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(Dance group, 1994–present)

Producers, DJs and remixers Basement Jaxx (duo Felix Buxton and Simon Ratcliffe) rose to prominence in the mid-1990s, on the back of initial success at various south London club nights – most notably their highly eclectic but always uplifting Rooty evenings. On record, their sound lies somewhere between a carnival sound system and more conventional house music, but all with a telling urban bite.

Debut album Remedy (1999) found flamenco guitars, pounding beats and cheeky female MCs boiled down into a collection of irresistible party anthems for the new century. The follow-up, 2001’s Rooty, contained the duo’s best-known hit ‘Where’s Your Head At?’, perhaps a reference to the state of mind of many clubbers who were now listening in their masses. The album won a Grammy, but rather than rest on their laurels, Basement Jaxx continued with Kish Kash (2003), a more complex work which saw guest vocal appearances from Siouxsie Sioux and grime star Dizzee Rascal.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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