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Atomnation Podcast #010 Gidge

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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.

Umeå based music act Gidge created the 10th installment of our Podcast series. It’s always exciting when the duo shares something new, this time we have a mixtape that is a perfect fit for your lazy Sunday:

“This podcast is simply music that we are currently listening to and enjoying. We didn’t want to limit ourselves to electronic music this time, this is just good music, pure and simple. Pairs really well with a cup of coffee.”

Their one-hour mix showcases various of genres, mostly in the electronica, instrumental and ambient genres. There’s an odd rework to be heard of Radiohead’s ‘Everything In Its Right Place’, as well as original versions by legendary artists such as Bjork, Thundercat, Arca and Bon Iver. The mix finds balance with a few more unknown tracks by fellow Swedish musicians David Åhlén and Skator.

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Atomnation Podcast #009 Love Over Entropy

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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.

After the ‘new kids on the block’ in podcast eight, the ninth installment of our series is by longtime friend and celebrated producer Love Over Entropy. He remixed Polynation on Atomnation and has released numerous weapons on labels such as microCastle, Something Happening Somewhere and Lossless. There’s much more behind this musician then you think, so we couldn’t resist to ask him a couple of questions.

Hi Michel, as both producer and teacher in music production, what would be your favourite record of the past years?
I have no idea how I could pick the number one out of all the records that made an impression on me the past years. But I can tell you what the last record was that did that: Ripperton’s remix for Kalabrese’s track ‘Is this’, which is also in my podcast. I just love how it effortlessly goes from its driving beginning to its soothing end. It all feels so musical: The sounds, the rhythms, the way the story develops. We could definitely do with a bit more storytelling in electronic dance music.

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You are active in the music scene for quite some time now. In every item about you new information pops up. Could you sum up your aliases and key events in your career?
My first release was in 2001, as Roy Cordu, on Rushhour. But it was deep electronica, instead of the sound that Rushhour later got famous for. In 2007, I started releasing more techno-oriented music as Minz. First on Ripperton’s Perspectiv, later on other labels as well. With attention for Minz slowly fading, I decided to make a fresh start as Love over Entropy in 2013, when I had the honour to do the first record of Something Happening Somewhere. This made quite an impact and the Dixon edit of my track Tonii on the follow-up EP brought me a lot of attention. Still, I believe I have all the hard work still in front of me. I think I’m in a good place at the moment: Connected to good labels and playing good gigs. But to keep it at this level, or even take it to the next level, that requires hard work, time and dedication.

We witnessed your liveset many times and seeing you play is always a lot of fun. Can you tell something to readers about your live setup?
When I designed it, I had two goals in mind: Firstly, it should work in a club context. To me, that means a compact setup and, just like a DJ, I should be able to select tracks on the spot. A live set with tracks in a fixed order has never worked for me. Technically, my setup is quite advanced and at first I thought this would be enough to throw everybody into a frenzy. But I quickly discovered this only worked for the two nerds behind the booth looking over my shoulder, not for the people on the dance floor. Most people on the dance floor usually have no clue whether artists DJ or play live. And that is OK. They should only really care about the music that’s played, not about how it is done.

The second design goal was that I didn’t want to have a computer screen on stage. And that includes touchscreens. I can almost feel my brain switch into information processing mode when I look at a screen on stage. And to me, this mode feels incompatible with my brain in performance mode. The obvious solution would be to go the all-hardware route. But I’ve done those kind of live sets in the past, and always felt it was sonically too limited for my music. As I see it, hardware setups often only work if you’ve also created the music with that hardware. My music uses a lot of special processing and sound design that makes no sense to replicate live.

So I settled on a laptop running Ableton Live, but without having to look at the screen. That way I can have the laptop almost closed and out of the way. To me, Ableton Live is an open system, especially with Max for Live. It allows me to tailor my live set to my needs, and I make small adjustments after almost every gig. To control my live set, I use a couple of well-chosen controllers, and every function in my live set has its own dedicated knob. As a result, I have developed a physical relation with my controllers, very much like an instrument. That’s also why I always set up my controllers in a specific way. Some people have noticed the concentrated way in which I do this before a gig, and I think that’s because I’m not just setting up my controllers. I’m putting together my instrument.

