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Harmonic Jigsaws Vol. 1


Simon Mills rose to musical prominence as one half of electronic duo Bent, alongside production partner Neil "Nail" Tolliday. Harmonic Jigsaws Vol. 1 is the first studio album released under his own name, having released solely as Napoleon for the best part of a decade. The album follows on from several disco-tinged EPs and a blissful remix of CamelPhat and Elderbrook's hit "Cola", one of the biggest club tracks of 2017. As a part of Bent, Mills and Nail set the electronic dance world on fire with their critically acclaimed album Programmed To Love, released in 2000. After releasing five studio albums the pair took a break to work separately. Harmonic Jigsaws Vol. 1 marks the first in a series where Simon ambitiously explores and encapsulates the more melodic, wistful, and atmospheric side of his music output, paying tribute to Bent's unmistakable sound and the more emotive quirky side of his later work as Napoleon. The title itself derives from Simon's synesthesia, a condition where one sense such as hearing is simultaneously perceived by one or more additional senses such as sight. Simon's synesthesia causes him to associate colors and shapes with musical notes, harmonies and patterns, as well as letters and words. The album features standout tracks "Springtime (Fire And Honey)" sampling vocals from legendary pop-folk vocalist Sally Oldfield, alongside "THIFOL", "Listen", and "Getaway", featuring vocalist Joel Hood, originally brought to Simon's attention after being drafted in to produce Joel's music. In Simon's words: "We got on so well together, with the love of the same eclectic music; house, disco, Balearic, strange library music oddities, 1950s doo-wop, '60s soul and various soundtracks... I loved Joe's voice and songwriting, so it was obvious that we had to collaborate." Over two years in the making, this landmark release is one of Simon's most cohesive works to date and celebrates a characteristic sound he has spent two decades developing and nurturing. Double LP comes in a gatefold sleeve; Includes download code.