Hush Hush is proud to present 'Cardio Nova,' a debut collection of beats from Perris, California-based producer Tori Bukle. Eight tracks of raw, emotional, nostalgia-laced, sample-heavy beats, 'Cardio Nova' is rough around the edges, yet packs a lot of heart. The release features sampled glances of some of his favorite adolescent jams (Mariah Carey, Imogen Heap, K-Ci & JoJo, Lizzy Wright) and recent vibe-heavy tracks (Usher, Willow Smith, Future) that are filtered through his textured R&B-tinged slow jams, glistening trap-scented workouts, and kaleidoscopic uptempo rhythms for a consistently captivating sound.
Tori Bukle’s music first came to Hush Hush’s attention through his younger brother Shawn Bukle (aka experimental club producer 『ADAMAS¹⁰⁸⁰ᵖ) after Shawn was invited to submit a track to Hush Hush's 2014 compilation 'Presents, Vol. 1.' Shawn mentioned his older brother Tori, a military veteran who served in Iraq as part of a police transitioning team, also experiments with making beats in Fruity Loops. This introduction yielded his debut song "Heart Shaped Ocean," which also appeared on the 'Presents Vol. 1' compilation. The song's euphoric sped-up vocal sample, swirling backdrop, and gliding beat offered a uniquely heartfelt track that felt right at home on Hush Hush, while simultaneously forging a distinctive sonic path.
A batch of additional demos eventually found their way into Hush Hush's inbox in early 2015, and through sporadic yet determined email correspondences and online messages over nearly 2 years, we've pieced together eight of our favorites to showcase Tori's transportive sonic world. Inspired by the video game soundtracks of his youth ("Streets of Rage," "Secret of Mana") as well as an early appreciation of an eclectic range of sounds (everything from Linkin Park, Daft Punk, Phil Collins, Timbaland, and Evanescence to Yoko Kanno, Enya, and Utada Hikaru), Tori's self-taught production techniques and bare-bones studio means have yielded a sound that is both widescreen and intimate, reminiscent of contemporary bedroom producers such as Clams Casino, Balam Acab, Keyboard Kid, and Hush Hush alum j.Faraday. We hope you enjoy Tori Bukle's 'Cardio Nova.'
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