Erol Alkan – Bang


Erol Alkan has never been lazy when it comes to making music. Over the past decade or so he has done remixes (loads of them); been part of collaborations (with Switch and Boys Noize); been in a psychedelic outfit (as one half of Beyond The Wizard's Sleeve); released re-edits (as Disco 3000) and mash-ups (as Kurtis Rush); dropped odd club tracks (as Mustapha 3000); produced bands (such as the Mystery Jets and Late of the Pier) and helped out as a studio engineer (on Daniel Avery's 'Drone Logic').

Amazingly, though, he's never actually put out a record of original material under his own name until now. The first track to appear from his forthcoming three-track 'Illumination' EP is Bang (showcased as an extended preview). Bang does exactly as its name suggests, putting a 303 to work over a jacking groove. It's fairly modest insofar that it sidesteps the "grand statement" that might be expected from having gone so long without releasing in favour of a straightforward, unpretentious club track – a hard-hitting one, admittedly, but a straightforward club track nonetheless.

Phantasy Sound will release 'Illumination' on December 2nd 2013.