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Atmosphere Release “Barcade” Video Feat. MF Doom & Aesop Rock Off New Album “WORD?”

Slug and Ant (Atmosphere) joined forces with Aesop Rock and gone-too-soon icon MF DOOM for “Barcade”, a track that expands upon the inimitable creative chemistry the trio shared 20 years ago on “Put Your Quarter Up“, the last time all three were together on one song. The song serves as a fitting tribute for their fallen friend and a closing chapter for their collaboration.

Building anticipation for its arrival with a series of immersive and critically acclaimed maxi-singles, underground hip-hop titans Atmosphere proudly present their new album WORD?” today via Rhymesayers Entertainment. Read our review we also did today!

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MF DOOM Featured On New Song With Atmosphere

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Hip-hop duo Atmosphere has dropped their single “Barcade” featuring the late MF DOOM and rapper Aesop Rock. An animated, psychedelic video was also released with the single. MF DOOM’s appears on Atmosphere’s new album “Word?” Atmosphere Drops Video For MF Doom Feature, Pays Homage After the announcement of MF Doom’s death late last year, Aesop […]

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Atmosphere – “Word?” (Album Review)

This is the 12th full-length album from renown Minneapolis duo Atmosphere. Coming up as a trio in the late 90’s off at their critically acclaimed debut Overcast!, they would later go on to build an independent empire with their Rhymesayers Entertainment label whether that be signing acts from Brother Ali to the late Eyedea or putting out their best bodies of work like God Loves Ugly or Sad Clown Bad Dub 9. But for the last 3 years now, Slug & Ant have been treating their fans to a new album every year starting out with Mi Vida Local. Now with the 1 year anniversary of The Day Before Halloween coming at the end of the month, Atmosphere is continuing their new tradition by dropping Word?.

“Fleetwood” is a rich boom bap opener saying he’s glad he’s not the same person as he once was whereas “Something” thunderously encourages listeners to get back up when pushed down. Evidence & Muja Messiah both come into the picture for the bass guitar-infused “Crumbs” speaking on their obsessive compulsions, but then “Woes” glisteningly details that you can’t love without misery.

Meanwhile on “Strung”, we have Musab accompanying Atmosphere on top of a melodic vocal sample expressing that they’re feeling tense just before “Clocked” is a misty declaration that time is killing us. “Sleepless” works in some keys & hi-hats as Nino Bless tags along to tackle the theme of insomnia leading into the eerie “Distances” pleads to leave him & his family alone.

“Carousel” mesmerizingly talks about wanting to protect myself from his lover’s sting while “Vanish” is a short yet vibrant & funky little freestyle. “Pressed” serves as a tribal posse cut with Anwar HighSign, Lateef the Truthspeaker & Sa-Roc being amongst the best of the 6 while the song “Skull” hauntingly details a night where he or Ant was supposed to die.

The penultimate track “Nekst” works in some acoustics & handclaps airing out someone he loved ending up betraying him, but then “Barcade” with Aesop Rock & the late MF DOOM ends the album with a complete lyrical annihilation with the Hellish beat fitting into the mix ever so flawlessly.

As much as I liked The Day Before Halloween for it’s experimentations, I think the hardcore fans are gonna dig Word? a bit more. Ant takes it back to the duo’s signature sound & Slug’s lyricism is as lighthearted as it was back in their prime almost 2 decades ago.

Score: 7/10

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Atmosphere Drop New Maxi-Single “WORD? Side B” And Music Video “Clocked”

Adding another dimension to their latest chapter, underground hip-hop titans Atmosphere present a new maxi-single entitled “WORD? Side B” via Rhymesayers Entertainment. The release boasts three new tracks, including “Strung” [feat. Musab], “Sleepless” [feat. Nino Bless], and the single “Clocked.”

