Junkie XL Sets New Album Release
The album features performances by Curt Smith (Tears for Fears) on "When Enough Is Not Enough," Tommie Sunshine on "Love Machine" and Isis Salam (Chinese Flash Mob, Thunderheist) on "Off The Dancefloor," as well as spoken word by Timothy Leary on "Leave Behind Your Ego," with a rare excerpt from "The Psychedelic Experience: Going Out."
On each track you'll not only find Junkie XL helming electronics, but playing bass, guitar and/or drums himself.
The Junkie XL moniker by Tom Holkenborg began with 1997's Saturday Teenage Kick. Unlike most producers swept up by the so-called "electronica craze," not only did Junkie XL hang on, but flourish with a steady stream of solo efforts: 2000's Big Sound Of The Drags and 2003's Radio JXL: A Broadcast From The Computer Hell Cabin. Radio JXL included collaborations with Depeche Mode's Dave Gahan, Gary Numan, The Cure's Robert Smith and Public Enemy's Chuck D. The U.S. release included the breakthrough remix of Elvis Presley's 1968 single, "A Little Less Conversation," marking the first time the Presley Estate ever granted permission to any producer to retouch any Elvis material. The track, originally created for a 2002 Nike World Cup Commercial, went on to be featured in several films, including Ocean's Eleven. The song became a #1 hit in more than 20 countries worldwide.
"I enjoy the process and love to challenge my creative self. With each production, I get a clearer vision of where the past, present and future of electronic music exists," says Junkie XL. "It's exciting and I'm glad to have watched it change and grow over the last fifteen years."
The track listing for Synthesized is:
Check out the video for "Off The Dancefloor" created by Japan's Trippple Nippples here