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"Raving is one thing, and it's working very well in America, but it's not the same as having a sexy dance."

Felix Buxton's words in a recent interview about the new Basement Jaxx record Junto, offered a neat insight into the music he and Simon Ratcliffe have been making for years as a duo.

As British dance music royalty goes, at least from the release of debut album Remedy in 1999 right through to fifth record Crazy Itch Radio in 2006, the producer/DJ partnership were knights of the realm.

The list of Basement Jaxx collaborations and remixes in the last twenty years or so is remarkable, even by today's bed-hopping standards: Cyndi Lauper, Dizzee Rascal, Justin Timberlake, Lightspeed Champion, Lily Allen, Robyn, Santigold, Siouzie Sioux, Yoko Ono and Yo Majesty! are just some of the artists who Buxton and Ratcliffe have worked with in the last two decades.

Charts-wise, when that kind of thing mattered to record labels, Basement Jaxx broke into the top 10 five times, though they never really did steer a course for the mainstream instead preferring to follow the currents of disco, Kuduro, hip-hop, big beat, Latin, breakbeat, alt-rock and electronic music resulting in extraordinary and hugely diverse records .

Basement Jaxx's music has been firmly rooted in house music all along, never more so than on this album - their seventh - which opens with the clap-happy 'Power To The People'; chock full of steel pan drums, brass fanfares, a 4/4 flow and hands-in-the-air chorus.

'Unicorn', fiercely old-school with a synth-driven melody, hard beats and sweet female vocals, followed up by soulful house track 'Never Say Never' featuring young London voice ETML, both take us back to a warehouse somewhere in Brixton circa 1998, rushing hard and loving the vibe along with another five hundred party heads.

Sexy dance tunes aside, Basement Jaxx's direction on Junto is the same as it always been: a feel-good journey, dotted with tweaks, glitches and heavy with samples. If 'Summer Dem' feels like it's going to break into 'Oh My Gosh' or stray into Nile Rodgers territory at points, it's a rapped verse delivered in the solid Glaswegian accent of Patricia Panther that saves the day.

The big '94 jungle breaks meets trap beat, bouncing sub-bass and rhymes courtesy of Mykki Blanco make 'Buffalo' the darkest track on Junto, and at 2:30 short enough to break the album flow up in time for samba track 'Rock This Road'. Disappointingly, this is one of a few songs that fall short of expectations.

Where 'Sneakin' Toronto' and 'Something About You' fail to pick up, 'Mermaid Of Salinas' delivers. 100% Basement Jaxx, a direct descendant of 'Red Alert' and 'Bingo Bango', it's a carnivalesque Balearic scorcher that wraps up the worldwide appeal of Buxton and Ratcliffe's music perfectly.

'Love Is At Your Side' is a mellow number that rises and falls in waves - a perfect closer for an album that unashamedly takes it back to the early days of Basement Jaxx. Junto holds few surprises and its not the strongest album to sit in their catalogue, but it is reassuring to know that the boys are still making the music they love for a global dance audience. Sexy dancers 1 - 0 Ravers.

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