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Birthday
YTDS 083
03 Sep 12
Bass
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H808er - (5:39) 66 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Birthday - (5:46) 64 BPM
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Ghosts Of Then & Now
ZENDNL 203
10 Feb 14
Bass
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Liquesce - (2:39)
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At Night (feat Mai Nestor) - (3:51) 140 BPM
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Sleeprunner - (3:16) 164 BPM
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The Earth Is Blind (Prelude) - (1:16) 156 BPM
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The Road (feat Shadowbox) - (3:25)
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Ra_Light - (4:00) 162 BPM
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It'll Be Over Soon - (3:50)
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One Letter From Death - (2:34)
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Ghosts Of Then & Now - (4:47) 151 BPM
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Love Theme From Foreverness (feat Shadowbox) - (4:16) 146 BPM
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Lights Out/In Shinjuku - (3:17)
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Near The End - (3:38) Biggest-selling track on this release
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Embryonic (feat Shadowbox) - (2:45) 160 BPM
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Played by: Scrimshire, DNN, Lone
Review: It's been five years since Manchester's Ryan Hunn made his debut under the now familiar Illum Sphere alias. This debut album for scene titans Ninja Tune has been a long time coming. So, is it any good? First and foremost, it's a lot smoother and melodic than his wonkier early work. While there are off-kilter rhythms paired with futuristic electronics (see "It'll Be Over Soon" and string-laden "Ghosts of Then & Now"), these moments largely play second fiddle to woozy, James Blake-ish soundscapes and tactile downtempo moments. It's a curious move, perhaps, but one that suits the album format. Certainly, when he really nails it - such as the distinctly Balearic "One Letter From Death" - it's nothing less than sublime.
Titan EP
302400 8
01 Jan 14
Bass
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Titan - (4:20) Biggest-selling track on this release
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Go Killum - (2:16)
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Technopolis - (3:23)
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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.
Sleeprunner
ZENDNLS 381
09 Dec 13
Experimental/Electronic
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Sleeprunner - (3:16) 82 BPM
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Sleeprunner (Zed Bias remix) - (5:27) 62 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Sleeprunner (Illum Sphereas re-run) - (5:14) 66 BPM
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Review: With his sizable history on labels like Fat City and Tectonic, Illum Sphere makes the leap to Ninja Tune with this esoteric concoction of slow house thud and starry-eyed melodics. "Sleeprunner" features all of the producer's strongest characteristics, from warm and immersive basslines to emotive strings, but all realised through a decidedly unconventional framework befitting of the reputation he has made for himself. Zed Bias meanwhile creates an equally housey version of the track that lays on some rigid claps, cheeky sub bass and fluttering arpeggios in a distinctly summery style. Clearly feeling doubly inspired from his first go at the track, Illum Sphere comes back around for a "re-run" of "Sleeprunner" that turns the track into a slow-release techno peppered with undulating acid lines and rugged drums.
Hand Shadows
ZENDNL 203JP1
10 Feb 14
Experimental/Electronic
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Hand Shadows - (8:39) 75 BPM
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Spectre Vex
ZENDNL 203M
05 May 14
Bass
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Embryonic (feat Shadowbox - Legowelt remix) - (6:21)
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Embryonic (feat Shadowbox - Lone remix) - (4:41) 160 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Love Theme From Foreverness (feat Shadowbox - version 2) - (4:59)
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Spectre Vex - (8:47)
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Sleeprunner (Zed Bias remix) - (5:27)
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Sleeprunner (Illum Sphere rerun) - (5:14)
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The Road (feat Shadowbox - JTC remix) - (5:52)
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The Road (feat Shadowbox - Charles Manier remix) - (6:58)
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Review: The latest release from Illum Sphere on Ninja Tune comes bolstered with so many remixes they actually come in before the original material on the tracklisting. Legowelt leads the charge with a superlative version of "Embryonic" heavy on bleeps and keyboard choir tones, before Lone delivers a sugar-sweet drum & bass interpretation. "Spectre Vex" meanwhile finds Illum Sphere exploring fulsome synth tones with a coldwave leaning, which leads neatly into the JTC and Charles Manier versions of "The Road" with their varied 80s stylings. Let's not overlook the charms of the Zed Bias version of "Sleeprunner" not to mention the other original material on the EP. It's a veritable feast of electronic ideas for those with eclectic palates.
Second Sight
ZENDNLS 427
19 Feb 16
Experimental/Electronic
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Second Sight - (6:39) 65 BPM
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Ritual - (5:48) 88 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: It's certainly no bold statement to come out and say that Illum Sphere is easily one of the hottest properties in UK dance music. Real name Ryan Hunn, the multi-talented producer has appeared on all the big 'uns; from Monkeytown to Tectonic and even 3024, he's always been firmly on point delivering the goods on a consistent basis. This is his return to London's Ninja Tune, and it's through both "Second Sight" and "Ritual" that we see the man moving onto something newer, less formulaic, and highly resonant with the wide-eyed and diverse expectations of any bass produce in this day and age. This come highly recommended and it's pick of the week from us!
