Though London has been known to harbor some of the nicest cats, from native to transplants, tucked away in the city of Manchester lies some of the nicest talent. Having been the birth place of such bands as Joy Division, The Smiths and The Stones Roses, Manchester today is a centre of the arts and other media, factors all contributing to Manchester polling as the second city of the United Kingdom.
There lives a twenty something chap, Illum Sphere.
A DJ who has been polishing his production craft among other skills, and growing the scene he's so dearly associated with. As such, he was recently announced as one of the select sixty, a Red Bull Music Academy participants for London 2010.
But in the mean time, as momentous the announcement and selection may be, illum Sphere is still grinding away. Between running a successful Hoya Hoya night that has seen kings from the scene pass through, he's still been banging away @ the MP.
He released Medusa ealier this year as part of Fat City's producer #2 series and now we await the soon to drop, and long awaited EP: Long Live The Plan.
This 7 track Plan will show his recent works and inspirations, the type of sound that has garnered some recent attention and some remix work, notably a Martyn rmx for Brilliant Orange (one of my fave tracks too, in fact) do to surface in Jan 2010.
Regardless, stay tuned and keep checking w/ FatCity as this should be in stores in the days/weeks following.
Until then, here's a track from the EP.
Never Lie Twice by illum Sphere off Long Live The Plan EP.