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Discovery Blog 2017 Week #12

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The Discovery Blog is a weekly updated selection of music findings by Atomnation curators Applescal, Guido, J.D. Heights and Will Oirson.

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Actress – X22RME
Label: Ninja Tune

Private Eyes – Mirror Image
Label: Safe Trip

Eagles & Butterflies – Experiment F
Label: Art Imitating Life

Krywald & Farrer – Spoon Billed Sandpiper
Label: Silver Bear Recordings

Vermont – Ki-Bou
Label: Kompakt Records

Masaya – Borderline (Patrice Baumel Edition)
Label: Chapter 24 Records

Rob Shields – Suspend
Label: YEN

Hedrome – Prophet
Label: Blanksheet

Sven Weisemann – Cascading Lights
Label: Delsin Records

Max Cooper – Cyclic (John Tejada Remix)
Label: Mesh

Throwback track:
Lost Scripts – A.F.K.
Label: Hivern Discs

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New remixes, events and mixes are up

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From album releases to show premières and remixes, our Atomnation artists have been quite active these past few weeks. We’ve outlined it for you below! 

Olaf Stuut @ Loveland Live 2017
Olaf Stuut is the auditory craftsman producing unclassifiable music, taking you on compelling journeys and tonal adventures. Connecting to many influences, his music reflects his fascination and admiration for instruments of all sorts and kinds. Enjoy his set from Loveland Live!” – Loveland

David Douglas Album Release Show in Paradiso
Two nights before David is releasing his new album ‘Spectators Of The Universe’, he will complement it by performing the album tracks live at Paradiso Amsterdam.

Date: Wednesday March 22nd
Location: Paradiso Amsterdam
Doors: 9.30PM
Entrance: € 8.- excl. membership
More info & tickets:  www.paradi.so/DavidDouglas-tickets


Deltawerk presents: ‘Passages’ at OT301
The duo consisting of Hessel Stuut and Applescal is starting their tour with a full on audiovisual show at OT301. The Amsterdam based artists created an audio/visual live show that takes you on a journey through surreal worlds and sounds, entitled ‘Passages’. Until summer 2017, nine tracks will be released on four different EP’s. This is their debut show as Deltawerk and contains mainly unreleased works.

Date: Wednesday April 19th
Time: 20:00 – 23:00
Entrance: € 7,-
More info & tickets:  bit.ly/DeltaFBevent

Atomnation Night w/ Christian Löffler
A celebration! De Helling in Utrecht invited us to host a label night together with special guest Christian Löffler who will jump aboard for the occasion.

Date: Friday May 5th
Time: 23:00 – 05:00
Entrance: € 12,-
Door: € 15,-
More info & tickets: bit.ly/AtomnationDeHelling

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Some Chemistry’s remix for Olaf Stuut’s ‘Run’.

Whether as a DJ, in the studio, or curating well-respected events in clubs such as Studio 80 and Marktkantine, Some Chemistry’s music switches between a melodramatic kind of indie house and more uncompromising atmospherical sound. Here, Some Chemistry remixes one of Atomnations favourites, Olaf Stuut, a musician who always tells a story, with strong vibes, challenging harmonies and melodic sounds. Download for free at Deep House Amsterdam.

Sekuoia – Beau (Polynation Remix)
The standout track, however, is Polynation’s remix of “Beau”: blending a tribal feel with laid-back production, it drives forward with a cool intensity peppered by bold drums—making for a track that’s trance-like, meditative and uplifting all at once.” – Bitchslap Magazine

Listen to Polynation’s remix via THUMP here:

Applescal @ Fuse, Brussels
Head honcho Applescal visited Belgium’s legendary techno club ‘Fuse’. The live recording of his set is up and is a pleasure to listen to: The Dutch artist, Applescal is back on our list with another powerful mix. Recorded live at the infamous nightclub in Brussels, Fuse, this mix is real peak time mix. Groovy, percussive and dark, it goes from house to techno and everything in between throughout the mix.” –  Fiction Lab

Sau Poler on Dublab
Listen back to Sau Poler’s interview + mix on Pau Roca‘s radio show for dublab.es.

