Album Review: Jon Hopkins – Immunity

Jon Hopkins – Immunity
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Jon Hopkins’ formidable new album fittingly begins with the sound of a key crisply turning in the lock of the door to his studio. From inside, the threads of a throbbing, squelching techno beat can be heard, out of which soon emerges the record’s opening track, the beguiling and foreboding ‘We Disappear’. This is the world of Immunity: an album of absorbing textured rhythms, minute attention to detail and compelling combinations of dramatic techno and absorbing ambience. Continue reading

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Live review: The Stone Roses, Finsbury Park, Friday 7th June 2013

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Despite last summer’s two hugely successful shows at Heaton Park, which were captured in all their glory for Shane Meadows’ recently released film Made of Stone, the Stone Roses have been tredding on shaky ground throughout their much-discussed comeback tour. The threatened re-emergence of old internal animosities, a lukewarm reaction from a baffled Californian crowd at Coachella earlier this year, and fears about the band’s continued relevancy  in the 2010s have all occasionally threatened to derail a tour which had in itself been utterly unthinkable for years. Continue reading