Ilhan's debut solo album, Homesongs, appeared on Domino Records in 2004. Mixed by Kieran Hebden, the album found critical acclaim with limited commercial success. The album includes the song "Statued", which featured on the soundtrack of the film Dead Man's Shoes.
Since 2014, Ilhan has been performing with Philip Selway's band and opened for Selway on his 2015 US tour.
After years of collaborations by production and session-playing, Adem will release a new solo album, seconds are acorns, in October 2015. The first single from it, "Snow in April", received its first radio airplay on BBC 6 Music in August.
Ilhan attended the University of Warwick. In December 2006, Ilhan played a free concert in Barrhead Community Library, commenting "I love libraries. [...] The existence of public libraries is one of my favourite achievements of human kind."