ILLUM SPHERE

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GLASS NINJA TUNE, OUT NOW Celebrity sup­port pays off for Manch­ester post-dub­step­per.

An en­dorse­ment from Thom Yorke would of­fer a wel­come ca­reer boost for any un­der­ground techno pro­ducer, though DJ Ryan Hunn was al­ready on the up when his ab­stract re­work­ing of Ra­dio­head’s Codex ap­peared in 2011. Since then his sound has evolved from the glitchy Brain­feeder scrawl of his de­but al­bum, Ghosts Of Then And Now, to the post-dub-step sound­scap­ing on show here. It’s still not ex­actly cross­over ma­te­rial – the icy synths of Red Glass and Or­a­cle’s am­bi­ent elec­tron­ica are likely to play more to the un­der­ground techno scene than sta­dium rock crowds. But the twitchy, Four Tet-like epic Thou­sand Yard Stare would slot per­fectly into one of Yorke’s af­ter­hours DJ sets. RU­PERT HOWE

Lis­ten To: Red Glass | Or­a­cle | Thou­sand Yard Stare

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