved this tune and felt like it could use a touch up for playing out more often," says Brian Cassidy of the Philadelphia-based group of DJs and collectors Universal Cave. "We spend a lot of time looking for all types of obscure records, so it was fun to work on a classic that we wanted to be able to mix into a disco set."

We'll be hosting another exclusive from Universal Cave in August with the long-awaited third volume in their Soft Rock For Hard Times mix series.

"This mix draws heavily on tunes and edits from the AOR Disco site and of course the fantastic DJ Supermarkt's Too Slow To Disco compilation albums," says Sam Edlin aka DJ Same.

"Spanning nearly 40 years it starts in 1976 with Ned Doheny and ends in 2014 with Rumer. With AOR staples like Nicolette Larson and the Jan Hammer Group to contemporary artists like Paqua, Kauf and Poolside (hopefully) joining the dots of the AOR Disco sound.

Each of the three previous volumes of Barney Hurley's AOR Rarities playlists has been a real event and he returns with another dozen of the most sophisticated obscurities from his collection. Barney is best known for his work in Samuel Purdey, a band which was steeped in the smooth traditions of Steely Dan yet was also ahead of its time. They released their debut album during the dark days of Britpop in the mid-1990s but have found a new and hugely appreciative audience in recent years.

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.

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.