Zephyr (Basement Jaxx album)

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Zephyr
Studio album by Basement Jaxx
Released 7 December 2009
Recorded 2008–2009
Genre House, dance
Length 33:16
Label XL, Ultra, Interscope
Producer Simon Ratcliffe, Felix Buxton
Basement Jaxx chronology
Scars
(2009)
Zephyr
(2009)
Junto
(2014)

Zephyr is the sixth studio album by English electronic dance music duo Basement Jaxx, released in December 2009.

Background and release[edit]

The group had originally planned on recording a double album, with one album consisting of more ambient and mellow songs and the other traditional dance music tracks. However, the group decided on releasing Scars on its own, with Zephyr as its follow-up.[1]

Zephyr was released on 7 December 2009 by record label XL.[2] Initially, the album was only released as a digital download, but a physical release (CD) followed in March 2010.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[3]
Pitchfork Media 7.0/10[4]

Allmusic called the album an "altogether more reflective affair [than Scars] that allows Buxton and Ratcliffe to showcase their unique interpretation of a chillout album", though criticising the album's short length.[3]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Intro"   0:19
2. "Peace of Mind"   7:12
3. "Alkazaar"   3:41
4. "Hip Hip Hooray"   2:53
5. "Walking in the Clouds"   3:39
6. "Where R We Now"   5:14
7. "Dark Vale"   1:32
8. "Check the Fuse"   0:54
9. "Sunrising"   2:01
10. "Ascension"   5:51

Charts[edit]

Chart (2009-10) Peak
position
Japanese Albums (Oricon)[5] 236
UK Dance Albums (OCC)[6] 12

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Zephyr released Monday!". basementjaxx.net. Retrieved 13 September 2011. 
  2. ^ "Zephyr [Import]". Amazon.com. Retrieved 13 September 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Jon O'Brien. "Zephyr - Basement Jaxx". Allmusic. Retrieved 18 September 2011. 
  4. ^ Jess Harvell (22 January 2010). "Basement Jaxx: Zephyr EP". Pitchfork. Retrieved 18 September 2011. 
  5. ^ スカーズ/ゼファー スペシャル・エディション (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved 12 September 2014. 
  6. ^ "2009-12-19 Top 40 Dance Albums Archive". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 12 September 2014.