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Between remixing, playing live shows and teaching electronic music apprentices, do you still find time to work on new material of your own? And if yes, can you already tell us something of what we may expect in the future?
Since the beginning of this year I only teach two days a week and usually perform during the weekends. I reserve at least three full days a week to be in the studio. I use that time for all my music related activities. So it could be working on new material, making old tracks ready for release, making podcasts, looking for tracks to DJ with, diving deep into some piece of gear, adjusting my live set, and so on. As long as it’s music related. To me, creating music is very much like working out. Only when you do it regularly, you start to see results. That’s why I need those three days every week.

In September I have a compilation track coming out on Lossless and remixes for Connaisseur and Objektivity. There are also new EPs coming up on Lossless, Something Happening Somewhere and Nautilus Rising, but we still need to finalize the schedule. Which with vinyl releases is always more hassle than expected. Behind the scenes, I’m also collecting material for an album. At the moment I just have some ideas and sketches, and I’m still figuring out the direction. So it might take a while.

Podcast tracklist:
1) Intro
2) Saints de glace – Love over Entropy feat. Ripperton (Something Happening Somewhere)
3) She Hunts at Night (Clesse Remix) – Pye Corner Audio (More Than Human)
4) Is this (Ripperton Mix n Remix) – Kalabrese (Rumpelmusig)
5) ? – ? (Nautilus Rising)
6) Orissa (Pépe’s Jazz Bar Re-interpretation) – Wayward (Silver Bear Recordings)
7) Burkina – Superpitcher (Hippie Dance)
8) Love supreme (Love over Entropy remix) – Peter Pardeike (Connaisseur)
9) It’s Not Me, It’s You – 6884 (200 records)
10) Guinney – Bunús (Lossless)
11) That Is When – Mathias Schober (Lossless)
12) Underwaterfall – Bearcubs (All points)

 

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Gidge “For Seoul” out now on vinyl

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The 2013 ‘For Seoul’ debut EP by Gidge is finally out on vinyl! The 2-track hymn to the South-Korean capital comes as a 12″ vinyl with on the b-side a remix by Applescal. The Swedish production duo, consisting of Jonatan Nilsson and Ludvig Stolterman, released the albums Autumn Bells, LNLNN and Lulin. ’For Seoul’ came about after the duo went on a trip through Asia, and spent a number of days in the city. They fell in love with Seoul, and later on created this two-part hymn for the giant city. There’s a limited amount of vinyl bundles available that contain the complete Gidge back-catalog. Orders ship this Monday.

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Polynation live at Volkskrant

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Hessel Stuut and Stijn Hosman again surpassed themselves, as they played live at the editorial floor of the Volkskrant. Their set largely existed of unsigned material, but they also found space to premiere their new remix for David Douglas, which will see daylight on Atomnation soon.

Enjoy Polynation’s extraordinary talents and have a great weekend.

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Discovery Blog 2017 Week #25

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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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Lapalux – Flickering (feat. JFDR)
Label: Brainfeeder

Bicep – Aura
Label: Ninja Tune

JMII – Pisco Laundromat
Label: Diesel Eyewear

Dark Sky – The Walker (Roman Flügel Remix)
Label: Monkeytown Records

Fort Romeau – Reasons
Label: Fort Romeau

Emiel van den Dungen – Distraction
Label: Gin Fizz Recordings

Auf Der Ufer – Inner Piece
Label: Endless Flight

Interstellar Funk – EFX Harmonix
Label: Dekmantel

Nathan Surreal – Emo Effect
Label: Native Response

Solitary Dancer – At The End Of The Corridor Of Love, A Loss
Label: Graded

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Discovery Blog 2017 Week #24

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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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Nuage – Catch Light
Label: Project Mooncircle

Ulrich Schnauss – Illusory Sun (Dave DK Remix)
Label: /

Sau Poler – Questra
Label: /

Cristoph feat. Forrest – The Sign (SBTH Remix)
Label: Suara

Aril Brikha – Eat The Heart
Label: Something Happening Somewhere

FaltyDL – Hardcourage
Label: Ninja Tune

Nick Höppner – From Up And Down
Label: Ostgut Ton

Lifelike – Pacific Palisades
Label: Computer Science

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Atomnation Podcast #008 Tunnelvisions

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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.

