Jon Hopkins Reveals ‘Asleep Versions’ EP, Featuring Braids Singer and King Creosote

Andrew Parks

By Andrew Parks

on 09.25.14 in News

The long overdue rise of Jon Hopkins is set to continue later this fall with a new EP called Asleep Versions. Due out November 11 through Domino, the record was wrapped in Iceland last February and features “four decelerated, dreamlike re-imaginings” of songs from the producer’s breakthrough album Immunity. More than just a simple remix effort, it’s meant to be heard as one 25-minute track, including guest appearances by recurring collaborator King Creosote (see: their Mercury-nominated joint LP Diamond Mine) and Blue Hawaii/Braids singer Raphaelle Standell. The latter can be heard an hour and 41 minutes into Lauren Laverne’s BBC Radio 6 show here.

“There have been very specific states of mind that I’ve tried again and again to recreate,” Hopkins told The Skinny last spring. “One really minor incident that affected a huge amount of my music happened in the car on this rainy, grim, dark English day, years ago, maybe 2000. I was the passenger, and the guy driving put on some Frou Frou demos. And my mind slipped into this bizarre hypnotic state caused by the windscreen wipers, which were going slightly out of time with the music, but sort of in time too. And the music ended in such a magical chord sequence that this one incredibly trivial thing actually triggered a lot of what I’ve tried to do since. I want other people to experience that as well.”

Check out an animated trailer for Hopkins’s latest attempt at altered states down below, along with overseas tour dates that include one stateside stop in Brooklyn.

'Asleep' cover art

Asleep Versions:
1. Immunity (with King Creosote)
2. Form By Firelight (with Raphaelle Standell)
3. Breathe This Air (Asleep Version)
4. Open Eye Signal (Asleep Version)

Jon Hopkins tour dates:
10/1 Berlin, Germany – Admiralspalast
10/3 Warsaw, Poland – FreeFormFestival
10/4 Bologna, Italy – Robot Festival
10/18 Amsterdam, Netherlands – Trouw
10/24 Mexico City, Mexico – Mutek.MX
10/26 County Wicklow, Ireland – Samhain Festival
10/30 Paris, France – Pitchfork Music Festival
11/3 Tokyo, Japan – Hostess Club Weekender
11/5 Taipei, Taiwan – Hostess Club Taipei Legacy
11/8 Singapore, Singapore – Hostess Club Weekender
11/9 Bangalore, India – NH7 Weekender
11/21 Brooklyn, NY – Output
12/4 Brighton, England – Brighton Dome
12/12 Manchester, England – The Warehouse Project
12/16 Cape Town, South Africa – Sónar Cape Town
4/24 London, England – Brixton Academy