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Atomnation Podcast #021 Mordisco

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Here’s a hot one-hour mix from Spanish duo Mordisco.

Psychedelic reminiscences, vibrant percussions, and hypnotic progressions characterize the eclectic sound of Ángel and Hugo.

Hailing from Granada, Spain, they play records and produce music together. Their approach blurs the lines between Techno, House, and Disco – providing a very free and personal vision to dance music.

This vision recently translated to an EP released on My Favorite Robot Records. It included a remix from the respected veteran producer, DJ and remixer Sascha Funke. Also, earlier this year, their track “Zenit” released on Coloray’s Intercept records and made many dancefloors move.

Thanks to the organization and curating of their Mordisco Club parties in their hometown, Ángel and Hugo have been able to obtain an expression channel since 2011 with which they show their particular vision of independent electronic music.

That expression is clearly represented in the guest artists who have gone through their parties and with those who have shared booth: Red Axes, Fort Romeau, John Talabot, Pional, and Jeniffer Cardini, amongst many others.

Expect to hear much more from Mordisco in 2020 – including a 12″ on Atomnation early in the new year.

Follow the duo on Instagram and Spotify to stay in tune.

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Atomnation Podcast #020 Sky Civilian

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Sky Civilian recorded the 20th Atomnation podcast. With hints of acid, house and techno, this mix features music from the set played at Meow Wolf last month.

They Got Me – Two Tail
LA Confidential – Bella Boo
Let’s Be Easy – Sky Civilian
Hers – Sky Civilian
Trains and Airports – Sofia Kourtesis
Don’t Look Around – Terr
Basement Structure – SCNTST
Unborn – Timothy Clerkin
Random Access Memory – DJ Haus, Hugo Massien
Pronto Arpeggio – Bawrut
Big Boys Don’t Cry – boys be kko
Got To Keep On – The Chemical Brothers
Drama Garden – Moire
Serenity (Soundstream’s Dusty Machine) – Prosumer, Murat Tepeli
Countdown – Pliny
Drone Logic (Factory Floor Remix) – Daniel Avery, Factory Floor
Venom – Silicone Soul
Soul Slap (Heiko Laux Remix)  – Funk D’Void
Lucid State – Ritzi Lee
Shift – Harvey McKay
A Peck And A Pawn – Nick Hoppner
Los Santos – Sofia Kourtesis
A Bird With No Feet – Jas Shaw
Boltmaker – James Welsh

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Atomnation Podcast #018 Polynation

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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 for updates and don’t forget to shuffle your way through our Releases on Spotify.

The 18th Atomnation podcast is from Polynation. They delivered a fantastic one-hour mix with various tracks by artists that inspired them over the years. We asked them to describe their podcast – a mix that features unreleased material as well:

“We created a podcast that contains quite a big range of our inspirations. Not only sticking to club/dance material but still …it’s presented in a way that gives a forward momentum. Our music is not straightforward club music as well – we like tracks that feel a little bit like a curveball. We tried to capture that diversity and blend this into a somewhat coherent story. Podcasts give you an opportunity to explore the space and to showcase a bigger contrast. This mix is a step into our musical universe.” 

Follow the duo on Spotify where you can find their Polyphonic playlist and the recently released Toba / Muriatic tracks.

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Atomnation Podcast #017 David Douglas

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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 for updates and don’t forget to shuffle your way through our Releases on Spotify.

David Douglas has been a mainstay of the Atomnation label since day one, releasing several EP’s, albums and remixes – including LP’s Moon Observations and Spectators of the Universe – he has barely hit a wrong note since 2012’s Royal Horticultural Society debut. We’re proud to share his new podcast with you now. It’s a stellar blend of disco, house and techno. Tracks from Henrik Schwarz, MCDE and Joy Orbison highlight this mix, it’s on repeat here today 🔁 We’re looking forward to release David’s new EP this summer!

Orlando Julius – Disco Hi-life
Demos Roussos – I Dig You (Todd Terje Re Edit)
Black Devil Disco Club – Timing, Forget the Timing
Osborne – Afrika
Alma Negra – Endless Summer (Soulphiction Remix)
J-Cub – Dtid
Emmanuel Jan – Klar (Henrik Schwarz Remix)
Lauer – Phlipper
Motor City Drum Ensemble – Send A Prayer Part 1
Prins Thomas – AU (Pional Remix)
Dinky – Casa (Axel Boman Dub Mix)
Boddika & Joy Orbison – &Fate
Please Stay – Mekon (Royksopp Remix)

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Atomnation Podcast #016 Portable Sunsets

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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 for updates and don’t forget to shuffle your way through our Releases on Spotify.

