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August 15, 2014

New Bassment Jaxx album ‘Junto’

Basement Jaxx - JuntoBasement Jaxx are on top of the world. It’s a view these inveterate musical explorers have long embraced, ever since minting, at the turn of the millennium, the currently voguish, airwave-dominating pop-house sound. But as they prepare to release their earth-shaking, hip-shaking new album, that view is taking on added meaning.

From Simon Ratcliffe and Felix Buxton’s new studio in north London – in a business-y space that’s now the biggest music hub in the city – they can see the transformation of Kings Cross down below. They can hear it too: the clank and whirr of hard-hatted workers toiling to transform these acres of onetime railway yards into a new travel hub, new town-within-a-city, new gateway to Europe. Right now, there’s no place they’d rather be and, unlike their last studio, near Brixton, this one has windows. Let there be light, and tunes that hark back to the jump-around, era-defining likes of Where’s Your Head At, Red Alert and Romeo.

Junto is the duo’s seventh studio album. Two years in the making, it’s the first since they set out on their own after the completion of their decade-plus contract with XL.

The spirit of the album is there in the title. Junto means together in Spanish. It’s definitely not to be confused with the name for a despotic Latin American regime. And Simon and Felix wear their heart on their record sleeve: the cover of Junto features a new logo based on “clouds and nature and sacred geometry”, which was created by the winner of a design competition the duo ran a couple of years ago.

Summer is almost here, and the Jaxx are back. Let’s get this party started. Let’s get junto.

Tracklisting:

01. Intro
02. Power To The People
03. Unicorn
04. Never Say Never
05. We Are Not Alone
06. What’s The News
07. Summer Dem
08. Buffalo
09. Rock This Road
10. Sneakin’ Toronto
11. Something About You
12. Mermaid Of Salinas
13. Love Is At Your Side

Official music video for Basement Jaxx ‘Never Say Never’, from new album Junto out 25th August.

August 5, 2014

Alt-J – This Is All Yours

alt-J - TIAYAlt-J are Joe Newman, Gus Unger-Hamilton and Thom Green. They released their debut album An Awesome Wave to critical acclaim in May 2012 (September 2012 in North America). The album won the Mercury Music Prize in November 2012 and was nominated for British Album of the Year at the Brit Awards in February 2013, one of three nominations the band received. In May that year An Awesome Wave received the Ivor Novello Album Award. It has now sold over one million copies and has been streamed more than 200 million times on Spotify. This Is All Yours will be released in the UK on 22 September via Infectious Music in CD, digital and double-vinyl editions.

Alt-J will embark on a UK tour the week of the album’s release, including their biggest London show to date at the 10,000-capacity Alexandra Palace which sold out in ten minutes. A second Manchester show has been added due to overwhelming demand. Alt-J blew South African fans away when they headlined Vodacom In the City in October 2013 and ‘Rocking The Daisies’.

Tracklisting:

01. Intro
02. Arrival In Nara
03. Nara
04. Every Other Freckle
05. Left Hand Free
06. Garden Of England
07. Choice Kingdom
08. Hunger Of The Pine
09. Warm Foothills
10. The Gospel Of John Hurt
11. Pusher
12. Bloodflood pt.II
13. Leaving Nara