â€œAtmosphereâ€, the latest offering via Gravitas Recordings from legendary hip-hop producer Amp Live, delivers a patchwork of lush synthscapes molded around modern, vibey rhythms. Each of the six songs on this pay-what-you-want release share a silky, sleek, and sometimes swung feel, showcasing how compelling minimalism can be when each fraction has been crafted with care. Apart from being a founding member of Zion I, Amp has been a musical force within the hip-hop, reggae, and electronic music scenes for a multitude of years while collaborating with powerhouses such as Bassnectar, Too Short, Big Gigantic, Del The Funky Homosapien, Minnesota, Rebelution, and Gift of Gab.
Like the overture to a dreamland odyssey, â€˜Gravityâ€™ kicks off the EP slow and low, expertly setting a distinct, divine mood. Long time collaborator Eligh makes a guest appearance on â€˜Breatheâ€™, a sparse, spaced track that continues the casual stroll through an otherworldly realm. The reggae-come-future-bass tune â€˜Photo Bombâ€™ is a true feel-good track; the uplifting dub-flavored chords hit like a dose of serotonin before seamlessly giving way to a stylish, expressive double-time melody. Wrapping up the EP comes â€˜Higherâ€™, an expressive ballad featuring the sublime vocals of Cristina Soto set atop graceful yet gripping synthesis to close out the album in style.