As one of London’s most well-respected DJs, Phantasy Sound leader Erol Alkan commands admiration on the decks. Slated to helm the latest installment in the Fabriclive series, his selection features a clutch of tracks from Phantasy artists (including Chemical Brothers member Tom Rowlands), and notable labels like Running Back, L.I.E.S., Delsin, and Cómeme, as well as some of Alkan’s own creations including “Sub Conscious,” “Bang,” and the closer “A Hold On Love.”
On Friday, February 22, Beatport Live presents UK techno talent Perc. Having gained early recognition for his hit “Up” on Kompakt, Perc went on to catch the ears of Richie Hawtin, Luciano, Chris Liebing, Slam, John Digweed, Green Velvet, Erol Alkan, Steve Lawler, and many more. That critical and peer acclaim led to him being signed to bona fide techno powerhouses like Ovum, Drumcode, and CLR. As well, his own label, Perc Trax, has become a force in itself.
This coming weekend on Saturday, November 10th, in Ghent, Belgium, the annual I Love Techno festival is scheduled to host the likes of Boys Noize, Modeselektor, Dada Life, Raveyards, Flux Pavilion, Excision, and tons more who bring into question the definition of techno as we know it. And in anticipation of the huge event, we’ve put together a handy bunch of Beatport charts from some of the featured artists.
That’s right. LMFAO are going their separate ways for now, but fortunately, plenty more folks are willing to keep the torch burning bright. We look at a few of them, and a whole lot more, in today’s news.
London-based producer/DJ Duke Dumont (aka Adam Dyment) first burst onto the dance scene back in 2007 with his debut EP, Regality, on Tiga’s Turbo Recordings, following it up the next year with a Dubsided release and essentially cementing his place amongst a crop of new house and techno producers. This week he releases a new EP and drops his Weekend Weapons on us.
If you told 2001 me that 2012 me would be still paying attention to electroclash crossover stars Tiga and Zombie Nation, me would have doubted. And if you said the pair would remain relevant by turning up both the playful and party-rocking halves of their personas, I would have cringed. But that’s exactly what they’ve pulled off with their ZZT collaboration of the past few years, and it’s a stunt they repeat with friends on the Partys Over Earth Remix LP.
We haven’t been able to stop listening to Forever Dolphin Love, the debut album from New Zealand’s experimental pop savant Connan Mockasin. Released a couple weeks ago on Erol Alkan‘s Phantasy label, it’s a hazy shimmer of psychedelic pop that may remind you, in places, of acts as different as The xx, Toro Y Moi, Bibio, The Bees, and Gruff Rhys.
The video above takes a while to get going, but it’s worth it, once it does. And for DJs looking for something a little more floor-oriented, the Erol Alkan remix will do just the trick.
‘Lemonade’ is a cocktail made in indie electro heaven. Berlin’s Boys Noize teamed up with London indie god Erol Alkan for a monumental cut that’s as loud as it is explosive. It’s out now on Erol Alkan’s Phantasy Sound imprint.
With fizzy machine bleeps, outrageous synthesizers, and fist-pumping snares, ‘Lemonade’ has already got the blogosphere foaming at the mouth, with some even reporting that French electro rude boys Justice were behind the track.
Our Weekend Weapons feature returns after a two week spring break with a selection from the all-conquering high priest of indie dance, Erol Alkan.
Bursting on to the scene atop the crest of the electroclash wave that swept through the scene back in 2001, Alkan was known as the one-stop shop for everything ‘mash-up’. The most famous of Alkan’s efforts saw Kylie Minogue recreating his handiwork, performing her own ‘Can’t Get You Out Of My Head’ track on top of New Order’s ‘Blue Monday’ at the 2002 Brit Awards.
The spiritual home of all things electroclash (and lots more besides) was Alkan’s infamous Monday night party Trash, at The End in London, which happily married the worlds of guitars and synthesizers right up until its final night back in January 2007.