Diamond Mine is a collaborative studio album by Scottish singer-songwriter King Creosote and English electronica musician Jon Hopkins, released on 28 March 2011 through Domino Records. Inspired by the East Neuk of Fife, the album combines Creosote's songs with field recordings by Hopkins. Upon release, Creosote stated: "I really don't know what to do next, because, in some ways, I'm at that peak. I don't know where to go from here
On accepting the offer to work with King Creosote (Kenny Anderson), producer Jon Hopkins dove into the Scottish singer-songwriter’s extensive discography of releases that stretched from the beginnings of the last decade to the present, picking lost gems and refreshing new ones to arrive at the quality, albeit short, tracklist for Diamond Mine. Diamond Mine’s role as a ‘transportation-al album’, to anywhere really for any individual, comes before any intended, or not intended, geographical references. What’s interesting about Diamond Mind is the fleeting subtly with which any outside influences – that is, names or geographical locations – are implemented into its auditory contents. Its creators have made it clear that the various places where the album takes listeners is completely up to them: ‘We're not in any rush to tell the story, whatever that story is,’ Anderson concludes.
King Creosote and Jon Hopkins' new collaboration Diamond Mine is steeped in the landscape of Fife. Here, they tell Nicola Meighan about why that part of Scotland so resonates with them, how it found its way into song, and the enduring influence of Talk Talk. A good way to find them is to walk up and down, looking for diamonds on the ground". Information On Digging For Diamonds. Some parts of Fife do not want to be found. Hopkins' love affair with the area started around 2005, and the album's warm textures and glimmering details serve to reflect his responses and memories. For me, this record is a romanticised version of Fife," he offers. A lot of it's about my first experience of going there – about my first Homegame, when I fell totally in love with the place, and with Fence. It's a bit like my dream version of life.
Kenny 'King Creosote' Anderson and Jon Hopkins. Diamond Mine is a remarkable album. Seven years in the making and seven tracks long, it's a collection of spare, emotionally charged songs wrapped in layers of gorgeous instrumentation, 'found sounds' and ambient noise. The overall effect is extremely moving and, from a production point of view, fascinating. Nominated for the 2011 Mercury Music Prize, Diamond Mine is now getting a richly deserved deluxe re-release, packaged with additional singles and the excellent recent EP Honest Words, which reveals a subtle progression towards a more overtly electronic sound. A variety of musical influences ranging across folk, classical and electronica are apparent, but what's harder to pin down is exactly what makes the production such a mesmerising, involving experience.
King Creosote & Jon Hopkins is a collaboration between Scottish singer-songwriter King Creosote and English electronica musician Jon Hopkins. In 2011 they released Diamond Mine, featuring lyrics and vocals from King Creosote sung over musical backdrops arranged and recorded by Jon Hopkins, Diamond Mine is a genuine labour of love, recorded over a number of years without the pressure of deadlines, whenever they could get together.
Diamond Mine is a collaborative studio album by Scottish singer-songwriter King Creosote and English electronica musician Jon Hopkins, released on 28 March 2011 through Domino Records. I don't know where to go from here. Jon Hopkins was born in 1979 in Kingston upon Thames, Surrey and grew up in nearby Wimbledon. He first became aware of electronic music after hearing early house music on the radio at the age of seven or eight, and also became a fan of Depeche Mode and the Pet Shop Boys. These records inspired an early fascination with synths.
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|7||Your Young Voice||3:17|
- Phonographic Copyright (p) – Domino Recording Co. Ltd.
- Copyright (c) – Domino Recording Co. Ltd.
- Glass Mastered At – Sound Performance
- Published By – Domino Publishing Co. Ltd.
- Recorded At – Cafe Music
- Mastered At – Electric Mastering
- Artwork – Matthew Cooper
- Backing Vocals – Lisa Lindley-Jones
- Banjo – Leo Abrahams
- Drums – Mark Sutherland (tracks: 2), Phil Wilkinson (tracks: 3)
- Mastered By – Guy Davie
- Piano, Harmonium, Electronics, Percussion, Recorded By [Field Recordings], Producer, Arranged By – Jon Hopkins
- Recorded By – Jon Hopkins
- Recorded By [With] – Cherif Hashizume, Mark Sutherland
- Violin – Emma Smith
- Vocals, Lyrics By, Acoustic Guitar, Sampler [Samples] – Kenny Anderson
- Written-By – Jon Hopkins, Kenny Anderson
NotesComes in a digipak.
Comes with a 12 page booklet containing lyrics, credits and thanks to information.
Made in the EU.
Barcode and Other Identifiers
- Barcode: 5034202303824
- Matrix / Runout: [Sound Performance logo] 020 8691 2121 DS038CDP
- Mastering SID Code: IFPI LP76
- Mould SID Code: IFPI AAHP1
- Label Code: LC 10592
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