Hong Kong Beat mobile disco puts on some 90s alternative rock for Tuesday Chill-out

The 90s were looked on at the time as a decade that you either hated or loved the different directions that music was developing in.

R&B had gone down the road into hip hop and rap, inspired in turn by social dissatisfaction and gang culture; pop and disco had evolved into europop, house music and the rave culture inspired by new age thinking and, well, drugs; while rock music had gone dark and grungy, inspired by whatever demons rested in the minds of the musicians.

In the rock World however, there was still something of a melodic vein, and sometimes more ambient chilled sound coming from the indie/garage and alternative rockers, often fusing sounds of urban music, with folk, pop and hard rock to create new, fresh sounds.

Hong Kong Beat takes a listen to some of these tunes for a 90s alt rock chill-out.

Hong Kong Beat mobile disco presents the New Soul Men

Many people regard the 60s and 70s as the era of the great soul men – Wilson Pickett, the Reverend Al Green, Barry White, Marvin Gaye… And certainly it seemed that during the next couple of decades, R&B moved away from soulful tunes and voices in the main, although the advent of neo soul kept an undercurrent alive.

However the past 10 years or so has seen a resurgence in the popularity of great soul music with some new neo soul male artists, notably D’Angelo and of course John Legend, who’s voice seems to be popping up everywhere from his own albums, to Tarantino movies, to dance tunes, to hip-hop. But they are not alone in reviving the feeling that only a silky tenor or baritone can bring to a set of heart grabbing soulful lyrics.

So for Soulful Saturday this week, Hong Kong Beat presents a selection of some of the New Soul Men in the Millennium.

What’s going on, indeed.

Hong Kong Beat mobile disco funkin’ it with 90s R&B for Funky Friday

The 90s brought a lot of change in music, in part due to the availability of electronic means of making music and, in a big part, the ability to sample old tracks. This was especially true in dance and R&B, where sampling older funk tracks in the 80s gave musical life to the street poetry of rappers.

R&B by the 90s had developed into several streams (rather than genres I would say), hip-hop/rap, new jack swing, neosoul, jazz-funk/soul-funk being what I would call the main streams.

Underlying all of these streams though were the funky rhythms and bass licks that the 90s R&B artists had grown up listening to with their parent’s music.

Here’s a little selection of funk infused 90s R&B tracks for Funky Friday.

Hong Kong Beat mobile disco plays chart music with the top 2 singles from around the World

Thumping Thursday presents the 12 tunes currently at number 1 or 2 of the singles charts in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Netherlands, New Zealand, UK and USA.

El Perdon (Official Remix), Nicky Jam Feat. Enrique Iglesias – #1 Netherlands
Like I’m Gonna Lose You, Meghan Trainor feat. John Legend – #1 New Zealand
Can’t Feel My Face, The Weeknd – #2 Australia, Canada, New Zealand, USA
Stole The Show, Kygo feat. Parson James – #1 France
Shine, Years & Years – #2 UK
Black Magic, Little Mix – #1 UK
Cheerleader, OMI – #1 Canada, USA
Are You With Me (Original mix), Lost Frequencies Feat. Easton Corbin – #1 Australia
Reality (feat. Janieck Devy) [Extended Mix], Lost Frequencies – #1 Germany
Goodbye, Feder feat. Lyse – #2 France
Sugar (feat. Francesco Yates), Robin Schulz – #2 Germany
Ain’t Nobody (Loves Me Better), Felix Jaehn feat. Jasmine Thompson – #2 Netherlands

Hong Kong Beat mobile disco chills with some acid jazz and rap for Tuesday Chill-out (some explicit lyrics)

Visiting Tokyo a few years back on a business trip, got talking to the owner of a beat club I was taken to by the business hosts and invited me to me play a 60 minute guest set from my laptop the next night. Found the playlist recently and thought I’d re-create the set.

Jazz… Nice.

Hong Kong Beat mobile disco 80s soul weekender part 3

Sunday Selection rounds off the 80s soul weekender with a little more uptempo and funky soul tunes.

Blow your whistle.

Hong Kong Beat mobile disco’s 80s soul weekender, part 2

Heading into Soulful Saturday with part 2 of Hong Kong Beat’s 80s soul weekender.

Funkateers?