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ImmunityJon Hopkins is to release Immunity, his fourth solo album, and second on Domino on June 4 following
up on 2009's Insides.
A powerful, multi-faceted beast, packed with the most aggressively dancefloor-focused 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. The track featuring vocals from
King Creosote, which could sit comfortably alongside the gems of their 2011 Mercury-nominated
collaboration, Diamond Mine.
Immunity is a confident, dramatic record defined by an acute sense of physicality and place. It feels
like the hypnotic accompaniment to a journey of creativity, a trip inside Hopkins' mind, using analog
synthesis alongside manipulations of physical, real-world sounds to make dance music that feels as
natural and unforced as possible.
Immunity is the most human electronic album you'll hear this year.1. We Disappear
2. Open Eye Signal
3. Breathe This Air
5. Abandon Window
6. Form By Firelight
7. Sun Harmonics
8. Immunity$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
InsidesJon Hopkins is a musical shape shifter: a composer, pianist and a self-taught studio wizard. He makes big, bold electronic music using walls of synths, twinkling melodies and amorphous bass rumbles. As such his two albums have seen him labeled by the likes of ambient patriarch Brian Eno as an electronic innovator while an impressive sweep of artists from Herbie Hancock to David Holmes, not to mention contemporary choreographer Wayne McGregor, lo-fi folkster King Creosote and musical blue bloods Coldplay, have all called upon the 28-year-old Londoner's handiwork as a producer and composer.
On Insides, his Domino debut, Hopkins showcases an intriguing musical aesthetic to brilliant effect. Insides is about juxtaposition: natural, arcane textures welded to pulsing, hypnotic rhythms, beautiful acoustic melodies set against jarring bass. The music is reminiscent of the beautiful melodies and harsh dirty beats of other British artists like Four Tet, Squarepusher, Burial and Aphex Twin. Above all, Insides is an audacious album which boasts a magical aura all of its own.
Hopkins' talents caught the ears of Brian Eno, who enlisted him to work on his Another Day on Earth album and most recently on Coldplay's Viva la Vida. In fact, Coldplay were so taken with Hopkins' music, the band asked him to rework the track Light Through the Veins (from Insides) to bookend their album. The pairing eventually led to an invitation to Hopkins to join the band on its 2008 USA, European and Japanese tour, both as an opening act and pre-show DJ.1. The Wider Son
5. Colour Eye
6. Light Through The Veins
7. The Low Places
8. Small Memory
9. A Drifting Up
10. Autumn Hill$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
ChromaticsWhen songwriter and producer Sam Genders last donned his Diagrams hat, captive listeners found themselves truly stunned by the Streatham Hill artist's imaginative and inventive arrangements that made up 2012s debut album Black Light. Having now upped sticks from his London lodgings and settled in Sheffield with a new lease of life and wife, fresh pastures and friendships are what form the heart of Diagrams' brand new album Chromatics.
"Relationships are a constant thread. In all their frustrating, exciting, mundane, beautiful, wonderful, sexy, scary glory," reveals Genders of the album's themes. "And there's lots of hope in the songs. They shouldn't be taken too literally mind you in my head Chromatics is life in Technicolor; with all its ups and downs."
Equally drawing inspiration from the writing on relationships by David Schnarch, Ester Perel and the book Division Street by Sheffield poet Helen Mort, whilst spending time in his own home studio for the first time, it's without doubt that the Steel city provided the ideal backdrop for Genders to write whenever the inspiration came and, essentially, whittle down the fifty or so tracks he had recorded as part of the album's creation. "There are woods over the road and a little garden out the back with a greenhouse, shed, and flower beds. Being in a new place has brought something special to the process. Sheffield is a very open and direct place and I'd say the songs are more that way too."
Whilst Black Light fizzed with electronic effects, synth-bass, programmed beats and low-key funk grooves that brought about comparisons to the leftfield pop of Arthur Russell, Metronomy, Steve Mason and Hot Chip, it's without doubt that Genders' next offering falls closer to home comforts and marks the next step in Genders' renaissance. Take lead track 'Phantom Power'; it's the track which truly sums up what it's like to find yourself forever reassessing. "It's about feeling like you're losing a grip on your sanity at one moment, then feeling inspired and up for anything the next. Or frustration with yourself yet believing that it's possible to sort yourself out," explains Genders. Elsewhere 'You Can Talk To Me's delicate rolling melody and 'Serpent' once again showcase the playful, eclectic slant to Genders' songwriting prowess alongside an innate sense of crisp production and programming techniques.
Never one to shirk away from those around him, Genders would be the first to call Diagrams, and particularly Chromatics, a collaborative process. Once again featuring a rolling cast of inspirational musicians the album includes vocals from, amongst friends and family members, The Smoke Fairies whilst the skilled brass and string arrangements come courtesy of Danyal Dhondy and Sam Ewens. 'London's greatest' drummers Karl Penney, and Cacophony drummer Fletcher Adams provide the beats whilst live band members Emma Black and Ben Malitskie lend their expertise of Baritone Saxophone and Viola. 'Brain' meanwhile, was co-written with long-time friend and collaborator Matt McKenzie and features an in utero recording of his son James' heartbeat.
Yet it's the partnership with producer Leo Abrahams (Wild Beasts, David Byrne, Brian Eno, Jon Hopkins, Ed Harcourt, Marianne Faithful et al) that has truly brought Diagrams to life. After a long search, Abrahams was picked to piece all parts together and as a result Genders found himself writing songs that worked across a variety of production styles. "Leo's incredibly good at what he does and virtually all the impressive production and soundscaping is down to him. He's also an amazing guitarist and played some of my favourite guitar moments on the album."
