British producer Tipper returned on Friday with a new full-length LP, Marble Hunting, which arrived following a health update earlier this week. The celebrated electronic musician communicated through official channels that he will be “scaling back” his public appearances in light of a recent, unspecified health diagnosis.

First, the good news. Marble Hunting marks Dave Tipper‘s first release since his 2021 EP Insolito (released exactly one year and one week before Marble Hunting) and first full-length album since Jettison Mind Hatch in 2019. The album hosts ten uptempo tracks that arrive in contrast to many of the downtempo songs he has played in his sparing recent appearances.

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Now, the bad news. An official post to the Tipper Community Facebook page confirmed that, shortly after his appearance at Sonic Bloom back in June, Tipper was given a health diagnosis “that has changed his day to day in significant ways.” The enigmatic and elusive DJ prioritizes his privacy so no specifics were given but the statement noted “Its not life threatening, but it is Life Altering, and significant enough he took some time away from the studio for the first time in his adult life to get a grasp on everything.”

Fortunately, he found his way back to the studio to put out Marble Hunting. This past year saw Tipper perform sporadically, staging sets at Same Same But Different over Labor Day weekend as well as the inaugural Secret Dreams Music & Arts Festival (where his set was nearly canceled due to torrential downpours and lightning) and his own Tipper & Friends event at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park. This trend will continue in 2023, though it is noted that “Tipper isn’t ‘retired’ fully, but we are scaling back the frequency and predictability of his appearances.” According to the post, there is a show announcement coming up “shortly” and the 2023 weekends will be shared early next year.

Tipper – Marble Hunting