Mr. Tophat

Dusk To Dawn Part III

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Swedish producer Rudolf Nordström aka Mr. Tophat's debut album “Dusk to Dawn”, a three LP dark-disco odyssey that features live instrumentation from some of Sweden’s finest classical musicians (Mats Bergström, Per-Erik Adamsson) as well as appearances from his friends and collaborators Robyn, Axel Boman and Kleerup. “Dusk to Dawn” is an epic collection of underground disco and house tracks, synthesising Western classical with contemporary club music. It’s an album that rewards multiple listens, a sprawling, ecstatic climb to the sublime, layered and full. It’s an album that pushes out into new uncharted territories.

To capture the sublime on "Dusk to Dawn" Mr. Tophat brought Sweden’s finest classical musicians into the studio. At the same time, some of the 25 tracks on the record are pure synth driven trance, while “Balearic Moonwalk feat. Kleerup” is on a pop-house tip. The result juxtaposes experimental textures with pure rhythmic momentum. On LP highlight "Hedonism" he collaborates again with Robyn (having first worked together on the "Trust Me" EP in 2017).

Mr. Tophat was an avid clubber as a teen, way before making his name as a cult DJ; 'everything started when my childhood friend Kalle and I first visited Berghain. It was 2008 and we were 18 years old. We had found each other being two individualists with our own nerdy interests. Together we plunged into them, Kalle in hairstyling, me in electronic dance music, computer games and cyber-punk. With borrowed fake ID’s, platform shoes, blue-dyed hair and like our idols from 'Party Monster' we overdressed and started raving in the forests and clubbing in the city of Stockholm. Berlin and Berghain became a place we went and visited almost once a month during a two year period. Ever since those days I’ve always loved and felt a big passion for the rave and club scene. As a space where you can freak out, be yourself, queer and believe in hedonism. It shall and should be about freedom. I guess that’s why the scene and the music attracted me.'

The hours from “Dusk to Dawn” signify a time when you can cast off your inhibitions and be free for Tophat. 'The history reminds me of why I’m even creating music, about my past, my feeling of techno-punk, then and now and everything in-between which has been of significance to this album and my artistry'. It’s this refusal to conform, working in tandem with his sonic perfectionism that makes “Dusk to Dawn” such a compelling, neo-romantic soundscape, a free-associating moon-walk through time and space. Thinking back to the time in Ibiza, Mr. Tophat remembers 'the turquoise sky and the coloured sea in peach were faded together into a seamless vision, the horizon was impossible to navigate; meanwhile the bright dusk was filled with hate, darkness and mayhem. Nature - so simple, but still so complex.' “Dusk to Dawn” tells the tale of those nights.

STAFF COMMENTS

Matt says: Me and Barry both been feeling this. For me it recalls the delicate, ethereal brilliance of Moritz Von Oswald Trio or Carl Craig and Moritz' "Deutsche Grammophon" reworkings. Mr. Tophat issuing an incredibly mature and detailed LP that belies his still young age. Top marks.

TRACK LISTING

2LP
1. Pharmakon
2. Indecision
3. Thoth
4. Alderamin Feat. Anne Marie Almedal
5. Memento Mori
6. Twilight
7. Dark Observer
8. Solitude
9. Tugendhat (Outro)


CD1
1. Intro
2. Dusk To Dawn Feat. Lune (Acoustic Version)
3. Lovisa
4. Vivid Imaginations
5. Hedonism M.C. Robyn
6. Tears Of Illuminations (vox)
7. Untitled

CD2
1. Magic Trick Feat. Axel Boman
2. Dusk To Dawn Feat. Lune
3. Dusk To Dawn Feat. Lune (Original Extended)
4. Time Lapse Feat. Noomi
5. Acid Samba Feat. Noomi
6. Pleiades
7. Balearic Moonwalk Feat. Kleerup
8. Reflections Of Light
9. Empyrean

CD3
1. Pharmakon
2. Indecision
3. Thoth
4. Alderamin Feat. Anne Marie Almedal
5. Memento Mori
6. Twilight
7. Dark Observer
8. Solitude
9. Tugendhat (Outro)

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