- Release Date 2010-02-15
- Label Fat City
- Catalog FC12033
It's been a busy time since Illum Sphere's debut "The Incoming EP" landed in the spring of 09. DJing in Croatia, Vienna & Athens followed dates in LA at Low End Theory and Dam-Funk's Funkmosphere party. His Hoya:Hoya night saw one of the most talked about line-ups ever at Manchester's Warehouse Project, with Daedelus, Gaslamp Killer, Rustie, Dam-Funk, Mary Anne Hobbs and Nosaj Thing all playing alongside himself and Hoya:Hoya conspirator, Jonny Dub. Add to that an invite to 2010's Red Bull Music Academy, a remix for Martyn dropping soon and a BBC 1xtra Music Award, suffice to say it's been a pivotal 6 months!
The EP starts with the apocalyptic introduction "Long Live The Plan", using soaring Bladerunner-esque strings which then flows effortlessly into "Better Late State", a menacing 2-stepper with sparse whiplash snares and driving kicks rolling with a deft sub bass. Then cue the terrifyingly restrained "Psycho", sound system music at it's most refined. Out of that and into the distorted soundtrack string laced "Never Lie Twice".
On side B, "Chasing The Midnight Moth" rises from the ashes of the more sinister A-side. Dusty in it's introduction, it blossoms in color with an unusual fusion of sounds. "Shadowman" rounds off the original productions, seemingly driving through chaos and finishing in an epic cliffhanger. We finish off with a dope remix of "Psycho" from Samiyam (Brainfeeder, Hyperdub) flipped in a style that only this LA native can do.
Martyn (3024/ Hyperdub): "Illum Sphere is def the one to watch for 2010!"
Mary Anne Hobbs (BBC Radio 1): "Dark drama from Illum Sphere. "Psycho" is his strongest track to date"
Falty DL (Planet Mu/ Ramp): "Illum Sphere throws ninja stars with drunken Wu-Tang accuracy"
Brackles (Planut Mu/Apple Pips): "This is so sick, literally cannot stop listening to this"
Wire Magazine: "Long Live The Plan.. transcends influence and obvious method"