Jon Hopkins

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Someone tell me about this guy. The King Creosote thing didn't do a lot for me, but I'm one listen into the new one (Immunity) and it's pretty good. Starts off like a more refined version of Four Tet or Caribou (second song is an absolute belter, as good as anything else I've heard this year), gets more contemplative and sad and nocturnal as the thing progresses.

dschinghis kraan (NickB), Friday, 7 June 2013 13:47 (five years ago) Permalink

There is a bit of background on him in the Pitchfork review by Brian Howe. He used to be in Eno's band.

Damo Suzuki's Parrot, Friday, 7 June 2013 13:55 (five years ago) Permalink

The King Creosote didn't impress me either, but I loved "Insides".

peepee, Friday, 7 June 2013 14:02 (five years ago) Permalink

Not entirely convinced by how Immunity starts, but my word it goes somewhere very beautiful.

they all are afflicted with a sickness of existence (Scik Mouthy), Thursday, 13 June 2013 18:34 (five years ago) Permalink

Great album. 'Collider' is a bomb.

So: The Answers (or something), Thursday, 13 June 2013 22:11 (five years ago) Permalink

Long overdue, this thread, and fully deserved. I think Dog Latin got me hooked on the Creosote album, but I am equally falling in love with the new one.

Agree with Nick that "it goes somewhere very beautiful". It starts quite Kompakt-y to my ears, but then unravels into a mystic trip.

Le Bateau Ivre, Friday, 14 June 2013 13:05 (five years ago) Permalink

kinda put off when i read about parts being uptempo - i'm not that into the the 2013 "intelligent banger" thing - but maybe i'm wronging it with that preconception.

Shamrock Shoe (LocalGarda), Friday, 14 June 2013 13:07 (five years ago) Permalink

So, is this just Nathan Fake 2013? Not saying that as a jab, but seriously asking.

ed.b, Friday, 14 June 2013 14:46 (five years ago) Permalink

I like it much more than I ever did Nathan Fake, who I never really got.

they all are afflicted with a sickness of existence (Scik Mouthy), Friday, 14 June 2013 14:52 (five years ago) Permalink

Dunno yet what this is the 2013 of, but I'm enjoying it.

high inerja (seandalai), Wednesday, 19 June 2013 00:32 (five years ago) Permalink

Immunity sounds like a cross between clark and múm.

braunld (Lowell N. Behold'n), Wednesday, 19 June 2013 00:37 (five years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

into this. love all the door-based percussion sounds.

precious bonsai children of new york (Jordan), Monday, 22 July 2013 19:00 (five years ago) Permalink

love this video

christmas candy bar (al leong), Monday, 22 July 2013 19:47 (five years ago) Permalink

The second half of this, the ambient bit, is way better than the first half. Can't believe anyone is still getting praise for knocking out Sky Was Pink rips in 2013.

Matt DC, Monday, 22 July 2013 19:49 (five years ago) Permalink

Kinda found myself wishing he'd stretch himself a bit more melodically as well - yeah, you can write a tinkly two-bar melody, we get it.

Matt DC, Monday, 22 July 2013 19:51 (five years ago) Permalink

i'm fine with where he is

dyl, Monday, 22 July 2013 23:20 (five years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

Was about halfway thru the new one and read an article about how he stopped using the Eventide H3000 harmonized for the most part because it sounded too much like Eno. So I went back to the last record and am enjoying it more. :-)

Naive Teen Idol, Monday, 12 August 2013 12:46 (five years ago) Permalink

Agree the first half is very mid-2000s Kompakt/Border Community in tone, which isn't necessarily a bad thing but it doesn't really feel like it's trying to be anything more than that. The ambient and piano bits are nice enough but they make me want to go back and listen to the vignettes on Diamond Mine in which they were put to startling use as juxtaposed beside KC's dreich balladry.

Pingu Unchained (dog latin), Tuesday, 13 August 2013 00:52 (five years ago) Permalink

Cool piece on the KC collab in The Quietus:

Naive Teen Idol, Tuesday, 13 August 2013 11:05 (five years ago) Permalink

This KC record sounds to me like a mash up of Sufjan Stevens, the Lord of the Rings OST and "Dunwich Beach, 1960" btw.

