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MRCL.X Release Video For “1st LuV -Sweet Dreams MASHUP”

MRCL.X - 1st LuV -Sweet Dreams MASHUP ( Jam Session) from MRCL.X on Vimeo.

It’s always fun to see artists we love cover the artists they love, but many believe you can never truly replace an original piece of work. This said, the advent of DJ culture brought up the concept of bringing pieces together for a new, unique spin on old works. MRCL.X has found that taking the idea of a Mashup and applying it to more traditional songwriting as opposed to a mixture of two songs played simultaneously through samples and crossfading. With this idea in mind, we’re treated to an original song that trails off into the Eurythmics classic Sweet Dreams.

1st LuV tackles heavy feelings with dark sensibility to performance while the music is genuinely neutral –sounding in tone, leaving heavy contrast that emphasizes the ghastly vocals and evocative subject matter. To top off the haunting verse, the familiar lyrics come through to sing us a chorus from the past that has been done more than once for a radio hit, but never like this. To say it leaves an impression is an understatement. This mashup is worthy of the source material it uses and truly found art in the synergy of combining original and covered art.

-Paul Weyer

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A&R Factory Present: LANY

Electronic music has soared to great heights over the last decade, but while many have focused their efforts on EDM, others are going back to the roots of digital recording.

From 1975’s “Love Me” to Charli XCX’s “Body of My Own” as shared on The Odyssey, modern pop, indie and alternative musicians are seeking inspiration from the 80s. Some even sound like they’re straight out of the era, composing songs that are quite honestly refreshing in the global music industry that’s currently dominated by The Chainsmokers, and any other producers that match their aesthetic. One of these groups that we’re featuring today is the three-piece outfit hailing from Los Angeles, better known as LANY, short for Los Angeles New York.

An alternative rock/indie pop band that formed back in March 2015, lead vocalist Paul Jason Klein is a former model and solo artist who flew to Nashville to meet up with Jake Clifford Goss and Les Priest. The first two tracks that debuted on Soundcloud were “Hot Lights” and “Walk Away.” Without revealing any of their identities, they released single after single, finally exposing who LANY (pronounced lay-nee) really were.

Even though no one knew or heard of LANY before the big reveal, their songs generated a massive online following, and the reason for this is because of how much of a standout they are in the music industry. Frontman Klein tells Teen Vogue in an interview, “I think the magic of LANY just happened by the three of us bringing our influences and experiences to the table and together we just formed our sound.” They may not have an exact definition of what genre they fall under, but there’s no doubt that they are pretty nostalgic over 80s electronic beats.

When we look back to the 80s, a lot of the images that come to mind are statement shoulder pads, neon lights and big hairstyles. As for 80s music, we even see it honoured in the form of digital titles. Gaming portal Slingo have indicated in their themed game Neon Staxx that the decade was defined by the blaring synthesisers, and with the number of artists listed on The Lala, including LANY, reminiscing and using that synth pop sound, it’s clear that the 80s are back with a vengeance.

Currently in the middle of their worldwide tour, kinda has been extended to the middle of July, with the remaining gigs located in Asia, Europe, Canada and the US. They expect to release their debut studio album on June 30th, with pre-orders available now on their website.

Here is the complete tracklist for their debut album:
1) Dumb Stuff
2) The Breakup
3) Super Far
4) Overtime
5) Flowers On The Floor
6) Parents
7) ILYSB
8) 13
9) Hericane
10) Hurts
11) Good Girls
12) Pancakes
13) Tampa
14) Purple Teeth
15) So, Soo Pretty
16) It Was Love

You can listen to their tracks from previous EPs on SoundCloud or Spotify, or download their songs through Apple Music.

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A&R Factory Present: Lost Beach

Hailing from the beaches south of Los Angeles, LOST BEACH combines the sentimentality of sun in your face, while pining for the unknown in what we call indie rock n roll. Native Texan Jonny Perdue came to California to further his pursuit in music, finding guitarist and collaborator Steve Stout via a chance encounter while both playing for siblings of two different bands. During his time on the coast, Jonny met Hermosa-raised drummer Davey Latter and bassist Zacc West, also linking up with keys player Davey Allen after seeing his performance at a soundcheck in LA. “Perdue,” meaning lost in French, and the band’s residence on the coast inspired their moniker LOST BEACH. From Otis Redding to Elliott Smith, the group draws inspiration from the sounds of older records and a DIY mentality of self-production.

Lost Beach will be releasing singles in the coming months in anticipation of their self produced full length LP later this year.

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A&R Factory Present: The Drives

This LA based band creates a cocktail of indie rock and electro-pop that blends into a unique and different sound. Andrew Levin (songwriter, vocals) and KC (producer/songwriter) met in high school in Orange County, CA and have been playing in bands and writing music together ever since.

After searching for their sound and developing their respective music tastes in various cities including Boston and New York City, KC and Andrew returned to Los Angeles in early 2015 to put together their ideas into an EP. Their music is heavily influenced by indie rock legends such as The Strokes, The Killers, Arctic Monkeys, and Kings of Leon with additional influences from Phoenix and RAC.

With catchy guitar hooks and vocal stutter effects The Drives create a unique vibe similar to modern indie acts such as The 1975 and Catfish and the Bottlemen. Listen to “Whatever” now on soundcloud.

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A&R Factory Present: PLEXXAGLASS

PLEXXAGLASS is a unique singer-songwriter and keyboardist based in LA. Her writing style is influenced by powerful female musician/songwriters of the alternative singer-songwriter genre.

