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Podcast 145: James Holden

Although it's been quite some time since trance resembled anything even somewhat creatively viable, James Holden has never been the average trance artist. Even when he burst onto to the scene in 1999 at age 19, his music contained a more thoughtful, melodic approach than that of his big-room counterparts. In the decade that has followed, Holden has only dug deeper, both with his own music and via his Border Community label, home to similarly interesting acts such as Nathan Fake. And while his remix credits include Top-40 staples like Madonna, Britney Spears, and Depeche Mode, Holden's output remains undeniably progressive—and we mean progressive as in 'genuinely forward-thinking,' not progressive as in 'slighty less obnoxious trance that pays lip service to house and techno but generally still sucks.' Last month, he unveiled his contribution to !K7's vaunted DJ-KiCKS mix series, so we figured he might be game to also put together an exclusive mix for the XLR8R podcast. It's definitely got us thinking that if more artists followed Holden's lead, maybe the dreaded t-word wouldn't be such an electronic-music slur.

01 Luke Abbott "We Are Made of Glass" (Border Community)
02 Margot "H2" (Border Community)
03 Sonic Assassins "Robbing Bristle"
04 Lucky Dragons "Traveling Song"
05 Etienne Jaumet "Entropy" (Versatile)
06 Caribou "Bowls (Holden Remix)" (City Slang)
07 Washed Out "New Theory" (Mexican Summer)
08 Avus "Wide Mouthed Frog" (Border Community)
09 Death in Vegas "Reigen" (Drone)
10 Fuck Buttons "Rough Steez (White Hot Heat Remix)" (ATP)
11 Luke Abbott "Holkham Drones" (Border Community)
12 James Holden "Triangle Folds Inside Out" (!K7)
13 The Horrors "Sea Within a Sea" (XL)
14 Four Tet "unknown" (Soul Jazz)
15 Jon Hopkins "unknown (Nathan Fake Remix)" (Warp)
16 Caribou "Jamelia" (City Slang)

30 comments James Holden

Anonymous (not verified) Wrote

Thu, 06/17/2010 - 13:16


Ali Wilson (not verified) Wrote

Thu, 06/17/2010 - 13:36


Anonymous (not verified) Wrote

Fri, 06/18/2010 - 01:02

Spot on Ali. This mix is great though!

Anonymous (not verified) Wrote

Fri, 06/18/2010 - 01:31

having trouble downloading this on a mac

wimp77 (not verified) Wrote

Fri, 06/18/2010 - 04:54

me too! won't download for some reason. help!!!

oddlogic (not verified) Wrote

Fri, 06/18/2010 - 10:36


Anonymous (not verified) Wrote

Fri, 06/18/2010 - 23:31

If you're on a mac, just click once on the M4A link and safari will download it, if not, use firefox?

roberto clementi (not verified) Wrote

Sat, 06/19/2010 - 04:01

Big up for Margot on Border Community!!!!!

LFM (not verified) Wrote

Mon, 06/21/2010 - 05:31

If you're on a mac, just right-click on the MP3 links... and save the source as...

Anonymous (not verified) Wrote

Tue, 06/22/2010 - 08:28

James Holden, ты супер!

Rooksby (not verified) Wrote

Tue, 06/22/2010 - 13:22

Bloody excellent!

mrdarkroom (not verified) Wrote

Tue, 06/22/2010 - 15:32

Amazing! Tracks and mixing are spot on!!! Thanks

yuret$ (not verified) Wrote

Wed, 06/23/2010 - 02:00

Отличный подкаст! Спсб James Holden

Anonymous (not verified) Wrote

Wed, 06/23/2010 - 09:32

Воистину ахуительно!

Anonymous (not verified) Wrote

Wed, 06/23/2010 - 11:52

this mix is better than his DJ kicks cd...lol

The Vly House (dotcom) (not verified) Wrote

Wed, 06/23/2010 - 12:11

What a great tracklisting. But damn does he really love his new haircut!

Whitcher (not verified) Wrote

Fri, 06/25/2010 - 20:16

lol@THE VLY HOUSE (DOTCOM)'s comment. Awesome track selection fo sho!

Katch (not verified) Wrote

Mon, 06/28/2010 - 05:30

As DjKicks, as his haircut, this mix is huge!
Bowls remix, what a track

minkay (not verified) Wrote

Mon, 06/28/2010 - 14:58

wtfff this is sooo goood... not too trancy sounding to me. maybe a bit

Anonymous (not verified) Wrote

Sat, 07/03/2010 - 18:03

WTF? This isn't even remotely "Trance". Please stop with the stupid misleading labels. It's pure awesomesauce.

border communitarian (not verified) Wrote

Sun, 07/04/2010 - 08:00

christ this is good. maybe not better than his DJ kicks, but equally essential. is holden mixing all this stuff by hand, or is he using ableton? it's amazingly seamless, given how wonky the tracks can be.

LaeC (not verified) Wrote

Wed, 07/07/2010 - 07:47

Lately he's using Traktor

kktam (not verified) Wrote

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 13:44

hahah Washed Out on Helium comes in brilliantly!

J-Biz (not verified) Wrote

Sun, 07/18/2010 - 02:05

Trance? What are you guys smoking? This isnt anything like trance.

Paralon (not verified) Wrote

Mon, 07/19/2010 - 01:07

15 jon hopkins - wire (nathan fake remix)

Schaeublesrollsport (not verified) Wrote

Mon, 07/26/2010 - 10:17

A holden set _NOT_ working on a mac! he would love that story, i am sure! :D

Céline (not verified) Wrote

Fri, 07/30/2010 - 01:54

Works fine on MY Mac! Absolutely blinding mix btw, Holden's really on top of things at the mo'... x

Clumsy Lobster (not verified) Wrote

Thu, 08/12/2010 - 05:24

I never thought of Holden as Trance. Progressive house is a bona fide sub-genre, non?

Jay Bowles (not verified) Wrote

Tue, 08/17/2010 - 02:02

I too love the Bowls remix

Blackwell (not verified) Wrote

Sat, 09/11/2010 - 03:46

"Holden's output remains undeniably progressive—and we mean progressive as in 'genuinely forward-thinking,' not progressive as in 'slighty less obnoxious trance that pays lip service to house and techno but generally still sucks.'"

Bit speshul, aren't we..?

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