James Holden - Horizons [2000]

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James Holden
Release title
Horizons
Label name
Silver Planet Recordings
Release year
2000

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James Holden's breakthrough track. It's crazy to think he made this using free software while he was a mathematics student at Oxford.
Like much of his early work, Horizons is a darker 140 BPM banger.

 

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I did not know that! Such a great track.
 

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why it's darker lol? it's one of the more brighter holden tracks. i like one for you more.
Compared to the rest of the anthem trance hits (Airwave, Out of the Blue, etc.) Horizons is pretty dark indeed. His later work is darker, but it's not as fast-paced.

I did not know that! Such a great track.

Yep, he's probably one of the most academic DJs out there. I think his closest match is Shiftee, who also studied mathematics but at Harvard. Both have had pretty unique DJ careers.
 
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Btw,that video is pitched up - he didnt release them 140bpm - and they sound better slower.

Trance Classics upload:


I think the so-called original mix is pitched down. Personally, I prefer the energy from the faster-paced version, but the slower bpm does fit better with the style of the track. Holden probably noticed that and produced his future work at lower BPMs.
 

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James Holden was a masterclass act. Did he stop making music all together? Too talented to abandon music
 

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James Holden was a masterclass act. Did he stop making music all together? Too talented to abandon music
According to Discogs he's been active, but he quit trance early on. He shifted to the "Border Community techno" in the early 2000s and then produced really weird stuff for his 2006 album The Idiots Are Winning. Then, I think he had a hiatus until he came back with Triangle Folds in 2010 and several single releases in 2013 plus his album The Inheritors, which is more like IDM/experimental. Since then he's been doing other experimental stuff, like his 2017 album The Animal Spirits. Finally, he wrote the OST for a British documentary.
I would say that Holden, much like Andy Blueman, is taking his talents to movie OSTs. That's probably the best outcome for someone with his ambitions.
 

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Trance Classics upload:


I think the so-called original mix is pitched down. Personally, I prefer the energy from the faster-paced version, but the slower bpm does fit better with the style of the track. Holden probably noticed that and produced his future work at lower BPMs.

Why is that YouTube rip so slow? The ones I have are 140 BPM
 

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Why is that YouTube rip so slow? The ones I have are 140 BPM
The Trance Classics upload sounds 140 BPM. The "original mix" from the hyperlink is probably ripped from a DJ or radio set.
 
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Awesome track. Nothing really dark about it, it's more like the opposite. Holden had the midas touch.

*edit - the wow remix great too
 
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