On “Clocked,” producer Ant’s euphonic thrum waxes and wanes as Slug’s instantly recognizable flow captivates right from the intro, “Once upon a time, there was a young boy…” Between the razor-sharp snares, the warm fleshy basslines, and the resonant melody, fans will notice strong hints of Atmosphere’s nascent years within this cautionary tale about time.

In the visual, produced and directed by the team at 1Light Films, Slug appears to run a carwash, donning coveralls complete with the name patch, “Sean.” After waving an SUV into the tunnel, Slug delivers a foreboding performance from outside, while the wash begins to uncover an ominous tale of its own.

“WORD? Side B” paves the way for the group’s anxiously awaited new album, WORD?, out October 8 and promising an all-star cast of guests such as the late MF DOOMEvidenceAesop RockSa-RocLateef the TruthspeakerNikki Jean and more.

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Atmosphere – “Woes” (Video)

Atmosphere return out of the woodwork to drop the new single/video “Woes” ahead of their upcoming album Word coming out this fall.

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Atmosphere Announces New Album, The Day Before Halloween, Due Out October 30

Today, iconic hip-hop duo Atmosphere drops a mind-bending music video, “Blotter Acid Reflux Syndrome,” heralding the release of their latest studio album The Day Before Halloween, due out, appropriately, on October 30. Directed by Jason Goldwatch, the music video veers towards the unsettling with psychedelics, brain surgery, and a nod to the infamous Cold War-era MK-Ultra program. From the outset, “Blotter Acid Reflux Syndrome” makes it clear that this chapter of Atmosphere’s discography will be a departure from the expected—the anti-pop answer to previous compositions.

Throughout Atmosphere’s two-decade career, the group has often been viewed as a musical shepherd, guiding listeners through the ups and downs of existence with songs about life, love, stress and setbacks. In a year that seems to have gone sideways, however, Atmosphere is leaning into an alternate reality, offering an album loosely conceptualized around the life of a visual artist living in an antiquated surveillance state. The Day Before Halloween is menacing. It’s murky. It’s George Orwell meets Keith Haring at a video arcade on New Year’s Day, 1985.

Watch “Blotter Acid Reflux Syndrome”: https://youtu.be/KdbOG0RDEKM

Stream “Blotter Acid Reflux Syndrome” & Pre-Save The Day Before Halloween: https://rse.lnk.to/TheDayBeforeHalloween

Pre-Order Physical Copies and Merch: https://atmospheresucks.com

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Slug + Murs Return as Felt With New Album “Felt 4 U”

Today,  Felt—the iconic hip-hop supergroup comprised of Murs and Slug (of Atmosphere)—drops a surprise album: Felt 4 U. The duo signaled a triumphant return from an eleven-year hiatus earlier this week with the standalone single “Name In Ya Mouth” before following up with a full-length album produced by Ant of Atmosphere.

With all the core elements that established Felt as a cult favorite still in place, Felt 4 U offers a fresh perspective from two virtuosic lyricists whose talents have only matured in the years since their last album, Felt 3: A Tribute to Rosie Perez, was released. Nestled among the new album’s twelve tracks are high-powered guest features—a first for Felt—including appearances from BlimesThe GrouchAesop Rock, and Shepard Albertson (an alias used by Blueprint when he sings).

From the opening chords of “Never’s Enough,” with its funk-fueled retro feel, to the outrageously smooth vibes of “Underwater,” Ant effortlessly blends the voices of Slug and Murs as they reflect on everything from personal growth to cultural change. With a series of ideas and insights delivered with the intention of furthering discussion, Felt 4 U rises to meet the current moment and signals that the Felt saga is far from over.

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Slug + Murs Return as Felt With New Album “Felt 4 U”

Today,  Felt—the iconic hip-hop supergroup comprised of Murs and Slug (of Atmosphere)—drops a surprise album: Felt 4 U. The duo signaled a triumphant return from an eleven-year hiatus earlier this week with the standalone single “Name In Ya Mouth” before following up with a full-length album produced by Ant of Atmosphere.

