As we continue on with this whole exposure to dope producers movement at SoundNexx, my next producer to check for is a brother straight out of No One Really Knows. His name is Afta-1 and I have been aware of his soulful like Kevin Spacey style of production for a minute now, but I don't much about this dude. It's like the more you search about this guy, the less you actually find out? Afta-1 really reminds me of another beatmaker that obviously adores the reclusive lifestyle that goes by the name Moodymann. Moody rarely does interviews and I've even heard that he performs behind a curtain on stage so that you can't see his face? If I'm paying my hard earns to see a mutha-scratcha perform live, I promise you that all hell would break loose if a I see a curtain in front of the stage! I read a interview Afta did on the internet and I learned absolutely nothing of importance about the guy. I don't know if it was poor question asking or evasive answer giving? I assume he prefers to let his music speak for him...
Honestly, Afta-1's music is so dope that he could be from Zumunda and I wouldn't give damn. As they say, it ain't where you from, it's about how dope your beats are. While many producers today are really caught up in the simple looping of soul samples, Afta's sound is much more complex. His beats are saturated with different soundscapes and textures that almost give his music a visual effect at times. Hypnotic is not a strong enough word to describe the feeling that I get when his music messages my eardrums. It's more like a form of Escapism actually. The future is now! Once you hear Afta-1's latest project "Aftathoughts" you'll understand what I am talking about. I haven't heard an instrumental album this impressive in a minute. He's not up to a Dilla or Madlib status just yet, but he's definitely following in their footsteps. If you consider yourself a beat lover like myself, then you definitely need to put ears on this joint...
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