Label: Ninja Tune - ZENCD203 • Format: CD Album • Country: Europe • Genre: Electronic • Style: Leftfield, Illbient, Garage House, Experimental
Currently owner and founder of renown club Hoya:Hoya, this versatile producer has created himself a status worldwide and deeply engrained himself in the music scene in the UK. The entire piece is thirteen tracks long that extends over a mix of deep distortions to ambiguous alterations and even elements of classical instrumentals. It slowly grooves out as there is a quite drum pattern layered over top, performed by Shigeto.
The song ends abruptly with the sound of someone catching their breath, planned as if preparing itself for the rest of the album. It moves the listener slowly into "Sleeprunner," which starts on edge and finishes with an interesting shaky tone.
This is the first track we hear with the lovely vocals of Shadowbox, yet she is brought back twice more over the entire work. There is a good mix of chemistry between both artists that is apparent in all three collaborations.
At just two and a half minutes, "One Letter From Death" acts a smooth transition from the intial darker side of the album into a lighter, chilled finish.
Instead this track was a jazzier side of Illum Sphere that changes the pace from the darker beginning. Rather this track takes a softer route as it focuses less on the actual lyrics and more on the interesting mixture Remember - For Example - SWF-Session 1973 / Cancelled 1972 sound made with Bonnie Baxter's voice and the choice of Ryan Hunn.
Taking traces from "Ghosts Of Then And Now," it brings the last touch of Illum Sphere's jazz influence back into the album before finally Near The End - Illum Sphere - Ghosts Of Then And Now with an uproar of instruments.
Finally we have the last collaboration between Shadowbox and Illum Sphere that brings Ghosts of Then and Now to a finale. This track manages to bring together all of the unique feats that this album showcased, a harmonizing mix of vocals with ever-uplifting progressions, a stark jazzy beat, and an abrupt end. The song "Embryonic" is elegantly weaved and timed so that it leaves the listener wanting another track as it gives just a short taste.
The whole entire album has managed to Near The End - Illum Sphere - Ghosts Of Then And Now new interest with each revisal as there seems to be a countless amount of treasurable moments. Taking elements from all sorts of inspirations, Illum Sphere has created an authentic album that borrows ideas and blends others. The whole work brings another taste of summer to the long drawn out winter months, hoping to last you until the warm months veer their presence once again.
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