John Topley Music

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New Single “We Stand Together” Available Now

1. We Stand Together

2. We Stand Together (Instrumental)

About The Single

A song I wrote at the start of the Coronavirus pandemic lockdown as a message of hope and positivity. The sentiment was inspired by Sterling Void and Paris Brightledge’s “It’s Alright”. I submitted it to my friend Sunshine Jones to sing and to my astonishment, he agreed!

Released 29 May 2020

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Single “Shades of Blue” Available Now

1. Shades of Blue

2. Shades of Blue (Extended Mix)

3. Shades of Blue (Alternative Mix)

4. Shades of Blue (Demo)

About The Single

An instrumental track I originally wrote in 1993. I don’t remember much about how it came about. In spite of never writing the music down, somehow I remembered the chords and melody for 27 years.

Released 3 Apr 2020

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Single “Isla de Baleares” Available Now

Isla de Baleares

About The Single

I wrote and recorded this track in about ninety minutes the day after Christmas Day. It was inspired by this Instagram post about Manuel Göttsching’s E2-E4 piece. The idea was to work quickly, creating sufficient musical parts to sustain a longer-form piece. I arranged the track in one take on the Deluge.

Thanks to C. Dadswell for the cover art.

Released 9 Mar 2020

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Single “1982” Available Now

1. 1982 (Sunshine Jones Rework)

2. 1982 (New Version)

3. 1982 (Classical Reprise)

About The Single

A track from my album “Childhood”. Electronic musician, founding member of Dubtribe Sound System and my mentor and inspiration Sunshine Jones kindly offered to remix the track, bringing his arsenal of electronic instruments to bear and taking it in a direction DJs could play. My own new version is a remake of the album version.

Released 1 Nov 2019

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Single “Void” Available Now

1. Void

2. Void (Extended Mix)

3. Void (Ambient Second Movement)

4. Void (Instrumental)

About The Single

A track I originally wrote in early 1993 and have finally got around to recording properly. It’s a love letter to the Italo House piano tracks of that time.

Released 2 Sep 2019

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Album “Childhood” Available Now

1. Synaptogenesis

Synaptogenesis occurs when the brain is created. I just thought it was a cool-sounding word.

2. Wires

As a very young boy I was fascinated by wires. I remember my grandparents had a drawing I’d made on the inside of a kitchen cupboard door for years. It was just wires everywhere.

3. Sodium

I have a strong childhood memory of staying with my grandparents and the sodium glow from the streetlight coming through the bedroom window.

4. Model Ships

When I used to stay at my grandparents in the school holiday I would make small model ships with my uncle. Every day we would walk to the newsagent and buy a new kit. One day it was the Bismarck, the next day HMS Victory…

5. 1982

1982 was a pretty exciting year for me, there seemed to be lots of new things happening and back in those days technology still seemed to hold the promise of making life better.

6. 8860

When I was growing up my friend’s elder brother had the LEGO 8860 Car Chassis, which was the LEGO Technic set to have. My friend told me that this set was too complicated for people our age to be able to build, so it was with great pride that I proved him wrong when I eventually got the set for myself!

7. Hawaiian Shirts

I spent quite a lot of the hot summer of 1990 staying with my grandparents and wearing Hawaiian shirts. By then I was a young adult and my childhood had come to an end.

About The Album

I had a set of song titles noted down that were all related in some way to my childhood. The album starts with my brain being created (the process of synaptogenesis) and journeys chronologically through my childhood from there.

Released 3 May 2019

New Single “We Stand Together” Available Now