Naive Teen Idol, Tuesday, 13 August 2013 11:12 (five years ago) Permalink

Scratch that -- not Sufjan, Gorky's.

Naive Teen Idol, Tuesday, 13 August 2013 11:15 (five years ago) Permalink

I like a Sky Was Pink rip if it's done well, so this gets a pass. There's enough interesting details going on underneath that it's not as sterile and clean as, say, Stephan Bodzin (for want of a relevant comparison in 2013).

The ambient half I think is all the better for coming after the dancefloor IDM, really emphasises the sense of stillness and delicacy in "Abandon Window." I'm not sure why the James Holden album, solid as it is, is getting all the acclaim while this seems to be barely noticed.

boxedjoy, Monday, 26 August 2013 09:43 (five years ago) Permalink

"abandon window" is gorgeous, as is "sun harmonics"

dyl, Monday, 26 August 2013 21:25 (five years ago) Permalink

I have to confess, I'd happily condemn Hopkins 'n' Creosote to a life time of making versions/continuations of "Diamond Mine" ...

djh, Monday, 26 August 2013 21:32 (five years ago) Permalink

The Holden album is getting more buzz because it's way better, but this is hardly going under the radar either.

Matt DC, Monday, 26 August 2013 21:46 (five years ago) Permalink

I must just be reading the wrong things.

boxedjoy, Monday, 26 August 2013 21:53 (five years ago) Permalink

They are making a film of Meg Rosoff's How I Live Now (!) and Jon Hopkins and Bat for Lashes have done this for it:

Not as instantly loveable as the Purity Ring one, but may be a grower...

Mercer Finn, Monday, 2 September 2013 18:48 (five years ago) Permalink

"breathe this air" is better w/o purity ring... or maybe i was just too used to the album version

dyl, Monday, 2 September 2013 20:34 (five years ago) Permalink

That track was my favourite off the album, and the fact that Purity Ring picked it out as well just made it all the more perfect. I'm a goner for Megan James vocals on anything, tho.

Mercer Finn, Tuesday, 3 September 2013 20:42 (five years ago) Permalink

what an incredibly boring album this is. and yes it is literally a wallpaper version of music people were doing eight years ago. gtfo with being excited about it, mercury judgezzzz

lex pretend, Thursday, 12 September 2013 12:39 (five years ago) Permalink

otoh the mercury has brought holden's album to my attention and that's loads better than i expected

lex pretend, Thursday, 12 September 2013 12:40 (five years ago) Permalink

i have only heard one track from the holden album and didn't really like it at all (and also didn't get why it's been such a constant comparison pt to the hopkins one). maybe i should listen to it in full? meanwhile i really love the hopkins album *shrug*

dyl, Thursday, 12 September 2013 16:31 (five years ago) Permalink

On meeting him at the Mercury launch last night I was surprised to discover Hopkins looks like a model. Had imagined him as a beard and cardie type.

Wantaway Striker (ithappens), Thursday, 12 September 2013 16:39 (five years ago) Permalink

ha. i dunno, he strikes me more as a handsome-for-a-nerd type, in the brian cox mould.

Waluigi Nono (Merdeyeux), Thursday, 12 September 2013 16:51 (five years ago) Permalink

sort of Brian cox meets jonny greenwood

christmas candy bar (al leong), Thursday, 12 September 2013 16:53 (five years ago) Permalink

I have to confess, I'd happily condemn Hopkins 'n' Creosote to a life time of making versions/continuations of "Diamond Mine" ...


This is an excellent album, gets very absorbing very quickly.

hyggeligt, Thursday, 12 September 2013 18:27 (five years ago) Permalink

I have to confess, I'd happily condemn Hopkins 'n' Creosote to a life time of making versions/continuations of "Diamond Mine" ...

They did a song called Circle My Demise a few years ago, it's really gorgeous.

