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Sky Civilian releases 6-track EP ‘At the Seams’ in November

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Six months following her debut EP Open Door, Sky Civilian is set to release a sophomore EP, At the Seams, on November 8th. At the Seams is a stepping stone, from the lyrical, gentle, genre-agnostic electronica of Open Door, to Maggie’s own rounded and angelic take on acid-house. Her debut EP Open Door was “clean and angelic” according to Uproxx, “soothing, sweet, marvelously refreshing” by New Retro Wave, and “a glimpse into a kinder, more gentle future” by Queen City Sounds and Art. Her follow-up EP, At the Seams is a gleaming example of an artist on her way, a sonic Bildungsroman, if you will. A work of searching, and in many moments, finding.

The EP showcases six dance-floor-friendly, cross genre tracks, each with a signature sound. Opening track Don’t Call Me Back features salty lyrics, muted Rhodes atop gritty and distorted bongo loops. The second track, Smile, is the first hint at a more dance-floor focused future for Sky Civilian. Hers is hollow and melancholic, with drooping synths propped-up by a blunt kick and a de-facto acid riff.

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The most sure-footed moment in the EP comes with the track Otherworld, which features fat loops, a sparkling acid backdrop and seraphic, beckoning vocals. This moment of levity is abruptly ended by Where is that Good Energy Lurking, with its caustic percussion and bed of crackling orchestral strings underneath clear-as-day brass. Closing track Lullaby is sweet but not sleepy, at 140 bmp, with swinging sawtooth synths, cowbells, and stuttering, confessional vocals.

Maggie’s cinematic, synth-heavy style emerged after a decade of orchestral French horn playing and classical studies. She combines this brass-inspired, synth-forward approach with her weightless, almost-whispered vocals, and dance-floor ready beats. The melding of influences present in her work make Maggie a fresh and promising new artist in the electronic music scene, an artist we hope to hear more from for many years to come.

At the Seams is out November 8th on vinyl and digital.

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Polynation ‘Cascade’ remix contest winner announcement

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Out of over 400+ downloads, we eventually received 100 officially submitted remixes. We’d like to thank everyone for getting involved and hope you had fun working with the parts. Unfortunately, we were only able to pick three favorite remixes and one winner. A hard decision, with so many participants…

A big question we had to ask ourselves: What makes a remix, a winning remix? One of the first things we realized, is that the style of the production and the genre of the remix would not become a factor. We’ve received work in so many different styles – from ambient to drum & bass, and from synth-pop to techno – that we didn’t want the genre 
to influence our choice. Every remix and every style had the same chance.

But, what wás important for us? We asked ourselves:

How were the samples manipulated? Is the track a cool, cohesive piece? Is it catchy? Is it magic? Does it touch me on an emotional level? Is it different? In what way does it stand out from the original? Does it stand out at all? Are different sounds added in an interesting way? Or, is it just remixed in a subtle, minimalistic way instead? Do I want to listen to the remix again? How is it arranged? Is the remix interesting from beginning to end? And an equally important factor: how is the track mixed and produced?

We decided that the winning remix had to be an original, creative and cohesive take on the original, standing out from other submissions by hitting us in the right places emotionally, produced solidly with a quality mix. We all felt that fusus contained these qualities in the best possible way. The beat they created is a great organic sounding breakbeat and they manipulated original elements in an intriguing way, yet staying true to the original by adding some lovely acoustic layers and marimba to create a track with emotional impact. We would like to congratulate you guys with winning the contest!

Also: congratulations to Aōyama for winning 2nd place by creating a great sounding hypnotic version with amazing production value and details. The 3rd place is for the duo Pandhora, who turned Cascade into the most clubby version of our picks, with great dynamics, a lovely groove, and some magical guitar.

