André Altrez
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André Altrez

New York City, NY | Established. Jan 01, 2016

New York City, NY
Established on Jan, 2016
Solo Hip Hop

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"Debut André Altrez Album Available for Streaming & Download"

With a relaxed, thoughtfully eclectic assertion, Sprout, the new EP from André Altrez, almost immediately begins to take root. Tapping into a variety of backing tracks built around jazz, soul, island, etc., the songs offer an advantageous variety, while exhibiting a common thread. It’s smooth and slinky, yet constantly shifting. - The Deli


"André Altrez steps out with his blissed-out debut Sprout"

This Thursday, Philadelphia based rapper producer Andre’ Altrez will be self-releasing his debut project, Sprout: an EP full of blissful, lo-fi hip hop songs.

The music is built around melodic jazz and ambient-tinged beats with clever rhymes that are alternately swaggering and introspective. This is hip-hop that is youthful, vaporous and chilled out.

The EP opens with “Float” a druggy fantasy-island jam which finds Altrez dropping a stream of free-associative rhymes on top of a soft, atmospheric track with grainy and a minimal guitar loop. The song is pure audio escapism with a catchy Aaliyah-inspired hook “Come with me and float…let me be your hiiiiiiiigh.” Throughout, Sprout is chock full of solid musical ideas from the heavy Bollywood-influenced trap banger “Odaja” to the dreamy lo-fi boom-bap haze of “Shy Song”.

Sprout’s laid back rhymes and colorful instrumentals align comfortably with the EP’s conceptual origins. It is inspired by a recent road trip to California in which Altrez carried a cotton seed from the West Coast and planted it back home. The plant that eventually grew and would become featured on the project’s album cover. In the lead-up to the EP’s release, Altrez created a multimedia, pop-up installation called Eternal Bloom, which acted as a sister piece to Sprout.

Hosted at Girard Hall (the Fishtown DIY venue that Altrez helps manage), Eternal Bloom featured a hanging installation composed of preserved flowers and light fixtures while the music from
Sprout was performed for the exhibition’s attendees. - The Key XPN


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From the lost island of Staten, André Altrez creates music that is as diverse as his New York City upbringing. With influences from jazz, funk, noise, and electronic music, André generates a sound that is infectious.  As the co-founders of Lost Stats, Andre and longtime friend/ producer Eman, craft a sound of their own that is as diverse as their New York City upbringings. When he’s not making music,  André serves as the head of Girard Hall, a North Philly based art space that curates a wide array of events within the DIY community. Expect big things from André and the rest of the Lost Stats crew.

Sprout, André Altrez's debut EP is raw collision of hip-hop/rap and soul that marks a solid start to the sonic journey that is André Altrez. The title “Sprout” was inspired by a cotton seed acquired by André on a recent cross-country road trip to California. After returning back to the east coast, André planted the seed and the resulting plant would become the album artwork for the EP.

As a multimedia artist, André's mediums of choice encompass audio, visual, and physical. These three fields became one for a pop-up art installation piece titled “Eternal Bloom”, which served as the sister piece to Sprout. The event featured a one-time hanging installation piece comprised of preserved flowers and light, while the music featured on Sprout was performed for those in attendance.


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