By Uptown Toney
The greater Toronto area has garnered a reputation for outputting great and influential musicians/performing artists. In the hotbed for musical talent, a new name is emerging from the SCENE. Eighteen-year-old Louiś Val is a raspy-sounding native of Toronto’s Ajax suburb and is making a name for himself for crooning, creating hypnotic moody melodies and penning deeply personal lyrics. Last year Val released his debut project VI and just recently returned with a followup EP titled LIMBO.
Right from the EP’s lust fueled intro, LIMBO with “Pleasure,” a record that feels like an afro beat inspired rework of The Weeknd’s “High For This,” and perfect ode to his region that opens the door for AO! approved groove-heavy jam “UNUSUAL.” Three to four tracks in you’ll start to notice Val’s sound is a blend of gritty R&B and Future-Bounce with an undercurrent of Afro-beat throughout.
Though the tone of the project seems singular, amidst the hazy beats and relationship based lyrics, Louiś plays with different sounds and feels. And even with production coming from four different producers – CVRE, Felix Leone, DNYL EVST, and ILLNGHT – Val’s in-house producer Sarju does a great job at making the multidimensional production feel cohesive. The Toronto and Michael Jackson influence is heavy in Louiś Val’s artistry so he’ll draw comparisons to guys like The Weeknd, Roy Woods or Lais but with time you’ll see him come out of LIMBO and blossom. Listen to LIMBO below.