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Nite Versions

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Album Review

Back in the early '80s, when extended dance mixes were crossing over from the late-'70s disco scene into mainstream pop music, the idea was particularly embraced by the British dance-pop acts of the time. Among the most ardent remixers circa 1982 were Duran Duran, who always dubbed their extended remixes/re-recordings "night versions." Nearly a quarter-century later, Belgian dance-rock conceptualists Soulwax borrowed that bit of pop culture ephemera as the title of their remix project Nite Versions. Radical dance-oriented remixes and reconstructions of tracks from Soulwax's 2005 album, Any Minute Now, Nite Versions is an unabashed celebration of the sound of early-'80s dance mixes, with ironic samples ("NY Lipps" blatantly lifts Lipps Inc.'s cheesetastic masterpiece "Funkytown" for all of its main hooks) and regular use of all of the clichés of the era. This isn't just a sarcastic joke, however; both due to Soulwax's natural talents and to their obvious affection for the style they're working in, Nite Versions is a fluffy, frivolous, but utterly enjoyable listen.

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Rite Versions

Soulwax, an unknown and untapped music resource. From their eye-catching album cover-art to their seemingly minimalistic and quiet prescence, they remain unappreciated. This very interesting group of electo pioneers swilred together a concotion of juicy and tasty music that pulses with urgency, an seems to be calling out for appreciative dance moves. Some of the tracks (Teachers, NY Lipps) recall other songs, but place an undeniable exicting twinge to them. The tracks blend together well, creating an interesting mood and wonderful plethora of sounds. Some of you may be skeptical about purchasing this album, but I assure you, Soulwax does not disappoint. They seem to surpass the techno or dance pleateu, and move almost into an alternative/rock 'n' roll state. The music bursts out at you with banging drums, dirty bass lines and mesmerising composition. Take a risk with this group, before you know it, you'll be dancing along before you know it.

Better than the orignals

Soulwax's "Any Minute Now" was a decent album. Not too groundbreaking, but still orignal and fun. However, when listening to the album, there seemed to be this feeling like there was something more on the horizon. Like the tracks were merely rough versions of a finished product. Demos, in other words. The songs had a good sound and were coherent, but it just didn't click with me fully. Cut to this album, the masterful "nite versions" of several songs off the album. The album starts off with a good cover of Daft Punk's "Teachers" which serves as a build up for the new version of "Miserable Girl". After the electro-punk of "Miserable Girl", we get a small break of claps and drums that eventually start the album's best track, "E Talking". This new version has a crisp, driving bass line which never fails to impress, even after hearing it countless times. "Accidents & Compliments" follows afterwards and is decent, but is a little too moody for my liking. To uplift the mood, however, the song is followed by nice, glitchy, spanking new edits of "Compute" and "Slowdance". After that, we get an excellent new track, the aptly titled "I Love Techno". We then begin the last leg of the album with "KracK", which is slow, but still holds it's own on the album. The transitions between "Techno", "KracK", "NY Lipps", and "Another Excuse" are more sudden than the smooth first half, but the tracks hold their own and make up an excellent closing for the album. Ecellent because like any good film, song or show, you don't want it to end. Good job Stephen and David.

Excellent!

This isn't 'traditional' rock per se, like Rush or Led Zepplin, it's electro-rock and if you heard them live, you know they seriously do! And that they did. Just saw them live in Los Angeles for the Nite Versions tour with 2 Many DJ's, and I was not disappointed. They seriously rocked da house and my ears were still ringing 2 days after. BTW, Soulwax's Nite Versions [title and style of music] has plenty to do with the 2 bands Duran Duran and Human League. That you'll have to do a bit of research. "You're payin'!"

Biography

Formed: 1994

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Belgian rock band Soulwax was formed by singer Stephen Dewaele and his guitarist brother David, sons of the influential Belgian radio personality Zaki. With bassist Stefaan Van Leuven and drummer Piet Dierickx, the group recorded their debut EP 2nd Handsome Blues in 1995, traveling to Los Angeles to work with producer Chris Goss for 1996's full-length follow-up Leave the Story Untold....
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