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“I love music,” the O’Jays once sang, “just as long as it’s groovin’.” Basement Jaxx take that credo to heart, expanding it to prove that anything they like can co-exist with their club-ready beats. “Just put a record on, maybe a country song,” sings Vula Malinga to a potential conquest on “Take Me Back to Your House,” over a plucking banjo that’s eventually met by a marching band’s drumline and ’70s-vintage disco strings. (None of which undercuts the song’s emotional fragility.) “Hey U” starts as epic Western-movie music before visiting a Bollywood soundstage with a klezmer band who’ve hitched a ride. And “Run 4 Cover” suggests prolonged exposure to Nortec Collective’s blend of traditional Mexican forms and techno. Best of all, none of this ever feels forced; it’s the soundtrack of a kicky tour demonstrating that all the world’s a dance floor.

Customer Reviews

Hey U!

I've had an advanced copy of this for a few weeks now so I've had time to really give it a good listen. Much like "Kish Kash," "...Radio" is pretty inconsistent with some tracks that are amazing ("take me back...," "Hey U," and "Everybody"), some that are totally annoying ("run 4 cover"), and some that are simply listenable ("hush boy," "smoke bubbles"). It lacks the guests of Kish Kash (Me'shell Ndegeocello and JC Chasez among others), but overall it's leaps and bounds above most alternative/electronic/dance music out there (I'm looking at you, Gnarls Barkly). Definitely give it a listen.

Jaxx quality is there, but it is 4th best full-length

Basement Jaxx has always had a knack for making dark yet happy, uptempo, sexy music that sticks in your head for the longest of time. I believe they have the most talent in electronic music today...the timing of their music has never been rivaled. One thing I like about BJ is that the songs are so complex that it often takes a few listens to really enjoy it. I remember buying Rooty & not liking it the first time. After thousands of listens, it remains one of my favorite CD's...period. On to Crazy Itch.....the tempo is a bit more mellow than previous efforts...that is certainly not unusual for most musicians. There are a few hits like Hush Boy & Hey U, but they do not reach the absolute zen of Red Alert, Where's Your Head At, Do Your Thing, Good Luck, etc. If this is your first purchase of BJ music, I would recommend going the order of Rooty, Kish Kash and Remedy (or just buy Red Alert). These are 5-star albums & no one should deny it. So as I have to hold BJ in such high regard with previous efforts, the latest effort Crazy Itch Radio, is a notch down. Great listening, but it's no surprise that at some point, the Jaxx would not be able to achieve such incredible heights they previously attained.

Arguably the best yet.

One thing in common with all of the Basement Jaxx's previous albums are that they are to say the least inconsistant. This album remedies that problem with a fully cohesive listenable album that has no "skippables" for a change. Each song is worth listening to even twenty times through. There is a great variety on the songs as well with the full compliment on the elecronic spectrum ranging from extremely energizing to calm and soothing. This album is the most complete that they have produced and is a must buy.


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 the deck, all the while collaborating with an endless array...
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