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Why Active Management Pays Off

Why Active Management Pays Off

Insides is Jon Hopkins’ third album, and it’s a stunning effort that invigorates so-called downtempo music with crunchy electronic undertones. Melodic numbers like “Vessel” and “Wire” truly soar, yet retain some real teeth with beats that recall Aphex Twin’s tougher offerings. The title track is basically techy dubstep, while “Colour Eye” is a scratchy and distorted IDM workout that gives way to the serenely swirling synths of “Light Through the Veins.