Automatic by Erol Alkan
Erol Alkan celebrates the 100th Phantasy Sound single with Automatic.
The landmark 100th single on Phantasy arrives courtesy of label founder, DJ, and producer, Erol Alkan. Originally recorded less than a year after Phantasy's inception in 2007, "Automatic" arrives in 2021 to both celebrate and anticipate resurgent dancefloor abandon, blending elements of French touch and disco psychedelia with driving, raw percussion, as charismatic and gloriously high-energy as anything from Alkan's extensive back catalog of productions and remixes.
I spent some of lockdown revisiting music I'd made that I had almost forgotten had existed, looking for projects that might be worth another look. Although I originally recorded it around 2008, Automatic immediately shone through as a track that was a perfect distillation of many of the records that had influenced me from around then, as well as something I'd have played in a dark, sweaty club in 2020 or 2021, given the opportunity. There is a certain symmetry and arc of the then into now, which made it feel like the perfect record to release as the 100th single. It feels like a natural celebration of a part of Phantasy's sound and sensibilities running from our beginning and into our future.
"Automatic" is available to download and stream digitally, and will initially be available as a limited edition pressing of 100 single-sided vinyl, housed in a screen-printed sleeve with each copy individually hand-numbered by Alkan himself.
Erol Alkan - Automatic
Release Date February 2021
Label Phantasy Sound