Barney Hurley, the man behind our hugely popular AOR Rarities Playlists series, has been back in the studio after a break of many years - and Mayfair, the teaser track from the upcoming EP by his new band Powder Blue Tux, has just been released. Back in the mid-1990s Barney was the founding member of the cult band Samuel Purdey, whose Steely Dan-influenced album Musically Adrift couldn't have been more at odds with the prevailing Britpop mood of the time. But the album was recently released worldwide  by Tummy Touch and it finally received the response it deserved.  

"It was getting rave reviews in magazines like Q, MOJO and Uncut," says Barney. "I got the bug back and decided I wanted to be involved in music again.

We premiered LUXXURY's take on the KISS classic I Was Made For Loving You earlier this year, and it's great to see that he's back with a sequel to Slow Edits Mixtape '78 and a European tour this September.

A new mix by pH (the man behind our much-loved West Coast, Sunset Disco and Yacht Rock series) inspired by his morning sets at Psychemagik's secret festival last year and at their Arabian Tent at the Lunar Festival in Tamworth In Arden this year. In Magik Forest pH explores the more beardy and mystical dimensions in his formidable record collection.

Many thanks to Olof folO aka dj ShmeeJay for this exclusive mix for AOR Disco. This is Olof's fifth mix for us and once again he features some of the best modern-day reinventions of '70s and '80s classics.

We're very pleased to be hosting the new volume in the outstanding Soft Rock For Hard Times mix series by the Philadelphia-based DJs and collectors Universal Cave. Featuring the best in lost AOR and funk rock from the 1970s, this mix shows once again Universal Cave's extraordinary knack for finding unloved obscurities which are often better than the songs which were celebrated at the time, or which have been rehablitated in recent years.

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.

"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.