Jon Hopkins & Kelly Lee Owens share new track “Luminous Spaces”
24 December 2019
Available on 12inch from January 24th
As the decade draws to a close, Jon Hopkins and Kelly Lee Owens are proud to present “Luminous Spaces”, their new collaborative single, which is out now. The duo have slowly built a working relationship over the past few years, sharing the same bill in both a live capacity and on DJ line-ups across the globe. “Luminous Spaces” marks their first official recording together.
Both Hopkins’ and Owens’ work perfectly complements each other here on “Luminous Spaces”; Hopkins’ transcendent, dancefloor-focussed electronics paired with Owens’ entrancing, often spiritual vocals and her ethereal techno production creates a euphoric electronic collaboration. The track, originally destined to be a remix of Hopkins’ “Luminous Beings” by Owens, morphed into a track in its own right following the pair working closely in the studio together on the track.
Hopkins on working with Owens: This project started as something very different from what you’re hearing now - I wanted Kelly to do a straight remix of Luminous Beings. I sent her the parts, but what she sent back just felt like something totally new, and had the potential to be so much more than a remix. She’d recorded these beautiful, uplifting vocal lines and had come up with joyous new riffs that recalled for me the best bits of the 90s trance/euphoria that I had grown up loving. I got a beautiful sense of nostalgia and a true heart-lifting joy the first time I heard it, and it was so painless to take it from there to a finished piece - related and born out of Luminous Beings but very much its own thing.
Owens on working with Hopkins: ‘Luminous Spaces’ initially began as a remix I did for Jon, which I also wrote vocals on top of. I sent the whole track to Jon for feedback and this lead to the start of a more collaborative effort, with him adding extra sound design/ production, and a new intro and outro, which I loved! The exchanging of ideas back and forth made it an extra special process for us and is why he decided to upgrade it to a full and proper collaboration. Our worlds truly colliding!
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