ATOM is the forthcoming and wholly anagrammatical album of the Austrian-based, Bulgarian-born leftfield beats investigator Tomá Ivanov, known for the purposes of music as TOMÁ.
His particular thing, he tells us, is “avant-garde lo-fi-jazz-psychedelic-pop”, which sounds appetisingly eclectic; and which eclecticism your ears will be pleased to confirm after taking a dip into “Green”: a clean, lush, deep jazz-funk instrumental, all visually wrapped with a road trip in a Mk1 Golf convertible through the Croatian coastal lands, taking in snakes, fighting ibexes – and a knitting gran.
“Green” follows the opening single drop, the laidback, sure-footed, leftfield conscious soul of “Blind War” featuring the similarly sans-frontières mind of Chicago’s composer and clarinettist Ben LaMar Gay; take a listen to that, here.
TOMÁ and Ben’s longstanding musical friendship began in 2007 when they met at the Red Bull Music Academy in Toronto, and “Blind War” is just one of the new directions explored on Atom, which is reportedly a sombre splicing of Flying Lotus, Louis Armstrong, JS Bach and some of that classic-era Warp and Ninja Tune willingness to take breaks to new places on the map.
Bulgarian-born TOMÁ began experimenting with electronic music production in his youth, only to then take a detour as he pursued an education in jazz. His command of various styles sees him marry Stones Throw, Brainfeeder and the aforementioned classic British breaks imprints – the album is as happy to push out into woodwind instrumentals as it is to encapsulate soundtrack psych, hiphop and even classical elements.
TOMÁ’s ATOM will be released digitally on June 30th; you can order your copy now, over at Bandcamp.