Slag Boom Van Loon
I met Jochem Paap (aka Speedy J) at a rave in Scotland in late ’94 and we have been firm friends ever since. I never really thought about collaborating with him until he suggested it in early ’97. I had already remixed his “Ni Go Snix”, his original version is still one of my favourite tracks, and had heard what was to become “Public Energy No 1”. So I accepted his invitation and flew to Rotterdam for a couple of weeks in November 1997. As you can hear (mp3 alert!) the results were not what you would expect from a meeting of the worlds foremost abrasive techno practicioners. The place where we worked well together was altogether more ambient and flowing… like, new age man. His studio was fucking great though, it looked like the bridge in Star Trek (60’s version) and had all the old analogue synths so you can hear a lot of the Roland System 100, SH-101 and EMS Synthi on this album. The idea of a remix album came soon after the original was released. Unfortunately it has taken over 2 years to get it all together but I guarantee it was worth the wait. Those who have heard “So Soon” say it is some of the most beautiful rewarding electronica (it’s ok to use that term in the UK btw) they have heard.