The ‘Joined Ends’ album by self-taught multi-instrumentalist and producer Oliver Thomas Johnson, otherwise known as Dorian Concept, has officially arrived on Ninja Tune to much critical acclaim. The first new material since the ‘Her Tears Taste Like Pears’ EP from a couple of years ago, the twelve track collection has been described by the label as ‘sitting somewhere between a floating lucid dream and a deep trip into a synaesthetic wonderland’ or ‘the biggest, boldest work of his career….a sheer, technicolour audible joy’. Two years in the making, Johnson has swapped his trademark MicroKorg which he felt was tying him down to his old sound, instead building the new tracks around a Wurlitzer electronic piano and an assortment of analogue synths. Heavily melodic, deeply textured and rhythmically elaborate, it’s a record packed with complex ideas that could possibly sound a complete mess in less capable hands, and signals what the producer has called the start of a new musical cycle for himself. Look out for an expanded live performance incorporating fellow Austrian producers Cid Rim and the cloniOUs next month across venues in New York, Paris and London.