Chris, Thursday, 12 September 2013 23:34 (five years ago) Permalink

I like the JH album, though not to the point of vigorously defending it

going (to) hell for pleather (seandalai), Friday, 13 September 2013 02:04 (five years ago) Permalink

I like Immunity well enough although I find I'm hitting his FACT mix more often. I think Hopkins' greatest strength lies in his reassembling of existing material.

doug watson, Friday, 13 September 2013 11:47 (five years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Essential Mix from November last year (without interruptions):

And news of a Late Night Tales mix:

djh, Tuesday, 13 January 2015 18:49 (four years ago) Permalink

three years pass...

djh, Wednesday, 25 April 2018 20:22 (eight months ago) Permalink

with this and the last track he premiered i feel like he might be trying to wring too much out of a narrow range of ideas lately

dyl, Thursday, 26 April 2018 04:27 (eight months ago) Permalink

or perhaps he was always this limited and i just failed to notice until now

dyl, Thursday, 26 April 2018 04:28 (eight months ago) Permalink

New Yorker writer Kelefa Sanneh loves Jon Hopkins:

Hopkins is now thirty-eight, and one of the most celebrated electronic musicians of his generation. He has a paradoxical ability to make obsessively engineered tracks that sound friendly and generous; his sensibility is openhearted and sometimes sentimental—an approach that can make him seem like an outlier in the world of electronic music. ...Next month, he will release “Singularity,” ending a quiet but dramatic period in his life, during which he recovered from the rigors of touring by subjecting his body to other kinds of stress: desert treks, controlled breathing, freezing baths. Apparently, these exertions had an effect, because the new album is both the gentlest and the most epic of Hopkins’s career.

“Singularity” is an hour-long ode to spiritual transcendence that also resembles pleasant background noise—at least, it does at first.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 26 April 2018 16:18 (eight months ago) Permalink

and the most epic of Hopkins’s career.

Certainly does have a ton of huge buildup tracks on it. And it's a nice record, too.

octobeard, Wednesday, 2 May 2018 08:03 (eight months ago) Permalink

one of the most celebrated electronic musicians of his generation

huh did not realise this

just sayin, Wednesday, 2 May 2018 23:56 (eight months ago) Permalink

Don’t think that’s overstating things, he’s a pretty high profile guy. I mean not David Guetta fame or anything but similar to a guy like Nils Frahm.

Siegbran, Thursday, 3 May 2018 06:31 (eight months ago) Permalink

Celebrated by those already in the know...I had barely heard of the guy

curmudgeon, Thursday, 3 May 2018 13:20 (eight months ago) Permalink

the new record is like immunity pt 2 (saying that in the most positive way possible)

great interview w him here -

Thee Macallan 18 Year, Friday, 4 May 2018 20:40 (eight months ago) Permalink

Enjoyed the RA feature on his gear & process

change display name (Jordan), Friday, 4 May 2018 20:44 (eight months ago) Permalink


Ross, Thursday, 10 May 2018 20:11 (eight months ago) Permalink

Man this album is emotionally resonant

Ross, Thursday, 10 May 2018 20:12 (eight months ago) Permalink


Free-jazz baser (Ross), Sunday, 13 May 2018 04:58 (eight months ago) Permalink

four months pass...

Saw most of his set last night, was pretty cool!

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 13 September 2018 13:46 (four months ago) Permalink

Seeing him in a week. Anything notable? Should be fun seeing him as a headliner - last time I saw him he opened for Royksopp if I remember right

octobeard, Thursday, 13 September 2018 16:34 (four months ago) Permalink

Hmm, notable? I guess it was more aggressive than what I was expecting, and he was a lot more active. Setting tempos and triggering in real time, that sort of thing. He was very busy. Daniel Avery's techno-heavy DJ set beforehand was pretty great, too.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 13 September 2018 18:02 (four months ago) Permalink

new album is more aggressive than the last one too, or are you meaning even more than that

j., Thursday, 13 September 2018 18:32 (four months ago) Permalink

hopkins is a lot like clark too it seems..

Ross, Thursday, 13 September 2018 18:47 (four months ago) Permalink

xpost Hmm, he did start with pretty much the first few tracks from the new album, I think. But something about it seemed much more in your face, made for dancing and not introspection. Maybe it was simply a matter of volume!

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 13 September 2018 20:14 (four months ago) Permalink

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