‘Illumination’ is the product of years perfecting how to make thousands of bodies dance to leftfield sounds
Erol Alkan has the Midas touch. Metronomy and Tame Impala line up for his remixes, his Phantasy label released albums by Daniel Avery and Connan Mockasin this year, and he was behind Trash, the club at the heart of London’s electro-rock scene from 1996-2006. So perhaps it’s understandable that it’s taken him this long to release a solo record. ‘Illumination’ is the product of years perfecting how to make thousands of bodies dance to leftfield sounds: there’s a joyous slab of Chicago-indebted piano house, some weird-ass techno and even Big Beat, all mangled into mesmeric grooves that spiral off somewhere unexpected. The only quibble? At just three tracks, it’s too darn short.