Another week, another FKOF Review and FKOF free download. We’ve got a few bits and pieces lined up for you guys over the next few days – and we’re stoked to kick things off with a label we’ve not worked with before…
London’s Hear Other Sounds recently got in touch with their latest release – an EP from exciting young producer Atlas. While we normally have a specific type of sound we look for in releases we support, HOS009 ticked a few different boxes. It’s an extremely broad release, one that documents an inspired range of influences in both producing musician and label.
Bass music – or whatever generic title we’re going with this week – is definitely a mixed bag when it comes to categorising the music that falls under its banner. The Version One EP, due December 1st, has something for everyone. Opener False Dreams draws you in with its tense and mystical atmospheres before Honest draws for the manic percussion and powerful synth work. Deity is perhaps the biggest tune of the release, full of grime leanings and a need for an MC over the top. Polar strips Atlas’ sound right back to the barest minimum but loses none of the potency of the other three. As far as we’re concerned, HOS009 is recommended listening and a required purchase.
The FKOF review
“The mellow approach to Atlas’ reinterpretation of J-One’s Yours perfectly suits this time of year. It’s a cold, gloomy autumn leveler. An almost Burial-esque vibe suits the track – it contains warming elements that suck the listener right in the groove. Scattered percussion joins the mix, striking a chord that is more than peaceful than the contrasting suppressed chaos it contains deep inside. The frequencies involved in this remix signal perfection, something of a necessity for the Hear Other Sounds gang. Thanks to Terry and the team for providing us with a track that suits the sound palette we love to push here at FKOF.”
Peace, love and respect.