Zephyr (Basement Jaxx album)

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Zephyr
Basement Jaxx Zephyr.jpg
Studio album / EP by Basement Jaxx
Released December 7, 2009 (2009-12-07)
Recorded March 2007 - September 2009
Genre Chill-out
Length 33:16
Label
Producer
  • Simon Ratcliffe
  • Felix Buxton
Basement Jaxx chronology
Scars
(2009)
Zephyr
(2009)
Junto
(2014)

Zephyr is the sixth studio album by English electronic music duo Basement Jaxx. Released in December 7, 2009 as an extended play (EP) internationally.

Background[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]

Felix Buxton told PopMatters: "[As] we were very keen on kind of doing a double-album. And then it’s just one of those things: you feel [you’re in] your progressive rock phase. It’s very Spinal Tap to do a double-album, and acts [sometimes] take themselves too seriously, so we were at that point [where] we want to take ourselves seriously; and also we also always enjoy doing the soundscape stuff."[2]

Zephyr was released on 7 December 2009 by record label XL.[3] Initially, the album was only released as a digital download, but a physical release followed in March 2010.

"Walking in the Clouds" features the voice of Joe Benjamin, a 70-year-old Bermudan man that walks around Brixton with "a Stetson hat, a large stick and a kind of poncho." Buxton befriended him when he used to live there, then he invited Benjamin to the studio to record "Benjilude", an interlude from their 2003 album Kish Kash.[4][5]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[6]
Pitchfork 7.0/10[7]

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.[6]

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)[8] 236
UK Dance Albums (OCC)[9] 12

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Zephyr released Monday!". basementjaxx.net. Retrieved 13 September 2011. 
  2. ^ Sawdey, Evan (October 29, 2014). "Power to the People: An Interview with Basement Jaxx". PopMatters. PopMatters Media, Inc. Retrieved September 8, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Zephyr [Import]". Amazon.com. Retrieved 13 September 2011. 
  4. ^ Richards, Sam (15 December 2012). "Basement Jaxx's favourite tracks". The Guardian. Retrieved 28 July 2016. 
  5. ^ Kleinfeld, Justin (13 November 2003). "Basement Jaxx: An insider's look at Kish Kash" (Google Books). CMJ New Music Report. CMJ. 77 (835): 36. ISSN 0890-0795. Retrieved 28 July 2016. 
  6. ^ a b Jon O'Brien. "Zephyr - Basement Jaxx". Allmusic. Retrieved 18 September 2011. 
  7. ^ Jess Harvell (22 January 2010). "Basement Jaxx: Zephyr EP". Pitchfork. Retrieved 18 September 2011. 
  8. ^ 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. 
  9. ^ "Official Dance Albums Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 12 September 2014.