Singles, The - Basement Jaxx

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Singles, The - Basement Jaxx

1 CD(s) - UK House - Label: XL - Distributor: PIAS UK/Sony DADC - Released: 21/03/2005 - 634904018726

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Review of "Singles, The - Basement Jaxx"

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"Jaxx And Their Great Hits"

The Album

"The Singles" is a compilation of the 'greatest hits' from Basement Jaxx. It came out in 2005, and had music from their three albums up to that time, "Remedy", "Rooty" and "Kish Kash", several of their EP and two tracks of new material. All of the singles which they ever released are found here, apart from the lesser known, "Get Off Me"

The Artists

Basement Jaxx are a UK duo, comprising of Felix Buxton and Simon Ratcliffe whose music ranges greatly as their Electronica and House music has influence from Hip Hop, Garage, Rock amongst others things, and so you will find no tracks which seem in any way similar to each other.
Tracklistings

1. "Red Alert" (feat. Blue James)

Album From: "Remedy"
Year: 1999

Personally, I saw this as their best track to date, as they simply haven't been able to top it in what it does. You have them come with one of the hardest bass loops I've ever heard, and it wouldn't matter what was placed on top of it as it is simply perfect. With it though, you do have the voacls from Blue Jame, who offers direction to the amaing instrumentals as they give us motivation to just dance to the funky b-line.

**Five Stars**

2. "Good Luck" (feat. Lisa Kekaula)

Album From: "Kish Kash"
Year: 2003

This is one of their big hits, and it has them d a dramtic track, whihc has them take on all the typical characteristics of a Drum & Bass track, just with the speedy break misisng. It is amazing that the vcals from Lisa Kekaula are able to hype it up in such way that a progressive D&B jam would, just with the drums omitted, and a deep bassline used as an alteranative.

**Five Stars**

3. "Romeo" (feat. Kele Le Roc)

Album From: "Rooty"
Year: 2001

Separated from its video, this one just seems completely diffenret, however from this alone you get a improvemnt (from my perspective as you have them do a fairly funky one which allows a great independent interpretation as you have them intermix a widely-ranging bledn of msucial style to come out with strong results. Each part of it is diffenret, and I felt that the final bridge captured my attnetion the most.

**Three Stars**

4. "Oh My Gosh" (feat. Vula)

Album From: -
Year: -

At the time, this was a fresh release for the group, and it had them having a go at more mainstream stuff as they went for quite 'clean' material with their Electronica base being stripped to its basics. You get Vula providng the vocals to it, and with here taking up pretty much the whoe tune, it shows that they are wantign to appeal to a more commercial audience (not that the Brtsh R&B vocalists work isn't valued).

**Four Stars**

5. "Bingo Bango"

Album From: "Remedy"
Year: 1999

6. "Where's Your Head At"

Album From: "Rooty"
Year: 2001

Although it managed to come out as one of their all-time most popular tunes, i didn't feel the same way towards this one as I thought that out of all of them, it was far too 'clean' and it just seemed far too pop. This style of electronica simply didn't appeal to me at all.

**Two Stars**

7. "Rendez Vu"

Album From: "Remedy"
Year: 1999

Following on from "Samba Music", which was their debut single, this one has them show their infleunce from the Latino sounds in this one. They manage to fit in the Electronica elements to this one, which robotic vocals, to a tune which is largely based aroudn Spanish-stlyed guitar work. It seems to stay around the same level for the whole thing, so you can't really get too excited about it.

**Three Stars**

8. "Jump 'n' Shout" (feat. Slarta John)

Album From: "Remedy"
Year: 1999

This is one of their lesser-knonw singles and it was directed to a very different audience to the where most of their msuic goes s this one has them use the vocals of Ragga artist Slarta John in a track which has them trial the sounds of Uk Garage, which were takign over the House scene at the time. It is one of their best ones, and has them go into a darker place than where most of their music is.

**Five Stars**

9. "Lucky Star" (feat. Dizzee Rascal)

Album From: "Kish Kash"
Year: 2003

At times I felt ths though this one one a ittle forced, however when you look on it now it seems much better for a choice in a collaboration as Dizzee Rascal does the first of a series of actual songs (instead of Grime tracks) in what is a very spacey number from the group.

**Three Stars**

10. "Plug It In" (feat. JC Chasez)

Album From: "Kish Kash"
Year: 2003

This is one which I was previously unfamilar with. JC Chasez was a member of N*Sync and has made up a solo career since those days, like his former band-mate Justin Timberlake, however he didn't have the same impact. His role in this isn't really needed, and it can be overlook as they do a funky Electrnoica tune with him just filling in the empy parts.

**Three Stars**

11. "U Don't Know Me" (feat. Lisa Kekaula)

Album From: -
Year: -

This was a brand new trakc at the time, and it has them fuse Rock and Hip Hop into their base of Electronica in order to come out with a well-crafted tune with them using Lisa Kekaula effectively to create a decent atmosphere aroudn a fairly haunting tne from the group.

**Three Stars***

12. "Do Your Thing" (feat. Lisa Kekaula)

Album From: "Rooty"
Year: 2001

This is one of their biggest singles, and had to be re-released in order to squeeze all the quality out of it. You have them explore a Jazz side of their music as you get Lisa Kekaula sining in a skat style and doing so to a jazzy piece of Electronica production which varies greatly from one section to another as it balances these genre for tremenous results.

**Five Stars**

13. "Jus 1 Kis"

Album From: "Rooty"
Year: 2001

This one gets them going inot a proper House mood for the tune, and I personally don't like many House tracks, and so this acted a a barrier to myself in attempting to enjoy this tune. You have them using a hook of a repetitive hook, and it is utilised effectively in order to capture the listeners, although the House style of it prevented me to fully engage.

**Two Stars**

14. "Fly Life"

Album From: "EP 3" (feat. Slarta John)
Year: 1997

This is a failry modest one form the group as it gets them bringing up the energy levels siginificantly with a funky one which has the Ragga artist, Slarta John, (who was behind the hit "Jump 'n' Shout"), and in this up-tempo House tune they really get things going with exciting use of unique sound effects, and manipulation of exisiting elelments of this genre.

**Three Stars**

15. "Samba Magic"

Album From: "Samba Magic EP"
Year: 1996

I was impressed by this ealry recording from them. i han' heard it before I went though this relase, and without reading the title to the thing, you would give this the title to it too, despite the fact that it is an instrumental tune from them as you get them taking on the type of things which you get with Latino, Samba music.

**Three Stars**

Putting all the singles together, you realise how diffenretn each and every basement Jaxx sng is, and it displays great creativity from the air. They manage to master each uniue fusion of stlyes and it always seems to come out well,m so you just can't complain about it at all. The album is uplifting, and has something for everyone, and so you shouldn't be put off by the fact that they are pigeonholded as "Electronica"; as I'm not too fond of this genre myself.

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  • blackmagicstar4 published 12/02/2009
    Sounds pretty good, nice review x
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1 CD(s) - UK House - Label: XL - Distributor: PIAS UK/Sony DADC - Released: 21/03/2005 - 634904018726

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