Jon Hopkins: Immunity
Jon Hopkins has become so renowned for his collaborative work – with Brian Eno, Coldplay and the Mercury-nominated Diamond Mine album with King Creosote – that it’s easy to forget the London producer’s (admittedly irregular) solo output. Immunity, his fourth LP and most dancefloor-oriented release, shows just how far Hopkins has progressed since his Café del Mar debut 12 years ago. The album is sequenced to follow the arc of a night out, and its first half culminates at the glistening techno centrepiece Collider before slowing to a post-party headphone-friendly comedown. The peaks and troughs in tempo and mood, although endlessly pretty, result in a bumpy listen while simultaneously reinforcing Hopkins’s place (the thinking person’s Gui Boratto, a more moderate Four Tet) within the electronica landscape.
Download: Open Eye Signal, Collider, Immunity