Simon has produced programmed dance music since the early ’90s, and has won Grammys and topped charts with his partner Felix Buxton as Basement Jaxx through their seven albums and several EPs.
We discuss his most recent project, Village of the Sun (the song of that name from First Light), which he recorded with jazz drummer Moses Boyd and his partner, the saxophonist Binker Golding. Then we look to his 2011 solo (“Ratcliffe”) effort “Flying by the Sun” from Dorus Rijkers EP (2011), to “Alkazaar” by Basement Jaxx from Zephyr (2009), and finally back to “Ephemerol” a 1992 single Simon released under the name Tic Tac Toe. Intro: “Where’s Your Head At” by Basement Jaxx from Rooty (2001). For more, see thevillageofthesun.bandcamp.com and basementjaxx.com.
An additional very early track Simon mentioned is “On Ya Way,” credited to Helicopter.