MXMJoY Vinyl, CD & tapes by MXMJoY at Norman Records

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Maximum Joy
Station M.X.J.Y.

Maximum Joy were one of the mainstays of the multicultural punk funk that emerged from Bristol in the late '70s and early '80s. The group made an experimental but dancefloor friendly amalgamation of dub, funk, soul and jazz. Station M.X.J.Y was their only album in their (initial) lifetime and is here presented on red vinyl in a small edition of 500 copies. 


Yes it is Maximum Joy. I'm not exactly sure of why we've lost all their vowels but the press release describes this as a dramatic re-imagining by founding members Janine Rainforth and Charlie Llewellin. Maximum Joy were once described as "one of the Slits backed by the Gang of Four" which is pretty accurate indeed. Here we have a new line up with a new take on their sound marrying their original influences (Afrobeat, reggae, avant-garde jazz, funk and pop) with dark electronics, samples and effects.