Review: He's not the most prolific electronic music producer, but Erol Alkan is certainly one of the most distinctive. For once though, he cedes control to two fellow mavericks for remixes of last year's Spectrum release on Phantasy. Mano Le Tough's version sees the Irish producer add some spacey sound scapes and cascading filters to Alkan's French Kiss-on-acid original. It makes for a vivid, out there version, replete with slowed-down drops and build ups. Baris K is also tasked with reworking "Spectrum" and he opts for a more esoteric approach, dropping a sub-aquatic disco groove with a touch of eastern mystery embedded in the arrangement.
Review: This is Erol Alkan's first solo material in about half a decade, and fans of the veteran DJ are in for a treat. "Spectrum" is a loopy, acidic affair that is caked in the kind of gritty basement vibes that defined his residency at the infamous Trash. In stark contrast is "Silver Echoes". It may come as a surprise to some that Alkan is adept at making more purist techno, but its building, fluid chords and tight, angular rhythm show that he is every bit as talented as some of the form's most revered practitioners. It leaves the listener guessing as to what this iconic artist will try next.
Review: All the aspects you could possibly want from two London legends of the scene here in Paul Woolford's Special Request mixes of Beyond The Wizard's Sleeve, Erol Alkan. This extra special suite follows previous remixes of the same single from Mano le Tough, Matrixxman and Machine Woman of Alkan's latest solo release for Phantasy Sound. Like the aforementioned, Woolford's Special Request project opts for the synthesized rave chords and deeper melodies of "Spectrum", with the 'Kaleidoscope' mix plunging deeper into bassline territory while the 'Double Vision' mix goes hard on the phasers for a stripped back dub version of hissing snares and white noise. Arpeggio heaven.