Last week forward thinking beats and bass label Astro Nautico unveiled Atlantics Vol. 2, ending a three year wait since unveiling the label in 2009, announcing it by promulgating a pocket mixtape with two tracks from each founding member (Obey City, Kuhn, and Paul Jones) and a brief "Surf Break" interlude. If the number of tracks on volume two is any indicator (which it isn't), Astro Nautico have made quite a good name for themselves (which they have); following the seven track series debut, volume two's bringing a solid 43. The variety is astonishing, though the label's manifesto is written across the entire mix, wending its way through junctions of greater or lesser funk, disco, R&B, and pop influence with its passage occasionally eased by collaborative bridges and benchmarks composed by the whole label team and attributed to "Astro Nautico". The label writes...There's a much better measure of success!
"The new Atlantics, like its 2009 predecessor, plays like an astral map of our musical tastes, passing from beats and bass-heavy dance tracks up to footwork heaters and down to chill ambient experimentalism . . . But what has changed since this projects beginning is the setting. The founders of Astro Nautico (Obey City, Paul Jones and Kuhn) now find themselves unexpectedly surrounded by a whole community of super-talented and uniquely lovely musicians from around the world."
Zackey Force Funk - Nite Flite
Comanche - West 7th
Astro Nautico - Chester, Where's Your Freestyle? (Prod. By RDBN)
Download all of Atlantics Vol. 2 here and check out its predecessor here.