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The Girls Are – Introducing SPF 5000 – by Steph Phillips (2/9/11)

“It’s hot in herrre” as the plaster-wearing rapper Nelly would say. But it’s not his motley crew of rappers and big-butted girls turning up the heat – it’s Boston based duo SPF 5000 that are making us all sweaty.

Made up of vocalist/songwriter Amy Douglas and producer Rob Phillips, SPF 5000 stands for “scuzzy, pop, fulfilment” and that is certainly what they make. Debut single ‘White Hot Fantasy’ is pure filth, writhing around in your head creating sick little fantasies as it goes.

The band state that they are inspired by what they describe as “triple threat juggernauts” such as ChicThe Eurythmics and The Neptunes. The band have even made a DJ mix to keep their songs in context, framed around their contemporaries and influences.

Comparisons to the Queen of electro-filth Peaches will obviously be made. Douglas’ breathy rap and sexualised lyrics certainly sound like they have been heavily influenced by The Peach but SPF 5000 do tow their own line.

Douglas’ vocals are hypnotically soulful (she has a 5 octave range don’t cha know), packed with attitude and raw talent. She made a name for herself on New York’s infamous downtown scene and has collaborated with artists such as bass artist Supra1 and AC Slater’s rave super-group 92 Eternal.

While we’re lavishing Douglas with praise we can’t forget about Rob Phillips who creates the bass heavy electro beats for Douglas to coo over. He used his time on the dance floors of some of the grimiest clubs in New York and his love of DJ/producers such as Mark FarinaBT, andSebastian Leger as inspiration for SPF 5000.

This band may be new but they are predicted to make a tsunami-sized wave in the pop ocean pretty soon. They are infectious, cool and it’s only a matter of time before SPF 5000 come to a dance floor near you. Just make sure you get to them before anyone else does first.

The Music Slut – Music Monday – by Skye (1/31/11)

Boston’s Weekly Dig – IN THE MIX: SPF 5000 – by Ben Gray (1/30/10)

The voice coming out of your cell phone is sultry, speaking slowly and evenly. You continue to listen as you pull your coat around you, hurrying down the darkened street. “Will I recognize her when I see her?” you wonder, turning down a deserted alley. Suddenly a female form appears in the fog, and you approach her as quickly as you can, hanging up your cell phone. From a distance, she lifts her arms over her head, and you realize that in each hand she holds something that looks like a chainsaw. She flips them on, they begin to spin. Suddenly the alley is flooded with light. No, they’re not chainsaws. They’re lasers.

White Hot Fantasy- Single by SPF 5000

Amy Douglas is one busy lady. Besides being half of SPF 5000, she’s provided vocals to Supra 1 (“Still Believe”), Sharkslayer, The Juan Maclean, and AC Slater. That makes her a badass, but as of recently she’s OUR badass. Or, well, Somerville’s badass. (Deal with it, NYC).

Despite being a fairly recent immigrant, she’s already hard at work making people sweat in this fair city, by teaming up with local producer Rob Phillips, and unleashing a couple hot tracks upon the internet. There haven’t been any gigs yet, but they have promised us that they’re going to do that very very soon. Judging by the mix they sent us (and judging by this), it’ll be one hell of a party. We’re holding you to your promise, guys.

Enthusiasm Is Contagious – DJ Mix by SPF 5000

Track List:
INTRO – Concierto in SPF Minor-SPF 5000 featuring “Love Will Find A Way”- Yes and “Rad Anthem” – Rad Omen
Kleine Traume – D.I.M.
Amanda – Afrojack
Second Scale – Mihai Popovik
Good Time – Superskank
Music In My Soul – Paul Gardner
Hypnotize U – N.E.R.D. (Alex Metric Mix)
Rock Star – Quadratbeat
White Hot Fantasy – SPF 5000
OUTRO-Blue Rondo A La Thock – SPF 5000 featuring “Jazzalude” Basement Jaxx The Feeling – 92 Eternal (Kastle Mix)
Never Look Back – Nina Sky

The Infamous Life – “Enthusiasm Is Contagious” SPF 5000’s Debut DJ Mix – (1/23/11)

Hailing from Boston, the dynamic duo known as SPF 5000, are vocalist/songwriter Amy Douglas and producer Rob Phillips. Inspired by triple threat juggernauts such as Chic, The Eurythmics and The Neptunes, SPF 5000 is an all encompassing powerhouse of production, songwriting and incredible musicianship. With a unique brand of scuzzy dance pop that borrows from NYC/Bronx Freestyle, Dirty House, Disco, Electro and Hip Hop, SPF 5000 is raising the bar for electronic music.

