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Two years on from the passing of i_o – real name Garrett Lockhart – his family have shared posthumous album ‘Warehouse Summer’.
The record consists of 14 tunes which underline the DJ and producer’s signature sound, featuring vocals from alt-pop Lights on each of the tracks.
“This is a body of work that I’m immensely proud of and am very emotionally connected to,” she says on the album. “Garrett was endlessly talented and he inspired me to give my all and be my best. It’s safe to say making this album with him was life changing. I hope you immerse yourself in it, there is a lot to feel in Warehouse Summer.”
Lockhart’s family released the initial statement announcing the record’s release, which coincided exactly two years since his unexpected passing in 2020.
“We’d like to thank all who have patiently and lovingly stood by waiting for us, G’s family, to say yes to releasing these last tracks,” it read.
“Thank you to the i_o management for bringing together all the teams necessary to release these last tracks of music produced by Garrett & Lights. We are grateful to them and so many others for their regular “check-ins” with us, allowing us time and space to miss him and grieve his absence. We loved hearing from so many, as each of us remember Garrett in different ways. Some of your stories made us laugh or smile, others made us cry, for it is in those stories we relived much of what Garrett was about as a person and in the many ways his life impacted each of us.
“Thank you for sharing yourselves with us, it has truly helped in the healing. We hope with this music release there will be healing for others as well. Continue to take gentle care of yourselves and each other, remembering how fragile life can be.
“On November 23, 2022 “Warehouse Summer”, a legacy album, will be released. Tomorrow, we celebrate you.”
You can stream ‘Warehouse Summer’ now via Armada Music, who described housing the album as an “honour”. Check it out here.
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Written by: Tim Hopkins