Soulwax to Release 15-Year-Anniversary “Nite Versions”
Celebrating the 15-year anniversary of “Nite Versions” original release, Soulwax will re-release a new digital version of the album including a Soulwax-reworked ‘NY Lipps,’ featuring a spoken-word performance by LCD Soundsystem’s Nancy Whang.
A special re-pressing of the album on pink and white vinyl will follow shortly. The rework was originally made especially for Dries Van Noten Men’s Spring/Summer 2020 show, in collaboration with the Belgian brand’s music creative director, Bache Jespers.
“Over the years we’ve been fortunate enough to have been asked by Dries Van Noten to create the soundtrack to a number of his runway shows. In 2011 we were given the opportunity to do so with the stems from David Bowie’s Heroes and in 2019 Dries asked us to do the same with one of our own songs, NY Lipps. This particular collection was inspired by Fassbinder’s Querelle which contained the song Each Man Kills The Thing He Loves. We thought it would be fitting to use Nancy Whang who sang on the original, speaking the words to the Oscar Wilde poem in this version.”
“This album was our attempt at showing that even though we were seen as a revelation in dance music, we were rock kids playing in a rock band. For a few of the singles we released off that album, we had asked other people to remix our tracks, but even though we liked them, we realised we wouldn’t play them in our own DJ sets. So, we decided to remix ourselves. Even though the name Nite Versions is a nod to the Night Versions remixes of the first Duran Duran singles which broke them in the US, conceptually our biggest influence was an album from 1982 called Love and Dancing by The League Unlimited Orchestra, which was essentially the hit album Dare by The Human League remixed by them and their producer in such a simple way that to this day still sounds more interesting than the original to us. The Nite Versions album only became an album after we had made a few of them for the single releases and we then realised we should remix the whole album which we did in a few weeks’ time in between our ever-increasing DJ touring life”