Hopkins mixes dance and dreams with impunity
Album Review: Jon Hopkins Immunity (Domino) 4 STARS
High-profile collaborations – from making an album with Brian Eno to, ahem, playing keyboards on a Coldplay album – have ensured that Jon Hopkins is something of a musician's musician. But he should not be dismissed as merely a go-to figure to make others look good.
The Englishman has delivered some essential work in his own right and this fourth album is his best yet.
Something of a concept album, Immunity tracks the course of a night out: from the moment one leaves their home to the point where they return, exhausted, after – to paraphrase the Indeep song – a DJ saved their life.
The early part of the album is far dancier than his previous – more reflective, ambient – work and reaches its apex on the engrossing, 10-minute rave-out, Collider.
The remainder of the album brings the listener back down in the most exquisite fashion, thanks to the wistful Sun Harmonics and the evocative title track which features the vocals of Scottish troubadour Kenny Anderson – better known as King Creosote.
This collaboration offers a reminder of the pair's chemistry on the little-heard, but highly recommended, the 2011 mini-album Diamond Mine.
KEY TRACKS Collider; Sun Harmonics; Immunity