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Illum Sphere


    Producer, DJ and NTS resident Illum Sphere (Ryan Hunn) returns to Ninja Tune with his second full length ‘Glass’. An album stretching nine dynamic but focused tracks reminiscent of Helena Hauff and Kassem Mosse.

    Hunn replaces the sharp turns and drastic shifts in altitude of 2014’s ‘Ghosts Of Then And Now’ with mechanical depth and a beating cohesiveness hinted at on his ‘Second Sight’ and ‘Spectre Vex’ 12”s. It’s a shift that’s bled into his acclaimed DJ sets and recent mixes for fabriclive and Dekmantel, previously drawing support from Benji B, Thom Yorke, Ben UFO and NTS.


    Patrick says: On this striking sophomore offering Illum Sphere fuses regimented drum machines and spectral techno with late night ambience and icy coldwave to create an audio snapshot of a lonely winter in Berlin.

    Illum Sphere

    Second Sight / Ritual

      UK DJ / producer and co-founder of the Manchester institution Hoya:Hoya (club night / label), Illum Sphere releases his new 12" via Ninja Tune. His first output since mid 2014's 'Spectre Vex' double pack, the two tracks "Second Sight" and 'Ritual' are reflective of a shift to a more machine-sounding approach to his productions. Lead track "Second Sight" is a stark, paranoid banger lurking in menacing cold wave / minimal wave / industrial territory, whilst on the flip "Ritual" layers minimal, mechanical percussion with gently arpeggiating synth lines. Two expertly crafted cuts from a producer at the top of his game, with more new music on the horizon.

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      Fabriclive 78 - Illum Sphere

      It's easy to trace Ryan Hunn (aka Illum Sphere)'s impact on the Manchester music scene. Hoya:Hoya, the night he started with Jonny Dub back in 2008, quickly became noted for its eclecticism and open-minded booking approach, with artists ranging from The Gaslamp Killer to Ikonika and James T. Cotton. Soon spotted by the keen eyes at fabric, the collective were invited to host Room Three in 2011, and following its immediate success they moved to Room Two, where they now hold their quarterly residency. Illum Sphere's skill at bringing together disparate sounds as a DJ is bolstered by a formidable production talent, which has seen him release on a series of respected labels, including Ninja Tune, Young Turks, 3024, Fat City and Tectonic, whilst his remix credits include Radiohead, Martyn, Kuedo and Zed Bias. Constructed in the comfort of his own home, his FABRICLIVE mix is inspired by the sounds one might hear during his DJ sets in Room Two.

      "I decided to stick to more electronic-based music, from new wave, dub, techno, acid, etc. In terms of range I think the oldest thing is probably late 70s and the newest thing came out this year." - llum Sphere

      Kicking off in the 80bpm range, EMAK’s spaced out ‘Sein Und Schein’ (a segment of which appears later as an interlude) makes way for dub echo drenched tracks from Soul Syndicate and Carl Meeks. From there the mix explores the many subtle (and not so subtle) facets of electronic music, from the lo-fi experimentalism of Tapes and Powell to analogue synth-driven jams from Musumeci, Streetwalker and Grauzone. Illum Sphere is effortlessly flexible on tempo to the point where the shifts are barely noticeable, with the mix midway pace subtly ramping up into Das Ding’s technicolour ‘HSTA’. From there, spaced out synth textures of Legowelt and Demdike Stare are contrasted with machine-like grooves from Charles Manier and Propaganda. The exceptional ‘Gershwin’ by Actress shifts into Illum Sphere’s own ‘Bullet’, before Nine Circles’ 1982 track ‘What's There Left’ signs off a mix that is engaging as much as it is unexpected.


      01. E.M.A.K. - Sein Und Schein
      02. Soul Syndicate - Now You’re Gone (Version)
      03. Tapes - Dungeness
      04. Powell - Fizz
      05. Carl Meeks - Danger (Version)
      06. (Interlude) E.M.A.K. - Sein Und Schein
      07. Musumeci - Harry Batasuna
      08. Streetwalker - Ooze
      09. Grauzone - Film 2 (33 RPM)
      10. Das Ding - HSTA
      11. NGLY - Speechless Tape
      12. Osborne - Bout Ready To Jak (TNT’s Acid Mix)
      13. Charles Manier - Who Raised These People
      14. Legowelt - On The Tiger Train
      15. Kassem Mosse - B3 (Workshop 19)
      16. Demdike Stare - Repository Of Light
      17. James T. Cotton - Oochie Coo
      18. E-Dancer - Pump The Move (Kenny Larkin Mix)
      19. 2AM/FM - Desolate Cities
      20. Propaganda - Thought Part 1
      21. Actress - Gershwin
      22. Illum Sphere - Bullet
      23. Vazz - Cast Reflections
      24. Nine Circles - What’s There Left

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