Published Mar 23, 2009Back in November 2007, I featured a selection of tracks from Beyond the Wizards Sleeve, a psychedelic project launched by superstar DJ Erol Alkan and the Grid's Richard Norris. Though it was originally intended to be a strictly anonymous method of re-editing old psych and Krautrock tunes, as well as remixing current artists, the vehicle has blown up into something, well, almost legit.
Following a number of unofficial twelve-inches, last year they released their first "full-length," Beyond The Wizards Sleeve Ark 1, a mind-bending reworking of forgotten/obscure/favourite tracks from the '60s and '70s. None of these have been given wide release, mostly seeing a limited life on white labels, but now the duo have officially put out their first accessible record, Beyond The Wizards Sleeve Re-Animations Vol. 1 (on New State Recordings), a comp featuring their remixes of Peter Bjorn & John, Goldfrapp, Midlake, the Chemical Brothers, Tracy Thorn, Franz Ferdinand and Late of the Pier, among others.
And if you're as attention deficit as I am, you'll enjoy this five-minute, 28-track "minimix" that Alkan and Norris recently threw together for BBC Radio 1's Annie Mac's Mash Up, which steamrolls its way across decades, genres and countries like a kid who never filled his Ritalin prescription. (Tracklisting and download below.)
For more on BTWS, check out this exclusive interview that FACT Magazine conducted with the two producers.
Beyond the Wizards Sleeve MiniMix
A BTWS Announcement - "A Small Face"
Bill Wyman - "(Si Si) Je Suis Un Rock Star"
Franz Ferdinand - "Ulysses (Beyond The Wizards Sleeve Re-Animation)"
Holgar Czukay - "Cool In The Pool"
Late of the Pier - "The Bears Are Coming" (Beyond The Wizards Sleeve Re-Animation)
The Monkees - "Zilch"
Ramses & Selket - "In My Minds Eye"
The Beatles - Hey Bulldog "(Beyond The Wizards Sleeve Re-Animation)"
Time & Space Machine - "A Psychedelic Circus"
The Creation - "How Does It Feel?"
Unknown - "She Landed In The Crack"
A BTWS Announcement - "20,000 Years"
Captain Beefheart - "Zig Zag Wonderer"
The Mickey Finn - "Garden Of My Mind"
The Prisoners - "I Will Take You For A Ride"
A BTWS Announcement - "We Wanna Be Free"
The Sonics - "Have Love Will Travel"
Noise - "Noise"
Link Wray - "Deuces Wild"
A BTWS Announcement - "Tragedy"
Outkast - "Hey Ya"
13th Floor Elevators - "Fire Engine"
Sueno Un Camino - "Ovni 87"
Issabelle - "Amstramgramme"
Monks - "Oh How They Do"
The Pretty Things - "Defecting Grey"
Pink Floyd - "See Emily Play"
A BTWS Announcement - "No Nrut"