July 28, 2016

Modcast #365: Summer Sailin'

This week it's time to set sail to a smooth, smooth soundtrack of the much maligned yacht rock genre; much maligned but unfairly so if you ask me. While the sound's heyday was the 70s, it has influenced and generated similar music all through the decades since. The soulful synthpop of the 80s, the souljazz of the 90s, and many contemporary artists have dabbled with songs that could have ridden the high seas of the yacht rock during its prime. So, don your deck shoes, make sure your crew includes a mixologist, stock your bar and set sail with some smooth sounds.

Listen Now

The Red Button -- On A Summer Day (2011)
Corduroy -- January Woman (1995)
Steely Dan -- Black Friday (1975)
Chicago -- 25 Or 6 To 4 (1970)
Blues Image -- Ride Captain Ride (1970)
Mother Earth -- Very Together (1995)
Simply Red -- Something Got Me Started (1991)
Steve Craddock -- Last Day Of The Old World (2011)
Everything But The Girl -- Don't Leave Me Behind (1986)
Sade -- Your Love Is King (1984)
Swing Out Sister -- Feel Free (1994)

You might also like: Modcast #253: East Meets West with the Shibuya-kei Soul Sound East meets west with Shibuya-kei taking center stage in the mod world this week. Shibuya-kei was a 1990s music movement that wasn't as much about Tokyo's ultra-trendy and fashionable Shibuya district as it was about a rather lucky gathering of Japanese musicians who mixed bossa nova, soul, funk, jazz, techno and synthpop into a retro-futurist sound that was both redundant yet fresh.

Northern Soulshaker Cocktail

Steely Dan -- Do It Again (1973)

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