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Issue 1623

Words by Gloria Brancatisano

Editor’s Note

From collaborations with Coldplay and Brian Eno to holding down dancefloors in Ibiza – Jon Hopkins’ approach to his craft has seen him described as somewhat of an outlier in electronic music. So maybe this is why, whenever his own albums emerge every four or five years, they feel even more memorable. Next week we’ll have Singularity – his fifth album, and first since 2013 – a record that explores the greatest extremes of Hopkins’ sound. We chat to Hopkins about the whole experience, and what we can expect from the album once it is unleashed.

Elsewhere, we speak to Chelsea Wilson and a host of acts ready to take on Stonnington Jazz Festival for 2018, Hot Chip’s Alexis Taylor on his latest solo venture (and what is next for the band), we load you up on the best happenings in the arts world and get you sorted on the best musician services, and we chat to Youth Code’s powerhouse vocalist Sara Taylor.

On a much sadder note, this week we also bid adieu to our ever fabulous Graphic Designer Benji. Thanks for always making our pages look real pretty and for always laughing at my awful jokes, no matter how late it is on a Monday night. We’re gonna miss ya <3