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Classic Album Review: Basement Jaxx | Rooty

The British duo wanna party like it's 1999 on their funky, freaky sophomore album.


This came out in 2001 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


Remember when disco sucked?

These days, it’s one of the most progressive and respected scenes. Oh sure, it’s more high-tech. And it comes disguised by confusing names like breakbeat garage and tech-step. But don’t be fooled; strip away the gizmos and it’s still dance music. And right now, along with Daft Punk and Chemical Brothers, British duo Basement Jaxx are kings of clubland. Or maybe I should say princes — much of their long-awaited sophomore CD Rooty roots around in the booty-groove soul and freaky P-Funk robotics featured in the paisley king’s purple reign. Check out tracks like SFM, Jus 1 Kiss, Get Me Off and I Want U — hell, just check out the shorthand titles and you can see the Jaxx wanna party like it’s 1999. At least, most of the time. Too bad other sections of Rooty don’t stick to the same script, delivering generic four-on-the-floor grooves and fluffy pop – when they aren’t veerig into Motown-inspired gospel and dub-pop chill. All of which makes Rooty a weirdly inconsistent affair. But at least it doesn’t suck.