TOTD // 11/12 // Nathan Jonson

Published: December 11, 2016, words by Fred Billyard

A man of many monikers and avenues of sounds, Nathan Jonson has recently returned to his roots to explore his musical pallet once more under his birth name. With a single release in 2015 coming in the form of his Towards the Sun EP on Areal Records, the Canadian’s career has until lately been largely dominated by his work as genre-spanning Hrdvsion. Working for over a decade, the project has seen him release remixes and original work on seminal labels across the world such as his brother’s Wagon Repair, Damian Lazarus’ Crosstown Rebels, Hot Creations, Hypercolour, International Deejay Gigolo, Rinse Recordings and many, many more. Another project, Midnight Operator – with his brother Mathew – has also seen success over a similar timeframe, gracing decks all over North America, Europe and most recently Japan.

Come the end of the year, Nathan Jonson will add a second release to his name. In the End, a two-track EP to be released on US label lo-bit landscapes, contains a couple of incredibly soothing beatless journeys that will help see out this rather tumultuous and bitter year on a much more tranquil and cordial final note. Fifteen minutes of retrospective music that forces you reflect on the twelve months gone by, In the End offers hope for the future but with a subtle stress on the need for vigilance – all the while being careful enough not to skew your perspective entirely with rose-tinted glasses.

To honour this release, Nathan has chosen four of his favourite ambient tracks from years gone by – dive in…

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Vangelis

Eric's Theme (Chariots of Fire OST)

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“I didn’t actually see this movie when I was a kid, it wasn’t until many years later I finally got the chance to, but we had this soundtrack in our home, and Vangelis definitely made a lasting imprint on my soul as a result. This is my favourite Vangelis piece, moody, and with much less percussion than I was used to from other music, this may have been the beginning of my love for ambient music.”
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Squarepusher

Tommib

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“What fascinates me about ambient music is it’s ability to force introspection within the simplest of life’s details. It can be so unobtrusive itself, but still add a layer, bring to light an overlooked detail, or maybe it presents a question. You find yourself examining the seemingly insignificant, and catch beauty in the previously mundane.”
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The Future Sound Of London

Papua New Guinea (Dumb Child Of Q Mix)

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“In the mid 90’s my interest in rock and punk shifted to electronic music. Whenever I struggled under moments of terrible weight, I found solace in what now might be considered very cheesy Trance. Luckily my search and journey for music didn’t end there. My favourite of what I thought was still trance was by The Future Sound Of London. Not only did this mix stand out to me because it’s movement is so epically cinematic, but also because it helped me realize that there are no rules in art.”
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Boards of Canada

Olson

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“Like the Squarepusher’s “Tommib”, this too feels curtailed. Where would our minds wander if they were only given more time? What arguments halted, what lost love reunited, what creations imagined? …and suddenly, as if by an act of God, we no longer need to wonder. ”

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