- 19 Feb 21
The DJ and producer is donating all proceeds from 'The Heat Death of My Hometown' to grassroots organisation CATU (Community Action Tenant's Union).
Dublin artist Jamie Mathews (AKA Jimbo Jones) has announced the forthcoming release of his enigmatic debut album, The Heat Death of My Hometown.
Set to focus on the erosion of Dublin's nightlife and cultural spaces as well as shining a further light on the harrowing housing and homelessness crises, the concept LP will emphasise the relentless gentrification of our capital city like never before.
Built from the frustration of skyrocketing rents, ever-stagnant wages, and the erosion of artistic spaces, this album will guide the listener through a vivid narrative in a rapidly decaying Dublin.
Documenting gentrification and emigration in a once-vibrant city, Jimbo Jones creates a tapestry of sonic textures and electronic beats that maps out the entropic process assailing his beloved hometown.
An immersive world is created on the project through the use of creative field recordings ranging from pedestrians and protesters to public transport and pub talk. Modern Dublin is brought to life with a reading from James Joyce's 'Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man' paralleling with expansive beats.
The Heat Death of My Hometown features samples from local creators like Kojaque, Emmet Kirwan, and Una Mullally - showing the pervasiveness of this feeling across the breadth of the city.
"The album’s diverse collection of wonky beats overlaid with spoken word segments mirror these ideas and capture a chaotic vision of the world within these city limits," a statement on the work reads.
All proceeds will be donated to CATU, a grass roots organisation aimed at supporting those hit hardest by the issues raised in this piece of work.
Check out the tracklist below, and stay tuned for an interview with Jimbo Jones himself on Hotpress.com next Friday.
The Heat Death of My Hometown Track List:
Who is Dubh Linn For?
Almost Post Coital
Beware of Monkey Mind
The Many Body Problem
From This Position
Fear of Cranes
Image credit: Ruan McGuinness.