Illum Sphere’s Sleeprunner opens on the warm crackling of a record, which paves the way for experimental noises and beats –  that familiar Ninja Tune sound.

It’s almost unbelievable that long-laboured producer Ryan Hunn has only released his debut album.

However, Hunn is no newbie on the music-scene, having founded Manchester nightclub Hoya:Hoya in 2008 along with label owner and veteran DJ, Jonny Dub. Hoya:Hoya is famed for hosting trip-hop, breaks and dub favourites, such as Four Tet, Kuedo, Lone, Krystal Klear (only to name a few) and has earned itself a reputation as one of the best party spots in Manchester.

Illum Sphere’s taster from his full-length debut ‘Ghosts of Then and Now’ radiates eerie metropolis vibes and a melody which bounces to-and-fro throughout the tune.  The original release (sounding like a harder Jaga Jazzist) would fit as an art-house film soundtrack, however, there is an unmistakeable desire to move with relentless energy and free spirit to the Zed Bias garage remix of Sleeprunner.

Ghosts of Then and Now is released in February on Ninja Tune. Go buy it, listen to it and get on your spaceships. Hold tight for a sublime journehttp:

Text: Danni Rudie.