THE SOUND WAS INSPIRED BY A FATEFUL ADVENTURE TO THE FAR CORNERS OF SHANGHAI. THIS SONG AND TRIP WERE THE CATALYST TO BKLYN1834’S “COMPILATION_01”.
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ATR's first release, a remix of Denitia and Sene's debut EP, was released by London-based Mixmag last February. His next project stems from an adventure to The Far East. Journeying to Shanghai found ATR in the midst of the contrasting duality of China's most Westernized city: tranquil bamboo gardens growing in the shadows of immense sky scrapers while centuries-old temples compete for attention against hyperactive video games. The images and sounds of ATR reflect this dichotomy, bringing spacious and down-tempo grooves together with thundering beat drops. With ghost- ly textures of chopped and screwed vocals, each moment of ATR's music settles in deep enough to touch your core. Each track is surrounded by a mysterious glow of something sacred.
As the originator of the BKLYN1834 artist community, ATR is used to working with dozens of different styles and genres. Beginning his production arc with Theophilus London, Blue, Freddie Gibbs and other rap media darlings, his love for straight hip-hop eventually morphed into more melancholy, spacious thumps with ethereal layers of synth, giving way to his own vocal style. The influence of his Texas roots shines through with slow tempos and chopped and screwed vocal samples.