Meet Mariya Takeuchi and Welcome to " City Pop"

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Most people are not familiar with the term ” City Pop” a style that  began in Japan in the late 1970s produced by artists who refused to embrace traditional Japanese music and began to emulate American soft rock, and R&B. Around 2010, this genre experienced a new found popularity ( especially online ) Tatsuro Yamashita is considered by many the ” King of City Pop” along with his wife Mariya Takeuchi. Several years ago when Yacht Rock Miami was founded Captain Juan Luv introduced me to Mariya who has sold over 16 million records in Japan. She is best known for the City Pop song “Plastic Love” from her number-one album ” Variety”  (1984) This track is an excellent primer for those wishing to musically explore the vast oceans of ” Smoothnes” available . I’ve included the video to Friday Night Plans version which will certainly have you seeking out more of their music. Listen to all these great tracks and many more at           [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Review: Kygo, Tina Turner – What’s Love Got to Do with It

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] DJ AlexGutierrez / SFDJA / Miami I guess if someone HAD to remix this track, Kygo ,pronounced KY-GU ( Kyrre Gørvell-Dahll ) wasn’t a terrible choice since most of his productions are more on the laid back side of contemporary dance music or ” Chill” as fans will tell you. He’s approached similar projects like this before such as Marvin Gaye’s “Sexual Healing” and Whitney Houston’s version of the Steve Winwood Classic ” Higher Love” all with similar sounding results. The ” Kygo” formula I would assume. Some Acapellas here and there , a slight effect on the vocals and a drop into 118 BPM dance. We’ve been here before, but that’s Ok , I am not the target consumer. Although as a Dj, especially an older DJ ,this track would be categorized as an early evening starter. Thankfully as the founder of the South Florida DJ Association with over 3000 members I have access to opinions and reactions from DJs of all ages, even though I actively seek out faithful remixes of Classic tracks to include in my sets. The general consensus was not surprising in this age of Hip Hop and a leaning towards a “harder ” danceContinue readingReview: Kygo, Tina Turner – What’s Love Got to Do with It

" Sara" Freestyle artist Tony Marino returns !

DJ Alex Gutierrez /SFDJA Miami Many of you aren’t old enough to remember the 1986 hit ” Sara” by Starship (a continuation of Jefferson Starship, that underwent a change in musical direction, with loss of personnel, and a lawsuit settlement that led to a name change) . Tony Marino‘s new version achieves what many ” Remakes” often don’t , it updates the style , while being faithful to the original production. The track has an unmistakable Freestyle feel with 80s style electronic elements that can easily be programmed into any retro DJ set. Back in my early DJ days Marino’s 1989 single ” Love You Feel” And ” Without You”became a mixshow and club staples. Producer Tolga Katas produced his follow up ” One Love” ( written by Tony Marino and Giuseppe D. ) On ” Sara” Marino’s vocals shine through nicely and drive DJ /Producer Jorge Ojeda’s production with additional production work that includes Ricky Alfaras and Giuseppe D.) Released on Destune Records, Miami’s longest running and last standing Freestyle Dance Music label this track is already grabbing the attention of the members of The South Florida DJ Association. whose over 3000 members can’t wait to get back in theContinue reading" Sara" Freestyle artist Tony Marino returns !

Pet Shop Boys – Monkey Business

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] DJ Alex Gutierrez / Review Well , Well , Well I was certainly surprised when I came across the new Pet Shop Boys track ” Monkey Business” the voice is unmistakably Neil Tennant and in the video we even see Chris Lowe Dancing. Hotspot is their fourteenth studio album and they prove once again they are in a league of their own. It’s ” synthy” as a PSB track should be , but it adds some Disco elements ( which will NEVER be a complaint coming from me) throw in a vocoder, some violins and we are ready to play this track in any throwback set ( but use the Prins Thomas diskomiks REMIX) The boys don’t disappoint with this single, and it’s a call back to tracks like New York City Boy focusing more on the “fun” side of their catalog You should have no problem filling the dance floor when this comes on. .Monkey business’ is taken from the new album ‘Hotspot’, released 24th January 2020. You can listen to the album here – .Monkey business’ is taken from the new album ‘Hotspot’, released 24th January 2020. You can listen to the album here – [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Jim Williamson – Love Will Find a Way

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] “Love Will find a way” is a track from Lionel Ritchie’s 1983 album ” Can’t Slow Down ” written by Greg Phillinganes , a prominent figure in the Yacht Rock genre. Five singles were released from Can’t Slow Down, all of which hit the top ten , including two that reached #1. The album also won the Grammy in 1985. A few days ago , I ran across a video on You Tube with a cover version by local talent and friend Jim Williamson. I hadn’t heard the track in a while and was instantly intrigued on how Jim would approach it since I’ve had the pleasure of working him and watching him perform songs I loved and loved even more when I heard his unique approach. Needless to say I was not disappointed. Musically the jazzy arrangement was a welcomed departure from the original R &B feel of Lionel’s version, but it was Jim’s vocals that sealed the deal for me. Natural and refreshing come to mind as I hear this track over and over , we’ve heard the song before , but Jim and his musicians make it new once again. A definite ” Must have” for anyContinue readingJim Williamson – Love Will Find a Way

