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KYGO Remix of Donna Summer’s ” Hot Stuff ” is Warm

It’s not terrible, it’s actually OK, but if he had access to the master recordings was this the best he could do? I would kill ( calm down…not like really kill ) to be able to remix any Disco classic with the original masters in hand , let alone a Donna Summer track. Let’s just blame his age he’s only about 29 years old. The video is cute . An obvious attempt to entice young listeners . They even dance Disco briefly , before they take off their clothes ( not that there’s anything wrong with that )

Miami Beat 305 presents a unique lineup of Cuban Djs from around the world

DJ Leo Perez, longtime Miami DJ is the force behind the new station ” Miami Beat 305″ which specializes in presenting DJs of Cuban origins. It’s refreshing to hear these young talented individuals programming everything from their native Cubaton, to Disco music. Pay particular attention to their 90s dance music selection since this was the period when most of them began. Their styles are definitely not mainstream and provide the listener with a new approach to programming. Miami Beat 305 also supports local artists. Listen to them at this Link. MIAMIBEAT305 music starts at 4 pm.

Yacht Rock Miami Celebrates it’s 4th Year ” Smooth Sailing”

Two guys in Hawaiian Shirts and captain’s hats playing soft rock from the 70s and 80s is the way we pitched our show to local bars and clubs. Needless to say , we got a lot of funny looks, but a few decided to take ” The Plunge” into the cool , refreshing waters of Yacht Rock Miami. The are rules in Yacht Rock , set by the mighty Yacht Gods somewhere in California. We adhered , we studied the ” ways’ , the sound, the mood , we faced the devil himself and were not tempted with the empty promises of ” Margaritaville and even though the sailors said ” Brandy ” we were strong. Then we began searching deep within our own ” Yacht Souls ” searching for those songs that were present on our Yacht here in South Florida and re-discovered a treasure chest of tunes that we had to bring on deck for all to hear.  Sweet Freedom !! Yacht Rock Miami was born, the sound unique , calming , and so so SMOOTH. Captain Juan Luv at the helm created a station where all Yacht Rockers all over the world could unite and partake inContinue readingYacht Rock Miami Celebrates it’s 4th Year ” Smooth Sailing”

Los 3 Feos Entertainment presents ” Fania All Stars Live in Africa”

Alex Gutierrez/ Miami   In 1974, at the peak of New York City’s Salsa explosion, the Fania All-Stars, a group that brought together several of the Fania record label’s most popular artists, were invited to perform in front of 80,000 people at a stadium in Zaire, Africa the Stadu du Hai in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire) as part of the build-up to the Muhammad Ali / George Foreman fight.With performances by Celia Cruz, Héctor Lavoe, and an incredible dance demonstration from Roberto Roena ( Which is one of my favorite moments Click Here ) and of course the All-Stars’  which include Johnny Pacheco, Santos Colon, Cheo Feliciano, Larry Harlow, Bobby Valentin, Ray Barretto and more. Captured on film by director Leon Gast with help from Albert Maysles originally released in 1986. Live In Africa is great film to enjoy with the whole family and an excellent teachable moment to share with younger generations who may not have been exposed to this caliber of musicianship.  If you missed them then, Don’t Miss them now !! Live in Africa will be shown on Friday September 25 at 8pm at The Dade County Youth Fair Grounds located on Coral Way andContinue readingLos 3 Feos Entertainment presents ” Fania All Stars Live in Africa”

Mayer Hawthorne “Someone Like You”

http://www.yachtrockmiami.comI t’s the kind of music that we secretly prayed would be produced again. It took a lot searching but about 2 years ago I discovered Mayer , since then I’ve been hooked. Check out this and other smooth classics on www.yachtrockmiami.com Official audio of Mayer Hawthorne’s “Someone Like You” from his new EP, Party of One (BMG/Vagrant 2016). Download the “Party of One” EP now: http://smarturl.it/PartyOfOne Listen to “Party of One” EP (full album) here: http://smarturl.it/PartyOfOneYT Text Mayer: +1 (323) 402-5291 Subscribe to the official Mayer Hawthorne Channel here: http://smarturl.it/MayerYouTubeSub

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Where’s The Disco?

Quick Review / DJ Alex Gutierrez / SFDJA Kylie Minogue will release a new album, Disco, in November. I was excited with the title , being a Disco DJ since the 70s , I couldn’t wait to hear it. Instead of violins , dreamy vocals , 120- 124 BPM , 4 on the Floor energy and elements on what most of us consider Disco I got a light ” Radio Ga Ga ” ( Queen ) with Madonna ” Like a Prayer ” vocals coming in at about 107 BPM I Love Kylie but don’t call your album ” Disco” and then release this as your first single. I have hope for the rest of the album. Do you notice the similarities?

We Like To Party: The Future of Going Out

DJ Alex Gutierrez/ SFDJA/ Miami While many businesses are suffering due to the coronavirus pandemic, there are many challenges that put small music venues in a particularly tough spot. As DJs we see no end in sight to all the venue closures. Many full time DJs have been forced to look for ” Real” jobs as many in the industry call work outside the music biz. We look around and see those establishments that have supported us, in serious trouble and there is nothing we can do to help. Reopening with a reduced capacity for many of these bars and clubs ( if and when that will be possible) just won’t cut it. The business model has always been ” Pack the House” Social distancing and nightclubs are about as compatible as dogs and cats  Event venues and banquet halls have all shut down, some even closing their doors permanently. In an attempt to get creative, DJs have loaded their gear on pickup trucks in order to capitalize on the ” Drive By” party trend. Some ask for donations while playing music on Facebook Live only to be disconnected after 15 minutes because Music Companies have identified songs that belongContinue readingWe Like To Party: The Future of Going Out

Junior’s Band : Dancing Salsa in Africa

DJ Alex Gutierrez / SFDJA / Miami Recorded by the American rock band TOTO  in 1981, for their fourth studio album TOTO IV. Africa is is a song that has been remade countless of times , most recently by the band Weezer in 2018.who introduced the track to millennials. It was even sampled ( sort of ) by Pitbull for his contribution to the ” Aquaman ” soundtrack ( The track is titled ‘Ocean to Ocean’ and sees Pitbull duetting with Rhea) with laughable results. Now Africa receives the ” Salsa” treatment by local group Junior’s Band , who had several hits back in the 90s as ” Miami’s Band ” I was fortunate enough to do several remixes for them and was able to hear up close and personal what great musicians are part of this band. The arrangements are extremely faithful to Toto’s original song , the latin vibe works well for this track and the results are an upbeat salsa track that will be embraced by all just on the familiarity alone. Lots of positive DJ comments on this one !! Check it out !! Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Juniors-Band-DOYO-465122127175776https://www.facebook.com/Juniors-Band-DOYO-465122127175776 Available on all platforms @youtube @spotify @applemusic@theofficialpandora @deezer @tidal @amazonmusic

EL Dany ( Yomil & Dany ) Dead at 31

Daniel Muñoz, better known as ” El Dany” , died in the early hours of Saturday July 18 at the Calixto García hospital in Havana, he was buried in the Colón necropolis the same day in the afternoon. He was 31 years old. Yomil y Dany first joined forces as the group D Punto D and gained some popularity in Cuban nightclubs and on social media, they split in 2011. Reuniting in 2015, they approached ” Cubaton” by utilizing a more aggressive sound and mixing traditional reggeaton arrangements with trap and electronic synths. An official statement concerning his cause of death has not been released. Their New Single ” Navega” Premiered February 2020

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 www.yachtrockmiami.com           [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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