Portable Sunsets is the project of artist and electronic music producer Peter Segerstrom based in Brooklyn, US. He released the full-length albums ‘Bless’ and ‘Order‘ on Atomnation, an LP as ‘Surfing’ on 1080p and another Portable Sunsets LP on Deadelus’ Magical Property label.  Earlier this year our German friend Dave DK remixed two of Peter’s tracks, Believe and Straylight. Up next is this mix from Portable Sunsets and the 16th effort for our podcast series already. Enjoy!

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Chagrin River – Road Hog
q.e.p.d. – DJ Python
Sunday Avenue – DJ Boring
Rock Your Body – Ron Trent
WhereYouGonnaGo – Jitwam
Jamais Vu – Steve Huerta
Theme 03 – Frits Wentink
Rare Happiness – Hunee
M1 – Bambooman
Untitled – ??
Crimson – Ross from Friends
IF – Portable Sunsets
Sunlight – Nature Garage
Hey Drum – Daphni
Untitled – Portable Sunsets (Intern Edit)

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Atomnation Podcast #015 J.D. Heights

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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.

The 15th Atomnation podcast is from life-time music enthusiast, crate digger and friend J.D. Heights. Spanning over 60-minutes, this mix features music from Dauwd, Deltitnu and DJ Tennis. Check the tracklist below for new finds and don’t forget to follow his HFD playlist on Spotify. Enjoy!

01. Dauwd – Glass Jelly
02. Tom Dicicco – Extracting the error
03. DJ Heure – Pensively
04. Phillip Stoya – Rula
05. Pharaohs – If it ever feels right (Tornado Wallace remix)
06. Margot – Moderno (Marc Piñol acid remix)
07. Deltitnu – Foundation was laid
08. Fideles – Secret garden
09. DJ Tennis feat. Fink – Certain angles

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Atomnation Podcast #014 Sau Poler

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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.

The 14th Atomnation podcast is curated by Sau Poler. A producer that does not need an introduction for people that have been following us from the beginning. With tracks such as Rutes, Reflections and Jaffe House in his discography, Pau’s first release was back in 2013 and ‘Memorabilia’ landed 2016. This years ‘Elsus’ single got featured on 50AN and like it’s not enough Pau released B-sides – a re-issue from his old side project ‘Pablie’. We wondered how things have been and what else he released this year. We caught up while listening to his mix.

Sau, how was your year?

I would like to define this year as a transition, I’ve taken some distance and perspective from my music to know where I want to go. So here I am, spending many hours locked in the studio rebuilding my sonic palette, shaping and adding character to my first LP. In terms of releases and gigs, it’s been a decent year.

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What synths are you using right now in the studio?

I recently bought a Roland JD800 from the early 90’s which immediately became an essential piece of gear in the process of the creation of my LP. I got some other synths and plugins that I use quite a lot, like OP-1, ARP Odyssey, Octatrack or Spectrasonics Omnisphere (which is completely blowing my mind at this moment).

You released a couple of EP’s recently including Dribble and a collaboration with Pedro Vian. How came these about?

Dribble was basically a compilation of 3 club tools that I used to play only during my sets, after some shows, I realized that it maybe would be great to release them all in an EP.

The second EP with Pedro Vian felt special. This EP contains 4 tracks were we tried to find the right balance between light and shadow, between mind and body, between experimentation and melancholy. Something that we like to call “Mediterranean braindance”.

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What are your plans for 2018?

The main goal is to finish and release my first LP. Besides that, I got some other stuff running, like a forthcoming 12” maxi that will be out in February on the reborn Nitsa Traxx label and I’m also planning another short EP or maxi.

You played India this year amongst some other places. How was India?

Really good, people are honestly amazing in India, they were so kind with me and very thankful to have me on board touring across the country. That’s what I felt the most, then there’s the other side, which is a radical cultural contrast with Europe and the Occidental world… I saw a lot of poverty on the streets, abandoned children, ruinism and decadence. Probably it’s more notable in the big cities where I stayed than the rural areas, but it makes you think about how unequal and unfair your life can be depending on the place where you’re born.

