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


KRAAK & SMAAK HERALD THE SUMMER WITH THEIR NEW SINGLE “ALL I NEED (FEAT. IOGI)”

Kraak & Smaak are finally back! With their new single “All I Need”, the Dutch trio skilfully mixes a refreshing sound cocktail of soulful Rhodes grooves, a touch of sun-drenched Americana and a pinch of sultry Italian-French 70s flair, that will accompany us through the warm summer days. The song is featuring vocals by Tel Aviv-born and -based artist and producer iogi. “All I Need” is released today on the trio’s own label Boogie Angst.

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MNDSGN RELEASES HIS NEW ALBUM “RARE PLEASURE”

On his new album “Rare Pleasure”, released today via Stones Throw Records, American artist and producer Mndsgn aka Ringgo Ancheta brings together the music that has inspired him over the years – R&B, soundtrack music, psychedelia and jazz. The result is a dreamy, introverted album that oscillates between jazz-funk references and slow hip-hop beats, conveying Mndsgn’s message: Cherish the moment and enjoy life.

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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.

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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.

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JOE ARMON-JONES ANNOUNCES NEW LABEL AQUARII WITH SOLO SINGLE “PRAY”

London-based keyboard virtuoso, composer and producer Joe Armon-Jones returns with his new single “Pray”, which marks the launch of his new label Aquarii Records. Aquarii will be a home for all of Joe’s forthcoming solo releases and collaborative work.

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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.

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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.

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GASPARD AUGÉ FROM JUSTICE RELEASES HIS DEBUT SINGLE “FORCE MAJEURE”

Gaspard Augé, best known as one half of the French two-time GRAMMY award-winning electronic duo Justice who fused rock and rave in the mid-2000s, has just teased his upcoming solo debut album with the release of his new single “Force Majeure” via Ed Banger Records / Because Music.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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BRUNO MARS AND ANDERSON .PAAK HAVE TEAMED UP FOR NEW PROJECT SILK SONIC – FIRST SINGLE “LEAVE THE DOOR OPEN” OUT NOW

Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak have joined forces for the collaboration project Silk Sonic and have now released their first single “Leave the Door Open”. The smooth 70s-inspired soul song will appear on the upcoming album “An Evening With Silk Sonic”, which the two artists announced last week.

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MNDSGN RELEASES NEW SINGLE “HOPE YOU’RE DOIN’ BETTER”

Californian artist Mndsgn returns with his new single and video “Hope You’re Doin’ Better”. The single is taken from the forthcoming album “Rare Pleasure”, which is inspired by soundtracks, samba, exotica and library records from the 70s/80s and will be released on June 4th via Stones Throw Records.

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BOTTLED SUNSHINE – DJ SUPERMARKT RELEASES “TOO SLOW TO DISCO – YACHT DISCO EDITS VOL. 3”

Especially when it comes to relaxed, sun-drenched grooves, Marcus Liesenfeld aka DJ Supermarkt has been an international institution on the turntables for many years. To prevent boredom on the home lockdown dance floor, the Berlin DJ veteran and renowned Too Slow To Disco curator delivers the hottest sunset disco edits and remixes from all over the world with the Bandcamp compilation “Too Slow To Disco – Yacht Disco Edits Vol. 3” just in time for the upcoming spring. The edition, consisting of two volumes, contains a total of 27 tracks. The second part will be released this Friday.

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BENNY SINGS RELEASES NEW SINGLE “HERE IT COMES

The long-awaited new album “Music” by Dutch pop artist Tim van Berkestijn, better known by his stage name Benny Sings, will be released on 9 April featuring collaborations including Mac DeMarco, Tom Misch, Emily King, KYLE and Cautious Clay. “Here It Comes” is the latest single released with a lyric video directed by animator Sabrina Nichols.

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FINNISH SOUL SINGER BOBBY OROZA RETURNS WITH HIS NEW SINGLE “I GOT LOVE”

With his new single “I Got Love” (Big Crown Records), Finnish soul crooner Bobby Oroza delivers an atmospheric piece of vintage soul deeply rooted in the 70s – a perfect slow jam for the late winter.

