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Junkie XL invites us to Catch Up to his step


Feature: Jack Foley

HOT off the back of the success that was A Little Less Conversation, Junke XL (aka Tom Holkenborg) looks set for more chart success with the first single to be taken from his latest album, Catch Up To My Step, featuring Solomon Burke.

Released on May 19, the single bears all the hallmarks of a classic JXL single - fast and furious beats and breaks, in an instantly catchy style.

His collaboration with Burke builds upon a long line of big beat/blues vocals collaborations, stemming back to Fatboy Slim, Groove Armada and, more obscurely, Primitive Radio Gods and the track, Standing In A Broken Phone Booth With Money In My Hand.

And while it is unlikely to emulate the phenomenal success of his Elvis Presley collaboration (which secured the number 1 spot in over 24 countries), it could well provide one of the anthems of the summer.

The single also arrives as a foretaster to his third album, put together in his state-of-the-art Amsterdam studio.

Junkie XL: A Broadcast from... i's a star-studded double album, featuring a host of contributors, including Gary Numan, Chuck D, Robert Smith, Terry Hall and Republica's Saffron - as previewed on the recent dance chart hit 'Beauty Never Fades'.

Having also co-produced Sasha’s album ‘Airdrawndagger’, toured with The Prodigy, and electrified The King from beyond the grave, it seems Holkenborg has become used to working with high-profile collaborators.

The first single is no exception, featuring ‘The King of Soul', Solomon Burke.

A legendary Hall of Fame inductee and 2003 Grammy winner, 63 year old Burke’s career spans over five decades and he is responsible for R&B classics such as ‘Everybody Needs Somebody To Love’ and ‘Cry To Me’.

He’s been covered by everyone from The Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin to Otis Redding and Elton John, heads his own evangelical church, with a 40,000 strong US congregation, has 21 children, 63 grandchildren and a penchant for fried chicken!

JXL is delighted to be working with him and the collaboration should help Holkenborg realise his objective of making Junkie XL 'a mark of quality when it comes to a certain sound'.

He added: "I feel really comfortable saying I make progressive dance music; I'm always asking, 'How far can I go?'"

Click through to our AV room to listen to samples of the new single.

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