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Album Review

It took several years for house producers to catch up with Basement Jaxx. Alternately, as some might argue, several years passed before Basement Jaxx decelerated enough for anyone sharing a vaguely similar stylistic slant to meet up with them. Even if 2003's Kish Kash wasn't bubbling over with new ideas and previously unfathomable contortions and combinations of old ideas, as Remedy and Rooty had done before, the Jaxx still did it better than anyone else, melting down 30 years of dance and pop, simultaneously casting fresh looks on both forms. They are to house what Miles Davis is to jazz, what Chuck Berry is to rock, what Public Enemy is to rap. The Singles, a timely and nearly faultless stop-gap compilation, picks the A-sides from the three albums, adding earlier cuts "Samba Magic" and "Flylife," only two examples of why the debut LP was so heavily anticipated. Here's the only bad aspect: despite boldly displaying most of the duo's strengths, all of these A-sides just happen to be intended for clubs and high-speed driving, so the set doesn't show casual fans how adept the Jaxx have been at mellow material, let alone the moments that disconnect completely from house constructs without any hiccups. Those who are fully aware of the duo's versatile brilliance and hang on their every beat might also do well to pick up the disc; the single edits offer some slight variations on the album versions, and the manner in which they are presented, typically stripped down to three-minutes-and-change, makes a durable argument for the duo as supreme pop songwriters. There's also a pair of new tracks. The rubbery "Oh My Gosh," easily the best of the two, is deliciously flirtatious and cartoonish, if more of a fitting Jaxx-past-in-miniature parcel than an indication of what lies ahead. It's just as pleasurable as saying the name of the song's vocalist, Vula Malinga, out loud.

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anyone who knows anything about the jaxx will know how fantastic they are. every single track on this disc is excellent and is probz one of the best cd's i own. i would reccomend it highly.

Top Class

Every song on this compilation of Basement Jaxx singles is individual, memorable and great fun. From the driving 'Good Luck' to the boncy 'Do Your Thing', each track will make you want to listen again and again. The easiest thing to say is that this album is perfect for everyone - whether you are familiar with Basement Jaxx or not - and that the best thing to do is get the whole thing, not just a few tracks. Finally, listen to it in its proper order. It's fantastic that way.

Awsome beyond all reason!

I can not put in to words how great this album is! Only itself can do justice to itself! Every song and I mean EVERY song was amazing, not a bad one too be heard, there is such variation as well, not just the same old junk evry song! U will be shell shocked, buy it now! Now, go on click buy! I would pay millions to see them live! So if you have, consider yourself luckier than me! I really need a Basement Jaxx fan club to ramble on about this now dont I! Just Buy It! I Love it, someone bought it me for my birthday and i didn't think much of it untill i actually listened to it! Now I have It everywhere! On my xbox on gta san andreas, when i misplaced the cd and could't put it on my nano, i nearly cried, i bought romeo of itunes because i couldn't cope without it for such a long time and i was considreing buying it all until i found it my attic! I was so happy when I found it! I hope i have wrote enough words to summarise my ecstatic joy at this album! BUy it now! or else i might just . . . ! (My spelling has gone out the window because of the fact that of course words can not describe how good this is so why do they matter, we only need basement jaxx the album! In prisons they should feed them on this insteadof food and they would not only survive but no longer be criminals forever!) Thats how great it is! Im a wee bit passionate as you may have noticed! This is like no other . . . i cant compare it! Buy it! It will change your life!


Formed: 1994 in London, England

Genre: Dance

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

From their '90s singles to the more ambitious projects they tackled in the decades to come, Basement Jaxx were one of the U.K.'s most respected — and enjoyable — progressive house acts. While virtually everything South London production duo Simon Ratcliffe and Felix Buxton released was rooted in house, they mutated several styles (R&B, U.K. garage, ragga, Latin jazz, ambient techno) with an unmatched restlessness. They constantly shuffled...
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