With all the core elements that established Felt as a cult favorite still in place, Felt 4 U offers a fresh perspective from two virtuosic lyricists whose talents have only matured in the years since their last album, Felt 3: A Tribute to Rosie Perez, was released. Nestled among the new album’s twelve tracks are high-powered guest features—a first for Felt—including appearances from BlimesThe GrouchAesop Rock, and Shepard Albertson (an alias used by Blueprint when he sings).

From the opening chords of “Never’s Enough,” with its funk-fueled retro feel, to the outrageously smooth vibes of “Underwater,” Ant effortlessly blends the voices of Slug and Murs as they reflect on everything from personal growth to cultural change. With a series of ideas and insights delivered with the intention of furthering discussion, Felt 4 U rises to meet the current moment and signals that the Felt saga is far from over.

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Slug + Murs Return as Felt With New Album “Felt 4 U”

Today,  Felt—the iconic hip-hop supergroup comprised of Murs and Slug (of Atmosphere)—drops a surprise album: Felt 4 U. The duo signaled a triumphant return from an eleven-year hiatus earlier this week with the standalone single “Name In Ya Mouth” before following up with a full-length album produced by Ant of Atmosphere.

With all the core elements that established Felt as a cult favorite still in place, Felt 4 U offers a fresh perspective from two virtuosic lyricists whose talents have only matured in the years since their last album, Felt 3: A Tribute to Rosie Perez, was released. Nestled among the new album’s twelve tracks are high-powered guest features—a first for Felt—including appearances from BlimesThe GrouchAesop Rock, and Shepard Albertson (an alias used by Blueprint when he sings).

From the opening chords of “Never’s Enough,” with its funk-fueled retro feel, to the outrageously smooth vibes of “Underwater,” Ant effortlessly blends the voices of Slug and Murs as they reflect on everything from personal growth to cultural change. With a series of ideas and insights delivered with the intention of furthering discussion, Felt 4 U rises to meet the current moment and signals that the Felt saga is far from over.

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Felt – “Felt 4 U” (Album Review)

Felt is a duo consisting of underground veterans MURS & Slug. The pair made their debut in late 2002 with a self-titled full-length produced by The Grouch, but would step their game up a lot much more on their 2005 sophomore effort that featured front to back production from Ant. Last we heard from them was in ‘09 with a 3rd album that was entirely produced by Aesop Rock but after a dropping a loosie earlier this week, MURS & Slug are hooking back up with Ant to drop Felt 4 U out of nowhere.

The album kicks off with “Never Enough”, where the duo talk about leveling up over a funky beat. The next song “Find My Way” talks about forever paying the price over an instrumental to cruise down the street to while the track “Don’t Do Me Like That” talks about getting into arguments with their wives over a mellow beat. The song “Trees” sees the 2 trading bars back & forth over a boom bap beat with an organ loop while the track “Through the Night” gets romantic over a sensual instrumental.

The song “Freeze Tag” is a crowd mover with a somewhat disco inspired beat while the track “Sticks & Stones” looks back on their childhoods over a heavenly instrumental. The song “Underwater” gets back on the love side of things over a fittingly aquatic instrumental while the track “Alexander F’real” continues to show their chemistry over a slick beat. The song “Hologram” with The Grouch & Aesop Rock sees the 4 talking about how they don’t give a fuck what people be hollering over what could possibly be the darkest instrumental on the whole album while the penultimate track “Crimson Skies” talk about being at the crossroads over a cinematic boom bap beat. The album finishes with “Borboleta”, where Felt talks about how far they’ve come & how far they have left down the road over an summery instrumental.

These guys have never disappointed me personally & this is a pretty damn good comeback for them. Ant absolutely kills it on the boards whereas both MURS & Slug both sound like they never left because the way they compliment each other is still as fantastic as ever.

Score: 8/10

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