Whether or not you still believe Basement Jaxx to be a vital force in
the Listening World will depend to a large extent on your staying power.
It seems hard to believe that their debut 'Remedy' first hit the streets
in 1999. Is it me or does that seem like an absolute freakin' age ago!
Look, my money is still following the music. Simon Ratcliffe and Felix Brown
continue to have the right stuff as far as I'm concerned. There's a crisp,
knowing and refreshing sweet-soul-disco quality to Junto which effortlessly
synthesises much of what has gone down on the dancefloor over the past
quarter of a century or more and they deliver it with pizazz and panache.
If you don't immediately start jiggling to a song like 'What's The News'
then you need to get a rhythm gland transplant; it's as splendid a piece
of mirrorball-heaven as I've heard this side of the 80's and then some!
The tropical Afro-Latin mayhem of 'Rock This Road', too, is totally
addictive and the shuffling beach party beats of 'Mermaid Of Salinas'
channels the spirit of Sergio Mendes into an irresistible Brazilian frenzy.
The Force is clearly still with them!