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heartbeat(s) is Markus Garcia, formerly of LOL Boys and this track is his Halloween gift – a pounding technoinfluenced track with strings and vocal samples reminiscent of the soundtrack to not a horror movie but something more eerily suspenseful.

Those of you who’ve been following us for a while know that we’ve been big supporters of LOL Boys for years. So we definitely shed a tear or several when Markus and Jerome announced last month that they were going on a hiatus. But there’s always a silver lining. Markus has revealed a solo project called heartbeat(s) that has chill and lush house written all over it. So far he’s got four new tracks, our favorite being “All The Hexes.”

We had the chance to chat with Markus about his solo project and what else we can expect from heartbeat(s) in the future.

Nancy: Why a solo project and why specifically now?
Markus: Well, Jerome and I put LOL Boys on hiatus to pursue our own endeavors. We decided it was time to showcase our individual talents. Heartbeat(s) is my new solo output. Along with the solo work I am also working on other projects. Basically, I’ll always be working on music because it’s one of my favorite things to do in the world.

Nancy: The typical age old question: where did the name Heartbeat(s) come from and why is the “s” in parentheses?
Markus: There are a variety of sources from which the name came from, it was really a culmination of ideas and feelings that I had during the process of making the tracks. The parentheses also come from that process of creating the name and music. I like to play with perceptions and duality. Having the “s” in parentheses is just one example. Also, my friends all call me emo.

Nancy: How would you say the sound of Heartbeat(s) differs from LOL Boys?
Markus: Thats a difficult question because when doing LOL Boys, we explored so many different sounds. Also, being a part of LOL Boys for such a long time there will always be similarities and remnants in all my productions.

Nancy: I kind of want to call your music beach house cause it’s so lush and effortlessly chill. How would you categorize it?
Markus: The sound is really influenced from my environment. Summer was shifting into autumn and I was moving from Montreal to Vancouver. I was listening to a lot of house and techno but at the same time ambient and r&b music. I’d like to think the productions are very house informed with elements and influences from r&b and techno.

Nancy: What are your future plans for Heartbeat(s)? Is there an album that we can expect?
Markus: There will be a track out soon on the Silverback compilation cd. There will be releases on other labels following. There’s also other projects in the works and I will definitely be giving out a few songs here and there.

One final word is thanks to Discobelle and it’s readers for all the support they gave LOL Boys since day one. From the “Mixin’ It Up” to the self-titled ep they released and beyond.

As a final question, we asked Markus to share his current top five videos. Notice how we didn’t specify “music” videos.

Capracara – “Ronin”:

Andy Stott – “Numb”:

Otters Holding Hands:

Montreal Spring Time:

Nurse Cheryl Eating Pizza:

Seems like our good friends in Montreal/L.A duo LOL Boys are taking a break.

“We wanted to let you all know that LOL Boys will be going on hiatus. We were lucky enough to play around the world and to meet many of you, and your support will forever be appreciated! As a token of our gratitude here is a link to all of the edits from the Fader Mix.

The Fader Mix – Edits (Mediafire)

Our final release will be a remix EP of “Changes” coming out soon. Be on the look out for Markus’ solo project soon. You can find mine here Jerome LOL

Jerome

(Source: http://www.facebook.com/lolboys/posts/439534566085275)

Each piece of music in LOL Boys‘ carefully curated FADER Mix is presented in a way we’ve never heard before.

In any other circumstance, a mix incorporating Radiohead and Fiona Apple between Avicii and Carly Rae Jepsen would be laughable but through an impressive collection of alternate renditions from Montreal’s Markus Garcia and LA’s Jerome Potter, this eclectic 38-minute showcase comes to life with grace and charm.

Read the duo’s interview with FADER and check the mix bellow:

LOL Boys’ Changes EP is out now on Friends of Friends.

LOL Boys – FADER Mix (mediafire)

Tracklist:
1. Lil Wayne – Nightmares of the Bottom
2. Cloud – Turning
3. Avicii – Levels
4. John Legend – Tonight
5. Radiohead – Talk Show Host
6. Fiona Apple – Every Single Night
7. Christina Milian – Chameleon
8. Carly Rae Jepsen – Call Me Maybe
9. Kanye West – Mercy
10. Jeremih – Keep It Moving
11. Kreayshawn – Summertime
12. R . Kelly & Jeremih – Misunderstood
13. Basement Jaxx – Romeo (Acoustic Version)

leanhousevolume2-01

Last year Parisian dj/producer Boston Bun gave us his excellent “Lean House Mixtape” and now we can exclusively give you the follow up with volume 2 of his remarkable screwed and sometimes chopped up robotussin infused house classics etc. that pulsates at 108 bpm.

The Boston Bun “Lean House Mixtape Vol.2″ is filled to the brim with superbly addictive slow motion sounding house edits from an incredible lineup of some of the hottest names in dance music such as Brodinski, LOL Boys, Para One, Maelstrom, (thee) Mike B, Samo Sound Boy, DJ Slow etc.

“Do we really need to explain why we scew and chop our favorite house tracks? This is a dedication to H-Town, from Paris with love, RIP DJ SCREW. HOUSIZZURP, SLOW MO ON THE DANCEFLOOR”

LEAN HOUSE MIXTAPE vol.2 by Boston Bun

Tracklist after the jump.

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