The Singles

The Singles

by Basement JaxxBasement Jaxx

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Overview

It took several years for house producers to catch up with Basement Jaxx. Alternately, as some might argue, several years passed before Basement Jaxx decelerated enough for anyone sharing a vaguely similar stylistic slant to meet up with them. Even if 2003's Kish Kash wasn't bubbling over with new ideas and previously unfathomable contortions and combinations of old ideas, as Remedy and Rooty had done before, the Jaxx still did it better than anyone else, melting down 30 years of dance and pop, simultaneously casting fresh looks on both forms. They are to house what Miles Davis is to jazz, what Chuck Berry is to rock, what Public Enemy is to rap. The Singles, a timely and nearly faultless stop-gap compilation, picks the A-sides from the three albums, adding earlier cuts "Samba Magic" and "Flylife," only two examples of why the debut LP was so heavily anticipated. Here's the only bad aspect: despite boldly displaying most of the duo's strengths, all of these A-sides just happen to be intended for clubs and high-speed driving, so the set doesn't show casual fans how adept the Jaxx have been at mellow material, let alone the moments that disconnect completely from house constructs without any hiccups. Those who are fully aware of the duo's versatile brilliance and hang on their every beat might also do well to pick up the disc; the single edits offer some slight variations on the album versions, and the manner in which they are presented, typically stripped down to three-minutes-and-change, makes a durable argument for the duo as supreme pop songwriters. There's also a pair of new tracks. The rubbery "Oh My Gosh," easily the best of the two, is deliciously flirtatious and cartoonish, if more of a fitting Jaxx-past-in-miniature parcel than an indication of what lies ahead. It's just as pleasurable as saying the name of the song's vocalist, Vula Malinga, out loud.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/10/2005
Label: Xl Recordings Uk
UPC: 0634904018726
catalogNumber: 187
Rank: 163440

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Basement Jaxx   Primary Artist
Felix   Vocals
London Session Orchestra   Strings
Marsha Smith   Background Vocals
Erick "More" Morillo   Background Vocals
Hugo Delmirani   Keyboards,Soloist
Junior Sanchez   Background Vocals
Kele Le Roc   Vocals,Background Vocals
Slarta John   Vocals
Michael Moog   Background Vocals
KDL Allstars   Background Vocals
Mad Man Swyli   Shouts
JC Chasez   Vocals
Sharlene Hector   Background Vocals
Mona   Vocals
Alma Duah   Background Vocals
Cassie Watson   Vocals
MC Onyx   Horn
Charlotte Hodson   Vocals
Dizzee Rascal   Vocals
Elliot May   Vocals
Blue James   Vocals
Lisa Kekaula   Vocals
Natasha Awuku   Background Vocals
Nadia Cielto Steele   Background Vocals
Nathan "Tugg" Curran   Drums
Nomvula Malinga   Vocals,Background Vocals
Cherokee Ty   Background Vocals
Corryne Dwyer   Background Vocals
Francine Kufonji   Background Vocals
Damien Peachey   Vocals
Mandy Senior   Background Vocals
Skillah   Rap
Wil Malone   Conductor
Daniel Pearce   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Jorge Dalto   Composer
Blue Mitchell   Composer
Gavyn Wright   String Conductor
Basement Jaxx   Producer
Richard Steaker   Composer
Patrick Duffy   Art Direction
Simon Ratcliffe   Composer
Felix Buxton   Composer
M. James   Composer
Lisa Kekaula   Composer
Wil Malone   Arranger

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