Basement Jaxx – ‘Junto’

The veteran house duo find fresh relevance amid the genre's revival

Basement Jaxx have spent years playing to huge numbers of sweaty people in fields around the world, yet their recorded output has been far from essential. Felix Buxton and Simon Ratcliffe’s amped-up Brit house formula has barely changed since their 1999 debut ‘Remedy’. Album seven, though, arrives in the middle of a revival for the genre and feels like their most relevant in years. ’Never Say Never’ is proof that hooky house doesn’t have to be totally cheesy, while ‘What’s The News’ is an irresistible mix of driving bass, diva vocals and gritty south London attitude. Nothing new, then, but the Jaxx’s sound returns re-energised. Call it the Disclosure effect.

Chris Cottingham

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