Checkpoints is a name that should be familiar to regular readers of The Static Dive. The 19-year Toronto-based musician (also known as Rory Moldofsky) first appeared on these pages as a solo artist back in April upon the release of his Jazz fueled Hip-hop track, “Moments.” The song was our introduction to the young producer’s eclectic and creative genre-blending style.
Rory applies all of his formidable skills as a beatmaker, jazz composer and musician to create rich and nuanced grooves. In addition to his work as a solo artist, Moldofsky is a member of Beatsmiths Music Group, an artist collective and label built around veteran emcees and producers such as Monotone, Lou Slug, and Masterkraftsmen. He is also part of the Detroit-based beatmaker collective commonandnormal where he has been featured on their three latest compilation albums.
“For Doris’ ‘ is Checkpoints’ latest experiment in groove. The track mixes found sounds, sampled riffs and live performance to create a distinctly Rory vibe. In just under three minutes the track moves through waves of Trip-hop, R&B, Hip-hop and Jazz. It’s a deep soulful groove. The Acid Rock fuzz tone guitar during the fade out is a nice touch as well.
You can hear “For Doris” on both the Deep Indie Beat and Deep Indie Dive playlists. Follow the links below to catch up with Checkpoints. Get connected to his many musical projects, including his new mixtape The Saucepot, Vol. 1 available on SoundCloud, Bandcamp, and YouTube.