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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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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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Atomnation Podcast #002 Olaf Stuut

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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 the second instalment of our podcast series we’ve invited charismatic producer and long time friend of the label ‘Olaf Stuut‘. Olaf just released “ET“, his brand new EP, so time for a little chat and a full hour of exploration into his world.

Hi Olaf, after releasing your album “Run” and your “Siren EP” here on Atomnation “ET” is your latest transmission. How was 2016 for you?
2016 Was great, finally finished and released my Album “Run” which I was working on for approximately 2 years off and on, that was a big relief and the tour that came with it really helped me release my steam. I’ve seen such beautiful places, met a lot of new friends. To end it all with a new EP is a dream.

“ET” is an extension of the last track on your album. Did this happen spontaneously?
Extended Travels was the last track on the album, I wanted to use the progression and melodies of the track because I felt they didn’t get to their full potential so I used them and built further to a more clubby vibe without making it too stale. So Excursion Two was the first track I worked on after the album, this came very spontaneously, the first bricks we’re laid on stage during live performances.

You’ve toured the US this year. How was your stay there?
My stay in the US was superb, I’ve been welcomed by the nicest people from the Bespoke Crew (+ Miami residents) and Griffin Crafts from the West-Coast, it was like coming home in a different country, I felt very welcome and sparks flew right away.

Obviously we are big fans. What can we expect for the future?
In the near future I’ll be experimenting more with the dance floor I presume, although I can never really predict what I’ll be making next, as this is only a starting point from where I want to work further. Once I’m really creating, things just emerge, who knows what that might be. All I know is I’m going to have fun making it!

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Tracklist:

01. Peter Kirn – Change of Shift, Pt. 2
02. Olaf Stuut – Error Texture
03. Deltitnu – TBA
04. Clarian – Cosmic Microwave
05. John Talabot – Voices
06. Kiani & His Legion – Voigt Kampff
07. Lydmor & Bon Homme – Dream Of Fire (Johannes Brecht Remix)
08. Tornado Wallace – Falling Sun
09. Olaf Stuut – Era Terminal (Gacha Remix)
10. Solvane, Prismode – Ophelia’s Organ (Iorie Remix)
11. Dave Aju – Badai
12. The Orb, Lee Scratch Perry – Ashes
13. Jimi Jules – Fate
14. Throwing Snow – Cosms