Although Autograf boasts a dense and renowned discography, they have yet to deliver a full-length album to fans who have been waiting patiently. That has changed today, however, as the Chicago-born duo has finally delivered their debut album, The Ace Of You, via Armada Music.
The Ace Of You showcases Autograf's diverse talents as producers, spinning a relatable tale through each of its 11 tracks. They elaborate that the album is not only a story of their upbringing, but also "an experience that isn't unique to [them]," and something meant to be "shared by all." The album puts an emphasis on life and the twists and turns that come along with it.
Fans have already heard a handful of tracks from the album, including "Ain't Deep Enough" with Jared Lee, "Easy" with Papa Ya, "Space" with KOLE, "Waiting" with Scorsi, and "Undivided." Each one serves as a dive into various sub-genres of house music. "Undivided" draws upon Eastern influence while "Easy" and "Waiting" take an upbeat, carefree approach to their product.
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The new songs released on The Ace Of You are just as thrilling. The opening track, "If You Never Loved Me" with Kaleena Zanders, is a heartfelt ballad professing love through its passionate lyrics and beautiful piano chords. "Bali" is also a notable moment on the LP, creatively using a handful of vocal samples alongside bouncy plucks and an intoxicating bassline.
While the release of The Ace Of You is incredibly exciting, it almost fell through. "There was a point when we thought none of this would've happened. Autograf would've ceased to exist and there would be no album," Autograf said in a press release. "During the making of this album, we lost a bandmate for a moment due to mental illness and didn't think we'd continue on." Thankfully, Autograf was able to press on and deliver an excellent debut album.