Basement Jaxx - Kish Kash - Basement Jaxx got funk in da house

2006-03-29 18:29
It's not that the duo of Simon Ratcliffe and Felix Buxton completely discard their exuberant mix of hip-hop, soul or garage R&B roots - it's just how they choose to embellish their bass-synth blueprint: with an unashamedly retro-fuelled funk.

There's nothing wrong with the funk - hell, no! "Good Luck" (featuring soul diva Lisa Kekaula) twists Prince's pouting allure into a Jamiroquai soul breeze with James Brown style hip shakers ("Supersonic") alternating with disco slapping dance floor struts ("Right Here's the Spot" featuring Me'Shell Ndegeocello). But when teen UK garage rap upstart Dizee Rascal steps up to the mic delivering his streetwise stream of consciousness rhymes over an exotic Middle Eastern musical pastiche ("Lucky Star"), you begin to wonder whether this is even house music at all.

Not that you've got much time for meditation with the prowling collage of post-modern dance floor flavours moving sinuously between block rocking Prince pop anthems ("Plug it In" featuring 'N Sync's J.C. Chasez) and doped up electro-clash hangovers ("Cish Cash" featuring Siouxise Sioux). Not forgetting the slow torch tangos ("Tonight") and mutant neo-new wave smiles ("Hot 'n Cold").

Fans of Basement Jaxx's patented adventures in progressive house on such party starting classics as Rooty (2001) and Remedy (1999) are going to find Kish Kash something of a head-scratching listen.

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