JON HOPKINS Psychological states

When Jon Hopkins played Laneway Festival in February we were pretty blown away, naming him best on ground. “Neither DJing and VJing really do justice to Hopkins, who brings as much live sound as prerecorded – his ability to turn up the white noise live made every drop sharper and every sound somehow heavier than anything in electronic music today. There was brutality in the beauty and vice versa,” reads our review.

So we’re pretty happy to have him coming back to play a club show, hitting Jack Rabbit Slim’s on Friday, January 10, 2020, even if it is just for a DJ Set. The return reportedly stems from how successful his previous Australian shows were, back due to fan demand. In the meantime, Hopkins has been touring the US, Europe and the UK, recently played a headline set at Glastonbury, and has been developing and enhancing the show.

Exploring the connectivity of the mind, sonics and the natural world, latest album Singularity is intended to be listened to in one sitting, as a complete body of work. 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, this album reflects the psychological states Hopkins lived through during the writing process.

Jon Hopkins plays a DJ Set at Jack Rabbit Slim’s on Friday, January 10, 2020. Tickets on sale 9am Friday, July 26 from nicheproductions.com.au.

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