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

Modern Love – BBE Music celebrates David Bowie’s career with a new tribute album

With the new David Bowie tribute album “Modern Love”, the British label BBE Music presents one of the most exciting compilations of this spring. The 17 tracks, interpreted by artists such as Helado Negro, Khruangbin, Jeff Parker, We Are KING, Eddie Chacon and Meshell Ndegeocello, offer a foray through Bowie’s entire back catalogue. A special focus is placed on the influences of genres such as soul, R&B, jazz, funk and gospel on Bowie’s work. “Modern Love” is a compilation that invites you to rediscover a legend in a contemporary setting. Bowie would have enjoyed it.

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.

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.

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.

British R&B singer Joel Culpepper releases new single “Thought About You” featuring Shawn Lee

South-East London’s Joel Culpepper has been one of the hottest acts on the British R&B scene for years with his unique voice and energetic blend of modern soul and funk. After his excellent last single “Poetic Justice”, which he recorded with nu-jazz musician and fellow Londoner Tom Misch, he has this time teamed up with legendary multi-instrumentalist and producer Shawn Lee for his new single “Thought About You”. The song is accompanied by a new video – a hyper-stylised vision of a classic retro talk-show, complete with comedian Munya Chawawa enthusiastically adopting the role of host. Culpepper’s forthcoming debut album, “Sgt Culpepper”, will be released on July 23rd via his own label, Pepper Records.

A.J. Croce pays tribute to the heyday of soul and rock with his new album, “By Request”

With his new album “By Request”, American singer/songwriter and pianist A.J. Croce invites us to a musical house party. And as at any great party, the guests ask the host at an advanced hour to sit down at the piano and play the classics to sing together and remember the good old times. The result is an album on which the son of the famous Jim Croce reinterprets evergreens and hidden gems of soul, rock and blues music of the 60s and 70s with such joy and great musicianship that it is a pleasure to listen.