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Maximum Joy Vinyl, CD & tapes by Maximum Joy at Norman Records

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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.   
  • Vinyl LP (LDNFR02)
  • Limited edition

Maximum Joy
I Can't Stand It Here On Quiet Nights: Singles 1981-82

Maximum Joy were a superb collective that haunted Bristol in the early '80s who combined a wide variety of influences  - hip-hop, soul, dub, jazz and Afrobeat -  to concoct a heady brew of sleek danceable pop. There's the same dub inflected atmospheres that would later be made successful by Massive Attack.  This 2x 12" re-issue comes on a new collaborative label between the folks who run Idle Hands and Blackest Ever Black. 
  • Vinyl Double 12" (SSR001)
  • Limited edition
  • Artist(s):
  • Maximum Joy