Second EP from Atlas to see in 2015. This four-track EP on London's COJA Records features the vocal talent of Kristina Paraskeva from Youth, as well as remixes from Kalyde as well as Luvian, a friend and collaborator. Original, stripped back, ethereal, chilled-out sounds from the unoriginally named duo. Vinyl 12".
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The sort of smooth jazz-inflected weekend electronica that I always imagined I’d be listening to had my life turned out swish penthouse successful rather than terraced house disappointing. Lots of haunting synths and slightly off-kilter staccato rhythms. Don’t play it at the wrong speed like I did and you’ll hear a slick slice of melancholy r&b with Thomas Dolby synth washes and glistening guitar breaks a-plenty. The opener has a guest lady singer with a helium-high voice whilst three other original tracks provide oodles of warm atmospheric (sub) urban melodies, ‘Paper’ is mainly instrumental whilst ‘Hammond’ has a male voice making them come across as Mount Kimbie’s street-smart across town rivals.
They are probably too young to remember Bjork-ish 90’s electronic heads Insides but ‘Eyes’ certainly resembles them and is possibly the best thing here. There are two other remixes of ‘Closer’ too to complete a record that will be perfect to soundtrack the lifting gloom between winter and spring.
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