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Singularity begins and ends on the same note: a universe beginning, expanding, and contracting towards the same infinitesimal point. Where Immunity – his hypnotic breakthrough LP – charted the dark alternative reality of an epic night out, Singularity explores the dissonance between dystopian urbanity and the green forest. It is a journey that returns to where it began – from the opening note of foreboding to the final sound of acceptance.

Shaped by his experiences with meditation and trance states, the album flows seamlessly from rugged techno to transcendent choral music, from solo acoustic piano to psychedelic ambient. Its epic musical palette is visceral and emotionally honest: with a destructive opener full of industrial electronics and sonic claustrophobia and a redemptive, pure end on solo piano.

Exploring the connectivity of the mind, sonics and the natural world, Singularity reflects the different psychological states Hopkins experienced while writing and recording. It is a transformative trip of defiance from his initial sense of frustration at the state of the contemporary world to the ultimate conclusion that a true sense of peace and belonging can only come from nature.

Singularity is intended to be listened to in one sitting, as a complete body of work.

STAFF COMMENTS

Barry says: From crackling side-chained throbs, euphoric trance crescendoes and crepuscular reverbed piano bliss, this is a beautiful mix of his early Balearic influenced 90's output and the more recent fractured classical abstractions of 'Insides', through to the seminal 'Immunity' drive. Superb, as expected.

FORMAT INFORMATION

2xLP Info: Black vinyl edition.

2xLP includes MP3 Download Code.

Originally released by Just Music in 2001, Jon Hopkins' debut album was an extraordinary debut from a then twenty one year old Hopkins, now a critically acclaimed recording artist, Ivor Novello nominated composer of film scores and prominent producer / collaborator with artists such as Coldplay, Brian Eno and Natasha Khan who has twice been nominated for the Mercury Prize, both for his album with King Creosote on 'Diamond Mine'. There are numerous moments here that could have been the chilled-out afterparty for his 'Going Out' themed stormer, Immunity. Opener 'Elegiac' is an electro-acoustic tour-de-force, beautifully punchy drums and looped guitar picking with sliding bass and reverse-reverbed drum flurries. There is much more of a sense of relaxation about this album, swells of pads and soaring digital strings are elegantly interspersed with airy kick drums and echoing acoustic picking. Rhythmic moments are consistent but understated, the emphasis coming more from the combination of influence from a variety of styles, expertly thrust together into a dizzyingly fragile and breathtaking whole. 'Apparition', the opening track on the second LP is further testament to Hopkins' skills as a sound designer as well as a producer, consisting of gated drum hits and beeping synthesisers before a stunningly delicate guitar enters the mix, oozing more than a little sunny balearicism. 'Cerulean' is a definite highlight, hazy percussive loops and glistening steel strings, driven along by a silky smooth walking bassline. This certainly isn't an album to listen to in a packed club, but it most certainly has it's place blaring out of your speakers on a beach or on a sunny day in the park. Relax. 

STAFF COMMENTS

Matt says: Beautifully intimate; in parts serene, others melancholic, but always heartfelt and fully immersive.

Requiem for a dreamstate. It’s possibly somewhere between heaven, hell and high water, down the Thames Delta towards Eden. It may involve techno and a distorted state or simply mates sat listening to music together, drifting on the open sea of their minds. This is Jon Hopkins’ world, not so much joining the dots as colouring the whole damn picture in.

The story arc with which Hopkins succeeded on 'Immunity' makes its appearance on Late Night Tales, with a perfectly sculpted excursion on this widescreen selection. Opening with the unreleased 'Sleepers Beat Theme' by composer Ben Lukas Boysen, ghostly pianos skip elegantly hither and thither, among rising strings, as on Darkstar’s ‘Hold Me Down’. Nils Frahm is here, his sonic palette perfect for the job, while labelmate A Winged Victory For The Sullen contribute ‘Requiem For The Static King Part I’. Sigur Ros offshoot Jónsi & Alex’s heroic ‘Daniell In The Sea’ sends us forth towards the Baltic with tears streaming.

