Leeds based rapper ATO continues to impress, release after release. With his two latest singles building on his undeniable buzz, he clearly possesses a certain uniqueness and credibility to go far. On the eve of releasing his brand-new EP, ATO unveils his latest effort “falling”, featuring US superstar rapper Vic Mensa.
With its oscillating synths, minimal drum pattern and nonchalant bassline, “falling” is simple in its construction yet creates the desired effect. Taking the listener on a vivid sonic journey with his newest single, ATO’s brooding rap style has the perfect dark canvas to breathe and Mensa’s guest feature gives subtle flex while further elevating the track.
Keeping in line with the theme of the previous video, the new visuals develop on the scenic excursion motif. Spliced between day and night scenes, his free-form approach to music videos really has become a poetic marker of his artistic flair.
“Falling” comes right in line with the release of ATO’s brand new project ‘EP3’, his first full length project since 2017’s ‘Man of The House’. Working exclusively with his long-term collaborator and friend EDEN, the eight-track project explores the deepest depths of his psyche while candid, thoughtful wordplay is at the crux of the project.
Speaking on the new EP, ATO shared: “What naturally happened in the process of making the EP is that the moments of isolation and vulnerability became framed by moments that speak to the harder, fast paced reality of inner-city life and vice versa. As difficult as it is to articulate fully, I suppose through the EP I’ve tried to give a balanced reflection of who I am and not just one aspect of who I am. In that way it felt quite normal for ‘falling’ to sit back to back with a track like ‘no nu messages’.
It’s been a lot of fun working on this project, it’s been exciting for both EDEN and me. Even though it’s our third project together it really feels like our first, and it’s been cool to find a new sound and energy on this.”
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