In podcast 8 we want to grab the opportunity to introduce Atomnation’s latest signing Tunnelvisions. They just released their first single and we are excited to say that something big is coming later this year. Raynor and Emiel from The Netherlands are into slow and grooving world electronics. Time for a chat!

Hello Raynor and Emiel. We’re so happy to have signed Tanami on Atomnation, and are excited to release more Tunnelvisions work this year. When did you guys decide to start working together?
Well, it actually started when Emiel downloaded Tinder around half a year ago and started looking for someone to meet. He then found me (Raynor) and we just hit it off. We started dating and it was obvious right away that we were meant for each other. We we’re both into the same music and were done with the hyped up, testosterone filled music that’s so popular these days. After dating for a couple of weeks we made it official and started Tunnelvisions.

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Your first single ‘Tanami’ received some very exciting feedback and even Anthony Fantano of The Needle Drop is a big fan. What was the process of creating this track?
It is kind of a funny story, really. At the time we already made a couple of tracks together in the studio. But, in every relationship, when you spend too much time together you get kinda fed up with each other, you know? So, we set a challenge that week. We were not to see each other for 7 days. At the end of those 7 days we both had to come up with a new track that we would then give to each other to finish. Ray came up with Tanami and Emiel came up with Acconna (a track you’ll hear more about soon). We decided to finish those tracks as soon as possible, seeing as they both had a lot of potential. For Tanami, Ray already had the basis with the vocal samples and the main synths, but Emiel decided it needed a certain edge. So he started messing around with his new 303 clone. After having spend hours with that thing, Emiel decided it sounded like total crap and couldn’t get anything out of it. But the idea of using a raw, acid like synth in there still was good. So we then started looking for different sounds to make this with. When we had it, it glued the entire track together and soon after we finished the track.

Where does the name Tunnelvisions come from? Has it a relation with the track title Tanami, or is this something completely different?
Have you not heard of the legend “Tunulavisioni”. It’s a legend of 2 young guys rising up against all odds and beating the evil mastermind: “128bpm tech-house”. We sorta based our name on that. No for real, we started Tunnelvisions with the goal of making hypnotic and psychedelic house music with influences from all over the globe. Our DJ-sets really represent what we stand for: a voyage across all nations within the downtempo-house genre. One flow, in styles from Berlin to Brasil. Our name doesn’t have a direct connection to “Tanami”. “Tanami” however, has a huge connection to all the tracks coming out in the near future.

What are you guys working on at the moment and what can we expect in the near future?
We’re planning world domination within 10 years, but people already told us it’s kinda hard to do. So in the mean time, we just try to have fun and also try to work on that monitor-tan we got from working in the studio the last half year. So expect lots of new music from us coming out on Atomnation. Also, we are getting more bookings each month. July is filled with some really nice gigs. Ray wanted to tell what the gigs were, but Emiel doesn’t approve. Is this our first band-fight? Anyway, thanks for this interview Atomnation folks and if you read this expect a big announcement soon!

Tracklist podcast:
Idjut Boys – Kenny Dub Headband
Xique-Xique – Xaxoeira (Nicola Cruz Remix)
Carrot Green & Salvagem
Matthew Dear – Her Fantasy (Tornado Wallace Remix)
Sano – Undelo
Tunnelvisions – Gobi
Kora Adrien – Nuit d’Afrique
DJ Champion – Tawoumga
Jimi Bazzouka – So So Ye
Dynamic Africana – Igbehin Lalayo Nta (Tunnelvisions Edit)
Tunnelvisions – Guava
Nu – Endup
Todd Terje – Alfonso Muskedunder (Mungolian Jetset Remix)


 

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Discovery Blog 2017 Week #23

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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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Dauwd – Murmure
Label: Technicolour

