Only a Londoner like Erol Alkan can produce and remix such a delicate voice and one of the best tracks of 2011 and only a Londoner can raise the bar on one of the best remixes of last year, his own rework on Connan Mockasin‘s Forever Dolphin Love.
A new edit for the new Bugged Out! Mix / Bugged In Selection mix which happens to come out in a couple of months on !K7 Records (September 3rd to be more precise). 2 sets, “one side club-oriented, one aimed at home listening” which compile and reflect the magic he’s capable of… from Smith N Hack’s ‘To Our Disco Friends’ to our much admired In Flagranti.
Erol mixed the set live in a couple of takes, no computerised beat matching or studio trickery. Why? “For me, that’s what DJing is about, spontaneity, mistakes, records trying to keep up with one another” he says. It took just two takes, as he was nearing the end of the second, the sub bass of Spandex’s ‘The Bull’ shook the speaker off the mantelpiece of his music room at home and sent it crashing to the floor, leaving a deep dent in the floorboards. “I just thought, It’s going so well I’m going to carry on,” he laughs. “I didn’t want to detract from capturing that moment. That’s where – for me – the electricity lies: in the moment, not crafting something that’s perfect on a computer.” No computers for Mr Alkan then, he clearly doesn’t need them.