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RITUAL

    By turns devotional, empowering and nurturing, Jon Hopkins’ forthcoming RITUAL is a 41-minute electronic symphony built from cavernous subs, hypnotic drumming and transcendent melodic interplay. Tense, immersive and ultimately triumphant, it is a culmination of themes explored throughout his 22-year career, and acts as the kinetic counterpart to 2021’s Music For Psychedelic Therapy.

    A single piece unfolding over eight chapters, RITUAL is personified by depth and contrast. Taking ceremony, spiritual liberation and the hero's journey as inspiration, it taps into an ancient and primal energy.

    Featuring long-term collaborators Vylana, 7RAYS, Ishq, Clark, Emma Smith, Daisy Vatalaro and Cherif Hashizume, RITUAL came together within the second half of 2023, but initial seeds were sown in 2022, when Hopkins was commissioned to compose for the stroboscopic Dreamachine experience in London. A project that felt ceremonial from the outset, this shorter piece was the embryo of RITUAL, with Hopkins gaining inspiration from the feeling of intention that is inherent in the Dreamachine space.

    RITUAL is both emotionally and sonically heavy, whilst retaining a warm, live feel, where the juxtaposition between softness and intensity forms the core of the whole. So take time, prepare and immerse in RITUAL for 41 minutes of uninterrupted listening: sonic divination of the most potent form.

    TRACK LISTING

    1. Part I – Altar
    2. Part Ii – Palace / Illusion
    3. Part Iii – Transcend / Lament
    4. Part Iv – The Veil
    5. Part V - Evocation
    6. Part Vi – Solar Goddess Return
    7. Part Vii – Dissolution
    8. Part Viii – Nothing Is Lost

    Jon Hopkins

    Immunity - 10th Anniversary Edition

      To celebrate the 10-year anniversary of Jon Hopkins’ seminal fourth album, Immunity, a newly remastered version of the record is now available.

      A confident, dramatic record defined by an acute sense of physicality and place, Immunity felt and still feels, like the accompaniment to a journey of creativity, a trip inside Hopkins’ mind. It brought together everything he had learnt and experienced already but also paved the way for the evolution of his future records, most recently, 2021’s Music For Psychedelic Therapy.

      Immunity was a turning point in Hopkins’ career. On its release in 2013, Immunity announced itself as a powerful, multi-faceted beast, packed with the most aggressively dancefloor-focussed music Hopkins had ever made. However, Immunity was never just about the techno behemoths - of which there were several. Hopkins wanted the album to help people to reach different states of mind. From graceful and mournful piano notes, stirring choral drones, he was always seeking new melodic routes to aid this and his desire to use physical, real-world sounds as the basis for many of the album’s rhythms allowed him to craft one of the most human electronic albums.

      TRACK LISTING

      Disc 1
      1. We Disappear - Remaster 2023
      2. Open Eye Signal - Remaster 2023
      3. Breathe This Air - Remaster 2023
      4. Collider - Remaster 2023
      5. Abandon Window - Remaster 2023
      6. Form By Firelight - Remaster 2023
      7. Sun Harmonics - Remaster 2023
      8. Immunity - Remaster 2023

      Disc 2 (CD And Download + Download Code With Vinyl)
      1. Immunity (Asleep Version)
      2. Form By Firelight (Asleep Version)
      3. Breathe This Air (Asleep Version)
      4. Open Eye Signal (Asleep Version)
      5. Abandon Window (Moderat Remix)
      6. Breathe This Air (feat. Purity Ring)
      7. We Disappear (feat. Lulu James)
      8. Open Eye Signal (George Fitzgerald Remix)
      9. Collider (Pangaea Remix)

      Music for Psychedelic Therapy is Hopkins’ first full-length since sister albums, the GRAMMY-nominated Singularity (2018) and Immunity (2013). For this collection, Hopkins wanted to make something that faced the opposite direction, something egoless and introspective, made with total, raw honesty. “It felt like time for a reset, to wait for music to appear from a different place,” says Hopkins. That place ended up being Tayos Caves in Ecuador, where Hopkins went on a life-changing creative expedition in 2018.

      “‘Sit Around The Fire’ exists from one of the deep synchronicities that ushered this thing (Music For Psychedelic Therapy) into being,” comments Hopkins. “I was contacted by East Forest, who had spent some time with Ram Dass in Hawaii before he passed. He was given access to several lesser-heard talks from the 70s, and asked to set them to music. He sent me some starting points, including the beautiful choral vocals he recorded which open the piece. I put my headphones on and with Ram Dass’ voice inside my head, I sat at the piano and improvised. What you hear is the first thing that came out - it just appeared in response to the words.”

      Hopkins elaborates on Music For Psychedelic Therapy: “What grew from this experience is an album with no beats, not one drum sound, something that is closer to a classical symphony than a dance / electronica record. Something that is more like having an experience than listening to a piece of music. Maybe something far more emotionally honest than I had been comfortable making before - a merging of music, nature and my own desire to heal.  The freedom from traditional rhythmic structures unlocked so much - it felt like I was free to explore a new form of rhythm, one that you discover when you just allow things to flow without letting yourself get in the way. 

