RAM ON: The 50th Anniversary Tribute to Paul & Linda McCartney’s RAM

To mark this year’s 50th anniversary of RAM by Paul & Linda McCartney, over 100 musicians have come together under the direction of Denny Seiwell, the original drummer of Paul McCartney & Wings, and multi-instrumentalist and producer Fernando Perdomo to re-record this seminal album. The result is “RAM ON”, a generation-spanning labour of love that meticulously recreates the original and impresses with its attention to detail and great musicanship.

David Guez releases new single “The Corners Of Your Mind”

The music of Anglo-French singer and songwriter David Guez seems to have fallen out of time. His songs have a timeless quality and could easily have been released in 1986. On his debut album “Imperfect Harmony”, the artist had already dealt with the nature of time. Now his new single “The Corners Of Your Mind” has been released via Gold Mountain Music and convinces with classic pop music qualities, a seductive synth groove and a good portion of mellow West Coast feeling.

With his new single “Rainmaker”, John Carroll Kirby takes a funky trip back in time to the 80s

The LA based producer, pianist, and composer John Carroll Kirby has announced his new album “Septet”, which will be released in June on Stones Throw Records. His first single “Rainmaker” from his forthcoming album dives deep into jazz-funk territory and would have cut a fine figure on a Herbie Hancock or George Duke album in the early 80s. Everything sounds relaxed, warm and very groovy. The new video underlines this vintage character featuring funny guest appearances from Mac DeMarco, Kerwin Frost, Cola Boyy and Eddie Chacon.

Brainstory bring Californian spring vibes to the turntable with their new single “Seasons”

The Californian trio Brainstory is back with its new single “Seasons”. The song combines the band’s sun-drenched Californian soul approach with a jazzy touch of Roy Ayers, hip hop influenced beats and mellow 70s West Coast pop. The result is an infectious and uplifting song written at the beginning of Covid lockdown, with the hope of finding a bright side in the troubles of the world. At the same time, this beautifully smooth tune is the announcement of their new EP “Ripe”, which will be released via Big Crown Records on June 25.

Simply Music – Interview with Benny Sings

His songs often seem light and easy-going, but they are guaranteed to stick in your ears: Dutch singer, songwriter and producer Tim van Berkestijn, better known by his stage name Benny Sings, has become one of the Netherlands’ most talented musical exports with his distinctive blend of mellow Californian-influenced pop, jazzy R&B and a hint of DIY charm. In the music business for around twenty years, Benny Sings has collaborated with the likes of Anderson .Paak, Cornelius and Mayer Hawthorne and earned himself a loyal fan base – not least among artists and musicians. In 2019, he made his international breakthrough with the critically acclaimed record “City Pop”. On his new album “Music”, released on April 9th via Stones Throw Records, he refines his signature sound, supported by great artists such as Mac DeMarco, Tom Misch, Emily King and Kelsey Gonzales. WEST COAST SOUL talked with the Amsterdam-based artist about his new album, his latest collaborations, sources of inspiration, the right beat, nostalgia and much more.

L’Impératrice explore the avenues of the heart with their new album “Tako Tsubo”

The Parisian electro-disco band L’Impératrice has been enchanting their listeners for years with their seductive mixture of 80s-inspired synth grooves, French space disco reminiscences, library music accents and superb melodies. After the six piece band, founded by Charles de Boisseguin in 2012, caused a stir far beyond the borders of France with their debut album “Matahari” three years ago, they now return with the follow-up “Tako Tsubo” and blend heartbreak, elegance and Japanese manga aesthetics with the joy of musical experimentation.

Review: “The Exciting Sounds of Menahan Street Band” by Menahan Street Band

After a nearly ten-year hiatus, the legendary instrumental soul group Menahan Street Band will release their third album “The Exciting Sounds of Menahan Street Band” on February 26th, via Daptone Records. The result is an album that you no longer expected, but now do not want to miss. Great cinematic instrumental soul-funk, with which the musical collective from Brooklyn seamlessly connects to old great deeds. Definitely one of the soul albums of the year.

Gilles Peterson and Jean-Paul “Bluey” Maunick celebrate the early days of Brit-funk as STR4TA

DJ, label boss and radio host Gilles Peterson has teamed up with Incognito’s Jean-Paul “Bluey” Maunick for their joint project STR4TA. On their debut album “Aspects”, released on 26 March on Brownswood Recordings, the two long-time friends and collaborators revive the loose, multi-faceted energy of the early 80s Brit-funk scene and the spirit that guided it. The result is an album full of gritty DIY vitality coupled with the raw soul of this era just waiting to be unleashed on a live audience.