9 Songs, 1 Hour 2 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Building on his background as a classical pianist and composer, British producer Jon Hopkins uses vast electronic soundscapes to explore other worlds. Here, on his fifth album, he contemplates our own. Inspired by adventures with meditation and psychedelics, Singularity aims to evoke the magical awe of heightened consciousness. It’s a theme that could easily feel affected or clichéd, but Hopkins does it phenomenal justice with imaginative, mind-bending songs that feel both spontaneous and rigorously structured. Floating from industrial, polyrhythmic techno (“Emerald Rush") to celestial, ambient atmospheres (“Feel First Life”), it’s a transcendent headphone vision quest you’ll want to go on again.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Building on his background as a classical pianist and composer, British producer Jon Hopkins uses vast electronic soundscapes to explore other worlds. Here, on his fifth album, he contemplates our own. Inspired by adventures with meditation and psychedelics, Singularity aims to evoke the magical awe of heightened consciousness. It’s a theme that could easily feel affected or clichéd, but Hopkins does it phenomenal justice with imaginative, mind-bending songs that feel both spontaneous and rigorously structured. Floating from industrial, polyrhythmic techno (“Emerald Rush") to celestial, ambient atmospheres (“Feel First Life”), it’s a transcendent headphone vision quest you’ll want to go on again.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
51 Ratings

51 Ratings

BrianFCA ,

What a Master

A truly transcendent artist. I have all 5 of his full length albums and all 5 have moved me in ways only a hand full of artists I’ve ever listened to have. He takes his time with his albums and this kind of patience is rewarding in so many ways, especially in today’s world. If you’re searching for music that will challenge your perception and hold you in a loving embrace at the same time, check this guy out. And if you haven’t heard him, no need to go back to the older stuff to start out. Dive right into Singularity...and then go and get all the other albums.

Ancient Jetties ,

[---- Outta Sight, Top to Bottom ---]

Probably the first truly impressive electronic work of 2018, right here. It thematically edges along a liminal space where primeval nature and the future of industry collide. A meticulous, thoughtful sonic journey…it’s somewhat rare to desire an entire electronic album; usually we pick and choose. Jon Hopkins shows us why he belongs in the “buy album” club with the likes of Boards of Canada, Aphex Twin, or the deep excursions of Plastikman (R. Hawtin). Side note: If you look at the iTunes lists under Hopkins’ “influencers” and “contemporaries,” I’d say there’s one glaring omission and recommend Monolake as a fine proxy in the realm. A couple hours with Hopkins vs. Monolake and the marble head will be properly rearranged.

Beantown_Samurai ,

A beautiful record

This one has resonated with me like nothing since Burial’s Untrue. Easily 10-12 listens already, and know I’ll becoming back to it for years to come. Well done Jon.

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