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Tracklist

01 – Total Art Of Percussion – Wuhan Wuchang
02 – Kassem Mosse – Untitled
03 – Giraffe – Climate (Marco Shuttles Moody Samba Treatment)
04 – Bjorn Torske & Prins Thomas – Arpa (Drum Version)
05 – Luigi Ceccarelli – Ko-An
06 – Max Mohr – Spellbound
07 – Evigt Mörker – Magdalene Spell
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09 – RAAM – 7 (Skudge Remix)
10 – Feral – Brahma
11 – Conceiled Project – Pattern 2
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13 – Andrea Belfi – Roteano

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Atomnation Podcast #013 Tonik Ensemble

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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.

Icelandic connection Tonik Ensemble created our 13th podcast. Anton released ‘Snapshots‘ with us in 2015, a cinematic electronic album supported by The Guardian, Hypem, Earmilk and TLOBF. Ending up in various end of the year lists, the record eventually became album year on The Reykjavík Grapevine. Below a Q&A about what’s next, his live show, Iceland and the approach of this mix. Enjoy!

Hi Anton, thanks for contributing this mix. In 2015 you released your debut album ‘Snapshots’ with us. Could you tell us a bit more about the project? Who you collaborated with for example, and what kind of sound you were trying to bring.

For Snapshots I was going for deep, organic and atmospheric sound, a clash between live instruments, vocals and electronic sounds, the human versus the machine and all that. In terms of themes, its life, death, happiness and stuff. I wrote the first song for that album, or the first draft, Imprints, in 2010. Through the album I collaborated with various people: cellist Þórður Hermannsson who appears in all the songs, vocalist Jóhann Kristinsson, vocalist Hörður Már Bjarnason, vocalist and composer Ragga Gísla, Tumi Árnason plays saxophone in few songs, musician and vocalist Shipsea, I even worked with a local choir on Nangilima. The alternative to sampling.

How does that translate into a liveset?

Parallel to working on that album, I was playing live quite a bit with some of the talented people I mentioned earlier, playing around with elements of improvisation from a gig to gig. The foundation is the same, but every instrument and performer brings its own character creating an experience different from the album track. Liveset is an ever-evolving beast, for example, atmospheric guitar layers have been apparent in the liveset this year.

You’re based in Iceland. How is it to live there in the winter times? Which season do you recommend people to visit Iceland?

For the music lover I would say the perfect time would be around a festival, Iceland Airwaves in early November, Sonar Reykjavik in March or Secret Solstice in June. There you can catch some local and international music alongside your travel. Winter can be dark and gloomy. From summer solstice to winter solstice, sunlight goes from 24 hours to the sun barely going up. That said, vitamin D, swimming and skiing make winter quite enjoyable.

Your mixtape contains many soundscapes and electronica focused tracks. Something we really like. Where do you usually go when looking for new music?

When I need new music it is almost like research for me. I have a nice echochamber of a twitter and SoundCloud feed following the usual suspects. I also find the soundhound app quite helpful. On top of that, live shows and recommendations from friends.

What are you working on at the moment?

Next output will be a remix which we have been performing in our live shows in October and November; you can hear a live recording from Enlighten Festival 2017 in the podcast; the remix should be out in December or January. But I am currently working on new material, trying to develop the sound further. You can hear some of it in the Tonik Ensemble live shows, it will eventually end up on a release.

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01. Larry Stephens – Offering
02. Rebekah Del Rio – Llorando
03. Úlfur – Arborescence
04. Ennio Morricone – Chi Mai
05. Stephan Bodzin – Singularity (Synthappella)
06. Robot Koch and Savannah Jo Lack – Instructions For Time Travel (Recue Remix)
07. christoph el truento – Sunflower
08. Holy Other – Inpouring
09. Antena – Camino Del Sol
10. Floex – Prenatal Hunters (Floex Revision)
11. Gunnar Jónsson Collider – The Dream
12. Love Unlimited Orchestra – Midnight Groove
13. Mønic – Deep Summer (Burial Remix)
14. Án –  Hlutfall
15. Max Cooper – Organa
16. Kowton – Pea Soup
17. Stillhead – Spirit Remains (Tonik Ensemble Remix – Live at Enlighten Bury 2017)

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Atomnation Podcast #012 Some Chemistry

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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.

