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Atrium, Free Falling (Abstrakt Reality)
On its debut album Free Falling, Atrium filters lounge vocals and smoothed-out jazz through a screen of downtempo electronica. Singer Nicolle Ross gives each track a smoky R&B feel. Producer Zimar -- who's also the founder of Abstrakt Reality Records -- keeps the groove laid-back while maintaining and ambient and trip-hop feel. He primarily utilizes electronic beats, but keyboards and trumpets fill their place nicely. An obvious comparison could be made to a group like Royksopp, but Free Falling has the beats of an updated Dis Is Da Drum. Atrium pulls these influences together nicely to create a solid album, but Free Falling isn't a stand-out disc. Abstrakt Reality exists to promote underground electronica, and while Atrium has created 10 songs that flow through a comfortable album for your laptop jazz club, it hasn't broken new ground. Free Falling can certainly fill a niche in your evening listen, but it's not likely to be an album you!