Kinder Atom - Soft Hand Feel
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Kinder Atom - Car Audio
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Kinder Atom - Eagle Sprouts (nuwavdiskomix) - 6:22
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Kinder Atom - Sangria 7:37
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Kinder Atom - Ascension -
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Kinder Atom - Eagle Sprouts (album mix) - 6:22
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Kinder Atom are:
Musician and award-winning graphic design superstar has released an impressive catalogue of well over 45 synthesizer-based records and made over 150 compilation appearances since 1987. Heiki began his musical career fronting the internationally acclaimed industrial-tekno group Digital Poodle in the late 80’s and early 90’s, and ran the now infamous Shadow Canada Records label.
A regular DJ through Asia, Europe & North America, he has worked over 140 albums and singles through his previous DOVe label and the current nice+smooth imprint. Still spinning and hosting on the weekly 'Unfortunate Sonic Casualties' show on Toronto's top radio station CKLN-FM 88.1 since 1990!
Television and radio producer, digital photographer and musician, Chris brings techno-savvy and fatherly kharma to the nice+smooth studios. Chief scientist of all technical and electroacoustic research at nice+smooth ultramedia. .
Original Digital Poodle drummer from the farmlands of Ontario. He has recently taken up permanent residency at chateau nice+smooth since moving to Toronto at the end of 1999. Kris is about to release his second full-length CD under his funky breaks pseudonym, Chromosphere.
The first disc of this release features 73 minutes of peppy electronic techno music. Hordes of E-perc rhythms cavort with rhythmic abandon while electronics and slippery keyboards establish engaging melodies. The tuneage churns with dynamic verve, cooking with super-cool sensibilities and playing the rave routine with slick results. Tribal gone urban collides with sneaky technological urges. Add some sultry fem vocals, then tweak those voices into robotic chipmunk range.
The second disc of this release features 57 minutes of dub remixes (by Shine and Benji Perosin, Trigg, Heiner Kruse, Frank Heise, and the members of Kinder Atom) of material from the first disc (specifically, a pair of versions of "Ladies", a retake of "Left Leg", and six different dubs of "Illegal"). These tracks are exposed to overt Drum and Bass stylings, with rap-heavy vocal overtracking, transforming these techno tunes into deep jungle.
Matt Howarth - soniccuriosity.com
Roll up the carpets, and make yourselves a nice little dance floor, because you won't be standing still to this one. Toronto's Kinder Atom manage to sound like three bands in one as they slip, slide and romp through sexy and sophisticated grooves, bangin' elec-techno, and chilled ambient excursions. Kinder Atom's sound has, in fact, solidified with Mmm!, their third full-length since 1995. They have a uniquely warm and organic touch no matter what direction they point their sequencers and keyboards in. "Chic" is some sleek, orchestral next shit; a slice of aptly titled tech-house, it's deep, dubby dance floor material with full on beats and melodic chords. "Slinky" and "Left Leg" take it harder while highlighting the Kinder love for electro. The sound is quirky and playful, with "Left Leg" in particular hamming it up, twisting, turning and coming out on top. The title track is a super-fine example of how jazzy and rolling drum & bass sounds can come together wonderfully. "Mmm!' is bouncy and beautiful with a bite, featuring lush, layered instrumentation, spot-on programming, and sensual, hooky vocals. "Ladies" shows yet another side to the Atom, playing it up to the max as a not-so-straight forward, funkdafied chunk of four on da floor. Here, filtered disco percussion meets strong diva vocals and guitars. Keep your eyes peeled for the accompanying twelve-inch, titled reMMMixes, which features two mixes of "Ladies" created by jazz-house producers Directions. Their gorgeous, hypnotic and hooky "soft mix" shuffles and sways while the Rhodes lead the way.
- Denise Benson Exclaim! May 3rd 2000
Ever since the birth of our "Freestyle" concept we've been trying to focus on good music regardless what genre or style the music was. Not that categorizing is a bad thing -it can be helpful to explain a certain sound or to help find a certain record in the shops- but we shouldn't judge music on genre alone. After all it's the diversity of music that keeps things interesting.
It's always fun to discover labels or records that share this philosophy and nice+smooth is one of them. The album from Kinder Atom is a good example, almost every track explores a different style of electronic music. Commencing with deep-house, electro and disco-house the first half of the album is focused on the dance floor friendly variants and then the second half dives into more laidback genres like drum 'n bass, atmospheric house, downtempo and ambient.
Kinder Atom - Slinky Slurpy 12" (nice+smooth/Hypnotic)
Lazer Caps - Rubber Jazz 12" (nice+smooth/Hypnotic)
Toronto's nice+smooth crew offers up a pair of platters that touch on a few different sounds, but are based mainly around some sexy and jazzy tech-house grooves. Bodes well for the upcoming Lazer Caps full-length, Asskicker.
