Rooty

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Barnes & Noble - Adrienne Day
Brixton, England-based duo Basement Jaxx charged onto the dance-music scene in 1999 with their booming debut, Remedy, which married their predilection for left-field melody and funky Latin rhythms on resounding club hits like "Red Alert" and "Bingo Bango." But as sassy and irresistible as Remedy was, it left some wanting, as the standout cuts were surrounded by too much filler. The Jaxx encounter no such problem on their witty, groovy follow-up, Rooty, which squeezes in smash hit after smash hit, toying with elements of 2-Step, house, punk, Latin funk, R&B, and twiddly Spanish holiday melodies, distilling them all into an irreverent, glorious mess. House standouts ...
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Barnes & Noble - Adrienne Day
Brixton, England-based duo Basement Jaxx charged onto the dance-music scene in 1999 with their booming debut, Remedy, which married their predilection for left-field melody and funky Latin rhythms on resounding club hits like "Red Alert" and "Bingo Bango." But as sassy and irresistible as Remedy was, it left some wanting, as the standout cuts were surrounded by too much filler. The Jaxx encounter no such problem on their witty, groovy follow-up, Rooty, which squeezes in smash hit after smash hit, toying with elements of 2-Step, house, punk, Latin funk, R&B, and twiddly Spanish holiday melodies, distilling them all into an irreverent, glorious mess. House standouts "Romeo" and "Jus 1 Kiss" position the engines for power play, while the lovely Renaissance-faire-in-Wonderland vibe of "Broken Dreams" and the funky, get-it-together message of "Where's Your Head At?" heal any emotional post-party scars. Taking cues from artists like Prince and Gary Numan, the Jaxx have enlarged the dance-music lexicon, leaving us satiated with a remarkable work of postmodern, post-rave brilliance.
All Music Guide - John Bush
Sophomore album blues from a pair of producers who just want to party all night and make a few tracks during the day? Not a chance. Two years of globetrotting as house superstars fortunately haven't dulled the keen blade of Basement Jaxx's production style. So raw you can't believe they spent over an hour per track, so perfect you're glad they stopped noodling about long before most producers would, and so poppy they should get picked up by commercial radio in America as well as the rest of the world, Rooty is the second straight triumph from a pair of producer/DJs who look set to carry the torch for dancefloor electronica in the years to come. Titled after the duo's just-recently-closed club night, this is a true party album -- shot through with no-attention-span tangents, bridges, and interrupted samples, nowhere better than on the psychedelic soul of "Broken Dreams," with its Tijuana Brass horns and Middle Eastern flute. Though it's missing the genre-spanning flair and red-line energy that made 1999's Remedy the best dance album of the '90s, Rooty comes very close, with a similar emphasis on swinging rhythms and slapping percussion. It's much funkier than Remedy, much closer to commercial pop, and much more sensuous, with several tracks of moaning, juiced-up funk from the Prince playbook. The opener, "Romeo," is groovy and luscious enough to be the next single from Destiny's Child with a tad more vocal histrionics, and almost every track features vocalists who sound less like professional singers or flavor-of-the-month robots and more like they've been tapped as finalists at a posh karaoke bar. A few of those female-sounding vocalists are actually the Jaxx themselves, altered slightly. Add a little filtered disco "Jus 1 Kiss", a track of rowdy New York house the Gary Numan-sampling "Where's Your Head At," with background shouting from Erick Morillo and Junior Sanchez, bleepy acid house "Crazy Girl", and some P-Funked-up house "Breakaway" and the result is a stunning, diverse album that's not only an immediate winner but a great album down the line as well. You can take the boys out of Brixton, but you just can't take Brixton out of the boys.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/16/2013
  • Label: Xl Recordings Uk
  • UPC: 634904014322
  • Catalog Number: 0401432
  • Sales rank: 358,497

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Romeo (3:36)
  2. 2 Breakaway (3:22)
  3. 3 SFM (2:39)
  4. 4 Kissalude (0:20)
  5. 5 Jus 1 Kiss (4:24)
  6. 6 Broken Dreams (3:07)
  7. 7 I Want U (3:26)
  8. 8 Get Me Off (4:49)
  9. 9 Where's Your Head At (4:43)
  10. 10 Freakalude (0:29)
  11. 11 Crazy Girl (3:20)
  12. 12 Do Your Thing (4:41)
  13. 13 All I Know (3:47)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Basement Jaxx Primary Artist
Erick "More" Morillo Vocals
Derrick Carter Vocals
Simon Ratcliffe Vocals
Felix Buxton Vocals
Junior Sanchez Vocals
Technical Credits
Basement Jaxx Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Simon Ratcliffe Composer, Producer
Felix Buxton Composer, Producer
Alma Duah Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Simply Outstanding

    This has got to be one of my favorite dance music albums of the 21st century, although I must warn potential buyers that despite the colorful, kid-friendly artwork on this CD's insert--specifically the docile, twig-munching gorilla on the front cover--that not all of the songs are all that sweet and innocent. The sexually primed &quot Get Me Off&quot is perhaps the greatest proof of this, as its lyrics are blatantly provocative and as such give its equally pulsating orchestration a tone that make it my least favorite song on the disc. Still, one can't go wrong with such jiving tunes as the smooth, grooving &quot All I Know&quot or the quirky, upbeat &quot Romeo.&quot Even the interludes, &quot Kissalude&quot and &quot Freakalude,&quot are well-performed and worth listening to during a dance break. However, &quot Where's Your Head At,&quot the most raved-about song on the entire CD, has got to be my favorite--intense, wacky, a tad rebellious, and all around just plain fun to play. All in all, Rooty isn't a bad album by any means and is actually worth adding to one's collection--just so long as you beware of Track #8, of course.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Rooty Call

    Welcome to the 22nd century of music.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Rooty Can't Fail!

    The Jaxx have done it again -- <i>Rooty</i> is like Aaron Copland for the ADD set: packed with musical ideas high and low, sweepingly dramatic and just a pure gas. Not as Latin as <i>Remedy</i>, but more '80s synths bring out the New Order in these boys. If ''Romeo,'' ''Where's Your Head At,'' and ''Just 1 Kiss'' don't start your party, then you shouldn'ta had it in the morgue to begin with.

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