ALCAZAR REVIEWS

 

www.djricomixshow.com May 2002

Phillip Anthony Jr.
This definitely been year of classic 80 remakes revamped into club mixes, some suceeding and some missing the mark completely. Remember Human League's infectious 80's electro new wave tune "Don't You Want Me Baby"? Well it's been pulled from the time warp vault and brought to life by Alcazar- extracted from their album "Casino". Considering the Original version- remix pundits would probably disregard the track as lacking potential for a tribal progressive makeover, right? Wrong, Junior Vasquez once again demonstrates that his creativity has no bounds- as he transforms the track into a dark epic journey of pure tribal bliss. Loaded with powerful build ups, big stacky riffs and nice a dramatic drop out in the break- Junior's mixes addds the necessary energy and drama straying away from the Original version. Overall, Junior's mix takes you on a compelling journey filled with driving percussion, adding a unique depth to mix as he subtlety blends older & newer remix elements. Matt Piso returns to the remixing fold with vengeance with a killer mix craftily manipulated vocals, hard hitting synths lines and strong rhythmic foundation. Unlike Junior's mix which is moody & dark, Matt's mix maintains that fun & distinctive 80's kraftwerk style of the original with a rainbow of effected keys and cool vocal reverb effects but still hard hitting with lots of percussion and tons of vocal flange effects. Both mixes are fabulously done, with each having their own unique appeal and should expose Alcatraz to wider audience. Junior & Matt flawlessly breathes fresh new life into this classic. (Phillip Anthony Jr.)

 

www.ambientrance.org 2002

If disco ever did die, it's now reincarnated itself into the good-looking Euro-trio, Alcazar, hitting it big with Europe's #1 Dance album and a song featured on HBO's Queer as Folk. ...The first of three new takes on the Human League's "Don't You Want Me" is a lush affair (and I hadn't even realize the song needed to be revived!).

...The third Don't You Want Me (7:33) is the speedily thumping Almighty Club Mix which injects urgent bass-pulses beneath dreamy keys and hyper-rippling vocals. Casino is great for its dancepop scope; the production is crisper, cleaner and more vibrant than a rainbow-hued silk shirt, which keeps my rating up to a B- despite being far too vocal-/disco-oriented for my personal tastes...