ARTIST: MIGHTY ATLAS
TITLE: MIGHTY ATLAS
FILE UNDER: AFROBEAT, JAZZ, FUTURE BEATS, HIPHOP, ELECTROFUNK
DESIGN: HENK LOORBACH
MASTERING: IVO STATINKSI
“Meet our hero: Mighty Atlas. The man not a myth. Born and bred on the outskirts of planet earth. A man with no limits or boundaries. A Hulk standing on shoulders of giants. Known to dip, dive and socialize. An open society is all he asks for. He’s eating ngonis, Junos and saxophones for breakfast. Regrets the fact he never met Henri Matisse, Yusef Lateef and Luke Skywalker. He’s a raging Juggernaut, sprinkling fairy dust on unsuspecting passengers. A man of contrast… So, as music can only be understood backwards and must be made forwards, let’s take a look in the used future!”
So, here it is! The self-titled debut-album by Mighty Atlas. A a true adventure in cut-and-paste music, combing sounds from all corners of the world and from different times and ages. Steady guided by key conductors Neels Smeekens en Rogier van Hout and firmly assisted by Wiboud Burkens and Baba Sissoko amongst others. The album is mastered by Statinski Mastering. The artwork is done by Henk Loorbach.
Mighty Atlas is a Dutch collective bringing you an unusual combination of Future Beats, Dub, Jazz, pandemic grooves and 80’s Electro Funk. The key-administers are Neels Smeekens and Rogier van Hout, who find inspiration in collaborations with other musicians including mainpartner keyplayer Wiboud Burkens and multi-instrumentalist Baba Sissoko. Other musical partners are Tristan Driesenaar, Vincent den Hengst, Itai Weissman, Bruno Ferro Xavier da Silva, Erwin Vann a.o. They use vintage synths, samplers, electric piano’s, live drums, turntables etc. to manufacture their beatbased, musical constructions.
Magazine Scratched Vinyl on the album: “Mighty Atlas is one of the most ambitious and adventurous instrumental projects 0f 2016. They’ve taken a lot of chances, brought a lot of different ideas to the table, and found a way to weave it all together in a way that works and separates them from the rest of the pack.”
Supported by Bandcamp Weekly, Dubmission, Scratched Vinyl, BBC Radio 6, Radio Campus, The Find Magazine, Space Exposure a.o.