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Intercept: a new label by Atomnation

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A big step, we’re launching a sub-label with Atomnation: Intercept. It’s a place where we will release digital singles only, from both new and established artists across all the relevant genres of dance music.

At the helm of Intercept is Coloray, mainly known as one of the two members from producer / DJ duo Tunnelvisions. He’s up first with the powerful 80s influenced track Stand Up Straight“Stand Up Straight is a message to both myself and the listener. Keep on marching, don’t let anybody or anything get you down”. 

Intercept is distributed through the Atomnation network together with the !K7 team. We’re excited to get started! Follow us for new updates > Instagram / Facebook / Bandcamp / SoundCloud

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Sky Civilian joins Atomnation, releases debut single “If I Had”

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If I Had is the debut single from Maggie Thornton a.k.a. Sky Civilian. Her debut EP lands this summer – follow Maggie on Spotify for new music!

 

After a decade of orchestral French horn playing, Maggie Thornton spent her first humble paycheck as a music theory teaching assistant on a pocket mono-synthesizer. Using only this synth, a piano, her voice, and an 8-track recorder she produced 3 tracks that set the tone for her productions to come. The focus was on vocal sweetness, compositional simplicity, and rich, layered analog tones.

This initial demo landed her a gig performing at a fundraising gala to open a multi-media art exhibition in Santa Fe, New Mexico. This gig almost immediately turned into a full-time job actually creating the exhibition, called the House of Eternal Return.

Four years after she returned to the drawing board with the intent to create a more complex and coherent body of work under the name Sky Civilian. After a solid year of production, she has completed her debut EP, set for release in 2019 on Atomnation.

Her new productions evoke a lust for the future and the far-away, but she grounds this lofty mood in familiar territory, with nostalgic, detuned synth instrumentation and four-on-the-floor percussion. Her weightless, almost-whispered vocals capture a hyper-natural feeling. The overall lyrical message is one of raw sincerity, as listeners confront unmistakable themes of loss and longing. Strange yet playful vocal production techniques grant the work a subtle pop tilt.

https://atomnation.bandcamp.com/track/if-i-had

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Japanese producer boys be kko to release “Big Boys Don’t Cry” incl. Gerd Janson rmx

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Eccentric Tokyo based producer Ryunosuke Hayashi a.k.a. boys be kko joins the Atomnation family with his ‘Big Boys Don’t Cry’ 12″ – a 4-tracker that includes a big remix from the highly respected DJ, producer, and remixer Gerd Janson. Both artists make their first appearance on the Dutch imprint.

boys be kko started producing music during high school when buying the KORG Elektribe. Quickly after, he signed up for art college. His interest in techno music grew while listening to artists such as Gui Boratto. Making connections all over the Tokyo scene the years after, he co-founded Kids Return with Hiroki Nakamura (DJ). Kids Return is a collective that runs a record label, throws parties and is a design studio (that also produced this Big Boys Don’t Cry EP artwork) – a collaboration with Hiroki Kato (PLUSTIC) and Mitsuru Nishimura.

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Gear plays an important part in Ryunosuke’s tracks. The Roland SH-101, Prophet600 and VERMONA PERfourMER Mk2 are signatures in his sound. This is exactly what you hear back in his track Big Boys Don’t Cry which can be described as a beautiful emotive track, influenced by disco, house and the current melodic-techno hype. That being said, his music (and this title track in specific) meander through all these genres at the same time, finding a very unique, original and soulfully balanced sound as a result.

All tracks are written and produced at Ryunosuke’s rooftop studio in Narimasu. For the people that haven’t been to Tokyo, it’s a small station of the Fukutoshin Line. The FUMIKIRI track that’s written there is tribal influenced and sounding close to the output Keinemusik is known for at the moment. The track By ada flirts more with the indie dance and “rock” influenced genres – showcasing how diverse and vivid the boys be kko sound can be, and maybe, how he’s influenced in his early years by acts such as The Chemical Brothers and Nine Inch Nails.

