8 Songs, 59 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Compared to the organic folktronica of Jon Hopkins’ preceding strum ‘n’ bass album, Diamond Mine, 2013’s Immunity is a departure in both music style and sonic texture. The former built an imaginative balance from the contrasts of electronic soundscapes rubbing against the grain of wood and wire. But with Immunity, Hopkins’ yin and yang swirl sublimely. The opening song, “We Disappear,” somehow makes techno sound light and breezy. On paper, the stuttered beats, rusty percussion, and deep bass should sound angular and abrasive. But under Hopkins’ touch, the elements here combine to sooth the senses with a feel that’s similar to reclining in a leather seat in the first-class section of a 747. “Open Eye Signal” follows, with more downplayed rhythms and tones gently pulsing and droning alongside what sounds like brushes on a snare drum. “Breathe This Ear” returns us to a time in the mid-'90s when British shoegazers like Slowdive were collaborating with the ambient electro backdrops of Seefeel. “Collider” brings some innovation to this marriage with cleverly collaged samples of singer Lisa Elle (Dark Horses).

EDITORS’ NOTES

Compared to the organic folktronica of Jon Hopkins’ preceding strum ‘n’ bass album, Diamond Mine, 2013’s Immunity is a departure in both music style and sonic texture. The former built an imaginative balance from the contrasts of electronic soundscapes rubbing against the grain of wood and wire. But with Immunity, Hopkins’ yin and yang swirl sublimely. The opening song, “We Disappear,” somehow makes techno sound light and breezy. On paper, the stuttered beats, rusty percussion, and deep bass should sound angular and abrasive. But under Hopkins’ touch, the elements here combine to sooth the senses with a feel that’s similar to reclining in a leather seat in the first-class section of a 747. “Open Eye Signal” follows, with more downplayed rhythms and tones gently pulsing and droning alongside what sounds like brushes on a snare drum. “Breathe This Ear” returns us to a time in the mid-'90s when British shoegazers like Slowdive were collaborating with the ambient electro backdrops of Seefeel. “Collider” brings some innovation to this marriage with cleverly collaged samples of singer Lisa Elle (Dark Horses).

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Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
36 Ratings

36 Ratings

Carbonaddict80 ,

Beyond

Beyond amazing album. I can lay in a dark bathroom in a hot tub with candles and be taken other places listening to this. It will touch you.

Flying pretzel ,

Primacy

Outclassing all the competition, Jon Hopkins has created an ambient masterpiece which avoids the pitfalls of acidity and aridity which saturate so much of the competition. His sound gardening is organic and fluid and always engrossing.

Heyrist ,

Incredible

When I first heard about Jon Hopkins, I gave a few songs a listen and wasn’t too keen on the sound. Later on, I revisited this album and fell in love with it. This album is beautiful, bringing creativity to a whole new level.

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