Tuesday Tune: Faithless — Insomnia

Diversified Writer
2 min readApr 30, 2024

Nothing makes the hairs go up on the back of your neck like the intro to Insomnia by Faithless. Released in 1995 the song opens with a deceptively gentle piano melody, quickly overtaken by Rollo’s signature driving breakbeat.
This fusion of house music’s propulsive energy with trip-hop’s atmospheric elements creates a soundscape that’s both danceable and introspective. The haunting synth line that weaves throughout adds another layer of texture, mimicking the restlessness of the narrator.

Maxi Jazz’s vocals are the anchor, delivered with a calming urgency. Lines like “Deep in the bosom of the gentle night / is when I search for the light” paint a vivid picture of the insomniac’s struggle against the darkness.

The frustration builds with repeated chants of “I can’t get no sleep,” culminating in the desperate plea, “Insomnia please release me.”
The song takes an unexpected turn. Despite the exhaustion, the narrator finds a strange solace and a spark of creativity: “deeper still, that night I write by candle light / I find insight, fundamental movement.” Insomnia becomes a catalyst, forcing introspection and artistic expression.

The song’s structure is deceptively simple, relying on the repetition of the core elements and Maxi’s chant. The repetition creates a sense of urgency and mirrors the narrator’s obsessive thoughts.

“Insomnia” became a breakout hit for Faithless, defining their sound and…



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