BELLS ATLAS

BELLS ATLAS

☀ kaleidosonic•soul•punch ☀

⚡ afro-soul, rhythm pop-sicles ☄ taste the r'nbow //// missy elliot meets bjork meets shadowcats and jolly sludge monsters

"Eminently chill and sexy in equal measure but with out of this world complexity and musical sophistication ... This is the kind of record that kick-starts movements." --Afropunk

"It's pretty easy to get lost in the group ... lush harmonies fill your ears ... their groove is anything but ordinary." --okayplayer

Xiomara’s vocal styling flows effortlessly along the Jazz, Soul, R&B and Hip-Hop spectrum. With influences ranging from Afro-Cuban folkloric rhythms through Blues and Classical, hers is a unique sound, only partially explained by her Berkeley, California roots. Whether her own composition or one of her signature, unconventional takes on a classic, Xiomara infuses her every vocal offering with a powerful, raw emotion.

ASTRONAUTS, ETC (dj set)

"Anthony Ferraro is a member of Chaz Bundick’s Toro Y Moi touring band, but he also fronts his own project called Astronauts, etc. Today the band shares “I Know,” the first single from a fresh batch of recordings. Although Ferraro was at one point studying to become a classical musician at UC Berkeley — a career path derailed by arthritis — this track is a ’70s-style soft-rock gem that taps into some of the same lite-funk vibes as Toro’s recent work while maintaining its own particular flavor. That makes sense considering Bundick is the one who introduced Ferraro into the popular music scene in the first place. The groove on this one is strong despite the overall pillowy quality of the music. “Just hold me tight,” Ferraro croons in falsetto before a smooth guitar solo enters to usher in the next verse." --Stereogum

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