Jon Hopkins - Insides (4 stars)

Jon Hopkins - Insides

(Double Six)


You don’t expect an electronica album to start with two and a half minutes of mournful fiddle, but that’s the kind of expectation defying that sums up Londoner Hopkins. This moving, bittersweet instrumental record blends sweeping orchestration, glitchy beats, plaintive piano lines and poignant comedown synths to create something powerfully emotional. From the wide-eyed epic vistas of recent single ‘Light Through the Veins’ to the jittery techno of ‘Colour Eye’, the edgy stomp of the title track to the heartbreaking piano interlude of ‘Small Memory’, this is an accomplished and diverse record which manages to sound utterly current yet also somehow timeless.

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