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Ghosts Of Then And Now [VINYL] Double LP

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  • Vinyl (10 Feb. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double LP
  • Label: Ninja Tune
  • ASIN: B00GBJTGJU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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After quite a few single releases, its taken Illum Sphere (Ryan Hunn) some time to release his debut ‘Ghosts of Then And Now’ on Ninja Tune.

Illum Sphere’s music is a mellow mix of jazz, soul and hip-hop wrapped up in cosy retro-futuristic electronica beats. ‘Ghosts of Then And Now’ may be 13 tracks long but it effortlessly fills your head with dreamy thoughts as soon as the opening ‘Liquesce’ plays. Standout tracks include the hypnotic ‘The Road’, featuring Shadowbox who appears on 3 tracks, a seductive and mysterious 2-stepper. Album highlight ‘It’ll Be Over Soon’ opens with crackles and a foreboding piano, before some peppered beats and a variety of different noises intertwine to drive the track to an ever increasing momentum.

There’s quite a few tracks on ‘Ghosts of Then And Now’ that don’t raise your pulses, such as the single ’Sleeprunner’, ‘Love Theme From Foreverness’ and ‘Lights Out / In Shinjuku’. These and many other tracks sound very similar to bands of a similar ilk such as Ikonika, Bonobo, Flying Lotus and quite a few others.

‘Ghosts of Then And Now’ doesn’t sound like an album that should be released in the Winter months, such is it Summery disposition. Ryan Hunn’s excellent early EP’s like ‘Incoming’, ‘Long Live the Plan’ and ‘Titan’ showcases a musician full of invention, but ‘Ghosts of Then And Now’ plays it too safe for my liking.

Rating: 5/10
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4.0 out of 5 stars ... & Now was the only track that I really enjoyed. I am a big fan of Tangerine Dream ... 5 Aug. 2014
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The title song 'Ghost of Then & Now was the only track that I really enjoyed. I am a big fan of Tangerine Dream and other new age electronic instrumental music
5.0 out of 5 stars Headphone Commute Review 26 April 2014
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Listening to Ryan Hunn‘s debut full-length as Illum Sphere I can’t help but nod my head in recognition of the many recognizable influences spawning from the iconic Ninja Tune label. I would even claim that Ghosts Of Then And Now is the definitive Ninja Tune album sprinkled with the aesthetic notes of the label’s founders, Jonathan More and Matt Black, collectively known as Coldcut, as well as works by Bonobo, The Cinematic Orchestra, Skalpel and the likes. As I’m listening to the album, “Near The End” appears to be the most exemplary of the pieces befitting that style. I hope to say all this in a very positive light – after all, I’ve been a huge fan of the label, consuming pretty much every single release since its creation in the 90s, and Illum Sphere is a very welcome rebound.

In 2010 the label celebrated its 20th anniversary with a massive boxset titled Ninja Tune XX (a prized volume in my collection), and seemed to be somewhat quiet afterwards, with a few remixes and EPs. Two years later, Ninja Tune returned with its familiar roster of quintessential artists, such as Yppah, Amon Tobin and Blockhead, only to amaze us even further with the signing of Eskmo, FaltyDL and Machinedrum – artists put on the world stage by Planet Mu. Was this the new and morphing Ninja Tune, luring away musicians advancing in juke, dubstep, and bass music spearheaded by Mike Paradinas‘ archetypal imprint, or was this simply the new sound of Ninja Tune? Whatever the answer may be to that burning question, with Illum Sphere the UK label reassures its audience that its staple “ninja-tunesque” sound is here to stay, and Hunn may just be the man to resurrect its glamour and allure.

Ghosts Of Then And Now is not limited by a particular genre, but it does hold a certain air of an overall encompassing style. Although the album’s cover suggests a somewhat dark and noir-fi journey (I first thought of music by Demdike Stare and Raime), the musical progression is often surprisingly light, jazzy and upbeat. The release opens up with quiet shuffles, vinyl crackle and subtle piano notes, only to evolve into cinematic loops à la Harmonic 33‘s Extraordinary People with a light drumming hand of Shigeto. The album features a few female vocals and samples courtesy of Bonnie Baxter (aka Shadowbox), who’s also credited with writing three out of thirteen tracks (there’s an extra “Hand Shadows” piece available only on Japanese edition). Hunn cleverly weaves in elements of footwork, spacey synths, and progressive bass music to compose a seductive and smokey groove, ripe with lush and savory appeal.

Although Ghosts Of Then And Now is Hunn’s first proper studio album, he did appear on a handful of eclectic imprints with EPs since 2009. See his debut single, Long Live The Plan (Fat City, 2009) as well as Dreamstealin’ / Blood Music (Tectonic, 2011) and Birthday / h808er (Young Turks, 2012). Give the album a single spin, and you’ll be coming back again and again, especially if you’re a fan of Ninja Tune. Also recommended if you like Thievery Corporation, Submotion Orchestra, and The Emancipator. It’s great to see one of my favorite labels furnishing a durable platform for today’s electronic music pioneers, and Illum Sphere is clearly one of them!
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