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Overview about all our news

  • Kraak & Smaak herald the summer with their new single “All I Need (feat. iogi)” - Kraak & Smaak are finally back! With their new single "All I Need", the Dutch trio skilfully mixes a refreshing sound cocktail of soulful Rhodes grooves, a touch of sun-drenched Americana and a pinch of sultry Italian-French 70s flair, that will accompany us through the warm summer days. The song is featuring vocals by Tel Aviv-born and -based artist and producer iogi. "All I Need" is released today on the trio's own label Boogie Angst.
  • Mndsgn releases his new album “Rare Pleasure” - On his new album "Rare Pleasure", released today via Stones Throw Records, American artist and producer Mndsgn aka Ringgo Ancheta brings together the music that has inspired him over the years - R&B, soundtrack music, psychedelia and jazz. The result is a dreamy, introverted album that oscillates between jazz-funk references and slow hip-hop beats, conveying Mndsgn's message: Cherish the moment and enjoy life.
  • 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.
  • Joe Armon-Jones announces new label Aquarii with solo single “Pray” - London-based keyboard virtuoso, composer and producer Joe Armon-Jones returns with his new single "Pray", which marks the launch of his new label Aquarii Records. Aquarii will be a home for all of Joe's forthcoming solo releases and collaborative work.
  • 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.
  • Gaspard Augé from Justice releases his debut single “Force Majeure” - Gaspard Augé, best known as one half of the French two-time GRAMMY award-winning electronic duo Justice who fused rock and rave in the mid-2000s, has just teased his upcoming solo debut album with the release of his new single "Force Majeure" via Ed Banger Records / Because Music.
  • 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.
  • Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak have teamed up for new project Silk Sonic – first single ‘”Leave the Door Open” out now - Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak have joined forces for the collaboration project Silk Sonic and have now released their first single "Leave the Door Open". The smooth 70s-inspired soul song will appear on the upcoming album "An Evening With Silk Sonic", which the two artists announced last week.
  • Mndsgn releases new Single “Hope You’re Doin’ Better” - Californian artist Mndsgn returns with his new single and video “Hope You’re Doin’ Better”. The single is taken from the forthcoming album “Rare Pleasure”, which is inspired by soundtracks, samba, exotica and library records from the 70s/80s and will be released on June 4th via Stones Throw Records.
  • Bottled Sunshine – DJ Supermarkt releases “Too Slow To Disco – Yacht Disco Edits Vol. 3” - Especially when it comes to relaxed, sun-drenched grooves, Marcus Liesenfeld aka DJ Supermarkt has been an international institution on the turntables for many years. To prevent boredom on the home lockdown dance floor, the Berlin DJ veteran and renowned Too Slow To Disco curator delivers the hottest sunset disco edits and remixes from all over the world with the Bandcamp compilation "Too Slow To Disco - Yacht Disco Edits Vol. 3" just in time for the upcoming spring. The edition, consisting of two volumes, contains a total of 27 tracks. The second part will be released this Friday.
  • Benny Sings releases new single “Here It Comes” - The long-awaited new album "Music" by Dutch pop artist Tim van Berkestijn, better known by his stage name Benny Sings, will be released on 9 April featuring collaborations including Mac DeMarco, Tom Misch, Emily King, KYLE and Cautious Clay. "Here It Comes" is the latest single released with a lyric video directed by animator Sabrina Nichols.
  • Finnish soul singer Bobby Oroza returns with his new single “I Got Love” - With his new single "I Got Love" (Big Crown Records), Finnish soul crooner Bobby Oroza delivers an atmospheric piece of vintage soul deeply rooted in the 70s – a perfect slow jam for the late winter.
  • The Five West Coast Classics of the month – February 2021 - Once a month we take a look back at the classics and rather unknown album highlights of West Coast music from the 70s and 80s. Join WEST COAST SOUL on a foray through our record collection and travel with us back into the past.
  • Benny Sings releases new single “Nobody’s Fault” and announces new album for April - Dutch pop artist Tim van Berkestijn, better known by his stage name Benny Sings, has announced his new album "Music", which will be released on 9th April. A first taste of the long-awaited follow-up to "City Pop" is given by his new single "Nobody's Fault" (featuring Tom Misch), which will delight Benny's fans again with its modern blend of 70's influenced pop and soul.
  • The five West Coast classics of the month – January 2021 - Once a month we take a look back at the classics and rather unknown album highlights of West Coast music from the 70s and 80s. Join WEST COAST SOUL on a foray through our record collection and travel with us back into the past.
  • Soul, Funk and R&B classics from the vaults – January 2021 - Once a month we open the vaults of the WEST COAST SOUL record collection and take a look back at the classics of Soul, R&B and Funk from the 70s and 80s. Join us on a foray through a golden era of music history. Ladies and gentlemen, it’s Soul time!
