“(…)I’ve been asked to do it a Fabric mix a few times in the past but, although it sounds like a bit of a copout thing to say, I was so busy I couldn’t really take any more on. I’ve loved so many Fabric mixes in the past, so of course I was very honoured to be asked. I liked John Peel’s for obvious reasons – his perspective on doing a mix was so different to anyone else’s and I really enjoyed that. Obviously I really like Dan Avery’s too, and Jacque Lu Cont’s from quite a long time ago too.” – Erol Alkan
Erol Alkan talks to Farah about his upcoming Fabric mix album, Trash, 6 Music Residency and more – click here to read the interview
You can now listen again to the fourth show of Erol Alkan’s 4th 6 Mix on BBC 6 Music Residency which aired live on Friday 1 August here
Ghost Culture – Arms
Randomer – Huh
Mr. Flash – Midnight Blue (Margot Dub)
Partial – Taifa (The Emperor Machine Extended Mix)
Marco Bernardi – Spacejam
Jey Kurmis – Lover
Roisin Murphy – Ancora Ancora Ancora (Severino & Nico De Ceglia Remix)
Joe’s Bakery Band – Conejito
She Lies – Needed You
Sigward – Black Mambo (ft. Ingri)
Rawaat – Exp 2
Personator – No Decay
Magnesii – RZTB Tantra
The Acid – Fame (Factory Floor Dub Remix)
Radio Slave – Jus Werk
Paul Woolford – Pandemonium (KiNK3 Mix)
Sparky – Portland (Tuff City Kids Looney Mix)
Imre Kiss – Non
Morgan Buckley – Heavy Traffic Weather Report
Midland – Before We Leave (Gerd Janson Remix)
Tambien – Are You In Touch With Varan?
Unknown Artist – A1
Pional – It’s All Over (Locked Groove Rendition)
Felix Da Housecat – What Does It Feel Like? (Royksopp Return To The Sun Mix)
In a time past, a name pairing like “Alkan & Avery” could easily be a quietly diligent high street solicitors firm, or an architect’s practice in a sleepy provincial town, known across the country for helping a small community improve their lives thanks to their specialist expertise. In 2014, of course, those names are synonymous with staying up late and listening to loud music – Erol Alkan as the veteran DJ and founder of the ground-breaking Trash night and Phantasy Sound record label, and Daniel Avery as his young-buck protege wunderkind whose debut was out on Phantasy last year – but the same community-serving spirit nonetheless endures…
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“Personally, I look for the ability to convey a certain emotion within a record. Rather than something just being new. I hear old records that really frighten me. But then I look back on some of the stuff I was into when I was 20 years old, some of which was a bit close to the knuckle. I think perhaps as you get older, what you want from music changes, and your taste becomes a bit more refined.”
Erol Alkan talks to The Skinny – click here to read the interview
FabricLive 77: Erol Alkan
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Erol Alkan is set to deliver the next instalment of the FABRICLIVE mix series on 22nd September 2014 (30th September in the US).
“I certainly didn’t want this mix to be a flyer or advert for me as a DJ. I feel this mix is quite specific to fabric as they are all records I would want to play in that environment. Even though I have had the benefit of playing all 3 rooms on a regular basis, this mix feels like it was designed for Room 1. It’s influenced by the sight lines from the perspective behind the decks, the lights, the fact that sometimes all you can see are hands reaching into the booth, as well as those behind you dancing alone in the corners.”
The 20-track mix opens with Jamie Paton’s driving, rhythmic remix of Maurice & Charles before taking in the off-kilter Latin electrofunk of Carisma, Zongamin’s moody Manfredas rework and Alkan’s own percussive, mechanical remix of The Emperor Machine before delving into the Phantasy back catalogue. Recent offerings from Tom Rowlands (Chemical Brothers) and Ghost Culture appear alongside an exclusive airing of Erol’s propulsive, shimmering ‘Sub Conscious’ and a brand new offering from Cowboy Rhythmbox aka Nathan Gregory Wilkins and Richard X.
Boot & Tax’s earworm ‘Acido’ refrain segues into Alkan’s own ‘Bang’ and an as yet unreleased Chicago Mix from Michigan’s Todd Osborn while the acid squelch of Claro Intelecto’s ‘Tone’ and supersonic synth euphoria of Daywalker + CF herald a dream sing-out-loud bootleg of Alkan’s ‘A Hold On Love’ and Saint Etienne’s classic Neil Young cover ‘Only Love Can Break Your Heart’. It’s an enthralling mix from a true master of his craft.
LAUNCH PARTY: 12 September 2014 Fabric London
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In advance of their forthcoming album ‘Futurology’, Manic Street Preachers announce a special 12” vinyl press of the single ‘Europa Geht Durch Mich’ remixed by Erol Alkan. The forthcoming release features two different signature reworks on a limited edition 12”, alongside a digital exclusive with Beatport.
In original form “Europa Geht Durch Mich” is classic Manics and the subtle motorik feel is enhanced by guest vocals from German actress Nina Hoss, and it’s her contribution that Alkan leads with on the ‘Mesmerise Eins’ rework. A singular line is twisted around a techno production that unfolds with dancefloor precision. The accompanying ‘Mesmerise Zwei’ rework takes a darker, dubbier and more psychedelic approach with Alkan’s production skills shining through in the mind bending way Hoss’s vocal is manipulated.