Her recent studio achievements include, writing/composing/releasing  two demos ‘catching up’ and ‘who I am’ to critical acclaim, releasing a haunting cover of Elle King’s ‘ex’s & oh’s’ under her legal name (Alexa Joan Rae), and completed a collaboratively written song called ‘aloft’ from across the country with the band ‘hours north’ at halo studios in Portland, Maine. She will be continuing recording with Kevin Billingslea of Halo Studios for her upcoming 2017 releases.

In the past two years, PLEXXAGLASS has been seen live in venues such as The Mint, The House Of Blues (Hollywood), Cake Shop (Nick), Knitting Factory (Brooklyn), and the famous Troubadour.

PLEXXAGLASS did a two week run of the east coast and mid-west as a piano-violin duo with collaborators, ‘Hours North’. They expanded their reach in Ohio, NYC, Brooklyn, Chicago, Pittsburgh, and Indiana with goals to hit the west coast and Canada in this upcoming year.

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A&R Factory Present: MOON

MOON’s latest single, “We’re So Close,” alters between twinkling synths and epic backbeats all linked by frontwoman Chelsea Davis’s captivating voice. The result is an arresting anthem of edgy alt-pop.

“Our goal with ‘We’re So Close’ was to convey a message of ‘hope for peace,’” says Davis. “We want to express a broad and positive essence to be applied to all people and situations. If we’re going to get along at all, it’s all about getting closer.”

MOON is a Los Angeles-based alt-rock act founded by Chelsea Davis (vocals/drums) and Dan Silver (guitar/synth). Together, they weave elements of shoegaze, synth-pop, and desert rock via dreamy guitars, picturesque synth work, and a solid rock backbone. Their previous single, “I Got A Fever,” charted on iTunes’ Hot Tracks as well as KROQ’s Locals Only with Kat Corbett and appeared on USA Network’s hit TV show Colony.

“We’re So Close” was recorded at Victory Road Studios and mixed by Mark Needham (Third Eye Blind, Walk The Moon, The Airborne Toxic Event) at Ballroom Studio.

Website – http://www.moontransmissions.com

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A&R Factory Present: Kristine Mirelle

Kristine Mirelle is a Mexican/American singer/songwriter and pianist from Roswell NM. She currently resides in Los Angeles CA and actively performs 5 nights a week. Her work bears resemblances to the likes of Lilly Allen, Adele, Amy Winehouse, and Lana Del Rey.  Her genre of music can be described as Pop Retro Soul.

In her earlier years she performed and competed in National classical piano competitions around the US. She won 4 consecutive National Sonata competitions and was inducted into the International Piano Guild at age 12. One of her most popular subjects for interviews was her life she chose as a traveling musician selling her music door to door in neighborhoods all over the country. She traveled the United States selling her music in local neighborhoods and singing on people’s doorsteps.

She also volunteered in various countries around the world raising money via her viral fanbase and also going door to door selling her music. South Africa, Thailand, India, and Peru were all countries she visited volunteering and performing in special education centers and AIDS stricken communities.

Kristine also started a Mexican food brand in 2009 called “Lil Kristi’s” consisting of health conscious tortilla chips and salsas. Her products can be found in popular grocery stores including Whole Foods, Sprouts, and 70+ grocery stores in New Mexico.

Along with her passion for music, her passion for life has created a foundation for her ambitions. Kristine Mirelle continues to be an example of instrument mastery and vocal ability in a time when true musicians are scarce.

Kristine Mirelle currently lives in Hollywood CA.

www.KristineMirelle.com

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A&R Factory Present: Red Rosamond

There is not much we know about Red Rosamond apart from the track is large and is out via the amazing guys at WAX.  With big powerful Amy Winehouse/Adele esque vocals she is one to watch out for in 2016/2017.

Red Explains: I am driven by love. I am inspired by the emotionally authentic – the passionate, the bold, the determined – and the flawed. I grew up listening to stars like Aretha Franklin, Dinah Washington, Al Green & Tina Turner. Inspired by their work, every song I write I aim to be true.

‘Damn’ is about the power play between two people. The magnetism, the seduction… It’s about desire and heartbreak, about someone who has a hold on you.

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A&R Factory Present: Psychic Love

The song is the first single leaked off the band’s forthcoming debut album, The Hive Mind, which drops September 2nd. The track is a solid groove of melodic indie rock with smooth vocals and jangly guitars that harken back to Rilo Kiley’s prime years.

“Oddly, I first wrote “Ultralight” while taking care of a friend who was having a bad acid trip,” says frontwoman Laura Peters. “Apparently the guitar lines were so soothing that every time I stopped playing he looked horrified and pukey. I ended up writing about nine verses. Obviously, they didn’t all make it into the final cut.”

Psychic Love is an Echo Park-based act spearheaded by multi-media artist Laura Peters along with Max Harrison (guitar) and Liam McCormack (bass). Peters likes to describe their sound as “dream grunge” or “as if Nancy Sinatra had a love child with Frank Black.”
“Ultralight” was recorded by Aaron Espinoza (of Earlimart) at The Ship Studio in Eagle Rock, CA and mastered by Mark Chaleki at Little Red Book Mastering.

 

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A&R Factory Present: NAYAN

NAYAN means ‘Eyes’ in Hindi. NAYAN writes amelodic R&B, Rock/Pop stuff that everyone can relate with. His music has raw, innocent, fun, intimate and flirtatious lyrics infused with fresh, dramatic, happy and nostalgic melodies which are very easy to sing along to.

NAYAN says “I was born in India, where music as a profession was considered very unlikely. Not when you’re a teen living in a third world Country. But my heart was guided by my childhood heroes Freddie Mercury, Michael Jackson and the Beatles. Growing up I traversed the globe with my family from Spain to the UK, finally arriving in the city of Angels… And I found a home in the city of my dreams among the stars that had been once so distant.”

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