Synthesized

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All Music Guide - David Jeffries
Having broken through back in 2002 with his remix of Elvis Presley's "A Little Less Conversation," Dutch producer Tom Holkenborg, aka Junkie XL, spent the next decade doing what DJs used to do -- that is, mixing the pop superstars, landing tracks in video games, and gaining a loyal following through his EDM albums, which go from electro to big beat as if dance music wasn't following a linear timeline. Strange thing was, DJ culture blew up big time while he was covering esoteric new wave hits (check his redo of Siouxsie and the Banshees' "Cities in Dust" for an aggro industrial explosion), and suddenly Skrillex and Swedish House Mafia were taking relentless electronic ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David Jeffries
Having broken through back in 2002 with his remix of Elvis Presley's "A Little Less Conversation," Dutch producer Tom Holkenborg, aka Junkie XL, spent the next decade doing what DJs used to do -- that is, mixing the pop superstars, landing tracks in video games, and gaining a loyal following through his EDM albums, which go from electro to big beat as if dance music wasn't following a linear timeline. Strange thing was, DJ culture blew up big time while he was covering esoteric new wave hits (check his redo of Siouxsie and the Banshees' "Cities in Dust" for an aggro industrial explosion), and suddenly Skrillex and Swedish House Mafia were taking relentless electronic dance music out of the IT department and into the stadiums, frats, sororities, and malls and on to download cues. Good news, then, that this DJ -- who seems equal parts Fatboy Slim, KMFDM, and Oakenfold -- hasn't sold his soul to the bass drop or the post-trance gloss of the Swedish set, as Synthesized comes off like a time machine, speeding through electronic music's pre-dubstep past while giving all genres the JXL spin. Synth pop from the '80s gets a warm hug during the sweet "When Is Enough Not Enough" featuring Tears for Fears vocalist Curt Smith, while the opening chillout cut "Take Off on Molly's E" is a heavenly transmission from the planet Orb or Orbital. Blippy techno and old-school funk meet on the seriously struttin' "Off the Dancefloor" with Isis Salam playing the role of Grace Jones, then Datarock join for the crunching anthem "Gloria" as if the Dust Brothers and the Chemical Brothers were still on top. With Timothy Leary samples and a robotic bassline, "Leave Behind Your Ego" is the heyday of acid house with a 2012 punch, while the long-titled closer "The Art of Luxurious Intergalactic Time Travel" brings reminders of short-titled new age artists like Vangelis, Deuter, and Eno. For those who like their electronic music clearly defined, it's a hard sell, but Synthesized is an easy recommendation for those who appreciate Junkie's skill and/or any witty genre-jumping around dance-pop.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/27/2012
  • Label: Nettwerk Records
  • UPC: 067003095129
  • Catalog Number: 30951
  • Sales rank: 87,562

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Take Off On Molly's E (4:41)
  2. 2 Off the Dancefloor - Isis Salam (3:52)
  3. 3 Leave Behind Your Ego (4:09)
  4. 4 Synthesized (4:22)
  5. 5 When Is Enough Not Enough (6:29)
  6. 6 Twilight Trippin (5:42)
  7. 7 Love Machine - Tommie Sunshine (5:24)
  8. 8 Gloria - Datarock (3:58)
  9. 9 Bonzai (4:58)
  10. 10 Klatshing! (4:22)
  11. 11 Kill the Band - Joost Van Bellen (4:59)
  12. 12 The Art of Luxurious Intergalactic Time Travel (7:39)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Junkie XL Primary Artist
Timothy Leary Vocals
Curt Smith Vocals
Tommie Sunshine Vocals
Carina Round Background Vocals
Iver Sandøy Background Vocals
Yngve Leidulv Satre Background Vocals
Isis Salam Vocals
Technical Credits
Curt Smith Composer
Charlton Pettus Composer
Kurt Hauenstein Composer
Junkie XL Producer
Fredrik Saroea Composer
Iver Sandøy Vocal Engineer
Nick Ditri Vocal Engineer
Yngve Leidulv Satre Vocal Engineer
Anneli Axon Composer
Michiel Groeneveld Management
Tom Holkenborg Composer, Mastering
Isis Salam Composer
Claes Nystrom Composer
Christian Vorlander Sound Design
Joost Van Bellen Composer
Victoria De La Vega Sound Design
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