Bonobo – Bambro Koyo Ganda (feat. Innov Gnawa)
Label: Ninja Tune

Cosime – Fyr (Maarten Mittendorff Auro Mix)
Label: Nous’klaer Audio

Gacha Bakradze – Through The Glass
Label: Transfigured Time

LOR & Vails – Lustral
Label: L’Enfant Terrible

Pablo Bolivar – Seconds of light (Simon Garcia poltergeist dub)
Label: Seven Villas

Future Sound of Antwerp – Volium
Label: DeeWee

Marvin & Guy – Superior Conjunction
Label: Life and Death

Sebastopol – Manethon
Label: Correspondant

Actress – Falling Rizlas
Label: Ninja Tune

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Discovery Blog 2017 Week #22

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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.

Gacha Bakradze – Eyespace
Label: Cin Cin

Nadia Struiwigh – Scope
Label: Pax Aurora

Baltra – ISO (DJ Seinfeld Remix)
Label: Lost Palms

Endian – XS-10
Label: Secretsundaze

Lapalux – Rotted Arp feat. Louisahhh
Label: Brainfeeder

New Jackson – Blaze All Day
Label: All City Records

Geotic – Sunspell
Label: Ghostly

Michele Mininni – Rave Oscillations
Label: R&S Records

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Atomnation Podcast #007 Olde Gods

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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 7th podcast we’ve invited our Barcelonean friends Olde Gods. They contributed two amazing tracks to the Atomnation discography and are working on an EP for the label. In the meantime they loosely crafted a mix for our podcast series. Time for a little chat:

Hi Pau and Jami, between EP’s on your own Minor Planets label and tracks for two Atomnation compilations, you guys are quite busy with all sorts of projects. Can you tell us what’s keeping you from the streets these days?
As a duo we just released Tapes (Tapas), you know appetizers that come together with some cervezas. It’s an underground edits tape with five tracks. We decided to wrap it up in a beautiful package just if you would buy a gourmet sardine can. Artwork was taken care by La Mandanga, one of the top satirical instagram outposts in Spain. We’ve been getting quite a bunch of Cha-Ching’s and Bada-boo’s at our bandcamp and feeling quite happy about the sales. We recommend both things, going to our bandcamp and having a laugh or two at the La Mandanga IG account.

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As a duo you are called ‘Olde Gods’. Where did the name come from?
We’re both quite old… have kids already and have been around for a quite a while now, ha ha.. We thought these name would never feel old or worn out, it’s eternal…Well all in all it was a joke,  like super pretentious stuff but also quite ridiculous too. Besides that, and musically speaking we are really into oldies house stuff and the sound you get in those productions.

In the coldness of The Netherlands we get a really Balearic and sunny vibe of your music. how much is the southern climate influencing you?
We really couldn’t tell. As Catalans we have this other specific feeling of being in the “north of the south” (northern Spain), and there’s this cliche in Spain where Catalans are the cold-tempered European northern dudes. And, in fact we do stay at home a lot…too hot to go out…So you see our dilemma here, but yeah we appreciate the balearic sunny vibe thing, could eventually be a fact. ; ))

As noticed, we really enjoy your music, both solo and as a duo. Can we expect more music in the near future?
We are working on a new EP which is 75% completed, you might know something about it…as soon as the tracklist is completed we will hopefully sort out the release plan. As to our solo projects, JMII is always on the move with a remix for DC Salas last record and another solo EP on the making, and Braqueberry just happily released a footwork EP that got some attention even on Pitchfork! We’ll keep grinding!

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Tracklist:
1. Donnacha Costello – Blue A
2. Sebastopol – Manethon
3. Portable Sunsets – Trust Fall
4. Olde Gods – El Javu
5. Samo DJ – Tirad Board Meeting
6. Solar – 5 Seconds
7. Betonkust & Palmbomen – BN401
8. Scrappy – Freeze (unreleased mix)
9. Khidja – Haetrin (JMII’s Dearppegiated edit)
10. Soylent Green – Pass the Coke
11. Top secret stuff
12. Margot – Moderno (Marc Piñol Acid Mix)
13. Prins Thomas – D (Hieroglyphic Being Beat Rework)
14. Lauer – E10
15. Harmony Funk – Can’t Let You Go

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