– Slap – Blue Lunch – Pratique (Duotone Records, 1985)
– Edgar Froese – Pinnacles – Pinnacles (Virgin, 1983)
– Meredith Monk – Travelers 1, 2, 3 – Book of Days (ECM Records, 1990)
– Smith & Mighty – Try – Life Is… (Studio !K7, 2002)
– Prince Far I – Final Chapter – Cry Tuff Dub Encounter Chapter 3 (Pressure Sounds, 1996)
– Pelding – One – DJ-Kicks (Studio !K7, 1999)
– Sau Poler – Mitre – Dribble [EP] (Self-released, 2017)
– Pedro Vian & Sau Poler – Untitled
– Defled – Cluster – Hacking the Sun (Modern Obscure Music, 2017)
– David Axelrod – The Human Abstract – Songs of Experience (Capitol Records, 1969)
– Fridge – Anglepoised – Anglepoised (Output, 1997)
– Scan X – Black Moon – Chroma (F Communications, 1996)
– Deltawerk – Kyte – Passages (Atomnation, 2017)

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Discovery Blog 2017 Week #11

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The Discovery Blog is a weekly updated selection of music findings by Atomnation curators Applescal, Guido, J.D. Heights and Will Oirson.

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Joy Orbison – Rid
Label: Toss Portal

Talaboman – Six Million Ways
Label: R&S Records

North Downs – Plastic Clouds
Label: Dama Dama

Auntie Flo – Waiting For A Woman Feat. Anbuley (The Revenge Rework / Dixon Beat Edit)
Label: Highlife

Palmbomen II – Memories of Cindy Pt. 1
Label: Beats In Space Records

Howling – Phases
Label: Counter Records

Telephones – DTMF (Call Super Remix)
Label: Running Back

Onra – Hold My Hand
Label: All City Dublin

Post Pines – Hold (Skymning Version)
Label: Meraki Force

Visible Cloaks – Terrazzo (Ft. Motion Graphics)
Label: RVNG Intl.

Geotic – Nav
Label: Ghostly

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Discovery Blog 2017 Week #10

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The Discovery Blog is a weekly updated selection of music findings by Atomnation curators Applescal, Guido, J.D. Heights and Will Oirson.

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Benjamin Fröhlich – Ghost Orchid (Cleveland Remix)
Label: Permanent Vacation

Chrome Sparks – Wake
Label: Counter Records

Carlos – Moonball
Label: Engrave Ltd.

Genius of Time – Kepler 186f
Label: Aniara Recordings

Van Hai – Dernier amour (Ripperton’s No Love Lost Reshape)
Label: Compost

Carrot Green & Selvagem – Ossain
Label: Disco Halal

George FitzGerald – Full Circle (Bonobo Remix)
Label: Double Six Records

Quenum – Solitaire
Label: Cadenza

Gas – Pop 1
Label: Mille Plateaux

Ghost Culture – ICO130
Label: Phantasy Sound

Phil Kieran – Find Love (Andrew Weatherall Remix)
Label: Hot Creations

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Atomnation Podcast #005 Vessels

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The Atomnation Podcast series is a monthly curated mix by friends and like minded artists of the label. Follow us on SoundCloud and Mixcloud for updates.

For our fifth podcast we’ve invited Leeds’ leftfield band Vessels. They remixed Polynation’s single ‘Why You‘ on Atomnation and are currently preparing their new album + live show. We are very curious about everything that is going on with the band.

