Review: “For Free” by David Crosby

On his new album “For Free”, David Crosby revives his legendary musicality shortly before his 80th birthday and, with the support of artists such as Michael McDonald, Donald Fagen from Steely Dan and Sarah Jarosz, creates an almost transcendent painting of Californian music between poetry, prayer and classic folk-rock harmonies.

Yacht Soul – Interview with Marcus Liesenfeld (Too Slow To Disco)

“Yacht Soul – The Cover Versions”, the latest edition of the renowned Too Slow To Disco series, highlights an area of 70s and 80s music that has long been criminally overlooked: the interpretations of West Coast AOR by black Soul and R&B artists. On the basis of 16 songs, TSTD curator Marcus Liesenfeld aka DJ Supermarkt shows how artists like Quincy Jones, Chaka Khan, Aretha Franklin, Greg Phillinganes or The Brothers Johnson put their stamp on well-known world hits like “What A Fool Believes” or “Summer Breeze” by making the songs their own with refined soul, funk and sometimes even political attitude. WEST COAST SOUL talked with the Berlin DJ veteran about the ninth edition of the series, the creative exchange between the genres, the influence of the studio musicians of this era on AOR and R&B, further plans and much more.

Super db celebrate the Californian sound of the 80s on their new album “Ecoute Ca”

Super db from London don’t do things by halves: With their new album “Ecoute Ca”, the band celebrates the West Coast sound of the early 80s with such accuracy and joy of playing that the record would also have cut a fine figure in 1982. Sadly, the album’s joie de vivre is overshadowed by the untimely death of keyboardist and singer Matt Dibble last May. So “Ecoute Ca” is also a legacy of the 26-year-old founding member.

Review: “Septet” by John Carroll Kirby

With “Septet”, LA-based producer, pianist and composer John Carroll Kirby has released a jazz album that seems to have fallen out of time, full of warm grooves and spiritual jazz funk schooled in Herbie Hancock, George Duke and Weather Report. Everything sounds relaxed, warm and playful. One of the most beautiful jazz releases of the year.

“Ripe” – Brainstory’s new EP is out now

From sweet soul-slowies to psyche-rock tinged bangers to ballads with a touch of jazzy 70s R&B, Brainstory’s music is a sublime blend of Californian music history. “Ripe” is the name of the trio’s new EP, released today on Big Crown Records. Even though the new songs were written and recorded during the lockdown, the guys have kept their joy of playing and good humour. It’s worth a listen!

California Vintage Vibes from the East Coast – Flamingosis releases new album “Daymaker”

With his new album “Daymaker”, the American electronic producer Flamingosis once again takes us into a vintage sound world of easy-going smooth beats and sun-drenched West Coast vibes that are hard to resist. For the first time, the artist, whose real name is Aaron Velasquez, invited musicians into the studio to expand his sound. The result is a subtle mix of electronic beats, samples and real instruments and one of the most beautiful and mature albums by the artist from New Jersey.