While we’re still awaiting the formal announcement of Rhymesayers’ 20th anniversary concert at Target Center – Dec. 4 is the set date – the label’s founding flagship act Atmosphere just dropped a new single featuring its roster’s youngest upstart, Dem Atlas. It’s quite a unique, playful little ditty, too.
The track is called “Finer Things” and boasts a Beatles-y, bouncy pop backdrop while showing off Dem Atlas’ singing skills. They issued the song ahead of a string of European dates together that starts Wednesday in London. Along with the single came news that Atmosphere’s 2005 album “You Can’t Imagine How Much Fun We’re Having” and 2006’s “The Fun EP” will be reissued on vinyl Nov. 13, the latter in a limited run of 5,000 copies.
Meanwhile, another interesting new tune dropped last week from Kill the Vultures, fronted by Atmosphere’s mid-‘00s hype man Crescent Moon. He and DJ/producer Anatomy have a long-overdue new album, “Carnelian,” coming Oct. 23 via Totally Gross National Product but instead issued a “companion single” not on the record. Titled “The Jackyl,” the moody song features a cool blend a of jittery congo drums and slow-burning horns. This one also features a noteworthy guest star: Channy Leaneagh of Poliça, who is Crescent Moon’s (Alexei Casselle’s) former spouse and ex-bandmate in Roma di Luna. Her vocals add nicely to the eerie fade-out at the end of the song.