Licks From The Grotto came to life during two sessions in the summer of 2020. “I was swimming. I was jamming.” Rubio recalls. His studio resides in an 18th-century sea fortress accessible only by water. It’s a suited environment for capturing raw emotive moments. Rubio’s encounters with machines create a pleasant amount of unconventional truthfulness as well as an exhilarating atmosphere. Though enigma hangs 'round his shoulders like a heavy cloak his music is very warm and inviting, like a big wave lifting your feet off the ground.