Junto by Basement Jaxx.
(Atlantic Jaxx Recordings/PIAS)
In the late‘90s Basement Jaxx started out as DJs trying to recreate their favourite Chicago house records. The London duo (Simon Ratcliffe and Felix Buxton) evolved into a touring pop-dance outfit fronted by interchanging guest vocalists, while shifting styles and experimenting on each album. Sixth album, Junto, meaning ''together'' in Spanish, feels like new beginnings. It's warmer, more celebratory and is a return to their clipped, jacking house sounds and carnivale flavours of yesteryear. Unicorn has an authoritative vintage-house groove, while Mermaid of Salinas is a throwback to classic Jaxx samba-house flair. Buffalo is trappy hip-hop, featuring charismatic transgender rapper Mykki Blanco. Junto is Basement Jaxx's best album since 2003’s Kish Kash.