Who knows exactly what kind of relationships will inspire Genders next? Currently finding himself midst China's south central city of Changsha in Hunan as a Musician in Residence on behalf of the British Council and PRS foundation, life for Genders right now is all about new experiences, meeting new faces and learning from new friendships. "It feels like anything could happen from one day to the next. I'd like to record a Chinese version of 'Phantom Power' so that once I'm back in the UK I can reconnect with the music lovers I've met. I've heard lots of very poppy pop songs that incorporate both Chinese and English lyrics so I'd like to try my own twist on that."1. Phantom Power
2. Gentle Morning Song
5. You Can Talk To Me
7. Dirty Broken Bliss
9. The Light & The Noise
11. Just A Hair's Breadth$18.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Singularity (Pre-Order)Domino is very proud to mark the return of Jon Hopkins and his new album, Singularity, his
first since 2013's Mercury Prize nominated Immunity.
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
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, this album reflects the psychological states Hopkins lived through during the
Exploring the connectivity of the mind, sonics and the natural world, Singularity is intended
to be listened to in one sitting, as a complete body of work.1. Singularity
2. Emerald Rush
3. Neon Pattern Drum
4. Everything Connected
5. Feel First Life
6. C O S M
7. Echo Dissolve
8. Luminous Beings
9. Recovery$25.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
Truth Is A Beautiful ThingTruth Is A Beautiful Thing is the stunning new album from acclaimed British trio London Grammar, and the follow-up to their debut album If You Wait, which has sold almost 2 million copies worldwide.
Truth Is A Beautiful Thing was written by Hannah Reid, Dominic 'Dot' Major, and Dan Rothman - who poured their experiences from 30 months on the road into the new material. The album features production from Oscar-winning songsmith Paul Epworth (Adele, Florence & The Machine, Bloc Party), Mercury nominated Jon Hopkins (Coldplay, Brian Eno, King Creosote) and Greg Kurstin (Adele, Sia, Beck), Tim Bran (La Roux, The Verve) and Roy Kerr (Birdy, James) who also worked on the band's debut, If You Wait.1. Rooting For You
2. Big Picture
3. Wild Eyed
4. Oh Woman Oh Man
5. Hell To The Liars
6. Everyone Else
7. Non Believer
8. Bones Of Ribbon
9. Who Am I
10. Leave The War With Me
11. Truth Is A Beautiful Thing$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Fading LoveFading Love establishes an exciting new chapter for acclaimed British producer and DJ George FitzGerald, marking an expansion out from his blistering mainroom sets across Europe and the UK, and into the realm of songwriter / producer peers such as Caribou, Jon Hopkins, and Four Tet.
The album diverges from previously released club singles such as "I Can Tell (By The Way You
Move)" and "Magnetic" (both out on Double Six, 2013), submerging the listener into lush,
electronic pop songs. Its heartstring-tugging melodies generate physical, real emotion and
are perfectly suited for both headphones and the dance floor.
Fading Love is an outstanding debut album from an artist ready to be heard beyond the
clubs.1. About Time (Feat. Boxed In)
2. Full Circle (Feat. Boxed In)
3. Knife To The Heart
4. Call It Love (If You Want To) (Feat. Lawrence Hart)
5. Beginning At The End
7. Your Two Faces
8. Chrystallise (Feat. Lawrence Hart)
9. Frank Is Sleeping
10. The Waiting (Feat. Lawrence Hart)$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
SOLApollo Records is proud to present SOL the highly anticipated second album from Los Angeles based producer / composer Eskmo AKA Brendan Angelides. Inspired by our life giving planetary body, SOL is a masterful meditation on human emotional plane as effected by planetary bodies. Angelides has delivered perhaps his strongest musical statement yet. He explains: "My urge was to create an album who's main characters were the Sun, Moon and Earth and how they all play a roll in the perfect simple life of a perfectly imperfect human. Each track within their peak's and valley's plays a specific role in the narrative. My last album was more monotone, sound design focused and emotionally protected. I strove for more on this one. Written, produced and recorded over the course of a year on the Eastside of Los Angeles in his home studio, SOL's epic grandeur bears the traces of Angelides's recent work composing orchestral pieces for live performance with the LA based Echo Society. It weaves in the dulcet tones of a live string ensemble into the many textured layers of some compositions, as well as field recordings from locations across the US: LA, Redwood groves in Northern California, Yosemite and perhaps most memorably, in Costa Rica during a 7 day medicinal retreat. That pivotal retreat as well as a trip to the pyramids and temples of Cairo Egypt, a 10 day silent meditation retreat in the desert of Joshua Tree and a handful of Native American ceremonies shaped the celestial-meets-earth tone of the work. The intimacy and heartfelt qualities of SOL immediately call to mind contemporaries such as Jon Hopkins, Apparat and Matthew Dear as well as the historic likes of early Peter Gabriel, Arthur Russell and Fred Frith amongst others. From the moody cinematic opening of 'SpVce' and exhalting synth melodies of 'Combustion', to the touching delicacy of the watery ballad 'Blue And Grey' to 'Mind Of War''s tromping existential digi-funk, the heartbreaking piano paen of 'Tamara', to the snarling drone saturation of the title track, to the beaming, epic euphoria of 'The Sun Is A Drum' it's clear that this is a record that is a truly cinematic experience.1. SpVce
3. Blue and Grey
4. Mind of War
7. The Light of One Thousand Furnaces
8. Feed Fire
9. The Sun Is a Drum
10. Can't Taste$20.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now