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Brainy yet whimsical electronica that channels the spirit of the golden age of Shanghai jazz
There’s a sense of wonder and a certain wide-eyed curiosity in Dave Liang and Sun Yunfan’s music that we absolutely adore.
Initially Liang’s solo project, SRP was inspired by the 1930s Shanghai jazz scene – the early works grafting an organic synthesis of Chinese instrumentation and hip-hop.
But just like the city’s storied cosmopolitan history, a huge set of diverse multi-cultural stylistic influences soon found their way into the music: choral, downtempo, samba, electronica, jazz, and folk among others.
The result: playful electronic music from the crossroads of the world. Their new work is a riotous polyrhythmic palette of analog synth lines, unusual samples (including Malaysian rainforest insects) and intriguing themes.
SRP are a cheerfully upbeat visual spectacle, and a very much overdue ‘Grass fixture. We can’t wait.