Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Junkie XL - Booming Back At You

Junkie XL's new full-length artist album 'Booming Back At You' was released today on Nettwerk Records. The album consists of 12 tracks that fit nicely in the current electro sound.

The album starts off with "Booming Right At You", a funky electro house track that includes a sample from Stetsasonic and reminds me of the Freestylers.

Next up is "Cities In Dust" featuring vocals from Lauren Rocket. This song was originally written and performed by Siouxsie & The Banshees. Junkie XL's take is full on electro with a punk / rock edge to it. I think people that like Chicks on Speed will really dig this song. See the end of this post for a couple of videos of Junkie XL working on remixes of this song.

The fourth song is called "Stratosphere". It is an instrumental track, that has a nice electro-pop feeling to it, but could also work well mixed into a progressive house set.

Following "Stratosphere" is "Mad Pursuit". "Mad Pursuit" features vocals from Electrocute and is a very cool downtempo track with a slight electro twist. This song has a definite Thievery Corp. / Portishead vibe with a little more of an electro sound to it. This would make a great song on a soundtrack for a spy movie - James Bond style.

"More" is the next song, and has already had a lot of great remixes released as two separate EPs - 'More' and 'More More'. Remixers include Matthew Dekay, Tocadisco, Tommie Sunshine, and Kraak & Smaak.

The next song that got my attention was the ninth song on the disc, "Clash". It has a mellow piano intro, then jumps into a nice 4/4 beat with a fun party feel. No real vocals on this track, but it feels almost like a modern B-52s song.

The second to the last song is "No Way". This song features vocals from Lauren Rocket, and reminds me of Gwen Stefani in a way. A fun electro-pop track with crossover / pop appeal.

Finally, the disc ends with "Not Enough". This song features vocals from Willoughby and Nicole Morier. Another great electro-pop song that should appeal to fans of Depeche Mode, Fischerspooner and The Faint.

The full tracklisting for 'Booming Back At You' is:

1) Booming Right At You
2) Cities In Dust
3) You Make Me Feel So Good
4) Stratosphere
5) Mad Pursuit
6) More
7) 1967 Poem
8) Zage
9) Clash
10) New Toy
11) No Way
12) Not Enough

Buy the album at the Itunes store by clicking the button:
Junkie XL - Booming Back At You

Here is a short video clip where Junkie XL gives us a quick tour of his personal studio and discusses his progress on remixing "Cities In Dust":

Here is the follow-up video from Junkie XL about his progress in remixing "Cities In Dust":

You can preview some of the songs from the album on Junkie XL's MySpace page.

Junkie XL is also touring to support the new album, so be sure to catch him if he is in a city near you! Here are the tour dates:

March 14, 2008 - Austin, TX :: SXSW at Vice with Moby
March 15, 2008 - Austin, TX :: SXSW at Dim Mak/BPM
March 23, 2008 - Amsterdam :: Melkweg Release Party
March 28, 2008 - Miami, FL :: Ultra Music Festival - Mainstage
April 5, 2008 - Melbourne, AU :: Climate Festival Live Stage
April 6, 2008 - Sydney, AU :: Climate Festival Live Stage
April 10, 2008 - Dallas, TX :: Ghostbar
April 11, 2008 - Phoenix, AZ :: Myst
April 19, 2008 - San Francisco, CA :: Mezzanine
April 20, 2008 - Las Vegas, NV :: Moon @ Palms
April 24, 2008 - Seattle, WA :: Last Supper Club
April 26, 2008 - Indio, CA :: Coachella
May 16, 2008 - Atlanta, GA :: Wetbar
July 19, 2008 - Denver, CO :: Red Rocks
July 28, 2008 - Whistler :: Pemberton Festival

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