- Tribe, summer '99
Rapoon Vs. kinder Atom
Toronto techno/house trio Kinder Atom collaborate with Britain? Robin Storey on this exclusive Austrian release. It's really a sequel of sorts because Storey had done a special remix of their previous incarnation, Digital Poodle, while in Toronto in 1991 with his former group, Zoviet France. When he toured North America again on his own in 1996 work was begun on this cd, which continued for four years through the mail. Storey is a master of dark-ambience, so the combination of Kinder Atom's techno-tribal beats and his deep atmospheres is a very evocative one. There are also a couple of deep bass grooves for those of you like to rock steady. Kinder Atom also have a new cd out of mellow house and rolling drum & bass tracks called MMM!.
- Chris Twomey, Tandem June 2000
Super Nice Hippy Pants
KA covers many bases on their hefty double disc epic, so this reviewer recommends breaking it down into it's component parts for maximum enjoyment. When you're in one of those mellow moods, break out Super Nice, an enveloping, beatless journey of analogue bleeps and warm synth washes that harkens back to a time when ambient music really was ambient. Hippy Pants, meanwhile, breaks out the funky breakbeats and squelchy acid techno, before chilling out in the final, fading moments.
- Greg Clow Immerse UK/ Feedback Moniter 1998
Super Nice Hippy Pants
A shiny effort from our local digital playground. Just one look at the glossy CD case, and you'll understand exactly what I mean....Super Nice Hippy Pants comes as a double CD - "Super Nice" lies on the extremely quiet chill-out ambient side of things, while "Hippy Pants" takes on a more up-tempo sound, incorporating the occasional drum-and-bass and even jungle component. But even the latter CD could not be described as harsh by any means. Probably would be best prescribed for those who want to medicate themselves with something trippy to accompany a relatively relaxed but groovy evening, puntuated by bursts of energy.
- Synaptic Paradox March 1997
VARIOUS - Hypnotic Sounds
"...My favourite tracks are "Expander" by the Future Sound of London, Juno Reactor with "Feel the Universe," and Kinder Atom's "Space Laxative."
- Real Groove 1997
Dead Voices On Air-How Hollow Heart CD-
A change in personnel and direction for Mark Spybeys DVOA project, this time with guests like DJ Sheldon Drake and members of KINDER ATOM. The sound is more electronic/ ambient than Marks previous works, and there is a semblance of melody/structure seeping in as well. Maybe his best DVOA album yet. (Invisible)
Full length albums:
Atomika, CD - Hypnotic Records 1996
Super Nice Hippy Pants, 2xCD - Hypnotic Records/nice+smooth 1997
Live at Soundsphere CDR (100 copies) - nice+smooth 1998
MMM! CD - nice+smooth 2000
MMM! 2xCD - Hypnotic Records/nice+smooth 2001
Soft Hand Feel, cd+dvd - nice+smooth 2006
Dead Voices On Air "How Hollow Heart" CD - Invisible Records 1997
Kinder Atom vs. Rapoon CD - Klanggalerie, Austria 2000
Kinder Atom vs Rapoon: Heart Beatz CD - Klanggalerie, Austria (upcoming 2006)
Slinky/Slurpy - Hypnotic Records/nice+smooth 1998
Illegal 12" (with Michael Rose) - Basswerk Records 1999
ReMMMixes 12" - nice+smooth 2001
Slonice 12" ep - nice+smooth 2004
Eagle Sprouts 12" - nice+smooth 2006
Ambient Rituals - Music For Soul Braiding 1995
Ambient Rituals 2 - Trip Into Dub - 1996
Acid Genetiks - 1996
Elektro Genetiks - 1996
Into The Mix - 1997
Hypnotic Sounds - 1997
Sci-Fi Cafe - 1997
Drug Test - 1997 Invisible
Ultimate Drum 'N Bass - 1997
Metro Breaks - Selected Drum n' Bass From Toronto - 1998
Technicians Of Electronica (3 CD) - 1998
Drug Test 2 - 1998 Invisible
Metro Breaks 99 - 1999
Groove 103.1-Hypnotic 12 Inch mix - 1998
Pure Electronica Euro Classix - 1999 (euro?)
Electronica Vibe Box - 1999
Klublife Kompilation Vol.1 - 2000
Metro Breaks NXT Level - 2000 nice+smooth
Better Living Through Circuitry Soundtrack - 2001
This Is Drum and Bass - 2001
Chillout Zone - 2002
Oscillate - 2002
Nice One - 2002
Slonice - 2004
Sitta Vol.1 - 2004
Breezy Beats & Sunny Breaks - 2005
Kraftwelt "Deranged" remix cd - Hypnotic Records, USA
Snow "Boom Boom Boogie" remix 12" - Warner Brothers, Japan
Dead Voices On Air "Drumme+Basse" - collaboration track - Invisible Records,
Leahy "The Opening" - Virgin Records, Canada (unreleased remix)
Releases under the name Lazer Caps:
Asskicker, CD - Hypnotic Records/nice+smooth 1998
Rubber Jazz/Harmony, 12" - Hypnotic Records/nice+smooth 1998
Rubber Jazz, CD - nice+smooth 2002
Added May, 2002
Click here to link to the great video & audio recordings of Kinder Atom live on the 19th floor for CBC's Just Concerts website.
Added May, 2001
Kinder Atom "MMM!" released worldwide as a double cd or digital download.
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