Felix Buxton and Simon Ratcliffe, the men of British rebel duo Basement Jaxx, bring heart and funk to their brand of house music.
The duo embodies the spirit of early ’80s electro-pop producer Arthur Baker as well as dance-pop innovators Madonna and Prince. The confidence displayed from the opening single "Romeo", R&B disguised as discoth?que with a beautifully constructed verse-chorus-verse-bridge movements as singer Kele Le Roc copes with being dumped, shows them to have some staying power and ideas (unlike Daft Punk) with a beautifully constructed verse-chorus-verse-bridge movements as singer Kele Le Roc copes with being dumped.
The Jaxx’s second album clocks in at an efficient 43 minutes and is the sexiest record these ears have heard this year. Why add twenty minutes of filler, a lot of records would be much better pared down. They’re as interested in R&B, funk and show tunes as they are in raves. They deploy Latin, jazz and cabaret rhythms and female singers – all on the verge of something, whether it’s desolation or sleaze. A great follow up to Remedy and an elaboration on what’s hot but not dictated to by fashion.