Soulwax, a.k.a 2 Many DJs are brothers, David & Stephen Dewaele, and their Soulwax compadres Stefaan Van Leuven and Steve Slingeneyer. Arguably the most revolutionary group to hit club music this century, many note them to have been the pioneers of the mash up. Nite Versions features brand new interpolations of tracks inspired by and taken from their highly acclaimed and awarded Any Minute Now album. Nite Versions was inspired by the idea of extending and expanding a song to make it work on the dance floor. The Nite Versions live experience brings the full power of the record, with the added sass of a rock band that can tear a roof off playing dance music.
Stephen explains, Nite Versions was inspired by The Human Leagues Love & Dancing album the remix album that followed Dare, which was a massive influence on us, and Duran Durans Nite Versions which appeared on all their early vinyl singles which were all extended, replayed and re-recorded to work in clubs. Were not trying to make some tribute to the 80s here, were making something thats referential to the whole notion of the 12 single, from Blue Monday, French Kiss or Pigbag to the present day and like minded like people and friends like Tiga, DFA and Gomma.
Nite Versions features tracks that will be familiar to club-goers the world over; their Nite version of E Talking was one of the biggest club records of 2005 and their highly sought after Kawasaki Dub of NY Lipps is featured here. Amidst the dramatic new tracks are their collaboration with DFA Another Excuse- perhaps the best DFA mix to date, and their cover of Daft Punks Teachers. Take note especially of Teachers. While Daft Punk listed their techno/house gods, Soulwax rattles off rock gods to pay homage to their influences. Cheap Trick, Mortorhead, T-Rex, Pretty Things, Janes Addiction, Sonic Youth, The Clash, ACDC, Monster Magnet and MC-5 to name a few. The album forms one of the most complete records youll hear all year. From electro to techno, via huge rock bombast, almost ethereal Roxy music-esque wig-outs, vocal twists and club delirium as only the brothers Dewaele could deliver. London based designer Trevor Jackson is on board once again designing the artwork for this album. He picked up several luminary design awards for the artwork on Any Minute Now.
Aside from their own Soulwax output, they have also committed dozens of notable/anthemic/floor busting remixes as Soulwax for the last few yearsincluding the likes of Felix Da Housecat (Rocketride), Ladytron (Seventeen), Kylie Minogue (Cant Get You Out Of My Head), Playgroup (Make It Happen), DJ Shadow (Six Days) and Sugababes (Round Round) , Daft Punk (Robot Rock) and LCD Soundsystems (Daft Punk Is Playing At My House) amongst others and have just completed work producing tracks on Tigas forthcoming debut album back home in Ghent, Belgium.