It seems almost inconceivable that Illum Sphere is only releasing his debut album.
After all, this is the producer who founded renowned Manchester club night Hoya: Hoya and who was hand picked to remix Radiohead by the band themselves.
Yet here we are, after a flurry of vital 12s, discussing Ryan Hunn's first ever full length. 'Ghosts Of Then And Now' is set to be released early next year, with Ninja Tune stepping in to support the producer.
It's perhaps an apt pairing. Although often viewed as an avant techno producer along the lines of, say, Kowton, in reality Illum Sphere is driven by a huge variety of influences.
Making great use of texture, 'Ghosts Of Then And Now' features guest appearances from Mai Nestor and Shadowbox. Lead cut 'Sleeprunner' is out now, a clinical, rippling piece of tech-driven Futurism which opens with a dystopian, 'Blade Runner' vibe before suddenly breaking down into wisps of blissful psychedelia.
Illum Sphere's re-run seizes hold of the track's latent pessimism, turning it into a slate-grey dancefloor cut. Expansive and oddly moving, it's clinical nature is matched to a sweeping orchestration which is hidden behind a veil of electronics.
Listen to it now.
'Ghosts Of Then And Now' is set to be released on February 10th.
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