BOOK COMMEMORATING THE 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF ONE OF ELECTRONIC MUSIC’S SEMINAL ALBUM WORKS PUBLISHED AUTUMN OF 2023. RELEASE IS ACCOMPANIED BY A FOUR DISC REMASTERED EDITION OF THE ‘TRIPOMATIC FAIRYTALES’ LPS (2001 ‘02 & 3003). ALSO INCLUDED IS A REMIXED DISC, WITH REWORKS OF TRACKS FROM JAM & SPOON’S ‘TRIPOMATIC FAIRYTALES 2001′ FROM PAUL DALEY (LEFTFIELD), PIG&DAN, JEROME ISMA-AE, M.I.K.E. PUSH, WHEBBA & MANY OTHERS
In April of 1993, Jam & Spoon released an LP that became the first artist album example of a major new electronic music sub-genre. The visionary ‘Tripomatic Fairytales 2001’ proved to be an instant success for SONY Music and through its singles (not least the timeless ‘Stella’), was instrumental in touching off the trance music phenomena. Since, ‘Tripomatic’ has been ranked by MIXMAG as the 21st Most Influential Dance Music Album Of All Time, while DJ Mag has cited ‘Stella’ as being the best track inside the genre’s first 25 years.
Seminal, influential, inspirational, and thanks to its artwork, visually iconic, it became a lightning rod for a style of music that in 1999 became electronic music’s most prominent form.
The idea to mark ‘Tripomatic’s 30th anniversary came from Arny Bink – the owner of Holland’s Black Hole Recordings. Played daily at his and Tiësto’s Magik Muzik record shop in the 90s, the album became highly influential on the pair. However, it was only 25 years later (at 2018’s Amsterdam Dance Event) that Jam El Mar and Arny first shook hands. From that meeting, the idea to do commemorative justice to the beloved, scene-setting album became a joint venture and the project began to take shape. Jam and artist Klaus Mai, who through his KM7 design bureau had created the original, now instantly recognisable ‘Tripomatic’ artwork, had remained close friends. KM7 however had long since left the world of music design to focus on other areas (amongst them, famously, the design of the Leica Museum in Wetzlar, Germany). Rolf offered to fly Klaus over (literally, having just qualified for his pilot’s license) to Black Hole’s Breda home base to discuss his participation.