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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Review of 'Asleep versions' EP (not 'Immunity'): good but slightly disappointing (compared to superb original LP)
This is a double CD, consisting of the unadulterated album ('Immunity') and a CD maxi-single/EP ('Asleep versions', with four new mix versions of tracks in 'Immunity' totalling another 25 mins of music). The new mixes are chill, minimal, occasionally beautiful, and entirely listenable -- abt 3.5 stars overall. But they're not essential like the original album, which is...
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Review of 'Asleep versions' EP (not 'Immunity'): good but slightly disappointing (compared to superb original LP), 16 Nov 2014
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This is a double CD, consisting of the unadulterated album ('Immunity') and a CD maxi-single/EP ('Asleep versions', with four new mix versions of tracks in 'Immunity' totalling another 25 mins of music). The new mixes are chill, minimal, occasionally beautiful, and entirely listenable -- abt 3.5 stars overall. But they're not essential like the original album, which is extraordinary (5 stars) [please consult the previous reviews for that original release]. It really is another ruse by the industry to plonk down again for the same offering, with a few extra tracks. The extra CD sits in the other side of the gatefold cover, and, like the original LP, has its own sleeve. No other changes. Is it worth it (at time of writing, 8 quid)? Marginally, if you're a completist and if only because the original album is so excellent: one could always give the extra disc as modest gift. But why not sell the 'Asleep versions' CD for just a few quid?
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26 of 30 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Electric emotions, 22 Nov 2014
This review is from: Immunity (Audio CD)
How can electronic music be human, passionate? Well if you have ever asked yourself this, then you have not heard Jon Hopkins "Immunity" yet.
There are in this passages of music one can actually become emotionally effected, it is not just a computer program playing in a background of ambiance created by another computer program, or is it, well on the whole yes, but the difference is this one works on many levels.
You do not have to sit and listen to it many times to "feel" the strengths in this, it can be appreciated from the start.
Give it a go and relax into a state you may not have gained before.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Funky, glitchy and involving soundscapes., 25 Oct 2014
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Utterly thrilling in the right frame of mind, and with a staggering attention to detail. Will give your system a real shakedown, and if you own a good sub, the deeper notes will annoy the hell out of your neighbours.
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17 of 22 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.

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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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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An album so vast it defies words., 4 July 2013
This review is from: Immunity (Audio CD)
'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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime, 17 July 2014
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Wow this guy sure knows how to move you very emotional album up there with the likes of Burial, scratchy glitch breaks and warping techno. My fav track has to be Open Eye Signal has amazing soundscapes and the last two minutes he brings the funkiness in. Bought it on iTunes though £4.99. This guy is someone to look out for well worth a listen.
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4 of 6 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 An expensive discovery, 26 May 2014
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Such is the top quality of Immunity that I ended up purchasing his back catalogue too and I now have over 3.5 hours of quality, interesting, changing music on repeat!
Immunity opening reminds me of Burial but then it soon becomes a happier version of Burial. The other albums are down differing roads but all amazing too.
It seems Jon Hopkins is another of the UK's hidden geniuses. Perhaps he would like to keep it that way though?
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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
This review is from: Immunity (Audio CD)
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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