atu desk, soulection

Atu‘s debut album Pictures on Silence from Soulection features lush blankets of layered sound. The right amount of repetition to draw you in but not cross into the repetitive. Whispery vocals plus all the right keys and quiet pockets of space, the composition of this album has maturity and poise. When songs start fading away, towards their end you might find yourself turning up the volume to make them last just a bit longer.

The trance-inducing 10 song album starts with emotive melodies on “Can Do It” reminiscent of Lianne La Havas added with chopped bits of sultry 112 samples are more than the sum of their technical parts. ATU grabbed clouds out of the sky and the breeze drifting by and created a beautiful dreamy alchemy of sounds and sonic imagery.

Atupele Ndisale (Atu, for short) born in the Ivory Coast and studying at University of Michigan is the young age of 20 but brings aural sensibilities of a seasoned producer. Utilizing the most minimal bits of vocal samples, so slight that your brain has to work to recognize the likes of Miss Aaliyah Haughton and E. Badu alongside dreamy interpolations of Boyz II Men and Alicia Keys.

Beside all the beauty of this project, when was the last time you saw an artist drop their first album and donate all the proceeds? Being that Atu is originally from Malawi, he, alongside label Soulection have planned for all proceeds of “Pictures on Silence” to go toward the EveryChild organization in effort to provide some financial assistance to rural areas of Malawi.

* Track 5 “The Duo” features labelmate Sango


  • Kevin

    A real masterpiece… I couldn’t be more excited waiting for the second album…

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