Pre-order of Stay True. You get 1 track now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it's released.
releases December 9, 2016
$1USD or more
Limited to 300 press. 140 gram "Powder Blue" vinyl. Shrink-wrapped in a 18pt reverse board matte finish jacket with custom colorful art by Calvin Ho.
Includes digital pre-order of Stay True.
You get 1 track now
(streaming via the free Bandcamp app
and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the
complete album the moment it's released.
As a formal conclusion to 2016, Youngbloods' 13th release is the sophomore album from Dutch producer and vocalist Kratos Himself, "Stay True"—out December 9th on Powder Blue 12" vinyl and pay-what-you-want digital download.
As a stunning follow up to 2015's Loon Garden and its exploration of the zeal behind love, Stay True soundtracks the producer’s iliadic journey from bitter betrayal to the forging of new independence and self love. Opening to a quick descent, Kratos Himself (real name Jethro Hopmans) carefully narrates his transformative ascension, playfully winding through footpaths lined with warm Rhodes piano chords and off-kilter percussive rudiments. In telling his story, Hopmans finds himself the humble servant to a beast larger than himself, and in doing so puts his musical aptitude on display while illuminating the woodland caricatures of contemporaries Caribou, Bonobo, and Shigeto.
As if leaving a watermark on a tale bound to outlive him, Stay True sees the introduction of Hopmans own voice, most prominently featured on “Heartless” and woven throughout the rest of the album. Stay True also sees the return of London's Bev Lee Harling and Hopmans' first collaboration with Toronto Hip-Hop artist and singer Copasetic.
It's a labor of love, It's for me, It's been a nostalgic journey
It's for you, It's for those who float away, no one stays,
It’s a revelation, It's because your heartless,
It's because you stay true it's the regret I felt,
needless to say, it's because you left me astray
It's because I appreciate your presence and your body
It's for those whom I trust,
It's the bits and pieces that hold it together
a1 Kratos Himself - It’s Love
a2 Kratos Himself - For Me
a3 Kratos Himself - For You
a4 Kratos Himself - Nostalgic
a5 Kratos Himself - Float (ft. Copasetic)
a6 Kratos Himself - Heartless
a7 Kratos Himself - Stay True
b1 Kratos Himself - Regret
b2 Kratos Himself - Your Body
b3 Kratos Himself - Needless
b4 Kratos Himself - T(h)rust
b5 Kratos Himself - It’s Me
b6 Kratos Himself - Bits & Pieces (ft. Bev Lee Harling)
01 Kratos Himself - It’s Love
02 Kratos Himself - For Me
03 Kratos Himself - For You
04 Kratos Himself - Nostalgic
05 Kratos Himself - Float (ft. Copasetic)
06 Kratos Himself - Revelation (DIGITAL ONLY)
07 Kratos Himself - Stay True
08 Kratos Himself - Heartless
09 Kratos Himself - Your Body
10 Kratos Himself - Left Astray (DIGITAL ONLY)
11 Kratos Himself - Regret
12 Kratos Himself - Needless
13 Kratos Himself - T(h)rust
14 Kratos Himself - It’s Me
15 Kratos Himself - Bits & Pieces (ft. Bev Lee Harling)
releases December 9, 2016
All music written & produced by Jethro Hopmans
Bev Lee Harling appears courtesy of Wah Wah 45s
Mastered by Steve Kitch at Audiomaster in London
Cover art, design & art direction by Calvin Ho / AtomicAttack
Executive Produced by Nicholas Concklin & John Moses
Published by Mushpost LLC (ASCAP)