"TEDDY RILEY versus Terry Riley—who wins?"
Most bands wouldn't offer such a succinct summary of their sound as that, and fewer still would claim such disparate, if nominally similar, inspirations as a minimalist composer (Terry) and the new jack swing auteur (Teddy). Portland's Purple and Green, however, is exactly that rare band. The duo combines prolific psych-noise scientist Adam Forkner of White Rainbow on electronics with vocalist Justin "J. Green" Johnson, a male R&B diva of the highest homegrown caliber. Green is a natural-born belter, with 106 & Park-ready dance moves and charisma; Forkner is a fiend for dubby, delaying effects and polyphonic synth play. Squint and you'd swear you were looking at the two Rileys.
Also, from the Willamette Week:
Purple & Green, a new R&B-based project from Justin Leon Johnson (a.k.a. JGreen) and Adam Forkner, the iconoclastic pseudo-guru behind White Rainbow. Using a Super Nintendo controller to pilot a rocket ship fueled on purple drank, the duo sails over the ’90s dance clubs of Europe, blasting through the orbits of early Usher and R. Kelly, and lands in a middle ground somewhere between the Space Jam theme song and Blackstreet’s “No Diggity.”