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i_o with Lights posthumous debut album is released two years after his untimely death

Garrett Lockhart, better known as i_o, passed away two years ago today. At just 30, his career was just taking off after graduating from Icon Collective under the name Fawks and transitioning to more techno-heavy productions under his new personality.

Today, in memory of, in honor of, the memory of i_o and his legacy and work, an album of work before his death is released with Lights. Warehouse Summer, which would technically be considered his debut album, has 14 tracks, with many of the track titles being 20/20 in hindsight and conveying particular emotion: Don’t Let Me Go To Sleep, Prayers, Better Days ” etc.

“We loved hearing from so many as each of us remembers Garrett in different ways,” the Lockhart family wrote in a statement. “Some of your stories made us laugh or smile, others made us cry, because in those stories we relived much of what Garrett was as a person and how his life impacted each of us.”

From the Lockhart family

“Warehouse Summer”, a legacy album, will be released on November 23, 2022.

Tomorrow we celebrate you. pic.twitter.com/bctmhGZm4I

— i_o (@i_oofficial) November 22, 2022

Warehouse Summer, as the name suggests, combines two ideas: dancing in a dark warehouse late at night, but also the bright sunlight and hope of the summer months. Although i_o was known for his techno, his history as a drum & bass artist shines through on the album as well, as in “Leave It” and “Prayers”. Progressive house elements also run through the album and demonstrate i_o’s strength not only as a techno producer, but also as a music producer.

Reactions to the album on social media have already been overwhelmingly positive and this will likely be an album to revisit for years to come. Listen below.

Photo via Alexandria Alvarez