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


    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

      € 23
      • Devi

        180g vinyl

        € 23
        • 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.

            € 15
            • Blizz

              180g vinyl, comes with risograph printed inlay

              € 25