NEXTUP: A/T/O/S – A Taste of Struggle

The debut album of Amoys and Truenoys, an elusive duo otherwise known as A/T/O/S, is no less than 15 tracks of pure gold, hypnotising with an infusion of trip-hop, weighty bass and velvet-smooth vocals.

Making their first appearance last year with their self-titled track ‘A Taste of Struggle’, with supporting remixes from Skream and Commodo, A/T/O/S signalled a new rising talent from the already-heaving bounty of great acts under Mala’s Deep Medi label. Although it may not be the usual fare of Nextup readers, don’t let the ‘dubstep’ tag fool you. Imagine if Submotion Orchestra and Mount Kimbie collaborated, with glitchy hip-hop beats thrown in for good measure. Still not convinced? The heartfelt lyrics and slick production render this LP a cut above the rest.

Listen to ‘What I Need’ if you’re in the need of some disjointed funk, ‘Projects’ for that quintessential Deep Medi vibe, and ‘Cosmos’ for an all-round example of this remarkable talent.

Release 03.03.2014

– Isa Jaward

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