With a couple of releases under his belt in the form of Music For The Uninvited and Rojus, Leon Vynehall has already proven himself a master of textured and tropical tech-house sounds. For his next move, however, he seems to be moving to a more engrossing, all-encompassing and patient sound with an album called Nothing Is Still.

The new LP, his first for Ninja Tune, is based around his grandparents' emigration from the UK to New York in the early 1960s. The full details and anecdotes from this time only came to light upon the passing of his grandfather 4 years ago:

“I knew they had lived in the U.S. and heard many anecdotes, but it was only after Pops died and my Nan presented these polaroids of their time there; of her waitressing at the New York Mayor’s Ball in ’66, or Pops with horses on a ranch in Arizona, that she delved deeper into their story, and I started to become overtly inquisitive about it." He continued to have in-depth chats with his grandmother: "I felt the need to document this period for her, and it all just sort of snowballed from there.”

Not only has an album come out of this process, but a novella and a short film. As such, Nothing Is Still seems set to be much more of a complete piece than either of its predecessors. He even enlisted the addition a ten-piece string section arranged by Amy Langley, Finn Peters (saxophone and flute), and Sam Beste (piano).

All of this is borne out by the lead single from the album, 'Envelopes (Chapter VI)', which is a moody and rain-soaked piece that only leaves you begging for more, as you can feel that it has just a small part of a much larger whole. Not that there's not plenty to engross yourself in through 'Envelopes'' patient and teasingly beautiful 5 minutes; atmospheric washes of synth, delightfully patient percussion and a breathtaking swoop of violins to cap it all off. Check it out below.

Nothing Is Still comes out through Ninja Tune on June 15th, with a new live show to follow. You can pre-order it at vynehall.com. Check out the excellent cover art, using the photo 'George Washington Bridge, NYC“Cinétisation”' by Pol Bury: