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.
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.
“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.
With his fourth studio album “Good Day”, singer-songwriter Jonathan Jeremiah delivered a soulful masterpiece in 2018. Then it became quiet around the London artist. Now, finally, the man with the warm baritone voice is back with his epic new single “Horsepower For The Streets” and has announced a new album of the same name for September.
Since 2013, Lexsoul Dancemachine has stood for energetic funk-soul made in Estonia. On their forthcoming EP “Lex On The Beach”, the six-piece band from Tallinn now follows their passion for the smoother yacht soul sounds from California. Starting next week, the soul brothers will be on tour in Germany.
Her inimitable voice ennobled the groundbreaking recordings of artists such as George Duke, Chick Corea and Miles Davis, her solo albums rank among the masterpieces of jazz fusion, now Brazilian music legend Flora Purim returns at the age of 80 with her new album “If You Will” to continue her musical journey.
Neo soul artist Nao Yoshioka drops her new single “Tokyo 2020” inspired by her life in Tokyo during the pandemic. Nao’s exotic soulful vocal work shines through with beautiful strings, creating a midtempo tune that combines the nostalgic atmosphere of the 70’s with a modern R&B sound.
“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 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.
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