Insides was the third studio album by super-producer Jon Hopkins and continued his smooth risk-averse journey to global electronica domination. The fact that it contains a track also used on Coldplay's Viva la Vida album says something about the company Hopkins keeps but also his widescreen emotional music has just the right amount of shoegaze flutter to appeal to fans of the likes of Ulrich Schnauss and Tycho.
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8/10 Barry 29th August 2013
Much like a giant robot and/or alien standing relentlessly on two buildings at the same time, Jon Hopkins manages to straddle the not-so fine lines between modern classical, IDM and dubstep/bassy nonsense with incredible panache. Opener 'The Wider Sun' is a good place to start to achieve the first of those three genre separations, and is probably the most clear-cut 'definable' track of the lot. Beautiful violins weave between each-other like something you would expect to hear on the soundtrack for 'True Grit' or something of a similar ilk.
As the album progresses, things just get stranger. Title track 'Insides' is not entirely dissimilar to a sped up, more lively Ben Frost, and such similarities don't end with that track. Throughout the whole of this album, there are crushingly heavy drum beats, beautifully stuttered rhythms and a huge amount of production skill. For those who loved this year's 'Immunity' Album, this is a clear predecessor, but a fantastically different beast. Just as accomplished, and beautifully rhythmic.
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