Markey is a longtime Backwoodz collaborator but while his contributions have always been memorable, they have also been few and far between. The credits tell the tale; there he is producing the very first track- “Native Sun”- on Half Measures, the very first Armand Hammer mixtape (2013). That same year he did “Black Ark” on the duos debut LP, Race Music and then doesn’t pop again on anything Backwoodz related until 2019 when he co-produced billy woods first single for Terror Management, “Western Education is Forbidden” featuring Fielded. In 2022, Markey and Fielded made it 2-for-2 with the slinkily fun “Halloween Fell On A Weekend”, a track on Armand Hammer’s vinyl-exclusive WHT LBL.
While he has put out a few other projects over the years and has an equally long history with Reservoir Sound, the arts collective founded by producer A.M. Breakups, Markey spent most of the past decade on the periphery of the NYC indie scene, as likely to drop heat as he was to disappear for years at a time. Sports & Leisure represents the beginnings of a new era for the Akron-born producer who moved to New York City in 2004. The pandemic gave him the time and mental space to re-dedicate himself to music.
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