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London-based producer Jon Hopkins has returned with his fourth album as a solo artist. Immunity transcends a number of genre but has its roots firmly in dance and electronica.
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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.
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.
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.....
It's a real masterpeace, how electronic music could be so rich and emotional? Every single bit of sound is crafted with care and perfectionism. Just set up a right mood and listen it from the beginning to the end and enjoy high speed emotional journey coming to its exhaustion at "abandon window" and going a slower pace until the end. It's still gives me shivers. This music is so abstract that everyone will find something "proper" in it. Althoung it's quite different from his previous works I really hope Jon will continue in this way although Immunity's perfection will be extremely hard to beat,
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, although the fingers of a human shine through to save the day, so 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.
Put simply, "Immunity" is the reason why terms like "hidden gem" were coined. Seeing as I've only just discovered this album and indeed Jon Hopkins himself, it makes me wonder: what else have I been missing?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I can't rate this highly enough, I bought it as someone on a different review compared the CD they had bought unfavourably to this one, and I'm glad I did - Immunity is a fantastic... Read morePublished 8 months ago by HJ
This album will be talked about for years to come. Game Changer.Published 8 months ago by Gethin Davies
Wonderful varied album - a lot going on. Great on a good system. Asleep EP included.Published 12 months ago by Mike Sanders
Good, but not his best. Insides, Contact Note, and Late Night tales are better.Published 14 months ago by Paul Tapper
Modern electronica reaches new levels of magnificence with Jon Hopkins' Immunity. At one turn piano melodic and another jittery and and bass heavy. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Andy Peggs