Monday, 1 June 2009
Keeps Kids Dancing
Allow me to introduce to you the man who singlehandedly (well, maybe with a little help from Daft Punk) pulled me out of "nu-rave" and into proper electronic music. Ladies and gentlemen, say hello to Erol Alkan. Erol is known for his high quality DJ sets and his lengthy reworks, which I shall be walking you through now.
I think it's only suitable to start with one of Erol's first re-edits, for Mylo's "Drop The Pressure". You probably know this track from Phil'N'Dog's mashup with Miami Sound Machine's "Doctor Beat". When it was given the A-OK by both Mylo and MSM, the "Doctor Pressure" mashup was released alongside the original Mylo track.
According to Erol: "My whole rational behind this edit was to make the song a juggernaut in any DJ’s set, instead of its usual 4 minutes of dancefloor domination. Sasha plays it apparently!”
Mylo - Drop The Pressure (Erol Alkan's Extended Re-Edit) [Right Click To Download]
Next, let's go for his 'horrorhouse' dub of Daft Punk. Well, it does exactly what it says on the tin, it's fucking horrifying! This was the only track on the Human After All Remixes album that was a remix of an album track rather than a single. Dabbling with breakbeats and a dubstep-style bassline, if you put this on your iPod while riding the ghost train at your local carnival, it might actually make it the slightest bit scary for you.
According to Erol: "It doesn’t want to be liked, it doesn’t want you to dance to it. It’s called The Brainwasher, and it doesn’t give a shit.”
Daft Punk - The Brainwasher (Erol Alkan's Horrorhouse Dub) [Right Click To Download]
Erol's edit of Digitalism's "Jupiter Room" is also worth a mention. It appears on Digitalism's "Terrorloght" EP, alongside two remixes of "Zdarlight". Stretching the track to 8 and a half minutes, and adding a little electro distortion, this mix is a martian juggernaut just waiting to collide with your local dancefloor.
According to Erol: “Made in 5 minutes purely for my own DJ sets, Digitalism liked it enough to include it on the next 12″. Named 'Simple Yet Effective' as it’s what it is!”
Digitalism - Jupiter Room (Erol Alkan's Simple Yet Effective Edit) [Right Click To Download]
Also recommended is his dub of Bloc Party's "She's Hearing Voices". The track was their debut single, even before their self titled EP, and was later re-recorded for their first album "Silent Alarm". Erol's dub was featured on the following remix album, the quite boringly titled "Silent Alarm Remixed". There's also a vocal mix on a white label apparently, but I haven't found it. Must add that to the finder...
According to Erol: "My main priority was to give the track a bit of a groove, and to get more of the melody out, and the original is so fast it kind of flys by without you being able to recognize the beauty the song has. The vocal mix took a month to do, and the dub took a further 5 minutes!"
Bloc Party - She's Hearing Voices (Erol Alkan's Calling Your Dub) [Right Click To Download]
Finally, Erol's epic rework of Scissor Sisters. For the most part, this remix is instrumental. The vocals only come in at around the 6 minute mark(!), and even then only for 8 bars(!!). This, combined with lack of musical knowledge, caused a backlash of 1-star iTunes reviews from mainstream music fans who wanted some camp sing-alongs to do their dishes to. When you begin an anti-remix backlash from Scissor Sisters fans, you know you've succeeded at making electronic music.
According to Erol: "After I heard the track for the first time, I knew it would be a huge challange to come up with something that would work in a sweaty club. All I used was a bar of the synth line and some vocals. Really pleased with it.”
Scissor Sisters - I Don't Feel Like Dancin' (Erol Alkan's Carnival Of Light Rework) [Right Click To Download]
Keep kids dancing,