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Approved: Illum Sphere

By | Published on Tuesday 11 February 2014

Illum Sphere

Manchester’s Ryan Hunn, aka Illum Sphere, releases his debut LP ‘Ghosts Of Then And Now’ this week, and it is a diverse forage into eclectic electronica.

With a fairly sparse release schedule to date, he has now rostered with Ninja Tune, after forays on Fat City, 3024 and Tectonics. Ninja released his ‘Sleeprunner EP’ late last year which gained considerable acclaim.

Hunn is the co-founder of his home city’s club night Hoya:Hoya, which celebrates its sixth birthday soon, and he has taken the night to London’s Fabric several times, with some big names on the bill, like Danny Breaks, Four Tet, Loefah and Daedulus, Mark Pritchard and Flying Lotus.

His new thirteen-track album covers many themes and ideas, with a few nods to past masters, and is a great snapshot of the current multi-directional possibilities of electronic music. This is the last track, ‘Embryonic’ featuring Shadowbox, which ends the record in a rather ambient style.