Stepping out of the shadows in 2007 when just sixteen years old, Joker’s stock has risen dramatically since. Aided by him releasing defining cuts like ‘Digidesign’, ‘The Vision (Let Me Breathe)’ and ‘Tron’, he now finds himself thick in the recent resurgence of British electronic music.
With the world travelled and a deal with 4AD signed, he’s finally ready to appease his waiting public and release his debut album, The Vision. To be released on November 7th / 8th, his now trademark instrumentals have been augmented by a number of vocal collaborations, including contributions from fellow rising stars like Jessie Ware and Buggsy, making the album one that’s been worth the wait.
Prior to this, new tracks 'Here Come The Lights' and ‘My Trance Girl’, are being released on a 12” and as a download on September 12th.
Following on from the Radio 1 and 1Xtra playlisted ‘The Vision (Let Me Breathe)’, both stations got involved last night with 'Here Come The Lights' being given its first play in the coveted Hottest Record In The World spot on the Zane Lowe's Radio 1 show, quickly followed by MistaJam spinning it on their sister station. It highlights the young producer’s maturing sound, continuing to playfully subvert pop conventions. The track also features a bombastic and memorable vocal performance from Silas from Turboweekend. You can hear it here now.
On the flip, 'My Trance Girl' is a futuristic six-minute instrumental, more in line with what first hooked Joker fans; its muscular vintage-Sega aping synths and sharp drum snaps a nod to his roots in Bristol's fecund dance music scene.
Joker is busy this summer playing festivals worldwide seemingly every weekend (he premiered most album tracks at Glastonbury) and is headed to Australia, Japan, the United States as well as most of Europe before the year’s end.ï»¿ï»¿