Beyond The Wizard’s Sleeve - Re-Animations Vol 1

Invoking the psych spirit to make remixes matter again

During the last decade the art
of remixing became a constant
source of excitement as often
ordinary songs were transformed
into dancefloor-killing machines
or, better still, stellar new
interpretations which used the
original as a launch-pad into
startling new vistas (eg Andrew
Weatherall and The Orb). With
the demise of the 12” single as
a DJ tool, the remix has
lessened in profile and there
haven’t been so many monsters
where the name of the remixer
guarantees a must-have treat in
its own right.

Beyond The Wizard’s Sleeve
– joint alter-ego for mash-up
king DJ Erol Alkan and The
Grid’s Richard Norris – pass the
acid test by psychedelicising
their subjects with delightfully
obscure or exotic samples, extra
terrestrial effects and robust,
bongo-splattered beats of a
Balearic nature, limitless
imagination to the fore. They
prefer to call their reworkings re-animations
(though it’s more
like spiking), here presenting a
dozen by names including
Chemical Brothers, Late Of The
Pier, Tracey Thorn, Badly Drawn
Boy, Simian Mobile Disco,
Goldfrapp and Franz Ferdinand
(sounding like Norman Whitfield
dropping acid on Ibiza). There’s
even a hallucinogenic slant on
Peter, Bjorn & Paul’s whistle-anthem
Young Folks.
Mindblowingly recommended.

4 stars 4 stars 4 stars 4 stars

New State Music | NEWCD 9039

Reviewed by Kris Needs
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