Thriftworks (aka J. Atlas) may come from the gigantic Bay Area bass music scene, but he capitulates a free form style that truly stands out as much as it truly knows no bounds. The underground bass music producer’s sizeable catalog is always free form, left field, and wildly experimental. Recently, Thriftworks dropped off an aptly-titled five-track EP, Movement, in order to help fuel the movement towards progress and equality in America.
“It is with a heavy heart that I watch the intensity and devotion of people all over the world pushing for justice. It is inspiring,” writes Thirftworks on his social media. “Black culture has inspired and influenced￼ my art and my life since day one. I am eternally grateful. Movement is a collection of tracks new and old, some I have been playing out and some that have barely seen the light of day￼￼￼￼.”
As its name might suggest, Movement takes twists and turns that winds itself through many different sonic narratives. From the EP’s opener, “Ghost Pepper and God’s Milk,” with its wary vocal studders, expanding melodies, and natural sound sampling, all the way to the closing title, “Safety Test,” Thriftworks takes listeners in directions that move up and down, and around and around. What’s more, is that the EP stands on the right side of history and propels Thriftworks as an ally with the burgeoning civil rights movement reverberating across the planet.
Half of all proceeds of this Bandcamp exclusive project will be donated to The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund Black Lives Matter (BLM). The BLM movement, founded in 2013 after George Zimmerman was acquitted of all charges in the killing of Trayvon Martin, is a multi-national organization that combats white supremacy through demonstrations, petitions, and online organizing.
Download Thriftworks Movement EP exclusively on Bandcamp.
— Thriftworks (@Thriftworks) June 15, 2020