Words by Nina Tabios
Earlier this year, multi-instrumentalist Gabriel Garzon-Montano released his debut album Jardin, and is sowing the seeds of his music with a show at the Rickshaw Stop on May 13.
For casual fans, Garzon-Montano is most known — almost unfairly so — for his song “6 8,” which was sampled on Drake’s “Jungle,” the tail-end track of the Toronto rapper’s 2015 If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late mixtape. The slow-burn of “6 8” was perfect to bookend a rather brash tape, but on Garzon-Montano’s 2014 EP, Bishoune: Alma del Huila, the song was a sweet sample of the French-Colombian’s branch of lush pop-R&B.
Jardin is more or less an extension of Bishoune. Garzon-Montano’s landscapes of poppy funk and soul hinge upon a merger of hip-hop and R&B a la beat mogul arrangements — think Pharrell, Timbaland, J Dilla. It’s a bouquet of harmonies and melodies, each made more colorful than the last in rhythm, mood, and voice.
Check out Jardin in its entirety here:
May 13, 2017