Initially inspired by the 1930s Shanghai jazz scene, SRP’s genre-bending, border-traversing, retro-futuristic soundscape often uses poetic melodies to draw audiences into imaginary settings where unexpected adventures unfold with a dissonant and polyrhythmic palette. In the shadow of murmuring outer space particles, one might encounter atonal analog synth lines against the backdrop of a tropical storm, household item percussion, and lost and found street sounds from around the world.
SRP started out as a solo project of Dave Liang. Having cut his teeth as a producer within the Bad Boy Records system, Liang’s early works such as Instrumentals: Day - Night stood out for their organic synthesis of Chinese instrumentation and hip-hop. With Zodiac, SRP began expanding stylistically and brought choral music, electronica, and folk into its lexicon.
In 2011 Liang met multidisciplinary artist Sun Yunfan and the two soon started collaborating - first on music videos and live visuals and later on songwriting and production, beginning with 2015’s playful fusion album Life Elsewhere featuring longtime collaborator vocalist Zhang Le.