When asking the history books, it seems as if combinations of French Hip Hop-producers and high members of the American scene have committed themselves exclusively to the traditional sample-sound of the 1990s. When looking at MC Solaar’s Jazzmatazz-contributions, the Boombap-bombs of the Jazz Liberatorz or Drake-beat-deliverer Häzel, it’s clear that Franco-American friendships are marked by jazzy and souly references to J Dilla or Pete Rock. Beatmaker Dela from Paris also attends to this tradition, as he has proven with numerous records, on which he mostly did vinyl-warm crate digging in the proved and tested manner of ATCQ. Just like on his LPs, beat- or mix-tapes, »Atmosphere Airlines« is all about Dela crawling and creeping through archives of soul and jazz. He adds a few sprinkles of instrumental interludes to the sounds between the retro-slides he refers to, and orchestrates himself towards becoming his work’s protagonist without needing an obtrusive signature-sound. An achievement, which not all producer-records have accomplished. The carefully chosen guest list, which doesn’t slip up once – consisting of regular soldiers like Large Professor, Torae or Finale – proves that Dela’s organic golden-era-quotes are best equipped with Conscious-connoisseurs and underground-veterans. In addition to all these outstanding feature-performances, it is the membrane-scratching voice of Blu, which fusions together with Dela’s Dexter-Wansel-flip by the name of »Mars (Remix)« to a truly extraterrestrial hydrometer. »Atmosphere Airlines« refreshes the kind of neo-nostalgia of the rucksack-rap from around 2005, which brought forward young classics like Blu & Exiles »Below The Heavens« or Buckshots »Chemistry«. Renaissance is French, after all.