Earlier this year, we talked about Speedy’s Beyond, a tightly knit nine tracks that we were super vibing off of. One of the things that came up when I was talking with Speedy about it was his desire to keep breaking through any boundaries he might find in his sound. From the first note on his latest three-piece EP Patched Heart, you can tell this is a course he is maintaining.
Patched Heart‘s story follows the path of a breakup from that feeling of ‘Yes!!!! I’m freeeeee!!!’ on “Thanx”, to a lonely feeling of vulnerability on “Why Wait”, to the fresh elation of new love on “Without You”. On “Thanx”, Speedy rides a high-speed affair driven by rapid kick drum hits, the percussion all but ripping listeners out of their chair. Speedy told me he had an interesting inspiration for the sound of it, an oft-overlooked 2Pac track called “Life is a Traffic Jam” off the Gridlock’d soundtrack. While that song was kind of chaotic, “Thanx” is more fun, one that covers up any heartbreak someone might feel going through a split. It’s the the type of goodbye that’s compounded with a ‘Bye Felicia!’ and two fingers in the air on the way out.