Jon Hopkins Singularity

Singularity

Jon Hopkins

Released on May 4, 2018 by Domino Recording Co

Main artist: Jon Hopkins

Genre: Electro

Distinctions: Pitchfork: Best New Music ( May 2018)

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Singularity is the proper follow-up to Jon Hopkins' 2013 breakthrough Immunity, a spellbinding album of highly intricate, glitchy techno which nevertheless felt organic, and even classical at times. Like that album, Singularity is filled with frayed feedback, skillfully crafted beats, and gentle piano melodies, as well as the occasional breathy vocals. This time out, there seems to be an extra shot of adrenaline added, and the album seems to reflect a deeper spiritual quest, both inwards and outwards. Hopkins still writes lengthy tracks which steadily build, but these are more suspenseful, and there's a greater impact when a heavier beat drops or a more transcendent synth tone emerges during the second half of cuts like "Singularity" and "Neon Pattern Drum." First single "Emerald Rush" progresses from a heartbeat-like pulse, lightly swirling arpeggios, and stark piano notes to a slow, jagged thump of a beat, which feels jarring when it finally kicks in. As additional sounds pour in, the intensity increases, making the track feel like it's speeding up a bit, even though it isn't. Ten-minute epic "Everything Connected" is easily one of Hopkins' most "progressive" tracks yet, with an ambient/shoegaze shimmer floating over its shaky rhythm, which seems like the only thing preventing the track from ascending to the heavens. Hopkins expands on this celestial state with the beatless "Feel First Life," which spotlights the London Voices choir. "Luminous Beings," the album's lengthiest track, begins with anxious static and suspicious murmurings, but soon reaches clarity, with a simple, resonating triplet melody leading toward peace of mind for much of the piece. The sparse, pretty piano comedown "Recovery" is an entirely fitting conclusion to such a deeply introspective journey. As striking as Immunity was, Singularity feels more developed, and it's ultimately a tough call as to which album is more exciting. ~ Paul Simpson
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Album : 1 disk - 9 tracks Total length : 01:02:10

  1. 1 Singularity

    Rik Simpson, Mixer - Jon Hopkins, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Mixer, MainArtist - Cherif Hashizume, Mixer - Domino Publishing Company Ltd, MusicPublisher Copyright : Domino Recording Co Ltd Domino Recording Co Ltd

  2. 2 Emerald Rush

    Rik Simpson, Mixer - Jon Hopkins, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Mixer, MainArtist - Cherif Hashizume, Mixer - Domino Publishing Company Ltd, MusicPublisher Copyright : Domino Recording Co Ltd Domino Recording Co Ltd

  3. 3 Neon Pattern Drum

    Rik Simpson, Mixer - Jon Hopkins, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Mixer, MainArtist - Cherif Hashizume, Mixer - Domino Publishing Company Ltd, MusicPublisher Copyright : Domino Recording Co Ltd Domino Recording Co Ltd

  4. 4 Everything Connected

    Rik Simpson, Mixer - Jon Hopkins, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Mixer, MainArtist - Cherif Hashizume, Mixer - Domino Publishing Company Ltd, MusicPublisher Copyright : Domino Recording Co Ltd Domino Recording Co Ltd

  5. 5 Feel First Life

    Rik Simpson, Mixer - Jon Hopkins, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Mixer, MainArtist - Cherif Hashizume, Mixer - Domino Publishing Company Ltd, MusicPublisher Copyright : Domino Recording Co Ltd Domino Recording Co Ltd

  6. 6 C O S M

    Rik Simpson, Mixer - Jon Hopkins, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Mixer, MainArtist - Cherif Hashizume, Mixer - Domino Publishing Company Ltd, MusicPublisher Copyright : Domino Recording Co Ltd Domino Recording Co Ltd

  7. 7 Echo Dissolve

    Rik Simpson, Mixer - Jon Hopkins, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Mixer, MainArtist - Cherif Hashizume, Mixer - Domino Publishing Company Ltd, MusicPublisher Copyright : Domino Recording Co Ltd Domino Recording Co Ltd

  8. 8 Luminous Beings

    Rik Simpson, Mixer - Jon Hopkins, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Mixer, MainArtist - Cherif Hashizume, Mixer - Domino Publishing Company Ltd, MusicPublisher Copyright : Domino Recording Co Ltd Domino Recording Co Ltd

  9. 9 Recovery

    Rik Simpson, Mixer - Jon Hopkins, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Mixer, MainArtist - Cherif Hashizume, Mixer - Domino Publishing Company Ltd, MusicPublisher Copyright : Domino Recording Co Ltd Domino Recording Co Ltd

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  • Singularity is the proper follow-up to Jon Hopkins' 2013 breakthrough Immunity, a spellbinding album of highly intricate, glitchy techno which nevertheless felt organic, and even classical at times. Like that album, Singularity is filled with frayed feedback, skillfully crafted beats, and gentle piano melodies, as well as the occasional breathy vocals. This time out, there seems to be an extra shot of adrenaline added, and the album seems to reflect a deeper spiritual quest, both inwards and outwards. Hopkins still writes lengthy tracks which steadily build, but these are more suspenseful, and there's a greater impact when a heavier beat drops or a more transcendent synth tone emerges during the second half of cuts like "Singularity" and "Neon Pattern Drum." First single "Emerald Rush" progresses from a heartbeat-like pulse, lightly swirling arpeggios, and stark piano notes to a slow, jagged thump of a beat, which feels jarring when it finally kicks in. As additional sounds pour in, the intensity increases, making the track feel like it's speeding up a bit, even though it isn't. Ten-minute epic "Everything Connected" is easily one of Hopkins' most "progressive" tracks yet, with an ambient/shoegaze shimmer floating over its shaky rhythm, which seems like the only thing preventing the track from ascending to the heavens. Hopkins expands on this celestial state with the beatless "Feel First Life," which spotlights the London Voices choir. "Luminous Beings," the album's lengthiest track, begins with anxious static and suspicious murmurings, but soon reaches clarity, with a simple, resonating triplet melody leading toward peace of mind for much of the piece. The sparse, pretty piano comedown "Recovery" is an entirely fitting conclusion to such a deeply introspective journey. As striking as Immunity was, Singularity feels more developed, and it's ultimately a tough call as to which album is more exciting. ~ Paul Simpson

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In 1997 Domino released Pavement's landmark commercial breakthrough Brighten The Corners which was followed a year later by Elliot Smith's Either/Or  and in 1999 the debut album by Will Oldham as Bonnie 'Prince' Billy - I See Darkness: a series of albums that confirmed the label's reputation as the preeminent European home of American music. Bell's desire to work with British bands as innovative and singular as his American artists reached fruition in the late nineties with the signings of Four Tet, Clinic, James Yorkston and The Kills.    All were acts with a distinct identity that established Domino as a label interested in creativity rather than in any particular ...

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