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Erol Alkan Reworks Vol. 1

    Phantasy release ‘Reworks Volume 1’, a comprehensive collection of remixes from prodigious DJ and producer Erol Alkan.

    ‘Reworks Volume 1’ is a musical overview of what makes Erol Alkan one of his generation’s most iconic remixers. Framing a corner of his career in perspective - a success in taking on any source material and melding it into something of his own. Alkan’s philosophy towards a remix is to ‘re-produce’ work as if the original never existed. Avoiding methods like the transplanting of a vocal on a contemporary dance beat, or adding a four-to-the-floor 808 kick drum underneath a rock band, Alkan instead takes a considered approach to build something new that offers a fresh and divergent take on the music in front of him.

    This collection of reworks illustrates that his distinct style of remixing is just another layer in what makes Erol Alkan unique to dance music. Unpredictable but equipped with a Midas touch - you never quite know what’s coming but you can count on it to be special, a quality shared between both his DJ sets and his production work. Erol Alkan is a dance music artist with an alternative sensibility, a psychedelic approach and a punk outlook - what makes him stand apart in dance music is what makes him one of the genre’s most enduring and influential artists.

    ‘Reworks Volume 1’ looks back on over a decade of realigning other artists, including his classic versions of Justice’s ‘Waters Of Nazareth’, Connan Mockasin’s ‘Forever Dolphin Love’ and Death From Above 1979’s ‘Romantic Rights’, remixes that have added new perspective and dimensions to the originals, at times performing alchemy, turning rock into dance music on reworks for Franz Ferdinand, Interpol and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and he’s just as comfortable taking on fellow dance music producers like Lindstrøm, Daft Punk and Hot Chip - a connection which lead to the classic rework of ‘Boy From School’.

    The double CD edition brings together 20 reworks across two CDs and comes with a booklet which includes an exclusive interview with Erol Alkan.

    TRACK LISTING

    CD1 
    Tame Impala - Why Won’t You Make Up Your Mind (Erol Alkan’s Extended Rework)
    Death From Above 1979 - Romantic Rights (Erol Alkan’s Love From Below Re-Edit)
    Justice - Waters Of Nazareth (Erol Alkan’s Durrr Durrr Durrrrr Re-Edit)
    LA Priest - Engine (Erol Alkan’s Transonic Re-Edit)
    Gonzales - Never Stop (Erol Alkan Rework)
    Kindness - Gee Up (Erol Alkan’s Extended Rework)
    Hot Chip - Boy From School (Erol Alkan’s Extended Rework)
    Scissor Sisters - I Don’t Feel Like Dancing (Erol Alkan’s Carnival Of Light Rework)
    Klaxons - Golden Skans (Erol Alkan’s Ekstra Spektral Rework)
    Connan Mockasin - Forever Dolphin Love (Erol Alkan’s Extended Rework)

    CD2
    Franz Ferdinand - Do You Want To (Erol Alkan’s Glam Racket)
    Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Zero (Erol Alkan Rework)
    The Emperor Machine - RMI Is All I Want (Erol Alkan Extended Rework
    Daft Punk - The Brainwasher (Erol Alkan’s Horrorhouse Dub)
    New Order - Singularity (Erol Alkan’s Stripped Mix)
    Metronomy - The Bay (Erol Alkan’s Extended Rework)
    MGMT - Congratulations (Erol Alkan Rework)
    Nightworks - Long Forgotten Boy (Erol Alkan’s Extended Rework)
    Beyond The Wizards Sleeve - White Crow (Erol Alkan’s Extended Rework)
    Todd Rundgren, Emil Nikolaisen, Hans-Peter Lindstrøm - Runddans (Erol Alkan’s Extended Rework)

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    Erol Alkan Reworks Vol. 1 - Limited Edition Box Set

      Phantasy release ‘Reworks Volume 1’, a comprehensive collection of remixes from prodigious DJ and producer Erol Alkan.

      ‘Reworks Volume 1’ is a musical overview of what makes Erol Alkan one of his generation’s most iconic remixers. Framing a corner of his career in perspective - a success in taking on any source material and melding it into something of his own. Alkan’s philosophy towards a remix is to ‘re-produce’ work as if the original never existed. Avoiding methods like the transplanting of a vocal on a contemporary dance beat, or adding a four-to-the-floor 808 kick drum underneath a rock band, Alkan instead takes a considered approach to build something new that offers a fresh and divergent take on the music in front of him.

      This collection of reworks illustrates that his distinct style of remixing is just another layer in what makes Erol Alkan unique to dance music. Unpredictable but equipped with a Midas touch - you never quite know what’s coming but you can count on it to be special, a quality shared between both his DJ sets and his production work. Erol Alkan is a dance music artist with an alternative sensibility, a psychedelic approach and a punk outlook - what makes him stand apart in dance music is what makes him one of the genre’s most enduring and influential artists.

