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Discovery Blog 2017 Week #18

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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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Legowelt – Scenic Highway System
Label: Nightwind Records

Howling – Phases (Alex.Do Remix)
Label: Innervisions

Ellen Allien – Stormy Memories
Label: BPitch Control

burger/ink – Twelve Miles High
Label: Eat Raw

Bibio – Beyond My Eyes
Label: Warp

Solar – 5 Seconds
Label: Squirrels On Film

Nathan Surreal – Stockholm
Label: Native Response

Roosevelt – Sea (Young Marco remix)
Label: City Slang

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Discovery Blog 2017 Week #17

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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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Zopelar – Névoa (Davis Edit)
Label: Engrave LTD

Portable Sunsets – Millionth
Label: Atomnation

Kiani & His Legion – I Can Take You There (If You Let Me Take You)
Label: Something Happening Somewhere

Daisuke Tanabe – Late Night Fishing
Label: /

Floating Points – Silurian Blue (Reflections – Mojave Desert)
Label: Pluto

Dauwd – Leitmotiv
Label: Technicolour

Beesmunt Soundsystem – Short Swim
Label: Kitjen

Pearson Sound – Robin Chasing Butterflies
Label: Pearson Sound

Hercules & Love Affair – Controller (Mike Simonetti Remix) [feat. Faris Badwan]
Label: mr.intl

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Discovery Blog 2017 Week #16

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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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Christian Löffler – Vind (Max Cooper Remix)
Label: Ki Records

Dark Sky – The Walker
Label: Monkeytown Records

Simple Symmetry – Plane Goes East (DJ Tennis Remix)
Label: Disco Halal

Tissu – Space Loop
Label: Lobster Theremin

Patrice Bäumel – Glutes
Label: Afterlife

ASOK – Planetfall
Label: Mörk

Johannes Regnier – Sundog (OOFT! Remix)
Label: The Healing Company

Tunnelvisions – Tanami
Label: Atomnation

Khotin – Vitebsk
Label: Normals Welcome Records

Kora & Nic Falardeau – Wahiba (Powel Remix)
Label: Sol Selectas

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Atomnation Podcast #006 Koett

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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 sixth podcast we’ve invited our Russian friend Koett. He contributed two amazing albums to the Atomnation discography and is one of the leading figures of Krasnodar’s electronic music scene.

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The beginning
First influenced by the almighty Kraftwerk, Koett really got into music by his bigger brother. He would bring him recordings of party’s on cassette, which motivated Koett to search for ways to create his own music. Ableton and especially analog gear and old Soviet synthesizers made him even more enthusiastic about music production. From there on he started his career as an electronic music producer, as well as participating in side projects as Modul and Köt & Wellbeck.

Alexander Tochilkin (Koett’s real name) first released on Atomnation in November 2013. His ‘Lost Time’ single was an adventurous and Jazzy approach to the electronic field at the time. A month later Alex released his first full-length album ‘Golden Peak’ on the label. Tracks as ‘Blacksad’ and ‘Down’ became instant hits as Dummy Mag, Data Transmission, Truants Blog and many others praised it to the stars.

Releasing music
From that point on Koett has been putting out music on labels as Connaisseur Recordings, Sub Amp and Fuselab. Even his collaboration with long-time friend Wellbeck got revamped with a release on the Argentinean Loob Label, before returning to Atomnation in 2016.

This return didn’t come casually, as he once again came with a full-length LP of unearthly electronics. This time even darker and more vivacious as before. Especially ‘Slow Run’, ‘Night Furia’ and ‘A Walk In The Spring Rain’ were like candy for everyone liking the road in between house, techno and electronica.

Krasnodar, Russia
What most people don’t know is that Koett is one of the key figures behind XOXO, a boundary-pushing club in his hometown Krasnodar. This city is situated in a unique part of Russia, near the black sea towards Georgia. It has a small but very strong electronic music scene and is pioneering in its region. This podcast showcases the Krasnodar techno sound and is a limp of what the future will bring for our Russian friend and father of his newly born son. Congratulations Alex!

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Discovery Blog 2017 Week #14

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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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Lone – From A Past Life
Label: R&S Records

Jimi Jules – Ostkreuz
Label: Innervisions

Nuno Dos Santos – Prosa
Label: Something Happening Somewhere

PAVANE – Percées
Label: Eumolpe

Carsten Jost – Atlantis II
Label: Dial Records

Mount Kimbie – We Go Home Together ft. James Blake
Label: Warp Records

Mala – Alicia
Label: White Label

Tracey – Skyfall
Label: Voyage Direct

Patrick Conway – Sandy Lane
Label: Rekids

Gigi Masin – Maja
Label: Dekmantel

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Discovery Blog 2017 Week #13

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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.

Flabaire – Headspace
Label: D.KO Records

Ross From Friends – In An Emergency
Label: Lobster Theremin

Yarni – 28 Years Of It (Lauer remix)
Label: Discobelle

Echaskech – Twitch
Label: VLSI Records Limited

Nick Höppner – Still
Label: Ostgut Ton

David Douglas – Pastel Dreams
Label: Atomnation

Deko Deko – Outside (Braunbeck RMX)
Label: O*RS

Khidja – Hætrin
Label: Hivern Discs

Larry Heard – 25 Years From Alpha
Label: Black Market Records

Ben Frost – DCI Morton
Label: Mute Artists Limited

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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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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.

Subscribe to the Discovery Blog on Spotify for weekly updates.

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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