Wednesday, 5 March 2014
Recommended music: 'Ghosts of Then and Now' by Illum Sphere
With his first full-length album for Ninja Tune, Illum Sphere (Ryan Hunn) has created a sonic landscape that accurately reflects his Manchester homeland. There's a wide range of influences that you can hear on these tracks, from Burial to Four Tet to Caribou to Jon Hopkins, and the whole thing combines to good effect, making a musical palette that blurs the boundaries of electronic music.
'It'll be over soon' even sounds quite a lot like latter-day Radiohead, and it's easy to see why he was asked to remix a track from 'The King of Limbs'.
Like the best albums, this is a record to really immerse yourself in. It's perfect for late night trains, long drives or dark evenings when the rain is lashing down outside. That's not to say there aren't a few dancefloor friendly tunes on here, but it works so well as a whole album that you really need to give it that time and attention.
You can buy the album on various physical and digital formats from the Ninja Tune shop here.