      The vinyl box set includes ten classic reworks remastered and spread across five pieces of vinyl, an exclusive interview and download code to the full digital album containing a further 10 reworks. The box is covered in linen with a red foil print.

      TRACK LISTING

      12” 1
      Justice - Waters Of Nazareth (Erol Alkan’s Durrr Durrr Durrrrr Re-Edit)
      Tame Impala - Why Wont You Make Up Your Mind (Erol Alkan’s Extended Rework)
      12” 2
      Scissor Sisters - I Don’t Feel Like Dancing (Erol Alkan’s Carnival Of Light Rework)
      Metronomy - The Bay (Erol Alkan’s Extended Rework)
      Tracklisting
      12” 3
      Hot Chip - Boy From School (Erol Alkan’s Extended Rework)
      Connan Mockasin - Forever Dolphin Love (Erol Alkan’s Extended Rework)
      12” 4
      Franz Ferdinand - Do You Want To (Erol Alkan’s Glam Racket)
      Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Zero (Erol Alkan Rework)
      12” 5
      Daft Punk - The Brainwasher (Erol Alkan’s Horrorhouse Dub)
      Gonzales - Never Stop (Erol Alkan Rework)

      Justice / Tame Impala

      Erol Alkan Reworks

        Way back when (approx 12 years ago), in those glory days of dingy basements and gaffa taped trainers, a whole new genreration of dancers were taking a journey of musical discovery at the the invitation of one Erol Alkan and his banging clubnight Trash. Electroclash, nu-disco, post-punk, punk-funk, nu rave, techno, there was a fair bit of techno, and indie cuts all rubbed shoulders, pogoed and made out in the middle of the dancefloor, getting totally fucked up as Erol threw them into the blender. This series sees the Phantasy man showcase his ear for a tune and hand for a killer rework with retrospective series of his best reinterpretations.
        Hey, remember "We Are Your Friends"? That Simian cut those French guys turned into the happiest, electro pop winner you'd ever heard. Yeah man, Justice are softies. Oh..wait..no..argghh...what the fuck? This is some heavy shit...yeah...yeah mate...YEAH...this is the new sound!... So went many a conversation when Justice erupted onto the scene in 2006 with the headbanging electro of "Waters Of Nazareth". Not wanted to be shown up by a couple of Frenchies, main man about town Erol snatched the stems and cut the track into a non stop riot of balck metal synths, over-compressed drums and horrorshow organ. Hot shit! Flip the disc and take savour another side of Erol, the mushroom chomping, sunbathing, woodland dwelling psychedelic side which birthed the excellent Beyond The Wizard's Sleeve project. Presumably dressed in some sort of cape, Erol worked his magic on modern-day Aussie nugget "Why Won't You Make Up Your Mind", creating a slice of dancefloor psych you'd expect Todd Rundgren to turn out if his fusion cuts were ever any good.

        Scissor Sisters / Metronomy

        Erol Alkan Reworks

          Way back when (approx 12 years ago), in those glory days of dingy basements and gaffa taped trainers, a whole new genreration of dancers were taking a journey of musical discovery at the the invitation of one Erol Alkan and his banging clubnight Trash. Electroclash, nu-disco, post-punk, punk-funk, nu rave, techno, there was a fair bit of techno, and indie cuts all rubbed shoulders, pogoed and made out in the middle of the dancefloor, getting totally fucked up as Erol threw them into the blender. This series sees the Phantasy man showcase his ear for a tune and hand for a killer rework with retrospective series of his best reinterpretations.
          There's a bit in the CD booklet for this series about 'rework vs remix', and Erol's Scissor Sisters remix is a case in point. It's not a makeover, it's a full on Kylie Jenner facial overhaul. Aptly dubbed "Carnival Of Light" rework, Erol replaces the disco sparkle of the original with Goa electronics, festival ready beats and a sort of Michael Mayer in Rio levity. VG. Turn the page and Erol takes on Metronomy single "The Bay" from the AOR-tinged "English Riviera", upping the electronics, pushing the bassline to the fore and coating the whole things in sequins. Disco delight!

          Hot Chip / Connan Mockasin

          Erol Alkan Reworks

            Way back when (approx 12 years ago), in those glory days of dingy basements and gaffa taped trainers, a whole new genreration of dancers were taking a journey of musical discovery at the the invitation of one Erol Alkan and his banging clubnight Trash. Electroclash, nu-disco, post-punk, punk-funk, nu rave, techno, there was a fair bit of techno, and indie cuts all rubbed shoulders, pogoed and made out in the middle of the dancefloor, getting totally fucked up as Erol threw them into the blender. This series sees the Phantasy man showcase his ear for a tune and hand for a killer rework with retrospective series of his best reinterpretations.
            It was 2006, synth-pop kings Hot Chip had just dropped "The Warning" and made their ascent to god-emperor status. They drop a heart-rending melancho-disco single called "Boy From School", and enlist London's premier party starter Erol Alkan to transform it into an extended, kraut-tinged, lightly scuzzed take on the classic Kompakt sound. The B-side provides another bittersweet spectacular via Erol's hair-raising, chill-prompting take on Connan Mockasin's indie winner "Forver Dolphin Love". Offering euphoria, optimism and melancholy on a widescreen scale, this cinematic rework became a must have for festival DJs and anyone looking to tug at some club heartstrings.


