Sunday, 1 March 2015

Recommended music: 'Late Night Tales - Jon Hopkins'

Jon Hopkins

Even by Late Night Tales pretty faultless standards, this album is exceptional. Jon Hopkins has curated an immaculate collection of tracks. There's 5 or 6 on here that I already have and love, but every single one of the others sounds like something I should have heard and loved before. From Four Tet to Letherette, from Bibio to Helios, it's a stream of musical consciousness that ebbs and flows on an aural tide.

And you don't only have to listen to it at night either; staring out of the train window, or curled up in an armchair in a cosy corner, or walking across the windswept moors - this is a collection that just works whatever your circumstances. It will soothe and revive you, comfort and inspire you, and just leave you in a better place than it found you.

In the process of putting this together Mr Hopkins has shown that not only does he make great records of his own but that he can recognise greatness in others as well - a true skill.

Sheer perfection.

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