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Atlas – ‘Version One’ (Hear Other Sounds)

Atlas’ ‘Version One’ EP is certainly an interesting listen. Navigating his way through the depths of instrumental Grime, Dub, Funky and 2-Step stylings across four tracks -­ none of which are lacking anything by way of conceptual execution – ­the producer crafts an impressively solid, engaging debut for London-­based imprint Hear Other Sounds.

The cold, haunting atmospheric layers on moody, reverb-­heavy opener ‘False Dreams’ set the tone for what you’d expect to sit well with the deconstructed Grime work of producers like Rabit or Sharp Veins, but the EP is held together less by stylistic consistency and more a production aesthetic -­ the rugged sound palette, the intricate percussion, the intermittent vocal sampling.

The warped, guttural bass bangs on dubby roller ‘Deity’ are a case in point, as are the playful, up­tempo drum beats on the remarkably chirpy ‘Polar’ – ­ which still also somehow manages to make a Merky Ace sample work – ­ whilst the growling sub and tribal drums on ‘Honest’ seem to join the dots between classic, rolling dub and UK Funky. The point is that although through conventional eyes this shouldn’t necessarily fit together as one EP, once you listen closely enough you soon realise there are a host of subtleties that link each track together. Whatever you take away with you after listening, it’s an impressive body of tracks.

‘Version One’ is out now on Hear Other Sounds. Buy it here.

Tomas Fraser