Belgian duo A/T/O/S, short for A Taste of Struggle, put out an alluring self-titled album at the top of the year filled with slow-bubbling trip-hop beats and sparse R&B vocals, somewhere between Portishead and FKA Twigs. BBC selectors Mary Anne Hobbs and Gilles Peterson championed, but the DEEP MEDi release went otherwise pretty quiet. As a bit of a sequel, the group recently dropped a 30-minute mix of B-sides, outtakes, and freestyles that's just as strong as their full-length. "This is a collection of beats made during the creation of the album, during the demo phase," the duo explain. "The vocals were recorded whilst jammin' to it, to capture the live feel." Truenoy's beats will keep you glued, and Amos chooses her words well: This might sound crazy, that's why I'm gonna say 'Maybe,' she sings at a 13:00 highlight, sounding more sure of herself than she lets on.
December 04, 2014