Glass
ZENDNL 237
04 Nov 16
Techno
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The Journey - (4:18) 121 BPM
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Fall Into Water - (6:43) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Red Glass - (5:59) 137 BPM
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Wounded - (4:18) 148 BPM
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Oracle - (4:14) 154 BPM
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Fuel The Fire - (5:16) 129 BPM
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River - (3:21) 50 BPM
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Thousand Yard Stare - (8:45) 125 BPM
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Paradise - (5:07) 147 BPM
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Played by: Adam Freeland, AWITW
Review: For his second full length on Ninja Tune entitled Glass, Illum Sphere aka Ryan Hunn follows 2014's Ghosts of Then and Now LP, but sonically moves further in the direction hinted by his Spectre Vex and Second Sight 12's. According to Ninja Tune, Hunn is quoted as saying 'I wanted to make an album very different to the first one with a different palette, pace and energy." The album sees a noticeable change of direction from previous releases. Starting out with the sombre ambient experience "The Journey", there's the '80s style mood lighting of "Oracle" (reminiscent of Jan Hammer), the dusty downbeat EBM of "River" is most indicative of Hunn's recent change of direction as is lead single "Thousand Yard Stare" which sees him throw down some brooding and emotive electro variation.

Red Glass
ZENDNL 237H
28 Oct 16
Deep House
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Red Glass (Hieroglyphic Being remix) - (6:17) 126 BPM
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Played by: Aphreme
The Plan Is Dead
FC 12036
13 Dec 10
Experimental/Electronic
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One For Dimlite - (2:28) 74 BPM
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Diablo Day Out - (2:29) 89 BPM
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Supercharged - (2:47) 82 BPM
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An Old Escape - (3:59) 62 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Aftermath - (2:42) 78 BPM
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Played by: Slugabed
Incoming EP
FC 12031
01 Jun 09
Experimental/Electronic
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Hyper (instrumental) - (2:59) 96 BPM
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Incoming.. - (4:07) 94 BPM
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Murky - (3:38) 94 BPM
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Too Much (Illum Sphere remix) - (3:29) 94 BPM
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Kaleidoscope - (4:34) 85 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Long Live The Plan
FC 12033
15 Feb 10
Hip Hop/R&B
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Long Live The Plan - (1:45) 80 BPM
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Better Late State - (2:57) 66 BPM
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Psycho - (2:54) 77 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Never Lie Twice - (3:54) 115 BPM
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Chasing The Midnight Moth - (3:50) 66 BPM
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Shadowman - (3:18) 90 BPM
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Psycho (Samiyam remix) - (3:03) 87 BPM
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Illum Sphere: Remixed
FC 108
21 May 12
Bass
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Agent White (Kidkanevil Agent Black remix) - (2:47) 89 BPM
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An Old Escape (Dabrye remix) - (3:28) 96 BPM
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Chasing The Midnight Moth (Ikonika remix) - (4:19) 66 BPM
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Never Lie Twice (Om Unit remix) - (4:20) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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One For Dimlite (Scumbag remix) - (3:35) 67 BPM
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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".
Glass Remixes
ZENDNLS451- 2
28 Jul 17
Experimental/Electronic
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Fuel The Fire (Beau Wanzer Adjustment) - (5:19) 65 BPM
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Paradise (Machine Woman remix) - (6:06) 110 BPM
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Red Glass (Hieroglyphic Being remix) - (6:17) 63 BPM
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The Journey (Gavsborg remix) - (3:26) 59 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Wounded (Fotomachine remix) - (6:03) 63 BPM
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Review: By now, it's perfectly normal to think of Illum Sphere as an OG; the artist has been involved in the modern 'bass' scene since the inception of the term 'post-dubstep' into our minds and, over the years, he's come up with nothing but quality tuneage for all sorts of club DJs. That, of course, has been the beauty of contemporary dubstep since day 1. This time he's only around for a cameo, because his recent Glass LP on Ninja Tune has received the proper remix treatment from a squad of unexpected remixers and auteurs. Horror-show techno specialist Beau Wanzer gives "Fuel The Fire" his trademark treatment - this time an eerie techno wormhole fit for nightmares - and Machine Woman follows up with an equally sinister, mid-tempo techno experiment. Jamal Moss aka Hieroglyphic Being drops his usual cocktail of distortion and funk on us, in his remix of "Red Glass", whereas Govsborg's version of "The Journey" lingers to an outsider framework, and Fotomachine's take on "Wounded" offers some old-school Detroit business that recalls the likes of Ron Hardy's edits of Leron Carson's bangers. BIG.
FABRICLIVE 78 Illum Sphere (DJ Mix)
FABRIC 156DX
17 Nov 14
Deep House
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FABRICLIVE 78 Illum Sphere (continuous dj mix) - (1:10:07) 126 BPM
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Review: Illum Sphere steps up to represent Manchester crew Hoya:Hoya on this enlightening mix for Fabric's long running Fabriclive series. If you've not had the chance to catch Hoya:Hoya at the Farringdon club or in Manchester, this weighty 24-track selection is the perfect introduction, veering from dub to primitive electronics and Minimal Wave via spectral Lancastrian ambience and prime slabs of Midwestern Jakbeat. There's plenty of neat little touches throughout, like playing Grauzone at the wrong speed or dicing between the spiky "Fizz" from Powell and Carl Meek's dancehall banger "Danger" which lend the mix an element of personality lacking in many Ableton mixed sets these days. Major props to Illum Sphere for making space for Charles Manier, Streetwalker and Demdike Stare, and for the inclusion of the spellbinding "Cast Reflections" by Vazz.
Producer 2: Part 3
FC 706
17 Aug 09
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
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Mono & Poly - "Oil Fields" - (2:19) 88 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Illum Sphere - "Medusa" - (4:53) 70 BPM
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Young Turks 2012
YTDA 2012
09 Dec 13
Indie
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THESHINING - "Hey You!" - (2:21) 55 BPM
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Illum Sphere - "H808er" - (5:39) 66 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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The Xx - "Angels" - (2:51) 92 BPM
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El Guincho feat Javiera Mena - "Novias" - (3:27) 94 BPM
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The Xx - "Sunset" (Jamie Xx edit) - (6:17) 60 BPM
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