With the sweetest of sounds coming from the speakers of the Ticket Arena office it would be mighty selfish of us to keep them to ourselves, so we thought we’d let you in on what our staff use to soundtrack a hard day’s work. Now a weekly feature with the intent of bringing your attention to wonderful new sounds every Tuesday, our Album Of The Week looks at releases from the best in the game, whether fresh new acts about to hit the big time or established artists reminding the world of their continued talent. Simply put, it’s just the best in music that we think you should hear.
It’s been five years since his last full length release, which happened to be nominated for a Mercury Prize, so the pressure is on for eclectic DJ and producer Jon Hopkins to excel in his latest album Singularity. Luckily for both him and his wide reaching audience of scenic sounds, the wait was well worth it, and this nine track journey through his broad sonic spectrum is nothing short of a masterpiece. Reaching peaks of nauseating acid house interwoven with the ambient beats and almost classical elements that gained the technically proficient producer spots in curating some incomparable film scores in his hiatus from record creating, this odyssey of synths, strings, pulsating periods and acid tints contains such immaculate detail that it requires multiple plays.
Jon Hopkins offers some surely splendid sounds at a long list of dates. Hitting Manchester’s Parklife Festival first on Saturday June 9th for a live set, and following on the next month he takes to London’s Lovebox Festival on Saturday 14th July for a DJ set. Hopkins also takes to Dimensions festival and Wilderness Festival. November sees the producer take this album on a live tour, hitting Manchester’s Albert Hall on Thursday 22nd November.
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