Basement Jaxx are a British electronic dance music duo consisting of Felix Buxton and Simon Ratcliffe . The pair got their name from the regular night club they held in their hometown of Brixton, London, UK.
They first rose to popularity in the late 1990s. As the British Hit Singles & Albums book duly noted “they surfaced from the underground house scene, are regular transatlantic club chart-toppers and won the BRIT Award for Best Dance Act in 2002 and 2004″.
Basement Jaxx started in Brixton, South London, in 1994, where they held a regular club night called Basement Jaxx, which was also held in a variety of venues including The George IV, The Crypt and The Junction.
In 1999, the group released their first full length album, Remedy. Remedy included the single “Red Alert“, which was featured in the film Bend It Like Beckham as well as Nickelodeon and Coca-Cola commercials.
Their next album, 2001’s Rooty 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 an homage to the Bollywood film style.
“Where’s Your Head At?” became an international hit in 2002, also known for its inclusion on the Lara Croft: Tomb Raider soundtrack.
“Do Your Thing” was included in the video game SSX 3. Xxtra Cutz was released shortly after Rooty, containing B-sides from the album’s singles. Span Thang and Junction, two EPs, were released in 2001–2002.
In 2003, Basement Jaxx released their third full-length album, Kish Kash, which included contributions from Lisa Kekaula (of the Bellrays), Me’shell Ndegeocello, Dizzee Rascal, Totlyn Jackson, JC Chasez, Siouxsie Sioux, and Phoebe.
From this album, the tracks “Lucky Star”, “Good Luck”, and “Plug It In” were released as singles. The track “Good Luck” was re-released in 2004, after exposure from being the theme to BBC‘s Euro 2004 coverage, and was also featured in the soundtrack of Just Married and Appleseed, an anime film released in 2004.
In 2005, the duo released the number 1 compilation The Singles along with a video collection on DVD, comprising all the singles from their previous three albums, some earlier releases (featured on Atlantic Jaxx Recordings: A Compilation), and two new tracks, “Oh My Gosh” and “U Don’t Know Me”, which were both released as singles.
The Singles (Special Edition) was also released, which contained the original compilation along with a bonus disc entitled Bonus Traxx, containing many previously unreleased tracks, as well as remixes of existing Basement Jaxx songs.
The duo appeared as a headline act on the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury Festival in 2005 when Kylie Minogue was forced to pull out after being diagnosed with cancer. Basement Jaxx played with a live band made up of artists who recorded the album.
Drumtech-trained Nathan ‘Tugg’ Curran was on drums for Glastonbury and has remained a constant performer.
Their fourth studio album, Crazy Itch Radio, was released on 4 September 2006 in the UK, simultaneously with its first single, “Hush Boy”.
The album featured guest vocals by Martina Sorbara (credited as “Martina Bang”), Lily Allen, and Robyn. In 2006, Basement Jaxx were also one of the support acts for Robbie Williams on his ‘Close Encounters’ tour.
In 2009, Buxton revealed in a BBC Radio 1 broadcast that Basement Jaxx’s forthcoming album Scars was completed and being mastered. Buxton stated that the tracks include guest appearances by Yoko Ono, Santigold, Lightspeed Champion, and Yo! Majesty.
The band recorded at the Bizspace centre in Coldharbour Lane, in Loughborough Junction. Basement Jaxx also collaborated with Metropole Orkest in a new album entitled Basement Jaxx vs Metropole Orkest.
Along with Stephen Price, Basement Jaxx scored the 2011 film Attack the Block, and the soundtrack was released on 16 May 2011.
In November 2011, Simon revealed the pair were working on a new album – hinting that some tracks were already appearing in their DJ sets.
At their first live show for several years at Chiswick House Festival in July 2012, the band performed some new material from their forthcoming album including the song “Diamonds”.
The album is being recorded in their new studio in Kings Cross, London.
Possible tracks that were predicted to appear on the album according to Pitchfork include “Make.Believe”, “Let’s Rock this Road Together”, “Back 2 the Wild”, “We R Not Alone”, “Galactical”, “Power 2 The People”, “Mermaid of Salinas”, “People of Planet Earth” and “What a Difference Your Love Makes”.
The band ran a contest through graphic design firm JDO, where the band will use the graphic identity (including the album and single artwork designs) that the winner created for their upcoming album and consequent promotional items.
“Back 2 the Wild” was released as a single on 12 April 2013, with an accompanying video co-directed by Matt Maitland and Natalia Stuyk being uploaded to their YouTube account on 16 April.
“What a Difference Your Love Makes” was released as a single on 30 September 2013. The single’s accompanying video was released on Vevo on 7 August 2013.
The music video, directed by Saman Kesh, is about the development of a “twerking” robot that is intended to save humanity from a world without dancing. The album was released on August 25, 2014.
In addition to their own work, Basement Jaxx have become in-demand remixers. Their more prominent work includes remixes of “4 My People” by Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott, “Everyman… Everywoman…” by Yoko Ono, “Like I Love You” by Justin Timberlake, and “She Wants to Move” by N*E*R*D.
They also collaborated with Janet Jackson on unreleased songs for her Damita Jo album. Sophie Ellis-Bextor, as well as The Botz and Garold Marks, have stated they are fans and would like to collaborate with Basement Jaxx in the future.
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