Nothing Is Still

Leon Vynehall - Nothing Is Still
Critic Score
Based on 17 reviews
2018 Ratings: #306 / 841
User Score
Based on 131 ratings
2018 Ratings: #120
June 15, 2018 / Release Date
LP / Format
Ninja Tune / Label
Downtempo / Genres
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Vynehall's sense of musicality and use of instrumentation had begun to stand out in recent years ... but on Nothing Is Still he takes a huge step forwards.

The Line of Best Fit

Nothing Is Still is an album unaffected by the outside world; a piece of work unconcerned by preconceived perceptions.

More deliberate and expansive than any of his other releases, the album moves beyond the dancefloor by incorporating traces of ambient and modern classical music.

Leon Vynehall’s previous album, 2016’s Rojus (Designed To Dance), was a great deep house record, but the sound design and ambience that surrounded the grooves suggested something deeper still. This potential has been realised on Nothing Is Still, along with a conceptual framework based on his grandparents’ time in New York, with tracks much more suited to headphone listening than the dancefloor.


Above all, Nothing Is Still is an excellent demonstration of what Leon Vynehall is capable of when he emerges from the confines of club music.

The 405

Even without knowing the backstory associated with Nothing Is Still, you can still appreciate all the luxurious beauty it has to offer. It's one of those albums that demands you give a certain amount of time and patience for it to reveal itself, and there's a lot to unpack here, but in the end, it's more than worth devoting your time and attention to.


British producer ditches house bangers for symphonic genius on his debut album.

Vynehall has woven a rich tapestry of complimentary sounds that serves a purpose far bigger than the music itself. It's an artistic piece in the truest sense that works best as a singular whole, inviting the listener to take the time to clock off for its duration and immerse themselves fully.
Loud and Quiet
An album of little mysteries, you never quite know the story but Vynehall’s considered textural snapshots make you want to find out.
Crack Magazine

Nothing Is Still never truly immerses itself in the dancefloor fodder Vynehall has become known for. Rather, the influence of Steve Reich and Philip Glass is so overt it’s almost lazy to point it out, which makes for moments of genuine encapsulation, but at times falls into self-indulgence.


While not as immediately appealing as his prior releases, Nothing Is Still is clearly designed to be appreciated through multiple listens, and it's ultimately a work of considerable depth and feeling.

Many may still see Vynehall as a specialist in euphoric house, but this album has a richness and depth that transcends the dancefloor.
As an artistic endeavor, it is a laudable milestone for Vynehall. But as an album that warrants repeated listens, over many years? That will be for fans to decide.
Spectrum Culture

Nothing Is Still comes bundled with a lot of big ideas ... But as a record it often feels too flimsy to support so much baggage.

Under The Radar

What it lacks in real energy and excitement is more than made up for with a deep sense of place and atmosphere which truly consumes the listener.

His track record is flawless, following his career since around 2015 hasn't disappointed me yet.
Tis Gud
Beautiful. Emotive. Sublime.

Vynehall ditches the dancefloor for an emotional journey through sound. This time capturing the immigration of his grandparents to New York. The tracks here are long winded and packed with emotion. You can feel the sense of anxiety upon landing in a new land, the release of knowing you have finally made it safely, and the sense of danger that comes with trying to survive in a strange land where you may or may not be welcome.

These songs are dense, they are ... read more
Some real moments to treasure on this but they're soon lost among the many pointless airwaves.
One of the most beautiful albums of 2018.
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Track List

  1. From the Sea / It Looms (Chapters I & II)
  2. Movements (Chapter III)
  3. Birds on the Tarmac (Footnote III)
  4. Julia (Footnote IV)
  5. Drinking It in Again (Chapter IV)
  6. Trouble - Parts I, II, & III (Chapter V)
  7. Envelopes (Chapter VI)
  8. English Oak (Chapter VII)
  9. Ice Cream (Chapter VIII)
  10. It Breaks (Chapter IX)
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Added on: April 10, 2018