Name of Artist

BING JI LING

Shadow to Shine

The nom de plume of one Quinn Luke, Bing Ji Ling is a NYC–based producer/
musician with a rich legacy of work behind and in front of him. Having co-
produced, written, recorded and performed two full length records, an EP, and
a slew of singles (not to mention numerous collaborations and remixes), Luke
thought the time was right to work with outside producers for the first time.
Produced by Embassy Sound Productions (Sean Marquand and Daniel Collas,
the men behind Phenomenal Handclap Band), the forthcoming LP, Shadow to
Shine, is an infectious concoction of Soul, Pop and Psychedelia full of summer
jams destined for heavy rotation. Featuring members of Sharon Jones and the
Dap Kings, Scissor Sisters, Antibalas and Phenomenal Handclap Band, Shadow
to Shine is a work of stunning, soulful talent, marking the finest chapter in Luke's
already accomplished career.

The Background
As a member of the Phenomenal Handclap Band, Luke has toured the world
supporting acts such as Franz Ferdinand, Simian Mobile Disco, and the Gossip,
as well as playing festivals such as O2 Wireless, Latitude (U.K.), Field Day
(Australia) and BBK Live (Spain). As Coppa, a duo comprised of Luke and
legendary crate-digging haven Chris Veltri (of Groove Merchant), Luke has also
produced a series of 12-inch singles that have earned the praise of Space Disco
tastemakers Prins Thomas and Todd Terje. As Q&A (formerly Expanding Head
Band), a duo with Tussle songwriter Alexis Georgopoulos Luke has releases

on DFA Records, Smalltown Supersound, and Lo Recordings. Luke is also a
constant member of legendary skater-cum-musician Tommy Guerrero's group,
who regularly wow crowds at various international festivals such as Fuji Rock
Festival (Japan).

Bing Ji Ling
Named for the Chinese words for Ice Cream (Luke spent a year in Shanghai
and became fluent in Mandarin during his residency), as Bing Ji Ling Luke
has released two full-length albums, an EP and numerous singles. Last year's
single, "Home", culled from his EP June Degrees in December – featured
remixes by Tokyo Black Star, Phenomenal Handclap Band, and Blackjoy. The
track has received significant support, most notably from David Mancuso at his
legendary party "The Loft." A Japan only compilation of Luke’s work to date was
released in the Fall of 2009. Luke toured Japan, U.S. and Europe to promote
June Degrees in December, including PS-1 Warm Up Music Series in New York
City and SXSW Music Festival in Austin, TX. Over the past few years, Luke has
also played venerable hot–spots such as Bowery Ballroom and Knitting Factory
(NYC), Viper Room (LA), the Warfield (SF) and Liquid Room (Tokyo). The
albums include contributions from No Doubt's drummer Adrian Young and Luke's
right-hand man Merkely. Press interest has led to coverage in Pitchfork, XLR8R,
Swindle, and ReUp Magazine.

The New LP
In 2005, Luke relocated from San Francisco to New York. With the move, came
a renewed sense of purpose. After releasing the EP June Degrees In December,
which found Luke bringing his taste for yacht rock and 80s R&B to the fore, he
decided to work with outside producers for the first time. In the Fall of 2008,
with Marquand and Collas at the controls, Luke set about trying something he'd
never done: write songs and let the producers guide the direction each song
would take. The results speak for themselves: a brilliant, effervescent album that
showcases undeniable pop singles, brilliant arrangements and the breadth of a
classic long–playing album.

Two minutes into the album's infectious opening track "Move On", you can
tell this is something special. Recalling classic Motown in a way that would
make Mark Ronson jealous, the song opens up with a dubbed–out flute solo
breakdown. Meanwhile, the classic fuzztones and acoustic strum of "Bye Bye"
recalls the oft–overlooked 70's work by Arthur Lee's Love. The swagger soul

of "Hold Tight" showcases Luke's vocal acrobatics, his pitch–perfect falsetto
showing impressive range. Meanwhile, the gentle lilt of "Sunshine Love" shows
Luke isn't just a rocker, he's a lover too.

Luke has the kind of melodic sensibility most would kill for. Which says nothing of
his musical chops and taste for vintage instruments. Utilizing a small arsenal of
gear that includes: A Fender Rhodes piano, analog synthesizers, all manner of
percussion and bass, drums and guitar, Luke coaxes a warm, familiar sound that
sounds fresh.

The latter–half of the album finds Luke opening things up. The
breezy "Hypnotized" maybe the album's deep cut, a brilliantly arranged gem
which draws on Bill Withers and Shuggie Otis – with a sly wink to the Beatles
– again showcasing Luke's knack for catchy, memorable vocal hooks and
producers' Marquand & Collas inventive arrangements. Somewhere, Burt
Bacharach is smiling. "Some Things Never Change" is a lovely ballad, combining
baroque Pop with classic LA Pop. As usual, Luke has a knack for a chorus that
won't leave your mind. Closer "Where Am I Gonna Go" is a lovely, acoustic track
that suggests a Hendrix ballad as written by Erlend Øye – filtered through an
echo chamber – it brings the album down gently to an intimate close.

Unquestionably Shadow to Shine is Luke's shining moment to date. It’s the
kind of album – like all great Pop music – that etches itself into you: The work
of a great songwriter, great musicians and great producers pursuing something
together.

SELECTED DISCOGRAPHY
Bing Ji Ling
June Degrees In December (To The Curb Productions)
Fire and Ice Cream (Krëme Kul)
Doodle Loot Doot Doodle A Doo (Krëme Kul)

Singles
Home (Lovemonk Records)
Sunshine Love (Lovemonk Records)

Complilations
So Natural (Rush Productions)

Featuring Bing Ji Ling
Rewind 3! (Ubiquity)
Soul Mosaic (Ubiquity)
Tommy Guerrero From The Soil To The Soul (Quannum)
Future Primitive Party In My Pants (Future Primitive)