Hi Tom, Tim, Martin, Lee and Peter. Between touring and after you launched your magnificent album Dilate in 2015, you guys managed to remix our beloved Polynation. Can you tell the readers what you have been up to since then?
Martin: Hello! Since 2015, we mainly been working on new material for an album that is incredibly close to being finished.  Feels quite unreal as it’s been quite an all-consuming process.  We’re starting to re-interpret the album music for playing live at the moment which is always a big challenge, but it’s been really great to get stuck in. Literally cannot wait to play this music live.  The Dilate album and tour was special for us in many ways, I have a feeling this next album will really be next level.  I guess everyone always says that about their new album. But this time it’s definitely true, trust us.

Vessels is a truly amazing live experience. Can you tell something about your live setup and why it’s like that?
Lee: Well the setup has evolved over time. It’s all been very much a logistical problem solving experience. We make the sounds in the studio but we also jammed a lot of the ideas out so it was about trying to find the most flexible solution which allowed consistency of delivery but also the freedom to improvise. A lot of the percussion sounds are distributed between me, Tim and Martin across three Roland SPDS-X’s. We spend quite a bit of time figuring out who can play what elements of the beats. They have to be de-constructed so that patterns make more sense to the individual player.

In terms of the synths, we used to use some cheaper gear but recently we’ve added some rather tasty toys to the fray. Tom has an Elektron Analog Keys running through a Kaoss Pad 3. The Elektron stuff is great. Good quality and once you get into their way of thinking you can really perform with the gear in a way that other synths don’t let you. It also sounds super fat on the bottom end so we divvy up a lot of bass parts to it. My synth set up comprises of an original Ms20 which i’ve had in the setup for years. I think it was one of the influences to head in the direction we took. Back then though I smashed it through a Marshall stack along with my guitar. I miss that sound but my back doesn’t miss carrying around that bloody amp rig! Also, i’ve just added a Roland System 1m to my set up. I needed something that is polyphonic and super tweakable and this guy really does have a lot of possibilities. I bought it on a whim thinking it wouldn’t be that great as i’ve started to get into modular stuff and thought it was a little on the cheap and cheerful side. I’ve been happily proven wrong though and it’s become a real go to for sound design.

Our setup all goes through Ableton Live which provides the ability to sync all our stations and allows us to loop what ever we’re playing and it stays locked in nice and tight. We experimented a lot with this and we used to run midi cables all over the place but just recently we’ve taken full advantage of the Ableton Link function which allows you to sync over WIFI. Again, I was sceptical at first but it’s actually really good. Previously we had one laptop running all the stations but it’s not robust enough in a live situation because if it went down the whole show pretty much stopped so we decided to have separate laptops which meant that if one of them went down all the others would still be synced and making sound. So far so good!

Martin’s setup is kinda my favourite because it’s the most unruly. It’s capable of amazing and horrendous noises. Normally at the same time! He’s synced via the only hard midi out which goes to his Koma Elektroniks Rhythm Work Station which is another great piece of kit. Not only does it convert midi to CV but it also sends midi clock through to his loop pedal. This was a game changer. He’s got some other great pedals on there like the Koma Step Filter, the MoogerFooger Ring Modulator, the Electro Harmonix POG2 and the now almost classic Line 6 DL4 which is another pedal left over from the old days. At one point we had five of these things!

That pretty much sums it up apart from to say that Pete’s setup is still being worked on. He wants to try out some new things involving a midi guitar. There has been some giggling at this but he’s pretty serious about it. I hope it works out as he’s a bad ass guitarist.

Where does the name Vessels come from?
Martin: It came from a long and tortuous conversation that lasted many months.  At the end of the debate that the felt like it would never end, we found one name that we all liked.  I think it captures the essence of the music and the live show.  And it has an ambiguity which appeals too.

We’re still enjoying your covers of The Sky Was Pink and Blue Clouds. If a new song will be covered, which one would it be?
Martin: Thanks. Good question!  There’s an amazing Carl Craig remix of a tune called Relevee by Delia Gonzalez and Gavin Russom.  We actually did some work on a cover, but I think we got distracted before we finished it.  It might be nice to cover something totally unexpected as well. I’m a big Lana Del Ray fan. Somehow I don’t imagine I’ll be able to persuade the rest of the boys to join me on that one.  Maybe one for my long overdue solo project!

