Manchester's Illum Sphere, AKA Ryan Hunn, is just one in a growing class of young UK producers alternating between crafting hip-hop and dubstep. His latest effort is another addition to the latter of those two genres, hosted by Pinch's often dark and moody Tectonic Recordings. On "Dreamstealin," Hunn returns to the gritty industrial soundscape that was showcased on last year's venture for 3024. A slowly building intro gives way to a flurry of clanging percussion, coupled with a string sample that will have the track sitting comfortably if dropped at the right time.
It's "Blood Music," however, that's the highlight here. Stripped back and emotive, the track is relatively short at just over three minutes in length, but would be a nice addition to the tail end of a dubstep or future beat set. The growling bass on display, while not being much more than a short and straightforward loop, mixes superbly with the intermittent vocals and digital keys. The package's only remix, helmed by Indigo, is solid, but ultimately forgettable in the wake of Hunn's transfixing original.
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Tracklist: Illum Sphere - Dreamstealin A Dreamstealin'
B1 Blood Music
B2 Blood Music (Indigo Remix)