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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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Applescal & Hessel Stuut release debut album as Deltawerk

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Deltawerk is the newly Amsterdam based project of Pascal Terstappen aka Applescal and Polynation member Hessel Stuut. Together they are releasing their debut full length LP, entitled “Passages”, June 16th through Atomnation on a 4-vinyl.

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Applescal has to date released on labels including Ghostly International and Traum Schallplatten, while the efforts for his own label Atomnation have seen him welcome music from the likes of Gidge, Weval, David Douglas and Sau Poler, amongst others. Voted at a very respectable #03 for XLR8R’s coveted ‘Best New Act’ in 2015, Hessel Stuut is a member of Polynation and has significant experience not only playing live music, but as a producer, visual artist and designer too.

Together, they form Deltawerk, a dynamically electronic duo whom when united create human and lucid music, which feels as much at home in an underground rave as it does in an open-air live performance. While there is a faint echo of artistic collision, the album undoubtedly provides an eerie sense of unity for both Pascal and Hessel’s own discography, conserving the warm subculture of analog and modular instrumentation.

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Sitting shoulder to shoulder with the full-length LP is Deltawerks’ live performance which comes complete with a visual show. The concept is based on a fly-by where you enter new worlds as the music progresses. With the use of a 270 degree screen setup, the show can be a truly immersive experience: the audience travels past unearthly landscapes through “passages”. The 4LP cover art is inspired on this visual concept and are both created and designed by Hessel Stuut.

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The album seamlessly works its way into the listener’s psyche and is certain to achieve decorated underground status. Whether it’s the ethereal choral textures of “Sample”, the fiery and propulsive percussion of “Departer” or the ecstatic atmosphere’s of “Kyte”, Passages is an album that is both dynamic and emotive with crushing poignancy. The vinyl comes with two remixes (by Marvin & Guy / Audiojack) on the D side for album track “Corridor”, which released digitally earlier this year.

“Deltawerk – Passages” is out June 16th, pre-orders are available now.

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New Portable Sunsets album coming up May 19th

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Portable Sunsets is the project of artist and electronic music producer Peter Segerstrom based in Brooklyn, US. He previously released his full-length album ‘Bless’ on Atomnation, an LP as ‘Surfing’ on 1080p and another Portable Sunsets LP on Deadelus’ Magical Property label. ‘Order’ is the follow up of these records and is a dreamy, somewhat lo-fi experimental techno LP.

Combined with an ancient ambient undertone, ‘Order’ is not loosing its club ready vibe. This record floats somewhere between laid-back warehouse techno and the electronica genre – very much representing a unique style: Peter often uses his own voice in his productions, programmed through self-created synths in MAX/MSP. Vocals have become textures and are used as a synth, pad or soundscape.

The combination of genres makes ‘Order’ a perfect record to dream away on at home, as well as to dance to in clubs. We’re proud to release the new Portable Sunsets album May 19th and it’s available to pre-order now on a 2LP and digitally.

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Tracklist:

a1 Trust Fall
a2 Hyperstability
a3 Vega

b1 Cruise Control
b2 Tract
b3 Spree

c1 Time Freaks
c2 What Wave
c3 Native

d1 Semiformal
d2 Millionth
d3 Believe

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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.

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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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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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David Douglas Preps New LP: Spectators Of The Universe

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Spectators Of The Universe is the new album from Dutch producer / artist / video director David Douglas – coming up March 24. Following on from 2014’s ‘Moon Observations’, Douglas continues to perfect his interstellar sound, taking the listener on a polyrhythmic, technicolour journey through melodic, sun kissed disco and electronic music.

Inspired by the astrological writings of his 18th Century namesake (an explorer and Naturalist) he creates waves of celestial melodies, intertwining them perfectly with crisp, driving beats, swerving through the cosmos, leaving a shower of arpeggiated synths and hypnotic vocals in his wake.

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From the sun-kissed disco of album opener ‘Lucine,’ to the groove-laden beats of ‘Highway of Love,’ the album constantly shifts forms. Playing with psychedelic and experimental elements and weaving organic textures alongside more robotic landscapes, highlights include swirling supernova ‘Pay No Mind’ and the ominous yet uplifting doomsday anthem, ‘Last Day On Earth.’

Having previously worked as a renowned video director, David Douglas switched his attention to music in 2012, and has since gained a reputation as one of the most expressive and all- encompassing electronica producers around. Both his 2012 ‘Royal Horticultural Society’ EP and his debut album ‘Moon Observations’ were warmly received, gathering support from the likes of Pitchfork, i-D Mag, Electronic Beats, THUMP and XLR8R.

2017 sees him continuing to push the boundaries of his music, and captivate crowds around the globe with his incredible live show (including performances at PITCH Festival, Best Kept Secret and Into The Woods) in which he utilises a wealth of analogue equipment, including his prized Roland Space Echo, which played a vital part in the creation of his signature sound.

Spectators Of The Universe is out March 24.
Pre-orders are available now.

