What a fantastic year it has been for Erol Alkan’s Phantasy Sound label; they’ve been prolific in their release schedule which includes an album of the year candidate in Daniel Avery’s ‘Drone Logic’ alongside releases from Connan Mockasin, Tom Rowlands and Ghost Culture. In amongst this demanding release schedule and a hectic year of Djing globally, Erol Alkan has found time to release his debut solo EP. Yes, really, despite regular remix duties and plenty of collaborative releases with Boys Noize this is actually his first solo EP.
‘Hold On Love’ kicks things off with a fantastic track built around a breezy chord progression. The intensity and percussion builds up throughout to produce a pure club track with plenty of euphoric crescendos.
‘Bang’ sees the man on an acid flex; drum machines and squelching synths aplenty with the electro tinge present on his work with Boys Noize. The EP comes to a driving climax with ‘Check Out’ in a blaze of choppy drum breaks, vocal snippets and psychedelic madness.
Erol Alkan’s music may not be overtly complex and he may not be pushing boundaries but if any of these tracks come on at a party in the wee hours of the morning you’d be hard pressed not to throw some shapes. Unadulterated dance floor pleasure is the aim of the game here and Alkan certainly hits the spot.
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Written by Andy Brennan