DJ/Producer All Atomic, from Bristol United Kingdom, grew up around music and was mixing tunes at nine years old and was soon deejaying at illegal raves. His music is a fusion of his influences: “You have to have an open mind when making music,” says All Atomic. “Let the music guide you, it will tell you what it needs you to do.” Persuaded by artist and producer Aniofades, All Atomic sent a demo to the Pink Dolphin Music Ltd label, and got signed up. A heap of well-received releases followed, with the producer bringing his classically unique sound to the table. All Atomic works his primary strengths, with layered synths creating throwback techno and a popping beats giving his songs the muscle it needs to drive dance-floors.
Combining ambience and techno all along with throbbing basslines, this is where the looping of metaphysics melds with the spirit of dance. Every song is crafted to perfection with either very interesting rhythms, catchy melodies, or both.
Most importantly, All Atomic steers clear of the candy-coated sugary EDM/Pop more interested in making the Top40 charts than moving dance-floors. The closest he comes to that aesthetic, is on his remix of “Smile” – an original track by the synth-pop Welsh duo Wrekit88. But even here, he manages to infuse the vocal track with some of his own left-field dissonance and synth chaos.
The UK producer is really in his element on “Fly Beyond The Stratosphere”. This is dance in its pure state; made before electronic music fractured into a billion genres, All Atomic put in a bit of everything – hovering synths, throbbing basslines, pumping percussion – and the result is far more than the sum of its parts.
If you really want to spend some quality time with All Atomic, a good choice would be his “OMG Still Dropping Acid” EP. Here he lends the mixes a delightful trippy otherworldly flavor that subtly adds to the overall sense of a musical journey through the mind. Production is excellent, and these four tracks sound great – both through snugging headphones or big hulking stacks.
Put this on repeat and you’ll soon be voyaging through mind-space. In my personal opinion, this is All Atomic’s best work. In many ways it encapsulates what dance music could and should be about: the propagation of a feeling of euphoria for the duration of the music.
If you appreciate those 8-bit gaming synth sounds, then you shouldn’t miss All Atomic’s take on this theme, on the floor-stomper “Moon Dance” (currently known as Atomic Moon and re-released and remastered on Pink Dolphin Music Ltd). It will come at you so fast you won’t know what hit you.
All Atomic elevates electronic music to a purer and higher level, and will introduce many young people to how electronic music once used to be before it became infiltrated by radio-ready pop and cheap female vocal hooks.
Apart from rare escapades, All Atomic hardly produces mainstream music, he much prefers leftfield experimentation or undiscovered lanes. For those who grew up on electronic music in its infancy years, it does not, and could not, get any better than this.