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Basement Jaxx ~ Rooty
Since Simon Radcliffe and Felix Burton of Basement Jaxx released the unbelievable Remedy in 1999, house music has experienced a slight identity crisis. But even as trance and Fatboy Slim-style big beat saturate the dance floor, the primal, funky soul of true house that the Jaxx duo know and love clearly reverberates beneath it all. With Rooty, Radcliffe and Burton finish the job they started on Remedy by listening to their instincts, stripping away the gloss, taking some creative risks, and coming up with some of the rawest grooves in recent memory. The first track and single "Romeo" doesn't waste any time, parlaying an irresistible hook and a relentlessly up vibe into the most danceable three and a half minutes of 2001. Frankie Knuckles-era Chicago house and War's deep Latin funk are audible throughout, along with an adventurous production sense; "SFM" packs in a wild kaleidoscope of howls and cross-rhythms while slinking along and rubbing itself on the furniture like a cat in heat. Still, given the level of creative license at work here, the record sometimes misses the mark. Songs like "I Want U" reach for progressive funk, but forget the low bass end that can give a silly, airy song some gravity. But more often that not, the band's decision to eschew beats in favor of dirtier, sexier means of rhythmic expressions pays off. Witness the fat bass line at work in "Get Me Off," as a breathy tease of a lead vocal turns into an outright come-on. Somehow both relentlessly modern and a throwback to simpler, funkier times, Rooty is an effective way to jog the memory should you have forgotten the egg that came before the trance chicken. --Matthew CookeSee all Editorial Reviews
|5. Jus 1 Kiss|
|6. Broken Dreams|
|7. I Want U|
|8. Get Me Off|
|9. Where's Your Head At|
|11. Crazy Girl|
|12. Do Your Thing|
|13. All I Know|
These arrived just in time for my son to decide he wanted to learn how to DJ.
He was drawn to these like steel to a magnet. So far working just fine.
The Jaxx boys bring on Rooty, their second album, and it shares the same strengths as Remedy (catchy melodies, great hooks, infectious grooves) as well as the same weaknesses... Read morePublished on February 21, 2011 by scoundrel
"Rooty" is Basement Jaxx's real claim to fame, with bouncing beats, classy disco synths and cool bleeps and bloop sounds littered everywhere. Read morePublished on July 31, 2009 by Jonathan Oyama
Being a long time fan of Basement Jaxx I had high expectations and once again was not let down. Romeo is of course the cream of the crop but the entire CD shines, catchy beats with... Read morePublished on February 17, 2008 by Brian
Most of the songs are very cheesy but I like that so it was great. Not for the casual listener, but if you already are into Basement Jaxx then you will like it a lot.Published on January 16, 2008 by M. Ostria
I can't believe these guys have been making albums since the late 1990s, yet it wasn't until a month or two ago that I first heard of them! Read morePublished on March 31, 2007 by D. Weber
In 1999, Basement Jaxx had taken the dance world by storm with their debut album "Remedy," and the four or five club anthems that it spawned. Read morePublished on December 23, 2005 by Busy Body
For many years, I've been a fan of synth-pop legend Gary Numan. One of my favorite songs by him is M.E. off of The Pleasure Principle. Read morePublished on July 13, 2005 by Numan4Life
It took me *forever* to buy this album! I had all the songs on my computer (bad me!) but I couldn't bring myself to actually buy the album.
So I did, a couple days ago. Read more