Ils (musician)

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Birth nameIllian Walker
Years active1997–2013

Ils (born Illian Walker) is an English musician and producer, who has released records on labels including Marine Parade and Distinct'ive Records. Ils started his production career on LTJ Bukem's drum and bass label, Good Looking Records.[1] He was signed to Marine Parade by owner Adam Freeland, who cited Ils' unique breaks production.[2] Ils is influenced by electro, funk, and techno artists in his Idiots Behind the Wheel album.[3] Ils album Soul Trader represented a more even sound, with few particularly energetic or downbeat tracks.[4] He also mixed an album for Distinct'ive Records' Y4k series.[5]

His 2002 single, "Next Level", on Marine Parade spent one week at #75 in the UK Singles Chart, in February 2002.[6] It was released on his second studio album, Soul Trader, as "6 Space (Next Level)".[7]



Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details
Idiots Behind the Wheel
  • Released: 9 August 1999
  • Label: Fuel Records
  • Formats: CD, vinyl
Soul Trader
Paranoid Prophets
  • Released: 5 November 2007
  • Label: Botchit & Scarper
  • Formats: CD, digital download
33 R.P.M.
  • Released: 19 February 2013
  • Label: Distinct'ive Records
  • Formats: CD, digital download

Compilation albums[edit]

Title Album details
ILS Presents: Y4K
  • Released: 18 July 2003
  • Label: Distinct'ive Records
  • Formats: CD, vinyl
Bohemia – Remixes & Exclusives
  • Released: July 2007
  • Label: Distinct'ive Records
  • Formats: CD, digital download


Title Year Peak chart positions Album
"About That Time" 1998 Idiots Behind the Wheel
"Next Level" 2002 75 Soul Trader
"No Soul" 82
"Music" 98
(featuring Valkyrie)
2005 Bohemia
"Loving You" 2006
"Everybody Needs A Shrink" / "Burn Again" 2007 Paranoid Prophets
"Hate Is An Illness"
"Still Crazy"
(featuring Jewels Lindt)
2013 33 R.P.M.
"Dark Skies"
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


  1. ^ Douglas, Adam (15 October 2002). "IGN: Soul Trader Review". IGN. Retrieved 22 April 2007.
  2. ^ Lee, Alastair (24 June 2002). "Ils: Soul Trader". Collective. BBC. Retrieved 22 April 2007.
  3. ^ Bush, John. "Idiots Behind the Wheel Review". Allmusic. Retrieved 22 April 2007.
  4. ^ Bush, John. "Soul Trader Review". Allmusic. Retrieved 22 April 2007.
  5. ^ Helen (10 June 2005). "Ils goes Bohemian". Resident Advisor. Retrieved 29 July 2007.
  6. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 267. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  7. ^ "Soul Trader - Ils - Songs, Reviews, Credits - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 3 July 2017.
  8. ^ "ILS - Official Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 26 January 2018.

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