Weekend Rewind: Revisit A-Trak and Erol Alkan’s Essential Mix from this weekend in 2008

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Weekend Rewind: Revisit A-Trak and Erol Alkan’s Essential Mix from this weekend in 2008A Trak

Though they were at very different points in their career, A-Trak and Erol Alkan may have been as relevant in 2008 as they are today. Riding the bloghaus high just a few years out from his time as Kanye West‘s official tour DJ, A-Trak had become one of the most hotly anticipated performers at his craft. Pair him with the categorically underground Erol Alkan at the beginning of his Phantasy Sound days, and there you have one of the most memorable sets of the BBC Essential Mix series.

Even ten years later, the tracks from the two master selectors make for an invigorating mix. Pulling out Fool’s Gold deep cuts, classic Shadow Dancer tracks on Boys Noize Records, and grimey, age-old Tiga tunes, the mix catalogs the peculiar, pre-EDM era of dance music that was the late 2000s.

Printworks announces New Year’s Day party with Erol Alkan and DJ Koze

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Printworks announces New Year’s Day party with Erol Alkan and DJ KozePrintworks

Printworks is known for throwing some of the biggest daytime shows that London has seen in years. With label showcases, artist-curated events, and deep rosters of underground dance music frequently found in their programming, a Printworks New Year’s party was bound to be a big one. Fulfilling those expectations, the venue has now announced that Erol Alkan and DJ Koze will be headlining the last party of their winter season.

Thrown in conjunction with Field Day festival, the event will run starting at 3 p.m. and through the evening. With support from Artwork, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, and Israeli DJ duo Red Axes, Printworks has booked a solid day of music in the Press Halls. Paired with a takeover from Leeds-based partiers Good Life in Room 2, the mix of local and headlining talent will make it the perfect way to kick off the new year.

Get tickets here.

Erol Alkan teases first solo work in four years ahead of single release

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Erol Alkan teases first solo work in four years ahead of single releaseErol Alkan

Not having released music on his own in more than four years, esteemed DJ and tastemaker Erol Alkan has left fans craving new tunes. Announcing his soon to be released 12″ single record, the former BBC Radio, Phonox London, and Boiler Room resident DJ has shared an edit of his upcoming track “Silver Echoes.”

Sitting on the softer side of Erol Alkan’s catalog, “Silver Echoes” allows the listener to become entranced with the track’s ever-present melody. The track is one of two singles coming from Alkan next month. While noting that “Silver Echoes” “has that thread of melancholy which seems to manifest itself in much of what [he] does,” fans of the DJ’s heavier side need not worry. The other release on the two-track project, titled “Spectrum,” is a testament to “the kind of club records [he] felt [he] needed to make” since he started playing longer sets. Releasing on his own label, Phantasy Sound, on November 9, this new piece of Alkan’s catalog is not one to be missed.

Introducing Lunar Lunes: DA’s new weekly SoundCloud playlist

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Introducing Lunar Lunes: DA’s new weekly SoundCloud playlistLunar Lunes E1540831560592

Each week, New Music Friday sweeps through with torrential force, showering streaming platforms with immeasurable amounts of new tunes. Just like Dancing Astronaut rounds up 25 of the biggest songs of the week for the Hot 25 Spotify playlist each New Music Friday, Lunar Lunes will be a landing pad for SoundCloud users who want a whole new dose of tunes to kick off the work week.

This week’s Lunar Lunes is highlighted by 25 new tunes from artists like Wolfgang Gartner, i_o and No Mana, CURBI, Luca Lush, and many more. Win and Woo channel warm summer days in their latest, “Satisfied.” Black Coffee and Aquatone have remixed AGORIA’s “Embrace” to craft a mellow, peaceful environment. Melodic dubstep aficionado Au5 tackles Celldweller’s “Eon” in an interesting turn of events. Justin Caruso taps Jake Miller for a pop-friendly original, “Don’t Know You” on Big Beat Records. Ephwurd teams up with ATRIP to sample Beastie Boys’ iconic “Ch-Check It Out” in a bass-laden house track. Jaenga melds dubstep and elements of drum & bass in his take on Zeds Dead and 1000 Volts’ “Kill Em.”

The selection will be updated every Lunes (Monday).