Dutch musician and producer Phil Martin has always been interested in the West Coast music scene and distinctive sounds from the late 70s era. Artist like Steely Dan, Hall & Oates, The Doobie Brothers, Fleetwood Mac and The Eagles all featured heavily in his diet of music when he was growing up. As a producer and songwriter, Phil has historically been more active in Soul & Jazz music. He has produced albums for successful projects such as The Jazzinvaders, Laura Vane & the Vipertones and The Soul Snatchers, all busy touring bands with international radio support.
After working on a project with singer Lo van Gorp (Garp) from the Netherlands, Phil found the perfect vocal fit to his recordings for his own West Coast flavored pop album. Together with other songwriters like Joel Sarakula and Laura Vane he began writing and producing songs. Lo van Gorp is a well known backing singer and saxophonist in Holland, recognized for his work backing many bigger artists like Marco Borsato, Paul Carrack, Roger Hodgson, Chaka Khan, Trijntje Oosterhuis and Al Jarreau, to name a few.
The sound of Martin & Garp can best be described as feel-good, radio friendly melodies romantically looking back to California in the 70s. In amongst the catchy guitar and synth licks and luxurious harmonies, the theme is the unifying effect of music in the quest for sunny optimism. This album spills groovy rhythms like in the first single “Making Up”, together with jazz harmonies and smooth vocals as in the second single “Told You Straight”. Imagine that ‘feel-good record’ that has to be played loudly in your convertible, recorded by super-pro musicians on original analog equipment. Cruising down the coast with the wind in your hair, darting in and out of the shade created by beach-side palm trees: That’s “Sentimental Fools”.
After previously releasing 2 singles (Making Up & Told You Straight) at the end of 2020, It’s now time for the debut album by Martin & Garp. ‘Sentimental Fools’ will officially be released on Légère Recordings from Hamburg on January 15th 2021 and be available on all major digital streaming platforms, compact disc and vinyl. At Légère Recordings Martin & Garp will be in good company with Westcoast label mates and popular artists Young Gun Silverfox, Mama’s Gun and Joel Sarakula a.o.
Lo van Gorp (vox), Phil Martin (drums), Edwin in ‘t Veld (guitars), Ton van der Kolk (bass), Govert van der Kolm (keys), Joel Sarakula (keys), Maarten Teekens (backing vox) & Kees Elsman (mouth harp).
Album was recorded, mixed an produced by Phil Martin.
Mastering by Edwin in ‘t Veld
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A love story between English and Dutch musicians that started over a decade ago is still alive in Lockdown 2020 and showing devotion to releasing good music. Back in the summer of 2008 two Funk and Soul DJ’s, Tim and Ton based in the historical town of Dordrecht, Netherlands reached out over the sea to songstress Laura, living in Brighton in the UK. A match was made quickly, and plans hatched to get together on stage and in the studio to see what could happen. The rest, as they say, is history! To date Laura Vane and The Vipertones have released 3 studio albums, 7 Eps, a string of singles and have toured all over the globe.
Now, the band are ready to give you a taste of what’s been cooking over the past few months, and it’s got fans curious to say the least. Their third album which flirted with more contemporary styles of song was a real contrast to their first album; a comfortable fit in the global funk and soul community. Now you will hear the band bring you fresh new material which is flavoured with all the goodies from their previous albums. Some might say that It’s something of a return to where it all started for Laura Vane and the Vipertones with bold horns and compelling bass lines, but the band are quick to point out what’s very different this time… All members of the band have had a hand in the creation of these new songs and therefore the organic groove and rootsy feel is what really drives the sound. They were able to carve out a whole week in the studio together and had the luxury of capturing that feel of recording directly to tape. Currently there are no plans to tour, however, there is always fire in the band camp so listen out for updates about further releases! For now, stay home and stay safe!
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Can you feel it? There’s a rumble in your ears, a tremble in your knees… the world as you’ve known it is about to split, swallow you up whole and spit you out! Then, and only then you will know you’ve heard ‘BodyQuake’ the long awaited and eagerly anticipated third album from Laura Vane and The Vipertones! Continue reading Laura Vane & The Vipertones – BodyQuake
The A-Side delivers a top-notch Modern Soul Song that originally has been published in the early 1970s. Since the original version by Margie Joseph has been released at least half a dozen artists covered the track. Laura Vane and the Vipertones’ version is definitely one that will fill any dance floor in no time! Tight and brisk! It’s a really charming mid-tempo track that brings out Laura’s powerful voice to the max! Continue reading Brand new 7″ single
Synth lines, hard beats and bass lines, cut vocals, robotic vocals, percussion breakdowns, sirens, wobbly bass, soft warm keys, fast and dirty sounds, sample tricks, jazzy vibes, anthemic club melodies and climaxes, some heavy pulsing dance-floor mixes and so much more…. that’s about the result of the 110% remix competition with Laura Vane & The Vipertones! Continue reading 110% Remixes – Dub Style
Synth lines, hard beats and bass lines, cut vocals, robotic vocals, percussion breakdowns, sirens, wobbly bass, soft warm keys, fast and dirty sounds, sample tricks, jazzy vibes, anthemic club melodies and climaxes, some heavy pulsing dance-floor mixes and so much more…. that’s about the result of the 110% remix competition with Laura Vane & The Vipertones! Continue reading 110% Remixes – Electro Disco
Laura Vane and The Vipertones bring you their new 5-track EP ‘Some More Ear Candy’ in October 2011 to feed the appetites of their growing and hungry fan base, and keep their music fresh for new ears! This EP throws the radio smacker Sugar Fix all the light it deserves and Phil Martin has reworked a juicy edit of 110% from their second album. It also features songs previously never heard, The Way it is and Don’t Ever Stop bringing the dance and feel-good funk, and Steppin Stone to resurrect that strong emotional connection with soul music the band undeniably have. In short, this EP brings you a dolly mixture of fantastic new tunes, each one different and equally powerful! The EP has been released the 15th of October 2011 on Social Beats/Unique.