Immunity, the latest album by East London sound designer Jon Hopkins, opens with the sound of someone unlocking a reverberant space. Whether it's a field recording of Hopkins entering his Hackney home studio or a more figurative entrance, the feeling is the same: access has been given to an environment of harmonic ghosts and crisp sequencing. Occupying expansive grooves sitting comfortably between the organic noise of Apparat and the massive riffs of Underworld, Hopkins melds analog synthesis and digital manipulation to produce warm, saturated, meditative textures for fans of Four Tet and Boards of Canada. Expect both bangers and studies in bliss when Hopkins filters his pitch-bent bass and glitch-laden rhythms through Mezzanine this week.
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