082 | auto-pilot – the atlantic machine

UK-based Auto-Pilot consists of Adrian Collier and Shaun Herbert, releasing together since 1995 (with interruptions) on labels such as Holophon or Syngate. According to Adrian, “The Atlantic Machine” can easily be considered their most emotional album: “I’d had a particularly tough and traumatic year and had been through a lot of emotional turmoil. Out of the darkness, came the seeds of this project. I drew upon all my thoughts, emotions and soul searching during this period, and as I came back into the light, I knew it was the time to write a concept album based on my experience. […] In fact, the title track is a representation of my salvation point. From there on in, the album represents my journey back to rediscovering where in life I needed to be.” Contrary to what one might expect in light of this background, “The Atlantic Machine” is an intrinsically optimistic, powerful and musically diverse journey, leading us from traditional ambient electronica via dub and post-rock excursions even as far as deep into a parallel pop universe of upbeat post-punk songs and emotional autotune ballads. Diversity is a direct result of Auto-Pilot’s multi-instrumentalism and manifold collaborations with artists like Canadian rapper Sham Art, bass player Malcolm Brown and (Do Not Resuscitate) sound engineer Greg Bonnier. Michal Jansen (Mastering Perfection) provided a well-balanced mastering to the entire album. “The Atlantic Machine” is the most beautiful as well as deeply personal documentation of Auto-Pilot’s dream-like journey back to the light.


  1. sunrise over
  2. after the big one
  3. do not resuscitate
  4. stop the clock
  5. life
  6. the atlantic machine
  7. golden touch
  8. my new friend
  9. project 89
  10. level one
  11. Download .zip-file


All tracks written and performed by Adrian Collier except 03 (Do not resuscitate) music written and performed by Adrian Collier, lyrics written and performed by SHAM Art, additional sound engineering by Greg Bonnier. Additional performance from Shaun Herbert playing synth throughout album and bass by Malcolm Brown in track 07 (Golden Touch). All tracks mastered by (Mastering Perfection) Michal Jansen except 09 (project 89) mastered by Adrian Collier.


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Some feedback:
Ignacio Cantisano nice work – Global Beat Radio / Masmusic.tv So relax! – Roko (Sub.fm/B.O.M.B.) lush vibes, gotta check it in full. – Manchester Global Radio Beautiful atmospheric sounds :) Gemma Furbank – Mark EG (Tilllate Magazine/Core Magazine) Heavy stuff! – Xavier Morel big….. – Teknobrat / Ottawa Radio Show Really nice album to relax too.. Full of rich soundscapes, I would classify this as a hybrid between ambient, downtempo, breakbeats, acoustic, experimental and to some degree even dub… I rate this Album 8 on 10 Kind Regards Thomas „Teknobrat“ Stepien CKCU 93.1 FM Ottawa, CANADA – Diversions on chry105.5fm great sounding album – especially like the melodic expanse of STOP THE MACHINE – Swoon/ pastlessonfuturetheories blog Like Sunrise, Stop the clock, golden touch, my new friend, – Different Grooves supported by differentgrooves.com – The-Zone.it great album! – Laurent N. (Atavisme) Cool album : nice to ear this nice stuff. SUPPORT !!! – paris-one.com (Sebastian Baylet) Nice work ! But too pop for me ! (Chito P1 Reverse) – Benoît Carretier (Tsugi) seems nice – MCD magazine / WTM radio show (MCD Magazine) as usual, playlist is coming soon…;) – Jeff Roll (gradientmagazine.com) awesome stuff – Expander (Sonic Culture) Weird but interesting – Noice Podcast Series a NIce Ambio Techno Swirler. very outside of the Box…. – luke stokes the flow of this record seems to be all over the place but it would appear that the only constant is the chill fact. a very interesting concept album. – Anton Banks (88.1FM WESU The Vault Radio Show) Some chill material here. I’ll try a couple of these. Thanks! – Paul Daily (DJ Times) Deep, lush, emotional album. Really well done. – Docepulgadas Sorry not for me – Raul (Clubbing Spain) Great release!! Soon in Clubbingspain.com – Angel Santos (DJ Mag Spain) Great work! Thanks Review confirmed – Luis Rozalen (Clubbing Spain) absolutely dark and lovely – DJ Javimar (DJ Mag Spain) Great albun, excellent. – DJ Nori (Posivision) Feel relax! – Northern Rivers Echo / The Indoor Sessions yeeew – Martin Heyder (Raveline) Review in April issue confirmed – Bleed (De:Bug) review to follow – Radio Z – tiefton + headz (Radio Z) not my cot – Tim Thaler (3headz) Downloading for BLN.FM radio, Berlin. – Technoszene.com Good Album – Alex (Electrosound.TV) nice ones! downloading for electrosound.tv thx – Technoszene.com review – Todd Burns (Resident Advisor) Thanks! – Hipodrome Interesting album, I particullary like the post-rosk part in the end. – teknology.free.fr/ radioshow Very nice production, diverse influences, styles, support! – Switch / Studio Brussel (theclubbing.com) Average – XFM Dublin / No Territory Show not really into this one from first listen but will keep listening…thanks – Alfred Bos (DJ Broadcast) Not your run-of-the-mill ambient techno album and all the better for it – Alec Troniq Wow, what an album! I love the way auto-pilot switches the moods with mystical harmonies.. that’s so lovely! I also hear lotta references to Pink Floyd (if desired or not) and that’s great! And there are many other surprises, nothing is uniform here. After The Big One, Life, My New Friend, … grand hymns! With all these connecting passages which tell real stories. Golden Touch could be an 80s film soundtrack, reminds me of Sebastien Tellier. I think this album will increase its impressive effect after hearing it again and again and again – and I will!