Tracklist podcast:
01. Illum Sphere – The Journey
02. Kowton – A Bluish Shadow
03. Yotam Avni – Orma
04. Forward Strategy Group – Clean Neckline
05. Luke Abbott – Brazil (Slow Version)
06. John Talabot – Voices (Gerd Janson Version Conga)
07. Parple – Sacred
08. Malin, Yaleesa Hall – Second Carol (Asusu Remix)
09. Talaboman – Loser’s Hmyn
10. Black Sand – Dead Sea
11. Kowton – Balance
12. Cubicolor – Dead End Thrills (Patrice Baumel Remix)
13. Dark Circles – Y (Kamera Remix)
14. Vatican Shadow – Church of All Image (Regis Remix)
15. Modeselektor – The White Flash (feat. Thom Yorke)
16. Dubspeeka – K304v2 Walk With Me

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Discovery Blog 2017 Week #09

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The Discovery Blog is a weekly updated selection of music findings by Atomnation curators Applescal, Guido, J.D. Heights and Will Oirson.

Subscribe to the Discovery Blog on Spotify for weekly updates.

Lusine – Slow Motion
Label: Ghostly

Artefakt – Entering The City
Label: Delsin

Universo – Underworld
Label: Step Recordings

Todd Terje – Jungelknugen (Four Tet remix)
Label: Olsen

Ross From Friends – Talk To Me, You’ll Understand
Label: Distant Hawaii

FaltyDL – Some Jazz Shit
Label: Ninja Tune

Discodromo – Island Memories (Acid Re-Rub)
Label: FREE DOWNLOAD

Thrupence – Rinse Repeat
Label: Future Classic

Ryan Davis – Aeons (Olaf Stuut Remix)
Label: Mango Alley

Gidge – Hope
Label: Atomnation

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Deltawerk to perform first Audio/Visual live show

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Deltawerk is the new collaborative project by Applescal & Hessel Stuut. The Amsterdam based artists created an audio/visual live show that takes you on a journey through surreal worlds and sounds, entitled ‘Passages’.

Until summer 2017, nine tracks will be released on four different EP’s. This is their debut show as Deltawerk and contains mainly unreleased works. Their music already finds support by the likes of Henry Saiz, &Me, Max Cooper and Sasha – who mentioned the duo as “new names to watch in 2017” on BBC Radio 1.

Date: Wednesday April 19th
Time: 20:00 – 23:00
Entrance: € 7,-
Facebook link: http://bit.ly/DeltaFBevent

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Discovery Blog 2017 Week #08

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The Discovery Blog is a weekly updated selection of music findings by Atomnation curators Applescal, Guido, J.D. Heights and Will Oirson.

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Dark Sky – Kilter
Label: Monkeytown Records

Rubini – Zeus
Label: Degustibus Music

Weval – Ways To Go (Red Axes Remix)
Label: Kompakt

Krankbrother – Dreamscape (Fort Romeau Remix)
Label: Krankbrother

F3 – Symphony (Siopis Remix)
Label: Crossfrontier Audio

Talaboman – Safe Changes
Label: R&S Records

Vermont – Chanang
Label: Kompakt

SHDW & Obscure Shape – Die Weiße Rose (Tale of Us & Mind Against Version)
Label: From Another Mind

Deltawerk – Corridor (Marvin & Guy Mix)
Label: Atomnation

New Jackson – Electric Blue
Label: Cin Cin

Barnt – If She Says She Is A Healer, She Is A Healer
Label: Holger Records

Panthera Krause – Stonith
Label: Riotvan

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Discovery Blog 2017 Week #07

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The Discovery Blog is a weekly updated selection of music findings by Atomnation curators Applescal, Guido, J.D. Heights and Will Oirson.

Subscribe to the Discovery Blog on Spotify for weekly updates.

