by Jon Hopkins


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/04/2018
Label: Domino
UPC: 0887828035229
catalogNumber: 80352
Rank: 25292

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jon Hopkins   Primary Artist
Julian Smith   Choir, Chorus
London Voices   Choir, Chorus
Simon Haynes   Choir, Chorus
Leo Abrahams   Guitar,Performing Ensemble
Richard Eteson   Choir, Chorus
Jon Thorne   Double Bass
Helen Brookes   Choir, Chorus
Ashley Turnell   Choir, Chorus
Joanna Goldsmith   Choir, Chorus
Christopher Neale   Choir, Chorus
Jo Marshall   Choir, Chorus
Tom Robson   Choir, Chorus
Emma Smith   Strings
Olivia Chaney   Soloist
Austin Tufts   Drums
Lisa Elle   Vocals
Oliver Griffiths   Soloist
Freya Jacklin   Choir, Chorus
Nicholas H. Smith   Choir, Chorus
Josephine Stephenson   Soloist

Technical Credits

Stephen McNally   Artwork
Rik Simpson   Programming
Leo Abrahams   Orchestration
Jon Hopkins   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Matthew Cooper   Layout
Mat Bartram   Engineer
Cherif Hashizume   Engineer,drum programming,Piano Engineer
Sasha Lewis   Programming,Sound Design
Andrew Clarke   drum programming
Paul J Street   Layout
Rick Holland   Composer
Chris Parker   Engineer

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