Paul Van Dyk Remixes Underworld, Readies New Single

Top trance producer dropped 'Born Slippy' mix at Berlin's Love Parade.

Paul van Dyk, arguably the world's top trance producer, has remixed one of the greatest electronic hits of the past decade — Underworld's "Born Slippy."

The German DJ/producer said he reworked the song for his "own pleasure," and debuted it at the recent million-plus free music festival Love Parade on July 8 in Berlin, his hometown.

"I always loved the track, [but] I always thought it's not really coming to the point," van Dyk said. "It's not sort of kicking as intense as it could. So, I basically sampled my favorite bits and pieces from the record — an actual vinyl record, so there's crackling — and made a complete new backing track that's very banging and really forward."

Plans to release the "Born Slippy" remix (RealAudio excerpt of original) are being worked out, van Dyk said, though it was never his intention to record it as a single.

"It's more like an underground, bootleg thing," he said. "Now, everyone seems interested in the mix."

Van Dyk's spokesperson at Mute Records, his American label, said it did not have plans to release the single, and V2, Underworld's U.S. label, also did not.

"It's very flattering and very nice, as long as it sounds good," Underworld's Rick Smith said. "I haven't heard Paul van Dyk's mix, but I heard from someone at the Love Parade that he had dropped it. We weren't there but the idea of 1.25 million people jumping up and down [to 'Born Slippy'] is a beautiful thought. I think it's fantastic these guys like our music enough to do that."

Oblivious To Success

Van Dyk was in New York on July 21 to DJ at his bimonthly residency at the renowned nightclub Twilo and to support his recently released third LP, Out There and Back. The album, which has been praised in mainstream publications including Rolling Stone, includes the single "Tell Me Why (The Riddle)" (RealAudio excerpt), featuring Saint Etienne singer Sarah Cracknell.

"It's a very personal album," van Dyk said. "It's not the easiest thing to bring your emotions across in music. I think I manage to do that quite well. [Out There and Back] is a logical progression from previous albums and I like this one much more than others."

The producer's debut, 45 RPM, was released in 1994, followed in 1996 by Seven Ways.

Out There and Back debuted in the top 10 in several major European countries, though van Dyk said he rarely follows sales charts.

"I was in Australia on tour when the record came out," he explained. "One day I had a lot of messages on the mobile phone saying 'Congratulations!' and 'Cool!' I was like, 'What's going on? I don't have a birthday.' About three days later I realized that the album went top 10 or top 20 pretty much everywhere. And I didn't know. But if I wasn't successful, I still wouldn't change anything. I'm making my music for me."

Plans Include Being 'Everywhere'

Van Dyk said he is planning to release the second single from the album, "We Are Alive" (RealAudio excerpt), which will include remixes from Florida Funky Breaks' producer DJ Icey and London's Red Jerry, along with his own dub mix.

In addition to recently repaying Saint Etienne by remixing their single "How We Used To Live" (RealAudio excerpt of original), from their recent album, Sound of Water, he also is reworking "L'Esperanza," a single by fellow German techno producer Sven Väth that he originally remixed in 1994.

Van Dyk said the song will be released later this year, along with a new remix of Väth's "Barbarella," which was also the name of his collaborations with Ralph Hildenbeutel.

A Berlin-born DJ of a wide variety of techno styles since the late '80s, van Dyk scored critical acclaim in 1996 with Seven Ways, which featured the British and German dance-chart singles "Beautiful Place," "Forbidden Fruit" and "Words."

Van Dyk will return to the United States in September for a week of shows that will likely include Miami and Chicago dates. He will tour the West Coast in November.

"It's tricky, because we have a worldwide release," van Dyk said. "I have to be everywhere when a record comes out. And this country is so big. It's ridiculous how big it is."