Here’s a blast of that unreleased rework I made of Tame Impala's ‘I Don’t Really Mind’, this press release from their label Modular sent out back in 2010 explains exactly what happened:
‘Oh the irony! Upon hearing, it sounds like it was always meant to be, but things didn’t start out that way. When Innerspeaker was complete it was sent to Erol with the instructions, “pick whatever song you want, we’d love you to remix something, anything, do your worst, please!” And so Erol chose the album closer 'I Don’t Really Mind'. A few weeks later we heard a 8 minutes acid workout with a breakdown which felt like it lasted a small lifetime, and we all loved it enough to accept it. This was apparently 'mix 1', although we later found out there had been a further 5..
A few days later, we received an e-mail from Erol where he effectively withdrew the remix from Modular. Below is an extract from what we feel maybe contender for e-mail of 2010:
“I lay my cards on the table and admit defeat. Although I don't see it as a failure as you cannot fail by trying. But sometimes you fail by giving in.
As with any band I would work with, I love Tame Impala enough to reward them the respect to not submit something under par, and I can only apologise for the initial remix I sent in: I don't think its right
I strive to make each remix better then the last, and my claustrophobic acid effort is not working how I'd like it to. So I would like to pretend that remix never happened. Delete it. Tell the band they imagined it and that if they can't, I'll come and brainwash them.. or maybe even blow so hard into their ears that it pushes the memory out of their skin
But I shan't give up just yet. I think I chose the wrong track in the first place - I couldn't get anything better out of it that was already there. The one I should have chosen was 'Why Wont You Make Up Your Mind'. I have an idea for it. I think it's a good one. I can hear it already. And I love it already.
Can you get me the parts please? I'll turn it around in hours.”
Ok, it took slightly more than hours, but it’s here, and it’s entirely worth the wait. And while those mythical 5 other “lost mixes” will be buried in the basement for evermore.
More info on the 'Reworks Volume 1' compilation: lnk.to/erolalkan
You can now listen back to my Annie Mac 'Mini Mix' here.
Inside of only 5 minutes, I mixed together 26 remixers/producers or those who have influenced my work, alongside a few of my own remixes.
And now over to you: I lay down the challenge to see if you can name all 26 records, artist and remixers in the comments section. Good luck!
I suppose it’s fair to say that this was 13 years in the making (the earliest remix here dates back to 2004) but that be a little too dramatic, the idea to collect 20 of my reworks came to us last year, and the process of looking back and understanding how and why I’ve always enjoyed realigning other people’s music has been quite an interesting trip for me, so thanks to all the artists involved for allowing me to do so.
And also importantly, thank YOU for listening/dancing through the years, there are many more mixes yet to come, if anything this process has informed me further of what I want to do within music and production. I've also appreciated the kind words you've left in the comments regarding the various 'Behind The Rework' videos we made for each track re-issued on vinyl, it's been cool to read how some of these records have been discovered or the effect they've had on you.
Anyway, It’s finally released today on this 5 vinyl edition box set and double CD edition, and across all digital platforms or pick it up direct from Phantasy: lnk.to/erolalkan
Or head here to download or stream from whoever you get your digital music from http://smarturl.it/erolalkan-reworks
My rework of Connan Mockasin's ‘Forever Dolphin Love’ is one of my personal favourites. Back in 2010, Phantasy signed a label deal with Because Music, and the first record we released was a re-named and re-packaged version of his debut album 'Please Turn Me Into The Snat', which we had released on Phantasy a few months prior. Once we signed, we were able to change the title, sleeve artwork, and then present this special album to the bigger audience it deserved, and even though we hadn't really thought about remixing Connan's music at that point, I felt drawn enough to suggest we look at possible remixes.
I had the parts for both 'Forever Dolphin Love' and 'Unicorn In Uniform', and started 'Unicorn' first, but after I spent a few hours on it, nothing I did caught fire at all. So I went through the parts for 'F.D.L' just to see what was in there, and whilst playing back the guitar part, a bassline began in my head, one which quickly intertwined around it. I quickly played the part in and captured the midi in order not to forget it before I went to bed. That night I must have dreamt the entire rework and had it all finished in my head before I even went to the computer the next morning. I went to the computer and made the whole thing in a matter of hours. The new keyboard part which comes in during the middle and outro is the combination of a real Juno 6 and it's relative plug in. Once I found the right sound on the analog Juno, I matched it on the plug in (it was quite a way off but I didn't mind it tbf) and merged to two sounds together. There's a big Johnny Marr influence in there at the end with the guitar parts I added, think I had 'Well I Wonder' by The Smiths floating around in my head, I suppose that pushed the melancholy button in further.. The track was mixed through my Trident Fleximix, which I didn't use that much around then, but it was a way to soften many of the new sounds which were now added to the existing sounds from Connan's original, plus it managed to give it quite a hazy, lucid feel.
If any of you are a bit superstitious, this was also the 13th single release on Phantasy..
Phantasy have reissued this on 12" vinyl (back with my rework of Hot Chips' 'Boy From School' and it's part of the upcoming 'Reworks Volume 1' boxset and double CD compilation.
Get more details or pre order the limited edition formats here: https://lnk.to/erolalkan