New York Native Robert Cotnoir has parlayed his success as a Hollywood movie music editor into a musical project. Grapefruit Sound Lab is his blend of freestyle, electro, house, and classic rock, among other genres. Working with a number of collaborators, including vocalist Amuka (who has worked with artists as diverse as George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, John Mellencamp, and Rick James), the group is set to release their first album, and their new single, "Love Cards," is a potent preview of things to come.
Beginning with an eerie, almost flute sounding keyboard, the track soon gives way to Amuka's powerful vocal and a drum sound that recalls Nine Inch Nails' "Closer." Heavy bass and some sparse, yet tasty, guitar leads form an infectious groove, laying down a killer foundation for Amuka's passionate vocal about maturing and being centered as a person. If the rest of the album plays out like this, it will be one to check out for sure.