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 at Daily Dialogue
(c)(p)2019 Squama

  • Popp


    Raised on an old farm in rural Bavaria, Simon Popp started playing the drums at the age of 9. During his studies at the Academy of Music and Theatre in Munich, he extensively studied music from countries like Ghana, Benin, India and Cuba where rhythm is central to culture.

    • Laya

      180g vinyl

      € 21
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        180g vinyl

        € 21
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          Limited 10" dubplate (one per customer)
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            White printed transparent cassette tape.
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            € 15
            • Blizz

              180g vinyl, comes with risograph printed inlay
              *Pre-order* ships around November 2022

              € 24