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A&R Factory Present: Eric Krasno

For nearly two decades, Eric Krasno has been an omnipresent figure in popular music. We’ve heard his virtuosic, innovative guitar playing with Soulive and Lettuce (both of which he co-founded), seen him onstage supporting the likes of the Rolling Stones and The Roots, watched him take home multiple GRAMMY Awards, and benefited from his deft, behind-the-scenes work as a producer and songwriter for everyone from Norah Jones, Tedeschi Trucks, and 50 Cent to Talib Kweli, Aaron Neville, and Allen Stone. Krasno’s rousing new solo album, ‘Blood From A Stone,’ reveals a previously unknown and utterly compelling side of his artistry, though, inviting us to bear witness as he both literally and metaphorically finds his voice.

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A&R Factory Present: Jackie Brown Jr

Sydney Soul Rock band Jackie Brown Jr have released their refreshingly honest feel trip ‘Lake Loser’and unveiled local launch party date.

‘Lake Loser’takes an honest look at what it’s like to grow up and try and do something you love. Lake Loser’is the first of two new tunes the band are releasing. June 3rd sees the band take over Tokyo Sing Song, curating you a night of good vibes and good tunes with a massive Double Single Launch Party.

Jackie Brown Jrare a vibrant 5­piece known for their unique brand of music, dubbed affectionately as ‘Pulp Fiction Soul Rock’. Founded in 2014 the band combines upbeat soul infused horns, with elements of hip-hop and an unabashed rock energy.

Jackie Brown Jrhave already unleashed their first 4 part split­single release ‘The 44 Project’ which received airplay on multiple radio stations throughout the country and North America as well as scoring coverage vie Tone Deaf, adamNOTeve, YOLO Magazine, The Brag, Friends + Lovers plus many more online outlets.

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A&R Factory Present: Marah In The Mainsail

Rooted in the musically fertile soil of Minneapolis, Marah In The Mainsail blazes a trail through the indie music scene with their aggressive take on the genre. The band has been carving a name for themselves in the midwest United States and beyond with their subtle nod to blues and punk music, played with an eclectic and unique instrumentation.

Their new debut album “Thaumatrope” out on vinyl in select US record stores.

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A&R Factory Present: Leena Ojala

‘Poison Words’ is a call to arms for anyone who has been a victim of verbal abuse in some form or another.

Leena says of the track;

“Poison Words is a song about people who think it’s ok to verbally abuse someone close to you, apologise afterwards and then act like nothing happened. No, it’s not ok. Explaining that ‘I didn’t mean it’ and being ‘in a bad mood’ doesn’t cut it, the damage is done.”

 
Leena‘s recent video for Little Place (produced with Benbrick (Troye Sivan)) has received an astounding 35,000 plays in under a month, and Poison Words once again confirms that Leena‘s unique vocal capabilities and production techniques are a force to be reckoned with.
Leena was born in Germany to a Finnish father and English mother; her early years were spent in Germany, Hong Kong and Essex before Leena found herself in London aged 17. Influenced by the likes of London Grammar, Rae Morris and Florence and the Machine, Leena – an obsessive about her music – took her time experimenting with her sound, honing and tweaking. She was in no hurry. She knew what she was after.

Leena went to Berlin – a city renowned for its anarchic creativity – and spent months absorbing all it had to offer, using that as inspiration in her music and her lyrics. A final stint in a studio back in London, reworking bits here and there and she knew she’d finally nailed her sound. ‘EP1’ released in November 2015 was her first offering.

She now plans to release a single once a month until the end of the year. There are also plans for a second EP.
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A&R Factory Present: Villiers

Villiers are a deliciously dark synth pop/ new wave four piece from the north of England. Forming in 2011, originally as a three piece, they released first single ‘The Dancer’ on Jack to Phono records to rave reviews and airplaya acorss the world from BBC Radios 2’s Janice Long and Jonathan Leigh Rosen’s ‘Lopsided world of L’.

New single ‘Wandering’ encapsulates many of the iconic sounds of which the band have been influenced by such as New Order, Bronksi Beat and Depeche Mode creating a dreamy yet dramatic pop track that’s sure to get those bodies on the indie dancefloor. The track tells a tale of love and angst set against a dark, drug fuelled club scene.

The band are brother Ben and Daniel Earnshaw, Daniel Buckle and Mike Bradford.

Live dates:
May 29th – Darwen Live (Mainstage)
June 17th – Night and Day, Manchester (Supporting Avec Sans)
July 6th – SummerDays Festival, Clitheroe Castle

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