Amsterdam based DJ, producer, booker, occasional blogger and weekend warrior Some Chemistry created the 12th Atomnation podcast. A one-hour long set that resonates between world-influenced music, disco, techno and sometimes even electro – a mix of styles that is signature to the sound that Ridzert Beetstra developed as a DJ and event promotor the past years. We asked him a few questions about this mix, his hometown, work as a program director and how traveling shaped him as a DJ.

Hi Ridz, thanks for your podcast. We really enjoy the tropical vibes and different styles in your mix. Could you tell us something about where you lived and traveled the past years and how this influenced your musical taste? 

Well, there’s actually quite a list of places I have lived throughout my life, a few highlights: 

Wirdum (Friesland, NL)

Koudougou (Burkina Faso, Africa)

Cochabamba (Bolivia, South America)

Gouda (Cheese capital, Zuid-Holland, NL)

Right now I’m based in Amsterdam, for almost 10 years. I guess the tropical vibes have something to do with the period I lived in Bolivia, or Burkina Faso. That’s where the strong sense for rhythm and melody got into my system I guess. Everything they do over there (like cooking, or gardening, or whatever) has to be guided through rhythm and dance. It’s in the DNA of the people. I love it. When I moved back to Holland I started a punk band and later on I started getting into minimal techno when I moved to Amsterdam.. Which ruined the soulful side of my musical spectrum in a way back then, but taught me so much more about merging different kinds of music nowadays. Like you can probably hear in the mix I did. I approached it as a dj-set, on the fly, and did not post-edit it whatsoever. Otherwise I’m never happy about it, and start changing too much. 

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How do you look to Amsterdam nowadays in terms of music. And do you think people that travel here get influenced by our music and culture? 

Well I certainly got influenced by this town when I moved here.. As I just mentioned I used to be a (slightly soft core) punk rocker before moving to Amsterdam. I played in indie rock bands, and I became a total techno-head after exploring this sin city. My musical horizon grew so hard. Some of my university mates introduced me to the legendary Stubnitz, Club 11 and Studio 80 for example. A few places that defined my carrier now. After hearing all those bleeps in clubs and seeing what it does to people I knew I wanted to be the guy making and performing them too. So I know for a fact that there are hundreds, or even thousands of kids every weekend in Amsterdam who get inspired or influenced by its music venues, and nightlife like I did. Simply because there are just so many more events nowadays. I can safely say Amsterdam is the dance capital of the world right now. Berlin still wins when it comes to underground clubs and creativity, as does London with its range of indie rock output, but nowhere in the world is the electronic music industry as professional and lively as it is in Amsterdam. Also, the music scene over here serves all the musical niche-needs that you can think of. I hope we stay on the forefront of this, and don’t get hampered by new conservative regulation and laws. Which I’m always afraid of.. So far we’ve been moving forward with our beloved major for the last 7 years, let’s keep the cultural diversity level high forever though! 

As a founder of Next Mondays hangover, is there any artist in specific you would like to bring to Amsterdam anytime soon? 

In the 7 or 8 years I’ve been professionally involved in events, I can say I have managed to invite most of my personal heroes, like James Holden in 2013, Dj Koze in 2014, Mano Le Tough in 2015, or Bicep in 2016.. Not to mention we did two insane events just over a week ago during ADE with Giegling and Innervisions (including Dixon himself), two of the worlds most influential labels right now. But if I have to name someone I would really like to invite, it’s definitely Nicolas Jaar. A game changer. Someone who does not compromise his sound live. A genius in my opinion.

If you can pick one track in this mix – what would be your favorite and why. 

That’s easy. It’s one track before the last, which is actually my favourite track of 2017. It’s called ‘A1 – P‘, and it’s an edit of some kind of old movie or something. I think it’s supposed to remain secret but it’s actually Pional who made this edit (sorry), and it was recently released on a (limited vinyl) compilation curated by Marvin & Guy called Equation 3. Every time I play that track somewhere the crowd goes wild! I recently even played it twice during one set, because I couldn’t get enough of it.

 

What is coming up for you in the new year? 

Actually, still to drop before the end of the year, there is a Some Chemistry original release coming up on an italo disco label from Amsterdam called Bordello A Parigi (November). There are some key performances planned before the end of the year as well, for example a gig in Shelter together with Dj Tennis on November 25th, also a show right after Michael Mayer on December 2nd in Tilburg, and right before the end of year a special gig with non other than Red Axes in Amsterdam, on December 30th ;), which will be announced soon. So let’s make sure we go out with a bang this year, as it has honestly been a pretty shitty one worldwide, so far.. Before committing to the next one.