September 3rd, 2014 12:43pm

Work Your Way Up To Me

Basement Jaxx “What’s the News?”

Honestly, I can’t help but feel disappointed by the new Basement Jaxx record because 1) the singles leading up to it were so good, but do not appear on it and 2) the bar is always set quite high for Jaxx records. I get why they didn’t put “Back 2 the Wild” and “What A Difference Your Love Makes” on the album – they’ve been around a while, and it’s maybe better to give people something entirely fresh, but a lot of Junto feels a bit too …ordinary? is that it?… for an act who have always been at their best when the music feels overwhelming and gleefully excessive. “What’s the News?” lives up to that expectation, though, and definitely takes it back to the space they explored on Rooty over a decade ago. It’s funny how that aesthetic still feels so radical and new, but maybe it’s because only recently have acts like Disclosure and Rudimental have come close to matching this sort of hyperactive dance pop. The world caught up.

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