Are you ready for a music experience? Because Jon Hopkins is about to take you on an instrumental musical journey through space and time. And I am not referring to that cheesy, new-agey, retro-future, Disney kind of adventure. This album is a broad spectrum rocketship to the center of the electronic aural atom. Minute and precise, broad and expansive—a wonderful mental journey.
A dynamic system of marvelous interactions with electronics that seemingly collect themselves in manufactured pockets of chaos.
The tools he uses, are familiar to anyone in the industry. Yet, how he handles these instruments is like none other. Twisting knobs, punching keys, and swiping at trackpads to bring to life the circuitry with such quiet sophistication. It at once seems easy to start (in a club-jock manner “hey bro, I could do that… just hand me the Kaos Pad”) and impossibly difficult to know where to begin. Although I doubt many people possess the skills to perform anything remotely close to what he has embedded on this disc if given the circumstantial chance anyhow.
So instead of me adjectivizing any further, just give it a listen. The music speaks for itself, and it speaks loudly. It says, click on over to your nearest music store and buy me right now. Then listen a thousand times again… and be productive my friend.
Like many amazing albums, this takes a while to fully comprehend. Deceptively simple techno techniques combined with a classical composer's ear make for a complex emotional experience—but there is a little bit for everyone.