  • The five West Coast classics of the month – December 2020 - Once a month we take a look back at the classics and rather unknown album highlights of West Coast music from the 70s and 80s. Join WEST COAST SOUL on a foray through our record collection and travel with us back into the past.
  • West Coast Soul.de – Albums of the Year 2020 - The year 2020 is drawing to a close and it was again a year of great new releases and rediscoveries. Of course it was and is always impossible to limit a year to just ten albums, but the following records have left a lasting impression on us and have accompanied us through these difficult months. It is time to honour the best albums of the year: Here is the West Coast Soul.de Top 10 of 2020!
  • Londoner Neo Soul singer Greentea Peng releases new single “Spells” - Greentea Peng is the stage name of British soul singer and songwriter Aria Wells. Today, on her birthday, the South London-based artist rounds off the year with the release of her new single "Spells", a song with a jazz-influenced beat, framed by honey-sweet vocals.
  • Soul, Funk and R&B classics from the vaults – November 2020 - Once a month we open the vaults of the WEST COAST SOUL record collection and take a look back at the classics of Soul, R&B and Funk from the 70s and 80s. Join us on a foray through a golden era of music history. Ladies and gentlemen, it's Soul time!
  • The five West Coast classics of the month – November 2020 - Once a month we take a look back at the classics and rather unknown album highlights of West Coast music from the 70s and 80s. Join WEST COAST SOUL on a foray through our record collection and travel with us back into the past.
  • Colemine Records announces new Kelly Finnigan holiday album “A Joyful Sound” - Even if there is still some time left until Christmas, from today on every soul lover can already look forward to this year's Advent season, because the American soul powerhouse Kelly Finnigan will release his first holiday album at the end of November. So make a note for the wish list!
  • The five West Coast Classics of the month – October 2020 - Once a month we take a look back at the classics and rather unknown album highlights of West Coast music from the 70s and 80s. Join WEST COAST SOUL on a foray through our record collection and travel with us back into the past.
  • “Rolled Up” – Benny Sings released new single featuring Mac DeMarco - Benny Sings has unveiled his latest single, “Rolled Up” featuring Mac DeMarco. It’s the third new song that Benny has released this year via Stones Throw, two of which he performed on a recent NPR Tiny Desk (At Home) Concert.
  • Michael Franks Birthday Special - The legendary American singer and songwriter Michael Franks has always been a master in playing with genres like jazz and folk, samba or swing. In 1973, the Californian-born artist released his first album, which was followed by countless others in the following decades.Throughout his 45-year career, Franks has collaborated with artists such as blues legends Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee, Flora Purim, Kenny Rankin, Ron Carter, The Crusaders, David Sanborn, Toots Thielemans, Eric Gale, and others, and has written songs for The Manhattan Transfer, Patti LaBelle, Carmen McRae, and The Carpenters. His songs have been continually reinterpreted over the past decades and have long since become modern classics. Today this icon of American music celebrates his 76th birthday. WEST COAST SOUL congratulates with a little special that includes some record reviews and an interview with Leo Sidran about his Michael Frank homage "Cool School". Happy birthday, Michael Franks!
  • A Love Of Your Own – The Ned Doheny & Hamish Stuart Special - In August 2017 entered with Ned Doheny and Hamish Stuart two music legends and old friends the stages in Manchester and London to revive for three concerts a music era of sophisticated grooves and irresistible melodies. A great chance to talk with both artists about their songwriting-partnership in the 70s, their musical development, the renaissance of West Coast music, current projects and future plans.
  • The 5th anniversary of Young Gun Silver Fox – the West Coast Soul Special - In 2015, the British singer, songwriter, producer, founder and bandleader of Mamas Gun, Andy Platts, and the London-based American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer and arranger, Shawn Lee, combined their talents to express their love for the melodic Californian soft rock of the late seventies and their penchant for catchy hooklines and rousing grooves in a joint project - the beginning of Young Gun Silver Fox! Five years later this duo has become one of the biggest phenomena of the genre. Since then, they have released three albums - "West End Coast", "AM Waves" and "Canyons" - whose quality and catchiness are second to none, and have inspired critics and music lovers likewise. Young Gun Silver Fox have long become synonymous for modern, soulful West Coast music. Reason enough to search through the archive and compile all interviews and reviews for the big Young Gun Silver Fox WEST COAST SOUL special. We congratulate Shawn and Andy on five outstanding and creative years and hope for more great deeds in the near future.
  • George Koutalieris released new album “Stop, Look, Listen” - "Stop, Look, Listen" is the production of Greek artist George Koutalieris. It is uplifting, and full of sun-soaked guitar solos, soft-touch electronic sounds around chunky grooves that doffs a cap to the more laidback end of the 1970s West Coast Rock spectrum.