BASE­MENT JAXX Junto At­lantic Jaxx ★★★

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC - JIM CAR­ROLL

The Jaxx are back. It may be a cou­ple of years since Felix Bux­ton and Si­mon Rat­cliffe had an al­bum out, but you could dis­cern their shad­ows in the re­cent craze for house-led pop fare. Thanks to acts such as Rudi­men­tal and Dis­clo­sure, Junto couldn’t ar­rive at a bet­ter time, and Base­ment Jaxx have fresh­ened up their sig­na­ture sound. Power to the Peo­ple and Rock This Road are chock­ablock with samba prow­ess, while What’s the News and Uni­corn are sleekly pow­ered thrillers. Against this, Junto lacks the kind of killer tunes to kick out the jams in the fash­ion of the band’s car­ni­va­lesque live shows (strangely, ear­lier non-al­bum sin­gle Back 2 the Wild is miss­ing in ac­tion). All in all, it’s an al­bum with some bounce and suf­fi­cient shimmy. base­men­t­jaxx.com Down­load: Power to the Peo­ple, Uni­corn

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