XLR8R Podcast 398: Applescal

With his new 'For' in the shops, the leader of the Atomnation label serves up a set of emotive aurals.
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You're in for a treat with our latest podcast, the handiwork of the Dutch DJ-producer Pascal "Applescal" Terstappen. And you'll know it right from the get-go: The mix kicks off with the emotive David August remix of the Acid's "RA" (a truly gorgeous cut) and keeps the vibey action coming right through the closer, Emeralds' equally sumptuous "Candy Shoppe." The mix's flair should come as no surprise. After all, this is from the head honcho of the highly regarded Atomnation label (which came second in last year's Labels You Love readers' poll), and the man's productions—starting with his 2009 debut on Manual Music, the atmospheric, kosmische-tinged Untitled Addict EP, right up through the present day—have rarely hit a wrong note. But we have a feeling that young Applescal is just getting started. Following up on 2013's well-reviewed album Dreaming In Key, he's come up with the new For long-player for Atomnation—and it's another milestone in his career, a self-assured work that's as dreamy and emotive as anything he's done. "I created most of the music on my headphones, just on the couch late at night," he's been quoted as saying—and it shows, as the album is imbued with a laid-back, moonlit feel that still packs plenty of moody heft. We highly recommend that you check it out—but first, cuddle up with this podcast for an hour of pure listening pleasure.

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01 The Acid "RA" (David August Remix) (Infectious Music)
02 Leon Vynehall "Sister" (Aus Music)
03 Frankey & Sandrino featuring Jinadu "Starchild" (Musk remix) (Drumpoet Community)
04 DJ Koze “XTC" (Pampa Records)
05 Eddie Fowlkes "Something Special E" (Detroit Wax U.S.)
06 Marvin & Guy "Egoísta" (Hivern Disc)
07 Mind Against "Space Thru Me" (Hideout)
08 Bicep "Just" (Aus Music)
09 Ellen Allien "Lou" (BPitch Control)
10 Weval "Thinking Of" (Kompakt)
11 Emeralds "Candy Shoppe" (Editions Mego)