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​Faithless’ ‘Insomnia’ returns to Beatport Top 100 following death of Maxi Jazz

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Faithless’ 1995 hit ‘Insomnia’ is currently climbing back up the Beatport Top 100 almost three decades since its release.

The classic made its way back into the charts following the death of Faithless frontman Maxi Jazz, who passed away on December 23, 2022, aged 65.

‘Insomnia’ currently sits at No. 7 in Beatport’s Trance chart, climbing to the top ten for the first time in years, and almost 28 years since its original release.

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Legendary lead vocalist Maxi Jazz passed away just two days before Christmas, bandmate Sister Bliss announced on social media on December 24.“We are heartbroken to say Maxi Jazz died last night,” she told fans.

“He was a man who changed our lives in so many ways. He gave proper meaning and message to our music. He was also a lovely human being with time for everyone and a wisdom that was both profound and accessible.

She added: “It was an honour and, of course, a true pleasure to work with him. He was a brilliant lyricist, a DJ, a Buddhist, a magnificent stage presence, car lover, endless talker, beautiful person, moral compass and genius.”

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Maxi Jazz and Sister Bliss made up two thirds of Faithless alongside the band’s producer, Rollo. The trio first formed in 1995, the same year that they released their most iconic track to date, and would go platinum or gold in every European territory, selling over a million copies worldwide.

‘Insomnia’’s re-emergence in the chart comes after Rui Da Silva’s ‘Touch Me’ featuring Cassandra landed back in the Beatport Progressive House chart after two decades, making an unexpected return.

Gemma Ross is Mixmag’s Editorial Assistant, follow her on Twitter

Written by: Tim Hopkins

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