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Illum Sphere : Ghosts Of The Here And Now

Now well into its third decade, the London-based Ninja Tune label seems to be enjoying something of a renaissance of late, its current roster boasting some of the biggest names and brightest young talents in electronic music right now, including Lee Bannon, Falty DL, Machinedrum and Actress; add to that list Manchester DJ, remixer and producer Ryan Hunn AKA Illum Sphere, who follows singles for Tectonic and Young Turks with his debut long-player Ghosts Of Then And Now, out February 10. Exhibiting the same genre-jumping disregard for convention as his Hoya: Hoya club nights, Ghosts finds Hunn wrong-footing those expecting more of the house and techno stylings that characterised early singles like “H808er” and “Birthday” with a surprisingly mellow set fusing jazzy neo-soul melody lines and airy guest vocals from Mai Nestor and Bonnie “Shadowbox” Baxter with lively bass, swooping strings, bells, chimes and gently propulsive percussion; the throbbing John Carpenter synths of “Sleeprunner” and “At Night”’s glassy electro funk feel more familiar, detouring into darker and dancier territories respectively, but the overall vibe – lush, warm, organic – is far more seductive than anyone could have predicted. Check out “Sleeprunner” below, and stream the album in full via Pitchfork Advance.



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My name is Michael Dix; I'm a decade or so past being down with the kids, but to me new music never gets old. Apparently I like music that sounds like faulty kitchen appliances and ritual slaughter; really I just like what I like, whether that happens to be indie, pop, punk, hip hop, metal, electronica, Afrobeat or jazz. Follow me on Twitter @FoamHandsBlog to receive notifications of new posts and the occasional random brain-fart, and please share links wherever you can. Enjoy!

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