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Genre: Dance & Electronic - Electronica / Artist: Basement Jaxx / Limited Edition / Audio CD released 2005-03-21 at XL

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      11.02.2009 19:19
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      Basement Jaxx compilation

      ===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 song 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, 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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        22.02.2008 15:02
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        Singles album from a great dance band.

        Basement Jaxx are on eof my favourite bands so when I saw that they had a Singles album out I knew I would definately want to own it.

        This is pretty much a greatest hits album and as well as having all of their great dance songs there are a couple of bonus tracks as well including an acoustic version of Romeo which is excellent and one hey also did on the Radio 1 Live Lounge album.

        Red Alert is a great bouyant dance song with a super beat and some excellent vocals to it, Basement Jaxx make use of an ever changing line up however predominantly the vocals are provided by female singers. Good Luck is a great son with some strong vocals which is a key sterngth of theirs, this is about the slightly less than heart felt wished of someone who has been jilted by a lover.

        Another favourite for me is Wheres your head at? which is a high energy song with a screaming lead vocal repeating the same phrase over and over, this is one that is superb live and has bags of energy to it. Oh My Gosh was a bit hit for the band and is a song with tons of attitude to it.

        There are loads of strong songs on this album and I have listed only my favourites but for fans it is well worth listening so you can appreciate just how many hits the band have had.

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          03.04.2005 20:05
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          Basement Jaxx quietly slipped onto the music scene nearly ten years ago and since then we’ve seen their style develop and their popularity increase significantly as they’ve become a more influential group in their field. I haven’t always been a fan and didn’t really get into Basement Jaxx until the more recent mainstream work, but this album is a real gem and judging solely by the quality of the songs it easy to see why the Jaxx are a top choice for many advertisers such as Bacardi and why they leave so many of us arbitrarily running for the dance floor. Since getting into the group I find that after every single they release I’m left thinking that it’s a great tune and looking forward to the next, which can only be a good sign. Every song they release seems to be really unique and their latest album ‘The Singles’ is an eclectic mix of the singles they’ve released reflecting the change in direction their music has taken over the years and, as with many retrospective greatest hits albums, it serves to remind us of just how many great tunes they’ve produced.

          From their inception into the music scene Basement Jaxx have been a house act but since their humble beginnings in Brixton they’ve toyed with other styles too, integrating everything from ragga, punk and RnB into their music and it’s only in the past few years that they’re really embraced the typical verse-chorus structure. The album opens with classic Basement Jaxx; ‘Red Alert’, one of my personal favourites this track marks their entrance into the dance scene. It’s a top tune with some great funk basslines as well as the effortless soulful vocals from Blue James. The thing I really love about the opening track is its ability to always get me singing and dancing along as it’s a really feel-good tune.

          ‘Good Luck’ is a recent popular hit, with sassy vocals from The Bellrays’ Lisa Kekaula allied with a dramatic orchestral swirl from the London Session Orchestra which come together seamlessly to produce a really funky, catchy song. This song is also one of my favourites for a number of reasons; I love Lisa Kekaula’s voice, she hasn’t got a conventionally good singing voice but she has a really gravely quality to her voice that I just love, and boy does she sound great on this track! I guess you’d classify it as a dance track judging by the chorus but listening to the verse there are rock influences too. Overall this song has a great beat and is most definitely one to be turned up loud.

          ‘Oh My Gosh’ is their latest offering, I don’t think this is up to the standard of some of their previous work but it’s still got a good beat and the vocals are sounding good. It is also different to the other tracks as it’s more of a traditional dance track. ‘Bingo Bango’ is another of my favourites I think this is such a catchy tune I always find my self singing (or at least trying) along. The Afro-Caribbean grooves on this track are truly infectious and it brings any party alive, I can’t believe it was released five years ago!

          The album also features the big hits ‘Romeo’ and ‘Where’s Your Head At?’ ‘Romeo’ is really catchy, once it’s in my head I find myself singing it for the rest of the day. It features vocalist Kele Le Roc who has a really throaty, pouty wail that suits the lyrics well, and when the bottom drops out the samba-slap groove the tune gathers momentum and melody as it veers out of control. This song really shows that dancefloor anthems do make good pop songs.
          There are a couple of weaker tracks on the album which fall just short of the Jaxx usual standard. For me these are ‘Plug it in’ and ‘Samba Magic’. I’m really divided on ‘Plug it in’ features JC Chasez adding another dimension to the album and although I once heard a good remix of this, the original single is a bit too electro for me, apart from the chorus which I really like, sometimes I like it and sometimes I don’t it depends what mood I’m in. The final track ‘Samba Magic’ is a latino track from their early days and although it’s an alright track I think it serves to show how far they’ve come since those early days more than anything because it doesn’t come close to the more recent stuff.

          I really like the various cultural influences incorporated into Basement Jaxx’s music and this album highlight these at times, for example on the track ‘Lucky Star’. This is a really funky garage tune with middle-eastern arabesques adding a different vibe to the album, it features Dizzee Rascal who raps the chorus bringing a really cool element to the song. It’s got quite a different sound to the other tracks which makes it stand out, though it’s hard to say this on such a diverse album. Still I really like the contrast of Dizzee Rascal’s voice with the sweet tune, somehow it goes really well together. ‘Jus 1 Kiss’ is a sophisticated dance floor groove which has a good beat, classic Basement Jaxx really. Other songs on this fifteen-track album include ‘Rendez-Vu’, ‘Jump N’ Shout’, ‘U Don’t Know Me’ and ‘Flylife’. There are a couple of other tracks that I would have liked to see on this album, such as ‘Cish Cash’ but overall it’s a top mix and reflects how far the Jaxx have come.

          Basement Jaxx aren’t everyone’s cup of tea but I like a wide variety of music and style and to me this album represents a dynamic compendium of the group’s contribution to music over the years, it represents their playful invention and displays of the diversity of their music and how much it has grown over the years. You really don’t have to be into house music at all to enjoy this album and I’d urge you to have a listen to it, it’s certainly an album I’ll be listening to for a long time to come and the fact that the old songs are still sounding just as good shows that they have a longevity that many tunes of the same genre simply don’t have. In my opinion this is a top quality album and it fully deserves five stars, I just hope Basement Jaxx continue to produce more top quality tunes for a long time to come.

          Overall this is an excellent eclectic mix of Basement Jaxx’s singles over the past few years that comes strongly recommended.

          You can purchase Basement Jaxx ‘The Singles’ from amazon.co.uk for £8.99.


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          Disc #1 Tracklisting
          1 Red Alert
          2 Good Luck
          3 Romeo
          4 Oh My Gosh
          5 Bingo Bango
          6 Where’s Your Head At
          7 Rendez-Vu
          8 Jump N’ Shout
          9 Lucky Star
          10 Plug It In
          11 U Don’t Know Me
          12 Do Your Thing
          13 Jus 1 Kiss
          14 Flylife
          15 Samba Magic

          Disc #2 Tracklisting
          1 Magnificent Romeo
          2 I Beg U
          3 Mere Pass
          4 Miracles Keep On Playin' (Red Alert Remix)
          5 Bongoloid
          6 Good Luck (Live)
          7 Rendez Vu (Latin Version)
          8 Broken Dreams (Acoustic)
          9 Ha Choo
          10 Onyx
          11 I Live In Camberwell
          12 Camberskank
          13 Jus 1 Kiss (The Isley Bootleg)
          14 Romeo (Acoustic)