Second of two EPs that take a look back at Illum Sphere’s 2016 album Glass that bring a track from the album backed with remixes from select artists. On Glass EP2 they have remixes from Beau Wanzer of Civil Duty and De-Bons-en-Pierre, and Hieroglyphic Being topped off by Illum Sphere’s Red Glass. Comes with bonus digital download of a remix from Fotomachine. Limited pressing.
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- ZEN 12452 / Limited 12" on Ninja Tune incl. Hieroglyphic Being and Beau Wanzer remixes. Download code includes ‘Wounded’ (Fotomachine Remix). Edition of 500 copies
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- Glass EP2 by Illum Sphere
8/10 Ant Staff review, 27 July 2017
Ninja Tune score a bunch of remixes of cuts from Illum Sphere’s 2016 album Glass. Spread across two separate 12”s, the likes of Beau Wanzer, Hieroglyphic Being, Machine Woman and Gavsborg of Equiknoxx all report for duty, plus there’s a bonus download of a Fotomachine mix which is Dean Bryce who I believe oversees Ninja Tune’s Technicolour sister label.
The first EP features ‘Fall Into water’ which was on the album and is followed by Machine Woman’s mix of ‘Paradise’ which stutters along with its mechanical groove, gloomy bass and processed vocals. Gavsborg’s mix of ‘The Journey’ has the Jamaican producer re-work the track in fine Equiknoxx electro-dancehall style in similar mode to the album on DDS.
On the second EP ‘Red Glass’ appears in its original form alongside a Hieroglyphic Being remix which is fairly typical of his remix work, in the sense it’s not as unhinged as some of his own productions. It’s a warm, celestial mix that thumps along in signature mystical style in a similar fashion to his ace Prins Thomas remix. The same tune receives a Beau Wanzer ‘Adjustment’ which isn’t anywhere near as filthy as we’re used to from this Chicago producer. It’s a pretty straight up techno cut, foregrounding a throbbing bassline with shuffling shakers and playful, trippy melodic loops. Fotomachine’s remix of ‘Wounded’ is a spacey, pounding, slightly lop-sided wonker propelled by big fat kicks, vocal sample and chiming melodies.
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