Here you find the latest news from the music world, whether from the West Coast, AOR or Soul.

Benny Sings releases new EP “Santa Barbara”

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 smooth Californian-tinged pop, jazzy R&B and a touch of DIY charm. On his new EP “Santa Barbara”, which has just been released, the Amsterdam-based artist brings together the numerous cover versions he has recorded in recent years.

DJ Supermarkt announces the 10th edition of the renowned Too Slow To Disco series

After smooth detours into Soul covers, French Neo-Disco, modern Sunset Disco and Brazilian AOR, DJ Supermarkt’s “Too Slow To Disco” series makes a joyous return to its original West Coast AOR and Yacht roots this year with its tenth edition. The anniversary compilation, which features 16 rare gems from the 70s and 80s, will be released on August 26th. If you can’t wait that long, you can already listen to a first minimix.

Michael McDonald collaborates with Spanish singer Buika on a new version of the classic “You Belong To Me”

“You Belong To Me” is one of the great masterpieces of West Coast music. Written by Michael McDonald and Carly Simon in the 70s, the song was recorded again and again in the following decades, including by world stars like Anita Baker and Chaka Khan. Now McDonald has invited the Spanish singer Buika into the studio to reinterpret this tale of love, jealousy and infidelity. The result is a seductive, Latin flavoured version that brings new facets to a timeless classic.

Dutch West Coast band Dawn Patrol “Bring On The Good Times” with their first album

“Bring On The Good Times” is the debut album by Dawn Patrol, a brand new Dutch collective led by producer, songwriter and musician Phil Martin (Jazzinvaders, AIFF, Martin & Garp), that sets out to explore the essence of West Coast music, Softrock spirit and European pop sensibility. The result is an album that celebrates the slick LA sound of the early 80s and pays homage to West Coast heroes like Pages and Player.

The Youngtones celebrate classic soul music on their debut

The American soul outfit Youngtones revive the lightness of 60s and 70s soul music on their recently released self-titled debut album. The album is characterised by catchy melodies, crisp bass lines, great brass sections and a warm production. Sam Cooke would have snapped his fingers at so much groovy lightness.