Currently celebrating the release of their seventh studio album ‘Junto’ (review), which charted at a very respectable 30 yesterday, Basement Jaxx have plenty of cause to be upbeat. The top-10 days of debut album ‘Remedy’ might be behind them, but the great critical response to ‘Junto’ proves that the pair of Felix Buxton and Simon Ratcliffe are still delivering the goods 20 years since their formation.
But Buxton’s got issues. Well, one issue. With BBC Radio 1 and its playlist snubbing of the band on this campaign. Speaking to Clash for a forthcoming Foundations feature, Buxton told us:
“The record exists now, and there’s nothing we can do about it – it’s nice to let go of these things. We’re getting some good feedback – but we’ve not been supported by Radio 1 this time, which is really annoying. We’re too old, apparently.”
Just a brief pause on “too old”, there: David Guetta, currently A-listed for ‘Lovers On The Sun’, was born in 1967. Which makes him four years older than Buxton. Anyway, continue:
“It’s a pain, because a lot of the young kids we meet, who are supposed to be listening to what Radio 1 plays, think that we’re great. It’s like, there’s all these old people in the seats of power at Radio 1, but, anyway… It’s the world we live in, isn’t it? But it’s frustrating. These people [at Radio 1] hold a lot of power, in terms of letting people hear things. They base their playlist on Shazam charts – and the only way to get into Shazam charts is to be played on the radio! So we’re sort of in a mess.”
Don’t know about you, but I’d much rather the below was on the big-league airwaves than half of what’s across Radio 1’s A to C. But then, I’m old…
Photo: Phil Sharp