Limited Edtion. Junkie Xl (A.k.a. Tom Holkenborg) is Cornering the Market in Breakbeat Driven and Decidedly Deep Electronic Music.
Whatever dictionary Holland's Tom Holkenborg (aka Junkie XL) uses, there are clearly a few words missing, including subtlety. His second album, picks up the post-Chemical Brothers breakbeat thrash sound of his Saturday Teenage Kicks debut and is another incessant slab of heavy metal dance floor action that's low on craft but very big on high-octane cartoon thrills. Dropping the cheesy samples favoured by his British big beat brethren, Holkenborg instead goes for lost seventies power chords, Wagnerian strings and brain-pummelling breaks. All very Prodigy, all very sub-Moby. And yet there's such an epic pop energy and pretension-free adrenaline-soaked mania to "Zerotonine", "Power Of Big Stacks" and "Legion" that make it hard to resist a fleeting grin and grind. When he turns his twiddles to tranced-out house on "Gettin' Lost" and "Bon Voyage", you can see why Sasha and Carl Cox have been getting their dance floor kicks from this deranged Dutchman. Not clever, but very big.--Calvin Bush
Brilliant live shows made them a wanted guest at festivals and later with the Little Less Conversation commercial (with Elvis) more recognition came, also in computer games.
Rudeboy now has left Junkie XL and this album is their last work together, a great fin-de-siecle piece of music.
This CD does not have great songs like 'Billy Club' or 'Saturday Teenage Kicks' but the overall quality is outstanding. You almost feel like you are at their show. 'Check Your Basic Groove' is carried by a funky bassline and Rudeboy's shouts to awaken us all. 'Synasthesia' is a good piece of big beats with another melodic bassline. The song changed dramatically after about 3,5 minutes when it slowly drifts into a symphonic, almost new age like, piece. Strings, horns have a solo before they are mixed into the big beats again.
'Zerotonine' was the first single and is carried by little pieces of violin and Rudeboy's raps, like he also does on 'Legion' (with acoustic guitar)
And it goes on, there is not a bad track on the CD and it's a very worthy succesor to "Saturday Teenage Kicks".
If only there were more people as inventive as Junkie XL...
This album is fantastic... I can't get enough! This was the first JXL CD I bought (a while ago), after hearing somebody tried to palm off some Junkie XL tracks and some Lunatic Calm tracks, as a new Prodigy CD. Now I loved Prodigy, so thought I'd check these guys out...
GREAT idea. It's quite different to prodigy, but damn awesome, groovy and VERY danceable. My favourite track is Love Like Razorblade, and Future in Computer Hell is a close second, but it's all good!
Lunatic Calm is also a worthwhile listen. They had that song Leave you Far Behind (I wanna take you on a rollercoaster) that has been on about 8 movie soundtracks).
But yeah, check these guys out... be warned though, their latest offering is very poppy, and very different to this genius!