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Kish Kash
     

Kish Kash

by Basement Jaxx
 

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After two albums that pointed the way to nearly every dance music trend from electro to Brazilian beats, Brixton duo Basement Jaxx now dispense an amalgam that's simply "Jaxx music." Kish Kash is the hyperkinetic mishmash of l'mode styles amped by punk-rock energy and the Latin sass we've come to expect from Simon Ratcliffe and Felix Buxton, minus the

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After two albums that pointed the way to nearly every dance music trend from electro to Brazilian beats, Brixton duo Basement Jaxx now dispense an amalgam that's simply "Jaxx music." Kish Kash is the hyperkinetic mishmash of l'mode styles amped by punk-rock energy and the Latin sass we've come to expect from Simon Ratcliffe and Felix Buxton, minus the effervescent allure of the Next that lit up Rooty and Remedy. The pair are frankly more concerned with their own artistic development than with revolutionizing the dance hall yet again, and the trappings of this quest -- string sections, more song-oriented tracks -- make for excellent living-room listening. Which isn't to say that Kish Kash lacks dance-floor propulsion -- not by a long shot. Meshell Ndegeocello's lascivious "Right Here's the Spot" bubbles over with Prince-ly bounce, and "Lucky Star," featuring touted newcomer Dizzee Rascal on the mike, is a manic rush of Middle Eastern strings and spongy bass. But new wave– and rock-flavored tracks, such as the white-hot opener, "Good Luck," with vocals by Bell Rays diva Lisa Kekaula, and the louche "Cish Cash," featuring Siouxsie Sioux ('N Sync's JC Chasez is another notable bit of stunt casting), are cut out for headphones or house parties rather than the clubs. And the disc's dreamy denouement, "Feels Like Home," shows the duo with their sights on Jaxx music that has nothing to do with dancing at all. Maybe this is where their head's at; the upshot is the first Basement Jaxx album that insinuates more than it dominates.

Editorial Reviews

Rolling Stone - Ernest Hardy
The energy never sags and ideas never flag.
Entertainment Weekly
This duo's explosive, song-savvy productions demand to be heard by everyone.
Blender - Dorian Lynskey
Their most violently inventive album yet.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/20/2003
Label:
Xl Recordings Uk
UPC:
0634904017422
catalogNumber:
0401742

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Basement Jaxx   Primary Artist
Basil   Percussion
Joe Benjamin   Vocals
Simeon Jones   Harmonica
London Session Orchestra   Strings
Meshell Ndegeocello   Bass Guitar,Vocals,Guest Appearance
Phoebe   Vocals
Siouxsie Sioux   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Simon Ratcliffe   Group Member
Felix Buxton   Guest Appearance
Kele Le Roc   Background Vocals
Ty   Background Vocals
JC Chasez   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Sharlene Hector   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Cassie Watson   Background Vocals
Cherokee   Background Vocals
Lisa Kekaula   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Totlyn Jackson   Vocals
Cotlyn Jackson   Guest Appearance
Xenia Lewis   Vocals
Allonymous   Vocals
Natasha Awuku   Background Vocals
Jason Anthoney Wright   Background Vocals
Nadia Cielto Steele   Background Vocals
Nathan "Tugg" Curran   Drums
Francine Kufonji   Background Vocals
Mandy Senior   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Meshell Ndegeocello   Composer,Producer
Gavyn Wright   String Conductor
Basement Jaxx   Producer
Simon Ratcliffe   Composer
Felix Buxton   Composer
Lisa Kekaula   Composer
Sue Amaradivakara   Illustrations
Wil Malone   String Arrangements,String Conductor

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