Beats occasionally appear, as on the Grace Jones-sampling ‘Yr Love’ by Holy Other or the pair of Black Country acts Bibio and Letherette, whose ‘After Dawn’ is almost spry in comparison to the minor key symphonies on display here. The perfect contrast to this comes from Alela Diane’s wistful ‘Lady Divine’ or even Four Tet’s mesmerising ‘Gillie Amma I Love You’, with its enchanting kids’ choir. Exclusive to this release, Jon Hopkins provides a startlingly vulnerable new piano version of Yeasayer’s ‘I Remember’.

Poet and fellow Brian Eno collaborator (their joint album 'Drums Between The Bells' was released by Warp in 2011) Rick Holland narrates the exclusive spoken word closer 'I Remember', underpinned with additional sound design by Hopkins.

"Putting this album together was a unique opportunity for me to present music that I have been listening to for years, free from the constraints of a club setting or from trying to stick to one genre. I chose tracks not just because they have been important to me but because of how they sit together, putting as much thought into the transitions and overall narrative as I did into the track choices. I mixed by key and by texture more than anything else, using original sound design, pivot notes, and often recording new synth or piano parts to link things together in a way that flows as naturally as possible." - Jon Hopkins, December 2014



'How I Live Now' is the big-screen adaptation of the award-winning young-adult novel by Meg Rosoff, directed by acclaimed Academy-Award winning director Kevin Macdonald (One Day In September, Marley, The Last King of Scotland) and starring Academy Award nominee Saoirse Ronan (Atonement, The Lovely Bones, Hanna) as Daisy.

London based Jon Hopkins, a classically trained pianist who has collaborated with Coldplay and Brian Eno amongst others, received a Ivor Novello nomination for his score for the Sci-Fi classic, 'Monsters' and he also co-wrote with Brian the music for 'The Lovely Bones'. He also scored the Andrew Douglas / Bryan Singer feature film 'You Want Me to Kill Him'.

'How I Live Now' features the single 'Garden's Heart' by Natasha Khan (Bat For Lashes) & Jon Hopkins, a Jon Hopkins Remix of Daughter's 'Home' and Amanda Palmer 's 'Do It With A Rockstar'

STAFF COMMENTS

Philippa says: Includes his track with Bat For Lashes Natasha Khan, 'Garden's Heart', a remix of Daughter, Amanda Palmer & Grand Theft Orchestra's 'Do It With A Rockstar' and lots of electronic film pieces.

Jon Hopkins releases ‘Immunity’, his fourth solo album, via Domino.

A powerful, multi-faceted beast, packed with the most aggressively dancefloor-focussed music Hopkins has ever made, ‘Immunity’ is about achieving euphoric states through music.

Inspired by the arc of an epic night out, the album peaks with ‘Collider’, a huge, apocalyptic, techno monster and dissolves with the quiet, heartbreakingly beautiful closer, ‘Immunity’, a track featuring vocals from King Creosote, which could sit comfortably alongside the gems of their
Mercury-nominated collaboration, ‘Diamond Mine’.

Jon Hopkins is also an expert producer, Ivor Novello-nominated composer of film scores, long-term collaborator of Brian Eno and Coldplay, and remixer of artists as diverse as David Lynch, Four Tet, Wild Beasts, Nosaj Thing, and Purity Ring.

STAFF COMMENTS

Philippa says: Previously better known for his collaborations with other artists (Brian Eno, Coldplay, King Creosote etc) than for his own work, the release of ‘Immunity’ puts Jon Hopkins centre stage and in the spotlight. Giving the album a filmic breadth Hopkins themed ‘Immunity’ around a night out clubbing. The first half features the “club” tracks, including heavyweight single “Open Eye Signal”, climaxing with the techno anthem “Collider”. The second half of the album (“chilling out”) opens with the beautiful ambient piece “Abandon Window”, pushing Hopkins skill as a classical pianist to the fore. King Creosote joins him for title track “Immunity”, reminiscent of their pairing on ‘Diamond Mine’. Fed up with standard equipment presets, Hopkins set about building his own found sound archive. The backing tracks he created using these samples are what give ‘Immunity’ its distinct feel: the whirr and clunk of organic rhythms and immersive cityscape ambience. Epic and emotionally uplifting, ‘Immunity’ is one of 2013’s electronic music highlights.

FORMAT INFORMATION

2xLP Info: Double vinyl in gatefold sleeve with insert.

2xLP includes MP3 Download Code.


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