When it comes to creating a relaxed atmosphere, there’s nothing quite like a good music mix. And some songs that’s sure to bring a smile to your face and a sense of warmth to your heart are those songs.
Viva La Felicita
Middle of the Road – The Meters
A funky instrumental track by the New Orleans-based band, The Meters. The song was originally released on their 1971 album, “Struttin‚,” and has since become one of their most popular and recognizable tracks. “Middle of the Road” is a testament to The Meters‘ legacy as one of the most influential and groundbreaking bands of their time. With their seamless blend of musical genres and their unwavering dedication to the groove, they continue to inspire and delight listeners around the world, and this track is a shining example of their incredible talent and vision.
Inner City Blues – Placebo
„Inner City Blues“ is a soulful and emotive track originally recorded by Marvin Gaye in 1971. It has since been covered by many artists, including the Belgian jazz musician, Marc Moulin.
Moulin’s version is a smooth and jazzy interpretation that showcases his mastery of the keyboard and his ability to infuse classic tracks with his own unique style. The track begins with a melodic keyboard riff that sets the tone for the rest of the song. As the drums and bass kick in, Moulin’s keyboard work becomes more intricate and complex, creating a lush and layered sound that’s both soothing and engaging.
Viva La Felicita – Franco Godi
Signor Rossi features soundtrack highlights from the popular European psychedelic cartoon series of the ’70s, “Viva La Felicita”. Franco Godi became known in Italy in the 1960s and 1970s as a composer of advertising music, which earned him the nickname „Mr. Jingle“. After a few years, he became known as a composer for animated cartoons and television films, including the animated series La Linea and of course Signor Rossi.
Take A Little Trip – Minnie Riperton
A funky and upbeat track by the legendary singer Minnie Riperton, known for her stunning four-octave vocal range and soulful delivery. The song was originally released in 1975 on her album “Adventures in Paradise” and has since become a favorite among her fans. Minnie Riperton’s incredible talent as a singer and songwriter. The song’s catchy groove and playful lyrics make it an instant classic, while Riperton’s vocals elevate it to a level of pure artistry.
Do Your Own Thing – Brook Benton
The song was originally released in 1969, and it quickly became a hit among fans of R&B and soul music. What’s interesting about “Do Your Own Thing” is how it manages to capture the spirit of the times. The late 1960s were a time of great social change and upheaval, and the song’s message of individuality and self-expression resonated deeply with the youth of the era. The track became an anthem for a generation of young people who were looking to break free from convention and carve their own path in life.
Right – David Bowie
“Right“ is a haunting and introspective track by the legendary singer-songwriter David Bowie. The song was released in 1975 on his album “Young Americans” and is often considered one of his most underrated tracks. The album embraced elements of funk, soul, and R&B, creating a sound that was both fresh and exciting. David Bowie’s vocals, of course, are a standout feature of the album, with his emotive and dynamic delivery bringing a sense of urgency and passion to the lyrics. The backing vocals from Luther Vandross, Ava Cherry and Robin Clark also add a rich and soulful texture to many of the tracks.
Valdez in the Country – Donny Hathaway
A classic instrumental track by the legendary soul artist Donny Hathaway. The song was released in 1972 on Hathaway’s album “Live” and it quickly became a fan favorite. Its infectious groove and laid-back vibe make it a perfect track for relaxation, while Hathaway’s musical prowess and talent make it a must-listen for anyone interested in the history of soul and R&B music.
Bra – Cymande
The song was released in 1972 on the band’s self-titled debut album, and it quickly became a hit among fans of funk, soul, and world music. Cymande released three albums during their brief but influential career. Despite their relatively short career, Cymande’s music has had a lasting impact on the funk and soul genres, with their unique blend of influences and styles inspiring countless artists over the years.
It’s Critical – Billy Paul
Released in 1985 on his album „Lately.“ The song was written and produced by the legendary songwriting and production team of Gamble and Huff, who had previously worked with Paul on his iconic hit “Me and Mrs. Jones.”
Home Is Where the Hatred Is – Gill Scott-Heron
A powerful and poignant track by the American poet, musician, and activist Gil Scott-Heron. The song was released in 1971 on his album “Pieces of a Man” and it quickly became one of his most iconic and enduring works. Scott-Heron was known for his socially conscious lyrics and his ability to speak truth to power through his music. “Home Is Where the Hatred Is” is a powerful example of his ability to use music as a tool for social change, and it remains a testament to his enduring legacy as one of the most important and influential voices in American music.
You Can Be – Prophets of Peace
A soulful and uplifting track by the Prophets of Peace, a funk and soul band that was active in the 1970s. The song was released in 1974 on their self-titled album, which was produced again by legendary soul producer Norman Whitfield.
While the Prophets of Peace may not have achieved the same level of success as some of their more famous contemporaries, its positive message and infectious groove are a testament to the enduring power of music to inspire and uplift, and the Prophets of Peace’s legacy as a funk and soul band continues to inspire new generations of musicians today.
Make Me Believe in You – Curtis Mayfield
The song was released in 1973 on his album “Back to the World.” Musically, the track features a lush and emotive arrangement, with a slow, steady groove and a soaring string section. Mayfield’s guitar work is particularly impressive, with his understated but masterful playing adding to the song’s sense of longing and heartbreak.
Everybody Loves The Sunshine – Roy Ayers
Despite its relaxed and easygoing vibe, “Everybody Loves The Sunshine” is also a socially conscious track that touches on themes of unity, love, and peace. Its positive message and uplifting energy have made it a favorite among fans of funk, jazz, and soul music for decades, and it remains one of Roy Ayers‘ most enduring and beloved works. A real classic including Edwin Birdsong on keyboards.
Morning Sunrise – Weldon Irvine
“Morning Sunrise” is a soulful and evocative track by the American jazz musician and composer Weldon Irvine. The song was released in 1974 on his album „Spirit Man,“ and it has become one of his most beloved and enduring works. Its melancholy yet hopeful tone captures the essence of a new day dawning, while its emotive instrumentation and heartfelt lyrics continue to resonate with listeners today.
- Middle of the Road – The Meters
- Inner City Blues – Placebo
- Viva La Felicita – Franco Godi
- Take A Little Trip – Minnie Riperton
- Do Your Own Thing – Brook Benton
- Right – David Bowie
- Valdez in the Country – Donny Hathaway
- Bra – Cymande
- It’s Critical – Billy Paul
- Home Is Where the Hatred Is – Gill Scott-Heron
- You Can Be – Prophets of Peace
- Make Me Believe in You – Curtis Mayfield
- Everybody Loves The Sunshine – Roy Ayers
- Morning Sunrise – Weldon Irvine
When it comes to creating a relaxed atmosphere, there’s nothing quite like a good music mix. by Funkologie on Mixcloud