1. Europa Geht Durch Mich (Erol Alkan’s Mesmerise Eins Rework)
2. Europa Geht Durch Mich (Erol Alkan’s Mesmerise Zwei Rework)
Out now on Phantasy
‘Ladies and gentlemen, we bring you our re-animation for Temples. Out on limited white label Heavenly Recordings’ – BTWS (Erol Alkan & Richard Norris)
Erol Alkan resurrects Beyond The Wizard’s Sleeve, his neu-pysche collaboration with Richard Norris, to push Daniel Avery’s ‘New Energy’ fully into the realm of the third mynd with a very special re-animation…
“The reason I hadn’t done a proper commercial mix album before was that I wasn’t sure how to transpose what I was trying to create live in clubs to hundreds of people into something that was just going to speak to a single person or a few people at a house party”
Erol Alkan talks to Pulse Radio about his first Bugged Out! Compilation – click here to see the article
You can now listen again to the 3rd show of Erol Alkan’s fourth 6 Mix on BBC 6 Music residency which aired live on Friday April 25th here
#1 Andre Bratten – Trommer Og Bass
#2 Dust – 1515
#3 Maurice & Charles – Sofa Love (Jamie Paton Remix)
#4 Carisma – Talento Matematico
#5 New Folder – Temper
#6 Tom Of England – Be Me
#7 Bell Towers – Jungle Of My Mind
#8 The Noodleman – Rusty Halo
#9 Crash Course In Science – Cardboard Lamb
#10 Erol Alkan – Check Out Your Mind (U Version)
#11 Dance – Bottomless Pit
#12 James Welsh – Gentinetta
#13 Ghost Culture – Half Closed
#14 Daywalker + CF – Supersonic Transport
#15 Rivet – Bear Bile Pt. 2
#16 Palms Trax – Houses In Motion (Tin Man Remix)
#17 Ben Jenkins – K3M
#18 Daniel Adreasson – Control
#19 QX1 & Emanuel Pipen – Wild Child
#20 Claro Intelecto – Tone
#21 Light Year – Come Together
#22 New Musik – Warp
As he continues to cultivate fresh material for his second solo EP, we thought we’d ask Erol Alkan about his first love: records. Not just any old stack of 12-inches, either; we’re talking the music that’s marked key points throughout the DJ/producer’s career, from his long-running—and hugely influential—Trash party in London to the Phantasy Sound imprint that’s taken its place in many ways. – Self Titled
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Erol Alkan – Illumination EP Remixed (incl. remixes from Beau Wanzer, U, Tom Trago & The Emperor Machine) is out now on Phantasy. You can download it from iTunes here, Juno here & Beatport here or grab the vinyl from:
‘A name synonymous with dance music and UK music culture, Erol Alkan is widely regarded as one of the world’s best remixers, with his edits gaining worldwide love and support. Here he prolongs the robotic synths throughout and turns the track into a dancefloor-ready roller. Check out the rework and read an interview with Andy Meecham AKA The Emperor Machine below.’ - Mixmag
Mixmag have premiered Erol Alkan’s Extended Rework of The Emperor Machine’s ‘RMI Is All I Want’ – click here to listen to the track
In this new short film from Somesuch & Co. Director Rollo Jackson London’s weekly club culture gets the rose-tinted treatment with a look-back on the changing scene from club heros such as Richard Russell, Erol Alkan and Lil Silva. Made in collaboration with Seb Chew, the co-founder of one of London’s biggest club nights, YOYO, and creative director of Basement, you can catch our interview with the pair after the cut. – Dazed
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FACT have premiered Tom Trago’s remix of Erol Alkan’s ‘A Hold On Love’. Click here to check it out!
You can pre-order PH32RMX1 & PH32RMX2 from Phantasy webstore here
Rumble In The Jumble #3
The Music Circle is back with another Rumble in the Jumble in association with Oxfam on April 26, after a hugely successful celebrity sale in 2013, which raised over £16,000 and featured designer donations from the likes of Erol Alkan, Damon Albarn, Alison Mosshart, Fearne Cotton, Daisy Lowe and Annie Mac.
The event is raising money and awareness for women in the DRC, the victims of “the world’s most forgotten conflict”, who face constant threats of forced displacement, sexual violence, abduction and extortion. This harrowing clip explains what is going on and underlines why we are supporting the women who live there.
All you need to do is bring a bag of jumble, pay £3 entry on the door, and get ready to rumble in the jumble!
More information available here
Dummy have premiered Beau Wanzer’s remix of Erol Alkan’s ‘Bang’. You can listen to it here
Erol Alkan – Illumination EP Remixes (PH32RMX1 & PH32RMX2) will be out soon on Phantasy & you can pre order the 12″s here
A preview of the brilliant The Emperor Machine remix of ‘Bang’ is now online. Coming very soon on Phantasy on limited edition vinyl and digital EP.
The first Future Music Magazine studio profile with Erol Alkan is now online. Dating back to 2008, Erol Alkan goes through the recording / production process behind Late Of The Pier’s ‘Bathroom Gurgle’. Hear the separate elements of the track and watch / listen to it come to life. Further videos for the Mystery Jets Official and Long Blondes coming up…
Here’s a preview of Erol Alkan’s Extended Rework for Margot’s ‘Waldorf’ the first release on LES DISQUES DE LA MORT, a new label from Ivan Smagghe & Leon Oakey.
More news soon on www.lesdisquesdelamort.org
“I try to encourage myself to do different things and new things. Not get bored. If I get bored, people are going to hear that. I don’t want to put out music that’s going to bore people.”
DJ Mag interview with Erol Alkan is now online – click here to check it out