Ulrich Schnauss & Jonas Munk – Ao Hinode
Label: Azure Vista Records

Guy Gerber – An Army Of Stalkers
Label: Rumors

Bremer & Simon Van Leunen – San
Label: KROOKS

Lav & Purl – Absorbed In Serenity
Label: A Strangely Isolated Place

Lord Of The Isles – Parabolas Of Neon
Label: Firecracker Recordings

Death In Vegas – XXX
Label: Concrete

Samoyed – Seaboard
Label: /

Olaf Stuut & Marlon Penn – Maze (Viken Arman Remix)
Label: Atomnation

Moiré – Façade (ft. James Massiah)
Label: Ghostly

Timothy J. Fairplay – The Bronx Stasi
Label: Charlois

Marvin & Guy – Moreno
Label: Permanent Vacation

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Atomnation Podcast #004 LOR

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The Atomnation Podcast series is a monthly curated mix by friends and like minded artists of the label. Follow us on SoundCloud and Mixcloud for updates.

For our fourth podcast we’ve invited Gregory Ferguson a.k.a. LOR. He recently remixed Sau Poler’s Esperits on Atomnation, which slipped into sets by Dixon and Joris Voorn amongst others. We thought it was time for a little chat.

Hi Gregory, after releasing your remix for Sau Poler here on Atomnation, EP’s on both Cin Cin and Exit Strategy got praised by the scene. How was 2016 for you?
Hi! 2016 was great thank you. It was a journey that started with me just sending some music out to people and ended with the wider world reacting to it in a really positive way. It’s been very, very rewarding so far, and to work with the labels you have just mentioned has been a great privilege.

The retakes (Versions) on classic Arthur Russell, Kraftwerk and Derrick Carter tracks are now mentioned as the beginning of a great career. Why did you choose these tracks to edit?
They were all just tracks that I loved and that I felt an instinctive urge to re-work… with Kraftwerk, it was a more practical matter than the other two – the original is an amazing piece of music, and the only thing I wanted to change was the sequence of it a little and the mix, so it would work on a dancefloor but in a transparent way where it still really very much feels like the original. The other two are a lot more like remixes, more creative. I remember hearing in my head the basics of what it would sound like, and then just going with the flow from there.

Your Soundcloud says that LOR is an abbreviation of Lunar Orbit Rendezvous. Can you explain?
I am a keen stargazer and I’m drawn to anything related to space or astronomy. Lunar Orbit Rendezvous was the technique used for all missions in the Apollo space program. A spacecraft releases the lander craft to touch down on the moon, enters a lunar orbit and they “rendezvous” again later, the astronauts then returning to earth on the spacecraft.

Obviously we are big fans, and we’ve read that new “Versions” material is coming. Which classics are you reworking this time?
I’ve done some reworks of tracks by the great Larry Heard this time. Like the previous Versions EP, these just came really naturally. When I listened to these Larry Heard tracks I immediately heard ideas in my head and it just flowed. It’s not always like that with these things… it’s nice when it works. When it’s working it flows like water. When it’s not it feels like a fight and it never works out! I’m playing them in my sets and the reactions have been good, plus I have given them to some of my favourite DJs, like Kristian Âme and Roman Flügel, who I’m happy to say are playing them too.

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Tracklist:

01. LOR – Sound (Intro)
02. Auntie Flo ft Anbuley – Waiting For A Woman (Revenge Rework Dixon Beat Edit) – Philomena
03. Sau Poler – Esperits (LOR Remix) – Atomnation
04. Isolée – Pisco – Maeve
05. Love Over Entropy – Forty Four – Lossless
06. Aera – Bibimbap – Hivern Discs
07. Leif Müller – Holidays Everywhere – Mule Musiq
08. Shaded & Harvard Bass – Mental Fade – Twin Turbo
09. Soukie & Windish – No One – Igloo
10. Seth Troxler – CZ – Tuskegee
11. Daniel Bortz & Marcus Worgull – Skinner Box – Exit Strategy
12. Aera – Lumen – Hivern Discs’