Maximum Joy will release ‘BBC Radio 1 Sessions’ EP

Maximum Joy in Bristol 9 February 1982

Bristol punk outfit Maximum Joy will release a newly remastered version of their ‘BBC Radio 1 Sessions’, originally recorded for John Peel and Kid Jensen.

Released on 6th May, the tapes showcase the band’s fusion of punk, funk, reggae jazz and hip hop and include some of their most acclaimed tracks, ‘Searching for a Feeling’ and ‘Silent Street’.

Alongside the newly remastered tapes, under the name MXMJoY – the reformed guise Rainforth and Llewellin have been using since 2015 – the pair will release a new single this summer called ‘Joy Again’.


On the subject of the BBC Radio 1 Sessions, founder and vocalist Janine Rainforth said: “We discovered the existing Radio 1 session ‘tapes’ had suffered and decayed in quality and specifically were all running too slow and not true to the originals. These are restored to the original sound and recording quality.” 

Maximum Joy started in Bristol during the late 70s/early 80s and went on to release music on influential labels like Y and 99, culminating in the band’s sole album ‘Station MXJY’, produced by Adrian Sherwood a year before the band called it quits. 

Listen to ‘Searching For A Feeling’ from the Sessions below.

The BBC Radio 1 Sessions tapes will be released on 6th May 2022.