      “Music For Psychedelic Therapy is not ambient, classical or drone but has elements of all three. For me it’s a place as much as it is a sound. It works for the sober mind, but takes on a new dimension entirely when brought into a psychedelic ceremony. In my own psychedelic explorations testing this music, I found a quote I had read would keep coming to mind. ‘Music is liquid architecture, architecture is frozen music.’ I love this idea of music as something you inhabit, something that works on you energetically. In fact, it was while in that state that the title appeared to me. Psychedelic-assisted therapies are moving into legality across the world, and yet it feels like no one is talking about the music; the music is as important as the medicine.”

      STAFF COMMENTS

      Barry says: Jon Hopkins presents a beautiful suite showing the other side to his more electronic / experimental excursions from his superb last few studio LP's. Here we get a brittle, all-encompassing selection of beautiful lysergic pads and shimmering, twinkling ambience.

      TRACK LISTING

      1.Welcome
      2. Tayos Caves, Ecuador I
      3. Tayos Caves, Ecuador Ii
      4. Tayos Caves, Ecuador Iii
      5. Love Flows Over Us In Prismatic Waves
      6. Deep In The Glowing Heart
      7. Ascending, Dawn Sky
      8. Arriving
      9. Sit Around The Fire (with Ram Dass, East Forest) 

      Presented as the sister record to 2014’s “Asleep Versions”, “Piano Versions” is a collection of ambient piano cover versions. The songs on the EP, originally by Roger & Brian Eno, Thom Yorke, Luke Abbott and James Yorkston, are presented in a completely new context to their initial form. On these versions, Hopkins used his upright piano as the centrepiece of the EP, whilst recording the ambient, environmental elements around it.

      TRACK LISTING

      Dawn Chorus
      Heron
      Modern Driveway
      Wintergreen 

      Jon Hopkins

      Insides - Reissue

        Originally released in 2009 Insides is Jon’s third solo album. It paved the way for both Immunity (his hypnotic breakthrough solo album) and Diamond Mine (his collaboration with King Creosote) which attracted Mercury nominations and for his recently released fifth solo artist album, Singularity. The epic Light Through The Veins from Insides, which bookends Coldplay’s Viva La Vida album, is always a crowd favourite and is played by Jon as one of the closing tracks at almost all of his venue and festival shows. Small Memory, also from Insides has been streamed almost 57 million times on Spotify alone where Jon has 355, 462 followers and nearly 2 million monthly listeners.

        Cited by The New Yorker as “One of the most celebrated electronic musicians of his generation”, electronic artist, producer and composer Jon Hopkins has forged a reputation for music that marries the dance floor to the devotional, and for live performances that are visceral, generous and charged with a rapt, sensuous beauty. Jon has remixed artists as diverse as Flume, David Lynch, Moderat, Disclosure, Four Tet, Wild Beasts and Purity Ring. Other projects include collaborations with Natasha Khan of Bat For Lashes and Bonobo, as well as productions for London Grammar and Coldplay. His film credits include his Ivor Novello nominated score for the indie sci-fi classic Monsters, The Lovely Bones (scored with Brian Eno and Leo Abrahams), How I Live Now, Uwantme2killhim? and Rob and Vanentyna in Scotland. He also scored the National Theatre Live production of Hamlet and his work has appeared in many films and adverts.

        TRACK LISTING

        The Wilder Sun
        Vessel
        Insides
        Wire
        Colour Eye
        Light Through The Veins
        The Low Places
        Small Memory
        A Drifting Up
        Autumn Hill

        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.

        TRACK LISTING

        Singularity
        Emerald Rush
        Neon Pattern Drum
        Everything Connected
        Feel First Life
        C O S M
        Echo Dissolve
        Luminous Beings
        Recovery

        '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.

        TRACK LISTING

        1. Amanda Palmer & Grand Theft Orchestra - Do It With A Rockstar
        2. The Field
        3. The River
        4. Rain And Ash
        5. The Hawk
        6. Distant Fire
        7. Nightfall / Love Theme
        8. Taken Away
        9. Daughter - Home (Jon Hopkins Remix)
        10. Escape
        11. The Forest / Plane Wreck
        12. Gatesfield
        13. Hunted
        14. Lost Map / The Hawk
        15. How I Live Now
        16. Natasha Khan & Jon Hopkins - Garden's Heart

        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.

        TRACK LISTING

        1. We Disappear
        2. Open Eye Signal
        3. Breathe This Air
        4. Collider
        5. Abandon Window
        6. Form By Firelight
        7. Sun Harmonics
        8. Immunity

        King Creosote & Jon Hopkins

        Diamond Mine

          "Diamond Mine" is a unique and heartrending collaboration between Scottish Fence Collective boss and singer King Creosote and electronic talent and sound sculptor Jon Hopkins.

          Described by King Creosote as a 'soundtrack to a romanticised version of a life lived in a Scottish coastal village', the record weaves in field recordings of Fife life, bike wheels, spring tides, tea cups and café chatter to produce a beautiful, unique and timeless album.

          The album is already being talked about as King Creosote’s masterpiece, a modern equivalent of Talk Talk’s "Spirit of Eden".

          TRACK LISTING

          1. First Watch
          2. John Taylor’s Month Away
          3. Bats In The Attic
          4. Running On Fumes
          5. Bubble
          6. Your Own Spell
          7. Your Young Voice


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