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03 Sep 12
Review: Part of the Hoya Hoya collective along with Lone and Krystal Kleer, as well as gracing the likes of Brownswood, 3024 and Tectonic in his short career, Illum Sphere has made a name for himself with his individual brand of music that runs the gamut between garage, funk, and smudged out techno. This new single for the esteemed Young Turks should ensure his status continues to ascend; opening with an atmospheric intro that calls to mind the textured electronics of Young Echo member Vessel, "Birthday" soon gives way to a combination of warped vocal samples, decayed house strings and elastic bass, while the brilliantly named "H808er" is a brilliant piece of dark arpeggiated techno which switches from its unfiltered rasp into a melodic piece of melancholic pastoral electronica.
13 Feb 11
Review: Hoya Hoya stalwart Illum Sphere adds another impressive label to his release CV with this drop for Tectonic. Dreamstealin" proves to be every bit as impressive as the recent Fat City EP The Plan Is Dead, with the title track an expert execution of fuzzed out purple hypnagogic textures over shuffling layers of percussion and dramatic orchestration. Watch out for that heavy funk bass drop! "Blood Music" drops an industrial piston style 2 step flex over a surfeit of psychedelic sonics. Indigo remixes the track, discarding with the hazy sensation of the original and going in a pensive, slightly darker direction. Big tip!
21 May 12
Played by: Juno Recommends Dubstep
Review: Attempting a summary of sorts for Illum Sphere's career to date, Fat City have drafted in this raft of remixers to reinterpret the maverick producers output thus far. Kidkanevil turns "Agent White" into a half-step bleepathon which erupts into jungle without so much as a warning. Dabrye brings some crisp, linear funk to "An Old Escape", with a chunky bass line to die for. "Chasing The Midnight Moth" becomes a silken blur of UK Funky-meets-G Funk in Ikonika's hands, while Om Unit creates an atmospheric dread with his version of "Never Lie Twice". Scumbag rounds things off with an organic yet shattered take on "One For Dimlite".
15 Feb 10
07 May 10
Review: Red Bull Music Academy participant Illum Sphere - aka Mancunian producer Ryan Hunn - drops the Titan EP on Martyn's 3024 imprint. To have an EP on the Dutchman's label is an accolade in itself - he's only the second producer other than Martyn to release on it - and it lives up to all expectations. It's genre bending, leftfield stuff, ranging from the rave cave mayhem of "Titan" to the meandering deepness "Technopolis", which brings to mind Floating Points. Highly recommended.
22 Nov 10
Played by: Ennio Styles (Stylin Radio Show)