Markus Garcia, one half of the recently hiatus-ed LOL Boys, has washed his hands clean of a few things in the past month; a long-distance artistic relationship, Montreal winters, and jazz cymbal samples (well, at least for now).
He has now relocated to Vancouver, and this change is marked by an intriguing collection of solo releases under a new moniker, heartbeat(s).
While his music maintains a similar pop-house cheek to his former work, there is no doubt a major diversion towards a more angular and funky club sound with this fresh batch of tracks. Expect more things to come from this, now West-coast, house-man, in the coming months… as surely as the heart beats (lol?).
Also, if your feeling the above numbers, have a listen to this mix he did for the Canadian designer behemoth, SSENSE.
“I recorded this mix live. It reflects the influences for the Heartbeat(s) project. It also references the change in season from summer to fall with its delicate but deliberate balances between darkness and light.”
At the stroke of midnight, the Wedidit Collective, fronted this time by MPC-party starter, RL Grime, imparts upon it’s audience the long awaited Grapes EP. Get your cell phone out of your pocket and take down their number – that’s (911)-420-6969 – because you might just have the urge to thank them personally after you indulge in this L-pape cone of a release.
20 year old crunk-wunderkind, Henry ‘RL’ Steinway, indulges the considerable expectation that has been mounting around this product since “Grapes a la Vodka,” became every wily DJ’s 2:20am climax jam back in September of last year, with tracks like the thick, yet silky “Treadstone,” and the cheekily triumphant, “Amphibian.” This, his honed talent, along with his impressive posse of like-minded beat-smiths providing everything from the genretic diversity of the LOL Boys‘ elongated tweak, to the lively nostalgia evoked by Salva’s number, packs Grapes up into one dense and, dare I say it, “dank” package. Shlohmo and 2KWTVR‘s contribution, the coincidentally appropriate cherry of this joint, closes the 8-track extended play with a bang so satisfying that I was compelled to relive the moment again…and again…and then a few more times, until i began to question the harmless nature of my audio-habit. In other words, if it were physically possible to smoke this EP, I would. Happy 420.