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  • Summary: The debut full-length release for Ryan Hunn as Illum Sphere features guest appearances from such artists as Shigeto, Shadowbox, and Mai Nestor of Facit.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Mar 28, 2014
    80
    Hunn achieves an impressive balance between stylistic coherency and jazzy beat maximalism--it's never really as light or as heavy as it first seems--that other producers of his ilk struggle to pull off. [Mar 2014, p.65]
  2. Feb 18, 2014
    80
    It’s a supremely impressive and affecting album that is certain to propel him to an even greater echelon.
  3. Feb 27, 2014
    80
    Ghosts Of Then And Now is a rich and dynamic listen, threaded with a strong sense of purpose that's wonderfully engaging.
  4. 70
    It’s at its best when it mixes Badu-style soul vocals and booming apocalypse bass ('The Road', 'At Night'), but there’s evidence of a lighter side in the sort of jazzy tribal stompers that Gilles Peterson would approve of (‘Ra_Light’, ‘Near The End’).
  5. Mar 10, 2014
    70
    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.
  6. Feb 10, 2014
    70
    Illum Sphere has been well-placed to see how dubstep fragmented into house, garage, minimalism and avant-garde gestures, and he reflects all of these in his debut LP. [Mar 2014, p.78]
  7. Feb 10, 2014
    60
    Unfortunately, dependable lounge ambience this ain’t; as the album progresses, any sense of cohesion or purpose is quickly lost to the sheer density and variety of ideas.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Feb 17, 2014
    9
    Headphones required. Weed might help too, but this is an amazing album. The songs flow nicely and there is an insanely well balanced mixed of ethereal and harmonic sounds. Expand
  2. Mar 11, 2014
    8
    Album is extremely underrated by the majority of music press. Album is just that good, every loop on the right place and sounds right. It may be my favorite electronic album of this year, to be honest. Expand