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The remix from Gerd Janson can be seen as a big compliment for Ryunosuke’s music. Finding an artist with history and of this caliber make this EP a candidate to be one of the main 12″ releases for this summer season – even if it’s for the cover art alone… Keep an eye out for the boys be kko Instagram game + a last message to the WW bookers: this man has a massive, energetic live-set in his hands!

boys be kko – Big Boys Don’t Cry is out April 12th on vinyl and digital

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Polynation release debut album “Igneous” May 10th

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Polynation is set to release debut full-length album Igneous, due May 10th on Atomnation. The Amsterdam-based producer-tandem of Stijn Hosman and Hessel Stuut introduces a more cinematic, sweeping departure from the fine-tuned alchemy of techno, experimental pop, and ambient established on debut EP Allogamy.

Hosman and Stuut’s adventurous reciprocity of studio wizardry and live performance stretches across the peripheries of dance, ambient music, minimalism, and IDM. The two initially bonded over melancholic chord progressions played on vintage synths and expressive electronic music. In the years that followed Hosman and Stuut have developed Polynation into an immersive multi-sensory live experience, indulging as much in sheer impulse and crowd interaction as the more intricate, widescreen arrangements.

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Across 10 tracks, Igneous fortifies Polynation’s ambition to mold sound – both acoustic and electronic – into a powerful narrative pulse. Expanding the course established on debut EP Allogamy, the duo was heavily inspired by both the unruliness and unblemished beauty of nature. As film composer and video artist respectively, Hosman and Stuut consolidated Igneous with some cogent visual elements.

“We liked the idea of this stampede of wild beasts, as in the Ark of Noah, fleeing from a volcanic eruption (of an inescapable natural disaster)” the band explains, “and becoming petrified in the process. Igneous has this as a concept in mind: on the verge of apocalypse, examining the different atmospheres and feelings of letting go, mourning, euphoria, and melancholy” The album artwork, designed by Stuut, is loosely inspired by the paintings of Delacroix and the landscapes of William Turner.

Moreover, Igneous became the product of two laborious years of studio tinkering. During these sessions, Hosman and Stuut were less preoccupied with translating their music to the stage, and more with letting their imagination and production values run rampant. Ranging from Kosmische majesty to more cavernous, nimble propulsions, Igneous is a kaleidoscopic aural journey, entertaining that strangely comforting notion of human-made structures surrendering their stark geometries to the unremitting blossom and decay of organic life.

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The debut album lands May 10th: https://atomnation.bandcamp.com/album/igneous

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The Gidge debut LP Autumn Bells is out now on 2LP vinyl

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We did a 2LP re-issue for one of the most beautiful albums of this decade: Gidge – Autumn Bells.

The new vinyl comes with an inside-out full color gatefold sleeve, black inner sleeves and a new image printed on the inside. This is a strong update from the previous packaging and a recommendation for both new fans and people who follow Gidge for a longer time already. Orders ship instantly.

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Download Our 2018 Compilation For Free

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Our annual 2018 compilation is out now. This years tracklist features work from Dave DK, Portable Sunsest, Applescal, Gidge, David Douglas, Tunnelvisions, Olde Gods, Polynation, Olaf Stuut / Inner River and Sam Goku.

Get it for free on Bandcamp and take a listen on the streaming services:
https://atomnationrec.lnk.to/2018Compilation

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Tunnelvisions announce 4LP ‘The Celestial Ritual’

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Tunnelvisions return with their second album for Atomnation on November the 16th. ‘The Celestial Ritual’ are Ritual I, II, III, and IIII – a total of 11 tracks that are bundled to a special 4-vinyl release designed by Merijn Hos. The Celestial Ritual is the follow up of Midnight Voyage, the debut LP from the Dutch duo. Listen and pre-order at Tunnelvisions.fm

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Atomnation Night ADE

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Get your agenda’s and mark Thursday October 18th, as we’re back with a label night during the ADE event. It’s our biggest line-up to date and we’ll set foot in one of Amsterdam’s most intimate venues: OT301. For the occasion, we invited Innellea – an emerging duo from Germany – who will play their live-set amongst our own Gidge, Olaf Stuut, Polynation, David Douglas, Tunnelvisions and Applescal. A great opportunity to say hello, enjoy the music, visuals and bring home some records. See you the 18th!

More info & tickets: facebook.com/events/244014819760441