Here’s a playlist where you can listen back to all submitted remixes (private entries are not included). The top 10 / 20 / 30 tracks in this list feature remixes that we liked most and were really close. As we explained earlier – it was very hard to pick a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place, and we’ve heard many remixes and we heard many sounds we liked, so, thanks to everyone that came up with a great version! 

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boys be kko to release new 12″ ‘Home Run Bat’

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Tokyo based producer boys be kko produced 3 beautiful emotive tracks for the follow up of his Big Boys Don’t Cry EP – a definite success story with support by the likes of Bonobo and Annie Mac, topped off with a massive remix from Gerd Janson.

Influenced by the disco, house and melodic-techno genres, boys be kko makes jams and sound designs on Japanese manufactured synths/machines, later perfected in uplifting arrangements with superb mixdowns. The tracks contain many layers, vocal chops and noises – unburdenedly handled with care. Home Run Bat is an EP that continues where Big Boy’s Don’t Cry left off, yet, it showcases another dimension in when it comes boys be kko’s diversity and sound palette.

The first track on the EP, Oreinspotting, stretches its run-time past 5 minutes and is carried by a vocal that gives a magical touch to the track – something you may have heard before in music from Traumprinz. The 2nd track, got type B, is the most uplifting song of the package with a long intro that builds to a synth-heavy climax and deep bass line. The b1 / EP title track Home Run Bat sounds like a hear-felt ride that shines in its arrangement, harmonies and sound effects.

Home Run Bat is out September 27th.
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REMIX COMPETITION: Polynation ‘Cascade’

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It’s time to roll up your sleeves and create your very own remix of Polynation’s track “Cascade” – one of the most uplifting, layered and diverse songs from the bands’ debut LP, Igneous. At stake: an official Ableton live 10.1 Suite license, professional mastering, support on Atomnation socials, Bandcamp and SoundCloud, and a Korg Monologue synthesizer.

How it works: 

1. Download the remix parts and remix the track

2. Once ready, upload your remix of Cascade publicly on SoundCloud

3. Submit your version officially via email before the 9th of September >> How? Send an e-mail to polynationcascaderemix@atomnation.net with the name of your remix in the subject line. We’ll notify you once your submission is received. Ah! …don’t forget to include a link to your track!

Submission deadline: 

September 9th, 23.59 CEST, 2019

Winner announcements: 

September 12th, 2019 (via Atomnation Facebook)

What’s in it for the winners: 

Our favorite 3 remixes are mastered by a professional mastering engineer and uploaded to the Atomnation Bandcamp & Soundcloud. Besides, for the winners, there are 3 prizes to choose from:

Option 1: An official Ableton live 10.1 license (599 euro) + vinyl copy of Igneous
Option 2: 
A Korg Monologue (244 euro) + vinyl copy of Igneous
Option 3: A vinyl copy of Igneous

The winner picks his/her favorite option first. Then nr 2, then nr 3…

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Judging process:

Stijn Hosman and Hessel Stuut from Polynation decide together with Pascal Terstappen from Atomnation what remixes are their favorites. They choose the winner(s), democratically. Every submitted remix gets heard. No favors. Dare to be different. Stand out!

Disclaimer / FAQ: 

All rights of “Polynation – Cascade” and its remixes belong to the band Polynation and to the record label Atomnation. Remixers and 3rd parties are not permitted to sell, release or self-release remixes, as also, sell, release or self-release original material that contains samples of this remix package. Remixers and 3rd parties are not allowed to upload remixes to any other (music) platform/service then SoundCloud, Facebook or Instagram. Free downloads on SoundCloud are permitted. Once the competition is closed and winners are announced, we’ll remove the remix files from Bandcamp and no longer listen to newly submitted tracks. In case the label decides to officially release a remix from this competition to other music platforms then Bandcamp and SoundCloud, the remixer will be compensated with an industry-standard percentage of the sales from their remix. By downloading the remix files, you’ve agreed to these terms. Atomnation.net, 2019 – All Rights Reserved – label@atomnation.net

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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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