Whether churning out funky hit songs, spitting out collaborations with other artists, polishing remixes or composing DJ mixes, SPF 5000 are poised to take the world of EDM by storm.

Having cut her teeth in NYC’s infamous downtown scene, and armed with a 5 octave range and tons of attitude, vocalist extraordinaire Amy Douglas has been lighting up dance floors, lending her voice to Trouble and Bass artist Supra 1’s “Still Believe”, AC Slater’s Rave Super-group 92 Eternal to “Miracle Mile” by the Annex Project for KULT Records.

The new “diva in demand” is currently working on projects with artists ranging from Top Billin’s Sharkslayer, Alan Astor of Punches, Torro Torro of T+A records and a soon to be released acid house odyssey with The Juan Mac Clean. In addition to being one half of SPF 5000 she is also the face and voice of Discokaina, a greasy Latino-Disco project produced in Bogota, Colombia.

It could be said that producer Rob Phillips was born to produce funky dance music, what with his involvement in it for the better part of his life as a regular attendee of all things EDM. A funky bassmeister behind the decks, and thumping on a Fender Jazz Bass, Rob took his inspiration from the big dance floors of New York City to the recording booth, inspired by master DJ/producers such as Mark Farina, BT, and Sebastian Leger. A stint at the Berklee School of Music’s Music Synthesis department fueled him to set his special brand of funky dirty house
upon the world.

(via nerdy-frames.org)

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The House of Dandridge – SMOTHER YOURSELF IN THE FIREPROOF SUNSCREEN OF THE ‘SCUZZY POP’ OF SPF5000 – by Chauncey Dandridge – (1/20/11)

EIC smother yourself in the scuzzy pop sunscreen of SPF5000

SMOTHER YOURSELF IN THE FIREPROOF SUNSCREEN OF THE ‘SCUZZY POP’ OF SPF5000

There comes a time in a Djs career, after valiantly searching for the newest wave of something (thank you brian bauman icon smile smother yourself in the scuzzy pop sunscreen of SPF5000 ),  after growing tired of the inappropriate uses of underground trends in popular music and dissolving credit where credit is due, after rediscovering so much brilliance from the past and yearning for its resurrection…one hopes to find something powerfully fresh and new yet dazzlingly retro at the same time : a sound that encompasses all of the elements and slick production and brimstone as well as the nostalgia of your favourite tracks of the past and the nuance of your favourites of the now.  The fireproof sunscreen of the ‘scuzzy pop’ of SPF5000 is the right on track to becoming the style of sonic sorcery desired, a duo dynamic that will surely change the universe one blog url at a time while leaving melted eardrums and destroyed dance floors in their wake.

A longtime fan of the untameable voice and presence of five octave voiced singer/songwriter Ms. Amy Douglas, one half of the new Boston forged duo,  we knew we were certainly going to enjoy her newest electro fondue but the production wizardry of producer Rob Phillips has taken things through a twisted underground zigzag to birth their very first single “White Hot Fantasy” and conjoin some of the most disgustingly delicious tracks into a monolith minimix that is “Enthusiasm Is Contagious”.  Having worked with dearest friends The Kiki Twins and Naked Highway,  we knew that connecting to Amy was a cosmic contortion of Fate.

Check them both out below and witness the magick yourself.  Just you wait until you get a chance to hear the rest of their ample offerings.  Their enthusiasm is surely contagious…Be careful…you just might explode!

The Culture of Me – Emerging: SPF 5000 – by Jeff Meltz – (1/18/11)

Rob Phillips and Amy Douglas are SPF 5000, a new dance music project that is literally making us feel great about the promise of 2011. Douglas, who is a five-octave-ready vocalist you may remember from Koko Dozo has lent her vocals to the likes of Supra1 and AC Slater of the Trouble & Bass imprint and “Miracle Mile” with Annex (she’s also working for future releases with PUNCHES member Alan Astor and DFA’s The Juan Maclean) gives even more life to the could-it-be-The-Bronx-in-the-1980’s-Freestyle? production from Mr. Phillips. The duo met in Boston, share a singular love of funky electronic and dirty beat-heavy house music and to be frank, make some of the most exciting and instantly recognizable tunes out there.

(mp3)    SPF 5000 – White Hot Fantasy

Godspeed!

