JON HOPKINS

 

The first sound on 'Immunity' (Domino Records 2013) is that of a key turning, unlocking the door into Jon Hopkins’ East London studio. It's followed by the noise of the door slamming, then footsteps, and then finally the crisp, clipping rhythms and pulsating bass of ‘We Disappear’ emerge, signposting the most club-friendly music Hopkins’ has made to date. So begins a confident, dramatic record defined by this acute sense of physicality and place; a bold statement after the quiet, intimate 'Diamond Mine', his Mercury-nominated 2011 collaboration with King Creosote.


Until now, Jon Hopkins had been an elusive character, known to most as an expert producer, Ivor Novello-nominated composer of film scores, remixer and long term collaborator of Brian Eno and Coldplay. Yet as Hopkins freely admits, the fact that his solo albums to date ('Opalescent', 2001; 'Contact Note',2004; 'Insides', 2009) had been rather overshadowed by his work with others meant that he was able to quietly develop his own identity, style and sound.


The result being a unique, critically lourded piece of modern music which brought euphoria to venues across the globe in 2014 with sold out stunning audio-visual performances.