Riot !n Magenta's journey could be said to be one of sonic alchemy. Known for their distinctive soulful melodies lined with edgy, rhythmic beats, the quintet crystallizes the diverse musical elements of electronica, trip-hop and soul into smooth, synth driven tracks.
Weaving together the powerhouse vocals of Eugenia Yip with the mellow synths of Hayashida Ken, and the tight, precise rhythms of Khairyl Hashim (guitar), Sulaiman Supian (bass) and Ritz Ang (drums), the quintet from Singapore released their debut EP, R3B007, at Esplanade Recital Studio in 2013.
Riot !n Magenta originally formed as a duo using laptop playback for their live shows. Wanting to break free from technology and create music in a more organic sense, the band has adopted a no-laptops policy for their live sets, and perform everything with their respective instruments.
The bands forthcoming EP ‘Voices’ is as multifarious as it is polished, the lead track ‘Voices’, is drenched with ethereal and hypnotic vocals, and you can’t help but become entranced as they dance with the melancholic synth and minimal guitars, it’s wistful yet entirely resolute. Elsewhere, tracks such as ‘CTRL’ see the quintet move towards a more dramatic soundscape with Eugenia’s vocals switching from wistful to forlorn, enriched by Khairyl and Hayashida’s sombre yet comforting vacillating synth and rhythm section, ‘CTRL’ is the perfect precedent of the passion and dexterity heard throughout the EP.
We are premiering 'Voices' one of the tracks from the forthcoming EP on the 23rd March 2015, listen below and let us know what you think in the comment section.
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