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Illum Sphere: Ghosts Of Then And Now

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Ryan Hunn, AKA Illum Sphere, is founder of Manchester's renowned club night Hoya:Hoya, has remixed Radiohead, toured the world's best club nights and released music on some of its finest imprints 3024, Tectonic, Young Turks, and now Ninja Tune, where he's found a long term home.

His album arrives on the back of eager expectation. If anyone seemed set to make one of the standout albums of the era, it was Illum Sphere. The good news is that he's delivered in spades.

Ghosts Of Then And Now has been deliberately and uncompromisingly conceived as a full length record; an album in the traditional sense, full of music that couldn't be more modern, whilst nodding to Hunn's various influences.

Opener "Liquesce" which features the drumming of Shigeto is aptly titled, conjuring as it does a sense of blissful dissolution. It also contains a haunting refrain that's deceptively familiar, the sort of melody line you'll hear for years. The song ends abruptly (and cleverly) in a deep intake of breath, as if preparing itself for the album ahead.

"At Night" shows not only how adept with vocals Illum Sphere is layering Mai Nestor of Facit's beautiful voice into his music in a startlingly effective fashion but also just how far he pushes the template of his form. Elements of all the go-to genres' glitch, bass and drum experimentation are present here, but Hunn has mastered them completely, using them only for genuine emotive effect.

"The Road" is the first of three fruitful collaborations with Shadowbox, AKA Bonnie Baxter. Driving drums with an industrial edge merge with anxious synths and looping, lilting melodies, the distinctive, rich vocal both seductive and foreboding.

"It'll Be Over Soon" builds from an exploratory, ominous groove to a frenetic, restless release, in a study of mood that approaches the existential. "Lights Out / In Shinjuku's" deep bass and elemental, sci-fi synths steer the album towards its transcendental ending in "Embryonic." This the final part of the three Shadowbox collaborations, see her return to glorious effect. A simple, shuffle-swing drum and haunting melody give way to abruptly to ocean-deep bass and vast, emotive melody.

Ghosts Of Then And Now is further proof that electronic music is taking giant leaps forward. This is a record so rich in ideas, themes, textures and writing that it will draw the listener in time and time again. As such, it will take its place alongside the best works in the form.

Track Listing

1. Liquesce
Producer: Illum Sphere
2. At Night
featuring Mai Nestor
Producer: Illum Sphere
3. Sleeprunner
Producer: Illum Sphere
4. The Earth Is Blind (Prelude)
Producer: Illum Sphere
5. The Road
featuring Shadowbox
Producer: Illum Sphere
6. Ra_Light
Producer: Illum Sphere
7. It'll Be Over Soon
Producer: Illum Sphere
8. One Letter From Death
Producer: Illum Sphere
9. Ghosts Of Then And Now
Producer: Illum Sphere
10. Love Theme From Foreverness
featuring Shadowbox
Producer: Illum Sphere
11. Lights Out/ In Shinjuku
Producer: Illum Sphere
12. Near The End
Producer: Illum Sphere
13. Embryonic
featuring Shadowbox
Producer: Illum Sphere

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