Beyond The Wizards Sleeve
The alias of DJ/producer duo Erol Alkan and Richard Norris’ was initially established with a mysterious, instantly celebrated series of edits, those that often subtly re-imagined obscure and beloved psych classics, tipping them towards the dancefloor and then far beyond. Soon, they had applied their touch to some of the world’s most celebrated alternative artists, turning in timeless ‘reanimations’ for the likes of The Chemical Brothers, Franz Ferdinand and Midlake, as well as the entirety of the Temples' debut 'Sun Structures', renamed as 'Sun Restructured'.
After many years of anticipation, Beyond The Wizards Sleeve finally released their debut LP of original material ‘The Soft Bounce’ on Phantasy in 2016. Featuring guest appearances from Blaine Harrison (Mystery Jets), Euros Childs (Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci), Jane Weaver, Holly Miranda and Hannah Peel, Alkan and Norris assembled the cream of alternative-psch talent for this ambitious meld of genres, hailed by The Guardian as “60s psychedelia goes acid house… an album that uses a deep knowledge of the past to find its own unique niche in the present.”
‘The Soft Bounce’ produced a number of singles, with accompanying videos directed by BAFTA winning filmmaker Kieran Evans, and remixes arrived courtesy of Daniel Avery, BTU, Psychemagick and Shock Machine. A collection of demos, dubs and alternative versions were released in 2018, entitled ‘The Soft Bounce (Expanded)’.