Review: Number three in a series whose title was self-explanatory to start with, so you should have a pretty good idea what's going on here as re-editor par excellence Alkalino makes free with 11 more nuggets from days of yore. Getting the treatment this time are Prince's '1999', Michael Jackson's 'Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough', Dire Straits' 'So Far Away', Rocksteady Crew's 'Hey You', Journey's 'Don't Stop Believing', King's 'Love And Pride', Visage's 'Move Up', The Smiths' 'Bigmouth Strikes Again', The Stranglers' 'Always The Sun' and a couple of unidentified cuts (one of which sounds like it might be The Human League while the other has a Front 242/Meat Beat Manifesto-like feel)... some surprising sources there for sure, but they're all handled with Alkalino's trademark aplomb so listen with open ears!
Review: Lino Rodrigues, better known as re-editor extraordinaire Alkalino, takes us on another trip down Memory Lane to the 1980s. Coming under the scalpel for a spot of cosmetic surgery this time out are (in order) Prince's 'Gett Off', Laura Branigan's 'Self Control', Oran 'Juice' Jones's 'The Rain', Madonna's 'Everybody', Marillion's 'Kayleigh', AR Kane's 'A Love From Outer Space', Prefab Sprout's 'When Love Breaks Down' and Kajagoogoo's 'Too Shy'. It's an eclectic selection for sure, and which tracks hit hardest for you will probably depend on how you feel about the originals, but give all of 'em a whirl because some of the reworks are quite radical in approach. And yes, we known 'Gett Off' is from 1991 but let's not get pedantic, eh?
Review: Alkalino's dug pretty deep for this latest re-edits EP, with our disco detectives only able to identify the source of two of the four cuts. The two we can't place are 'Mad Words', a lightly tropically-infused disco shimmy with an androgynous spoken, Euro-sounding vocal and "whoo-oo-ooh" backing vox, and 'Solitude', an instrumental comprised of fluttering guitars, organs and some killer "pyoww!" stabs. Elsewhere, 'It's Not In Your Eyes' reworks the cod reggae of Boz Scaggs' 'Love Me Tomorrow' (1976) into a midtempo, piano-led disco groove while Change's Jocelyn Brown-starring 'It's A Girl's Affair' (1980) gets reworked as 'People Be Aware".
Review: Given the titular nod to the era of breakdancing, garish tracksuits and high-top fades, it should come as no surprise that there's a distinctly late 70s/early 80s feel to this new collection of reworks from Audaz boss Alkalino. Opener 'If You Want To' revisits Bileo's 'You Can Win' from 1979, before we skip forward a decade as Womack & Womack's 'MFB' from 1988 becomes 'I Lost My Love'. We then get Alkalino's take on Tommy Tate's 'For The Dollar Bill' from 1981, now retitled 'People Will Do Anything', before it's back to the 70s for 'Floating', a reworking of The Floaters' stone-cold 1977 classic 'Float On'.
Review: Audaz boss Alkalino has never been shy of wearing his pop-loving heart on his sleeve, and this latest collection of re-edits merely underlines the point, as he serves up fresh reworks of (mostly) 80s gems. The edits themselves range from 'token' to 'truly radical' and you'll have your own faves for sure, but sources include The Cure ('Let's Go To Bed'), New Order ('Temptation'), Visage ('Fade To Grey'), Dead Or Alive ('You Spin Me Round'), Nik Kershaw ('I Won't Let The Sun Go Down On Me'), Kate Bush ('Them Heavy People'), Talking Heads ('Seen And Not Seen'), Alphaville ('Big In Japan'), Jona Lewie ('You'll Always Find Me In The Kitchen At Parties') and, rewinding back into the 70s as the album draws to a close, David Bowie ('Starman').
Review: As the title makes clear, experienced re-editor and remixer Alkalino's latest outing - an expansive seven-track affair - features some of his hush-hush reworks of a wealth of well-known tracks. There's plenty of guaranteed floor-filling material on show throughout, including a slightly pitched-down, Clavinet-sporting rework of New Order's most celebrated dancefloor anthem ('Tell Me How Do I Feel'), a trippy and druggy take on an old KLF favourite ('Mu Mu'), a sub-heavy excursion that blends bits of various classic cuts ('I Know You Wanna Do It'), a low-slung deep house treat ('Ruff N Stuff') and a dark, deliciously bass-heavy peak-time workout ('Jack Area').
Review: The Audaz boss and re-editor par excellence serves up seven fresh takes on vintage dancefloor nuggets both very familiar and slightly less so. Sources this time out include The Isley Brothers' 'Fight The Power' ('Fight It',) the Peter Jacques Band's 'Dancing Down The Street' ('Everyone You Meet'), Steely Dan's 'Peg' ('This Is Your Big Debut' - a brave move, but it works!), the Steve Miller Band's 'Fly Like An Eagle' ('Wanna Fly'), Stargard's 'Which Way Is Up' ('This Side Up') and, most surprisingly, The Chordettes' 'Mr Sandman' from back in the 50s ('Bring Me A Dream') - all handled, of course, with Alkalino's usual flair.
Review: Audaz boss Alkalino brings us another selection of re-edits whose source material will sadly have to go unidentified. 'Hey Baby' is a fairly mellow, understated cut sitting somewere round the funk/soul/boogie interchange, while 'Something About You' packs naggingly familiar Parliament-style synths and 'woah-oh-oh' vocal choruses, and is more overtly floor-oriented. The standout for this reviewer, though, is 'Ain't Got No Money' a lively, rolling, uptempo soul cut with lyrics - "Ain't got no money, just holdin' on" - that will strike a chord for many us right now.
Review: A cool 13-track edits collection here from Audaz boss Alkalino. Where the 'Lolita Edits' series was never afraid to reach for a much-loved pop nugget, the 'Sure Shot' series seems to dig a little deeper and favour instrumental cuts, and as such, many sources will have to remain a mystery. Those we could identify, though, include Baccara's 'Yes Sir I Can Boogie', Sylvester's 'Over And Over', Jon English's 'Hollywood Seven' and, last but by no means least, The Escorts' 'Make Me Over' from 1981, which is reworked here into a surefire tension-builder as Alkalino teases out the intro and adds some highly distinctive cat-like wails.