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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A welcome evolution
I first discovered Jon's music a couple of years ago and, like many, was enamoured by Opalescent. It was melodic and ethereal without being 'new age', and struck a great balance between emotion and electronics. Likewise with Contact Note, which I saw as a decent step forward for Jon's sound. When Insides hit in 2009, I was at first shocked by the harder-hitting more...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing.
Hmmmm...All artists have to progress and Jon Hopkins is moving forward I guess.. sadly he's leaving me behind in his wake and this will be the last of his albums that I'll buy. I loved "Opalescent" and "Contact Note", liked most of "Insides" but on this new album he's taken the worst aspects of tracks 3 and 5 from "Insides" and built a whole album round them. Clicks,...
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A welcome evolution, 17 Jun 2013
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I first discovered Jon's music a couple of years ago and, like many, was enamoured by Opalescent. It was melodic and ethereal without being 'new age', and struck a great balance between emotion and electronics. Likewise with Contact Note, which I saw as a decent step forward for Jon's sound. When Insides hit in 2009, I was at first shocked by the harder-hitting more industrial sound but soon fell in love with that album too (particularly Light Through the Veins which I play almost daily on my commute).

So here we are in 2013, and Immunity is finally upon us. I've read a few customer reviews and some seem disappointed by Jon's slightly 'glitchier' sound, but I personally see this as a huge step forward. Rather than being synthetic and false-sounding like some downtempo artists, Jon uses real-world sounds to create a far more organic feeling that permeates the disc. Tracks like 'Open Eye Signal' and 'Sun Harmonics' benefit from these inclusions. Additionally we're treated to Jon's masterful use of the piano, and the closer - 'Immunity' - is now firmly one of my favourite Hopkins tracks. Sure, it's a slow burner, but this is music that's meant to be listened to more than once; it's an album you really need to immerse yourself in. One listen just won't cut it.

If you're still on the fence about Immunity, I urge you to spin it a few more times before casting judgement. It's a journey that may take a while to get underway, but once it does, it's one you'll want to take again and again.

Top-notch stuff, Jon; long may it continue.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This guy should be far better known than he is......., 14 July 2013
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There seem to be two periods that Hopkin's solo albums fall into; "Opalescent" and "Contact Note" are the first pair and shimmer with an elegiac beauty that transcends nearly all other electronica. Hopkins was reputedly disenchanted with the lukewarm response to these works and responded with 2009's "Insides" and this latest "Immunity" this year (2013). Both are harder sounding, crunchy, and superficially more edgy than the warm and immersive comfort of the first two. "Immunity" is a superb album, rhythmically intricate, sparse at times, but always underpinned by a classical sensibility that comes through with the use of piano and poignant melodies. This is no Basic Channel: this is the sound of a fantastic British artist producing wonderful music that is staggering under-recognised.

Sound
Heard through dCS/Bryston/ATC, this is an extremely clean, dynamic and sharply etched modern recording, full of spatial and textural detail, but never sounding coarse or uncomfortable. There is little musical hyperbole with loads of low frequency speaker-stretching, but not so crude as to become comic. This is a wonderfully subtle and maturely recorded electronica album, with plenty of contrast in the mix. Overall levels have not compressed things too much so there's a good dynamic range to be heard. A great system test if you're into that kind of thing.....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Post techno Kite marked and "minfluential" .. That's minimally influential in a God like way!, 16 April 2014
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When I first heard Hopkins's earlier album Contact Note (2004) there was almost something prescient that he would garner critical acclaim; his music had a nascent technical artistry that captured the early noughties avant garde zeitgeist. Two UK Mercury Prize nominations later, one in collaboration, it can be safely said that this boy wonder is starting to receive some recognition.

As an opening track 'We Disappear', with its Autechre like drum patterning sequences, rolls on thick the trademark drum squelches in a four-four to the floor techno rhythm and foreboding synth lead before segueing effortlessly into one of the stunning tracks on the album called 'Open Eye Signal' which is 7 minutes and 48 seconds of squelch apotheosis constructed around a motoric beat of the Krautrock school. According to a Guardian paper review it took 6 weeks of incessant sculpturing to perfect the bass into the sexiest darkest anthemic line to ever graced any hi-fi of mine, and that the inestimable Trentemoller might tickle for. Hopkins's suite of Kaoss pads pour forth a left-field riot adding loads of effected textures and filter manipulations to "totilate" (omnipresent saturate) the listener's senses. This is the consummate live DJ mixing musical ideas on the fly but with all the control of detail you might find in a GANT chart - see the set of 'Open Eye Signal' (Live on KEXP) at [...]

