The Web's most intriguing music-related destinations. This week: JXL, the Honey Palace and the Streets.
BEAT JUNKIE: Dutch producer/remixer/DJ artist Junkie XL (real name: Tom Holkenberg) gained global attention last year when his remix, under the name JXL, of Elvis Presley's "A Little Less Conversation" became the first song by the King to hit Billboard's Hot 100 chart in 20 years. Holkenberg has continued to make dance-inspired DJ albums, releasing his third full-length, "Radio JXL: A Broadcast From the Computer Hell Cabin," in June on Roadrunner Records. He has also stepped up his online presence this year, adding to his official Web site the multimedia-themed RadioJXL.com.
RadioJXL.com pumps out a steady stream of Junkie XL remixes and beat compositions via WindowsMedia technology, including some exclusive unreleased material. Video clips for two songs are available in the RealVideo format, and fans also have the chance to download an online exclusive companion to "Computer Hell Cabin," titled "7 AM." The download album features two hours of original content and remixes and is priced at $4.99.
"My vision when creating the RadioJXL album was to always have a strong Web component, some way that I could produce full-on extra tracks and remixes that don't have a place for the fussy retail music world," Holkenberg explains in a post on the site. "No copy protection or limitations are placed on your downloaded files -- they are yours. In exchange, I ask that you respect the effort I've put into this album and not distribute or duplicate for others; the honor system works when artists make the price to fans really reasonable, which I think we've done.
"Is this the future of music?" he muses. "Hard to say -- but I want to keep doing this, so thanks for taking the time. I hope you enjoy the tunes."
HONEY DOWN UNDER: Australian label 301 Records is attempting to reach out to a worldwide audience with a promotion for nascent Aussie band the Honey Palace. The label has signed a deal with Sharman Networks, distributor of the KaZaA file-sharing service, to offer inexpensive access to its content, available to fans through Sharman's sister network Altnet.
Altnet is offering all users of KaZaA the option to sample and purchase songs and music video clips from the Honey Palace's debut 301 album "Have You Seen Love?" The secure downloads cost 25 cents per track or video clip. The Altnet files show up in KaZaA's media desktop as gold icons within the search results page.
STREETCORE: One-man U.K. hip-hop band the Streets (real name: Mike Skinner) is finishing up his sophomore album with an eye on a 2004 release. In the meantime, he will drop an online-only mini-album featuring previously unreleased tracks and remixes.
The eight-track "All Got Our Runnins" will be released Oct. 14 to major download retailers, including the Apple iTunes Music Store, PressPlay and MusicNet. The EP will be bundle-priced at $6.99 with individual tracks retailing for 99 cents each.
The EP features originals "Give Me Back My Lighter," "All Got Our Runnins" and two versions of "Streets Score," as well as remixes by Roll Deep, High Contrast and Ashley Beedle.