Let’s mix it up a bit, Holland style.

No, sorry. No Rotterdam Terror Corps for you. Not today. Not ever. So, if you were afraid if I would ever to that far? Rest assured, I won’t. Even my musical taste has its limits.

But we’re still going to enjoy some tunes from the Netherlands tonight, by way of Junkie XL.
This is again one of those posts about a kind of Electronica that might have been.

I mean… It WAS. But it never went on to dominate the airwaves. We got… Well… Our current crop of party-centred, low-brow, cheap crap.

I really don’t know what it’s about good, multi-layered music that seems to push it into the background. It’s fucking everywhere, even in sub-cultures, when they reach a certain critical point. And the stupid thing is, it didn’t start to be that way until… … Well, fuck me. Yeah. I know now. … Let me now debate if I want to put up a long, winded, angry rant about ARO, marketing, manipulation of charts (and the horrible shit that’s “radio controlled charts”. But even after this rant there will be only one target to shoulder most of the blame: The public.

For three chief reasons.

1) Letting themselves being so easily led, goaded and manipulated.
2) Being lazy and only very seldomly taking a glimpse around their preconceived notions and likes.
3) Having a generally horrible taste. I mean, FUCKING AUTOTUNE! Nobody using autotune through more than a few seconds inside a whole song should be making any money, unless they’re a phenomenal rapper and dying from throat-cancer!

But, enough hate and rage.
On towards love and calm!

Junkie XL ft. Saffron Beauty Never Fades | 2002 | Electronica / Trance

[expand title=”Lyrics”]Each step I take the shadows grow longer
Padded footfalls in the dark I wonder
Come to steel your lifeblood away
Looking for a beauty that never fades

See a glimpse inside the foolish hollow
Come to know a time when he will haunt you
Snapping at my heels made me live
Someone take me back to the angel realm today

Each step I take the shadows grow longer
Padded footfalls in the dark I wonder
Come to steel your lifeblood away
Looking for a beauty that never fades

See a glimpse inside the foolish hollow
Come to know a time when he will haunt you
Snapping at my heels made me live
Someone take me back to the angel realm today[/expand]

This is a very fine piece of trance-y electronica with lyrics worthy of being included in a World of Darkness story or serving as a companion to Svbway to Sally’s “Wenn Engel Hassen”. It’s darkly atmospheric and fully driving. I’m not a particular fan of the initial build-up, but the other eight minutes more than make up for it, in my opinion.

I know that this song will not be to everyone’s liking. But I also know that probably each and every one of you knows another song by Junkie XL. He was using his JXL moniker for that. It was that utterly catchy electro-remix of Elvis’ “A Little Less Conversation” that was a great hit in the early 00s. And I think that this shows how malleable and dynamic a good producer can be. Also, go and look at the artists Junkie XL made remixes for. Fear Factory. Dave Gahan. Madonna. TiĆ«sto, the Beastie Boys… Even Sarah McLachlan. He has his style and his vision, but he is still able to change, adapt, form and mold. Something which I don’t see most “Ibiza!” DJs doing so very well.

This piece though. This is electronica I would like being more popular all around. And not confined to Klaus Fiehe’s wonderfull Plan B on certain Monday nights on a certain German radio station.

And I only got wind of it through a remix that was made for the Animatrix and then licensed by CCP to promote EVE Online.
And, well. This is a fine example of how an artist can take a song of his and make two WIDELY divergent pieces out of it. And (Yes. A third “And”. I’m sorry. I’m slightly tired and can’t be bothered with accessing my internal thesaurus and style-guide tonight.)… AND I have to admit that I’m much more partial to this remix. So I will offer it up to you, too. In it’s full, EVE-trailer infused glory.

It’s shorter. It’s darker. It’s more atmospheric. And the intro kicks much more ass, as well as being tighter and more pushing than the original.
Use it inside your car when driving towards a party or a night out dancing and feel the energy.

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