With seemingly effortless precision and a sense for the imperfect, Popp merges Ambient, Third Stream and Minimal Music on his debut album „Laya“. The title derives from the Sanskrit language and signifies a place of rest and mental inactivity. In the spring of 2019 Popp created these 8 tracks from hours of improvisation in his own studio. The moments thus captured were then enriched with more sounds and effects to add layers and shed the manually played percussion of all its earthliness. The result is an album of concealed complexity and unadorned beauty.

Written, Recorded and Mixed by Simon Popp
Mastered by Christoph Stickel at CS-Mastering
Drawings by Miro Maria Schachtner
Designed by Maximilian Schachtner
(c)(p)2019 Squama

  • Popp

    Exploration and play are at the core of Simon Popp’s creative process. Classically trained in jazz drumming and polyrhythm, the Bavarian-born artist draws from a vast array of percussive instruments to build his expansive sound palette. Learning the drums and listening to a wide range of genres from a young age instilled in him a ravenous musical curiosity that resonates throughout his various projects: as a solo artist under his own name, his duo-projects 9ms and Enji&Popp or as the drummer for bands like Roosevelt and Fazer, the group he co-founded with conservatory peers Martin Brugger, Paul Brändle, Matthias Lindermayr, and fellow drummer Sebastian Wolfgruber in 2018.

    • Laya

      180g vinyl

      € 23Sold Out!
      • Laya Clear Vinyl Edition

        2023 Repress, Clear vinyl, comes in screen-printed PVC sleeve

        € 25
        • Laya Clear CD

          Popp's debut album available on CD, accompanying the 2023 clear vinyl repress

          € 16
          • Devi

            180g vinyl

            € 25
            • Blizz

              180g vinyl

              € 25
              • 031921 5.24 5.53

                Limited 10" dubplate (one per customer)
                Edition of 50. Comes in a letterpress printed and embossed cover with silver printed innersleeve.

                € 30Sold Out!
                • Percussive Maintenance (2)

                  White printed transparent cassette tape.
                  Limited edition of 50 copies.

                  € 15Sold Out!
                  • Candid

                    180g vinyl, each record comes with unique print, edition of 300

                    € 25Sold Out!