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Anything with a half-step beat, or any resemblance of UK garage is immediately given some ridiculous post, neo, or future label. The sound recently reinvented by Jamie XX and James Blake, but pioneered over a decade ago, has been replicated by dozens upon dozens of bedroom producers at varying levels of success. Beyond the aforementioned artists, Mount Kimbie and Wolfey are two of my favorites. Marseille-based 123Mrk is another. I’m not too familiar with 123Mrk, but based on his Soundcloud, he already has a wealth of great tracks and plenty of potential. It’s hard to differentiate yourself from the masses, but he has managed to mix in some LA beat scene-esque 8-bit sounds, and based on interviews, has quite the obsession with video games. Check out standout track “Untroubled” below and be sure to check out more tunes on his Soundcloud.