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
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 Sashas album Airdrawndagger,
toured with The Prodigy, and electrified The King from beyond
the grave, it seems Holkenborg has become used to working with
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 Burkes career spans over five decades and he is
responsible for R&B classics such as Everybody Needs
Somebody To Love and Cry To Me.
Hes 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