Penned Madness – SPF 5000 Bring The Heat With Their Debut Single And DJ Mix – By SeanMothaFukkinRoberts (1/17/11)

There’s a newcomer to the bourgeoning Boston EDM scene, home to artists like Hot Pink DeloreanPlus MoveBodega GirlsMystery Roar & the Zebbler Encanti Experience, & DJs BaltimoroderDie YoungVolvox, but this newcomer comes with some pretty impressive pedigree & a voice that’s impossible to ignore. SPF5000 is the dynamic duo of producer Rob Phillips & vocalist/songwriter Amy Douglas, who have fused their collective talents to create a unique brand of scuzzy dance pop that borrows from many styles (Dirty House, Electro, NYC/South Bronx Freestyle & Hip Hop, just to name a few).

Citing such luminaries as Sebastian LegerBTMark Farina as influences, Rob Phillips went from being a regular attendee at NYC’s biggest dance clubs & raves to sharpening his chops on a Fender Jazz bass & enrolling in the Music Synthesis Dept. of the Berklee School of Music, all the while covertly planning to unleash his own brand of EDM onto the world when the time was right. That time came when Amy Douglas relocated to Somerville Mass. from her longtime NYC home.

Having cut her teeth in NYC’s infamous downtown nightlife scene, & armed with a 5 octave range, a degree in Jazz Composition from NYU & her own fully decked out recording studio, Amy Douglas’ powerful voice was lit up dancefloors all over in 2010, most notably as a featured vocalist on AC Slater‘s 92 Eternal track “The Feeling”, Supra1‘s “Still Believe” on Trouble & Bass, & Annex‘s “Miracle Mile” on NYC House label KULT Records. So far, 2011 sees no slowdown in Amy’s productivity, as this “diva in demand” has a release slated for late January with Top Billin’s Sharkslayer, collabs with Alan Astor (of Punches) and The Juan MacLean are in the works, & she’s also the face and voice of Discokaina, a greasy Latino-Disco project produced in Bogota, Colombia.

For SPF5K’s debut, they’ve just dropped their debut single & a DJ mix to tickle your earholes & shake yer booties! The single “White Hot Fantasy” is a slice of Dirty Electro meshed with a heavy dose of Old School Freestyle, & their DJ mix –“Enthusiasm Is Contagious” – explores just some of the wide variety of influences (Tech House, Electro, Freestyle, Dubstep) that brought these two together in the first place. To paraphrase Tribe’s Phife Dawg, its a funky introduction of how nice they are!

Grab these from Soundcloud (below) & hit ‘em up on TwitterFacebook

Nerdy Frames – Circus of the Underrated Music Oddities – by Jasper (1/17/11)

SPF 5000- Enthusiasm Is Contagious

Hailing from Boston, the dynamic duo known as SPF 5000, are vocalist/songwriter Amy Douglas and producer Rob Phillips. Inspired by triple threat juggernauts such as Chic, The Eurythmics and The Neptunes, SPF 5000 is an all encompassing powerhouse of production, songwriting and incredible musicianship. With a unique brand of scuzzy dance pop that borrows from NYC/Bronx Freestyle, Dirty House, Disco, Electro and Hip Hop, SPF 5000 is raising the bar for electronic music.

Whether churning out funky hit songs, spitting out collaborations with other artists, polishing remixes or composing DJ mixes, SPF 5000 are poised to take the world of EDM by storm.

Having cut her teeth in NYC’s infamous downtown scene, and armed with a 5 octave range and tons of attitude, vocalist extraordinaire Amy Douglas has been lighting up dance floors, lending her voice to Trouble and Bass artist Supra 1’s “Still Believe”, AC Slater’s Rave Super-group 92 Eternal to “Miracle Mile” by the Annex Project for KULT Records.

The new “diva in demand” is currently working on projects with artists ranging from Top Billin’s Sharkslayer, Alan Astor of Punches, Torro Torro of T+A records and a soon to be released acid house odyssey with The Juan Mac Clean. In addition to being one half of SPF 5000 she is also the face and voice of Discokaina, a greasy Latino-Disco project produced in Bogota, Colombia.

It could be said that producer Rob Phillips was born to produce funky dance music, what with his involvement in it for the better part of his life as a regular attendee of all things EDM. A funky bassmeister behind the decks, and thumping on a Fender Jazz Bass, Rob took his inspiration from the big dance floors of New York City to the recording booth, inspired by master DJ/producers such as Mark Farina, BT, and Sebastian Leger. A stint at the Berklee School of Music’s Music Synthesis department fueled him to set his special brand of funky dirty house upon the world.

And so, with laser focus and the edict “Enthusiasm Is Contagious” SPF 5000 are ready to light up dance floors around the world, and ignite turntables and radio alike with their infectious pop driven style. The future is looking bright for these two. So bright, you just might need SPF 5000 to get close to them.

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