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As producer of the last two Coldplay albums, Jon Hopkins has experience in the epic. Thankfully, though, while his fourth and most electronic solo album yet is over an hour long and undeniably takes the listener on a journey, it’s a million miles away from the plastic, stick-on epic of his stadium rock employers.

Indeed, ‘Immunity’’s substantial scale is comfortingly organic, with rich foundations under its considerable peaks as well as achingly beautiful, subtly textured lows that aren’t afraid to stretch out their echoes and creaks, distant sub-bass throbs and glitching cracked vocals. That said, while definitely a headphones-friendly record, ‘Immunity’ isn’t without its bangers either – opener ‘We Disappear’’s 8-bit future garage is addictively meaty, and ten-minute centrepiece ‘Collider’ justifies its length with a gorgeously squirming rhythmic build.

Perfectly paced, intelligent and ultimately just incredibly beautiful, ‘Immunity’ feels like a grand statement from Hopkins – a sort of humble masterclass in how big records really should be – and what a magnificent statement it is.


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