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Electronic - Released June 3, 2013 | Domino Recording Co

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Between Insides and its follow-up Immunity, Jon Hopkins worked with King Creosote on the charming Diamond Mine, which set the Scottish singer/songwriter's ruminations to backdrops that were half rustic folk and half evocative washes of sound. Immunity isn't nearly as acoustic as that collaboration was, but its gently breezy feel lingers on several of these songs: "Breathe This Air" expands from a pounding house rhythm into a roomy piano meditation that recalls Max Richter as much as Diamond Mine, while the title track -- which happens to feature King Creosote's vocals -- closes the album on a whispery note. This feeling extends to the rest of the album in less obvious ways; Immunity is often a more blended, and more expansive-sounding work than Insides, particularly on songs like the Brian Eno-esque "Abandon Window" and "Form by Firelight," which offers a playful study in contrasts in the way it bunches into glitches and then unspools a peaceful piano melody. Some of Immunity's most impressive moments expand on the blend of rhythm and atmosphere Hopkins emphasized on Insides: "Collider" uses sighing vocals courtesy of Dark Horses' Lisa Elle as punctuation for almost imperceptibly shifting beats and a heavy bassline that helps the track build into a moody, elegant whole; meanwhile, the aptly named "Sun Harmonics" turns Elle's sighs into something angelic over the course of 12 serene minutes. Despite these highlights, the album still reflects how Hopkins' polished approach is something of a blessing and a curse. Immunity shows how he's grown, in his subtle, accomplished way, as a composer and producer, yet its tracks occasionally feel like the surroundings for a focal point that never arrives. Even if it doesn't always demand listeners' attention, Immunity is never less than thoughtfully crafted. © Heather Phares /TiVo

Electronic - Released May 4, 2018 | Domino Recording Co

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Electronic - Released April 16, 2021 | Domino Recording Co

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Jon Hopkins has been in a contemplative mood lately. In 2020, he fell in love with a hundred-year-old Tibetan bowl he had found in an antique shop in New Delhi. This sparked a series called Meditations with the title Singing Bowl (Ascension). Now the Royal College of Music London resident has returned, on solo (upright) piano, with a four-track EP. This is the little brother of his 2014 release Asleep Versions, a collection of four ambient covers of some of his favourite tracks. The album enjoys an all-British cast, with Roger and Brian Eno (Wintergreen), Thom Yorke (Dawn Chorus), Luke Abbott (Modern Driveway) and James Yorkston (Heron). On these four super-calm tracks we hear the piano at work, but also birdsong, or a clatter of dishes from the kitchen. It is as if he were inviting us into his musical meditation. "[...]whatever was going on outside my room is included and even accentuated," explains Hopkins. "I want people to hear not just the recordings but to feel how it felt to be there and make them. It was a deep experience." © Smaël Bouaici/Qobuz
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Electronic - Released September 15, 2014 | Late Night Tales

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Electronic - Released November 10, 2014 | Domino Recording Co

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Ambient - Released May 4, 2009 | Just Music

Jon Hopkins got a pretty big résumé boost in 2008 through his production work (alongside Brian Eno and others) on Coldplay's Viva la Vida. Prior to this he had worked with Massive Attack and released two albums on small labels. His debut for Domino, 2009's Insides, is his first record that many people will hear and it's a promising, but flawed, debut. It shows that Hopkins has a firm grasp on many styles of electronic music but doesn't prove to be a master of any. He dips into ominously distorted gangsta glitch on the title track, lush big beat on "Wire," burbling orchestral dubstep on "Vessel," and icy cold IDM on "Colour Eye," and while each excursion sounds good, there is nothing much happening that a fan of electronic music in its many forms hasn't heard done better before. If there is an overriding aesthetic to Insides, it's the kind of ambient techno that labels like Instinct and artists like Pete Namlook and Irresistible Force were making in the early '90s. He creates acoustic instruments with synthesizers and programmed beats to create very pleasant, very well-crafted pieces that don't really challenge the listener but instead create a kind of warm, fuzzy blanket of sound for them to settle into. The problem many artists face who attempt this is that the end result comes awfully close to sounding like generic new agey music that drifts in one ear and out the other. While there are some tracks, like the overly subdued "The Low Places" and the beat-free songs that bookend the album ("The Wider Sun" and "Autumn Hill") that fall prey to this, mostly Hopkins' ear for a good melody and his willingness to occasionally dirty up the beats keep the album off of life support. The best song here, the sunny and bright, epic-length electro-ballad "Light Through the Veins," even points to a possible future where Hopkins develops a voice of his own and makes a record that breaks free of the genre exercises and half-formed ideas that may keep Insides from being a success. © Tim Sendra /TiVo

Alternative & Indie - Released February 6, 2020 | Domino Recording Co

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Ambient - Released September 30, 2016 | Just Music

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"This attention to detail in Hopkin’s music creates an alluring humanity to his creations. As the definition of ‘Opalescent’ suggests, the emotion swings throughout record." © TiVo

Alternative & Indie - Released November 29, 2010 | Double Six Records

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Electronic - Released November 10, 2014 | Domino Recording Co

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Electronic - Released December 5, 2019 | Domino Recording Co

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Electronic - Released December 10, 2020 | Domino Recording Co

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Alternative & Indie - Released May 7, 2020 | Domino Recording Co

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House - Released June 30, 2001 | Just Music

"This attention to detail in Hopkin’s music creates an alluring humanity to his creations. As the definition of ‘Opalescent’ suggests, the emotion swings throughout record." © TiVo
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House - Released June 20, 2010 | Just Music

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Film Soundtracks - Released October 7, 2013 | JustMusic

Electronic - Released March 7, 2018 | Domino Recording Co

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Electronic - Released June 3, 2013 | Domino Recording Co

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Electronic - Released April 9, 2021 | Domino Recording Co

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Ambient - Released April 24, 2009 | Just Music