"What I had in mind when creating this whole mix is to highlight the vast territory Japan was staking out during their Golden Age of City-Pop music," says Jesus Diego Olivas. "From 1977-1989, true trailblazers like Tatsuro Yamashita, Haruomi Hosono, and Momoko Mikuchi (to name a few!) were making cosmopolitan Japanese pop music. Its this style we now call City-Pop that mixed all sorts of genres like Funk, Soft-Rock, Sunshine Pop, West Coast AOR, and Exotica in ways that promoted a growing, changing Japanese generation. In essence, one more in tune with celebrating leisure and whatever new kind of freedom this idea/music provided.

The Funk Bear Brothers aka Svolanski and Dropout are two vinyl addicts and DJ's from Hamburg who teamed up in 2008 and run two club nights featuring strictly vinyl music. Encouraged by the new wave of AOR orientated music they started making edits under the name The Dropshop and we'll be posting up a number of these in the coming weeks.

Here's the latest instalment in Jeffrey Boozer's Smoothday series which captures the sound of Oakland's longest running and most comprehensive AOR DJ night. Boozer plays "all vinyl 1970s and 80s AOR, Disco, Dollar Bin Scores, Left of the Dial classics and Solid Gold hits (almost) every 4th Tuesday of the month: 10pm until 2am at 355 19th St Oakland."  

In Volume 4 he delivers the requisite amount of smoothness once again but compared to his previous Smoothday mixes there is an edge to this mix.

"Well,it's been a few months since my last mix for AOR Disco, "says Paul Hillery aka pH. "And since then Soundcloud has imploded and the AOR Disco page has gone, along with it 15,000 members and hundreds of thousands of listens. Of course you can and SHOULD still follow the AOR Disco blog itself which is still uploading lots of stuff, new edits and mixes from some very special people. I hope you enjoy this latest and twelfth in the series and maybe the very last instalment from me.

We're kicking off 2016 with the sixth volume in dj ShmeeJay's series of exclusive mixes for us. After we got booted off Soundcloud he kindly uploaded the previous five volumes to his Mixcloud account and you can message him direct for the download links.

An alternative Christmas mix by one of our favourite DJs Graeme Fisher aka The Extended Mix. It was recorded this time last year for Andy Pye's Balearic Social Radio Show and features tracks by Tara Jane O'Neil, Sea Oleena,  Joy Zipper, The Egg, The Leisure Society, and many others.

"We took a trip to the mojave, refrying Black Peaches' debut single 'A Fire & Water Sign' in the desert sun," say The Flying Mojito Bros. "A midway point between the swamp and the tropics, Black Peaches’ music is gloriously loose-limbed and strung-out: a psychotropic stew of country boogie, spiritual jazz and funk."

Black Peaches were put together by Rob Smoughton, who is a member of Hot Chip's live band and who has recorded a great soft rock album as Grovesnor.

It took us three years to get around to reprinting the original AOR Disco T-shirt and we now have only 10 left. Worn by AOR Disco favourites dj ShmeeJay (above) and Luxxury (below) the t-shirt is made by American Apparel with a screen-printed logo and it comes in four sizes. You can order one here.

This edit by Norwegian cosmic disco legends Rune Lindbaek and Todd Terje has been knocking around for a couple of months now but we couldn't end the year without featuring it. Tomas Ledlin is a well-known figure in Sweden who represented his country in Eurovision in 1980 and went on to do the biggest tour ever staged in Scandinavia in 2002 (as well as selling over 250,000 copies of his best of compilation).