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Beyond the Wizard's Sleeve Re-Animations Vol.1

When Erol Alkan reworks a track, it’s usually a safe bet the end result is going to be a hell of a lot noisier than when it started. Something must have changed, because Beyond the Wizard’s Sleeve, Alkan’s new collaboration with Richard Norris, is all about spacey exploration and funky sounds. Re-Animations Vol.1 finds the pair transforming songs from The Chemical Brothers, Franz Ferdinand, Goldfrapp, and a litany of U.K. indie acts into Balearic disco cuts that are often barely recognizable from their source material. Owing more to the Steve Miller Band than Ed Banger, the production is relaxed and often inspired, although Peter Bjorn and John’s “Young Folks” still sounds terribly forced when remixed for the dancefloor.

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