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With their mix of breaks, ragga, punk and house, Basement Jaxx is a Brixton based DJ duo of Simon Ratcliffe and Felix Buxton.
They're famous for their colorful explosive live performances and energy of the singers as they sweep through their various hits, mixing them with some classic dance tracks and hip-hop mixes. It's a perfect combination of strong melodies and unrelenting beats, carefully crafted structure and anarchic arrangements
In 1994 Simon Ratcliffe and Felix Buxton formed Atlantic Jaxx Records. Among fans of their first release was none other than DJ legend and Basement Jaxx influence Tony Humphries, who played Da Underground from the EP on his New York mixshow consistently during 1994-1995.
For their second release, vocalist Corrina Josephs - later became practically a member of the team herself ? was recruited.
Virgin picked up the 1995 single Samba Magic for distribution and in time, Basement Jaxx was drawing praise from all corners of the American and British house community as one of the top house production units as well as becoming the darling of club scene.
After working on remixes (for the Pet Shop Boys, Roger Sanchez, and Lil' Mo' Yin Yang among others) for much of 1996, Basement Jaxx released a third Basement Jaxx EP.
Their single Flylife, became a Top 20 hit in England in mid-1997, and proved one of the most popular anthems of the year on the worldwide club scene.
It was a time when they were being courted by several major labels. However, Basement Jaxx decided to sign up with the independent XL Recordings and released their debut full-length, Remedy, in 1999.
Remedy was a worldwide crossover hit; the irresistible feelgood bounce of Rendez-Vu, Jump and Shout and Red Alert found favor with everyone from pop fans to Brit hipsters, football match incidental music programmers to the hardcore New York house music purists who originally inspired the duo.
After two years came their second album Rooty which was named after the club night held regularly by the band in their earlier days in Brixton. This album included singles Romeo, Jus 1 Kiss, Where's Your Head At?, Do Your Thing and Get Me Off.
The music video for album opener Romeo is a parody of the Bollywood film style. Where's Your Head At became a huge international hit in 2002, due in large part to its inclusion on the Tomb Raider soundtrack. Rooty is a colourful blend of musical styles (hip-hop, house, garage, flamenco, RnB) with a boisterous sense of fun.
Kish Kash was released in 2003. It fuses punk, funk, electro, balladry, bhangra, jazz-house and northern soul to offer a joyous journey from start to finish.The cd features the legendary Siouxsie Sioux, soul diva Me'Shell Ndeg?ocello, former Nsync member JC Chasez, The Bellrays, Lisa Kekaula, and Mercury Album Award victor, Dizzee Rascal.
2006 saw Basement Jaxx 4th album, Crazy Itchy Radio featuring guest vocals by Lily Allen on Lights Go Down, Martina Bang, Johnny Blaze, and Robyn. Most notable song is Hey You with its gypsy/klezmer mash-up along the lines of the recent, excellent, and Jaxx-compiled Gypsy Beats and Balkan Bangers compilation.
Besides doing what they do, Basement Jaxx has also become in-demand remixers. Some of their prominent work includes 4 My People by Missy Elliott, Like I Love You by Justin Timberlake and She Wants to Move by N.E.R.D.
This year in August Basment Jaxx released limited edition vinyl 'The Planet 1' EP which featured new tracks 'Twerk', 'War' and 'My Turn'. 'Twerk' and 'War' are classic Jaxx; Catchy, carnival worthy, dance floor filler tracks.
Featuring Dev of Test Icicles / Lightspeed Champion fame on vocals, My Turn combines acoustic guitar with Basement Jaxx' signature beats...and it works.
South London DJs Basement Jaxx has made a huge impact with their knack of dreaming up killer tunes and, by dressing them up in Europop trappings, turning them into instant dancefloor classics. Their live performances are magical.
Every inch of stage space is utilised in order to create a visual and aural, extravaganza. The rhythms fly in from just about every musical genre and not far off each corner of the globe.
They played Ibiza and headlined the second stage on the last day of Glastonbury 2000 - and their 12-strong touring team of percussionists and extravagantly attired Latin dancers are generally agreed to have won the day over.
At Glastonbury Festival in 2005, the duo appeared as a headline act on the Pyramid stage when Kylie Minogue was forced to pull out after being diagnosed with cancer.