            Franz Ferdinand / Yeah Yeah Yeahs

            Erol Alkan Reworks

              Way back when (approx 12 years ago), in those glory days of dingy basements and gaffa taped trainers, a whole new genreration of dancers were taking a journey of musical discovery at the the invitation of one Erol Alkan and his banging clubnight Trash. Electroclash, nu-disco, post-punk, punk-funk, nu rave, techno, there was a fair bit of techno, and indie cuts all rubbed shoulders, pogoed and made out in the middle of the dancefloor, getting totally fucked up as Erol threw them into the blender. This series sees the Phantasy man showcase his ear for a tune and hand for a killer rework with retrospective series of his best reinterpretations.
              On the A-side here we have Erol's "Glam Racket" take on "Do You Want To", the lead track from Franz' sophomore LP. Repeating the Mick Ronson styled guitar riff way beyond the point of sanity, Erol spends three minutes building dance floor tensions to fever pitch before unleashing an earbleeding drop of rabid, Justice-style distorto bass - huge! If that wasn't enough, when he eventually reinvents the ear-worm hook as a sort of backwards organ thingy, it totally flips ppl out. Flip it for "Zero", a spangled technoid reshape of Yeah Yeah Yeah's disco tinged single, which sees Erol utilising jacking drums, gnarly synths and tons of vocal echo to spin the dancefloor out into a narcotic frenzy - MDMAzing!

              Daft Punk / Gonzales

              Erol Alkan Reworks

                Way back when (approx 12 years ago), in those glory days of dingy basements and gaffa taped trainers, a whole new genreration of dancers were taking a journey of musical discovery at the the invitation of one Erol Alkan and his banging clubnight Trash. Electroclash, nu-disco, post-punk, punk-funk, nu rave, techno, there was a fair bit of techno, and indie cuts all rubbed shoulders, pogoed and made out in the middle of the dancefloor, getting totally fucked up as Erol threw them into the blender. This series sees the Phantasy man showcase his ear for a tune and hand for a killer rework with retrospective series of his best reinterpretations.
                On the A-side, Erol rips apart the abrasive electro snarl of Daft Punk's "Brainwasher" and stitches it back together with a series of rib rattling breakbeats, gloomy keys and tremulous bass. Hard hitting, head-fucking electro tackle which predated the current breaks revival by a decade. Flip it for an Erol rework of Chilly Gonzales' "Never Stop". This dancefloor mauler works from a standard electro set up of kick+snare+hats before dropping into bleepy keys, pitched down vocal flips and a rampant electrodisco bassline. 'Ave it!

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                Fabriclive 77 - Erol Alkan

                  London born and bred, Alkan has spent the last two decades building up a reputation as a sonic innovator. From genre-spanning sets at his own legendary Trash club night to regular appearances at Bugged Out, via production credits including Late Of The Pier and Kindness and remixes for the likes of Metronomy, Tame Impala and Justice, his inimitable brand of mutant techno electro and disco has soundtracked a generation.

                  In 2007 Alkan’s burgeoning label Phantasy was born, the springboard for critically acclaimed releases from artists including Daniel Avery, Connan Mockasin and newest signing Ghost Culture, and he last year made his own solo debut with the release of the Illumination EP, drawing praise from the Guardian, Pitchfork, NME and more. With the solo release under his belt the time was right for Erol to step up to the FABRICLIVE mantle.

                  "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." - Erol Alkan

                  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.

                  TRACK LISTING

                  01. Maurice & Charles - Sofa Love (Jamie Paton Remix)
                  02. Cowboy Rhythmbox - We Got The Box
                  03. Carisma - Talento Matemático
                  04. The Emperor Machine - RMI Is All I Want (Erol Alkan's Extended Rework)
                  05. Manfredas - Square Lights (Zongamin Remix Take 2)
                  06. Phreak - Acid On
                  07. Erol Alkan - Sub Conscious
                  08. Andre Bratten - Trommer Og Bass
                  09. Tom Rowlands - Through Me
                  10. Fumes - Jack2000
                  11. Victor Shan - How You Want It (Shan's Warehouse Version)
                  12. Boot & Tax - Acido
                  13. Erol Alkan - Bang
                  14. Ben Jenkins - K3M
                  15. Todd Osborn - Put Your Weight On It (Chicago Mix)
                  16. Voiski - From White To Red
                  17. Claro Intelecto - Tone
                  18. Ghost Culture - Red Smoke
                  19. Daywalker + CF - Supersonic Transport
                  €20. Erol Alkan - A Hold On Love / Saint Etienne - Only Love Can Break Your Heart


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