Thursday, October 1, 2009

Remix of the Week: #1 Erol Alkan takes on 'Zero' by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Okay so the first in a, er, weekly series. We'll take a remix, re-work, re-edit - whatever - and big it up so you might then listen to it. The track doesn't have to be new or anything but usually it should stand-up to or even better the original. Usually it'd be a track we'd spin on a TomTom night - but don't hold us to that!

This week we kick off with one of our favourite remixers of recent times: Erol Alkan. A famed DJ, Mr Alkan has lately turned his hand to producing (see material by Klaxons, The Long Blondes) and recently appeared to team up with Boys Noize for a mental double-A side 12". However, what really excites us about Alkan is his role as a rip-it-up-and-start-again reinterpreter of other people's music.

He sometimes works with musician Richard Norris as the unfortunately titled Beyond the Wizard's Sleeve duo (see interesting renderings of the likes of Franz Ferdinand and the brilliant 'Roscoe' by Midlake here). The one we're focusing on here is an Alkan solo mix and also perhaps the latest official remix he's created. This year the Yeah Yeah Yeahs released their third record to favourable reviews; lead-off single 'Zero' showcased the bands somewhat new synth-rock direction in typically fervent fashion. The original's not half bad at all, but Alkan's version melts it into an unholy late-night party banger, primed to take the sweaty roof off of your local disco.

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