Recordings | Sept. 11, 2014

By Cait Brennan, Sept. 11, 2014.

Basement Jaxx


Atlantic Jaxx | 

House masterminds Felix Buxton and Simon Ratcliffe, aka Basement Jaxx, have never sounded quite as joyous as they do on Junto, and there’s good reason. Since their last album, the duo relocated to the pulsing heart of London and broke from their label of 10 years.

Buxton witnessed a UFO from the studio window during the making of the album, and said it inspired him to “do something that felt more at one with the world.” According to Ratcliffe, “He talks about the UFO every day! He’s evangelical about it!”

“Power To The People” combines a life-affirming message and vocals from a singer Jaxx randomly met in the parking lot of their studio with a chorus of 5,000 fans recorded on tour, a children’s choir and the Recycled Orchestra of Catuera in Paraguay. And yes, you can dance to it.

“Unicorn” is about good vibrations, taking a ride and getting your body jumping. The drum- and bass-fueled “Buffalo” features down-and-dirty rhymes from trans rapper Mykki Bianco, and a beat that gets right to the point. “We Are Not Alone” is probably the most danceable, while “Never Say Never” is the catchiest, keeping the positivity going with great soul vocals by ETML and a chorus you’ll be singing for ages. Junto is a lot of fun, and a welcome return. We owe that spaceship a thank-you.

For fans of Daft Punk, Chemical Brothers and deadmau5.

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