Atnarko is a small locality in British, Columbia in the south of Tweedsmuir Provincial Park where you can see moose, coyotes, foxes, eagles, and bears. It is also a river in the same area in Canada where Atnarko Bear Ross was born. The now American-based DJ and producer mesmerized Atlanta on April 22 at Alley Cat Music Club.
His influences include the dirty south, Swamp house, George Clinton, Afrika Bambata, Freestyle - among others. Atnarko dropped proper house, funky, deep, and techno beats that made the ravers, including myself, dance all night long.
The night started with a set from Ernesto Cardenas, an Atlanta resident who has been working in the underground scene in Ibiza for the last few months. Cardenas was followed by the well-known local artist, Tocayo, who hopped into the booth a few minutes past midnight. Hernan Piraquive, aka Tocayo, set the grooves for a merry-go-round of house and techno rhythms. Meanwhile, Atnarko shared the vibes with the crowd, made new friends, and talked about life experiences before he treated us with what he does best, music.
Once on the decks, Atnarko delivered a groovy set with a very careful track selection that kept us dancing from beginning to end. During the three hour set, party goers experienced a bit of what he called “hypnotic house music,” a mix of deep house, underground and hypnotic sounds indeed.
This Feeling EP, his last work released under Viva Recordings, includes two original mixes, "Before Sleep" and "This Feeling." Atnarko Bear has also joined other recognized labels such as Noir, Lazy Days, Robsoul, 2020Vison, Faceless, and Motek.