The Elements of Perfection : " I AM " Earth Wind & Fire

by DJ Alex Gutierrez Miami SFDJA / Rewind 1039 I’ve made it a point to have each one of my kids listen to a few cuts from Earth Wind and Fire’s 1979 album ” I Am ” often I’ve wondered if younger people can ” feel ” and appreciate the music , as we did back in the day. 31 years after it’s release I am still compelled to ” spread the word” on one of the most influential records in my life. ” I Am ” offers 9 beautifully arranged tracks that are elevated by excellent musicianship as well as lyrical content integrity with a humanitarian edge. Although it didn’t include interludes as with previous albums, this production delivers Earth Wind and Fire’s inspirational message to uplift the conscious state of mankind musically.  It was 1979, the peak of the Disco craze and record labels targeted the dance floor which is why in my opinion a track like ” Boogie Wonderland” was produced for this album   Up to that point, the group had not included any Disco flavored songs in any of their prior releases. The band finally gave a nod to the style, with “Boogie Wonderland” ( whichContinue readingThe Elements of Perfection : " I AM " Earth Wind & Fire

Music Therapy: Take two and call me in the morning

DJ Alex Gutierrez Miami/SFDJA Believe it or not a lot of people I know have turned to music as a coping mechanism during this difficult time. People of all ages, tired of Netflix have decided to just hangout and listen to their favorite songs as therapy. Now i can only represent the 50 and over crowd, so I’ve decide to put together my favorite Spotify playlists I’ve created with a nice sampling of tracks our age group would appreciate. Music is therapeutic and on a Miami rainy day such as today, these playlists have some great music for all of us who grew up in the 70s and 80s. Some great links for us ” 50s+ ” are Rewind 1039 Freestyle Disco ” Jamoneo” is a playlist I created with some Slow Jams that have an emotional connection to me . It spans many decades and crosses over many genres. It will surely bring back some memories ! My Playlist ” Disco Cream” gives you a nice sampling of dance floor favorites as well as some obscure stuff you’ll like. ” Miami Salsa Party” are some tracks I play at local clubs that get people dancing. New and oldContinue readingMusic Therapy: Take two and call me in the morning

Cerrone: From France with Love

by DJ Alex Gutierrez Miami/ Rewind 1039 / SFDJA In 1976 at the age of 15 & 16, two aspiring DJs , unable to get into any of the straight clubs in Miami , found themselves in front of the WindwardResort Motel in Miami Beach. They both agreed that they would say ” We left our IDs in the car ( Those lines worked back then ) Half an hour past their curfew of 10:00pm , they approached the front door and a large bouncer who calmly waved them in, No questions asked . The music was getting louder, the dance floor packed with bodies, and a song that would introduce them to a whole new world of music they couldn’t get at their local record store. The song was ” Love in C Minor” by Cerrone but they wouldn’t find out the name of the song until two weeks later because the DJ had covered the label with tape, a practice back in the day to sound exclusive. I was one of those two kids who would forever be in love with the music known as ” Disco” Jean-Marc Cerrone born 24 May 1952 is a French disco drummer, composer, recordContinue readingCerrone: From France with Love

Malo: Suavecito

Dj Alex Gutierrez SFDJA/ Rewind 1039 Although the track was released in 1972 , it wasn’t until the summer of 1975 that I attended a house party where the record player was being manned by an older kid about 17 or 18 years old. Salsoul’s ” Tangerine” has just finished playing , and the dance floor ( the middle of someone’s living room ) was clearing when I first heard the song that would attach itself to a memory I would create that night. My first slow dance . At first it sounded like something my parents would hear at the time, Latin Music was something I only heard at adult parties, but slowly I saw many of the kids leading girls to the dance area and turning down the lights, after a minute or so only one girl remained and only one shy, introverted boy , looking awkwardly at each other knowing that by the process of elimination they were destined to be each others ” First Slow Dance” The song was Suavecito by Malo a SanFrancisco group led by, Richard Bean, Arcelio Garcia and Jorge Santana brother of Carlos. The song was written by and sung by, Richard Bean.Continue readingMalo: Suavecito

Albert One: The One!

by DJ Alex Gutierrez Miami /Rewind 1039 Alberto Carpani (April 23, 1956 – May 11, 2020) best known for his Italo disco releases in the late 1970’s and early 1980 as Albert One .He was also a DJ and music producer. His many single releases , embraced by DJs here in South Florida and sold as ” Imports” include “Yes No Family”, “Turbo Diesel”, “Heart on Fire”, “Lady O”, “For Your Love”, “Secrets”, “Hopes & Dreams”, “Everybody”, “Visions”, and “Loverboy”. They were released on the popular Import labels  ZYX Music and Baby Records (Italy). As a Disco fan…. Italo music was not a smooth transition from the lush violin filled productions to the electronic and sometimes simplistic arrangements of Italo Disco. But with the decline in new Disco material many DJs immediately embraced this style. He was also known as A1, Jock Hattle, Albert One, and A.C. One. He was involved in many Italo projects such as Clock On 5, Enola, Funny Twins, Tom Dollar, and X-One. His last major hit, 1999 single “Sing a Song Now Now“, reached number 6 in the Spanish music charts. Albert One died of COVID-19 during the pandemic on May 11, 2020. You can hear Albert One and his hits on Rewind 1039 24Continue readingAlbert One: The One!

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