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SHANGHAI RESTORATION PROJECT (SRP) NEW ALBUM – ‘R.U.R.’ RELEASED – 1ST DECEMBER 2017

Shanghai Restoration Project (SRP) is an electronic music duo based in the hip borough of Brooklyn, NYC.  Their sound is engaging and direct, yet thought-proving and experimental in nature.

The pair’s recent studio single is a track titled “Alpha Go”, which is actually featured on the duo’s recent full-length album R.U.R.

According to the musicians themselves, this ambitious 13-tracks release is a reflections on the current state of affair in the world, highlighting the band’s fondness for technology, thought-provoking social themes and more. The album is actually a concept album with a sci-fi twist, setting an intriguing scenario: what will happen when robots, in the not-too-distant future will re[lace humans? “Alpha Go” is the opening track of the the album, and it is a perfect mood-setter, highlighting the band’s fondness for a direct, punchy and charismatic blend of electronic music. The beats are present and thick, while the melodies are often lush and textural, showcasing a kaleidoscopic approach to songwriting and composition.

Find out more about Shanghai Restoration Project and support the artists by streaming their recent work on Soundcloud:

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Gene Blank Tests The Power Of Your Love

Gene Blank is a multi-discipline musical creative, writing, producing, mixing and mastering songs across any number of genres and styles. Here we find him indulging in the funkier side of his musical brain. The Power (Of Your Love) was co written with Laszlo Horvath and sits somewhere between energetic blue-eyed soul, dance grooves and jaunty ska where the foot is very much on the musical gas and the result is an infectious delivery of upbeat, upscale, uptown pop funk.



At a collision point where pop contagion smashes into soul vibes, where just enough rock solidity underpins strutting funky moves and then all topped off with vocal hooks so strong you could hang your coat on them, this song and indeed its authors are masters of all that they survey. This is funk ground zero, this is point Blank. They walk a line between unselfconscious cool and industrial strength party anthems creating a sound which has only one function…to get you up and dancing and even on the first play of this wonderfully addictive track, it is difficult to see how it could ever fail.


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IVRY – Hands Off : A Retro Reinvention of Pop Magnanimity

IVRY is a Brooklyn, NY based Pop singer, song writer and producer, he’s thrown all of his deft talents together to create a sound with sharp hooks drawing to you into the beat. With a backbeat as infectious as Michael Jackson’s Thriller and just as retro the cross generational beat Is simply incorporating all of the best elements that pop has sampled since the 1970’s all the way up to the boy band sound that clogs up the radio waves today.

I adore the originality of the track, it’s evident that it’s not mass produced, polished to please the masses. Hands Off is a demonstration of pop music at its finest, with a beautiful raw element towards it. Right from the moment the beat kicks in, to the moment it fades out is absolutely flawless.

Hands Off is a track that invites R&B, soul, rock and synth into the mix. It takes a talented producer to create a sound today that sounds like it should have accompanied your favourite 80’s film. IVRY’s vocal range deserves a special mention, it’s fuelled by the magnetism of the singer as he skirts around the concepts of unrequited love.

Don’t Miss out on the infectious beat, check IVRY’s new track out on Soundcloud now

https://soundcloud.com/ivrymusic/hands-off

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Addicted To Money Present – JUK$ x Bam Bino “We Great”

We Great is the sound of things being taken back to basics. A pulsing bass and backbeat build the most minimal of structures and washes of electronica float through, colouring the space slightly but most of the work is done by the scatter gun salvos of vocals. Not just the lead lines, high velocity rap and in your face lyrical assaults but the secondary deliveries which fly past, shoot through and generally take the place of conventional instruments.

The track is loud, hyper and instantly catchy, there isn’t a moment throughout it when these two rappers don’t sound completely, endearingly stoked. There is an amazingly revolutionary on-line movement at the moment, one that has seen Soundcloud rappers bypassing the money men and taking their DIY music to millions, creating a scene and a reach that the major labels used to spend small fortunes to create. I wouldn’t be surprised if very soon we see JUK$, Bam Bino and the whole of the ATM roster heading down that same route.





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A&R Factory Present: Nola Wren & Kill Dave

Nola Wren and Kill Dave are Brooklyn-based songwriter / producers whose blend of gritty experimental indie and infectious pop hooks is sure to turn heads. Knife is their first collaboration and a promising sign of what’s to come.

“Knife” is a great track and showcases Nola’s powerful vocals with Kill Dave’s full, grit-pop production. The lyrics were also inspired by the case involving convicted Stanford rapist Brock Turner which gives the track an emotional edge.

Nola Wren Social:

OFFICIAL http://nolawren.com

SOUNDCLOUD http://soundcloud.com/nolawren

TWITTER https://twitter.com/

FACEBOOK http://facebook.com/nolawrenmusic

INSTAGRAM https://instagram.com/nolawren/

Kill Dave Social:

SOUNDCLOUD http://soundcloud.com/killdave

TWITTER http://twitter.com/plskilldave

FACEBOOK http://facebook.com/killdave

INSTAGRAM https://instagram.com/kill.dave

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A&R Factory Present: Common Jack

Brooklyn based folk-rock outfit Common Jack was formed by singer-songwriter & multi-instrumentalist John Gardner during a two and a half year world tour with the actor-musician Broadway show, Once. Based on the indie film of the same name, starring Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova of The Frames / Swell Season, Gardner spent those years playing Hansard & Irglova’s music for sold out houses in America, Canada, and Japan while gigging with his own material during his free time.

Citing a wide range of influences from Bob Dylan and George Harrison to Andy Shauf, Punch Brothers, & Weezer, Gardner operates within the fluid genre of Americana, employing folk song structures while blending in elements of rock, blues, and pop to create fresh arrangements, all while retaining a sense of familiarity and history that all Americana music has.

Although many of the early recordings consisted of Gardner playing every instrument in a more traditional folk set up, Common Jack has come to include a rotation of other musicians on electric guitars, drums, fiddles, and synths/organs.

Collaborating with some of these musicians, Gardner recorded Common Jack’s debut LP – Bowl, Holland – in Washington DC’s historic Cue Recording Studios with platinum producer Jim Ebert (Dave Grohl, Madonna, Toni Braxton). Bowl, Holland was praised for the “richness of the sound…from minimalist to quite symphonic.” & for Gardner’s songwriting and singing, “his voice takes us in quite a poetic world, in a very original musical dimension, he makes us fly.” (Mike Penard, ISA Radio)

Upon finishing the album, Gardner immediately began working on what would become Common Jack’s second LP. Working at Degraw Sound in Brooklyn with co-producer & engineer Harper James (of EIGHTY-NINETY), a twelve track album was crafted and is set for release on September 9.

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A&R Factory Present: Plastic Picnic

Plastic Picnic is a Brooklyn based band comprised of four Pacific Northwest transplants. The duos – Lute and Panerio, and Hunt and Taylor – developed their styles playing in separate Seattle projects. It wasn’t until moving east that the pairs were brought together by a mutual friend.
Instantly compatible, the group shared a taste for lyrically forthright indie rock paired with driving 80’s rhythms, sweetly spun melodies and atmospheric synth and guitar work. The four piece teamed up with Producer/Engineer Ted Young (Kurt Vile, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Sonic Youth) to record their upcoming debut release—the first single being “Nausea in Paradise”.

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