Leeds rapper ATO has made his own lane in music: detailed anecdotes that are relatable, like almost missing a flight because you wanted to spend an extra hour with someone. And they're laid over lush production that ranges from James Blake-esque layered tracks to club ready rhythms. He returned to the studio for Ep.3 with long time collaborator EDEN, after first starting to work together five years ago in Dublin.
The eight track project is the product of ATO tapping into his stream of consciousness as he related in an email: "The voice that comes through on the EP, I think, much more reflects the noise in my head, and gives a different kind of honesty, which I don’t think I’ve been able to share before in the same way. I think Joey, who directed '24,' 'space to,' and 'falling' could relate to that in the music and I’m so glad he captured that sense of isolation visually too, whilst featuring some of my closest friends."
You can look out for new merch from ATO in 2020.
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