♫ Listen: Wilted Woman – Lon Lon Night Vision

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Wilted Woman made the fifth song I ever wrote about when I started blogging here almost three years ago. That particular one is gone now but she’s continued to release stellar release after stellar release (some geared towards the dancefloor, others for isolated listening whilst feeling freaky by torchlight hidden under the bed), most recently on the excellent Alien Jams in collaboration with formerly-NYC-based-but-now-somewhere-in-Europe hardware stalwart Nick Klein. (That one, titled Cafe Kotti, rejects ideas of floors, public or private, or any other set spaces, object, or signs that may bind us to the earth.)

For this new 12-inch on Phantasy Sound she presents rhythmic tracks with a clubby bent and extra bright-eyed construction. Bees bustle around the hive. Termites gather to build their hills full of elaborate vaults and arches. And a spider, symbolizing hope, disappears into the nether. Laurel Halo contributes a light-handed remix where swarms of clackety drums, fluttering hi-hats, and pellets of still-smoking synthetic slugs (the insect kind) add their festive airs. Festivilian. Reptilian. Another night another dream it’s like a vision of love.

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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.

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.