In-demand producer/artist Junkie XL has wrapped his next studio album, "Today," which will be released April 18 via Ultra Records in North America.
In-demand producer/artist Junkie XL has wrapped his next studio album, "Today," which will be released April 18 via Ultra Records in North America. Internationally, the set will be issued by Roadrunner. It's the follow-up to 2004's "Radio JXL: A Broadcast From the Computer Hell Cabin," which featured guest spots by the Cure's Robert Smith, Gary Numan and Public Enemy's Chuck D, among others.
The Dutch artist, whose real name is Tom Holkenborg, says the album was inspired by the past three years he has spent living and working in Los Angeles. "I thought I should do something I'd never done before, which is start and then finish an album within two or three months," he tells Billboard.com. "That's why this album is the perfect snapshot of where I am at the moment musically. That's why it's called 'Today.' Where I am tomorrow, I don't know."
More rock and guitar-oriented than "Hell Cabin," the new set features vocals on several tracks from L.A.-based newcomer Nathan Mader. "I tried him on one of the songs and it really worked out, so he became the vocalist for the whole album," Holkenborg says. Mader is featured on the title track/first single, a video for which was recently shot by Glenn Cole.
Holkenborg will spend the spring on the road in support of "Today," beginning with a series of gigs in Miami in late March in conjunction with the Winter Music Conference. "I really like the idea that I'm just there on stage and performing," he says. "I like communicating like that with the audience. Even though it's tempting to do a lot of stuff with lighting and visuals, it takes away from the attention to the primary thing, which is the music."
The artist is also at work on the score for the upcoming film "Dead or Alive," based on the video game of the same name. "The music is almost like a very new version of what the old scores were for James Bond movies and 'Mission: Impossible,'" Holkenborg says. "It has really strong themes and cool use of guitars, sounds and orchestral stuff." The film opens Aug. 25 in U.S. theaters.