Review: Singularity by Jon Hopkins

In the five years since Immunity was released,it has become something of a cult classic.Singularity is the follow up every fan would hope for.
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Emerging from an ocean of anonymity with the widly underrated Brian Eno and Leo Abrahams collaboration albumSmall Craft on a Milk Sea,Jon Hopkins has been proving his worth to the electronic scene on a slow gradual ascent.Singularityis only his second main discography entry since the Eno collab,整整八年。Not much by pop standards,but in the electronic world that's a lifetime.还是只是一个漫画?

Looking back to the yearImmunity,Hopkin's last record,被释放,the other big electronic releases were Oneohtrix Point Never'sR Plus Seven,Boards of Canada'sTomorrow's Harvest,暗边Psychic田地的Cupid's Head,在其他中。All of those records theoretically could be released today with the same amount of acclaim and reverence.This would suggest that rather than quickly morph and move into a state of unified tones and movements,electronic music's premier releases tend to follow their own trajectory.

Juxtapose that with the Grammy nominations for Electronic/Dance album of 2013 — Skrillex,Deadmau5,Steve Aoki,Kaskade and the Chemical Brothers — all records that had larger scale popularity but lacked critical respect and permanence.Listen back to those records,它们已经过时5年多了。Is electronic music learning what pop music learned in the 70's?I think so,that a career trajectory is more important in the pantheon of music than temporal genre or trend adherence.

In the five years sinceImmunity被释放,it has become something of a cult classic.Singularityis the follow up every fan would hope for.It's larger;it's denser;it's quicker.It's a 63-minute microhouse masterpiece.It rebroadcasts Hopkins' sound as a more atmospheric,clearer vision.Whether its an improvement uponImmunity不重要-这是一个明确的细化。

OK,so the music."Singularity" is a distilled down six and a half minutes of the entire previous record.最后2分钟的循环听起来像是一个数字蚯蚓在暴雨中奋力突破地面。Its all build,no payoff,which is perhaps one of the main differences between EDM and IDM.IDM is concerned with the journey only,EDM is concerned with payoff only."Skip to the drop" mentality couldn't be further from reality here.

Or perhaps the payoff does happen,on the second track "Emerald Rush" which is an electronic Sigur Ros journey and the kind of track you could dance to if you were alone on a space shuttle orbiting the earth.No one does microhouse like Jon Hopkins,节拍像3/4中的4/4次摇摆,下半部分的节拍只留作低音鼓用。It's the reverse of the old Radiohead trick: they play complicated things like they are simple,this is playing a simple beat as if it were complicated.

The ambient stretches are rewarding as well."Neon Drum Pattern" skips like the transmission goes in and out rhythmically without ever escalating above subtle listening for its 90-second intro.The song offers more of course,but the intro is a stand out.The other ambient stretches are pure bliss.“感受第一人生”比飞莲更接近sigur ros。It wouldn't be out of place soundtracking one of those lens flareLord of the Ringsslow-motion battle scenes.“c o s m”和“echo-dissolve”都在同一地区放牧,with nods to last year's virtually ignored Bing and Ruth recordNo Home of the Mind.

Things move quickly from microhouse to ambient for Hopkins,like解体回路only each song there is more muted rather than repeated."Luminous Beings" leads a reverse course then,sounding like midi lightning bugs randomly lighting up and triggering an increasingly radiant track.The closer "Recovery" doesn't so much finish as disappear.这首歌有点像是敲响了一个音符,决定提前几分钟回家。

For fifteen years,Hopkins has increasingly become a key producer in a crowded scene.He represents a continued sea change in electronic music,one that favors repeated listening and patience over brute intensity.A MINUS