Afta-1 aka Manuel Moran is a music producer from Los Angeles California. His eclectic way of beat making shows first in his sublime debut album 'Aftathoughts Vol.1' released back in 2008. Nu-Soul Magazine called the record "a beautiful amalgamation of blunted hip-hop beats, world music textures, and electronic effects".I am absolutely with them on this statement.
In his following album 'Forms' released in 2010 he is again using uplifting electronic hip-hop beats full of chattering percussion, world instruments, and cracking drum beats to tell his story.The album builds deftly from one track to the next creating a well rounded sound experience from beginning to end.
His recent EP release 'H(eye)land' was completely written by him in one week. This vibrating 4-track rhythmical escape features the soothing and sexy vocals of Nikko Gray. Listening to the EP makes me feel like getting transfered to a shoreside scenery,relaxing and enjoying the soulful art of his musical storytelling which grabs you and pulls you in no matter what you are doing in this moment.