"Very happy to share the latest edition of my Smoothday AOR and West Coast mixes with the ever enlarging online community of this genre's fans and manic super supporters," says Jeffrey Boozer. "Volume 5 is a coordinated effort with Nick Mawson, West Coast Music Magazine editor extraordinaire and burgeoning vinyl digger. 

Nick served as major inspiration and audio compadre while assembling these tracks and it has been mastered into a rare and rewarding journey through the dollar bin and expensive online auction world alike.

Welcome back to Les Fisher, the man behind the five volume Island Sounds, Harbor Grooves and Hot Tub Soul series. In this mix he continues to mine his extraordinarily deep record collection for the smoothest rarities from the 1970s but this time he heads inland for some wintery, log cabin vibes.

"Slight conundrum, We never know whether or not to seek to bring our edits to the attention of the original artists," says Jack Sellen of The Flying Mojito Bros. "David Crosby is active on Twitter and this got our hopes up that he's open to new stuff and if we put it his way then of course he'd love it and with one single effortless retweet the Flying Mojito Bros would be catapulted into superstardom in a maelstrom of mezcal, mary jane and models.

Paul Hillery aka pH returns with his latest mix of ultra-rare tracks from the 1970s in his long-running and much-loved series for us. The selection features Paul's customary expertise when it comes to folky AOR but this time he brings in a jazzy, leftfield element which works so well - and which hints at the direction this series might take now.

A couple of years ago our friend Luxxury ran into a bit of bother with Don Henley and the Eagles' lawyers over the extraordinary, vocoder-led remake of 'Hotel California'. Undeterred (or perhaps unaware) of Henley's wrath Hugo Villanova, the veteran Portuguese DJ, has done his own slow disco take on this 1976 soft rock classic. Get it while you can...

The AOR Disco legend that is DJ Same kicks off our autumn with this superb selection of soft rock and balearic remixes.

1. Slip Into Something More Comfortable - Kinobe (Psychemagik Remix) 

2. Gimme What You got - Le Pamplemousse (Poolside Edit) 

3. Planet Caravan - Black Sabbath  (Poolside Edit / Ozzy Intro) 

4. For Your Love - Massimo Vanoni (Cosmic Inspiration Mix) 

5. Qu'est - Ce Que L'Amour - RobJamWeb 

6. Come Outside (Sweet Love) - Laurels and Hurdles 


“This was the second year for a smooth party on Christina, the yacht on wheels at Burning Man," says Jesse Houk aka leading house and techno DJ The Scumfrog and also the man behind the AOR rarities goldmine that is the Less Obvious Yacht Rock Facebook group. "Last year’s party was largely centered around Yacht Rock, and this year’s set is still deserving of the ‘smooth’ label, although the mix is too eclectic in its genres and eras to properly call it Yacht Rock.

Sunshine Love is a transatlantic collaboration between two of our favourite contributors: Oakland's Jeffrey Boozer of Smoothday, and Holland's Martijn Soetens, the man behind the Jeff Porcaro Collection and Westcoast Sounds of the Netherlands series. It features a host of soul, disco and yacht rock rarities, and demonstrates once again why Boozer and Soetens are two of the leading lights in the rediscovery of lost smoothness from the late 1970s and '80s.

Here's another brooding and majestic new remix by Shai Vardi aka Virgin Magnetic Material, and proof once again of his unerring ability make even the most overplayed rock classic sound vibrant and interesting again. You can listen to Shai's other remixes featured on AOR Disco here.

Representing the Pacific Northwest chapter of the worldwide AOR brotherhood dj Shmeejay has long been one of this site's most excellent and regular contributors.  Here he presents another smooth, club-orientated mix of a dozen re-interpretations of soft rock, pop and disco classics.