Take 5 with Ron Basejam

Ron Basejam is the anagrammed alter-ego of Crazy P co-founder, James Baron. Starting as a ‘no pressure’ side project in 2006, Baron wanted to capture the more diverse and quirky sides of his musical tastes and create underground music with character, personality and humour. ‘Into My Life’ from his solo album ‘Deep & Meaningless’, was picked up by Gilles Peterson for his Brownswood Bubblers series. Such was his love affair with the tune, Gilles could not help dropping it on three consecutive Radio 1 shows – praise indeed. We sat down with James to get an insight into his tastes and Take 5.

1. Rachel’s Team - Glowing Palms and Ruf Dug (Ruf Kutz)

This sounds like a forgotten Tom-Tom club dub. Cheeky major key business with a sense of humour. You can hear they’re using quality kit and that really makes it cut through.

2. Red Rack‘em - Love Beat (Nsyde)

Potentially a difficult job to follow up his massive ‘Wonky Bassline Disco Banger’ but Danny does it with ease. He’s got a sound of his own and it’s got his personality stamped all over it.

3. Syrup - Sweatshop (Compost)

After many years of escaping my transom I dug this out again recently. Contemporary disco done properly complete with big, tricky analogue synth solo. If you cant dance to this you’re a robot.

4. Super Furry Animals - Golden Retriever (Epic)

One of Wales’ finest exports – a recent festival viewing has seen them shoot past Taylor Swift and Bruno Mars straight to the top of my 3 year old daughter’s playlist. Uniquely surreal and catchy as hell.

5. Father John Misty - Bored in the USA (Sub Pop)

Is he playing it straight or is it ironic? Either way for me he’s one of the greatest lyricists and songwriters out there. Funny, dark and completely unpredictable.