Next on the T-table of dark techno is a track calked 'Breathe This Air' which showcases sparse reverb sound effected punctuations of lingering piano notes and petite explosions while the heavily processed drums merge with a shifting transposed bass figure. The lilting piano motif fades out to usher in another crazy track called 'Colider'. This track opens with all the flourish of a rattle-shaker, its frenetic percussiveness and backwards tape op effects overdubbing intermittently with a formant expulsion of air. Underpinning this are two intertwined horn synth leads: one heavily oscillating in a filter - which once in a while releases a thunder crack - while a secondary synth produces the baroque simplicity of a Pachelbel canon as it weaves in and out of the thumping squeezed out drum pattern. This song's daring audacity, makes you want to go and punch the fairy lights out of every anodyne number 1 that has ever disgraced the Top 40 and sneer .. "See??"

'Abandon Window' changes the mood ever so downwards and inwards to one of Sigur Ros's more poignant legato piano moments. It has all the tender and haunting heartfelt ness that is sure to be covered by visual makers for its pure ability to evoke the ineffable past... the ambient treatment of this song can only be described as Eno-esque. Next, 'Form By Firelight' references to my mind the combined skill sets of Jan Jelinek, Apparat and Aphex Twin in its glitch tonal sequencing while the impression of an industrial hammer and anvil plays a game of tig with the synth melody.

'Sun Harmonics' sets off to the similar sound of old Casio tone rhythm machine which then slides into a groovy drum pattern before the introduction of child-like hook of looping notes that uncannily resemble U2s 'Bad'! To my taste this is possibly the least significant track on the album but I guess Hopkins knows what he is doing as the chord pattern is actually inspired by an alarm on a reversing lorry outside his studio.

Last but not least is the namesake 'Immunity' with a dose of meditative World Music tribalism similar to Moby's 'Play' album (1999). A defenceless falsetto blues lyric delicately makes its mark over the reverb drenched atmospheric piano and squelch percussion. This is another song that so achingly grips the vulnerable that it is sure to be doled out as a moving accompaniment to a rain forest dawn chorus and melting ice capped trapped polar bear story for years to come!

Hopkins's music is by turns decidedly reflective, limpidly meditative and deeply deeply abrasive in it use of post industrial techno soundscapes and found samples that may jar somewhat with those liking a consistency of extended tender moments. This album, however, further leaves the impression of a strong flair for composition which is already being applied to other musical genres in film and dance. It will be interesting to watch what future direction he will take - that collaboration with Jonsi must surely be on the horizon?

6 stars for another stunner please.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece, 1 Mar 2014
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By far my favourite album of 2013. Woozy, burpy, fizzy and beautiful. A multi layered treat for fans of electronica.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album, 8 Jan 2014
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I bought this when I was looking for something to listen to for a lonely, rainy car journey. By the end of track three I had to pull in and listen to the whole thing properly. Loved it.

Get yourself a decent hi-fi (or car stereo!) and turn it up loud.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An album so vast it defies words., 4 July 2013
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'Immunity' is a massive step forwards for the talented musician and producer Jon Hopkins, bringing togeather myriad strains of his work in cinema soundtracks, production on other excellent albums and his own detailed yet melodic style of electronic music. There is variety here that is a joy to discover, with certain tracks proving to be harsh and unforgiving and others sublimely smooth and gentle. This album is a masterful sonic journey and will be a favourite for many years!
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wayward, wonky and wonderful, 7 Jun 2013
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This is by far my favourite Hopkins' solo release to date. There is more confidence, edginess and technical prowess on show than previous offerings, which have all been appealing but sometimes felt a little too safe. There is also more experimentation with sounds, pitches and rhythms on Immunity, and less reliance on pure melody - though this too is not short of its tuneful moments. The epic Open Eye Signal is a decent marker for the album if you are thinking of trying before buying; wayward, wonky and mainly wonderful. In a year that looks like it is going to be very strong on quality electronic music, this should more than hold its ground. Highly recommended through the headphones or quality speakers.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Album of the Year, 21 Nov 2013
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This has to be album of the year without doubt...

Great on first listen but more you play it, the better it gets.

An electronic masterpiece.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars silky smooth and very different, 8 Oct 2013
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Heard this being played on ujima radio, Bristol based cultural roots radio station and took a chance, very glad I did. It's hard to genre it but it's slightly techno, not dub but is an interesting mix of everyday sounds synthesised to create a very calming effect. Excellent bed time listening...
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, 3 Feb 2014
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Having recently "found" this artist I've tried whatever cds of his I can find and this one is superb. If you're looking for modern music without words but with the instruments and tunes carrying the thoughts/moods, this is worth sampling and buying.
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