Tomorrow night sees the London launch party for the much anticipated fourth volume of the superb Too Slow To Disco compilation series. This volume marks a departure from the previous three: it switches from Los Angeles to Rio and DJ Supermarkt, the man behind Too Slow Disco, has invited Ed Motta aka 'the Colossus of Rio', to select the tracks an often overlooked side of Brazilian music: Brazilian soul, funk and AOR.

We first became aware of Ed back in 2014 when Wax Poetics featured his now classic AOR Mix. Ed had just released a solo album called AOR, a love letter to the genre featuring the high production values, sophisticated harmonies and melodies inspired by the West Coast sound of McDonald-era  Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan’s Gaucho.

Martijn Soetens, the music editor of NPO Radio 2 in Holland and the man behind our much-loved Jeff Porcaro series - and many other mixes - returns with this great selection of "smooth neo-psychedelia, dreampop and soulful grooves for lazy days." 

Khruangbin - Lady and Man

The Bees - Angryman

Badbadnotgood ft. Charlotte Day Wilson - In Your Eyes

Mac DeMarco - Baby You're Out

Menahan Street Band - The Crossing

Toro Y Moi - Buffalo

Skinshape ft.

"Bought my daughter a turntable and a starter pack of gateway vinyl for Christmas," says Vancouver's Karl Spackler. "Just a little recording of some AOR jams and AM radio gold we listen to at home. No edits. No mixing. No EQing. No beatmatching. Just listening."

01) The Carpenters - Yesterday Once More

02) Christopher Cross - Sailing

03) The Association - Never My Love

04) America - Muskrat Love

05) Fleetwood Mac - Over My Head

06) Nicolette Larson feat.

With over 40,000 plays on Soundcloud for his AOR Disco Summer Mix, dj ShmeeJay has  shown once again why he is such an outstanding contributor to this site. So it's great to welcome him back with his 7th exclusive mix for AOR Disco, featuring the best edits and remixes of classic rock and pop from the 1970s and 80s.

"Take a trip from the seaside to the steakhouse and back again with Hidin’ in the Highlife," says Shawn Ryan, the co-founder of Philadelphia label Universal Cave and one half of disco edit team Superprince.  "Dive in and take a dip, but don’t cramp up from the saccharine cocktails and stale pretzels - we’re here to get loose. Bask in the warmth of grooves from the sandy beaches of Katama, Massachusetts, the smokey hotel lounges of Minneapolis, and poolside cabanas of Frankfurt.

"Welcome to Volume 7 of my all vinyl AOR mixes!" says Jeffrey Boozer. "Smoothday v7 finds some fertile 1980s crate digging I did during 2016 and 2017 in Boston, San Diego (my home town), Sacramento and Santa Rosa California, respectively. The task is simple, the hours long, and the pay offs scant, but this sultry and intoxicating West Coast genre has proven so hard for many of us to get away from.

There are hits you know mixed with undiscovered gems. The angelically sublime Timothy B.

A shadow history of the 1970s singer-songwriter era, K's series of Flying Cloud mixes favour the under-appreciated talents and often out-of-print recordings from the Laurel Canyon era.

John Compton – Short Lands, 1971

Parker MacDonell – On The Highway, 1985

The Souljazz Orchestra – Rejoice, Pt.

Per Åslund has collected AOR, Westcoast and Yacht Rock since the 1980s and co-hosts the Keep It Smooth podcast in Sweden. This latest exclusive mix for us features more of the classiest rarities in his collection.

"We made a song all by ourselves," say The Flying Mojito Bros. "Then put a Steve Miller vocal on top.

Many thanks to Deepspirits from Dusseldorf, Germany for this excellent mixtape featuring the best yacht rock, disco and '80s soul remixes by Late Nite Tuff Guy, the alter ego of techno producer HMC who is a seminal figure Australian dance music.