Tour dates:
02.02 | Moth Club – London, UK
25.02 | Pleinvrees – Groningen, NL
22.03 | Paradiso – Amsterdam, NL
23.03 | Hedon – Zwolle, NL
30.03 | VEGA – Copenhagen, DK
31.03 | Double Rainbow – Aarhus, DK

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Deltawerk Drops Second EP incl. Marvin & Guy / Audiojack Remixes

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Deltawerk is a new collaborative project by Pascal Terstappen (Applescal) & Hessel Stuut (Polynation). The Amsterdam based artists created an audio/visual live set – entitled ‘passages’ – that takes you on a journey through surreal worlds and sounds.

Until summer 2017, eight tracks will be released on four different EP’s, entitled Passages EP.1, EP.2, EP.3 & EP.4. This EP is the second of the 4-series release, with remixes by Marvin & Guy and Audiojack.

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Hessel Stuut is mainly known for his work as Polynation, a music act he’s producing together with Stijn Hosman that became #03 ‘Best New Act’ on XLR8R in 2015. He’s also played drums/keys in theater shows, collaborating with musicians from all over the world. Graduated from the University of the Arts (2009) and with a couple of award winning exhibitions under his belt, Hessel is also responsible for lots of Atomnation cover art and visuals for all kinds of commercial purposes.

Pascal Terstappen has been releasing music under the Applescal alias for quite a while and is the founding figure of Atomnation, the label responsible for releasing music by Sau Poler, David Douglas, Weval, Gidge, Polynation and Olaf Stuut. With a label nearing 50 releases and an impressive solo discography, Pascal is without doubt one of the most dedicated curators of the electronic music scene.

The A1 track “Corridor” was one of the highlights of Deltawerk’s sold out live show at ADE 2016. It’s an 8,5 minute workout of strings, the Arp Odyssey and a heavenly Polysix sound. Again, Terstappen & Stuut display their love for club music on their second release, which seems to be “an inventive new sound”, according to Sasha who mentioned them as new names to watch in 2017 on BBC Radio 1.

Hivern Discs and Permanent Vacation delegates Marvin & Guy remixed Corridor and gave it an even deeper transformation. The 10+ minute remix shows their skill to take club-goers to places they’ve probably never been before. And if that isn’t enough, Leeds representatives Audiojack turned Corridor into their signature tech mark. A second EP that will definitely be heard at dance floors across the globe this summer.

Passages, EP.2 is out March 17. Pre-orders are available now.

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Gidge Announces New 7-track Mini Album: LNLNN

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Gidge is a duo consisting of Jonatan Nilsson and Ludvig Stolterman from Umeå, a small city in the north of Sweden. Jonatan and Ludvig met in school at the age of 16 and quickly became good friends. They had a mutual interest for electronic music, and in their second year together, after taking a Sound Production class, they started producing music. Nine years later, they released their debut LP ”Autumn Bells” – a release that inspired music enthusiasts from all over the world.

“Autumn Bells” was an effort from the two to make an electronic album that derived out of natural sounds and moods. Together with melancholic vocal samples and warm, fuzzy chord progressions, the music of Gidge seemed to affect their audience in an emotional way, which eventually resulted in the duo taking the top spot as Best New Artist at XLR8R’s readers poll of 2014, as well as the LP ending up on numerous Best of 2014-lists.

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January 13th 2017, Gidge release LNLNN. LNLNN is a 7-track mini album where Gidge continues using the woods and widths of the north as their main source of inspiration. Their latest effort is a mixture of electronic music, organic elements and samples of their 2nd LP ‘Lulin’.

Gidge will tour Europe this winter. Stops in Amsterdam, London, Zurich and Berlin are added to the calendar – check the full touring schedule + ticket links below.

12/01/2017 – Groningen, Eurosonic, NL – tickets
13/01/2017 – Poznan, Fort Colomb, PO – tickets
14/01/2017 – Wroclaw, Das Lokal, PO – tickets
18/01/2017 – Amsterdam, Paradiso, NL – tickets
21/01/2017 – Bucharest, Control Club, RO – tickets
02/02/2017 – London, Moth Club, UK – tickets
03/02/2017 – Budapest, Toldi, HU – tickets
04/02/2017 – Berlin, Chalet, DE – tickets
09/02/2017 – Chur, Werkstatt, CH – tickets
10/02/2017 – Zürich, Papiersaal, CH – tickets
11/02/2017 – Nordklang Festival, Palace St Gallen, CH – tickets
12/02/2017 – Grasnapolsky – Festival, NL – tickets

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Alex Smoke remixes David Douglas “Lucine”

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Lucine” is the brand new single from Dutch producer/artist/video director David Douglas. Following the release of his critically acclaimed debut ‘Moon Observations,’ “Lucine” is a journey through sun-kissed disco and gentle electronic pop, subtly playing with psychedelic and experimental elements and weaving organic textures alongside more robotic landscapes.

Douglas has recruited Scottish producer Alex Smoke to remix “Lucine”; and in true Smoke fashion, the single is twisted and warped into a pensive piece of electronic bliss. The remix also allowed Smoke to step away from his usual fodder, as he explains:

“Was a nice one to work on as I could approach it more like a pop record with lots of melody and putting the vocals centre-stage. The percussion parts had a lot of space to them which meant I could use more of them than I usually would. As usual I layered a lot of parts after processing in various ways, added strings for a wee dose of sadness and a bassline to move the feet.”

David Douglas – Lucine (Alex Smoke Remix) is available now – premiered at XLR8R.