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North End hip-hop duo Machina II has exciting things on the horizon as a result of a successful debut in December.
Machina II members Angelo Lamsen and Andrew Tolentino have been working on and producing their next release — two extended solo plays (EP), entitled Puffy Clouds and Love Base.
The mixtape, Genesis, released last December was a collection of songs they wrote and produced independently since 2011. The twin EPs, however, are individual creative efforts — Love Base is the result of Lamsen’s efforts, and Tolentino has produced Puffy Clouds. The two have different musical styles, and their solo work gives them an opportunity to develop their respective creative voices.
"We have two different sides. That’s why we called ourselves Machina II. It’s because of the balance of the two sides," 27-year-old Lamsen said. "We want our talent to be as apparent as possible and although we are still developing it’s been a good learning process."
Tolentino, 27, said the first mixtape drew a lot of attention to their work and they received a surprising level of positive feedback. Lamsen added they went through the effort of getting their songs mixed and mastered professionally for the upcoming EPs.
"I think we learned that what we are doing right now is what’s going to propel us to do future shows," he explained. "Because if we received such good feedback from the first one, we learn that the more heart and soul you put into something, the more return you’re going to get back."
As a result of their successful debut, Machina II was invited to perform with The Showcase Tour (TST) in Toronto. TST offers emerging artists an opportunity to present shows in the United States and Canada in order to help artists reach new audiences. At each show, TST selects two artists to perform at other shows on the tour.
It’s the first real booking for the duo, and Lamsen said he was surprised that it would be happening in Toronto. He added once they perform there, they’ll have more credibility in Winnipeg.
"If we do good over there we can do good anywhere pretty much," Tolentino added.
The duo started making music when they were teenagers, and to perform in the same city where Canadian hip-hop stars Drake, Kardinal Offishal and The Weeknd came from means a lot to their career.
"It’s a big test of performance capabilities, which I think we do have, and it means a lot to be appreciated for our music. It’s like a validation. It’s exciting. To represent Winnipeg, that’s the biggest thing we are going to do," Lamsen said.
Machina II will be performing at the Hard Luck located at 772 Dundas St. W in Toronto on May 28. They will be playing a 10-minute set. For more information and to buy tickets go to www.theshowcasetour.com
Puffy Clouds and Love Base will be released on May 16 and May 24 respectively. They will be available for free on Soundcloud (https://soundcloud.com/machinaii) and Band Camp (https://machinaii.bandcamp.com/releases)
Community journalist — The Times
Ligia Braidotti was the community journalist for The Times until 2019.