“Exploring power, desire, injustice and survival… MXMJoY sound like hope,”
The Guardian 4/5 ****
“.. a blissful amalgam of electronica and R&B laced with a grittier, brooding undercurrent that harks back to their early–80’s vision, P.E.A.C.E. is a sophisticated rebirth for one of the UK’s unsung trailblazers.”
The Vinyl Factory
Can Man Conquer it All – from MXMJoY’s album P.E.A.C.E.
Birthed from the seminal 1980’s post-punk band Maximum Joy, MXMJoY is a dramatic reimagining of their legacy by founding members Janine Rainforth and Charlie Llewellin.
A pivotal point in Bristol’s dub-informed lineage, Pitchfork compared Maximum Joy’s sound to
“Musically, the group’s use of complex percussion, horns, danceable bass lines, and overtly English female vocals built a bridge between the worlds of Afrobeat, reggae, avant-garde jazz, funk and pop”.
With a new line-up and new material, MXMJoY have crafted their first album, P.E.A.C.E.
It remains faithful to their roots, but the musical palette has expanded to include dark electronics, samples and finely-tuned effects.
MXMJoY’s album P.E.A.C.E.
released on limited edition vinyl by London Field Recordings, Feb 2019
“P.E.A.C.E. maintains all of the things that made Maximum Joy’s music so good – great grooves, Slits-esque bravura and the ability to cross between genres at will – and update it with modern sonic techniques and production styles. The resulting sound takes in so much of Bristol’s rich musical history”
Live Review of MXMJoY 2018 performance at Dimensions Festival, Pula, Croatia.
“Elsewhere, Bristol band MXMJoY play to a .. loyal crowd. Seminal to the funk-punk movement in the early 80s, with tracks like Stretch proving anthems of the New York underground, the group have been quiet for the most part, but their set packs a punch. Smooth bass lines fall into dub delays and parping horn parts – all providing a strong soundtrack to a sea of skanking revellers”