Basement Jaxx occupies a special place in the dance music universe. An innovator, they have a tendency to eschew trends that are simply in the air. Instead the Jaxx style is something they find deep in their own DNA-- it doesn't get whipped around by whatever sorts of beats the audio zeitgeist seems to be summoning. (Though they seem to absorb it all through osmosis.) As a result, the confident duo--Simon Radcliffe and Felix Button--makes music that seems far more influenced by their natures than by nurture. There's a Jaxx sound and it's singular like a fingerprint.
Now comes Junto, a new album that Radcliffe told Rolling Stone was conceived to be "something reenergized, something lighter, brighter, might hopeful." It's already inspired a remix by EDM royalty Tiesto and MOTi of Never Say Never, the first official single off the album.
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