Review: The Beyond The Wizard Sleeve project from Erol Alkan and Richard Norris finally delivered the psychedelic treat of a debut album we all knew they could this year. Having been preceded by some fine remix 12"s featuring Psychemagik and Shock Machine, Phantasy Sound pick up on the series again with a single featuring the highly-regarded talents of one Daniel Avery. The straight-faced DJ and producer turns his attentions to "The Soft Bounce," morphing the track into into a bubbly, bleep-heavy techno bullet with plenty of atmosphere and zest, whereas BTU rework "Third Mynd" into a whirlpool of sludgy outsider sonics that recall the weirder end of the Hanson Records spectrum. Fans of labels like PAN might well enjoy this little TIP!
Review: Earlier this year, Erol Alkan and Richard Norris re-launched their Beyond The Wizard's Sleeve partnership after four years away. Hot on the heels of that single, Diagram Girl comes Creation. Intriguingly, there's no original version present, but rather two remixes from Psychemagik, whose opening Dub re-imagines it as a chunky, bongo-laden slab of fluttering late night house, complete with dreamy, stretched-out organ chords, watery electronics and drifting female vocal samples. The similar sounding Rework includes more of the original song, and therefore the folksy, Kate Bush-on-valium vocals. The package is completed by a fresh remix of "Delicious Light" by London psychedelic rock combo Teeth Of The Sea, whose eccentric but hugely entertaining revision sounds like Studio after a bad acid trip.