Island Boy announces new album

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Island Boy is the ongoing project of San Diego-based, Puerto Rican musician/producer Richard Hunter-Rivera. Incorporating elements of French house, reggaeton, latin freestyle, and new wave with crooning vocals, Hunter-Rivera's music pays homage to the art of modern songwriting while also exploring complex recording processes that result in dense, cinematic, and surreal soundscapes. In late 2012 Island Boy released a debut EP on Rita Records featuring a heavy-dose of sampling and live signal manipulation, and a production style that carries over into Hunter-Rivera's first full-length effort, Basic Instincts, set for release June 17th.

Thematically, Basic Instincts is an exploration of the relationship between the human tendency to submit to a higher power and the determination needed to ensure self-actualization and spiritual freedom. Sonically, it weaves together dembow rhythms, reverberant leads, and dubby basslines into an experimental yet poppy tapestry of sound.



Before starting Island Boy in 2011, Hunter-Rivera was involved in a multitude of musical projects as a founding member of the Mangoose collective. In collaboration with Mangoose associates, he co-produced a number of home-brewed albums released on CDs and cassettes. He has also worked as a sound engineer, video editor, technical consultant for multimedia artists. Since 2013, Island Boy has shared bills with established acts such as Wild Nothing, MS MR, Chad Valley, Little Green Cars, Keep Shelly in Athens, Kisses, The Album Leaf, and Gary War, toured the Southeast/East Coast, and played SF PopFest and CMJ.

Upcoming Shows:
  • 06/19 - San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
  • 06/20 - Tijuana, Mexico @ Mous Tache
  • 06/21 - Los Angeles, CA @ Mountair
  • 06/23 - San Francisco, CA @ TBA
  • 06/25 - Portland, OR @ Valentines
A national tour is being planned for fall 2014.

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