Jon Hopkins – “Singularity” from the album of the same name, out now on Domino Record Co.
Taken from his critically acclaimed new album, Singularity, Jon Hopkins is very proud to share the video for the title track. Directed by Academy Films’ Seb Edwards, ‘Singularity’ is a visual pinnacle of the album’s arc and a continuation and deepening of all the themes that pervade Jon Hopkins’ work.
Jon Hopkins says of the video: “This is the single most epic video I’ve ever had made. Seb has been a friend and collaborator for nearly 15 years now, but this is the first opportunity we’ve had to work with total freedom on a video for my own music. The power of what he has done left me speechless the first time I saw it. He translated the themes of destruction and defiance that I fed into the music into a powerful, violent ballet between male and female and I totally love it.”
Director Seb Edwards adds: “I’ve always loved Jon’s work and we’ve been wanting to collaborate for a while. ‘Singularity’ is such an incredible track, its merciless intensity somehow reflects our troubled times. I wanted to capture the feeling of defiance that rises from the initial brutality. The track is ultimately about acceptance and finding peace in nature. I hope I did it justice.”
In what has been an incredibly successful 2018 so far, Hopkins is currently on a sold out tour in North America and will be returning to Europe and UK for a slew of sold out dates including two at London’s Brixton Academy in November. A full list of shows including festival appearances can found below.
‘Singularity’ video credits:
Production Company – Academy Films
Director – Seb Edwards
EP – Medb Riordan
Producer – Ash Lockmun
Cast: Aliashka Hilsum
Cast: Jarkko Mandelin
DOP – Khalid Mohtaseb
Production Designer – Robin Brown
Choreographer – Hofesh Shechter
Stylist – Bratsk
Local Service Production Company: BAS Productions, Belgrade
Editor: Sam Rice-Edwards @ Assembly Rooms
Sound Design: Mark Hills @ Factory Studios
Colourist: Jean-Clement Soret @ MPC London
VFX by Mikros-MPC
Praise for Singularity:
“His long standing enchantment with nature, electricity and mindfulness glimmers anew on Singularity” Q 4*
“One of the most celebrated electronic musicians of his generation.” New Yorker
“A sonic realization of a better world, conceived in the depths of psychedelic experimentation” MOJO 4*
“Pitched between heat-seeking acid house and ambient bliss, the techno auteur’s first album since 2013 is a beat-music odyssey that thrums with spiritual resonance” Pitchfork, Best New Music
“A beautiful bastard of a record” Mixmag 9/10
“Jon Hopkins knows how to fill a dance floor with techno that throbs insistently. But he’s also got a tremendous gift for the comedown; for warm, ambient baths of sound that slow the blood and settle the mind” NPR Music
“Hopkins remains in ascension and no one is on his level right now” CLASH 8/10
“Hopkins’ open-minded take on an altered state becomes an experience that reveals itself a little more with every glorious listen” Loud & Quiet 9/10
“Singularity amplifies Hopkins’ music to blockbuster proportions.” RA
Buy Singularity now:
Singularity, the new album from Jon Hopkins, is out now.
Domino is very proud to mark the return of Jon Hopkins and his new album, Singularity, his first since 2013’s breakthrough, Immunity. Singularity is due for release on 4th May 2018. Along with news of Singularity, Hopkins has shared ‘Emerald Rush’ the first track to be released from the album.
Listen to ‘Emerald Rush’ on streaming services HERE.
In addition to news of Singularity, Hopkins has announced a run of live dates across the UK & Europe with US dates to be announced shortly. He will also be making a number of festival appearances in 2018. A full list of dates can found below.
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.
Jon Hopkins dates for 2018
30/03 :: Invisible Wind Factory, Liverpool, UK (DJ)
06/04 :: Ääniwalli, Helsinki, FI (DJ)
07/04 :: Sónar İstanbul, Istanbul, TR (DJ)
25/05 :: Villette Sonique, Paris, FR
26/05 :: Department, Stockholm, SE (DJ)
02/06 :: Primavera, Barcelona, ES
09/06 :: Park Life, Manchester, UK
15/06 :: Maifeld Derby, Mannheim, DE
23/06 :: Body & Soul, Co.Westmeath, IE
29/06 :: Down The Rabbit Hole, Ewijk, NL
30/06 :: ASTRO Festival, Milan, IT
11/07 :: DOUR Festival, Dour, BE
13/07 :: Melt! Festival, Ferropolis, DE
14/07 :: Lovebox Festival, London, UK (DJ)
15/07 :: Latitude Festival, Henham Park, UK
20/07 :: Colours Of Ostrava, Ostrava, CZ
26/07 :: WWW X, Tokyo, JP
26-27/07 :: Fuji Rock Festival, Niigata, JP
03/08 :: OFF Festival, Katowice, PL
04/08 :: Wilderness Festival, Cornbury Park, UK
31/08 :: Dimensions Festival, Pula, HR
10/10 :: Rockefeller, Oslo, NO
12/10 :: Den Grå Hal, Copenhagen, DK
18/10 :: Vicar Street, Dublin, IE
19/10 :: SWG3, Glasgow, UK
20/10 :: Paradiso for ADE, Amsterdam, NL
24/10 :: Ancienne Belgique, Brussels, BE
25/10 :: Astra , Berlin, DE
26/10 :: Le Trianon, Paris, FR
02/11 :: O2 Academy Brixton, London, UK
17/11 :: Newcastle, Boiler Shop, UK
22/11 :: Manchester, Albert Hall, UK