14 Songs, 46 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

“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.

EDITORS’ NOTES

“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.

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Ratings and Reviews

3.8 out of 5
84 Ratings

84 Ratings

deeforce ,

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.

JodyG ,

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.

Tipo ,

Quite Entertaining, Y'all.

Always been a fan of Basement Jaxx, this album is superb. Almost every song (besides the 30-50sec interludes) can become enormous dance hits. Smooth jams, yo.

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