Tom and Mikey Mic joined forces to become Ato-Mik aka @atomikbros the Hip-Hop brother duo from Vancouver, Canada. Bringing their own unique spin on hip-hop, music that’s aimed to raise vibrations while encouraging a positive mindset. Setting the vibe for any occasion, especially late night car rides and early morning gym sessions.
“Fast Lane” is a huge track, instrumental, vibrant and creative, melodically passionate and incredibly soulful sounding. This meeting of the producers and the vocalist makes for something that just soaks you in high and inspiring energy. The way the whole thing has been crafted, cut up and arranged, makes for a soundscape that seems all at once organic and other worldly. As a fan of powerful vocals, the performance aspect draws a desire to witness a live show. As a fan of creative, unpredictable hip hop or electronic music sub genres, the progression of the instrumentation makes for a mesmerizing few minutes of listening. In both cases, the track begs for you to play it loudly, and thanks to a fantastic production job that’s something that is immediately achievable – and absolutely recommended.
Structurally the track evolves in a powerful way. Just as you think you know the system, the whole thing erupts into something new – the vibe changes after the first pause, exploding into something much more high energy, passionate, even chaotic. This again breaks down for the voicemail skit just after the center point of the song. Then the ambiance rises back up, then the flow changes a little, and you really start to focus on the lyrics from here on in. As is always the case, Ato-Mik’s work takes the form of a confident yet gradual builder, not providing anything other than the art of the moment, slowly but surely surrounding you in the story and the sentiment.
The rising passion of this piece and the instrumental complexity has the effect of completely surrounding you in the music and the moment. It has a hypnotic and addictive effect, particularly those moments that showcase the absolute high of the emotional intensity – the immense vocal reach, the cascading riffs, the beat, the synths, the everything about it. The song is awesome, incredibly uplifting – so much so that the very moment it stops, the gaping void of quietness is a little too much to bear. The whole thing has a definite freshness but it also brings with it a touch of nineties nostalgia that has been greatly missed.